132 Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas South Pacific Cruise Reviews

It was my 70th birthday that I wanted to get away from and this cruise would be going to the most beautiful Champagne Bay. We had the top suite and it was fantastic. So much room. There was more than enough hanging space and drawers and ... Read More
It was my 70th birthday that I wanted to get away from and this cruise would be going to the most beautiful Champagne Bay. We had the top suite and it was fantastic. So much room. There was more than enough hanging space and drawers and the bathroom was a proper bathroom with a bidet, a glass enclosed shower and a spa bath. The amenities were excellent only needed to note a vanity door needed looking at and it was done while we were out in the morning. The living room had a table and chairs big enough for us to dine in when we didn't feel like dressing for diner. Balcony, roomy with chairs and 2 sun loungers. Entertainment was suited in the day time around the pool, for the party goers. Lots of noise and crazy games, loud music and it was part time every day there. The Spa pool area was lovely for a quiet poolside read, gentle music and refreshments. Evening, the ship lacked piano type bars where couples could have a cocktail, listen to softer music suited for that romantic close dancing! The Atrium band and dance area was too much like being in a glass bowl everybody looking down or around at you. Wonderful for those exhibitionist that seem to be on every cruise we've been on. Shows were fine, but we didn't go every night. Disappointed with main dining room seating and staff so we dined mainly at the buffet as it had one one the best we've experienced. The cuisine was excellent, and the staff were absolutely delightful....and enjoyment to dine there. We also used the room service to dine in often. The consiarge room is a great facility for those in that category of suite and to meet other cruisers for pre dinner catch ups and drinks. Over all it was a great cruise and I look forward to my next one in 2017. Thoroughly recommend RCL. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
It wasn't as good as the first cruise we did on Carnival. The cabin was smaller but still OK and nice. We were meant to go to Fiji but didn't get there. The reason was a cyclone. every day the captain changed his mind as to ... Read More
It wasn't as good as the first cruise we did on Carnival. The cabin was smaller but still OK and nice. We were meant to go to Fiji but didn't get there. The reason was a cyclone. every day the captain changed his mind as to where we were going. Instead of going to the Isle of Pine which was no where near the cyclone, we stopped for the first day in Newcastle. A big disappointment for all. He kept heading to where the cyclone was. It was days before it passed Fiji. First we were going to Luginville. then it was changed to Champagne Bay. But as the cyclone was still there. we had to go at a very slow speed and spend another day at sea. We got there just after the cyclone had left. This was day 7 of a 12 day day cruise. It still hadn't got down to passing Fiji. Next day we called at Luginville which was badly hit with the cyclone two days before. I wrote in to complain and got a very snooty reply 3 weeks later and half of what I read was untrue. The entertainment wasn't as good as our other line. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
My advice to anyone is to not go on the Rhapsody of the Seas, it is a third rate ship, there is no laundry on the ship, you are expected to put your laundry in bags and have it done by the ships laundry service and is very expensive, so ... Read More
My advice to anyone is to not go on the Rhapsody of the Seas, it is a third rate ship, there is no laundry on the ship, you are expected to put your laundry in bags and have it done by the ships laundry service and is very expensive, so obviously not many passengers would pay for the service, both the pools are cold, not heated. The ship looks and feels old, really doesn't have anything going for it. If you don't like playing Bingo or rock climbing or trivia, there isn't a lot to do on the ship. The Library consists of a tiny space of shelving, with a few books on it, most uninviting,couldn't find a decent book to read. I would not recommend this ship. In the center of the ship I think it was called Centrum they have lots of chairs where people can sit and watch a bit of entertainment, the chairs are terrible, you sit in them and the backs aren't straight so you have to lie back in them and very uncomfortable. Because there weren't enough chairs a lot of passengers (mostly elderly as they could not get there quickly enough to get a chair to sit down) had to stand up. They would rope off two spaces every night I suppose for their special guests in case any decided to come at their own leisure, and people had to stand around and look at these empty chairs because nobody ever turned up, it was disgraceful. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Overview We were not pleased with the experience with Royal Caribbean. We just felt it was not good value or anywhere as pleasurable as our other two cruises. It was not because of the change in itinerary, as weather cannot be ... Read More
Overview We were not pleased with the experience with Royal Caribbean. We just felt it was not good value or anywhere as pleasurable as our other two cruises. It was not because of the change in itinerary, as weather cannot be controlled. It is more about the product offered and the need to get revenue seemed to take precedence over everything. This must be a corporate culture not specific to anyone ship. I will admit a small compensation was offered ($200) and a discount on next trip. But why would I spend thousands of dollars to save a bit on the cruise when it would probably be the same experience? Room The room was smaller than expected as the description was Large Ocean View Stateroom. Hate to see what a small one was. We have always travelled with the same luggage, in previous two cruises they would fit in the wardrobe. With this we had to use the lounge chair provided to put one suitaces on, further reducing the space in room. The Window sealant was corroded and there was rust on the bathroom door. This was later fixed after writing 14 pages of feedback form on 3 days from end of cruise. The room can be configured to add 4 bunk beds. There were two ladders in the tiny wardrobe, and 4 life jackets. Such that could not hang up clothes or put in suitcase. When I first asked I was told “they were with the room” but then complained and the ladders were removed but not extra life jackets. At times we had to add water to complete flushing of the toilet. Activities It appeared that revenue raising activities took preference over passenger enjoyment. For example, dancing classes were popular but the large dance room was used for art auction and small area for dance activities. There were generally more revenue raising activities than general. On the last day 54% were revenue raising. Considering the number of continuous