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First time on Royal..last cruise was on Celebrity. Left from Venice and spent two nights prior at Hotel Principe which is on the Canal. Intend to return for a longer visit. Spent the first day into night just walking around and exploring the town. They say just to get lost in Venice and we came close. All the businesses we dealt with we found to have friendly staff and all spoke english. Streets can get very busy with pedestrian traffic. A very beautiful city. The second day we took a water bus to Murano and Burano, be warned Burano is about another 45min by water bus from Murano and only leaves about every hour from there to return to Venice. Visited the Doge Palace which is a must see. Had a great buffet breakfast at the hotel with beautiful view of canal on embarkation day then just walked over to waterbus for trip to pier. Stop is on other side of pier but easy walk over a bridge. Ship: Embarkation was smooth and staff were available to direct you or answer questions. We were able ro get into our room at 1pm. Cabin-we had an inside cabin but the room was just fine as we were only in it to sleep. Cabin Steward was very friendly and kept it clean. We were about 4 rooms down from Centrum entertainment area but room was quiet. Centrum-entertainment and games were very good.. Area was well used for cruise and we found ourselves there each night. Good variety of music on board and inhouse entertainers were very good. Juggler and ventriloquist were OK, Beatlemaniacs were a highlight..excellent. Overall happy with entertainment, although was not a fan of the ventriloquist. Food on board was good and I am OK without the late night buffet.. Appears all closed except a coffee station by 11pm except the solarium cafe. Did not like Windjammer buffet and felt on this ship it is poorly designed. Have to go into an area in the middle that is cramped in order to get main food..only ate there twice, hard to get a table. Would just stick with main dining room on next cruise .Disembarkation..had an issue in that was not given proper tag for luggage but easily fixed by customer service. Otherwise had no issues. Ports: Dubrovnik-old ciity very nice but wall to wall people..if return will take an excursion out of town. Kotor-Beautiful and strongly encourage you get up for the sale into port. The bay is incredible. Old city was very nice..We took an excursion" Baroque"-guide was excellent..town we visited was OK but church on island was very nice. Great desserts in old town at restaurant just inside gate. Santorini-great pics..did Oia and Fira with wine tasting, another great guide. Did not need to wait in line for cable cars or take stairs from Fira, took bus from new port. Again wall to wall people as expected 12000 tourists that day. Good shopping but great views. Katakolon-this was a highlight. Took excursion to Magna Grecia farm and Olympia and was by far our favorite excursion. Overall happy with all ports and ship was usually first in. Had to make a change to time to first port which we received an email about before boarding. No concerns. We were very satisfied and booked another cruise with RCI, with rest of our family, for other side of Meditteranean.

Good First Experience on Royal

Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review by WAT511

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First time on Royal..last cruise was on Celebrity.

Left from Venice and spent two nights prior at Hotel Principe which is on the Canal. Intend to return for a longer visit. Spent the first day into night just walking around and exploring the town. They say just to get lost in Venice and we came close. All the businesses we dealt with we found to have friendly staff and all spoke english. Streets can get very busy with pedestrian traffic. A very beautiful city. The second day we took a water bus to Murano and Burano, be warned Burano is about another 45min by water bus from Murano and only leaves about every hour from there to return to Venice. Visited the Doge Palace which is a must see. Had a great buffet breakfast at the hotel with beautiful view of canal on embarkation day then just walked over to waterbus for trip to pier. Stop is on other side of pier but easy walk over a bridge.

Ship: Embarkation was smooth and staff were available to direct you or answer questions. We were able ro get into our room at 1pm. Cabin-we had an inside cabin but the room was just fine as we were only in it to sleep. Cabin Steward was very friendly and kept it clean. We were about 4 rooms down from Centrum entertainment area but room was quiet. Centrum-entertainment and games were very good.. Area was well used for cruise and we found ourselves there each night. Good variety of music on board and inhouse entertainers were very good. Juggler and ventriloquist were OK, Beatlemaniacs were a highlight..excellent. Overall happy with entertainment, although was not a fan of the ventriloquist. Food on board was good and I am OK without the late night buffet.. Appears all closed except a coffee station by 11pm except the solarium cafe. Did not like Windjammer buffet and felt on this ship it is poorly designed. Have to go into an area in the middle that is cramped in order to get main food..only ate there twice, hard to get a table. Would just stick with main dining room on next cruise .Disembarkation..had an issue in that was not given proper tag for luggage but easily fixed by customer service. Otherwise had no issues.

Ports: Dubrovnik-old ciity very nice but wall to wall people..if return will take an excursion out of town. Kotor-Beautiful and strongly encourage you get up for the sale into port. The bay is incredible. Old city was very nice..We took an excursion" Baroque"-guide was excellent..town we visited was OK but church on island was very nice. Great desserts in old town at restaurant just inside gate. Santorini-great pics..did Oia and Fira with wine tasting, another great guide. Did not need to wait in line for cable cars or take stairs from Fira, took bus from new port. Again wall to wall people as expected 12000 tourists that day. Good shopping but great views. Katakolon-this was a highlight. Took excursion to Magna Grecia farm and Olympia and was by far our favorite excursion. Overall happy with all ports and ship was usually first in. Had to make a change to time to first port which we received an email about before boarding. No concerns.

We were very satisfied and booked another cruise with RCI, with rest of our family, for other side of Meditteranean.
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Cabin 4V 4569
No idea on cabin category...kept clean..smallish when come from vernada on last cruise but only used it to sleep in and would have no issue if had an inside cabin again. Midship..nice and quiet..comfy bed.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Dubrovnik
    Beautiful city but wall to wall people and a bunch of stores selling Game of Thrones tshirts and stuff that I can get at Walmart for less..if I cared that much. Shopping not near at par to Venice if that is what you are looking for. Plates that they say are handmade you find at other ports as well...not local..one marked as Made in Crotia but staff were honest and most plates had made in turkey stickers..if went back would take excursion out of city.
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  • Montenegro Highlights
    Guide was excellent..Peltast was OK but nothing to do there...small chruch and story were interesting. Guide took us into old city and gave us a quick tour then on our own. Old City was better then Dubrovnik in my opinion. Bay was incredible.
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  • Island Tour
    Took tender to new port. No need for steps or to wait 2hrs for cable car down as bus took us back to port, but do have option to stay on in Fira and make own way back. Beautiful Island and incredible spots for pics but thats it. We were first big ship to arrive..expected 12000 tourists on island with pop of 10000. Again wall to wall people in small streets. Saying that, would have liked more time at each town, Guide was excellent and very informative...wine tasting was good and again a beautiful location.
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  • Venice
    Easily one of the most beautful cities in the world. Stayed two nights before cruise. Will go back for longer stay. Friendly people and great sites and shopping. Eating on grand canal..cannot be beat.
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