49 Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas Spring Break Cruise Reviews

My 9 yo son and I took this 7 night cruise while he was out of school on spring break. I've been on half a dozen ships, but this was our first with RCL. We had a blast! We did excursions at every port, dined in the MDR each night, I ... Read More
My 9 yo son and I took this 7 night cruise while he was out of school on spring break. I've been on half a dozen ships, but this was our first with RCL. We had a blast! We did excursions at every port, dined in the MDR each night, I purchased the deluxe drink packaged and VOOM combo, and we went to a couple of shows. The basic rundown: Itinerary/excursions: Key West, Cozumel, Belize, and Costa Maya. We love adventures and this itinerary was amazing! We did the Conch Train tour of KW. Loved it. Fun and informative, lasted about an hour, plenty of time to explore on our own once it was over. Went to Playa del Carmen from Cozumel and did the snorkel/cenote combo excursion. Skip the snorkeling and just go to a cenote. It is unlike anything we've ever done! We loved it! Snorkeled in Belize. The best snorkeling ever. Like swimming in an aquarium. Mayan ruins in Costa Maya. Very cool. I would absolutely do this exact same itinerary again, when it goes to Honduras, and only switch up a couple of excursions. They were that much fun! Ship: Smaller with a little age on her, but the size made it easy to meet and see the same people all week. My son made friends at the pool and we'd see the families every night in the Centrum and talk about our days. The ship and crew had a nice, intimate feel b/c of the size. I enjoyed that. The overall aesthetic of the ship could use a little updating, but that's low on my priority list. Crew: Fabulous, fun, and had a familiar vibe. My son loved the deck games like belly flop and crew vs. guest volleyball. And the dancing. Food: MDR was always delicious. Wine selection was very nice. I found a rose and chardonnay I kept going back to. Windjammer was only so-so. Park Cafe was awesome! Entertainment: The headliners were okay. I wasn't blown away, but nothing was terrible. The nightly music at the various lounges was more fun. Our favorite was going to the Centrum/R bar, listening to music and then participating in the activity/game before our 8pm seating. VOOM: My package included the surf and stream and I never had a single issue with going online or texting. I could post pictures, my son played games, and we even facetimed with family back home. Meet & Mingle: I thought RCL did a great job with the M&M. Nice prizes, got the guests involved, continental breakfast available, and the CD hosted and made it entertaining. Embarkation and Disembarkation: THE fastest I've ever gotten on and off a ship. Hats off to the terminal in Tampa and the RCL staff. They're efficient yet personable. I was very impressed. All in all, one of the best cruises we've been on! We will definitely cruise with Royal again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This was the first cruise for our family (mom, dad, and kids ages 12, 15, and 17). It exceeded our expectations in every way and we are looking forward to cruising again with RC. Rhapsody is apparently an older and smaller ship that lacks ... Read More
This was the first cruise for our family (mom, dad, and kids ages 12, 15, and 17). It exceeded our expectations in every way and we are looking forward to cruising again with RC. Rhapsody is apparently an older and smaller ship that lacks most of the amenities of the newer and larger ships in the RC fleet. However, there was plenty to do on board with the shows, pool, and games/activities. The food in the main dining room and buffet was excellent. My wife has a severe wheat allergy and she had no problems finding gluten free food on board. Our waiter went out of his way to accommodate her and there were many good gluten free options at the buffet too. One concern at the buffet was cross-contamination, but this did not turn out to be an issue. Overall, the service was outstanding and the waiters, servers, and staff aboard the ship were friendly and met our every need. Our kids did not like the teen activities aboard the ship, but they did participate in most of the games, trivia, and shows and (of course) swimming and rock climbing. We did not drink alcohol or gamble so I can't comment on that aspect of the cruise. Shore excursions: Kohunlich and Dzibanche Mayan ruins is an excursion from Costa Maya. This is a combined excursion in which you see both sites, not just the Kohunlich site. Our family (including the kids) loved this excursion. The bus ride to the pyramids is about 2 hours, but in the process you get to see a lot of the region including many non-touristy Mexican villages. The guide also provides you with a lot on information about the region and Mayan history and culture. The best part about this trip was that there were so many ruins to explore and so few people at the sites. In most cases, our group of about 20 people were the only people at the sites. I think this is because we did not go on the shorter (Kohunlich only) excursion and the sites were far from the cruise port. We also liked the fact that you can climb the ruins and take awesome pictures. The two sites (which are about a 15 min drive part) are awesome. The tour gives you snacks, a sandwich, and plenty of bottled water which is also nice. Overall, this day long excursion is outstanding and is much better than staying in Costa Maya which seems to be a tourist trap. Barrier reef snorkeling is an excursion from Belize City. You take a tender boat from the ship to a private island about 30 mins away. The island is very small and beautiful. They provide you with snorkeling equipment, split you into groups about about 20-25 and then lead your around the reef. If you are inexperienced (like us), you can use a life vest to float. More experienced snorkelers were separated into a different group. Our group consisted of two guides who pointed out fish, coral, and other sea creatures (e.g., barracuda, sting ray) and sometimes picked them up so we could touch them (e.g., star fish). There are also several people in kayaks watching over us to make sure everyone is safe. Overall, it was a lot of fun. After snorkeling, you can swim, relax on the beach, or drink Belize bottled Cokes. The trip home on the tender as awesome too because everybody got some rum punch. Yes, I do mean everybody! Beach horseback ride and swim is an excursion out of Roatan. You take a small van on a 30 minute ride to the beach on the other side of the island. In the process, you get to see some pretty impoverished areas of Roatan. The private beach itself is absolutely beautiful. Be aware