days at sea due to weather issues it did not seem that were extra activities added. This cannot be an unusual occurrence and I would have expected a Plan B just be put into place. Expensive Prices on ship seemed very expensive in stores. And for Aussies (not Royal Caribbean’s fault ) the exchange rate added 40%. For example if you forgot to pack a universal power adapter the price on ship was $35Us or $50 Aus for aan item at most being $10. The overall price of cruise seemed to be cruise was at the higher end but the product was at the lower end. Information Considering the variable weather (pending cyclone) and sometimes unknown destinations, it would have been better to have a briefing in the evening of what was expected for the evening and what the plan was based on that. Then a follow up in the morning as to what happened and how that would the effect was for the day. Sometimes things were missed like BBQ on deck. Staff All staff were friendly, helpful and courteous. The really positive part of product. Main dinning staff were especially helpful, often telling us things about what was happening that had nothing to do with dinning. Newcastle I don’t think this was really explained why we went there. I understand there was a cyclone and its path was being followed to ensure we missed it. But not explained why we did not stay at sea where we could better decide on best destination. It would appear that we could have gone to Fiji, as two other boats leaving at same time as us did get there. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We have just returned from a cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas and connote praise the staff of the ship highly enough. The itinerary had to altered due to Cyclone Pam, one of the worst cyclones on record. The captain managed to keep us far ... Read More
We have just returned from a cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas and connote praise the staff of the ship highly enough. The itinerary had to altered due to Cyclone Pam, one of the worst cyclones on record. The captain managed to keep us far enough away from the storm so everyone was able to have an enjoyable and safe trip. We never got to Fiji and spent more days at sea than expected because of the cyclone but we still had a great time. The level of service was at a high standard as the crew worked hard to ensure we all had a great time. Some people were not happy that they messed Fiji but you can't fight nature and safety comes first! We would like to thank the Captain and crew of Rhapsody for a great cruise. We will sail on Rhapsody again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We were part of a friends group to celebrate her 50th Birthday Party. Friends and family together and our first time out of Sydney. Previously cruised with P&O out of Brisbane. We had a suite 8514 with balcony, lounge and lovely ... Read More
We were part of a friends group to celebrate her 50th Birthday Party. Friends and family together and our first time out of Sydney. Previously cruised with P&O out of Brisbane. We had a suite 8514 with balcony, lounge and lovely bathroom. Our cabin staff was attentive and faultless. The service in general was very good especially in the dining room. Bar staff was often stretched and we had some issues with getting the champagne we were promised (we took the premium drinks package and were assured we could have "Chandon") however it was a few days into the cruise and after complaining that we were able to actually get this champagne. My two complaints about the cruise were that there is no fresh milk on board, only long life milk which was a big disappointment when it came to ordering espresso coffee and cereal in the mornings. I guess this is the case for most cruises but nevertheless it was a shame as I hate this milk and then could not drink the coffee (another reason for purchasing the drink package!) The second issue was the standard of the entertainment, maybe we were spoilt on P&O but the shows seemed to be very amateurish (some singers were consistantly off key and hard to take). Lastly its a shame that the main entertainment each night in the atrium is very restricted due to the size of the dancefloor. Not enough room to dance or seating! Also, the entertainment had a huge lull between 7pm - 11pm so we found ourselves with nothing to do after our early dining seating each night. There needed to be more music/karoake or just dance music somewhere during this time... Overall the fit out of the ship, cleanliness and quality was much higher than the P&O line so full marks for this. Sydney is a much nicer port to sail from but for a Queenslander this means adding a flight .. and lastly, we were stranded in Sydney upon return for most of the day as there is NOWHERE to store luggage after disembarkation which happens around 8am .. with our flights not leaving until 3pm and loads of bags, we found ourselves stuck at the airport with many tedious hours to fill as we could not do any tours with all our luggage that day! Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
It was my 9th cruise and the second with this line. I must say that I found this cruise far more enjoyable in terms of food quality and staff. I base this on the fact that the formal dining food was edible unlike the one we did from ... Read More
It was my 9th cruise and the second with this line. I must say that I found this cruise far more enjoyable in terms of food quality and staff. I base this on the fact that the formal dining food was edible unlike the one we did from Singapore last year where the food was bland and luke warm at best. We found the choices varied and most of the wait staff very accommodating. We had a couple of really outstanding meals there but some of the entree sizes were laughable so I ended up ordering 2 plus a main and salad . I agree with other reviews about the bar service but it was very busy and they were doing their best under the circumstances. Our cabin steward was extremely discreet but constantly replaced towels and straightened bedding during the day ....basically keeping our small tidy cabin immaculate ... even throwing in a couple of sweet towel animals -we were happy with him.However, the cabin choice 7153 extreme back ...was shocking...never opt for this cabin position...all day and night there was movement like someone was pushing the bedhead back and forward because of the engine vibrating mercilessly 7 floors below us .Noise from Deck 4 in the main conservatory area was unbelievable at night...up until 11pm due to the base players reverberation. Boom Boom Boom..I can only think it would have been 10 times worse if we were in the middle position closer to it. So I guess on this boat you cant win. Entertainment quality...fairly average...some of the guest appearances were most enjoyable especially the comedians. Keeping fit was a battle....top deck where there was a walking track was very hot even at 7am in the morning ..tried deck 5 ( smokers level ) only to find they had cut off access to the front section so couldnt do a complete circle..I decided that a 5pm timeslot was cooler for this. For breakfast and lunch we ate in the pool cafe area which limited the usual "plate fill" that one tends to do in the buffet area and this seemed the healthier option. We enjoyed many hours of reading in this area away form noisy children in the main pool area. Overall, did enjoy this cruise as we had never been to New Caledonia and they provided good information before hitting the ports. We didnt need to buy any excursions on the boat because they were available upon arrival at very little cost where you deal directly with the locals. The arrival and departure procedures were faultless and extremely fast. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
