22 Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas Fitness Cruise Reviews

The cruise was a treat for myself, my wife and Son (21). It started off great with a gentle cruise out of Venice capturing the views of let’s face it, stunning architecture. With purchased the all inclusive drinks package. Again ... Read More
The cruise was a treat for myself, my wife and Son (21). It started off great with a gentle cruise out of Venice capturing the views of let’s face it, stunning architecture. With purchased the all inclusive drinks package. Again what we expected no hidden nightmares. Ship Dated and in a poor state of repair : toilets not up to scratch along with the public areas below spec Sun beds dirty with no comfy option. Again we are Diamond members - should be a free option for regular members. Trips : Appalling: overly expensive with little to no quality. Absolute rip off I honestly cannot point out one positive thing other than the guide they were terrible for such a fabulous itinerary. We have complained to RCI via feedback however yet again no response. The food was average to good, entertainment was plain shocking! If you like Butlins but at sea then RCI are beginning to become exactly that. We thought Carnival were bad however this is now our worst Cruise. Avoid ! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We loved the cruise on the Rhapsody. This is the smallest ship from RC we cruised on. Overall was a great cruise but the gym was way too small and you can see that the ship need some refurbishment. The staff was great and I must say ... Read More
We loved the cruise on the Rhapsody. This is the smallest ship from RC we cruised on. Overall was a great cruise but the gym was way too small and you can see that the ship need some refurbishment. The staff was great and I must say that the food was the best we had on any RC ship. Bar size was the best we had...enough seating except the one near the central area when something was on. The cabin was good and clean. We had not a single issue. We found the entertainment on this ship a bit lacking with too much music entertainment and too little “show”. This was compensated by good movies shown on the big screen near the pool. The pool was closed three times and mostly during the time we were in port and with 35+ degrees was not so good. Excuse was “vomit” incident every time...not sure I believe it. At the same time the pool in the solarium was open and while on port was pretty quiet. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Staff are great. Especially the ships’ daily workers ~ Could improve on main cast performances. Talented but limited on production ~ shows and stage settings. Ship has a variety of activities for everyone. Entertainers brought ... Read More
Staff are great. Especially the ships’ daily workers ~ Could improve on main cast performances. Talented but limited on production ~ shows and stage settings. Ship has a variety of activities for everyone. Entertainers brought in were very good. Especially Elvis Presley impersonator and comedian Michele Balan was excellent Older ship and not contemporary decor.- furniture. Cleanliness is good and spa is great. . Main dining could have a broader menu selection. The casino is a plus ~ positive. Great pool side music. Could do a better job with pool side large screen. Often repeated tv bloopers of bike ~ skate board riding. Ports are great but Belize is small and not a lot to do. High poverty and dirty in some areas. St Thomas Cayman Island is beautiful. Cozumel is a great place - lots of shopping options- beautiful port - Costa Maya is beautiful. Highly recommend touring Chacchoben Mayans ruins Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
It could have been better as we hv traveled other cruise liners & this one lacks a bit of everything, not taking away the service of staff & their dedicated service... overall experience was satisfactory, but it could hv been ... Read More
It could have been better as we hv traveled other cruise liners & this one lacks a bit of everything, not taking away the service of staff & their dedicated service... overall experience was satisfactory, but it could hv been better if the dining experience in the windjammer was better, with limited seating it was difficult to get place when needed... unlike other cruise liners, the main buffet area were never closed, at least one part was open for snacks... the one small restaurant in the solarium was always overcrowded with really limited choices.... the fitness room was small, at times it was overfull... the deck chairs were permanently occupied, whereas 30 mins block allowance was not being experienced... the entertwinement was just ok, nothing to boost about as well as the duty free shops, just about ok. I must say the service extended in speciality restaurants was superb with staff knowledgeable of the cuisine & its selection... the bar & cafe staff were always helpful & quick to place orders.... the photo shop was always busy, but not impressed with the photo shoots, as the poses were more or less similar every time.... their should be many more variations so that it does not show repeats... it's expensive for each photo or a package, so one should be aware of some different options to take photos with better backgrounds... Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Background information My wife and I are a young-ish couple without kids. This was our first cruise in the Mediterranean, but I have been on 25 cruises and my wife about ten. We spent a week in Rome, Florence, and Venice just prior to ... Read More
Background information My wife and I are a young-ish couple without kids. This was our first cruise in the Mediterranean, but I have been on 25 cruises and my wife about ten. We spent a week in Rome, Florence, and Venice just prior to the cruise, as we had a long trip in from New Mexico and wanted to get the most out of our travels. I'd highly recommend spending some time in Italy before or after your cruise. Shout out to tripmasters.com who helped to make our pre-cruise portion easy and affordable. Hotel information Our hotel in Venice was called the Hotel Canaletto, and I'd recommend it for your pre or post cruise stay. Breakfast was included, it was clean, safe, and less than a ten minute walk to the Rialto Bridge or St. Mark's Square. Ship information I have not been on a Vision class ship in about a decade, but this ship is great! I had read some reviews saying the ship is "tired", but I wholeheartedly disagree. I did not see any issues with the condition of the ship. Activities This is not an Oasis class ship in terms of activities available, but there is still plenty on board to keep you occupied during a port intensive voyage. There were multiple trivia sessions each day, a rock climbing wall, a nice gym, and a jogging track, among other things to keep you busy. I will say that trying to run on the track anytime between 10am and 6pm is going to be frustrating if not impossible because there are so many chairs and people on the track. I ran after 6pm, and I was pleased that one mile is equivalent to only four laps, which is hard to believe on a small ship (I've been on ships where it takes ten laps). Service The service was phenomenal! Big shout out to our cabin steward Inam. He was so nice and did an exception job. He even worked longer than his normal hours to clean our cabin (even though we told him not to worry about it). He is genuinely a great person! We also really enjoyed our time in the main dining room. Maria, the headwaiter, did a perfect job of making sure my wife's special order was correct every night. She was also a lot of fun to talk to and very helpful. I saw her in the Windjammer one day, and she was asking if I needed a table and was bussing tables. She did whatever