that you will need to bring some money with you to rent a locker ($10) and water shoes ($3) if needed. You may also want money for food and drinks. We spent 1 hour swimming and looking at crabs, fish, and other sea creatures after our horse ride. The horse ride itself is about 45 minutes long and a lot of fun - especially when the horses wade in the water. None of us are expert riders and we had no problem. The guide will walk with you and provide you with any help you need. They offer pictures for $100 (54 pictures total), which is a lot, but the pictures themselves were outstanding. My wife and I agree that this location (and pictures) were the prettiest of the entire trip. The amazing secret river is an excursion offered out of Cozumel. You take a ferry from Cozumel to the mainland (Playa del Carmen) and then a short bus ride to the secret river. The total trip to the Secret River is approximately 45-55 mins. The secret river itself is absolutely beautiful - perhaps the highlight of our trip. We were split into small groups of about 10 people with 1 guide. They provide helmets, wet suits, life vests, water shoes, towels, lockers - everything you need at no additional charge. The views inside the cave are incredible. You can walk on dry land or wade through 1-2 feet of water in most of the cave, but there are portions that you must swim too. You do not have to to be athletic to participate, but you cannot be scared of water or claustrophobic. I am not a good swimmer and I had no problem floating with the life vest. After the hike, they give some Mayan liquor to drink and an excellent Mexican meal at no additional charge. Then, they take you back to Playa del Carmen to shop for about 1 hour and take the ferry back to Cozumel and the ship. Overall, the experience was excellent and the company that ran the secret river tour was second to none. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was our first cruise on a non-Oasis class ship, and it did not disappoint! Ship: The ship is beautifully maintained despite how old she is. You can see some rust on the outside but the inside is pretty updated! Obviously the ... Read More
This was our first cruise on a non-Oasis class ship, and it did not disappoint! Ship: The ship is beautifully maintained despite how old she is. You can see some rust on the outside but the inside is pretty updated! Obviously the technology isn’t up to par with her larger sisters, but that’s totally fine! Rooms were nice, pillows and mattresses were comfortable. Cabin: The cabins were smaller than we expected, but we got used to them by the next day. We weren't in them very often anyway. Nicely maintained and our room steward was great! Embarkation/Disembarkation: Super smooth and easy. Seapass cards were given to us at check-in, so they have not updated the process yet like on the larger ships. We self-disembarked as well so getting off the ship was easy too. Food/Bars: Windjammer was decent, MDR was great as always. Bars and bartenders were quick to serve and were personable as well. After day 2, they practically knew you by name and orders! VOOM: My only complaint is how bad the wifi connection was. We were constantly disconnected from it, so much that I had our access code memorized by day 3. We got VOOM to stay in touch on board and with family back at home...made it quite a struggle when we separated and tried to text each other where we were...to get the text 3hrs later when we had already found each other Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Chacchoben Mayan Ruins Excursion Was worth every penny! Daniel the Jaguar was a wonderful guide. My husband and I learned so much and Daniel was super fun and knowledgeable. The ruins were beautiful! We took beautiful pictures. The busses ... Read More
Chacchoben Mayan Ruins Excursion Was worth every penny! Daniel the Jaguar was a wonderful guide. My husband and I learned so much and Daniel was super fun and knowledgeable. The ruins were beautiful! We took beautiful pictures. The busses to get to and from were georgeous and clean with perfect air conditioning. Salvatore was a great driver. This excursion was very safe and secure. This was the highlight of our honeymoon! The crew on rhapsody was very friendly and accommodating. Shoutout to Max and John the baristas! Also to Adriana, the dining room hostess on the 5th floor, and the servers Dominic and Paul Dan. The ship is smaller, but it’s wonderful for just relaxing, and a little older without all the bells and whistles of the bigger ships. However it’s elegant and charming. I had sinus problems on this cruise probably from something blooming in the jungle in spring, but the medical staff gave me something that really helped. Roatan port is extremely small, but we still had fun. Cozumel was a total blast! Hubby scuba dived in Belize, but I stayed on the ship that day. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Tried smaller ship to visit unknown places which is impossible with bigger. Visited new for us post communist country Montenegro and been surprised how people trying to build a new economic and society/ We have seen lovely Greek Islands ... Read More
Tried smaller ship to visit unknown places which is impossible with bigger. Visited new for us post communist country Montenegro and been surprised how people trying to build a new economic and society/ We have seen lovely Greek Islands as per route/ Only Corfu was disappointing- lots of smelly rubbish and dirty roads and pavements.Not the best presentation of Greece/ But on the other hand Kefalonia was amazing I would recomend to have excursion when you bee there. Had lovely rest on upper deck and enjoyed weather. Excellent and very helpful staff. Food is great.Always find what to do. Rooms with dated decorum but it's OK/ In room 2626 problem with shower. Inconvenient setting of snack bar - we should prefer on mid deck/ Disappointed gym - very small at the aft/ Obviously no promenade bcs of size of ship/ Shopping is no-no/Very loud , extremely loud entertainment at pool area / last day was torture - entertainment team had break on 30min only - the rest of the day we have been listening unbearable noise. We like Royal Caribbeans but in the future we will choose newer and bigger ships. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
My wife (44), 12 year old daughter, myself (45)and my 60 year old neighbor (who acts young for her age) chose this cruise due to the destinations and departure port. My friend who joined us was a platinum member so getting onto the ship ... Read More