Had read bad reviews before I left and thought, cant be right. It appears however that recent reviews of Rhapsody were correct. I would strongly suggest that anyone thinking of going on a cruise with RC and Rhapsody should really ... Read More
Had read bad reviews before I left and thought, cant be right. It appears however that recent reviews of Rhapsody were correct. I would strongly suggest that anyone thinking of going on a cruise with RC and Rhapsody should really reconsider. Food average, Entertainment average, visited a port that was closed for the day and failed to even go to the other port we were supposed to go to. Layout of ship was good, Running track of 400m awesome, Gym was pretty good, extra activities minimal. Did not seem to understand who they were catering for. Rock climbing wall closed for most of cruise. Day 6 had to move teens club as there were too many kids on board.(Took them 6 days to work this out) They Organised a meet and greet on day 9 for 18-20 year olds (it was a 9 day cruise). Touch screens on board were very good as it allowed you to see what was going on at any particular time (as well as providing directions) Getting on and off the ship not an issue. They need to have more guest services on the desks on the Disembarkation day as there were quite long lines and getting solutions was taking a long time to resolve (over an hour in many cases)   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
I will start by saying I had a ball on the cruise in spite of RC. The ship was around 30-50% under staffed in all area (except speciality restaurants)! We did not meet our Stewart until late the first night (pretty average for a mini ... Read More
I will start by saying I had a ball on the cruise in spite of RC. The ship was around 30-50% under staffed in all area (except speciality restaurants)! We did not meet our Stewart until late the first night (pretty average for a mini suite) P&O met us with a glass of champers and some finger food.. The first drink took 20 mins of queuing at the bar, oh and forget table service. No staff. Unfortunately this became pretty standard service (at times only one bar staff to a full bar!) The entertainment manger must have preferred his office, as I didn't see him once other than in the theatre and his staff were VERY tired! The singers would have been upstaged by Rundle mall buskers and the shows were no better than amateur dramatics! Although the professionals they brought on during the cruise were exceptional! Food was fairly good, but often made it to the table barely warm. Oh and when I did order the extra cost steak it was over cooked and returned only to be presented even more cooked 😳 The chop grill was fantastic, but the Italian was only good.. Do not expect to have any table service on the adults pool deck" and your glasses and dishes will only be picked up at the end of the day! However the staff that were there tried there hardest to make up for RC's obvious cost cutting, and should be praised.. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
As a family we had a wonderful cruise. We have previously cruised on Freedom of the seas from Florida and it did take a couple of days to adjust to the smaller ship but after a couple of days the smaller ship was great. We travelled with ... Read More
As a family we had a wonderful cruise. We have previously cruised on Freedom of the seas from Florida and it did take a couple of days to adjust to the smaller ship but after a couple of days the smaller ship was great. We travelled with 2 boys, 9 and 15 my mother and aunt. From boarding the ship we barely saw the kids, even less the teenager. The only complaint I would have on the kids/teens club is the teens room was not big enough for the 400 teenagers on this departure. They eventually did rectify this situation on sailing days to them meeting up and activities during the day in the Shall we dance lounge as this space holds approx. 200 people. The great aspect to the smaller ship is it is harder to lose your children and I would never have left my 9 yr old to play with his friends outside of kids club or with parents on Freedom due to the sheer size of the ship, but on Rhapsody you always came across them playing ping pong, in the pool or most likely near the ice cream machine. Food was OK in the MDR for dinner. The speciality restaurants were value for money in my opinion. Chops has amazing steaks and Izumi's Japanese is fantastic. we also experience Chefs table and had a great night. I would certainly recommend for everyone to bring a suit for the men and a dressy dress for formal nights, even for the kids. I was pleasantly surprised to find so many people dressing up even dinner suits and long dresses!! Makes formal nights different from the other evenings. My only other complaint is the coffee is terrible.. We stayed in a junior suite and had a coffee machine drip filter in the room and that made the best coffee. Joni our room attendant was amazing. he undated us on the comings and goings of the kids, especially when they were ordering pizza room service for 5 teenagers - so please it is included In the costing. Looking forward to experiencing radiance this Dec as it will be a larger ship but not as being as freedom. Overall we all had a wonderful holiday. Best way for families to travel together and everyone can find something they enjoying doing without everyone having to go along to very activity..   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Our second cruise to the Pacific Islands but first with RCL. Embarkation and disembarkation was brilliant. Great organisation from OPT staff in Sydney. Ship a little tired in places but generally clean and enjoyable to be on. Great staff ... Read More
Our second cruise to the Pacific Islands but first with RCL. Embarkation and disembarkation was brilliant. Great organisation from OPT staff in Sydney. Ship a little tired in places but generally clean and enjoyable to be on. Great staff in MDR and room attendant- credit to RCL. Some bar staff abrupt- especially main pool area.Slarium area was great and well controlled with regards to children being in pool. Food- generally great Some bland dishes but meals were a highlight each day. Windjammer was good despite our hesitation with buffet dishes. Entertainment was a mixed bag. Enjoyed some shows and others were the same old, Teenagers/children- were told there were 800 on board. Not really an issue but they had to move teens into a favourite lounge of ours to cope with them. Had occasional issues with children running up and down passages lat at night.We missed out on Port Vila due to weather concerns which made our four day return a bit long at sea. Would have been good if they could have organised a stop at one of the islands... All in all and enjoyable cruise but a few niggles here and there. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
