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We chose this cruise because it sailed from Tampa and we wanted to just get away for a week. Embarkation was easy, because we are Emerald and can bypass some lines. We had a large balcony stateroom, which was fine....except for the filth ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it sailed from Tampa and we wanted to just get away for a week. Embarkation was easy, because we are Emerald and can bypass some lines. We had a large balcony stateroom, which was fine....except for the filth on the sheer drapes at the balcony door. They were grimy and actually crunchy to the touch. We were Anytime Dining, since we had booked fairly recently. Luckily, we chose to eat in the specialty dining rooms for three nights, so we had 3 excellent meals. The Asian restaurant, the steak house and the Italian restaurant all had wonderful food and excellent service. Service in the MDR was also excellent, but the food was spotty. We actually ate upstairs at the buffet on the last night and found it to be very good. Breakfasts and lunches at the buffet were very good: many choices, including lots of fresh salads for lunch. Coffee onboard was excellent. We booked no excursions, as we've been in the western Caribbean many times. Truthfully, we were sadly disappointed overall with the RCCL on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
It was our 50th anniversary and we thought a repositioning cruise would be a great experience. On previous cruises we have always eaten in the dining room for all our meals. We found the food to be cold. My omelets were incomplete, only ... Read More
It was our 50th anniversary and we thought a repositioning cruise would be a great experience. On previous cruises we have always eaten in the dining room for all our meals. We found the food to be cold. My omelets were incomplete, only half of my omelette had filling in it. We tried it again when we gave our review on the ship and they asked us to try breakfast again. The food was still cold. The windjammers breakfast was much better. We only ate dinner in the evening. We had great table mates and enjoyed there company. The food was just adequate. Some nights I couldn't find something to eat. When my husband ordered beef bourquinion he had 3 small chunks of beef. In the Centrum the chairs were ripped. My husband ordered an anniversary surprise for me and only half of what was supposed to come was missing. They did not have it aboard the ship. Our daily compass had incorrect information On the front it said casual dining and in the center it stated formal attire. Half the guests showed up formal and half casual. The activities schedule was the same activities at the same time. The activities were very one note. If you had early dining you missed activities. They also had last minute changes in the shows. Our tour guide on one of the cruises left passengers behind and we missed more than half of our tour Thank goodness one of the onboard next cruise employee was with us. She was appalled that we were left behind with the employee. They only refunded half of our tour money because they said we saw half of tour. The eating outside the windjammer was stained and dirty. Alot of chipped paint was noticed. We have been on Royal Caribbean ships before and enjoyed them. We did not enjoy the Brilliance of the Sea and would not recommend this ship and this experience left a bad impression for us to cruise again with Royal Caribbean. In the past we always enjoyed our experience. This cruise was for a special occasion and it spoiled our experience. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We love long cruises with lots of sea days and this cruise did not disappoint. We sailed from Tampa Bay to Amsterdam, seeing ports that we had yet to visit. The 8 sea days to begin the cruise were a wonderful way to really relax and kick ... Read More
We love long cruises with lots of sea days and this cruise did not disappoint. We sailed from Tampa Bay to Amsterdam, seeing ports that we had yet to visit. The 8 sea days to begin the cruise were a wonderful way to really relax and kick off our month long vacation. We have sailed a lot on RCI, have attained Diamond Plus status, and really do like the Radiance Class ships in Royal's fleet. There were LOTS of experienced cruises on this sailing as over 900 passengers of the 2000 on board were either Diamond or Diamond Plus level on RCI. Rather than wait until the cruise to deal with this large number of elite members, Royal communicated with us weeks before the cruise to let us know that they were going to use the Colony Club as their evening venue for the Diamond lounge event. Royal did a great job organizing and delivering the service that elite cruisers want. Cudos to RCI for making what could have been a difficult situation work smoothly. Our Balcony Cabin on Deck 9 was in great shape and our room steward was attentive, friendly and engaging in our many conversations with him. In fact, both my wife and I found the entire staff (our waiter Mary, our assistant waiter and most other staff we interacted with) went out of their way to be both friendly and accommodating to our needs. Service could not have been better throughout the 15 day cruise. The entertainment was also diverse and well presented. The RCI singers and dancers were as good as any group we have seen on our many cruises and the cruise director was engaged and seemed to really care about the quality of the performances. The food was varied, presented well and seemed a bit better than some of our other cruises. We went to Chops Grill twice on the cruise and it did not disappoint. RCI delivered a great experience over the two weeks of the cruise from embarkation to getting off the ship (It took us less than 1/2 hour to walk off, get our luggage and clear customs in Amsterdam!) Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
This was our third crossing and thoroughly enjoyed the Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Sea conveniences as well as the fantastic attitude of the ship's staff. We sailed form Tampa to Ireland and Belgium and ended in Amsterdam. We ... Read More