My wife (44), 12 year old daughter, myself (45)and my 60 year old neighbor (who acts young for her age) chose this cruise due to the destinations and departure port. My friend who joined us was a platinum member so getting onto the ship was a breeze! We all found our staterooms to be adequate and clean. In a nutshell, the food was just okay in the dining hall, windjammer and room service. All of us had issues at one time or another. I will say our wait staff did their best to make everything right but they can only do so much. I have to lower my expectations because to think I’m going to get high quality food isn’t going to happen unless I am willing to pay even more by going to a restaurant onboard (and I’m not willing to do that). There wasn’t much for us to do on this ship. I felt like we were stuck at a bad wedding reception for 7 days. The entertainment is so outdated. If you want modern music/entertainment you have to stay up till 11 pm or later. The pool deck lacked good entertainment and things to do to engage the guests. The pool party under the stars was so dated! Again, think bad wedding reception! Full of dated line dancing and over the top emcees. We tried to participate but I have to tell you it was an effort. The average age was probably 55 on this ship and the entertainment was geared toward a much older crowd. The teen center was a joke. The 4 people in there on one night were glued to phones. My daughter looked at me with such disappointment it saddened me. She could only do the rock wall so much. The smoking in the casino was killing me!! I could only last a short time and my clothes smelled up my stateroom. The ports however were AWESOME! We enjoyed parasailing, stingrays, Starfish Island in Belize, and a Segway Tour in Costa Maya. We really enjoyed all the excursions. So to sum it up, we had good and not so good. I was happy with the cleanliness of the ship. I always saw people cleaning and sanitizing which gave me comfort. I would sail with Royal again but definitely on a ship geared toward my families interests. Given how much time you spend on the ship, what we (over) paid, what the ship offers is much more important than I originally thought....lesson learned. Finally, getting off the ship was a nightmare. Expect delays!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Frequent cruise vacationer and was deeply disappointed in this experience. Ship is clearly aging and little effort has been made to repair/replace worn furnishings. Ship data stated it was updated in 2012, but it seemed much older than ... Read More
Frequent cruise vacationer and was deeply disappointed in this experience. Ship is clearly aging and little effort has been made to repair/replace worn furnishings. Ship data stated it was updated in 2012, but it seemed much older than that. Food quality was poor in main dining areas as well as the specialty restaurants. "My Time Dining" required an hour wait at times and when requesting dining reservations to avoid a wait, the only times available were very early or very late. Staff seemed uninspired and were unattentive overall. Our teenage kids were disappointed in the lack/variety of activities. The "Teen Club" was poorly attended and they stopped going after day two as no one would show up for any of the scheduled activities. Entertainment offered was very poor. Ship singer/dancer talent was low end/theme park-quality and the costumes/sets/props for ship-produced shows all appeared to be old/recycled from previous shows. Did not continue to attend entertainment offerings after day three or four. We paid a premium for this vacation/sailing and felt we got a very low value for the cost. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Sixth year of cruising, worst experience yet. The customer service was great, however, based off past experience , I just believe the quality of the food on the ship was poor. The pizza was overlooked everyday in Windjammer and the burgers ... Read More
Sixth year of cruising, worst experience yet. The customer service was great, however, based off past experience , I just believe the quality of the food on the ship was poor. The pizza was overlooked everyday in Windjammer and the burgers were gross. The buns were hard and the desserts were not the best. This ship is not for a foodie. The food in the main dining room was also just OK. I had maybe two dishes where I was pleased. I also want to take time to address my stateroom. Yes we did book later than usual, however our room was a large interior. The hunter green interior and the mirrored wall was so outdated, and I felt like I was in a cave. SO I was told this ship wil retire within the next year or two, so maybe Royal Caribbean is just counting down the days for this ship. So, by now you know my distaste for the cruise, however I do have a couple of positive takeaways. First off Royal Caribbean has plenty of awesome ships, especially the Oasis Class ships! We cruised on the Allure of the Seas last spring break and LOVED it! My second positive takeaway is the unwavering customer service. Everyone was extremely friendly, and willing to help! I hope this help anyone deciding on their next cruise! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We loved the locations that we visited. The Shipwreck Snub in Grand Cayman was the only excursion we were disappointed with, but the other three really made up for it. If in Belieze, you MUST do the snorkel with sharks and island escape. ... Read More
We loved the locations that we visited. The Shipwreck Snub in Grand Cayman was the only excursion we were disappointed with, but the other three really made up for it. If in Belieze, you MUST do the snorkel with sharks and island escape. This was a top experience in my life. Breathtaking and the people in Belize were so friendly. The food on the ship was horrible, especially the buffet. Those with dietary needs will not have many options. Be prepared to wait awhile for drinks especially at the pool bar or coffee bar. And if your room is on deck 8, beware of the late night dance parties on the pool deck directly above your room. Overall we will do a RC Cruise again very soon, but not this ship for sure. It’s really small and the outdoor pool is tiny. The ship was very clean though, just terribly dated. Getting on the ship and getting off at the end of the trip was a very smooth process. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Reason for travel; Couple wanting a relaxing holiday, with safe opportunity to see mexico and Belize, places we would not normally visit. The ship Rhapsody is one of the smaller ships and the interior is lovely. The outside looks like ... Read More
