4 Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas British Columbia Cruise Reviews

This describes our 11 night cruise on the Rhapsody of the Seas on April 30 to May 11th. We stayed in stateroom 8062, a mini-suite, with a great attendant Manuel. Embarkation in Honolulu was quick and painless. We were in the Windjammer ... Read More
This describes our 11 night cruise on the Rhapsody of the Seas on April 30 to May 11th. We stayed in stateroom 8062, a mini-suite, with a great attendant Manuel. Embarkation in Honolulu was quick and painless. We were in the Windjammer Cafe buffet at 11:30 having lunch. Great lunch spread! Easy drill on departing cruise day May 1st. 82 degrees and sunny in Honolulu. Ship: this mid-size ship is beautiful and grand, (750 employees) several lounges, restaurants, beautiful theater, pools, hot tubs ( which were open late- GREAT). It is very well maintained, immaculate, staff cleaning at all times. Stateroom: lovely and spacious, with large bathroom and adequate storage. We were 3 adults in this room and my daughter slept on the sofa bed, alway made up for her in the evening, along with towel art. Beds were very comfortable. We loved our suite. Dining: We had booked Our time dining (having to prepay gratuities). Ok, no problem. But, we didn't know we had to go reserve our dining time upon boarding. So, when we went for dinner, everything was booked till 7:30. Too late for us, considering we wanted to attend the 9:00pm show. Therefore on a few evenings, we ate in the Windjammer which did not open before 6;30pm. What is That? The lesson is: If you book Your Time Dining, Go see the Maitre D, after boarding and reserve your favorite time right away, OR book your favorite time when you book your cruise (months in advance even). Enough said about that. The highlight of our dining experience was with Maria, the hostess. Such a lovely, bubbly lady. RC is lucky to have her at this post. She is a true gem!!! Another point to be made: After 9pm there was hardly nowhere to eat, only a cafe serving sandwiches and pasta salads and cakes. Also, Windjammer was closed between 3pm and 6:30pm. Where do you eat when returning ship from port? RC should re-evaluate their dining venues and times. It did not bother us too much but others in our party, younger crowd like to have good dining options available at all times of day. Food:We thought the food was very good to average depending on the venue. The windjammer buffet for breakfast was plentiful with several options: fruits, eggs, bacon, pancakes etc.... I didn't eat at the buffet for lunch but I hear there was quite a spread and large variety of items fit for all. But for dinner it was sometimes hit/miss-limited selection, tasteless at times. Food in the main dining room was always very good, the times we did actually eat there. While the menu serves 3 courses (appetizers, entree, dessert), you could order whatever you wished ( appetizer, soup, and salad, entree, dessert). The waiters always accommodated our requests. The variety of entrees was very good-lamb, coq au vin, chicken, beef (filet mignon), fish, veal, vegetarian, pasta etc... Desserts were fabulous. We ate at 2 of the specialy restaurants: Italian and Japanese: both very good food and service but with a price. We prefered the Italian venue. Entertainment: We loved our cruise director Casey, very funny, hard-working, alway visible, organizing all sorts of activites along with his staff. The cruise orchestra was amazingly talented but was not seen or heard nearly enough. However, there were alway many activities to entertain or keep guests busy: trivia, lectures, games, arts and crafts etc.... The ship singers and dancers were talented, energetic and hard working and put on very good shows. But again, they were not used enough to help entertain guests during the days, although it may have been difficult to motivate the crowd ( quite older 60 yrs and up). The pool group Kool Vibes were OK at first but annoying after 2nd day, way too repetitive. The group New Version were a welcome relief for the next few days, more up -beat tunes. Jim Brookhart, in the Schooner Bar was a favorite. Pools/Hot tubs: 2 pools, one indoor for cooler days ( 5 days at sea from Hawai to Vancouver were cool/cold, hence everyone headed for the indoor pool.) Quite buzy in there. We opted to stay inside in lounges/ activities or hot tubs. Enjoyed the hot tubs but the jets were not strong enough. They were open late though, which is a plus. Overall experience: We sooo enjoyed this cruise. Service/Staff: Fantastic service from every member of crew, and alway with care and a smile. RC is to be commended for its fantastic staff providing excellent care to its guests. Captain Rob chatted with us every day at noon, with a great sense of humour. One day, Service Desk called to say they needed to to maintenance in our room. They gave us a complimentary entry to the Italian specialty, courtesy of RC for our inconvenience. How lovely of them. Very appreciated. Ports: Honolulu: loved this city, beautiful scenery, mountains, rainbows, Waikiki beach. We did a long stroll in the city and did a dive with North Shore Shark Adventure. Great exciting fun. Lahaina Maui: Favorite Port, Just beautiful. Amzazing scenery. Rented a car and drove around the island and stopped for shopping downtown. Stopped at a public beach for swimming. Saw giant turtles. Great day. Hilo, Big Island: Did a Helicopter Tour over Volcanoes,(50 minutes) just amazing to see lava flowing, and also great waterfalls. Rented a car to visit more waterfalls. Great port. Debarkation: Very long and delayed, There were 2 ships at port in Vancouver. Long custom lines. Such is travelling!! The only area where I would rate it 3.5 is the My Time Dining Experience, but overall the entire vacation was a strong 4* of 5 WE LOVED OUR CRUISE !! Thank you RCCL for an amazing vacation. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