This was our third crossing and thoroughly enjoyed the Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Sea conveniences as well as the fantastic attitude of the ship's staff. We sailed form Tampa to Ireland and Belgium and ended in Amsterdam. We stayed on the ship back to back on the Baltic cruise visiting Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Finland, Russia and Amsterdam. Total of 28 days. The Atlantic crossing was dampened by the overcast and cool weather however the Baltic region temperatures were comfortable for May. One of our daily favorite times is the My Time dining option sharing a table with others and having world topics as conversation. We bid on a Jr Suite for the second leg of the cruise which made that part very comfortable. Having a walk in closet and approx 300sf with chairs and a couch, the area was perfect for relaxing. We achieved our Dimond Plus status and are looking forward to our next cruise in March out of Dubai. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We chose this cruise as it left from Tampa, and had Georgetown, Grand Cayman as one of the two ports on the itinerary, Cozumel being the other. It was our first experience with Royal Caribbean, and we're already looking for other ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it left from Tampa, and had Georgetown, Grand Cayman as one of the two ports on the itinerary, Cozumel being the other. It was our first experience with Royal Caribbean, and we're already looking for other cruise options from this line. Our embarkation in Tampa was a breeze--covered parking garage right across the street (they do have a drop-off area if you don't want to tote your bags that far). Check in was quick and efficient. We were on board in mere minutes. Only small carry-ons are allowed including rolling suitcases, anything larger must be checked, something we didn't learn until we arrived, but our suitcase was delivered earlier than the posted 7 pm. The Windjammer Café was open for buffet lunch with a huge array of choices. All crew members we encountered were friendly and helpful. Our room steward was very attentive but not intrusive. Our best experience was in Chops, the steakhouse restaurant. Oleksandr was a terrific server, memorizing our drink preferences from the first night. Pool chairs are hard to come by, and the promised "no holding chairs" was not enforced which was disappointing. We dined only once in the Main Dining Room, it was okay, but my pancakes were a bit dry and rubbery. Service was attentive there, too. We chose the Ultimate dining package (5 dinners/2 lunches on at-sea days) and were content with Windjammer for breakfasts and lunches. We also purchased the deluxe beverage/internet package we well. Drinks were well made, with a huge variety of options, including a "drink of the day". Drinks on their own are typical of a major resort, so thin $12-15 range, possibly more. Entertainment was way too loud--if you have a microphone, you don't need to shout in order to be heard. We avoided many venues because of the loudness. Revoiced was one show in the Theater that we caught the end of, 5 guys with amazing harmonies and voices. It's worth it! Other games trivia, music trivia, couples games, were held at various days and times and venues. We didn't book any shore excursions in either port, preferring to get a cab to 7-Mile Beach from the pier in Georgetown Grand Cayman, and a cab to San Miguel in Cozumel. Shopping in both ports is a jewelry-lovers dream, but shop around. One of us did take advantage of a spa special one day, but was disappointed that the " from $99 massages" was only on the RCCL website, there was no massage at that price, even on port days. I had planned to massages using on-board credits, but that got eaten up by the higher prices, so I had to choose the special which was a "full body massage", mini-facial, foot and hand massage, (which I found odd to be listed separately!),and a scalp massage (again listed separately). I've read other reviews complaining about smoke, but only found it in the smoking areas which were few, and by Schooner's Lounge, but that was by the Steakhouse, so it could have been a venting issue. Otherwise, it was not smoky at all. There are two pool areas, with the Solarium being limited to 16 and older, so you avoid the joyful squeals of younger kids. The other "family pool" also had a water tube ride, which looked fun for the kids. There's also a video arcade, mini-golf, basketball court, kids club, teen club, and a night club at the top of the ship. The on-board shopping area wasn't large, but it had about half of the space devoted to jewelry. Don't expect to find a mini-drug store, so pack essentials and other needs/wants as there's not much to purchase if you forgot something. We would book again, but Cozumel might become a "stay on the ship day", as we've seen what we wanted and are not into Mexican ruins, scuba/snorkel excursions. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We recently booked a back to back cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas. The first segment was transatlantic, Tampa FL to Barcelona. The second from Barcelona to Venice. In fact, these were really two separate cruises. Segment 1 - The ... Read More
We recently booked a back to back cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas. The first segment was transatlantic, Tampa FL to Barcelona. The second from Barcelona to Venice. In fact, these were really two separate cruises. Segment 1 - The Tampa-Barcelona leg of the cruise started out extremely well. Boarding in Tampa was a breeze and we were on board and having lunch in no time. The sea days were very pleasant. The food in the Windjammer cafeteria was varied and quite acceptable while the food in the main Dining Room was excellent. The menu included Prime Rib (more than once) and Rack of Lamb, Service was also excellent. RCCL had made a mistake, assigning us early dining time instead of late but that was easily corrected. Our cabin was quite small and, like the rest of the ship somewhat dated. It did not even have a mini-bar or refrigerator. Storage space was likewise quite limited but we made do. Our cabin steward was an old pro and handled every detail without having to be asked. In short, this first segment of the cruise went by too fast Segment 2 - This second part was so diffferent as to almost have been on another ship. Because RCCL had made a mistake with our dining time before I made a point of contacting them before the end of segment 1 to make sure that everything was as it should be for the second segment. I was assured that everything was taken care of. On the day of "checking in again" in Barcelona I discovered that the same error had been made in our dining arrangements. I immediately contacted Guest Services and was assured that the problem had been corrected. When we proceeded to the Dining Room that evening we found that the D.R. staff had no idea about the change. Finally the Head Waiter took us to an unoccupied table, where we sat and waited. And waited. And waited. Finally at 9:15 a waiter appeared, apologized for the delay, left us a glass of water and took our order. Then we waited. And waited. And waited. Finally at 10:00 we got up and left, explaining to the Maitre the problem with the service and requesting a new table. Finally the next night we started getting normal service. I can only assume that our first waiter felt 'put upon' by being assigned another (our) table and decided to let us know. In any event, this put a pall on the remainder of the cruise. Additionally,a few nights later the air conditioning in the ceiling decided to leak water on both our nightstands at 10:30 in the evening. Fortunately the crew was able to fix the problem in about an hour. During the entire second part of the cruise there seemed to be a marked tendency on the part of the crew to be less friendly and less helpful than during the transatlantic segment. I will not book on Rhapsody of the Seas again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This was our first cruise on Royal Caribbean--having been on Holland America (3-star Mariners), NCL, Celebrity and Carnival. We liked the itinerary and the timing was right for us. We booked 21 nights which was sold as part of a package, ... Read More