Reason for travel; Couple wanting a relaxing holiday, with safe opportunity to see mexico and Belize, places we would not normally visit. The ship Rhapsody is one of the smaller ships and the interior is lovely. The outside looks like it needs a lick of white paint. Great cruise but be careful which excursions you choose, some are basic tours which are just money making exercise with little to see ie Costas Maya Highlights- shopping street, police station and fire station! although the beach was beautiful.Better to have just visited the port area with many shops, beach area, bird aviaries and a small area of beach. Snorkelling in Belize off a private Island was good though. We also went on the highlights of Tampa transfer to airport excursion on last day as we had a late flight, we thought it would be better than staying in the ship when in transition as nothing going on so would just be sitting waiting for transfer. Although the organisation was excellent the tour was boring and non existent. The highlight a 15 minute break to get a coffee!. Toured around residential homes, stopped for coffee and then 15 minutes at University, and then an hour in ybor city but only the restaurants and cigar rolling shop were open as on a early sunday morning! Arriving at the airport at 12.30 to wait for a 6.oo pm flight! ( Tampa is very small airport!) Food in the windjammer was beautifully laid out and plentiful and vast selection. However, not always piping hot. Sometimes very busy but always able to find seating. The main dining room was excellent with lovely food and attentive service. the entertainment staff tried hard and most of the shows were good and provided a variety of types of entertainment. Some of the cast were better at singing than others in our opinion but that is a matter of taste, as they worked hard. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
If you crave all the trappings of going the tourist route with all the crowds, lines, LOUD music, BAD food and banal information exchange, by all means book the excursions. I've always had a better time, learned and seen more, ... Read More
If you crave all the trappings of going the tourist route with all the crowds, lines, LOUD music, BAD food and banal information exchange, by all means book the excursions. I've always had a better time, learned and seen more, eaten well and met local folk who I can call friends, when I go it all on my own. On other vacations I have done this with my wife and have always had a great time. Traveling with kids this year, we went the tourist route. Big mistake. My regards for their safety, was unwarranted and paid the price with just god awful shore excursions. Disembarking is always a pain.Too many in one place at one time.Striking out on your own lessens the crowds every time. Sticking to the tours and your riding with the masses. Playing with the masses. Eating with the masses. Enough with that. Short version...go it alone. The ship, cabin, staff and booze were all exceptional. exceeded my expectations. The dining was above average. Disappointed that it was not exceptional. Feeding 2500 starving individuals is a herculean task and not one that I would ever know where to begin. But...RC has it down to a science, so why not offer the very best? The staff onboard is undoubtedly the reason RC has hit such high marks year after year Truly a treat and good for the soul to be surrounded by such professionalism and courtesy. These attributes are not dead! On a sad note the singers and dancers within the shows were not so good. Its a cruise ship, not Broadway. On a happier note, all the musicians were excellent. I understand that RC has sold the Rhapsody. She has logged many miles and been all over. Time to retire the old girl and move on. I'm glad I had the chance to experience her before she goes. She is tired and unfortunately, it shows a little. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose this cruise because of the ports. On a 7 day cruise, I like as few days at Seas as possible. This cruise offered 4 different ports, none of which I had ever visited. Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize and Costa Maya. I have always ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports. On a 7 day cruise, I like as few days at Seas as possible. This cruise offered 4 different ports, none of which I had ever visited. Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize and Costa Maya. I have always wanted to visit Stingray City in Grand Cayman and it did not disappoint. The crystal clear blue water is something you have to see in your lifetime. In Cozumel we booked a Dolphin Encounter excursion which included lunch and beverages. They took us to Dolphinaris where we got in the water with a dolphin and a dolphin trainer taught us about this lovely creature and each and every one of us had the chance to pet, kiss and shake fins with the dolphin. I thought that it would be rushed but we had at least 30 minutes as a group with the dolphin. There was also great shopping in Cozumel. Costa Maya was a beautiful port, with so much culture. We booked a beach day in Costa Maya which included Transportation to and from the beach and guaranteed you a beach chair. We were greeted by a waiter that escorted us to our beach chairs and came around taking food and drink orders. We had the option to buy an all inclusive drink pass but we declined. We spent a couple of hours on the beach and then went back to port for some shopping. I loved all of the ports except Belize was just OK. It’s one of those places where if you don’t have an excursion booked, there’s really not much to see/do. There were a few shops in the port where we bought some souvenirs. Belize is great if you’re into zip lines or tubing through a cave, I’m not really into that. The staff on this ship was very friendly and attentive. Our housekeeper, waiter and assistant waiter were very quick to learn and remember our names and always greeted us pleasantly with a smile. They treated us as if we were a special guest in their home for the week. Top notch, First class service all the way around. The food was amazing from breakfast thru dinner and beyond!!! The food choices in the Windjammer cafe were just beyond belief. So many food choices to pick from, there is no way that anybody was getting off of that ship feeling hungry. If you didn’t eat well, it’s on you. The ship was immaculately clean!!! Housekeeping works extremely hard and it shows. If I had to say a ‘con’ about this cruise and ship, I guess it would be about the evening entertainment. I wish that there were better shows to go see in the evenings. My only other ‘con’ is the cost of the internet, I felt that was kind of high so we only bought a day pass on one of the “at sea” days. Many ships are now offering free WiFi. I also felt that the beverage packages were pricey, even if you buy them at a discount prior to cruising considering the fact that most of the day is spent off the ship in a port. We paid per drink. We opted for the self assist departure which was pretty good. We did not book transportation through RC to shuttle us back to the airport. It was 1/2 the price to just catch a shuttle privately once we disembarked. This is our second cruise with Royal Caribbean and we’ve already booked our next cruise with them. The customer service is something you rarely see these days. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We had a fabulous trip. The ship was great, very clean with a very nice room. Thankful for guest services person that helped us book trip - she suggested adjoining rooms and it was very nice to have with two teenagers. The staff was ... Read More