As a first time cruiser we had no idea what to expect so we decided to book a suite. When we boarded the ship we were bombarded with people trying to sell me packages and book excursions and felt very overwhelmed. We purchased a premium ... Read More
As a first time cruiser we had no idea what to expect so we decided to book a suite. When we boarded the ship we were bombarded with people trying to sell me packages and book excursions and felt very overwhelmed. We purchased a premium drink package for $55 each per day us dollars each and over the ten days came to $1100 .. Don't get me wrong if your a big drinker, great value. But I found that it didn't include fresh orange juice or large bottles of water etc... Like seriously! Then I realized that our vip included drinks complimentary between 5-8pm anyways... So in situations like this I felt I had been tricked because I also wasn't aware that I had a day to cancel my package... I also was told I had to take the package for the whole ten days only to find out that people were taking the package just for the last three days. These type of discrepancies were very costly and is something for any first time cruiser to pay attention to.. Once we settled in and it took a day to work out the ins and outs of the ship and activities... We were very relaxed.. One more thing if you have chosen 6 pm dining, make sure your there on time as that is set times and you will miss out otherwise choose my time dining.. The dining room experience was incredible and felt like you were out on a date with friends every night.. The food was incredible and the service was impeccable! Royal carribean has that mastered! The food at windjammer was as most people described as average. But the speciality restaurants are incredible and well worth the $20 to experience. The rhapsody itself is beautiful... They say a small ship but she was massive anyway, and I've read she looks tired, blah... What a lot of crap! It's elegant, it's a beautiful ship and I think for any first time cruiser its a great ship to cruise... It didn't feel cluttered, and you could find somewhere to sit most times. The entertainment is plentiful or just simply relax and do nothing... As for our conceierge Amit... He was our life line! Anything we didn't understand he was there instantly! No issue was too much trouble... If you don't understand anything, they are there to help! The islands itself were incredible.. I am not much of a sea person! Terrified to get into the ocean in Melbourne waters! But the waters there are warm and crystal clear and I couldn't get out of the ocean.. I have to admit it's taken 48 years to have the courage to cruise, scared of rough waters, scared of sea sickness, scared of not being able to get off the ship... But what a wasted fear... The ship has stabilizers and move away from rough weather, the sea sickness diminishes with ginger ale or sea sickness tablets and there is seriously so much to do to worry about getting off! In fact my only fear was how fast the ten nights passed. You get to meet great friends, have lots of unexpected adventures, relax, eat, swim, drink, and see new countries without the hassles of unpacking constantly. Here's a massive tip for the those worried about the weight gain... Walk the ship, use the gym or simply use the stairs instead of the lifts... It all helps! Last our suite was fantastic, we were on level 8 and yes the critics were right, you can here the tolling of the trolleys, but that was it... The owners suite is well worth the money if you need a bit of space and the balcony is fantastic! My only gripe in all of this is the VIP tendering... Guys if it's first on tendering on to the tender, it should be first on to the tender to get back in the tender to the boat ... Very misleading! Otherwise we loved our cruise and will definitely be back... Let's hope our Aussie dollar Dosnt drop too much more though!   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Left Sydney on Saturday 17th January 2015 aboard the Rhapsody. My second cruise on this ship, the first was the same time in 2014. In the 12 month gap, the ship appeared a little tired, or perhaps I was seeing it through different eyes the ... Read More
Left Sydney on Saturday 17th January 2015 aboard the Rhapsody. My second cruise on this ship, the first was the same time in 2014. In the 12 month gap, the ship appeared a little tired, or perhaps I was seeing it through different eyes the second time round. Having said that, the ship was still well presented and still a pleasure to be on-board. Boarding at Circular Quay was seamless and took less than 10 minutes from the time of arrival to stepping onto the ship. This was a last minute decision, had planned a cruise on the Rhapsody for late March but due to change of circumstances, decided to travel on this cruise. Booked an inside large stateroom and was allocated 3445, which is mid-ships towards the front. At first I was doubts about the location but upon arrival I was pleasantly surprised. The cabin was extremely quiet and over the 11 nights of the cruise, I slept better than I normally do in my own bed at home. The destinations visited, Isle of Pines, Lifu, Villa, Champagne Bay and Luganville were all different and were all worth exploring. Champagne Bay in particular was a delight to spend time on. I believe most passengers would have happily spent another day there. The food in Windjammer, was as always satisfactory although nothing special but the meals in the main dining restaurant were of the usual high standard. I did not try any of the specialty restaurants this trip, perhaps next time! The shows and entertainment in general were very good and Graham Seymour, the tour director was up to the usual standard you would expect and his one man stand up comedy show on the last night was very enjoyable. The only negative was a Dutch member of the Tour Director's staff whose name I never caught. He was woeful. His English was spoken with a very heavy accent and his ability to relate to passengers was deplorable. I formed the impression we were there to amuse him, not the other way round. Overall, it was a very pleasant trip and I will be sorry when the Rhapsody leaves Australian waters later this year. She will be missed.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
A great way to start the new year a lovely cruise to the South Pacific, Islands. If you haven't been to Champagne Bay and Luganville, they are a must visit. My fourth time on Rhapsody of the Seas, I love the ship and it will be a ... Read More