was necessary to make people happy. We also liked our assistant waiter we had on most nights, Kevin. We both think he was very capable of being a lead waiter - he took my order of 4-6 appetizers/entrées without even jotting them down. Port & shore excursions The only ship excursion we did was the Monastery/Melissani Cave tour in Argostoli. The only complaint I have is that we did the Monastery first, followed by a stop in a fishing village (which was nice for shopping), and then the cave last. The problem with this plan is that once the sun goes past the cave opening, the visual experience is not as good. So although the cave was beautiful, I feel like we missed the opportunity to see it at its best. The guide explained that we left the port late due to a problem with RCL (we waited about 20 minutes in the bus), and as a result, we did not go to the cave first because he didn't want us to wait behind all the other tours that left earlier. Cabin Our cabin (3614) was perfect for our needs. It was in close proximity to the aft stairs, which worked well for getting to the dining room and only a brief walk to get on or off the ship. The cabin was clean and quiet. Our cabin steward, Iman, did an excellent job. Dining The quality of food on the ship was great. We really enjoyed both the Windjammer and MDR. I will say that the MDR did not offer a breakfast menu. The only option was the buffet they set up in the center of the MDR (which was good). Still, I know some people will be disappointed that they cannot order off the menu. I'm not sure if this change is fleet wide or just on this ship/itinerary. I did miss the options that are offered on Oasis class ships (a real Park Café, Boardwalk Dog House, Promenade Café, etc.). Entertainment We missed all of the production shows due to port times and eating late, but all of the guest performers were excellent. RCL always does an excellent job of having great outside acts. We had two magicians, a jazz/pop quartet, and a shadow puppet performer (cooler than it sounds). Disembarkation Disembarkation was easier than we've experienced in the US. I'm sure this was partially due to the smaller ship than we are used to, but also because there was not a formal customs check. Summary All in all, we had a great first cruise in Greece and we would highly recommend this ship and RCL! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We chose this cruise becouse Venice was on the itinerary and we had sailed before with Royal Caribean and enjoyed the experience. Unfortunately standards had dropped, they might as well drop the dinning dress code from formal and smart ... Read More
We chose this cruise becouse Venice was on the itinerary and we had sailed before with Royal Caribean and enjoyed the experience. Unfortunately standards had dropped, they might as well drop the dinning dress code from formal and smart casual to come as you like becouse it doesnt really matter. I am not a snob or any thing like that but when I make an effort to dress up for a nice evening meal and others cant be bothered it just spoils it for those who do. Royal Carribean should inforce the dresscode as the dinners who do not want to make an effort can get the same food in the casual eating area (winjammer). Royal Caribean like to try and sell you a drinks package which is great if you want to drink yourself silly every day but those who want to drink more moderatley it is a waste of money. Rooms where clean and tidy, the pool was very crowded. The staff did not smile much and looked over worked. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We select Royal Caribbea because believe taht they have the best service, ships, routes and their workers are the best. I think if possible to offer more shore excursions at ports, in order to squeeze every site, they are super ... Read More
We select Royal Caribbea because believe taht they have the best service, ships, routes and their workers are the best. I think if possible to offer more shore excursions at ports, in order to squeeze every site, they are super interesting. May be, more time to spend in ports. Despite we having allocated dinner schedule, I always found a lot of queues and crowds of people at the Edelweiss restaurant, so I dined either at the winjamer or at a pay restaurant ( Giovanni's table and Chops Grill), however it was a good gastronomic experience in a quiet, noisy, but intimate. Overall our expectations were met. The entretaiment activities were fun , the parties were fun and excited. The shows in the theater were varied and the subjects very interesting, very professional and high quality artists. To finish my review I want to thank all the staff who work day by day to make the holiday unforgettable, cabin attendants, at cafeterias restaurants, all, are wonderful, always with a smile and ready to collaborate and help. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I was looking for something different for my much traveled daughter for her 30th for us all to enjoy. It was a recommendation that friends had suggested, taking in Venice,Dubrovnik, Kotor Santorini, and Katakolun. From the minute we ... Read More
I was looking for something different for my much traveled daughter for her 30th for us all to enjoy. It was a recommendation that friends had suggested, taking in Venice,Dubrovnik, Kotor Santorini, and Katakolun. From the minute we checked into Birmingham airport we were welcomed by reps explaining where to go and explaining what to do at Venice. As it was our first cruise I was quite daunted at the adventure, but I never had a problem all the way through to embarkation we were escorted and supported. The ship was a smaller ship of the fleet, that was from choice. I only wish I had chosen a balcony, but the staterooms were spotless and had loads of space. We did our own thing on the trips at ports and shore as we had 2 adventurous 30 year olds with us. The food in the Edelweiss restaurant was amazing and we were looked after by Jay on table 70 and assistant BEBE, who could not have been more attentive !! Throughout the trip everything was fantastic. I wish we could bottle what Patricio and Grace have in energy and fun ( amazing fun every day and night on board). We would definately go cruising again with Royal Caribbean. Our special thanks go to Uday Shetty, the knowledge from this guy from housekeeping is fantastic. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I wanted to go on a cruise to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We chose this cruise because it was stopping in Croatia. Robert had served three tours in the former Yugoslavia with the Canadian Armed Forces and wanted to take me ... Read More
I wanted to go on a cruise to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We chose this cruise because it was stopping in Croatia. Robert had served three tours in the former Yugoslavia with the Canadian Armed Forces and wanted to take me there. We chose Royal Caribbean because of all the things to do onboard and the destinations. It was a great experience, the staff were friendly and helpful. We felt like we were part of a family. The food was superb. We had so many options for eating on the ship. We even got to meet Travis Kamiyama, the founder of Izumi's, and even enjoyed a saki and sushi pairing with him. While on ship, I was treated to a spa sampler and loved it. We also went to a wines of the world wine tasting experience. We've already booked our next cruise and like the small cruise ships. We are planning to convince other family members to join us. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
You can not find a better orgainzed and freindly crew to become family members with for a fun relaxing and exciting week. The ship is an nolder ship but the crew make up for the ship and it is a fun packed week for those that look for ... Read More