We had a fabulous trip. The ship was great, very clean with a very nice room. Thankful for guest services person that helped us book trip - she suggested adjoining rooms and it was very nice to have with two teenagers. The staff was exceptional. Our daughter is a senior and this was last family spring break trip for a while and it was perfect. The ports of call were a delight with some of the best shore excursions we have ever done. The music on board was fantastic, very talented. We drove to Tampa and parked at the port, which was a great experience from a great location. Pretty cool to sail out of the bay under the bridge. Wish I was up to sail in. Bet it was pretty at night. Our teen son thoroughly enjoyed the teen room and activities. He made a whole new group of friends and they plan to keep in touch. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
The ports of call made our decision to choose this ship. This was my tenth cruise and my first with Royal. I had heard so much hype but I was sadly disappointed. Embarkation and disembarkation were fine. The decor is fine and ... Read More
The ports of call made our decision to choose this ship. This was my tenth cruise and my first with Royal. I had heard so much hype but I was sadly disappointed. Embarkation and disembarkation were fine. The decor is fine and doesn't change my mind on a cruise. I have had cabins inside, port hole and balcony. We were four sisters so we chose inside cabins. They were the smallest I have ever experienced. The bathroom was tiny and I never could pull the shower curtain just due to space. The entertainment is lacking terribly on this ship. The production were so outdated and just plain awful. During the Pure Country show I sore the girls wigs made them look like cabbage patch dolls. We are in our 50's and 60's however a tablemate in her 20's voiced the same concern that the productions were outdated. We had early dining and every evening the after dinner show time was moved around so it was never consistent. Many nights there were hours we were wandering around looking for something to do. The casino usual won (literally). The comedian and the hypnotist were good and we enjoyed their shows. The food was so mediocre that we went to Windjammers instead for four nights. The oddest thing to me was the lack of food options. Yes, I have been on larger ships were there is a deli or fish & chips, pizza something available all the time. We returned to the ship after shore excursions to find that Windjammer had closed at 3pm and the dining room would reopen at 5:30-6pm. Two of us had the soft drink program. Ugh please do away with the cups!! It is often hard to get to the three drink stations (dining area closed) and then you drag it around with you all the time. Many times I saw people who had to take it with them into the bathroom. Use the sticker, a bracelet something else. Our room attendant was kind and upbeat and kept the room clean. The big screen outside by the pool CONSTANTLY loops the same trivia and video. I wanted to scream!! They did offer a few movies so please at least reshow them or find a different program for the seven days! It was the same if you tuned into tv in your room. Same exact shows over and over. The bar staff did well with the drinks. The adult only area is a pool that is enclosed. Not ideal for the Caribbean but if they would enforce the rules of NO one under 16 that would have been a plus. The very first day we had little kids in there because a child got sick in the big pool. WHY HAVE RULES? The ports were wonderful and we enjoyed our time off the ship. One last peeve was the formal pictures. If you try to walk around on deck 5 during picture time it is impossible!! They have two picture stations side by side near the elevator that just blocks all traffic of people. Many, many shows were in the Centrum which is tiny and just a strange place to gather people. We all decided never again for this ship! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I had such a good experience the first time I traveled with Royal Caribbean, so this was a big disappointment. The ship was very outdated, there was not much to do and it was not very clean. It smelled of sulfur/sewage almost everywhere ... Read More
I had such a good experience the first time I traveled with Royal Caribbean, so this was a big disappointment. The ship was very outdated, there was not much to do and it was not very clean. It smelled of sulfur/sewage almost everywhere we went onboard. The staff did not seem to know how to help us and did not seem very interested in answering our questions. Everything seemed very disorganized. The shore excursion to Costa Maya, called “Beach Break” was the most disgusting and unsanitary experience I have ever had! We paid about $60 each, but got back on the ship after about an hour. We ate in the main dining room three nights, two of the nights were just ok, the first night was unreal, we thought we were on candid camera, the meat did not seem to be real meat and tasted like it came from a can (sort of like Spam) but it was supposed to be New York Strip! The buffet was the best and so was the Asian restaurant we paid extra for. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We booked Rhapsody of the Seas for the itinerary. Read lots of reviews and heard the pros and cons about food and noise. We couldn't be happier with the experience. Food was great. Service was outstanding. Noise was minimal. We were ... Read More
We booked Rhapsody of the Seas for the itinerary. Read lots of reviews and heard the pros and cons about food and noise. We couldn't be happier with the experience. Food was great. Service was outstanding. Noise was minimal. We were in a Junior Suite 8564 and although the sofa bed needed to be updated - just older looking - the room was great. Lots of space, plenty of storage and close to everything. We used my time dining which worked out perfectly. Had the same table and waiter each night which is the way we prefer to go. Service was exceptional and the food was quite good. They add specials to the menu each night so it was always different. With kids we didn't want to go to the specialty restaurants because it's lost on them.Ship has lots to do and we were never bored. We enjoyed it so much that we booked for next year while were still on the ship! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The Rhapsody is the smallest ship I have cruised on and while some things about that are nice, I think I prefer larger ships. The problem for me seemed to be the Centrum area....where no matter what deck you were on, it was always ... Read More
