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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Food, drinks, accommodation and all staff a pleasure to deal with. The specialty restaurants are well worth a visit. The buffet and elderwise restaurants are worth a visit the variety of food on board is amazing all do the buffet food is ... Read More
Food, drinks, accommodation and all staff a pleasure to deal with. The specialty restaurants are well worth a visit. The buffet and elderwise restaurants are worth a visit the variety of food on board is amazing all do the buffet food is of good quality it is still buffet food so elderwise far nicer to enjoy a personal meal in. Ship feels very personal easy to meet new people and engage with other people aboard, while ship is a bit smaller towards other ships it's easy to find new friends aboard. This was our first experience on a cruise was amazing. We picked this cruise due to price and locations it was visiting. We travelled as a married couple. Tip ask room assistant for a bathroom robe to use pool or spa areas. Shop is a bit on the small side so have what you need either coming on-board with you or buy it while at Port. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I sailed on Rhapsody back in October this year and was so happy to return.The ship has a wonderful crew so many remembered me and made me feel so welcome to be back. Cabin 7073 was looked after by a kind man called Norman. To name a few ... Read More
I sailed on Rhapsody back in October this year and was so happy to return.The ship has a wonderful crew so many remembered me and made me feel so welcome to be back. Cabin 7073 was looked after by a kind man called Norman. To name a few crew members to say thank you to Paul and Willeth in the R bar nice to catch up. Food i thought was as last time really good in the main dining and the Windjammer. What can i say about the entertainment Elvis cruise director wow thanks so funny so entertaining from watching the dance classes, 70's disco and Carols amazing enjoyment. Music in the atrium by everyone was really good again Service was as before in my opinion second to none as the last time thank you. Everyone for me was still the same caring crew wanting to make my vacation special. The itinerary was good but i missed a couple of ports due to an injury but this men't i could enjoy my time on Rhapsody and share sometime wonderful guests who stayed on the ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We chose this cruise as a before Christmas break, we anticipated cool weather being early Winter, however we hadn't expected the rain! Rhapsody is getting to look tired, the outside has yellow rust stains, the interior well worn ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a before Christmas break, we anticipated cool weather being early Winter, however we hadn't expected the rain! Rhapsody is getting to look tired, the outside has yellow rust stains, the interior well worn in places. The previous cruise had an outbreak of Noro virus so boarding was delayed to allow a deep clean, the Ship was clean and crew were seen frequently washing down rails, tables, chairs in all public places. Outbreak measures were in place in dining rooms, salt & pepper pots were replaced with paper sachets for first 72 hrs. The Crew however are friendly and helpful. Smoking in the Casino makes it an unpleasant place to be for non smokers. The my time dining option is obviously very popular, however the tables in the my time area are crowded together which spoils the ambience. Service was a good standard and food quality was high. The windjammer can be variable and space is an issue on Rhapsody, despite cool weatjer we had no choice but to eat outside on a number of days as the insidd was jam packed. Shows were of the usual standard, entertainment in the Centrum was good, Breakfast in the main dining room was a big disappointment, food cold & limited choice, definately a drop in standard we have had previously on Rhapsody and other ships. Also the time that breakfast is served in main daining room is very limited, will not bother with it again. Chefs table was a great evening, high quality food and superb wine pairings. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
I have been on this ship last year (Feb 2018)(Tampa/Belize/Roatan/Cozumel/Costa Maya) and it was an excellent experience overall. My partner and I booked this ship again and did a Mediterranean cruise ... Read More
I have been on this ship last year (Feb 2018)(Tampa/Belize/Roatan/Cozumel/Costa Maya) and it was an excellent experience overall. My partner and I booked this ship again and did a Mediterranean cruise (Venice/Dubrovnik/Kotor/Santorini/Katakolon). I was excited initially as I brought my brother and sister-in-law and it was their first time to cruise. Can’t really complain with the cabin as we booked an interior cabin and it served its purpose considering we will be out most days anyway. However, we have noticed that there are elements in the room that are really run down and needs replacing. But for the price we paid, didn’t really bother me that much. The embarkation was ok, no complaints, pretty smooth actually. So on the first day, probably due to the weather, there was no sail away party! Even an indoor party would’ve been nice to have set the mood. It was all a bit blah. Also disappointed that there was no lobster night! Was informed they don’t do lobster nights on a European cruise. Food was better, the food in the main dining room was excellent. Really enjoyed it. The cruise director Elvis got better towards the end. I like his sense of humour but there’s not enough of him! I only liked two