You can not find a better orgainzed and freindly crew to become family members with for a fun relaxing and exciting week. The ship is an nolder ship but the crew make up for the ship and it is a fun packed week for those that look for things to do and relaxing for those wanting to take it easy. The crew meets every need most of the time with out you saying a word. this crew adjust best to the needs of the poeple without being asked. They have great enterianmetn and the best family of crew taking care of you like you reallyu are family. This was not one of those hurry up and wait or stand in line cruises, everything flowed smoothly. The ports are very fun and have a lrage vairty of things to do, meeting every type of need. The crew has a large vairty of senoir and new, but they all have one thing in common, they love what they do and they enjoy making you feel like a family member and someone of great importance. The food and staff are all amazing. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I choose this cruise line because I heard a lot of positive things about it. I was not impressed by anything beside the staff, the staff was mainly always excellent. I encountered one situation were I was instructed that I could eat at the ... Read More
I choose this cruise line because I heard a lot of positive things about it. I was not impressed by anything beside the staff, the staff was mainly always excellent. I encountered one situation were I was instructed that I could eat at the buffet dinner because I was wearing a tank top. I felt like it was a sexist thing because my wife was wearing a tank top right beside me but she was told she could eat wearing a tank top however, I can't. My room attendant was awesome and made the trip worth wild. The shore excursions was awesome n Honduras and Belize but Costa Maya wasn't that great. I was basically a place where everybody on the island was trying to sell you something but over charging for it. I found glass in my food once and saw that a female had hair in her food one day but the food was good. The coffee was way too strong everyday me and my wife tried to drink from it. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We are platinum members and choose this cruise for the dates and itinerary. Having been on vision we knew what to expect from the ship, I sailed with my partner and my 3 teenage children for a family holiday with something for everyone. ... Read More
We are platinum members and choose this cruise for the dates and itinerary. Having been on vision we knew what to expect from the ship, I sailed with my partner and my 3 teenage children for a family holiday with something for everyone. Embarkation was smooth enough although we did find that at this port we had to drag our cases a fair long way, as we had a junior suite reservation we were quickly ushered to the front of the line. There had been a mix up with the booking and our adjacent rooms were down for my partner and one son in the js with me in the ocean view with the other two children, we were told customer services would sort this. It was solved with extra keys so not a problem, it is a little disappointing that my double suite points will go to my son, but as we didn't see any benefits at all to being platinum, I don't suppose that matters. Following a very early start from the UK, we were more than happy to be checked in and getting our first drink by 11.30. One word about the drinks packages, we are on holiday and definitely make them pay, the kids had the RR because they love the mocktails and premium coffees, we had the ultimate for the better wines and cocktails. I have to admit that the kids did get us a few premium coffees but feel this is justified because RC charge for 11 days on a 10 night cruise therefore doubling their profit on changeover days (a bit sneaky) The ship is well presented and kept spotlessly clean, what ever hour you roam about day or night there are always people cleaning and maintaining, this is done very discreetly though so as to avoid busy periods. The tables in the busy areas were cleared efficiently so we never had a problem finding a clean table to sit at. Sure, if you look hard enough you can find some rust spots or signs of wear, but this ship sails through salt water 365 days a year with a full complement of passengers and crew, they do a fantastic job! We were all delighted with our cabins, loads of storage and I didn't need my spare hangers. The kids room was tight with the sofa bed pulled out, but that was only for sleeping and the huge window made the room look much bigger, again plenty of storage. The cabins were kept spotless by our wonderful steward Ritzkey (excuse spelling) who was perfect, friendly but discrete. Dining, we ate dinner in the main dining room and other meals in the windjammer, absolutely no complaints about either. Starting with the windjammer, lovely selection of food to suit all tastes. Very well presented and hot, (food will chill quickly on melamine plates if you spend ages carrying it around the various stations, little and often is the way forward, it's a buffet and you can go back!) Plenty of servers clearing tables and offering refills, and never a problem finding a table for us. Everything I tried I Would rate between good and excellent apart from the powdered scrambled eggs, go for fried or boiled. Main dining room I couldn't fault, special thanks to Ruby and Tetiana for your faultless service. All meals were delicious and plenty of choices beautifully presented. We were privileged to be invited to dine at the captains table one night, that was a fabulous treat, thank you Royal Caribbean it made our cruise! Activities, mixed feelings on this one, I'm a party animal so really enjoyed the theme nights. Trivia quizzes also fun and a good way to meet people, Neil from Brazil a great host. Special thanks to Marko for the fun and educational cocktail seminar and looking after me so well the rest of the week. I only went to one theatre show, the Beatles tribute and enjoyed that too. My partner not being a dancer or Sun worshipper sometimes found cruising days a bit boring but is happy chilling with a book so that was ok. The children were not impressed with the teen club, being older teens they said it was geared for 12 year olds, my daughter hooked up with others halfway through and had fun. Middle son (15) made the best of it and once persuaded to join me dancing thoroughly enjoyed the pool parties and games. Elder son (17) spent too much time in his cabin watching reruns for my liking, but his choice. We all agreed that the activity team did a great job and praise their enthusiasm. Excursions, we didn't take any RC as prohibitively expensive, my advice is to search trip advisor and do your own thing. We only had a problem with lines on the first tender day in Santorini getting of the boat, but as the port provided the tenders I wouldn't hold that against RC. Unfortunately while taking part in a game show on the penultimate night I managed to dislocated my prosthetic hip! This was incredibly painful and I am sorry if I caused any fellow passengers who witnessed my agony distress, heartfelt thanks to everyone for the concern shown to both myself and my family, both at the time and for the remainder of the cruise. This incident was in no way a fault of RC, but the way it was dealt with was extremely professional and caring by all involved. Thanks to Alex who was hosting the show for his prompt response, but especial thanks to all the medical crew who's names escape me in a blur of pain and drugs (you know who you are!). I was disembarked in Zadar the next morning for emergency medical treatment so unfortunately my family had to continue and fly home without me. I am pleased to say that RC offered continued support during this traumatic period to both me and my family, and that I am now safely home, although full recovery will take some weeks. The main thing I will take from this cruise are very happy memories, and the impression of friendliness and professionalism aboard. Captain Johann is quite justified in calling it super friendly, and should be very proud of all his crew. My one regret is that I didn't get to say goodbye to the friends I made on-board, and all the crew members who made this holiday special, but I hope you will read this and understand. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