The Rhapsody is the smallest ship I have cruised on and while some things about that are nice, I think I prefer larger ships. The problem for me seemed to be the Centrum area....where no matter what deck you were on, it was always loud from what was happening. You couldn't just sit and hang out in some form of quiet. And for those with rooms near the entrances to the centrum....OMG. No way. There also was a pretty noticeable sewage odor in the centrum near the Starboard side of the boat. It persisted all week. Crew were courteous. We had issues with our dining and after 3 sittings over 2 hours in length, we moved our table. It was great there after. Steaks they are cooking medium rare or medium well only. The medium well was spot on...which I do not like medium well. The medium rare was closer to rare. The cruise director is a hoot on Rhapsody and made the events. Without that, the entertainment was lackluster at best compared to other ships. I don't think I would choose Rhapsody again unless it was the ship tied to the destination I chose. I'm used to bigger. Voyager, Liberty, and Oasis I have been on previously. I think the Centrum isn't a great configuration compared to the others. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I won this cruise and wanted to leave from Tampa so I didn't have to drive to Miami. The Rhapsody was available so I booked it. The ship is not huge but not small- it was a nice size for lounging around. The ship departed on time, ... Read More
I won this cruise and wanted to leave from Tampa so I didn't have to drive to Miami. The Rhapsody was available so I booked it. The ship is not huge but not small- it was a nice size for lounging around. The ship departed on time, ports of call were great and we left and arrived each port without issue. The crew/staff were pretty amazing and very friendly except for one individual. But that did not ruin it for me as I know there is usually a bad apple ..... My cabin was extremely small and no room to change your mind in the shower but I did not want to upgrade as my cruise would then not be a free one. I stuck it out and did an interior . It was not too bad- you learn how to deal with the smallness of the shower and bathroom by day 2 or 3 lol. The entertainment was wonderful!! Especially the dancing. These folks danced and performed each night with vigor and excitement. Loved the singing and ESPECIALLY the adult comedy shows- could have used those every night!! I took this cruise with my adult son and his girlfriend. This was my son's first cruise and he tells me he absolutely enjoyed it- great work Royal Caribbean!! One can have a great time on a smaller vessel- you do not always need the bigger boats- the coziness of the Rhapsody was enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We are a retired couple in our late 60s. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We flew in the day before embarkation. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Westshore. The hotel provided shuttle service both from the airport and to the ... Read More
We are a retired couple in our late 60s. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We flew in the day before embarkation. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Westshore. The hotel provided shuttle service both from the airport and to the cruise port. The shuttle service was excellent. We have cruised more than a dozen times and embarkation for this cruise was the smoothest we have ever experienced. We arrived at the port at about 10:15 A.M. and did not wait in line for more than 2 or 3 minutes. We were on board the ship by 10:40 A.M. We like the smaller ship size better than the large megaships. We were impressed with how well the ship was maintained given its age. We loved the promenade deck (Deck 5). We had cabin 4028 which is an ocean view cabin slightly forward on Deck 4. It was close to the elevators and spacious enough for our needs. This cabin does not come with a coffee maker or mini fridge. We would have liked to have had a coffee maker in the room. As others have mentioned the shower in this cabin category is very small and only has a shower curtain which is problematic given the size of the shower. Our room steward, Mark Perey, was a joy and made our stay very comfortable. We did not eat in any of the pay dining venues. We found the food in the Windjammer, Park Cafe and the main dining room to be very good. We only had one meal in the dining room where the steak was tough. We loved being able to have shrimp cocktail every night in the dining room. We liked both of the production shows in the the theater and thought that singers and dancers did an excellent job. We spent a lot of time in the casino. The casino is small and had a lot of blackjack tables but only had 1 three card poker table and 1 caribbean stud table. It did not have a let it ride table, ultimate Texas hold em or pai gao poker tables. The service on this ship was excellent. The staff in all locations from guest services to the dining venues and the the casino were friendly, eager to please and very professional. There were a lot of spring breakers on this cruise. We did not expereince any problems. They all seemed to be having a wonderful time and interacted well with us. In Key West. we took the hop on hop off trolley tour which was very informative. Unfortunately, it began pouring rain just as the tour ended so were unable to walk around Key West and explore as much as we would have liked. We did get to visit Mel Fisher's Treasure Museum. We did not get off the ship in Belize. In Cozumel we just did some shopping at the port as we had been to this port in the past. The port area in Costa May was clean and well kept. It had a nice pool area within walking distance of the ship. We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise on this ship and would recommend it to anyone who looks for an alternative to the larger ships. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
drink package was only saving grace for not being completely terrible cruise but the bar service in the casino was lacking of all places considering drunk people like to gamble more. would lose $200 before i would get my drink and ... Read More
