Rhapsody of the Seas Review

Nice ports. Fellow cruisers not so.

Review for the Eastern Mediterranean Cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas
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2-5 Cruises • Age 80s

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Sail Date: Sep 2023
Cabin: Owner's Suite

We decided to take this cruise after spending 4 days in Jerusalem and a trip to the Dead Sea. The old city is very awe inspiring and well worth visiting. The cruise left from Haifa which we reached by train, cheaply and efficiently even though the train was crowded and the ticket system not tourist friendly. We had read the reviews here of the ship so were prepared to be underwhelmed but it’s in pretty good shape. The room was comfy, there is good space and everything worked. There was no problem getting a lounger, or somewhere quiet to sit. However, the food in the main dining room was awful. It seemed as though it had been, cooked, plated and kept warm for hours. Breakfast wasn’t waiter service, but a buffet. After a couple of days we gave up using our preset reservation and eat in the self service, which I don’t like because of over crowding and the feeling of it being like a fast food outlet. Not a relaxing dinner. But at least there was a lot of choice, no restrictions on quantity and you could see food coming out freshly cooked. The quality there was superior to the main dining room, even if the environment wasn’t. Then there were the drinks. Everyday for weeks prior to the cruise we had been inundated with offers to buy over priced drink (and internet) packages. Which were ignored because we aren’t big drinkers, just enjoying a glass or two of wine with our meal. We have cruised Marella before where everything is included. When we asked for wine with the meal we were told it was $20 per glass. Beer was $10 for a small bottle. Really stupid prices than meant we didn’t drink anything on board and it seemed no one else did either, as the bars were deserted and without atmosphere. The entertainment was spotty. Some ok but some no better than a local talent show. The bands and other musicians looked bored and just going through the motions. The only daytime entertainment I saw was on the sea day, which was billed as the highlight of the week. It was a belly flop contest!!! Really. So bad it was embarrassing. There is worse though. Cruising from Haifa had the consequence that the majority of our fellow cruisers were all from one country. Without wishing to be disrespectful they were collectively some of the least friendly people I have encountered anywhere in the world. Never saying a word as they passed you. Speaking in their own language to each other and blanking everyone else. Not able to queue, pushing and shoving to get in front. We didn’t engage in a conversation with anyone but ourselves or with a crew member in a week. The ports of call were all interesting though.

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Owner's Suite

Clean, enough room. Everything worked.

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