The boat is nice bit old and small. We were in room 7086 which had a window. Nice room which was cleaned a few times day. the service, staff and food was great and very accommodating to your needs (veg, vegan etc) . It was busy and ... Read More
The boat is nice bit old and small. We were in room 7086 which had a window. Nice room which was cleaned a few times day. the service, staff and food was great and very accommodating to your needs (veg, vegan etc) . It was busy and there were many italians on board.i don't mind them but they are pretty dominant. Sport wise its was disgrace. There is no sport court!! the only activities are table tennis, climbing wall, running/walking track and gym. There were yoga classes but it was very basic. The climbing wall was always very busy with long queues and i only managed one climb the whole week. So was the table tennis always busy with really little kids. You really have to push to get a game and its not nice. I don't know why they do not have age restrictions or give one table to adult and one for the kids. The pool is small and was loaded with kids and there is always loud music playing which makes it difficult to relax or have a chat. The sollarium is nice and relax for adults. Overall it a nice boat for a couple wanting to relax but maybe not for a trip with kids and not if you like sport. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
The embarkation went quickly and we were on board before we knew it. As expected, the Windjammer was packed. Avoid it at all costs if you can. This was probably the biggest problem we had with the sailing was the poor setup and space ... Read More
The embarkation went quickly and we were on board before we knew it. As expected, the Windjammer was packed. Avoid it at all costs if you can. This was probably the biggest problem we had with the sailing was the poor setup and space planning in the Windjammer. We ended up eating most meals (including breakfast and lunch) in the dining room. The food there was very good and had nice selections. The ship was nicley taken care of and we had no problems at all with our stateroom. We sail in interior rooms, just because we don't spend much time there. The only day I wish we would have had a balcony was the day we were at Dawes Glacier. We wouldn't have had to get up so early to get a good spot to view it on deck. The captain was awesome and manuevered the ship all around several times so that all guests would get a good look at the glacier no matter where they were. We loved our Juneau excursion. We went on a whale watching trip with Harv & Marv's and saw many humpbacks, eagles and seals. Then they dropped us at Mendenhall and we had king crab legs at Tracy's Crab Shack. Skagway was great. We rentaed a jeep and drove into the Yukon. We spotted a black bear by the side of the road on our trip back and he stayed there for quite a while so we got great photos. Victoria was pretty. Don't bother with the hop on hop off from the cruise line. All it did was get you to downtown. You had to walk most of the stops anyway. We rented bikes and had a nice time in the city park. All in all, we loved our trip and have beautiful memories of it. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
After sailing from Sydney on March 11 for Pacific Isles myself, wife and son can not praise Royal Caribbean and Rhapsody of the Seas enough. From the wonderful staff that provided for all our needs (esp when my son was a little unwell on ... Read More
After sailing from Sydney on March 11 for Pacific Isles myself, wife and son can not praise Royal Caribbean and Rhapsody of the Seas enough. From the wonderful staff that provided for all our needs (esp when my son was a little unwell on last 2 days) to the food that was plentiful and tasty. Just one gripe though that other passengers also commented about is the coffee onboard. Somewhat less than desirable and had us drinking hot chocolate or tea. With luck they will change this brand (Seattles Best. All the ports of call were well handled and worth seeing. Tender process where required was mostly fast and efficient. Shows through day and night were hot and cold with a couple a little flat, but did not faze us at all. As for the Captain Rob, he is a hoot and kept us updated on progress with his very dry humour. The best captain by far I have encountered and he participated in a fundraising walk for charity on deck. Cruise director Luke was in everything and I swear this guy has wings to fly as he was all over hosting different fun events and theatre shows. Great work from all staff. A special mention to our wonderful cabin steward Alexander and to our Edelweiss waiters that looked after us so well on level 5. I have to say that I thought to match our previous cruise with Princess would be hard to do, but thumbs up to this cruise company that is the equal in our opinion. Thank you to all staff and hello to our new found friends on the ship from Windsor Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
This was our 6th cruise, the first with Royal Caribbean and we were keen to see how it compared. On all other cruises, fellow travellers have RAVED about RCI, so I read all the reviews from those who'd sailed just ahead of us with ... Read More
This was our 6th cruise, the first with Royal Caribbean and we were keen to see how it compared. On all other cruises, fellow travellers have RAVED about RCI, so I read all the reviews from those who'd sailed just ahead of us with interest. A common theme from recent reviews is that that check in was difficult. The thing you need to understand with cruising, is that everyone races to get on in the first hour so they can hit the buffet. Of course it's going to be chaos! Understanding that the buffet is not going anywhere, we always arrive 60-90 minutes towards the end of the checkin time and have always had a civilised welcome of no longer than 30 minutes. This one was no exception. Our interior stateroom was fine, same as all the other boats we've been on. Housekeeping staff were charming and addressed us by name and did a great job throughout the whole cruise with the towel animals. Rhapsody takes approx 2000 passengers so she's not a big boat. On one hand it's good, as we went on the EPIC, (4000+), where it took 10 mins to get an elevator and we spent the whole cruise getting lost. The downside with a small boat is that facilities are limited. After 10 days we were pretty sick of the bars and dining areas, but if you love familiarity, this is the boat for you. The staff were friendly, the entertainment good and the activities ok. On this cruise, everyone got involved and the dance classes were particularly popular. It was a younger crowd than usual (I understand RCI target the 35-55 demographic) and it had a noticably more lively atmosphere than we're used to. People went to town on the 3 formal nights, with great cocktail dresses and suits. The one thing we really did not like was the dining. Previous reviewers have bagged the buffet: stating that it was boring, dry and uninspiring. We are buffet snobs so we approached this with some trepidation but were pleasantly surprised. It was the best we've seen. LOADS of fresh