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Rhapsody of the Seas Review

7 Day Island Hop (with a toddler)

Review for the Southern Caribbean Cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas
6-10 Cruises • Age 30s

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Sail Date: Mar 2023
Cabin: Spacious Ocean View Balcony
Traveled with children

We recently were on Rhapsody of the Seas out of Barbados. Since there have not been many reviews of the cruises out of Barbados, and especially the Island Hop itinerary where you visit 7 islands in 7 days, I wanted to post this review. I am not an expert review poster, so this might be a little all over the place.

This is mostly going to be about our experience on each island, including what we did on Barbados. Rhapsody is a small ship, without the fancy bells and whistles, but this cruise was so busy we didn’t miss any of that. We didn’t spend a lot of time doing ship activities, but I have tried to include some of what we did do.


Cabin Review

Spacious Ocean View Balcony

As mentioned earlier, we ended up with an Aft Balcony, at an amazing deal! The room is nice, with only a couple signs of it’s age (2 cabinet doors that don’t like to stay open being the worst thing, and that really isn’t that bad) and a couple things I miss from other classes, like the shelves by the vanity that are the perfect size for books. And I’m not a fan of the shower curtain in that tight a space. But there were MANY positives. There is a large amount of storage, the bed is actually really comfortable, the couple in the connecting room next door said they can’t hear our daughter even when she’s being loud, and the BALCONY, oh the balcony!

It is so deep, 2 chairs, a round table, and 2 loungers. The room steward (Herri, who is also wonderful) suggested also putting the oval table from inside the room out on the balcony so that there is actually a little bit of space when the sofa bed is out, and it is the perfect height and length to go between the loungers.

My wife and I love to read and drink a glass of wine on our balcony after our toddler has gone to bed. The previous balcony we had was a Central Park balcony on Allure, where there was enough light to read by, but after asking here we decided to purchase usb powered lights that can clip to the chairs. They have long cords, and we plug them into an external usb battery that we charge during the day. They have 4 different brightness settings and we found the second lowest is perfect.

This was a really wonderful room, we were thrilled that we got it, and we are going to be missing the size of the balcony when we are on Oasis in July.

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