This was our first cruise on Royal Caribbean--having been on Holland America (3-star Mariners), NCL, Celebrity and Carnival. We liked the itinerary and the timing was right for us. We booked 21 nights which was sold as part of a package, but turned out to be basically two cruises, back to back: A TransAtlantic out of Tampa, and then a week in the Mediterranean ending up in Venice. Another recent review called it "A Tale of Two Cruises" and I agree with that impression. We were interested to see that RCI treated it like two separate cruises although we've been on other b2b's before on other cruise lines that didn't do that. Anyway, I am aware that The Rhapsody is different from the mega ships in the RCI fleet, but it is similar in size to the other ships we've sailed with, and we basically liked the ship a lot. The public areas are beautiful, especially the "Centrum" and the theater. We really liked the layout of the Windjammer buffet (although it was often very crowded). But, O.K., here are my personal "complaints": Our ocean-view cabin was very small, with barely enough room to wedge our suitcases under the bed. We're used to small showers, having been on river cruises and traveling in an RV--but the shower is really, really small. And I missed having a nice place to relax and look out over the ocean. The best views are in the Windjammer at the front of the ship, but it isn't a place to "hang out". There are good views aft from the "Shall We Dance" lounge, but that space was underused except for the hundreds of "Diamond" level passengers who pretty much took it over. And I was really upset that the "Royal Crown Lounge" (a small but lovely venue overlooking the pool area) was pretty much off limits unless you were "Diamond Plus". In fact, the daily newsletter advertised a special price on Martinies in the Royal Crown Lounge, but we were informed that we were not allowed to sit down and enjoy our drinks there! Many activities were scheduled in the Schooner Bar which is a narrow, noisy hallway, basically. I just think there could be a better use of the various areas overall. We thought the food was very good, almost without exception. We didn't eat in any of the specialty restaurants, but enjoyed the bounty of the Windjammer and the choices in the main dining room. My husband had a New York Strip Steak that was tough, one night. But everything I ordered was delicious. They did a good job of providing a lot of interesting things to do during the TransAtlantic sea days--almost to the point that we had to make some time for ourselves to just sit and read. My only complaint about the activities was that I would have enjoyed a lecture or two about the history of the areas we were going to visit. The "port talks" they did have were mostly about ship excursions and/or shopping. In fact, there was very little advice or help forthcoming for those who just wanted to get off at the ports and explore. We attended all the evening entertainment in the theater and thought it was all outstanding. Unfortunately many of the shows were repeated in the third week, but it was so port intensive that we didn't really care. Everyone comments about how friendly and accommodating the staff and crew are, and I agree. How all those hardworking people stay so cheerful and nice is amazing. And they are so good about getting to know you and making everyone feel special. But (I guess I always have a "but") we did have a little problem with someone's inefficiency. As I said, the two portions of the cruise were treated as two different cruises. And at the end of the TransAtlantic in Barcelona we were required to get off the ship and be issued new "Seapass" cards. When we booked the cruises we had to pre-register for each one separately and give all the usual info about passport numbers, credit card numbers, etc. Well, as we got ready to disembark in Venice we got a call in our room informing us that we needed to come to the desk to settle our account!?? I was politely but firmly informed that security would not allow us off the ship until we paid our bill in cash! What!? The bill for the first two weeks had been taken care of automatically--this was just for the third week. So, we had to stand in line with all the disgruntled passengers complaining about overcharges, etc., until our turn when the guy at customers service poked the computer for about 10 minutes and then remarked casually that this had happened to a couple of other people who did back to backs. Someone just forgot to re-register our credit card. While I'm talking about money, I do need to mention that RCI obviously tries valiantly to offset the original low cost of the cruise with "nickle and diming" everything else. The "specialty restaurants" charge outrageously high prices, I think. And wine, and cocktails--crazy prices! They did have that happy hour martini special ($9) in the Viking Crown Lounge (Where the only place you could drink it was at the bar) and a 2-fer price on Margaritas in the Schooner bar. We had most fantastic weather. It was balmy and smooth sailing all across the Atlantic. The only rough seas were one night in the Mediterranean and we slept right through it. We enjoyed all the ports. We booked ship tours in both Canary Island stops and the one in La Palma was especially good ("North Shore") with an overview of the island including a stop in a beautiful interior rain forest, and a visit to a rum distillery that included a tasting. One of the highlights of the trip was sailing through the Straits of Gilbralter at dawn. Several hundred passengers stood on the upper decks looking at the lights of Africa on one side and the famous Rock of Gilbralter on the other with the beautiful sunrise behind it. We did our own thing in Malaga.We made our way through the historic old town center past the cathedral to the Alcazaba. We purchased tickets and wandered through the gardens and and rooms of that ancient Moorish fortress. It reminded me a lot of a smaller Alhambra. Then we walked up (and up) the hill behind it to see the "castle" behind it. By then it was hot and sunny, and we wore ourselves out climbing that path. When we got to the top we discovered that there was a bus stop there, and the "Hop On Hop Off" could have taken us to the top! Oh well. Beautiful views! In Barcelona we got a taxi to Sagrada Familia where we had bought tour tickets on line to see the inside. Then we taxied back to Los Ramblas where we strolled down with all the crowds, and