salads, healthy options and variety. Even the fatties who cruise purely to gorge piled their plates high and seemed happy. However, the main dining room was really disappointing. There was only 1 'free' dining room and we were stuck on a noisy table for 10. It took 90 mins - 2 hours to complete a 3 course meal. The same guys who took our orders also had to run out the back to get wine, so if you ordered a bottle of wine at the wrong time, your food order was delayed 20 minutes. More than once we gave up waiting for our glasses to be refilled and grabbed the bottle ourselves. We also would order a bottle of wine with 6 glasses, the waitress would massively overfill 4 of them and then declare the bottle empty. Whether this was just lousy training or a cunning ploy to sell more, we aren't sure but it was completely unacceptable. Food was good,although generally matched whatever was in the buffet, just with better presentation. The exception was New Years Eve, when they told us they were doing something special and actually delivered a really great menu with standout service and quality. (It was so notably different to the rest of the cruise that I dropped the manager a 'well done' note.) With no other 'free' dining options, we started to look at the paid restaurants. Again, on all other cruises we've done there's been a simple $10-$20 fee and then you can have whatever you want. On Royal Carribean, it was over complicated and a bit stingy comparatively. Izumi was $5 to get in, then you still had to pay for each dish. It ended up costing us $177 for 4 once we'd included wine, so we may as well have just gone out in Sydney. In Giovannis we paid $7.50 a head lunch cover charge and were then told we could only choose from 3 dishes from a set menu. On every other cruise, once you're in a specialty restaurant you can sample whatever you like. So for us as foodies, this was a significant let down to the whole experience. The martini and the cocktail tasting were good value: 5 samples for $11.75. The wine tasting on the other hand was a bit steep: $23 bought us just 4 samples, although we did get 4 bites of cheese to go with it. We also attended the bourbon/whiskey tasting which was $20, but we got 9 samples of top shelf products to try so it was worth it. Bring a converter plug: the boat has USA fixtures. Also the 15% compulsory gratuity gives Aussies the irates, but even considering this, the cocktails were still mostly Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
we enjoyed this cruise and we made friends with a good crowd which helped to make it enjoyable if we had been alone it may have been a bit disappointing especially the first week when everything seemed to finish early or every where we ... Read More
we enjoyed this cruise and we made friends with a good crowd which helped to make it enjoyable if we had been alone it may have been a bit disappointing especially the first week when everything seemed to finish early or every where we seemed to go to see a band we managed to get there when they were on a 15 min break with no music to fill in at least if the band isn't on we should have good music.The Schooner Bar is great but gets very full and Derek works very hard most nights. The other bands on the ships could take a lesson from him. The first ball was very disappointing we went after 2nd sitting dinner ,the band played a waltz followed by wait for it a polka in fact when this cleared the dance floor they played another polka at which one couple did venture to dance.They then played a Beatles medley lo and behold the dance floor was full several numbers later and everyone having fun the band said good night I complained to one of the band members and he agreed they should keep on playing whilst people are dancing especially as it wasn't even 11pm.Never mind we went to the centrum music there oh no they had gone on 15 min break!! The cruise ,food ,staff all great just need to get the music and entertainment a bit organised. The RC dancers and singers all great and they do work hard but perhaps could be rosters so there are always some of them to keep dancing going.The 2nd and 3rd weeks were a lot livelier and when we went to the disco had a good time cos there was a few of us to request music. Sitting Round the pool got to be repetitive when they promoted the signature restaurants neatly every day. Bar staff are all very good and the waiters are great enjoyed the waiters singing in the dining room. Overall a good cruise Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
We just returned from our 7 nights on the Rhapsody. We have done basically the same itinerary to Alaska on Princess, NCL, and now RCI. I decided to try the RCI Rhapsody because everybody seems to be so loyal to RCI. The ship had just been ... Read More
We just returned from our 7 nights on the Rhapsody. We have done basically the same itinerary to Alaska on Princess, NCL, and now RCI. I decided to try the RCI Rhapsody because everybody seems to be so loyal to RCI. The ship had just been refurbished so I was eager to check it out. We traveled with a 6 year old and an infant. Pros: Kids club is superb say hi to "Grandpa" up in in the kid's club. They are great. Programs keep kids busy,and they even do a great talent show and pirate show for the passengers. Baby toys check out was also a great service and was free. Service: I found service to be great in dining areas and cabins. We had the best cabin steward you could ever desire. He was at our beck and call and always did his work with a smile. If your are an RCI supervisor reading this, I really would like him to get a pat on the back. We were in 4451 & 4453. I really wanted to pack him in my suitcase and take him home to organize my life in my own house. Of course, that wasn't going to happen, so I just enjoyed my time we had him to help our family. Dining staff are excellent, both in main dining and buffet areas. Once you make a special request on the first night (for us, it was a to go PB & J to take back to the room for our son since he gets hungry late at night) you will come to your table with your request waiting, no need to ask again. It was great. Solarium pool area is nice. However, if you have kids, they can only utilize the indoor solarium pool from 12-2 and 4-8 pm. Princess has a full-time solarium open to all ages. This is important for cold weather Alaska cruises. You won't want to swim outside on an Alaska trip. We have been in May June & September. Cons: Entertainment in the main theater takes a few nights to warm up. I've definitely seen better production shows on the 5 other cruises I've been on. The female comedian Judy was absolutely fabulous. What was difficult was the timing of the shows and entertainment. There doesn't seem to be secondary entertainment or dancing that caters to our younger ages until late late when you have to get your kid to bed. Other cruises seem to have a disco with modern music earlier in the evening so you can enjoy some dancing (other than oldies) before the kid's bedtime. Of course Disney is fabulous for that, but they cater to families. If you are age range 50 or above you may have enjoyed most all of the entertainment on board music wise. My husband is 51 and sang along to everything. I'm 39 so I was like OK I'm going to fall asleep now!! SPA: This time, I didn't purchase a spa service. Prices were completely unreasonable, even for a ship. The sauna & steam room were fine, however the showers in the spa were absolutely horrible. For a newly renovated ship, it was crazy. None of the shower doors even remained closed for privacy. On top of that, the doors opened on one side to a hallway, so basically, if someone was walking by and you were hopping out of the shower, they would see you. Also, there were zero amenities provided in the locker rooms. Most ships provide lotions, combs, hair dryers, etc. It's like they didn't really want you to hang out in the spa. And no relaxation area for non-spa patrons. Gym was okay but far too small & the price for fitness classes was crazy. $125.00 ya right. NO AFTERNOON TEA SERVICE NOT ONE SINGLE TIME EVEN ON SEA DAYS. I was so surprised to find no afternoon tea service. I'm not British, but I enjoy this cruise tradition. INFANTS & BABIES: We really enjoyed the staff in the Royal Tots & Babies during free open play. However, we felt like the ship could provide one or two hours per day of free babysitting for infants since we paid full price for a 10 month old infant that obviously isn't going to eat his way through the cruise. Just keep that in mind if you have kids under 3. In summary: I discussed my concerns with many of the staff so we could decide if we should try RCI again. They reassured me that traveling on the Rhapsody wasn't the best ship to try for families with children. Basically, we need to try out the Oasis or Freedom class of ships and we may be happier. Hope this helps.   Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