A great way to start the new year a lovely cruise to the South Pacific, Islands. If you haven't been to Champagne Bay and Luganville, they are a must visit. My fourth time on Rhapsody of the Seas, I love the ship and it will be a great lost when it leaves Australian waters at the end of season. Great food, entertainment, and staff. The only complaint I have is that there is nothing to watch on the TV in your cabin all the TV shows have been recorded and because I have been on Rhapsody of the Seas, 4 times I have seen the same recordings since 2012, and all recordings are of reality TV shows in English and 1 drama show in English and they all get repeated thought out the whole cruise, all other TV shows are none speaking English and ship news and adds. There is no movie channel on the TV. You can't even hire a DVD player and movies. I have been filling out Royal Caribbean, suggestion forms to do something with the cabin TV entertainment since 2012, but nothing has happen yet. So if you plan to sail on Rhapsody of the Seas, be prepared to have no TV entertainment in your cabin.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Will this was my second time on the The Rhapsody and 4th time with RCCL and I must say that I was VERY disappointed. RCCL to save on cost have changed a few things around and I feel not for the better. Basically they were more like a P ... Read More
Will this was my second time on the The Rhapsody and 4th time with RCCL and I must say that I was VERY disappointed. RCCL to save on cost have changed a few things around and I feel not for the better. Basically they were more like a P & O / Carnival cruise than a RCCL cruise so yes they have gone down a notch. Now not that I drink alot but the thing I found disappointing on the Carnival Spirit was the way they had Nip pourers and they even had measuring jugs for Wine - whereas, the RCCL line did not. To my surprise they have introduced this now (apparently within the las 3 mths) as a cost saving messure as told to me by the Bar Staff. Also one of the highlights use to be the singing of the Reastaurant staff near the end of the cruise - this has also been cut out. On RCCL they have a Fundraiser called "Save our Seas" T-Shirts and they sell them for $10 and you do a 1km walk with the Captain and his cruise. Well this was the first RCCL cruise that this did not happen as I supposed we were not good enough to walk with Captain Gustav.....The last time I was on The Rhapsody was April 2013 and this time the so called "Broadway" showa were exactly the same and the other supporting shows were mediocre as best - Very Disappointing indeed. The saving grace as always id the Main Restaurant and Dinner each night was enjoyable. I am hoping that RCCL will pick up their standards otherwise, I will have to find a new Cruise Line to travel. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
So I've been on 8 cruises - 7 with P&O and just got back from my 1st Royal Carribean, Rhapsody of the Seas. I was told that once I had been on a R/C, I would never go with P&O again. Also told that P&O = 2 stars and R/C = ... Read More
So I've been on 8 cruises - 7 with P&O and just got back from my 1st Royal Carribean, Rhapsody of the Seas. I was told that once I had been on a R/C, I would never go with P&O again. Also told that P&O = 2 stars and R/C = 5. I don't agree with either of those opinions. In summary, both lines have pros and cons, I will try to detail below. Basically will consider either, but price will be a consideration. Perhaps Carnival next? P&0 : Good Points - much better on-ship activities, organised theme nights and more people could buy stuff to participate in themes. Staff friendliness and presence. Purchase of drinks was cheaper (especially bearing in mind the $A vs $US exchange rate difference + the significant gratuity extra of the US R/C liner. Bad Points - food has definitely deteriorated over years - more so buffet is unappealining compared to R/C, but not much difference between the 2 in the formal dining area, although desserts are awful on P&O. Charge now to use sauna and steam rooms (+ very pricey at that $150!!) - really stupid to charge these areas. Royal Carribean (Rhapsody of the Seas) : Good Points - food is much better in the buffet and the desserts are much, much better (especially the chocolate desserts-yum!). Also good was having complimentary lemonade, juice and cordials and soft-serve ice-cream. No cost for sauna/steam rooms. Bad Points - activity on-board was minimal - basically hardly any activities planned such as dancing lessons - only few ballroom, (more on port days, would you believe - go figure!), no charades, talent shows, only 2 karoke nights which ended up having all kids performing and dancing (should have been either in bed or in kid's club!). Less staff presence and apart from our room steward and couple others who were lovely, the rest were generally not that bothered. It seemed like a really LAZILY organised cruise, ie Italian menu on Island night?? and ther general allocation of venues seemed really dumb. Central Atrium spans all 5 floors from 4-8, around which all the staterooms are. Main venue for all music etc - really loud and tiny dancefloor. Seemed like a stupid place to have main activity going to 12 midnight - ???allocate somewhere quieter and with bigger dancefloor?? Entertainment was crap - comedians were obviously past their prime - both terrible, the circus stuff was boring. P&O was better in that regard. It did sound like this particular cruise was bad as several previous R/C travellers (on same boat) commented how poor this particular cruise was with regard to activities and staff (compared to their cruises only 1 1/2 - 2 years ago). So, as I said - both have pros & cons. Would be interested in hearing other feedback.     Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
I cruised on the December 7, 2014 Pacific Cruise out of Sydney - first cruise with RCL , Previously we've done a 17 night Pacific many years back although more recent cruises have been in the Mediterranean and in Asia. All in all the ... Read More
I cruised on the December 7, 2014 Pacific Cruise out of Sydney - first cruise with RCL , Previously we've done a 17 night Pacific many years back although more recent cruises have been in the Mediterranean and in Asia. All in all the Rhapsody cruise was fun and made even better because it was a holiday we took with good friends. The best thing about the Rhapsody is not the ship, it's the entertainment, food and fun. Its not a super sophisticated ship - but you are likely to have fun! First the not so good:.. The Rhapsody isn't new - there are signs of older paint on the exterior of the ship and the cabin decor is 80s peach inspired ( although I'm reliably informed that this is RCL signature stateroom style). On embarkation I noticed the tiled main pool surrounds looked a bit moldy or the grout was discoloured. I also noticed a slice of lime stuck in the door of one of the main lifts and it remained there for quite a while...yes these are small things but gave the impression that all was not as shipshape as could be. The ship really moved a lot! - it rocked & rolled about on sea days when we travelled over 18 knots (most