We sailed Rhapsody to the Western Caribbean in January and liked it so much we did it again in March. Had another happy experience.
This was Spring Break but saw only some more families with college age kids who were well mannered.
We moved up from a balcony cabin to a Jr. Suite to get additional space. It was nice to enjoy the added space. Bigger balcony much nicer. Jose kept our place very clean.
We are Diamond Plus. When we shopped for restaurants when we arrived to learn that we were offered a buy one/get one free offer. So we signed up for Chops, Giovanni's and the Chef's table for half price. We liked Chops again and found Giovanni's not so attractive. The Chef's table was great. We met interesting people and enjoyed the food and wine. MDR was offering very good food and excellent service. We did not like a meal and the Head Waiter responded immediately. He sent a bottle of wine to our room. We enjoyed the wine on our balcony later on our sea day. Nice.
Embarkation was easy due to our Plus status and the fact that we were in a Jr. Suite. Disembarking was just as easy. We collected our luggage and were on the bus in no time.
Travel from Boston to Tampa is easy on Jet Blue. However, since Rhapsody leaves port at 4:30 PM we were required to take a very early flight (5:45 AM) to get there on time. With a long wait for our cabin to be ready we packed bathing suits and sandals in our carry on bags and changed in the rest rooms. We had lunch at the small pool instead of the lines at Windjammer. Much nicer.
In Key West we took the Fury Catamaran. It was great. Found lots of small fish as we snorkeled on a reef. Also found a Bull shark and 3 barracudas.
Belize saw us being taken directly off the ship and taken to our snorkeling. Then we went to a small island where we bought burgers and beers. Then back to the ship.
Cozumel was a blow out. Our snorkeling was booked for 7:30 AM. We got a note the night before saying the time was moved to 11:30 AM. Hooray we thought. When we got to the peer side place we learned the trip was cancelled due to choppy waters. We went to Margaritaville for lunch and did some shopping.
Costa Maya saw us sign up for a beach Break at La Bamba. Our wrist bracelet gave us access to free drinks and a ride back to the ship via taxi.
Diamond Lounge was very nice. Free drinks and a view of the wake Rhapsody was leaving was very pleasant. We also headed over to the Schooner Bar for Trivia. We met a very nice family who got their two kids together for the cruise. They joined our Trivia Team. We won a plastic key chain. We all had a great time.
Entertainment was just ok. No big theater stuff but lots of shows that we enjoyed.
We had a balcony cabin last time and moved up to a Jr. Suite to get more room. Much nicer with added room. Enjoyed a bottle of white wine (given to us as Diamond Plus members of Captain's Club) on balcony on last day at sea. Nice experience.
Long walk to get to the Fury catamaran and return. Boat was great. Held all 94 of us and went very fast to get us to and fro snorkeling. The reef fish were great to see. Crew and gear were good. Would do this again. Bumped into a Bull shark and 3 barracudas.View All 61 Snorkeling Reviews
We were picked up at the ships and went to the snorkeling site. Good boat and crew. Snorkeling is great on the barrier reef. Then went to small island where we bought burgers and beers and enjoyed the view. Then taken directly back to the boat. This is the 2nd time we booked this and enjoyed the experience a lot.View All 204 Snorkeling Reviews
Bus from port to La Bamba beach break. Given bracelets that got us free drinks while we were there and a taxi ride back to the port. Beach and chairs were comfortable. Drinks were plentiful, food was good. Beach and water were nice. Some sea weed but not a big issue, you just swim around it.View All 389 Beach Reviews
We learned we were to meet ashore at 7:15 AM. Then we were told to meet at 11:30 AM. When we got there we were told the tour had been cancelled due to rough seas.View All 485 Snorkeling Reviews