This was my first cruise. Even though I spent a lot of time on cruisecritic.com. I did not know what to expect. I thought I would leave some observations for other newbies. It turns out that eating is the main activity on a cruise. On ... Read More
This was my first cruise. Even though I spent a lot of time on cruisecritic.com. I did not know what to expect. I thought I would leave some observations for other newbies. It turns out that eating is the main activity on a cruise. On lobster night everyone asked for seconds, and the staff are happy to oblige. If we had trouble deciding on dessert the staff would bring us all of the desserts. The staff want to make you happy, don't be afraid to ask for what you want. After reading reviews suggesting there were long lines we decided to get the Chef's Table dining package. This was a lot of fun and a lot of value for the money. The dinner at the Chef's table was really special (Jacques is an awesome sommelier). I liked all of the specialty restaurants. Having said that, the "My Time" dining in the Edelweiss would have been perfectly acceptable and a good way to save money. The room is very nice, with china, a fine dining atmosphere, great views and outstanding service. Be prepared to determine your standing reservation before you board the ship. Our state room (a junior suite) was 8564. This was a surprisingly large room. While others looked for public places to relax and read, we were quite comfortable in our room with its beautiful view. The bathroom and balcony were also surprisingly roomy. There were lots of drawers and closet space. We had more places to store things than we needed. The room did not reflect a modern style. Though the bleached wood furnishings and ugly painting were not impressive, the room was VERY clean and comfortable. Friends of ours had a suite as well, but it was much smaller. When we first saw the balcony we thought we were going to have coffee on the balcony every morning. But, it was very cold out there. Most of our trip was cloudy and the temp never got about 60. With the wind from the ship it was just too nippy to spend more than a couple of minutes on the balcony. I also had dreams of doing a lot of running on the deck. What newbies don't realize is that it is very windy on deck when the ship is travelling full-out at sea. Still, it is possible to run on the deck, you just need to get used to strong headwinds running toward the bow and lots of tailwind running to the stern. The fitness center was small but functional. I went to the free stretching class a few times and my wife took paid yoga classes. Lots of treadmills, ellipticals and free weights. There are tons of activities. Simple things like bingo, line dancing and trivia. But, people came out in large numbers for these events and they brought the same enthusiasm as if they had mid-field seats for the super bowl. That is what I love about cruise goers and it was something I learned early. Your level of enjoyment is driven by your attitude. Likewise, the staff on the ship (almost entirely from nations that don't participate in the G8) are incredibly friendly. If you learn their name and treat them well they will give you excellent service and lots of great tips (e.g., stay at the rear of the ship at the glacier and you will have the best view when the ship turns around). So, the incidentals on a cruise can be significant. We probably spent another $2,000 on drinks, specialty dining, spa services, excursions and other stuff. I am OK with that, but there are some areas that I would not due if I were trying to maximizing value. Our massages were good, but on the expensive side. I also pre-purchased water, and never drank most of it. There is a large theater with some decent entertainment. The shows are typically 1900 and 2100. We found that our dinner time (dinner was usually 2 hours) would prevent us from making most of these shows. Something to think about when choosing your dining time. We loved the Temptation tribute. The comedian was entertaining. Unfortunately we missed the headliner, Gary Mule Deer. I am still trying to figure out how tipping works. I wish the cruise operator would address that more clearly. I was also not pleased with the muster drill. All of the instructions were given via overhead speakers which are difficult to hear. On top of that there was a crane operating outside of our station. I never heard a single instruction. This is unacceptable. But that is my only true complaint. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
This years cruise was a last minute decision. Our family's reunion in Texas fell through 72 days ago. So, my wife suggested looking for a last minute cruise. We found the Alaska; inside passage cruise on the Rhapsody of the Seas with ... Read More
This years cruise was a last minute decision. Our family's reunion in Texas fell through 72 days ago. So, my wife suggested looking for a last minute cruise. We found the Alaska; inside passage cruise on the Rhapsody of the Seas with Royal Caribbean. We flew in to Seattle on the morning of departure. I prefer to fly in the night before the cruise leaves however, my Mrs. had other plans; happy wife, happy life. No delays at the airports or flights so getting there went smooth and we arrived on time at 10am. We used Shuttle Express to get from SeaTac to the pier. This is the cheapest way to get back and forth, $36 per person round trip. Embarkation took longer for this cruise than our previous 2 trips. The documentation lines moved rather slow and apparently the company is quite proud of they're terminal because they had us walk around the whole thing to get the the gangway. We boarded the ship around 12:30pm. The stateroom attendants had the rooms ready very early so we went straight to our cabin. The luggage on the other hand did not make an appearance until 5:35. Yup, we went to dinner with wrinkled clothes. We booked our cruise fairly last minute, there were plenty of window and balcony staterooms available. This being our 3 trip we realized that as pretty as the views can be; we are never in our cabin to see it. We always seemed to be out on deck or in a lounge on our last 2 trips with balcony rooms, so we opted for an inside room to see what that would be like. We both agreed that this is how to go for now on. The room is cheaper and we did not miss the balcony. One perk is that it stays dark. No sunrise to wake up one who does not wish to wake up. The crew was FANTASTIC! Absolutely no issues with the crew, from our stateroom attendant, bar service and dining room. Our 3rd cruise, all on Royal Caribbean, and the 3rd time that I can say Royal Caribbean hires the best