What a surprise to find some 1100 Canadians, 200 Aussies, and 600 (U.S.) Americans on board in Honolulu for a 10 day trip through the islands on to Vancouver BC. The weather was cooperative for the most part. There was a rocky period in ... Read More
What a surprise to find some 1100 Canadians, 200 Aussies, and 600 (U.S.) Americans on board in Honolulu for a 10 day trip through the islands on to Vancouver BC. The weather was cooperative for the most part. There was a rocky period in Lahaina, when the tender had to cease operating for 2 hours because of rough seas. The ship turned around in an attempt to allow smoother boarding. Overall, while the tender is a time eater, it went as smooth as could be expected. My husband and I had a inside cabin forward, and we certainly felt it our first day out of Hilo. We were confined to quarters for one day. After that, it was much better. The company was great...we were assigned to a table of six, and so met two other couples. Other folks we met at mealtimes, various classes, Wii contests were fun. Mealtimes were a pleasure...we used the dining room to the max...why schlep your plate through the buffet and hunt for a table? Service was impeccable...the dining staff hustle their buns! Housekeeping did a top notch job, and when we asked that the extraneous decorative pillows be left off the bed, we didn't see them (the pillows) again. We did our own walking tour of Lahaina, and took the shuttle to Kanaapali. In Kona, we walked to a recommended fabric store and were not disappointed. The nighttime view of the volcano was a highlight...it looked like a chain of beach bonfires with showers of sparks from time to time and steam where the lava met the ocean. Spectacular! In Hilo, we arranged a tour with Ricky of rickystours@yahoo.com. We met 2 other couples on the ship who were interested in going together, so for $50p/p, we had a 6+ hour treat. Ricky is a gentleman who has been running tours for 17 years. He was once a volunteer at Volcano National park, and knows the ins and outs of the park. He took us to viewpoints with the best views (and fewest people) and recommended spots to take photos. Being in a smaller group gave us opportunities to use our time to best advantage. Other included sites were the Mac Nut farm, a gorgeous orchid farm, lava tube, Rainbow Falls. When some of the ladies asked for some time at Macy's dept. store, Ricky gave extra time to accommodate their wishes. What a guy! Highly recommend using his services. One complaint was the lack of internet due to satellite problems. Folks demanded sports scores! We were on vacation and didn't mind. Entry to Vancouver under Lion's Gate bridge was another Kodak moment. Vancouver's skyline has changed in the ten years since we visited. Good or bad, it's striking! Entertainment: Marty Allen is a gas, the Royal Caribbean cast is great! Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
We arrived in Sydney over the Easter weekend and spent a couple of days exploring the area.  Sydney is a beautiful city with a lot to see.Embarkation - very fast.  The last time we cruised out of sydney on the Sapphire Princess it was ... Read More
We arrived in Sydney over the Easter weekend and spent a couple of days exploring the area.  Sydney is a beautiful city with a lot to see.Embarkation - very fast.  The last time we cruised out of sydney on the Sapphire Princess it was total chaos, seemed like 3,000 people showed up at the same time.  This time on the Rhapsody we boarded around 11 am and there were no line ups and very efficient check-in by RCI.For the first part of the cruise - Sydney to Honolulu we had a balcony cabin on deck 7, it was very roomy and a bigger bathroom than on other ships.  However for the second leg of the trip - Honolulu to Vancouver our daughter joined us and we were moved to a very small cabin on deck 2 which with a pull down from the ceiling bed.  Just not comfortable for three people.The ship is in very good shape, very clean and the staff very helpful.  We had some fantastic table mates.  The food in the dining room was very good with lots of choices, as good and if not better than other lines we have been on.  Most breakfasts and lunches were in the windjammer with good choices and good quality.Ports of Call - we arranged our own tours.  We waited until we got off the ship and discussed tours/excursions with locals at the dockside.  In Rarotonga we arranged a taxi driver to give us a tour of the Island and then drop us off at a beautiful resort where we snorkeled and swam on the coral reef.In Bora Bora we went on a "swim with stingrays" "feed the sharks" and then to a private island for swimming snorkeling.  well worth the $70 each  (ships price $148 ea)!!Raeta - French Polynesia - a very beautiful island.  We arranged a boat to a palm treed island where we swam snorkeled and spent the afternoon.  again well worth the $40 each and a bargain compared to what the ship prices were.  