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The Cruise itinerary was - Venice, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Sea Day, Santorini, Katakolon, Sea Day, Venice. ) We are a relatively fit middle aged couple in reasonable health. ) No excursions pre-booked but we did buy the deluxe drinks package (recommended). ) Port side balcony room booked (mainly for the sail out of Venice at 6:00pm) * Rhapsody of the Seas - getting a little tired but still tidy & clean * Port side balcony cabin - spacious enough for 2 of us with settee, reasonable sized bathroom, no kettle but this is easily got around by ordering FOC "breakfast in cabin" then going for your full breakfast later. Uncontrolable air conditioning making the room too cold. * We went for "My Time dining" in the evenings, which isn't flexible at all. The food was very good on the whole but sometimes could have been hotter. For breakfast we went to the Edelweiss restaurant and more often than not went for the Egg Benedict (Yummy!!). Lunch time we went in the Windjammer which also was very good if sometimes a little busy. Day 1 - Embarkation went quite smoothly, with the usual queues! Once on board (approx12:30pm) we had access to our room with our luggage arriving an hour or two later. We'd prepared for this by packing shorts and sun cream in our hand luggage. Food and drinks were available immediately. The sail through Venice at 6:00pm did not disappoint with magnificent views of the great city. Day 2, Dubrovnik - We did not book an excursion (this will become a theme) and waited for the queues to go down before taking a taxi to the edge of the walled city (cost 15 euro's). Once there, we opted to wander around the city and decided not to walk the walls (minimal cost of approx 6 euro's each, though Euro's not accepted KN's or Credit Card). We have done the walls before and they can get very busy. For some reason the taxi back was 18 euro's??? Day 3, Kotor, Montenegro - we have stayed here before so knew it fairly well. Again we didn't book an excursion and got an early tender ashore with the intention of walking up the walls before the walk was in the sun. The entrances to the walls are through the town and cost 6 euro's each. This is quite a challenging walk up to St John's Fortress and good shoes or trainers recommended, the health and safety police would have a field day here. But it's well worth the 800ft climb for the view. After a wander around the town we went to the shingle beach and spent a couple of hours there. Mid afternoon we were back on a tender (no queues) and aboard the ship. The sail out of the Kotor Fjords was great, and Day 3 was also the formal night which I'm always a little wary of but was instructed to wear my dinner suit with a concession that I didn't have to put on my dickie bow! Still a lot of gents had suits on and most had made an effort. Day 4, Sea Day - We had worked out that we needed to drink 4 cocktails (approx $12 + 18% gratuity) each per day, which wasn't much of a problem on any of the days (Aluminium bottles of Budweiser $7.25, Glass of wine $8 and everything has 18% gratuity added). Day 5, Santorini - Re-visiting Santorini after 31 years! We wanted to hire a motorbike and tour the island independently, but the rental company would only deliver to the ferry port or the top of the cable car port (two separate ports, not linked). We decided to get a relatively early tender (after the queues had died down, most of which were for excursions) jumped straight on a tender and walked up the steps to the town. Most reviews moan about how slippy they are and smelly, but the weren't that bad. As we were early we could have got on the cable car with a short wait but decided on the steps and were surprised by how quiet it was, a few donkeys (more like horses) coming down and none going up. We wandered around Thera Town for a while and sampled the drinks etc. then early afternoon jumped straight into the cable car and onto a tender with no queues. Day 6, Katakolo - This is the port to go to Olympia, we didn't bother as I'm not a great fan of fallen down columns and the such like, so we opted for a walk around Katakolon. However whilst walking around we found that there is a direct train to Olympia for 10 Euro's each return, also when cruise ships dock the modern a/c trains run every hour for the 45min journey. Strangely enough RCb don't seem to mention this as on option to get to Olympia. There's not a great deal in Katakolon but there is a small beach to the left of the port and the dock side bars are very pleasant. Formal Dress Night Day 7, Sea Day - Cocktails, drinks and food....lots of it! Morning 8, Venice - Early arrival, smooth disembarkation (Bags collected the night before)

August 2019 - Croatia & Greece Cruise

Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review by a5mith

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Trip Details
The Cruise itinerary was - Venice, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Sea Day, Santorini, Katakolon, Sea Day, Venice.