drink package was only saving grace for not being completely terrible cruise but the bar service in the casino was lacking of all places considering drunk people like to gamble more. would lose $200 before i would get my drink and sometimes just had to stand up from table and wait around for the server to come back because he had my ship card. Other cases where it would be faster for me to leave all my chips on the table and run to bar myself during the card shuffling period. all the bars would close early besides the casino also which meant if you were gambling and wanted drinks later at night you also had to fight the crowd of people just wanting an open bar to hang out in. only 6 to 5 blackjack payouts unless you are playing $25+ a hand is crappy odds even more in favor of the house i didn't agree with and even the dealers said they wouldn't play the game with the specs were were forced to play by. if you paid the extra 100$ a person for shore excursions you didn't get back to ship till 330-4 which was 30mins after lunch ended every time. forcing you to wait in a 30 minute line for the same sandwiches every day if you wanted food. By the constant line that forms every day right after lunch ends you would think they would just extend the lunch buffet to 4 or 5pm so there is less of a gap of only sandwiches to eat. when it comes to cruises i have been on a lot and never had an issue like this when it comes to food always left cruises too full first time i left hungry. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We chose the cruise because of the itinerary to Central America. The boarding process was smooth and took approximately 25 minutes and our bags arrived within 30 minutes after we boarded. Disembarkation was outstanding. We self carried ... Read More
We chose the cruise because of the itinerary to Central America. The boarding process was smooth and took approximately 25 minutes and our bags arrived within 30 minutes after we boarded. Disembarkation was outstanding. We self carried bags and were off and through customs in 15 minutes. The Rhapsody of the Seas is an older ship. The stateroom was the size of a postage stamp, especially since we were traveling with our children ages 10 & 15. The room was clean and in good repair; however we were on the Norwegian Epic a year ago and the availability of plugs and space was much better. I will note we had a family suite on Norwegian and requested the same with our travel agent who booked this cruise too but did not receive it. Having read other reviews prior to this cruise, I brought shampoo and conditioner since there is only a wash gel in the shower. I also brought an extension cord which was needed. The ship does not have a lot of the newer activities available for active teens. My kids were on the rock wall daily. I know the larger class Royal Caribbean ships have many things that would have appealed to the kids. The highlight of the shows was the Journey Tribute Band, Ressurection. If you closed your eyes you would have sworn Steve Perry was singing. They were awesome! The Royal Caribbean dancers and singers were all right, not great. Q Ports of Calls were the reason we booked the cruise and they didn't disappoint. Roatan, Honduras: my husband and son did the "World Class Scuba Dive" which was awesome. It's the best dive they've ever done. My daughter and I did the SNUBA dive. The dive itself was good. You can only go about 30 feet down with the air tank tether. Our company deserves not so great reviews. I didn't appreciate all the attempts to upsell other add-ons once we got there. I also was upset that our dive leader let my 10 year daughter and I run out of air at about 20 feet under on her first dive experience. So thumbs up for the Scuba and thumbs down for the SNUBA. Belize: we did the Jaguar Paw Jungle Trek with Cave Tubing. This was outstanding. I would highly recommend this excursion. Glad we did the jungle trek vs zip line so we could see animals and unique vegetation. Our guide was excellent. Costa Maya: This was our only excursion not booked through Royal Caribbean. We booked the Mayan Experience through NativeChoice. This was our favorite excursion. The Maya Ruins at Chocchoben are awesome and the meal with the Mayan family and making tortillas was great. Cozumel: We took the tour to Chichen Itza. Because of the long travel required to get there we only had 45 minutes at the ruins. We really felt cheated time-wise. This is a great destination but 45 minutes was not enough time. Overall, good experience. Crew all friendly and helpful. Was disappointed that they didn't greet us with towels when we returned from an excursion in the pouring/driving rain but outside of that, everything was good. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was a family get together over spring break with 6 adults and 2 kids, 9 and 12. Embarkation was a piece of cake, disembarkation a bit more hectic and time consuming. Ship is one of the prettiest ships I've been on! Great crew and ... Read More
This was a family get together over spring break with 6 adults and 2 kids, 9 and 12. Embarkation was a piece of cake, disembarkation a bit more hectic and time consuming. Ship is one of the prettiest ships I've been on! Great crew and staff, very eager to please but not overly aggesive. Dining room is pretty, great staff, but very typical food, rather bland and lacks excitement. Menus seemed very repetitive with just a few exotic dishes here and there. Windjammer is typical buffet, kept clean and full with staff wandering to provide drinks, assistance and the occasional bowl of ice cream or cookie! Ship entertainers and musicians all did a fine job, great headlining acts, James Stephens III was our favorite! Ports were all fine, Roatan we did a private excursion, Belize I booked through Viator, Costa Maya and Cozumel were booked through the ship. Costa Maya is great for snorkeling and diving, small fishing town, not much there. We did a scenic overview and then headed back to ship. If we hadn't had kids with us might have wandered and shopped a bit. Other ports were all fine! On sea days, kids spent time with Adventure Club activities. We did a bit of trivia, the Harry Potter was a great one (our 9 year old niece aced it and was thrilled with her official Royal ink pen)! Casino was not my favorite, several choices but tended to get a bit smoky, crowded and loud. We spent less time than usual in there as I travel with portable oxygen and had a tough time with the smoke. For this trip was not truly a big deal as we were focusing on family time anyways! My only true issues with this trip were snafu in dining room on first night when our group was not kept together for dinner. This was corrected for the following night but as our reservations were linked for about a year found this to be unimpressive. My other beef is this new room service fee. One of my favorite parts of cruising is ordering breakfast on port days. The continental choices are lackluster, attention to detail is lacking and several times order was close but not quite right. I know that $7.95 isn't a big deal, it's the principal of the thing... Notes: 1. Kids loved the trip! Soda package was perfect, Adventure Club was enjoyed and activities were easily found. Great for their age group! 