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Our party of eight adults chose Rhapsody mainly for the itinerary. Sailing from Venice was a big attraction also. We spent one night in Venice prior to departure and enjoyed the sights despite the intense heat and the crowds. We stayed in Hotel Olimpia which was a lovely hotel in a quiet part of Venice and near some nice restaurants and shops. Plenty of transport options nearby. It was also very handy for the cruise terminal. Embarkation was extremely smooth and quick. We boarded at 11.30am and there were not many people boarding at that time. We went to the Windjammer for an early lunch and our cabins were ready by 1pm. We were delighted to see that the ship, despite being an older ship and contrary to some previous reviews, was in very good shape. The ship was busy with a wide range of age groups. There were quite a lot of families with children. The children didn't bother us at all except that the pool was nearly always busy with them. The solarium pool is adult only but was also usually very busy and it is nicer to be outdoors when the weather is so nice. Sun chairs could be difficult to get around the pool especially on sea days, but there were usually some available on the promenade deck. We chose the late sitting for dinner but there was a mix up with our table and we were not that happy with the one we were given. We only ate in the MDR on 3 nights and tried all three of the speciality restaurants on the other nights. We went to Chops twice and thought the food and service was very good the first night and not quite as good on the second. The food was lukewarm on this occasion but still tasty. Lamb and steaks were very good. Giovanni's was only okay and neither the waiter nor the Matire'd were very friendly. Izumi's was nice but we thought the portions were on the small size. The food in MDR was generally very good. We only went to a couple of shows in the theatre. The singers and dancers were excellent in the piano man show. The magician was vey good also and the juggler was entertaining. Music in the Centrum was very enjoyable but there is not enough seating. We also enjoyed the piano player in Schooner bar. There is a nightclub on deck 11 and on one night there was a dancing under the stars party around the pool which was fun. The bar service in some of the bars could be quite slow and we often found it is quicker to go the bar to be served. In contrast the service in the Windjammer was very good with plenty of staff clearing tables as soon as people vacated them and also were helpful in getting speciality coffees or orange juice etc. We had the drinks package and enjoyed the coffee and fresh juice we could get with this. There was a good selection of food in the Windjammer although it could be very busy, especially on sea days. We had organised private tours for our party of eight in Dubrovnik, Kotor and Santorini. This worked well for us as we could plan what we would like to do which mostly involved some sight seeing, some swimming and somewhere nice for lunch in each destination. We enjoyed each place very much although Santorini is a nightmare when returning to the ship in the afternoon. We had been on the first tender in the morning so getting the cable car up was no problem, however in the afternoon when returning there was a very long line for the cable car so we decided to walk down the steps. This proved extremely difficult as the steps (approx. 600 of them) are slippery and have donkey manure on them. It is also upsetting to see the donkeys/mules hauling mostly overweight people up and down the steps in the hot sun. There was no water in sight for them anywhere. We were exhausted by the time we got to the bottom and then there was a long line for the tenders. Crew did their best distributing water and cold towels which were very welcome. I can't understand how with all the ships that go there (5 on the day we were there) that the cruise companies don't improve the cable car system to carry more people. Also, if a hand rail was put on the walls along the steps it would be helpful as it is dangerous at the moment. If we were to go there again I think we would book a boat tour, but really having seen Santorini, and it is lovely to see it once, I don't think we would want to return. Too many people and too difficult to get up and down the cliff. Katakolon is nice as the ship docks right in the town. So easy to stroll into the town for shopping. There is a small beach very close to the ship for a welcome swim and a nice harbour with restaurants to sit and have a drink. We enjoyed this cruise and would consider sailing on this ship in the future but perhaps during school term would be less busy.

Pleasantly surprised with Rhapsody

Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review by alk50

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Our party of eight adults chose Rhapsody mainly for the itinerary. Sailing from Venice was a big attraction also. We spent one night in Venice prior to departure and enjoyed the sights despite the intense heat and the crowds. We stayed in Hotel Olimpia which was a lovely hotel in a quiet part of Venice and near some nice restaurants and shops. Plenty of transport options nearby. It was also very handy for the cruise terminal.