then detoured off into the Gothic quarter we had a light lunch at at sidewalk cafe. After Barcelona the whole ship had a different feel after the leisurely trip across the ocean. A lot of the "retirees" disembarked, and there were many more young people and family groups. And we had a different port every day. In Cannes we once again "did our own thing". We jumped on the little tourist train loading up right at the pier and got a good look at the seaside boulevard and all the beautiful yachts on the one side and fancy hotels on the other. We've been to Rome before, so we opted to take the only ship tour doing something different out of Civitavecchia: a visit to an olive farm in Tuscany. It was a pleasant bus ride through the countryside with a visit to the sleep mountaintop village of Tuscania before a light snack of bruschetta with various flavored olive oils as well as a glass of wine at the olive farm. Our last ship tour was to the ancient Roman city of Herculaneum which was buried in the same volcanic eruption as nearby Pompeii. Fascinating. In Catania, Sicily we looked out our cabin window to see Mt. Etna all covered with snow! We later learned how unusual it is to have snow on Mt. Etna in May. Gorgeous! Unfortunately we didn't get pictures because clouds rolled in and Mt. Etna disappeared. We took a smaller group tour arranged through our Cruise Critic roll call. It was a beautiful day making our way up to the little resort town of Taormina after a harrowing drive up switch-backs to the mountain medieval village of Castelmola. Amazing views! And we also did a Cruise Critic tour to Krka National Park in Croatia. On the way back to the ship our guide gave us a quick visit to Zadar and their "sea organ". This review is getting too long to gush on and on about the beauty of Krka--all the waterfalls and rivers and emerald pools. Truly a beautiful spot. And I also don't want to do a whole separate review of our time in Venice where we disembarked and spend two wonderful (although rainy) days. All in all it was another great cruise--small criticisms notwithstanding. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This was our first trans-Atlantic cruise so we were very excited and a little nervous. We enjoyed every minute of the trip! The staff was attentive and very friendly. The food was way above average. The fellow passengers were lovely ... Read More
This was our first trans-Atlantic cruise so we were very excited and a little nervous. We enjoyed every minute of the trip! The staff was attentive and very friendly. The food was way above average. The fellow passengers were lovely people. And most important, the seas were calm throughout the journey! As vast majority of our fellow travelers were seasoned cruisers and I heard that about 80% had diamond status or above with RCCL. We have already signed up for another TA next May. The shows were just ok, but the bands were awesome! Kinetic band always entertained the audience and played great dance music. We had an interior cabin which was small as we expected, but we spent very little time there. The fitness center is also sort of small and limited. We selected my time dining for dinner and had wonderful service and great meals. It was a wonderful cruise across the deep blue sea! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Jeff and Mariappan were our waiters in the Minstrel Dining Room. They were very courteous, kind, and attentive. Jeff made great recommendations every evening and Mariappan was great at personalizing our experience each time. Minstrel ... Read More
Jeff and Mariappan were our waiters in the Minstrel Dining Room. They were very courteous, kind, and attentive. Jeff made great recommendations every evening and Mariappan was great at personalizing our experience each time. Minstrel Dining Room was 5/5 but the buffet was just mediocre. We loved the washy washy lady! My mother-in-law and I had fabulous seaweed wrap massages and my husband enjoyed a nice Swedish massage. Marina and Rena were excellent. They made us feel relaxed and comfortable. We enjoyed the opportunity to rock climb as well! Wish there was more than 1 hot tub in the adult pool area. I wish the formal night photographers were more personable and that they had ample space so that we didn’t feel rushed and crowded. Many of the floors smelled like cigarette smoke so I wish there was better ventilation. I also think that the non-smoking area in the casino should have more slot machine options. Overall, it was still a great cruise and an excellent first cruise experience for my husband. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
My husband and I wanted a short, relaxing vacation, and this one definitely met those goals. We stayed in Stateroom 1060, a Grand Suite. It had an oversized balcony with a table that seated 4 and two lounge chairs. We have stayed in 2 ... Read More
My husband and I wanted a short, relaxing vacation, and this one definitely met those goals. We stayed in Stateroom 1060, a Grand Suite. It had an oversized balcony with a table that seated 4 and two lounge chairs. We have stayed in 2 Grand Suites on different ships, so we knew what to expect with the room itself, but really enjoyed the larger balcony. It was a little noisy being so close to the stairs, elevator, and Centrum, but we knew that ahead of time and packed a small fan to use as white noise at night. No problems sleeping! The room location was so convenient being so close to the stairs, elevators, and to the spa, gym, etc. We would definitely pick this room again! We bought the couples pass to the Thermal Spa and really enjoyed that as well. A lot of my time was spent reading a book either on our balcony or while laying on one of the heated stone beds in the Thermal Spa. We also pre-purchased a two-night specialty dining package. We chose Chops and Giovanni's and will definitely do them again. They were both delicious! We chose to stay on the ship at our one stop since we had visited there on a previous cruise. I went to the spa that morning and saw a cheaper special posted on their white board than had been advertised in the Cruise Compass for that day, so I booked an appointment - $105 for a 50-minute Relaxation Special. Included a foot massage, eye treatment, and upper back/neck/shoulder massage. And as with all our previous cruises with Royal Caribbean, the service was excellent everywhere we went! We would highly recommend! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We chose this cruise based on the ports of call and that it was out of Tampa (closer to us). We got on the boat around noon and our luggage wasn't delivered until around 4pm (after sailing), so definitely pack swimsuits, etc. on a ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on the ports of call and that it was out of Tampa (closer to us). We got on the boat around noon and our luggage wasn't delivered until around 4pm (after sailing), so definitely pack swimsuits, etc. on a carry on if you want to swim, etc. right away. Our room was ready at 1:30, so that was nice to be able to get in to change, but if not, there are restrooms scattered around you can use. The late dining (8:00pm) was a little late and often conflicted with shows, events happening, so I don't know that we'd do late dining again, but it was nice to not have to hurry back from excursions for the 5:30 dining either. They do have a "my time" dining that you can book and then each night make a reservation for whatever time you want, but it was fun to have a set table with others to get to know. The windjammer food wasn't that great, and the food was often cold. But, it's an option as well. We absolutely loved our excursions and could not have asked for better ones! We did the Maya Chan Beach Resort in Costa Maya (booked online not with RCC), the Jaguar Paw Ultimate Thrill Adventure (4wheeling, zipling and cave tubing) (booked directly with RCC) in Belize City, and the Premier 3-Stops Snorkel Adventure (RTF6A - booked with RCC) in Roatan. We could have done without Cozumel but it was busy with 3 other ships that day. If you're traveling without kids, the Solarium was very nice and quiet (16+ yrs old). Right behind the little cafe in the solarium, there are doors that go out onto a very nice, quiet balcony. We didn't discover those until the last at sea day, but if you don't have a balcony cabin, make sure you find these early on! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Chose this one because I had never sailed to Caribbean before and this seemed perfect. Plenty of shore excursions, food practically whenever you want it, crew that never stops trying to please you. My fave is the towel animals our ... Read More
Chose this one because I had never sailed to Caribbean before and this seemed perfect. Plenty of shore excursions, food practically whenever you want it, crew that never stops trying to please you. My fave is the towel animals our stateroom attendant, Manuel, surprised us with every evening. If I could change one thing about the staterooms, it would be the showers. They are just so small, you can barely turn around. Water pressure was excellent though, and there is ample storage space in the cabin for all your stuff. The shore excursions I chose were Cucumber Beach in Belize, and Sol y Mar relaxing day in Honduras. There were plenty of options in choosing shore excursion, though. We docked in Costa Maya, and the pier walk is quite long. In Belize, we used tenders to get to port, as the reefs prevent ships from getting too close. It's a 5-mile ride and takes about 25 minutes. In Honduras and Cozumel, we docked, and again, the pier was really long in Cozumel. There are plenty of street vendors in each port. Please beware that prices are not as low as one might expect at most places, so buyer beware. It is best to review the daily Compass provided by RC to see which businesses are certified by the cruise line industry. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Took this cruise in celebration of our daughter's 40 birthday. Everything was perfect, with a few exceptions. Be aware that "Anytime Dining" does NOT mean that the time they schedule you for is confirmed. You MUST ... Read More
Took this cruise in celebration of our daughter's 40 birthday. Everything was perfect, with a few exceptions. Be aware that "Anytime Dining" does NOT mean that the time they schedule you for is confirmed. You MUST make a reservation or be prepared to wait. There was a child that could take control of the general intercom and interrupt cruise activities. This line is very conscious of precautions to limit norovirus, as there are hand cleansing areas throughout the ship, which was a comfort. Tendering was handled expediently, but be aware that when tendering, watch both your step and head. I have a bloody lump to support the precaution. Ship personnel were fast to my aid and it really was minor. Some of the theatrical shows were a little lame, but the big musical production was one of the best I have seen on a cruise ship. Drinks can be a little pricey, but the drink card should help the cost. We aren't too big on imbibing, but the little we did was costly. Unless you plan to do water sports, buy jewelry or drink, touring Grand Cayman was a waste of time and we were back on the ship in short time. Cozumel has a nice tourist area and, since we been to Cozumel many times, we kept our visit there. I was amazed that when buying Cuban cigars, the sellers want cash. Since we had just taken an island excursion and bought items and tips, we were low on cash, so the cigars were never bouught. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Originally were on oasis. Had to switch to rhapsody. Ship is in excellent condition and the staff are amazing. Room steward was souvenir. He is a gem. Kept our room spotless always had ice and towels. Did a fantastic job. Our waiter ... Read More
Originally were on oasis. Had to switch to rhapsody. Ship is in excellent condition and the staff are amazing. Room steward was souvenir. He is a gem. Kept our room spotless always had ice and towels. Did a fantastic job. Our waiter was Marko. Another gem. Really took care of us. Plus for the first time in years our head waiter checked on us every single night. Food in mdr was very good with great selections. WJ is WJ. Enough said. Chops one night and it was perfect. Ship shows were not good. Three nights had comedians. Walk out on two of them. Ship has one main pool. Totally packed on sea days. Didn’t seem like band played much. Loved our four stops. Key west did tour then drinks at sloppy joes, captain tonys, margaritaville, the bull yes went upstairs want those five seconds of my life erased, plus many others. Kermit’s is a must Cozumel. Have done mr sanchos many times so tried Cozumel bar hop. What an incredible tour. Goes to the other side. So peaceful and beautiful. Cannot wait to do again. Truly a remarkable day. Belize went to starfish island. Great day but will not do again. Beautiful clean island but water is murky and not a sand beach. Costa maya our snorkel excursion was cancelled. The ocean was way too rough. Hung out at pier which is very nice. All in all a very nice ship. We just prefer larger ships with more activities. Embarkation and debarkation were super easy. Stayed the night before Hilton garden inn Ybor city. Had a blast. If you like cigars beer and a great time stay here. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
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
First, let me say we very much like Royal Caribbean and have sailed on 7 of their ships, many more than once. Everything about our April, 2019 Western Caribbean outing aboard Rhapsody was wonderful, ship's crew, specialty restaurants, ... Read More