cruise director staff - Tanya and Gianni. The rest needed some personality transplant. Ports of call could’ve been excellent, the weather was just a let down! Maybe do this cruise in the summer months or you’ll be experiencing rain!!! Having said that we still enjoyed it! Now to the biggest letdown - The entertainment! The headliner shows were alright. The production shows however are the same 21 months ago!!! Although the 4 singers were better than the last time, the faces of a couple of dancers were really distracting. It’s like “look at me and my showbiz jazzy robotic smile”. You’ll know what I mean when you see it. Also I had my LASIK surgery since I last cruised with Rhapsody and got better than 20-20 vision and I could not believe what I saw - the female dancers were wearing wigs with chin straps!!! They look horrible! And the amount of pirouette they have in each number was outrageous. It’s like I’ll stretch my legs to the right do a pirouette, move to the front and do a pirouette! My head was spinning watching. Defo need a new choreographer and wardrobe. Now with the costumes - I think it slightly got better the last time but I couldn’t help but chuckle in one number when the female dancers were dressed like red condoms with a glittery hand on their head! I mean what was that!!! Overall, it wasn’t my favourite. Not enough activities onboard either since we can’t sun bathe due to the weather. Just a shame as I loved this ship the first time around! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Second part of our cruise, which started November 17. Disembarked and made our way into town on the People Mover. The city experienced some rain for the past two days and was flooded. They put up ramps about 1 1/2 foot high to walk ... Read More
Second part of our cruise, which started November 17. Disembarked and made our way into town on the People Mover. The city experienced some rain for the past two days and was flooded. They put up ramps about 1 1/2 foot high to walk on, not very wide, but did the trick of keeping dry. Loved the city, will go back to spend more time exploring in the future. The ship needs some updating. Captain Tobias Oster was great. Very visible and friendly. The Windjammer was really crowded and hard to find a clean table. They weren't that quick in cleaning tables. Getting to the food was another issue. The buffet is set up in a circle in the middle, which makes it hard to navigate. Not much variety for dinner. Went to the main dining room most nights. Breakfast was good, made to order eggs and waffles. Lunch was hit or miss. Service could have been better. Entertainment was good and non stop. The weather was cold and rainy, so no music at the pool. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We chose this cruise because we got a good deal on it. We're long-time RCI sailers, so only go on their line. The ports were lovely; I had never been to Europe before except a land-based Italy tour, so it was good to see other ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we got a good deal on it. We're long-time RCI sailers, so only go on their line. The ports were lovely; I had never been to Europe before except a land-based Italy tour, so it was good to see other sides of Europe. We didn't do any excursions, just wandered through the towns. As for the ship, it is showing its age with minor issues here and there, but it's still nice. The amenities are just right for the size of passengers. The food and the entertainment are awesome, up to RCI's high standards. I was pleasantly surprised, as the food quality had gone down in some of my previous cruises. Yes, they don't offer lobster any more on the formal night, but there are delicious entrees for everyone at each dinner. We ate at the MDR each night and the two lunches at sea, except at Chops the first night. Windjammer was good for breakfast and lunch, and is relatively large (compared to other RCI ships) for the number of guests, so you usually can find a table. The guest activities through the cruise director's staff were fun, and there was a great variety. I didn't use any of the fitness centers this cruise. It was nice to see that the cruise director's zumba classes were done in the Centrum rather than the little area in the fitness center. The thing I love best about this and all my RCI cruises is the variety of cruisers and the crew. Young and old, active and not, from all over the world. It will keep me coming back! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
This was my first cruise and I was delighted with all the delicious and varied food, the spectacular shows, the service, the members of both service to the booths and entertainment were always helpful and friendly I really do not have any ... Read More
This was my first cruise and I was delighted with all the delicious and varied food, the spectacular shows, the service, the members of both service to the booths and entertainment were always helpful and friendly I really do not have any complaints. The ship is amazing and all its beautiful locations. I was lucky to be served by Gopal and Dominic every night at the Main Dining and they were the best waiters in the world and the best I have ever had in my life they were very kind, funny and very helpful, if I have the opportunity to take another Cruise would choose the same and of course Gopal and Dominic too. Thanks to you, we spent one of the best holidays of our lives with my family, with my eyes closed I really recommend rhapsody of the seas. I really liked that at every entrance of every restaurant, bar, theater there was disinfectant soap, what a great idea. Keep doing and amazing service and incredibles