Embarkation was extremely smooth and quick. We boarded at 11.30am and there were not many people boarding at that time. We went to the Windjammer for an early lunch and our cabins were ready by 1pm. We were delighted to see that the ship, despite being an older ship and contrary to some previous reviews, was in very good shape.

The ship was busy with a wide range of age groups. There were quite a lot of families with children. The children didn't bother us at all except that the pool was nearly always busy with them. The solarium pool is adult only but was also usually very busy and it is nicer to be outdoors when the weather is so nice. Sun chairs could be difficult to get around the pool especially on sea days, but there were usually some available on the promenade deck.

We chose the late sitting for dinner but there was a mix up with our table and we were not that happy with the one we were given. We only ate in the MDR on 3 nights and tried all three of the speciality restaurants on the other nights. We went to Chops twice and thought the food and service was very good the first night and not quite as good on the second. The food was lukewarm on this occasion but still tasty. Lamb and steaks were very good. Giovanni's was only okay and neither the waiter nor the Matire'd were very friendly. Izumi's was nice but we thought the portions were on the small size. The food in MDR was generally very good.

We only went to a couple of shows in the theatre. The singers and dancers were excellent in the piano man show. The magician was vey good also and the juggler was entertaining. Music in the Centrum was very enjoyable but there is not enough seating. We also enjoyed the piano player in Schooner bar. There is a nightclub on deck 11 and on one night there was a dancing under the stars party around the pool which was fun.

The bar service in some of the bars could be quite slow and we often found it is quicker to go the bar to be served. In contrast the service in the Windjammer was very good with plenty of staff clearing tables as soon as people vacated them and also were helpful in getting speciality coffees or orange juice etc. We had the drinks package and enjoyed the coffee and fresh juice we could get with this. There was a good selection of food in the Windjammer although it could be very busy, especially on sea days.

We had organised private tours for our party of eight in Dubrovnik, Kotor and Santorini. This worked well for us as we could plan what we would like to do which mostly involved some sight seeing, some swimming and somewhere nice for lunch in each destination. We enjoyed each place very much although Santorini is a nightmare when returning to the ship in the afternoon. We had been on the first tender in the morning so getting the cable car up was no problem, however in the afternoon when returning there was a very long line for the cable car so we decided to walk down the steps. This proved extremely difficult as the steps (approx. 600 of them) are slippery and have donkey manure on them. It is also upsetting to see the donkeys/mules hauling mostly overweight people up and down the steps in the hot sun. There was no water in sight for them anywhere. We were exhausted by the time we got to the bottom and then there was a long line for the tenders. Crew did their best distributing water and cold towels which were very welcome. I can't understand how with all the ships that go there (5 on the day we were there) that the cruise companies don't improve the cable car system to carry more people. Also, if a hand rail was put on the walls along the steps it would be helpful as it is dangerous at the moment. If we were to go there again I think we would book a boat tour, but really having seen Santorini, and it is lovely to see it once, I don't think we would want to return. Too many people and too difficult to get up and down the cliff.

Katakolon is nice as the ship docks right in the town. So easy to stroll into the town for shopping. There is a small beach very close to the ship for a welcome swim and a nice harbour with restaurants to sit and have a drink.

We enjoyed this cruise and would consider sailing on this ship in the future but perhaps during school term would be less busy.
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Junior Suite
Cabin J2
Our Junior suites on deck 8 were surprisingly spacious with large balconies. The bathrooms were large enough to have a bath. Bed was very comfortable and there was a couch and two armchairs. The only sign of wear was some slight scratches on the coffee table, otherwise the furnishings were in perfect condition. There was also plenty of storage space. Suitcases fitted under the bed and there were a lot of drawers and shelving. This was my husband's and my 10th cruise and this was one of the best staterooms we have had. Our cabin steward, Emmerson, kept it spick and span all week.
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