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4 Royal Caribbean Greece Cruise Reviews

We had cabin 8100, a JS facing the back of the ship. The cabin and balcony size were outstanding BUT this is an older ship and it simply cannot handle speeds in excess of 15 knots even with calm seas without without causing severe ... Read More
We had cabin 8100, a JS facing the back of the ship. The cabin and balcony size were outstanding BUT this is an older ship and it simply cannot handle speeds in excess of 15 knots even with calm seas without without causing severe shakes and rattles and where in the back of the ship, but worse in the cabins itself. The first night out at sea at over 20 knots with a calm ocean you simply could not sleep in the cabin, the rattle and shaking was like a 7.0 on the Richter scale. Worse, it would be calm and quiet for about 5 seconds and then the shaking would start for about 10 seconds and it did this all the time! I finally complaint in the early morning and it was perfectly calm for about an hour before it started back up again. When the ship slows down to about 15 knots there are no issues - I believe that there is an imbalance in the propulsion system that resonates like crazy when they crank up the engines! The food situation on Royal Caribbean ships like this one is becoming impossible! The main cafeteria shuts down between 3pm and 6pm and the only food available are snacks in the little cafe by the solarium - imagine 2000 people coming back from their excursions and wanting food! The cafe simply could not handle it and room service takes way too long, so if you like to eat on your schedule better look for another cruise line. In general, Rhapsody is a tired old ship. The shows at night were extremely mediocre and the entertainers 3rd rate at best. Good thing that the ports were interesting as the ship left a lot to be desired. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This cruise was from Istanbul Turkey to the Greek Islands and Athens and back to Istanbul. good itinerary (just what we wanted) and all in all the ship was good with a vary friendly staff. We chose MY TIME dinning as we thought we could ... Read More
This cruise was from Istanbul Turkey to the Greek Islands and Athens and back to Istanbul. good itinerary (just what we wanted) and all in all the ship was good with a vary friendly staff. We chose MY TIME dinning as we thought we could go down and eat when we were ready, however this option only allowed you to choose a half hour window to go to the dinning room. We did eat in the dinning room the first night but found the food only so-so there and they keep asking if you want to buy drinks. Coffee was not good!! My wife had a Pina Colada that was over priced (twice what we paid on other cruises $14.00 to $6.95 and she said it was too sweet. We ate at the Buffet the rest of the trip - selection was OK but the Asian (Chinese and Indian) seemed to have the same taste even though the description was different every day -- Port were fine and the stay time in port was longer the most normally 7am to 6pm. We did not take any of the excursions as we could do ourselves at much less cost although no guide, but also not too structured so we could spend as much time as needed at a location. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Not expecting this to be an outstanding cruise from the other reviews we were not disappointed! Fairly experienced cruisers, we have been on much better ships ,and sadly for the price paid we were not impressed with the quote ... Read More
Not expecting this to be an outstanding cruise from the other reviews we were not disappointed! Fairly experienced cruisers, we have been on much better ships ,and sadly for the price paid we were not impressed with the quote "Beautiful Rhapsody of the seas"as we were reminded every day on the ships messaging announcement! The ship is generally older and all the less impressive for that with no wow factor at all,save for the new Centrum ,which doesn't work particularly well due to the tiny dance area and the lack of seats.We did not sit there once during our cruise ,lingering occasionally to listen to a catchy tune standing at the railing on one of the levels.We did attend the aerial show which was brief and not that enthralling to be honest,securing a seat on the side of the Centrum plagued by passive cigarette smoke travelling from the casino indoor smoking area.This was a major bugbear for us as it affected the coffee stand and the customer relations desk,the smell travelling and drifting to all levels .Needs to be discontinued immediately IMHO. Our cabin 2121 was a small interior ,we never bother with frills as you only sleep and shower there,clean but a little rickety and basic by today's standards.But fair enough the beds were comfortable and our annoying issues with the air conditioning and the door lock were addressed during our cruise with efficiency.The in- cabin announcement system did not work and there was only tennis ,news and cruise propaganda on the TV in English,which seems like a very penny pinching cut back.There was a cartoon channel for the kids,of no interest to us.Fair enough you do not go on holiday to watch TV ,but my husband had a couple days feeling ill mid cruise and something for him to watch would have been welcome whilst taking it easy in cabin.We had a quiet cabin with little passing footfall, and although we had engine noise it was constant and you soon filtered it out .In general a good cabin choice.Lack of a fridge meant constant trips for ice water to deck 9. Our cabin steward James was an absolute peach ,always helpful, polite and we thank him for his unfailing services and the towel animals.These guys are very underrated for the job they do and deserve recognition. Food was better than expected in the main dining room. Maricel our waitress very friendly, portions small but sufficient and generally well cooked.The buffet restaurant was a bit chaotic in its set up with people milling in all directions and we avoided it mostly .The food was not to our taste personally , but the big eaters could be seen at lunchtime with the "Haystack" plates .Quantity vs quality really .We used the cafe in the solarium where the menu was limited but a seat was always available at lunch .We are not big eaters so we preferred to do this. We used all the speciality restaurants during the cruise for a change of venue ,but again were of the opinion that they were not as good as those experienced on other ships. Alcohol and wine are expensive on this ship,and bottled water extortionate . Entertainment was pretty average ,but a couple of headliners could be described as very good .There was one evening mid cruise with only a movie in the theatre, and the last night only movie re-runs(which we had already seen).We never went on deck to watch a movie as times were the same as the shows ,and generally got the theatre practically to ourselves for the afternoon ones . The picture quality was very poor ,and they started repeating the films halfway though the cruise. Embarkation and disembarkation ran pretty smoothly ,but as said before we had problems with the cruise cards which was a nuisance and had to have our cabin lock fixed.One day we could not go ashore as we had been given back the cancelled cards,and we had to go up and get new ones (Yet again) All in all not a bad ship for first timers maybe ,but we had too many better ones to compare it with. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This was our first RCI cruise (9 previous cruises on Princess, Celebrity and Cunard) and were were mostly pleased with the experience. The staff were great and friendly and the ship (Serenade of the Seas) was absolutely lovely and every ... Read More
This was our first RCI cruise (9 previous cruises on Princess, Celebrity and Cunard) and were were mostly pleased with the experience. The staff were great and friendly and the ship (Serenade of the Seas) was absolutely lovely and every easy to navigate. We loved the ship, enjoyed our itinerary (Greek Isles), thought the public areas were beautiful and we had a great cruise. A few pluses: Food was very good, particularly in Reflections at Dinner. We participated in My Time Dining which is a different experience on this ship than other cruise lines as they want you to pre-book your table daily. We had the same table/wait staff and they were fantastic. They got to know us very well (group of 5) including our names and likes/dislikes and their camaraderie and service was the absolute highlight of our cruise. The cabin (Inside) was cosy, large and comfortable. Staff - friendly and helpful A few minuses: Coffee - everywhere (Windjammer, Reflections, Cafe Lattitudes - it is terrible! Windjammer - breakfast and lunch - sometimes food was not hot enough; bacon undercooked daily Casualness of guests in Reflections at dinner - this was the biggest minus for us. On Princess, Celebrity and Cunard, everyone dresses for dinner, even on Smart Casual nights (collared shirt/dress pants for men; blouse/nice top/skirt/pants/dress for women). On this cruise, the majority of people in Reflections for dinner dressed in jeans, sweatpants, workout wear, shorts and runners every night. Even on Formal nights, we would see people in jeans. We were very shocked that this is allowed and extremely disappointed. Where is the pride in looking nice and not like a slob at dinner-time! Overall, we loved our cruise and we had a wonderful time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
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