shows Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. The centrum is the common area where they have nightly entertainment. Seating is limited on the 4th floor. People hang over the balconies of higher floors to take part. On the 3rd day of ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. The centrum is the common area where they have nightly entertainment. Seating is limited on the 4th floor. People hang over the balconies of higher floors to take part. On the 3rd day of the cruise, we were informed that a small percentage of guests had Norovirus. So no touching food in the Windjammer and extensive sanitizing around the ship. Was worried because we were continuing on this ship the next week. The food in the Windjammer was average. Had dinner in the dining room most nights. My Time Dining is great. You can go when you want, not early or late seating. Captain Tobias Oster was very engaging. Saw him many times throughout the cruise. The entertainment in the theatre was pretty good. Most nights had 2 show times. Itinerary was good and getting off at each port was organized and fast. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
I have always wanted to go on a cruise, I saved money for a long time, in order to take my daughter on this cruise. I had been given very high expectations from family and friends who have cruised, regarding the level of service that I ... Read More
I have always wanted to go on a cruise, I saved money for a long time, in order to take my daughter on this cruise. I had been given very high expectations from family and friends who have cruised, regarding the level of service that I could expect and the quality of the food. My first disappointment was when we were met at Venice airport by Royal Caribbean staff, who told us that we had to wait half an hour for our transfer to the ship. The staff were rather abrupt and rude. When we got off the transport at the quay side, we were directly across from the ship, however we were told that we had to carry our own suitcases off the coach and take them to the crew who were about 10 paces away from us, in order for them to be delivered to our cabins. I felt that the staff should have got our luggage off the coach for us, given the supposed high quality of service that is allegedly offered. My experience of embarkation was of being herded like cattle by very rude staff. I booked an inside cabin because I was advised that they are very and that I wouldn’t spend much time in it anyway, my first impression was that it was dingy and dark. As the week progressed, we got used to the cabin, although we wished I had booked an outside cabin. There was adequate wardrobe and storage space and the bathroom was fine, it just felt too compact. The food in the main restaurant and the buffet restaurant was average, possibly the standard that you would expect to get in a three star hotel. The food in the fine dining restaurants was excellent, however it cost an additional 40 Dollars for each meal. The service at the bars eas slow, it took an average of ten minutes to get a drink, when the bar was empty, the staff would start getting my drink and then wander off and do something else and then come back to give me my drink. Waiter service for drinks was even worse, taking up to half an hour from ordering the drink to actually getting it. The entertainment was abysmal, I was expecting West end style shows but I certainly didn’t get anything like that, it was very disappointing as it was a film or the cruise staff putting on an amateur tshow. In all honesty, I think that the entertainment at Butlins was much better. Both the indoor and outdoor pools were freezing and I wasn’t able to use them, the jacuzzis were very nice. The main areas of the ship were lovely, particularly the atrium. I wouldn’t recommend the Rapsody of the seas to anyone, generally the service was atrocious, half of the staff were pleasant and the other half were downright rude. A member of staff informed me that his tips have halved over the last ten years, I informed him that I am surprised that anyone tips this poor level of service. If you fancy a trip on Rapsody of the seas, my advice is to try Butlins, the service, entertainment and food are far better. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Awesome service awesome itinerary outdated ship. Not much onboard activity. Food quality wasn’t the best. We wound up eating at specialty dining 4 of the 7 nights. The specialty dining was awesome and thank goodness for that. The ... Read More
Awesome service awesome itinerary outdated ship. Not much onboard activity. Food quality wasn’t the best. We wound up eating at specialty dining 4 of the 7 nights. The specialty dining was awesome and thank goodness for that. The customer service was superb. All employees went above and beyond to make you feel welcome. The internet was pretty good up until our last day. This is an older ship so it lacks some of the amenities we are used to. Also the live music catered to. Much much older crowd. Overall I’d say it was a good cruise because we had an awesome itinerary. This ship definitely would not be my first choice but it would not be my last either. Maybe during the next refurbishment the rhapsody will get a few bells and whistles and also an updated windjammer menu. Lord it was chicken every day lol. Chops was worth every penny. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We are just back from a 7 night cruise around the Greek Islands onboard Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas. All in all, it was a very pleasant cruise but there were definetly one or two things that could have been improved upon. ... Read More