of the time) and there wasn't a particularly large swell or strong winds. Our aft junior suite looking over the stern seemed to develop a 'fishtail' movement and vibrated noisily! Water quality in the shower was plentiful and hot - but it was very hard. and, after a shower, made your skin feel very dry / and somehow not so clean. I really noticed when back in Sydney I washed my hands at the airport while waiting for the plane home - the water felt so good in comparison! I've not previously experienced hard water problems on a cruise ship .....and while it sounds like a whinge, after 10 days my skin was longing to get home for a shower! I also think the sewage system had a few problems as I saw maintenance staff putting an eel down the pipes and there was an odour in the corridors from time to time. (or perhaps this was just the passengers who'd been overindulging in the Windjammer, as one of the comedians suggested) Maybe also include fart jokes with the not so good aspects! Well really the above aspects were not that terribly bad in the scheme of things Now for the good! The ship has a very down to earth friendly ambiance...promoted by the jolly Captain. maritime crew, entertainment staff, wait and housekeeping staff - and the passengers too, were all pretty relaxed, happy and friendly. People joined in enthusiastically - it felt a bit like holiday camp but in a good way - the entertainment staff had a load a simple games (as well as complex shows ) and it was easy to enjoy yourself! The dance staff were great - Andre was very patient with the dance teaching - even those who "never dance" joined in. The lovely Caroline was an encouragement for the recalcitrant husbands to join in the lessons too! The entertainment team was very large for the number of passengers and this was a great plus for the ship! They mingled and made sure passengers were included - it was lovely to see them on the dancefloor and boosting the fun for the passengers. Each night we really enjoyed the entertainment - every evening was a mix of show and things that you could choose to watch or join in...much better than some other cruise lines! Music was great - the bands very much played to the mood of the Australian passengers ....AND they played requests at some stage every night! Main dining room was excellent - wait staff were great and made us feel like special guests - the trick is if you don't like a meal or something choose another from the menu - they want you to enjoy your meal so let them know if something isn't to your taste . All in all food quality was excellent in the Main Dining - we did Choppes and Giovannis and the Main Dining Room compared well. The Solarium Park Cafe is a great spot too for a casual lunch. Didn't get to try room service dining (there were always too many good things happening to stay in the cabin for long ) Room service breakfast was prompt and fine but a more limited menu ( in comparison with other lines like Celebrity). The balcony (more like a large deck) on my aft Junior Suite deck 8 was fabulous - offering great views and space to relax with a quiet drink....the cabin too was very spacious although if it had a theme tune it was 'good vibrations'. The ports were more of a highlight than expected - we enjoyed active things at every landfall - swimming in crystal clear blue waters, natural aquarium, kayaking and canoeing the Riri, Velit Bay Resort, Lonnoc Beach, Million Dollar Point.. felt adventurous and was very easy! Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Getting on the ship was quick and easy we had lunch in Windjammer and had alook round the ship then our cabin was ready .Cabins very small and no FRIDGE why have a mini bar when nowhere to cool the drinks ,also beds not very ... Read More
Getting on the ship was quick and easy we had lunch in Windjammer and had alook round the ship then our cabin was ready .Cabins very small and no FRIDGE why have a mini bar when nowhere to cool the drinks ,also beds not very comfortable.Alvin our cabin steward was excellent also our waiters Sydney and Rosemarie .The Solarium and the theatre were the best areas of the ship,there was not enough seating areas and to watch the aerial show in the Centrum was almost impossible . The food was fine no complaints at all ,drinks on the other hand were not the best I tried afew cocktails but they were not made very well and consisted mainly of crushed ice also no price lists to be scene anywhere .Also drinks prices had gone up considerably ,also I think the cost cutting is begining to show please dont do it R C you will spoil a great cruise line . We did enjoy the cruise on the whole , spoilt somewhat by unruly children in the the next cabin to us who insisted on kicking our connecting wall late at night obviously left unattended . We was off the ship just after 7 am as we took our own luggage so no trouble at all . We visited Isle of Pines as nice as ever ,Vila which has grown alot since our last visit many years ago ,Champagne Bay was beautiful although a small sea snake tried to get too friendly but the water was so warm and the people so friendly .Luganville which to us was like Vila used to be but the peole very friendly . All in all we enjoyed the cruise but would not travel on Rhapsody again or the same class ,its the staff that make the cruise so friendly and helpful . Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
10 nights on Rhapsody - the ship is 'doing' her last season in Australian waters this year, then off to Brazil for future cruising, Explorer of the Seas apparently is replacing her. She is starting to show her age here and there, ... Read More
10 nights on Rhapsody - the ship is 'doing' her last season in Australian waters this year, then off to Brazil for future cruising, Explorer of the Seas apparently is replacing her. She is starting to show her age here and there, crew doing a fantastic job keeping her maintained but struggling at times. I am disabled and was treated respectfully and given as much help as I needed by all RCCI crew. Kanisha in customer services was very particularly helpful along with crusin Susan. PT the matre'd was great, nothing was too much trouble. 'Godfrey' helping with orders on the 'egg harbor' in Winjammer was funny and is a great representative for the Royal Caribbean crew. Our Head waiter 'Anoop' was on the ball, he was very efficient and the best Head Waiter we have had in over 18 cruises..... We had difficulty in communication with some nationalities, especially our waiter and assistant waiter. We found on occasions we could not communicate what we wanted, if slightly different from the menu. Or when ordering a 'specialty coffee' for instance. Anoop our Head waiter soon stepped in and helped on occasions. Our cabin was a disabled cabin for 4, 1 big problem was the wardrobe was so small, only enough space for 2 people at the most, not enough draw space either - apart from that cabin was great. We had 2 x 11 year olds in the kids club and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves, never a bored moment Ports of call were:- Isle of Pines, Vila, Champagne Bay and Luganville. Only negative comment re ports of call: Vila: the transportation to get from ship to Vila center was so disorganized, you would think with the amount of ships going there they would have a better of system... great itinerary, great time was had by all 4 of us. Would go again in a heart beat...... Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