2. Portable Oxygen travelers, great size ship, easy to get around and plenty of help when needed. Had no problems at all, even handled the tender in Belize! 3. Mom had a scooter, mini suite, scooter fit right in her room. Easy on/off and ship was small enough that she seldom felt the need to use it. We had such a great time together as a group that we are definitely considering doing this again next year! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Overall the cruise was an amazing time from start to finish. The service and friendliness of the ships staff couldn't have been better. Our experience in the dining room from its staff service and entree and desert quality was ... Read More
Overall the cruise was an amazing time from start to finish. The service and friendliness of the ships staff couldn't have been better. Our experience in the dining room from its staff service and entree and desert quality was ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. As a first time cruiser my experience with the quality of ship and staff will remain unforgettable. All my anxieties about the unknown issues of cruising were quickly laid to rest by the Royal Caribbean staff as soon as I stepped off the plane in Tampa. To be honest I was taken back by the size and quaintness of our interior state room. But after the first day it became quite pleasant and actually belightful due to our humorous and exemplary room attendant (Freddy). Room size never seemed to matter with the array of things to do and see while aboard the "Rhapsody". Our trip was more than I had hoped for and the Port excursions were icing on the cake. "Extreme zip lining" 300' over the jungle of Roatan was breathtaking and worth every penny. "Snorkeling the Wonders" in Belize was as awe inspiring as I'd hoped for never to be forgotten. In Costa Maya a self taxied trip to the "Crazy Lobster" for genuine shopping, lunch on the beach, amazing views, and some rest and relaxation was everything we'd desired. Our "Push & Pull" dolphin experience in Cozumel will forever be a highlight that will take some doing to ever top. Overall we had the time of our lives and hope this review will be a stepping stone of information for your Royal Caribbean dream vacation. Read Less
Sail Date April 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
Overall we were very pleased with our cruise and the Ports of call. The ship is not huge, but it was adequate except the pool is smaller than my own pool. So, we never sat by the pool because it was so crowded. They have an indoor pool ... Read More
Overall we were very pleased with our cruise and the Ports of call. The ship is not huge, but it was adequate except the pool is smaller than my own pool. So, we never sat by the pool because it was so crowded. They have an indoor pool which is only nice in the morning...it gets hot. The food was just okay in the windjammer, which was a buffet that was open for all meals. The main dining room had good food, but terrible service. It took 25 minutes to get a drink. However, all 3 specialty restaurants were amazing. Paying the extra cost is well worth it because you get all you can eat, except for the sushi restaurant. Our favorite was the Italian restaurant....we went 3 times. We were in room 7074 which was a perfect location. We had a balcony room with a king bed and a large pull out sofa. However, since we just had an 11 year old, she had plenty of room to sleep without needed to open the sofa. Having a balcony is well worth the extra money. Also, we had a mini frig and a nice sized desk with plenty of mirrors and lights to do hair and makeup. There was plenty of storage. Bring a hanging toiletry bag. The bathroom is small and has very little counter space. The water pressure was great!!! The ports were all amazing. We booked our own excursions and were so pleased. Honduras: I highly recommend Daniel Johnson's Sloth and Monkey park The only way to do book it is through their facebook page. They will arrange transportation. I recommend going straight to the Sloth and Monkey park....where you get to hold a sloth and play with monkeys for a long time. They also have parrots, which you hold as well. After the park, they will take you to Parrot Beach. And there you can grab lunch. This was truly an amazing experience. The cost was $35 per person. Lunch was not included. Belize: CAVE TUBING was amazing. Truly breathtaking. I read reviews and chose Cavetubing.biz. We went to more caves than the other tours, including the one booked through the ship. Also, we did not have to carry our tube to get to the caves. They were already there. We saw plenty of people going and they had to carry a tube, which was about a 30 minute walk. Our tour guide took his time and was so attentive to our kids. When we got to a place we could stop, he would let them get off and walk around. The tour took about an hour. After the tour, we got back in our bus and we had lunch at their main building. The chicken and rice so delicious. We paid $45 per person, which included transportation and lunch. They have a website that you can contact them. Costa Maya, Mexico: We didn't plan anything that day because we just needed a chill day. There is plenty of shopping and restaurants at the dock, but they are very expensive. If you walk out of the gate, you can get a cab for $10 to go to downtown, which is a boardwalk on the beautiful beach. Plenty of shopping and restaurants to see. The taxi ride is only 5 minutes. Cozumel: Dolphin Discovery at Chankanaab park. We did the VIP dolphin swim and well worth every penny. This place has a huge beach. We spent the morning on the beach and our swim was at 1. With the VIP you get more time with the dolphins and you have a VIP lounge with a great buffet and all you can drink. I booked this directly with dolphin discovery. I did an online chat with them and we got the VIP for $103 per person. You do have to get a taxi there, which was $10. It was about 5-10 minutes away. Perfect Vacation! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
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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