people to crew their ships. On this note, the food was Fantastic. The dining room was exquisite. The Windjammer had plenty of variety and good quality. We did not visit the solarium, but I didn't hear any one complain. Well now its time to talk about the entertainment. Not great. So bad that I don't remember any names. In fact we walked out of every show. We found ourselves at the Schooner Bar every night to hang out Derek Lewis and is Adult Day Care at Night show. He has a Kamikaze Karaoke show that was great. Thank god for Derek. The Rhapsody of the Seas, the ship is clean and was stable in stormy seas. However, way over due for a renovation. For example, the carpets are worn out, the the lounge chair cushions are flat, we had a picture tube TV in our cabin. We also did not have a mini fridge. A bar service manager told us that the ship is due to be dry docked in February 2012 and undergo a major refit. He believes they are adding an ice skating rink, more on board shopping and specialty restaurants. They will also be adding the interactive TVs in each cabin that you can find on most of the modern ships in the fleet. The Rhapsody did launch in 98'. Juneau, We did what I call the trifecta. Or ca Point Lodge for a salmon bake on the beach, whale watching and the Mendenhall Glacier. The high light was the whale watching. We saw a pod of about 10 swim by, they then began hunting using what the guide called "bubble netting". They did this about 5 times then they started breaching. Jumping completely out of the water. The guide said the whales usually only do this when mating during the winter months in Hawaiian waters. Seeing this in Alaska is rare. The only negative about this port was our duration. We only had 8 hours and our tour took up most of that. There was no time to explore the shops in Juneau. Skagway; I don't have a passport so excursions here were limited as you need one to go to Canada. The most popular activity was a train ride on the White Pass Railroad. However, we spoke to a couple that went on and said it was nice but wouldn't do it again. It was a giant loop, they never got off the train to get a close look at anything. We were in port for about 10 hours. More than is needed. The shopping in town is limited to one street about 9 blocks long. I will say that they did have some amazing local art work. I found a wrist watch made of wood. Absolutely beautiful. Also, don't miss the Sarah Palin store. Whether you like her or not, theres no denying she's a pretty lady. You can get a picture of yourself with her likeness. Tracy Arm Fjord; This was the part of the trip I was anticipating most. Sailing between mountains while sheets of snow and ice fall off the cliffs, splashing into the water. Not so much.... You do sail through a Fjord with steep rock mountains on each side. The rock walls go straight down to about a thousand feet or more in some spots. There were also icebergs, blue as the sky and as big as large houses (above water). Alas at the end is a glacier that does break off into the water, but this is not the scene I was waiting for, the one I have seen on videos and advertisements. That is apparently another cruise that takes you to Anchorage. Victoria; All I can say is WOW. Clean and beautiful. There is a European feeling about the city. There aren't too many tours to take. My wife and I shopped. Our favorite hobby. Be careful and set a limit, there are many stores offering many goods. You can get caught up in it fast. Walk Government Street to Market Square first, window shopping. Then go back to the stores that stood out on your walk. You can't go wrong. If you like Japanese food and sushi, you'll want to go to Zen Sushi on Fort Street. They make a Katsudon just like Mamma's Kitchen outside Futema MCAS on Okinawa. Leaving the ship was a lot easier than getting on. We used the express departure call at 7:30am. We were off the ship and through customs in 25 minutes. A quick ride on the Express Shuttle to the SeaTac airport a full airplane ride and we were home. This was really the only rough spot. The excessive heat wave on the east coast caused some delays at Newark airport. Took 45 minutes to get to the gate after landing. The final word on this cruise is this. My wife and I are not fans of heat, humidity, sunburns and sand. This was the cruise. We are already talking with family about doing a group trip next summer. We are also looking into the 9 day trip which goes to Anchorage and the Fjord trip I thought I would see on this one. There should be a newer or refurbished vessel doing the itinerary next year so those aforementioned issues should not be a problem. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
Captain Rick Sullivan Master of the Rhapsody of the Seas ran a happy ship. Born in Canada he had spent his life at sea for some 35 years. He is affable, easily receptive person with a great sense of humor. He mingled often with the ... Read More
Captain Rick Sullivan Master of the Rhapsody of the Seas ran a happy ship. Born in Canada he had spent his life at sea for some 35 years. He is affable, easily receptive person with a great sense of humor. He mingled often with the passengers for an unhurried chat. He was highly respected by his crew who mirrored his attitude. The hotel employees provided sincere and capable service without a patronizing manner The public areas, the brass and glass of the Rhapsody sparkled from constant care. The 78,491-ton ship built in 1997 appeared new because of excellent upkeep. She carries a top capacity of 2,435 passengers and about 2,000 crew. CDC rated her with a score of 89 from a recent inspection. Hand sanitation stations throughout the ship and passenger cooperation helped keep her healthy. The Centrum with its open atrium expanded the visible spaciousness of the ship. Elevators from the Centrum made easy access to the Internet cafe (55 cents / min 24/7,library, gym, climbing wall and the windjammer. The pleasant two level main dining rooms seated at least 1500 persons. Waiter's stations were located on constant counters to provide top productivity. The cuisine was topnotch for a cruise fare. The dining room offered eggs benedict and other varied breakfast items. Lunch had a great salad bar. Dinner menu consisted of daily "Catch of the day fish", steaks and desserts. Yasser our friendly headwaiter from Jakarta provided us with "Nasa Goreng" an Indonesian dish and other non-menu items when we requested. Our waiter Yuliadi from Indonesia and his assistant Dan from Mainland China retained our names and treated us like royalty. Most of the hotel employees come from the Philippines, Eastern Europe, Indonesia, India, and South America and recently from Mainland China. We dined with a well-traveled retired couple, Linda and Peter from Perth, Australia where they boarded for Sydney. We swapped travel tales and enjoyed their company. The Windjammer, a lido type buffet offered many hot and cold dishes for casual dining. Desserts stood out specially the lychee fruit tart. Separate island counters designed to prevent long lines during peak hours provided cruisers with desired menu choices;. The solarium grill furnished pizza and hot dogs. Coffee, tea, and chocolate drinks for early risers waiting for the sunrise and lounge lizards after a late night out were available 24/7. An ice cream machine set near the pool area operated from 11 AM. Angel from the Philippines with his two assistants kept the pool sector precisely clean. They were up long before daylight to prepare their section. The passengers took advantage of the warm weather to swim and bask in the sun. The swimming pool never closed and used heavily. Our ocean view cabin located midship on deck 2 proved very stable during rough weather. It had a queen-size bed and a small CRT TV built in 1997, amazingly