We are just back from a 7 night cruise around the Greek Islands onboard Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas. All in all, it was a very pleasant cruise but there were definetly one or two things that could have been improved upon. We embarked in Venice and stayed the night beforehand in the Hilton Garden Inn Venice Mestre. This was very reasonably priced and in a perfectly fine location for getting from the airport and then to the port. There was a bus stop at the entrance to the hotel. Here we boarded a bus and it dropped us off at Piazzale Roma. From here we got the People Mover to the cruise port. All in all, this cost us just 3 Euros pp (1.50 for the bus and 1.50 for the People Mover.) Embarkation was very smooth. From our arrival at the luggage drop off point until stepping onto the ship, the whole process took less than 20 minutes. The luggage handlers/check-in staff/security staff were all friendly ad we found this to be the easiest embarkation we’ve had for any cruise so far. Venice is a BEAUTIFUL city to sail out of. Make sure you are outside for this. The sun had set by the time sail-out came, but Venice is still lovely to look at in the evening. The first port of call was Kotor in Montenegro. The sail-in was spectacular. Would happily return to view this sail-in again! Everywhere you looked, seemed like it could be a postcard picture! We spent the afternoon just meandering through the streets in Kotor. Up next was Corfu. We had a very short stop here, however. We arrived around 8am and all aboard was at 1.30pm. We decided to book the Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour. On leaving the harbour terminal, it was just a short walk to the bus. In all honesty, there wasn’t an awful lot to this bus tour. We got off in the Old Town and spent some time perusing the shops and having a snack in a café. We then boarded another bus and returned to the ship. Next up for us was Piraeus, which is the port of Athens. We booked a sightseeing tour through Royal Caribbean. We rarely book with the ship but this excursion was a steal of £35. Too book independently wasn’t that much cheaper. This tour showed us the various sights in the city, and provided us the opportunity to stop for photos and browse some shops. All in all, it was a very enjoyable day on shore. The penultimate port of call was Mykonos. This is a real beautiful island. It was an extremely windy day which made coming in by tender VERY bumpy. There were some lovely shops, bars and cafés to peruse, and of course visit the windmills. They really are lovely to look at. Our final port of call was Argostoli in Kefalonia. This was the port of call I was least looking forward to beforehand. We did not spend long on land here. We browsed some shops but then returned to the ship fairly quickly. The weather wasn’t great this day – it was a lot cooler and rain showers. So on to the ship – Rhapsody of the Seas was on the whole a pleasant ship. The crew were tremendous. We had the best stateroom attendant that we have ever had. Our inside room was spacious enough for the two of us and there was plenty of storage. The Centrum was spectacular to look at and was seven decks high I believed. It was a nice place to gather for entertainment in the evening. The adult only Solarium was a really nice space. There was always plenty of seat/loungers available and the pool was reasonably quiet throughout. The food we received in the Edelweiss MDR was good-very good. The service was brilliant. Our waiter was attentive and remembered so many details about us throughout the week. There was always plenty of empty tables and chairs and in the Windjammer Buffet. Some not so positive notes: The Windjammer Buffet…oh dear oh dear…the food wasn’t good here. There wasn’t much in terms of variety and the food was often cold and lacked flavour. The layout of the buffet is also problematic. It sort of in a spiral in the middle of the space. This made the area around the food very cramped and crowded at times. The décor was also a bit out of date. Something circa 1985 I think! The centrum, whilst spectacular to look at, could become very crowded at night. There was limited seating and limited space to seat. If you are going to something in the Centrum, get there early. The theatre, whilst very comfortable and spacious for a ship this size, was very out of fashion. It needs a makeover fast. The adult-only Solarium also suffers from a logistical flaw. The Park Café is located within the Solarium. This means that children are able to walk through the Solarium to get to the Park Café. They can also sit within the Solarium as they eat. Again, not the best layout here from Royal Caribbean! All in all, it was a really great cruise and we really enjoyed it. The itinerary was exciting for us – we had never been to any of these places. I would happily return to Kotor and Mykonos again. The ship was ok, but had a few issues, as I’ve listed above. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
The locations is why we picked this cruise. There was alot we liked and some we did not. The ship is old and worn It is small.. We had a Junior Suite with a balcony. Embarkation and disembarkation went very well. We bought deluxe ... Read More