This was our first RC cruise. We have previously sailed with P&O on several occasions but have been told that RC were superior to them. I had read some negative reviews about this ship but went with an open mind. Our honest opinion is ... Read More
This was our first RC cruise. We have previously sailed with P&O on several occasions but have been told that RC were superior to them. I had read some negative reviews about this ship but went with an open mind. Our honest opinion is this: We found that the ship was a lot nicer than the P&O fleet. The food in the main dining room in the evening was dry, overcooked & not very good at all. The meal selection was also disappointing. Having the choice of sugar free desserts was excellent & they were excellent. Windjammer food at lunch was really good. The salad in the main dining room at lunch was great. Food in the solarium was great too. Staff were hit & miss. Some were great, others couldn't care less. The specialty restaurants 'Chops Grille' & 'Giovannis' were excellent. The shows were just ok. Nothing spectacular. You didn't see any of the entertainers when not on stage. The entertainment seemed to be geared for the 50+ age group. There was no sail away party- very disappointing. Most other passengers commented on this as well. There was a lot of down time & not really many activities happening on sea days. They need to cater for younger crowds. (30-40's) New Years was disappointing. Not much happened after midnight, They had the main entertainment happening in The Centrum which doesn't really accommodate the numbers it needs to. There was no deck party. Surely a New Years cruise in Summer warrants one? In saying the above, we met some wonderful new friends and still had a wonderful time. Had a great time at the ports of call & saw some beautiful places. Would I sail with RC again? Not sure but will probably try another ship in the fleet with our new-found cruising friends. I certainly wouldn't sail on the Rhapsody again.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Third time aboard Rhapsody, and first since it was refurb'd and the speciality rest'ts added. Loved Giovanni's again, but it would be good to see the menu varied a little. We loved Rhapsody, and after also sailing on ... Read More
Third time aboard Rhapsody, and first since it was refurb'd and the speciality rest'ts added. Loved Giovanni's again, but it would be good to see the menu varied a little. We loved Rhapsody, and after also sailing on Radiance, we were looking forward to this cruise, and this time a Grand Suite, but we found we'd made a mistake with this selection. Noisy! Not what you'd expect for a premium priced cabin! And this was not only us - others (on both sides fo the ship) were upset about this. All in all we were a bit underwhelmed. It is still a beautiful ship compared to some other brands, but this time it just didnt have the bright and friendly vibe for us. I think a fair amount of disappointment came from the attitudes of the bar staff in the Pool Deck bar. Just seemed unhappy and like they didnt want to be there. This "vibe" was very noticeable and was talked about by many, many people. I sort of christened it the "Happy Bar". (Not!) The wandering waiters were pretty good and looked after us well, as per usual. As we have done before, find a good friendly few and stick with them and add a few extra tips and they stick with you right back. MDR food was generally pretty good and in abundance and our table wait staff looked after us very well. Thanks Jeffrey and Florencio! Entertainment was, overall, pretty ordinary, we thought. Some of the stage productions have been around now for over 8 years! Time for an update. We have done New Years Eve cruises 4 times now as it is party mode and this is when we get holidays. But we are a bit "over" the same old ports and routines now, I guess. We thought it'd be good to be back to Luganvile but being New Years Day, the place was shut down. Port Vila could've been better - but we had a shorter visit there this time. Curious that the ship ported in Luganville (with nothing much happening) much longer than Vila, where there's so much more to do. Good to see a lot more happening now on Isle of Pines. And that in all places it is fine to use Aussie dollars. We find now that the locals are so much more savvy to cruise tourists now and prices are much higher now, And in places added where there were no charges before. We will be sorry to see Rhapsody leave Aus waters, but I doubt that we will do South Pacific again. Maybe NZ, but not real hot for that either. All in all, it was good to be cruising again, but this one lacked the verve for us.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Kids club: For our daughter who is 11 she enjoyed kids club, she found it a little boring at times BUT in general it got the thumbs up. As for our 12 year old well he struggled a bit at the start, as his age group 12-14 and they share the ... Read More
Kids club: For our daughter who is 11 she enjoyed kids club, she found it a little boring at times BUT in general it got the thumbs up. As for our 12 year old well he struggled a bit at the start, as his age group 12-14 and they share the same room as the up to 17 year olds which of course meant he was mixing in with the much older teenagers WHICH we did have a few issues with early on in the cruise as some of the older kids were a little mischevious and our son became a bit of a follower to that partivular crowd so we did have to have words with him a couple of times about this. I think personally that the club would be much better if they had a separate room for the 12- 14 year olds, seperating them from the much older teens would then encourage them to mix with kids of similar age The Main Dining Room: all I can say is for us VERY disappointing. We only went here 4 times out of the 10 nights mainly because our seating was 8.30pm and with kids it was a bit to late. I have to say that each time we went we found that the staff were very disorganised and EVERY time we went they would always mess up something we ordered, or the food was cold or tough or tasteless I can say I probably enjoyed 1 meal. The food when served looked like it had been just chucked on the plate there was certainly no love what so ever on the plate, the other thing was it took minimum 1 hr and 30 minutes to be served a 3 course meal which was ridiculous for people who have kids. Maybe by the last seating they had enough and no body cared BUT it was very disappointing. NOW in having said this we did enjoyed the little hidden gem of a salad bar that was on offer at lunchtime in the main dining room (Not during port days) for those people wanting to eat healthy THIS is the place to go. When you go into the dining