still working. The 115 volt outlets came in handy for charging cell phone and camera batteries. Gene, our cabin steward from the Philippines kept our room tidy and squeaky-clean. He also made towel animals that greeted us after he finished with the room. We found the travel agency that handled our booking through the Cruise Critic website. We are extremely pleased with their excellent service with a minimum effort on our part. Much to our delight they also credited us for gratuity ship fees that represented a big chunk of our traveling money. We also lucked out on our flights. We got promotion tickets earlier, but the carrier ran out of seats on departure time. They gave us business class tickets on another airline. It made the Los Angeles/Sydney flight where we boarded our ship, more comfortable. We made our return flight to Los Angeles on a new A-380. The circle cruise of Australia by the Rhapsody fitted our plans well. We have never been to Western Australia before although this is our sixth visit to the land down under. Our trip began in 1980 when we flew from Los Angeles to Alice Springs. We toured the outback and worked our way to Adelaide then to Sydney. We attended a French opera sang in English at the Sydney Opera house and had dinner at the Benelong restaurant where we were introduced to Baramundi fish and Barrosa wine. The majority of voyagers came from Australia. Some sailed from Sydney got off in Perth and many got on in Perth destined for Sydney. The Australians are great travelers and have discovered cruising close to home. They were courteous, considerate and very sociable. Heavy advertising by the cruise lines in the U.K. yielded at least 350 Scot and 650 English for the ship at Perth. They easily mixed with the crowd and quite enjoyed themselves. With some Europeans and South Americans were the Germans. Nearly all of the Germans could not speak English. The ship translated public notices for them. Most were curt and rude. The Americans were mostly retired seniors and repeat cruisers. They kept a low profile and were very casual. Our cruise with the Rhapsody of the Seas turned out to be one of the better ones. The joy of discovery came with the places we were visiting for the first time. We had to depend on shuttle buses ($ 8.00 one way per person) to take us for about thirty minute ride to town as we docked mostly on working ports that prohibited pedestrian traffic. Most of the towns we visited had their own unique charm and character. Broome had a rich history of the mother of pearl industry. Darwin had a huge crocodile farm. A bird's eye view at 1,500 feet on a helicopter revealed a panoramic view of Burnie's seashore and greenery as far as the eye could see on a very clear day. Hobart and Christchurch had museums (no entrance fees and photography allowed) that were well worth visiting. After 35 days and 9,858 nautical miles later we finally came full circle with the Australian continent and New Zealand. We also reached Papua New Guinea, a new country for us. Read Less
Sail Date October 2009
Royal Caribbean - Rhapsody of the Seas      The embarkation/debarkation process was very smooth at both ends.  The hardest part of the embarkation was dealing with the luggage while keeping track of your paperwork.  But the ... Read More
Royal Caribbean - Rhapsody of the Seas      The embarkation/debarkation process was very smooth at both ends.  The hardest part of the embarkation was dealing with the luggage while keeping track of your paperwork.  But the lines were short and the process was well managed!     I would highly suggest opting for the express departure from the ship.  It means you have to carry (or roll) all your luggage yourself but it saves you time (and money) avoiding the congestion.  The ramps are not steep and did not present a problem.  We were docked at 7AM.  Express departure was only from 7:15 AM to 7:45 AM.  It was very quick.  We were back in our hotel room by 8AM!  I understand that the exit for Pier 91 gets very congested as the bulk of the passengers are leaving.  You have to be off the ship by 10AM anyway.  One factor I didn't consider is that our cruise ended on a federal holiday (Friday of 4the of July weekend).  Maybe the much lighter Friday morning traffic was the reason for our easy exit.        I understand now why this ship has such a loyal clientele.   Here are a few things that we enjoyed most:  -                      Dinner at the Edelweiss (much preferred over the WindJammer's buffet). -                      Enjoying made-to-order omelets for breakfast at the Windjammer. -                      Views from the WindJammer to the front of the ship. -                      All the entertainment was top-notch - especially the evening shows. -                      Relaxing in the hot-tubs - especially the ones in the Solarium. -                      Running on the treadmill with a view from the back of the ship. -                      Climbing the rock climbing wall. -                      The ability (albeit expensive) to get to the internet and read email. -                      Munching far too many soft-serve ice cream cones between meals. -                      Meeting people whose friendship will last longer than the duration of the cruise. -                      The informative discussions about the bridge crew and cruise destinations. -                      The opportunity for quiet activities like reading or working a puzzle.       The service on Rhapsody was amazing.  I've never felt so pampered.  There were always smiling faces and a greeting from the hostess upon entering the WindJammer in the morning.  And when servers told us that it was their "pleasure" (to serve us), I appreciated them even more for their professionalism.  Once I attempted to clean a food mess in the WindJammer .  I was stopped and was told, "It's not your problem."  They treated the passengers like royalty.       This is only my second cruise and I don't know if it is common or not - but there was a very low frequency vibration from the engines that was felt from the floor.  You barely noticed it when on carpet.  The amazing 6-story sculpture in the center atrium (called "Diadem") was suspended by long cables.  I noticed that this engine movement created a slight sympathetic vibration in these cables.  It wasn't a safety issue.  I just found it interesting that even the sculpture was tuned somewhat to this vibration.        "The Quest" was off-the-hook hilarious.  The "Love and Marriage" game (like the old "Newlywed Game") was funny.  We also enjoyed the trivia games.  Keith and Frankie were wonderful cruise directors.       I wish we had chosen "My-Time-Dining" as many of our friends were on the opposite dining schedule.  Because of entertainment scheduling conflicts, we ate several meals off the main menu but served in our cabin.  All the food looked absolutely delicious but I can't remember a meal that achieved that high mark in taste.  I loved the Indian food as a vegetarian option.  Tracy Arm Fjord and Sawyer Glacier       We were redirected to Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier.  I was disappointed.  Maybe it was because the very gray morning mist muted much of the color.  Maybe it was because I was excited by the lecture onboard about the Tracy Arm Fjord.  Or maybe it was because I woke up at 4:50 AM to see it.  I don't know - maybe it was all of the above reasons. Conclusion       It was our first Royal Caribbean cruise.  We enjoyed it so much that we committed a deposit on another RCI cruise in the future.  And I would not hesitate to cruise on the Rhapsody again!       It was our first trip to Alaska.  I guarantee it won't be our last! Read Less
Sail Date June 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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