First, let me say we very much like Royal Caribbean and have sailed on 7 of their ships, many more than once. Everything about our April, 2019 Western Caribbean outing aboard Rhapsody was wonderful, ship's crew, specialty restaurants, main dinning food and service, casino, cabin and steward.....everything EXCEPT the extreme vibration in our cabin (JS 8596 - aft starboard corner). We love aft cabins and have had them many times. In fact, we sailed in this same cabin on this same ship a year earlier....with no such issue. It was beyond annoying and really affected trying to sleep. We had friends in a cabin aft area of deck 2 who also felt it but to a lesser extent. Ironically, I found a post here by "robcruises" aboard Rhapsody posted ten years ago complaining about this exact same issue. In fact, they relocated to another cabin. We ate in most of the ship's venues and took advantage of a 3 Night Specialty Package. We can't say enough about the food quality, presentation, service, and atmosphere in each of the specialty restaurants. Izumi, on this class ship, has a most unique location high in theViking Crown on deck 12 with fantastic views. Well worth a visit. We enjoyed meals in the Main Dining Room and had a most attentive and welcoming waitstaff (Camelia and Toto). We even opted for a Brunch Tour on the last sea day which included a tour of the galley areas followed by a special brunch prepared for tour participants....interesting and delicious. We'd give special plaudits to Willie Salaya, Diamond Lounge Concierge and the Diamond Lounge (Aft, Deck 6) where it was always welcoming, friendly, had superb service, and was stocked with excellent food and drink....not to mention the incredible aft view of the wake and waves. We spent time there each evening before dinner. Embarkation and Departure in Tampa is always a pleasure. This cruise was no exception. We were in our cabin within 20 minutes of arrival at the terminal and departure was equally speedy. We highly recommend using a Porter.....skip the long lines and be on your way home in minutes. We will continue to sail Royal Caribbean but not aft-cabins on Vision Class ships. Just not worth chancing it again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Both my wife and I are retired and experienced cruisers in our early sixties, having cruised on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines 9 times, Norwegian Cruise Lines 3 times, and Carnival Cruise Lines 2 times. That being said we love to cruise and ... Read More
Both my wife and I are retired and experienced cruisers in our early sixties, having cruised on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines 9 times, Norwegian Cruise Lines 3 times, and Carnival Cruise Lines 2 times. That being said we love to cruise and still consider Royal Caribbean our favorite. This cruise has two at sea days and visits 4 ports. Embarkation was very smooth. We parked in the cruise terminal parking lot directly adjacent to the cruise terminal. It is well protected and a short walk to the terminal, $15.00 a day (well worth it). There are other cheaper parking lots further away but you have to rely on their van service to drop off and pick you up, and are less secure. Once we parked it took us about 10 minutes to go through the paperwork process. We proceeded to the buffet at 11:30 AM and were very surprised that there was not a seat available. I would suggest you try the solarium pool on the same deck aft ( deck 9) for a light lunch. Our stateroom was number 8554, a Junior Suite, located on deck 8 mid-ship. This was an outstanding location, very centrally located and not alot of noise from the pool deck, (9). Plenty of storage space which we did not even use all of it. (imagine that) Ports: Cozumel-(3 ships here) since we had been here several times before, we shopped the stores where there were lots of silver jewelry stores. My wife bought a silver necklace here and due to the competition was able to get a great price. We finished the day at Senor Frogs, a watering hole, and had a great time. Belize - (2 ships here) we did the Jaguar Paw cave tubing arranged through the ship with lunch. Very relaxing and the chicken, rice and beans and coleslaw was excellent. The Wet Lizard bar in port had my favorite beer and conch fritters, but don't go here if you are in a hurry (poor service). Costa Maya - (4 ships here) we did the tour of the Chacchoben Mayan Ruins arranged through the ship. We boarded a very modern bus for a 45 minute ride to the ruins. Tour guide Alvaro Sosa was excellent and he made the tour very interesting. (don't pay extra for a personally guided tour, and smaller bus,... this tour was excellent) Roatan - (2 ships here) we did the West End Beach Break with lunch at the Mayan Princess Hotel. If you like to snorkel this is the place to go, with a major reef within swimming distance. It was very crowded with other ships passengers also doing this tour (100 or so people). The hotel is gorgeous. Entertainment - was excellent but of course it will not appeal to everyone. Singers, dancers, comedians. I thought that the Elvis impersonator was outstanding, singing and dancing...he sounded and looked just like Elvis. Food - was excellent with desserts, Lamb Chops, and Lobster tails being the highlight. We did MyTime dining and reserved online 6:30 PM for every night before we boarded the ship . Much to our surprise we had the same waiter and assistant every night, which was great. We also ate at Giovanni's, a pay for Italian dining restaurant....outstanding. The staff, including restaurants, staterooms, cruise director, etc. were all very friendly and excellent. Jenna, the assistant cruise director was a dancing machine, never stopped.. Our only disappointment with the ship was that it does not have the application on the television that you can use to see your on-board expense account. This was unusual since most of their ships have this. It is easy to get carried away with your bill. Debarkation - we did self assist and walked off the ship at 7:10 AM. Very smooth. In summary, we had a great time and as I said in the title, we would gladly do it again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
My wife and I have taken this ship 3 different times and have usually found it enjoyable. I remember commenting to her the last time how good the food was in the main dining room for 4 of the 5 nights. This time around it was decent only 1 ... Read More