room and in the middle they have this buffet type area full of all kinds of salads plus prawns (they had been frozen) and salmon, chicken etc.. The idea is you line up and then a waiter puts the salad you choose into a bowl and when you get to the end you choose your dressing and it is then mixed up and placed into a serving bowl and it is YUMMO, THIS was the highlight to my eating such a great and enjoyable meal. They also offer a menu for lunch as well, plus there is breaky which we found to be good The Buffet: HHhmmmm....let me say no shortage of food at all, variety is ok but after awhile it all starts to look the same and you then just seem to eat for the sake of eating and it gets boring. There isnt a great variety of desserts so if you are a bit of a sweet tooth then get use to pretty well the same old same old. The omelettes are great when freshly cooked and there is also a gut that freshly cooks noodle type dishes at night as well. We also had a freshly cooked pancake night with ice cream plus fresh crepes. The Shows: We didnt go to the welcome show as we were that tired we went to bed early the first night, I also didn't enjoy the Beetles show we actually left during the 3rd song BUT the rest of the shows seemed to be pretty good, we especially enjoyed the last show of the evening it was really great. Photos: well have to say we didn't buy the package and glad now that we didn't waste the money. What photos were taken seemed to be kind of over exposed and the colour looked a bit strange and I couldn't work out if they were finished on a matt or gloss paper. I did see some peoples pics though and some looked quite good so maybe we just aren't the photo type who knows. There was always very long line ups for the pics everytime we went past, so I think that was a bit of a turnoff for us to pursue any photograhpic opportunities. Bars and quiet Areas: there is no shortage of bars onboard nor quiet little places to just sit and read or chill and let the world pass you by Adults only Area: this was always a really busy little place and sometimes hard to find a deckchair/sunlounge to kick back in. This area may be for adults only BUT in having said this, kids are allowed to sit around in the table and chairs area with there parents but, they aren't allowed on the sun lounges around the pool and spa and nor are they allowed in the pool etc..which is fare enough as they can go out an hop into the pool outside. Just be careful though when walking around the outside pool as our daughter slipped over (no she wasn't running) and hurt her hip, our son also slipped along with two adults almost slipping. Freebies: onboard you will find there are also some other freebies such as icecream, coffee which was disgusting (maybe pack your own coffee) there is also in the buffet and various other spots free drinks they aren't softdrink and I have posted pics of these things as well So really my main gripes on the ship would be the poor dining room service and meals, the older kids club really needs to be looked at and the poor viewing on tv. So other then that I have to say we met some great new friends which of course help make your holiday more fun and it was nice just to experience a new ship. The ships itself Is lovely nice décor.       Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
This was a very disappointing cruise in many ways. I slept on a lounge then finally slept in a real bed on the 8th night. My booked room was deck 8 external and my new room was deck 2 internal. What a HUGE disappointment. The configuration ... Read More
This was a very disappointing cruise in many ways. I slept on a lounge then finally slept in a real bed on the 8th night. My booked room was deck 8 external and my new room was deck 2 internal. What a HUGE disappointment. The configuration of the room booked wasn't what we got, so once moved I wasn't with my family. The stench of raw sewerage as you leave the Edelweiss on levels 4 and 5 was disgusting. Many people had mentioned it to me as well. Def a health issue there. Kids in the 'adults only' pool area was a let down. More security needed. Food in the Windjammer was the same EVERYDAY...another disappointment. Some of the staff were rude, the best were Victor, Hurrie and Rolly were fantastic in the Edelweiss Restaurant. I have been on other cruises and the entertainment on this one (other than NYE was pathetic) Patrick McMahon was awesome, but that sums it up for worthwhile entertainers. Losing money with the conversion rate was bad enough but to have to put up with this less than ideal cruise was a massive let down. I wouldn't recommend this ship to anyone. Not sure what RC is like on other ships.. It is one thing to lose money but I hoped that would make up for it in the overall cruise. Sadly not to be.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our 12 night cruise to Fiji, Vanuatu, Isle of Pines and Noumea on the Rhapsody of the Seas. Staff were very attentive, particularly in the main dining room. Food was excellent. Several bars to choose ... Read More
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our 12 night cruise to Fiji, Vanuatu, Isle of Pines and Noumea on the Rhapsody of the Seas. Staff were very attentive, particularly in the main dining room. Food was excellent. Several bars to choose from. Entertainment was very good. Cruise Director Graham Seymour is fabulous. Our Junior Suite was very comfortable with good storage and a Balcony. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
We werea party of 4 on a cruise from Sydney to Fiji on 11 night cruise. Our holiday started off in the worst possible way with the airline losing all our luggage. Literally, we had nothing except the clothes we were wearing. (tee shirts ... Read More
We werea party of 4 on a cruise from Sydney to Fiji on 11 night cruise. Our holiday started off in the worst possible way with the airline losing all our luggage. Literally, we had nothing except the clothes we were wearing. (tee shirts and shorts). However all staff on Rhapsody of the Seas were fantastic from everyone in Guest Relations to F&B to Housekeeping and the awesome shows on board. But I would like to point out 2 crew members who were exceptional and delivered the highest quality I have ever met. They tried their best for us with no luggage on board. Most importantly they empathized with our situation and therefore made our misery much more manageable. The 2 crew member were Baris and Bhiri from Guest Relations. They gave us things to get by such as laundry service, formal hire, toiletry pack and others. These kind gestures has made such a big impact on all of us. It has made our cruise holiday from a stressful one to an unforgettable one. We will always remember the highest level of service that Royal Caribbean staff or more specifically Rhapsody staff has. Thank you Baris and Bhiri and every other crew member. We will cruise again and Royal Caribbean will be our first choice from now on. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
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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