The sail away from Raeta was the best I've ever seen, the ship cruised close to the shore and mile after mile of beautiful undeveloped shore line.Tahiti - a disappointment again!  a typical French Island - can't use ATM anywhere, can't get cash from your credit card, will change US dollars but need to see your passport!  (passports on the ship)Taxi driver takes us to a resort - "sorry you can stay on the beach its public but don't come in to our resort"Maui - beautiful Island, we did the whale watching, saw a few whales and dolphins.  Wandered around Lahaina a quaint beautiful town with the worlds biggest Banyan tree.Honolulu- 2 days - first day wandered around Wakiki and the center of the city.  Second day rented a car and drove to the crater and walked to the top, its a beautiful hike to the top with some spectacular views of the city.  Drove up the east side of the island toward Turtle bay but had to turn around because of a big accident.Maui - renturn as part of the B2B - did the Pineapple steam train to the resort area and snorkeled.  spent the evening in Lahaina.Hilo - rented a car and drove to the volcano, it was steaming this time and we drove to the end of the road where the lava flows into the ocean.  Fantastic sail away at night with the lava flowing into the ocean and fire streaming down as the lava drops into the ocean.  The captain took the ship as close as he could go and turned the ship around.Kona - saw 20 or 30 dolphins swim under the tender as we came in to port.  spent the day snorkeling and swimming right on the downtown beach.  A beautiful town.Five days at sea to Vancouver.  We relaxed and found plenty of things to do on the sea days.  the weather got cooler as we got closer to Vancouver.The sail in to Vancouver must be the best - under the Lions Gate bridge and into the harbor with the snow capped mountains on one side and the city skyline on the other.  I think the sail away from sydney and the sail in to Vancouver must be the two best anywhere.Spent three days wandering Vancouver and up to the Capilano suspension bridge, Grouse Mountain and Whistler.Overall a fantastic trip!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2009
This was my first repositioning cruise so I didn't know what to expect. The ship had come up from Australia, arriving in Honolulu then going on to the Hawaiian islands for five days and across the Pacific for five days to Vancouver. I ... Read More
This was my first repositioning cruise so I didn't know what to expect. The ship had come up from Australia, arriving in Honolulu then going on to the Hawaiian islands for five days and across the Pacific for five days to Vancouver. I have sailed on the Voyager class of ship and therefore I thought I'd find this ship to be less desirable, however that was not the case. The Rhapsody is older but is impeccably maintained, every public space and the cabin were spotless. I loved all of the glass used, especially the Centrum. The two story dining room was nicely set up and the Windjammer Cafe was easy to access. For this particular cruise all of the inside spaces were non smoking, including the casino. Smoking was allowed on the outer starboard decks only. I found the non smoking casino to be such a pleasure I spent more time than I expected there,  happily playing the many penny slot machines. This was the first on board casino I've seen with so many new video penny slots, and they paid off in a reasonable manner. There were many places on the ship to curl up with a book, or just watch the water go by. I had an inside cabin, which was more than adequate in size, including a small loveseat, and plenty of storage.The crew and staff were the best I've encountered on a cruise, starting with the captain (who just took over the ship) and down to the cleaning crews. The captain was very visible around the ship, including at the CC Meet & Mingle. I never passed a crew member without them smiling and saying hello. My cabin steward was a young woman who was so bubbly and energetic it was contagious. Dining room service was superb, the waiter and assistant waiter learned your preferences within a day and always provided your favorite drinks. Food was excellent, both in the main dining room and on the buffet. My only complaint (which I mentioned to the chef) was that the pizza and other Italian dishes were not very tasty. Entertainment was the usual production shows, plus some very talented comedians and singers. The five sea days were filled with a reasonable amount of activities, including recent movies. Embarkation in Honolulu was fast and efficient. It was a little odd to not get under way the first day, we stayed over until 11PM on the 2nd day.  However, Vancouver was chaos, never seen such a messed up port. The various cruise lines were all merged into one long line, with baggage check in at one central point inside the terminal, would be a miracle if your bag made it on the right ship. Waited 2 hours to get a cab. Read Less
Sail Date April 2009
Rhapsody of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.0
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 3.5 3.7
Public Rooms 3.5 4.3
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.7
Family 4.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 3.5 3.4
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 3.0 4.2

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