My wife and I have taken this ship 3 different times and have usually found it enjoyable. I remember commenting to her the last time how good the food was in the main dining room for 4 of the 5 nights. This time around it was decent only 1 of the 5. Salads and appetizers were fine but the main course was either just warm, tough, overcooked (steaks), little flavor or all of the above. We sent two dishes back but that didn't solve the problem.The service was very good with our waiter very nice. We chose "anytime dining" which means you had better make a reservation or you won't be seated anytime soon. We were seated in the same section each night at a table for two. I asked to have a table for two in the same waiters area but next to the window. After an explanation of why that wasn't possible I sat there and looked at that able sitting empty for 3 nights.The remainder of the cruise was just fine. Our balcony cabin (8052) was as expected. Clean and quiet. The Brilliance is not a huge ship which is part of the charm. We like to cruise out of Tampa because it is very easy to do so, chances are we will be on the Brilliance again. I just hope they get it together in a couple of ways. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I chose this cruise because I prefer the mid-size ship and length of cruise. Brilliance is in great shape. It's well appointed, very clean, with pretty decor. I loved the signature venues that Royal Caribbean is known for like the ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I prefer the mid-size ship and length of cruise. Brilliance is in great shape. It's well appointed, very clean, with pretty decor. I loved the signature venues that Royal Caribbean is known for like the Schooner Bar, the Windjammer Cafe, the Colony Club and the Viking Crown Lounge (though the Viking Crown Lounge's size was reduced to make way for other venues). I also enjoyed a quiet drink at the wine bar, and the English pub was a nice alternative to steal away for a quiet drink. For dining, the meals in the Windjammer were very good, and the service was excellent there. We were there for almost every meal. The only criticism I have is the coffee is really bad, but you can go to the gourmet coffee shop, and it's included in the drink package. I was looking forward to dining at Rita's Cantina, but it was closed, except they allowed Windjammer diners to use that lovely dining area. The main dining room was not impressive. The food was mediocre, and the plates were tepid at best. We paid an up-charge for the filet mignon, and it was very bland. The appetizers were paltry, i.e.shrimp cocktail. However, the french onion soup I enjoyed. The waiters at main dining room tried very hard to please, but it simply isn't like the old days of cruising where you actually looked forward to a leisurely meal there. I did enjoy the roast beef sandwiches at the Park Cafe in the Solarium. We had planned to try Giovanni's Table but just never got around to it. Regarding the bars, we purchased the full drink package, which was definitely a good idea for us. In general, the bar staff did not impress me especially at the main pool deck, where waiters were scarce (constantly we waited and wondered what happened to the waiter once they took our sea pass card) and the mixed drinks were barely stirred - even the frozen boat drinks - the run sat at the top of the glass. Also, the liquor was obviously not the best, especially when you compared to drinks at the schooner bar. Another thing I noticed at the pool area/bar is they didn't bother picking up empty glasses and cans much so the pool deck got pretty messy at times. Regarding entertainment, I was disappointed that we had no real band at the pool. I'm comparing this to a RCCL cruise we took last year to Bermuda where every day at sea we had a real band playing Bob Marley and similar tunes all day. This cruise it was mostly a DJ who took lots of breaks, and there was also a two-piece "group" where one played keyboard and one sang, which really resembled Karaoke. It was just o.k. I'm amazed that though we were in the Caribbean I heard no steel drum music or reggae on this cruise. The variety band that played in the Centrum was mediocre at best, though I did think the 60's, 70's and 80's theme was a great choice for the crowd. There was a wonderful 3-piece group playing classical music in the Centrum in the afternoons - I especially enjoyed the Strauss. I did not visit the theatre for the scheduled shows, so I can't comment there. The Schooner Bar trivia events lagged and were somewhat elementary. We did enjoy the casino black jack tables - the dealers were very good. I won a little money on the slots. Regarding our cabin, our junior suite was very nice and clean, and it didn't look dated at all, which surprised me given the ship's age. I loved the space and especially the walk-in closet. I've stayed in junior suites on two other cruises, and neither of those had as much space for clothes! Our cabin service was excellent - reminiscent of early days of cruising. Regarding excursions, we opted not to purchase for either port. We did our own thing. We had been to Cozumel and Grand Cayman before so we knew what to expect. In Grand Cayman, we took a short walk to Margaritaville Bar and it was a great atmosphere (there's a pool inside!), and the drinks and food were excellent. The service was great too. We had a wonderful table on the balcony, which overlooked the street and the harbor beyond. Then we shopped, which is always fun. Grand Cayman is an excellent port to visit - it's clean and the people are very friendly. Cozumel was a bust for us, as it stormed most of the day. We caught a break in the rain and walked down to the square just off the pier for a little shopping. The shop-keepers solicited us to visit their shops - it became annoying. I ultimately enjoyed shopping at Los Cincos Soles gift shop. They had a great variety at good prices and friendly staff. On the walk back to the ship, I noticed Senior Frogs was hopping with a live band outside. I wanted to stop there, but by then we were tired of fighting the rain. Embarkation and disembarkation was a snap! It's a quick drive from the Tampa airport to Tampa cruise terminal. The cruise terminal is prettier than Baltimore's for sure. I still think port of Miami is best aesthetically. All in all, I would sail from Tampa on Brilliance of the Seas again. I just wish they would step up their music! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Parking at local parking lot on channelside in Tampa was easy and quick. Departure and embarkment was super slick. Lots of RC staff available to help. We had a very nice cruise on Brilliance of the Seas. Crew staff was outstanding ... Read More
Parking at local parking lot on channelside in Tampa was easy and quick. Departure and embarkment was super slick. Lots of RC staff available to help. We had a very nice cruise on Brilliance of the Seas. Crew staff was outstanding friendly. Very food food, fine entertainment, peasant trip. We enjoyed the Crème burlee for dessert each night - great! Sadly, no religious services of any type on Sunday, our first experience on a cruise for this. They did offer alternative lifestyles get-togethers daily?? No service might deter our traveling with RC next time. Smoke smell was not a problem except in the casino. Room was adequate, but small for three adults. Pull down bed from the ceiling was unacceptable so we pulled the mattress off and laid it on the floor, making getting to the bathroom an acrobatic skill. We will get a larger room next time with an additional bed. Ship seemed clean with the exception of; we opened the curtain in front of the bed for privacy and dust/dirt whatever came floating down. Billiard table was not leveling making it useless. Miniature golf was enjoyable and not crowded. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We prefer the smaller ships and like sailing out of Tampa or Port Canaveral. The crew on the smaller ships are more like family and are always so pleasant and helpful. We had My Time dining and had a super wait staff. Plus we got such ... Read More