) We are a relatively fit middle aged couple in reasonable health.

) No excursions pre-booked but we did buy the deluxe drinks package (recommended).

) Port side balcony room booked (mainly for the sail out of Venice at 6:00pm)

* Rhapsody of the Seas - getting a little tired but still tidy & clean

* Port side balcony cabin - spacious enough for 2 of us with settee, reasonable sized bathroom, no kettle but this is easily got around by ordering FOC "breakfast in cabin" then going for your full breakfast later. Uncontrolable air conditioning making the room too cold.

* We went for "My Time dining" in the evenings, which isn't flexible at all. The food was very good on the whole but sometimes could have been hotter. For breakfast we went to the Edelweiss restaurant and more often than not went for the Egg Benedict (Yummy!!). Lunch time we went in the Windjammer which also was very good if sometimes a little busy.

Day 1 - Embarkation went quite smoothly, with the usual queues! Once on board (approx12:30pm) we had access to our room with our luggage arriving an hour or two later. We'd prepared for this by packing shorts and sun cream in our hand luggage. Food and drinks were available immediately. The sail through Venice at 6:00pm did not disappoint with magnificent views of the great city.

Day 2, Dubrovnik - We did not book an excursion (this will become a theme) and waited for the queues to go down before taking a taxi to the edge of the walled city (cost 15 euro's). Once there, we opted to wander around the city and decided not to walk the walls (minimal cost of approx 6 euro's each, though Euro's not accepted KN's or Credit Card). We have done the walls before and they can get very busy. For some reason the taxi back was 18 euro's???

Day 3, Kotor, Montenegro - we have stayed here before so knew it fairly well. Again we didn't book an excursion and got an early tender ashore with the intention of walking up the walls before the walk was in the sun. The entrances to the walls are through the town and cost 6 euro's each. This is quite a challenging walk up to St John's Fortress and good shoes or trainers recommended, the health and safety police would have a field day here. But it's well worth the 800ft climb for the view. After a wander around the town we went to the shingle beach and spent a couple of hours there. Mid afternoon we were back on a tender (no queues) and aboard the ship. The sail out of the Kotor Fjords was great, and Day 3 was also the formal night which I'm always a little wary of but was instructed to wear my dinner suit with a concession that I didn't have to put on my dickie bow! Still a lot of gents had suits on and most had made an effort.

Day 4, Sea Day - We had worked out that we needed to drink 4 cocktails (approx $12 + 18% gratuity) each per day, which wasn't much of a problem on any of the days (Aluminium bottles of Budweiser $7.25, Glass of wine $8 and everything has 18% gratuity added).

Day 5, Santorini - Re-visiting Santorini after 31 years! We wanted to hire a motorbike and tour the island independently, but the rental company would only deliver to the ferry port or the top of the cable car port (two separate ports, not linked). We decided to get a relatively early tender (after the queues had died down, most of which were for excursions) jumped straight on a tender and walked up the steps to the town. Most reviews moan about how slippy they are and smelly, but the weren't that bad. As we were early we could have got on the cable car with a short wait but decided on the steps and were surprised by how quiet it was, a few donkeys (more like horses) coming down and none going up. We wandered around Thera Town for a while and sampled the drinks etc. then early afternoon jumped straight into the cable car and onto a tender with no queues.

Day 6, Katakolo - This is the port to go to Olympia, we didn't bother as I'm not a great fan of fallen down columns and the such like, so we opted for a walk around Katakolon. However whilst walking around we found that there is a direct train to Olympia for 10 Euro's each return, also when cruise ships dock the modern a/c trains run every hour for the 45min journey. Strangely enough RCb don't seem to mention this as on option to get to Olympia. There's not a great deal in Katakolon but there is a small beach to the left of the port and the dock side bars are very pleasant. Formal Dress Night

Day 7, Sea Day - Cocktails, drinks and food....lots of it!

Morning 8, Venice - Early arrival, smooth disembarkation (Bags collected the night before)
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Spacious Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 2B 7030
) Very spacious and roomy we felt.
) The AC was uncontrollable though, and we needed the balcony door open to get the room warm.
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