We prefer the smaller ships and like sailing out of Tampa or Port Canaveral. The crew on the smaller ships are more like family and are always so pleasant and helpful. We had My Time dining and had a super wait staff. Plus we got such great service. The embarkation went very smooth and fast. The food in the dining room and in the Windjammer were both excellent. It was nice to see familiar faces because we had just been on the ship the first of March. Hopefully we will be back on board again soon. Love the noon time updates by the Captain and his little "did you know" items. The food in the Diamond lounge was by far superior to many of the other ships. It was great to see Sexy Maria and Isabel. We have had such great experiences with them and our Head Waiter Ionut was great this time. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose as the dates were right, price was right and we only live 45 minutes from Tampa and so port was right. Great ship, lots to do, lots of bars, entertainment and loads of food! Only bad part was not enough for 12 and 14 year old boy ... Read More
We chose as the dates were right, price was right and we only live 45 minutes from Tampa and so port was right. Great ship, lots to do, lots of bars, entertainment and loads of food! Only bad part was not enough for 12 and 14 year old boy to do. They didn't want to go to the teen hangout and so got a bit bored at the day at sea but still had fun. Loved the food (Especially all the desserts)! Had a great day in Cozumel, we hired a private taxi as there were 6 of us, Tour Plaza. They took us all round the island and stopped at the chocolate factory (my kids favorite), tequila tasting (our favorite), mayan ruins and at a private beach club for lunch and a swim. Just wasn't enough time to enjoy the island enough. Our service on the cruise was excellent. We even coped with our cabin space (4 in a cabin was not exactly spacious but OK for 4 nights). Our waiters in the dining room were great and all went out of their way for us all. Particularly Kevin and Swapneel (I think shortened to Neil)! Would definitely go on another cruise with Royal Caribbean, just maybe with adults next time, or when my kids are a little older and will enjoy hanging out with teens more! Read Less
Sail Date March 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
First of all I would like to start by commending the staff. They were great and provided excellent service for us. Our destinations were great. We really enjoyed the white sand and clear water. The food in the main dining room was also ... Read More
First of all I would like to start by commending the staff. They were great and provided excellent service for us. Our destinations were great. We really enjoyed the white sand and clear water. The food in the main dining room was also great! This was our second cruise on Rhapsody and our third cruise on a vision class boat. Every year they are becoming less entertaining for our kids as the activities list for them seems to keep shrinking. We also kept getting a bad stench of a sewer like smell in our room throughout the week. I had the “ Voom” internet service that was super slow. To slow to send or receive emails and or text messages. This was our last trip on Rhapsody or any vision class boat from Royal Caribbean. We have been very loyal to Royal thus far as this made our fifth year in a row cruising with them. Again the staff aboard the boat was great and very helpful to us for the entire length of the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We sailed Rhapsody to the Western Caribbean in January and liked it so much we did it again in March. Had another happy experience. This was Spring Break but saw only some more families with college age kids who were well mannered. ... Read More
We sailed Rhapsody to the Western Caribbean in January and liked it so much we did it again in March. Had another happy experience. This was Spring Break but saw only some more families with college age kids who were well mannered. We moved up from a balcony cabin to a Jr. Suite to get additional space. It was nice to enjoy the added space. Bigger balcony much nicer. Jose kept our place very clean. We are Diamond Plus. When we shopped for restaurants when we arrived to learn that we were offered a buy one/get one free offer. So we signed up for Chops, Giovanni's and the Chef's table for half price. We liked Chops again and found Giovanni's not so attractive. The Chef's table was great. We met interesting people and enjoyed the food and wine. MDR was offering very good food and excellent service. We did not like a meal and the Head Waiter responded immediately. He sent a bottle of wine to our room. We enjoyed the wine on our balcony later on our sea day. Nice. Embarkation was easy due to our Plus status and the fact that we were in a Jr. Suite. Disembarking was just as easy. We collected our luggage and were on the bus in no time. Travel from Boston to Tampa is easy on Jet Blue. However, since Rhapsody leaves port at 4:30 PM we were required to take a very early flight (5:45 AM) to get there on time. With a long wait for our cabin to be ready we packed bathing suits and sandals in our carry on bags and changed in the rest rooms. We had lunch at the small pool instead of the lines at Windjammer. Much nicer. In Key West we took the Fury Catamaran. It was great. Found lots of small fish as we snorkeled on a reef. Also found a Bull shark and 3 barracudas. Belize saw us being taken directly off the ship and taken to our snorkeling. Then we went to a small island where we bought burgers and beers. Then back to the ship. Cozumel was a blow out. Our snorkeling was booked for 7:30 AM. We got a note the night before saying the time was moved to 11:30 AM. Hooray we thought. When we got to the peer side place we learned the trip was cancelled due to choppy waters. We went to Margaritaville for lunch and did some shopping. Costa Maya saw us sign up for a beach Break at La Bamba. Our wrist bracelet gave us access to free drinks and a ride back to the ship via taxi. Diamond Lounge was very nice. Free drinks and a view of the wake Rhapsody was leaving was very pleasant. We also headed over to the Schooner Bar for Trivia. We met a very nice family who got their two kids together for the cruise. They joined our Trivia Team. We won a plastic key chain. We all had a great time. Entertainment was just ok. No big theater stuff but lots of shows that we enjoyed. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
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