The locations is why we picked this cruise. There was alot we liked and some we did not. The ship is old and worn It is small.. We had a Junior Suite with a balcony. Embarkation and disembarkation went very well. We bought deluxe dining and beverage packages. We did not do any excursions we explored on our own. That was wonderful. We walked allover and loved it. We visited Mykonos, Argostoli, Corfu and Athens. We ate in all of the specialty restaurants and they were good. The beverage was definitely worth it. All of the bottled water soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. Definitely way to go. Entertainment was great.Illusionist Raven was amazing!!! Great show. sit up close. Band called Elements were amazing!! The staff were awesome!! Everyone super nice and attentive. Monica at the Schooner Bar always remembered us!! Great!! Sheila from Chop House was super helpful and nice!! The medical staff took care of a minor health issue superbly. The hair stylist was amazing although the spa manager was horrible. He brought it down from 5 star to 4. I did tell the guest services and not sure anything ever came of it. Avoid him and get the stylist services are worth it. I cannot remember her name but she is the best. Great cruise minus that one staff member. The locations were great. Seven day cruise out of Venice. We stayed a couple days before the cruise. That was awesome!! I recommend the cruise because of the ports but be ready for an old and small ship. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
We were looking for an itinerary that sails from Venice so this was a perfect fit. While exploring the options we found the only cabin available was aft facing balcony and we grabbed it. We reached venice two days before the sailing ... Read More
We were looking for an itinerary that sails from Venice so this was a perfect fit. While exploring the options we found the only cabin available was aft facing balcony and we grabbed it. We reached venice two days before the sailing shaken with the news of floods in venice. We reached during high tide and were advised at the ticket booth to take alilaguna water taxi to reach San Mark Square. San Mark square was flooded (the water was just below knee length) and our hotel was just behind the square. We had to buy disposable rain shoes (10 euros each) and hire a porter (for 30 euros) for the laguage. We we were all settled by evening. Water had receded and venice was more beautiful. We had a stroll on the square and the waterfront. Had an amazing seafood pizza at Leoncini. Next morning we had walking tour of venice, Basilica de san marco and Doge's Palace. Afternoon there was gondola ride. Evening we took a one and half hour ride on vaporetto line 2. It covered grand canal even better than gondola and also gave us a glimpse of the harbour. Next morning we arrived at venice harbour. The check in process was smooth and quick. Cabin/ stateroom: We were in aft facing balcony room no. 7656. It was spacious stateroom with huge balcony. The attendant Daisy was helpful. Dining: Windjammer cafe the buffet restaurant had variety of food. However, we felt that they close it very early (around 10 pm) and start winding up much before that. Fine Dining Edelweiss Fine Dining restaurant had good Indian menu and the captain Paras served us well. Embarkation was smooth and hustle free. On-board activities were ok. They showed some good movies on the big screen every evening but it was too cold to sit outside. We took the shore excursions from Royal caribbean. We loved Melissani (Argostoli) and Lipa (Montenegro) Caves. Many activities and restaurants were closed due to off season. Disembarkation was very smooth and we got off at our convenient time. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Good food. That's the positives out of the way. Rooms small. Accommodation deck stank of poo. Shows were god-awful ending with a finale of a guy on a bmx bike cycling round in circles. Utterly naff. Busy ship with nowhere to chill out ... Read More
Good food. That's the positives out of the way. Rooms small. Accommodation deck stank of poo. Shows were god-awful ending with a finale of a guy on a bmx bike cycling round in circles. Utterly naff. Busy ship with nowhere to chill out without others stepping on your toes. Mediterranean cruise so why were subjected to Caribbean music every day? Felt like we were given a hard sell all the time. Pool small, looks big but the sides were shallow to make it look big. Don't expect to get a cocoa cola or any other fizzy drink unless you are prepared to pay for the soft drinks package. What a con. Hated it. Gave one star for the food. We didn't have enough time in Venice. It was foggy so the harbour was shut so our itinery all went to pot. Not the cruises fault but we were corralled into a warehouse with no food or drink. Every body was fed up Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
I have always wanted to go on a cruise, I saved money for a long time, in order to take my daughter on this cruise. I had been given very high expectations from family and friends who have cruised, regarding the level of service that I ... Read More
I have always wanted to go on a cruise, I saved money for a long time, in order to take my daughter on this cruise. I had been given very high expectations from family and friends who have cruised, regarding the level of service that I could expect and the quality of the food. My first disappointment was when we were met at Venice airport by Royal Caribbean staff, who told us that we had to wait half an hour for our transfer to the ship. The staff were rather abrupt and rude. When we got off the transport at the quay side, we were directly across from the ship, however we were told that we had to carry our own suitcases off the coach and take them to the crew who were about 10 paces away from us, in order for them to be delivered to our cabins. I felt that the staff should have got our luggage off the coach for us, given the supposed high quality of service that is allegedly offered. My experience of embarkation was of being herded like cattle by very rude staff. I booked an inside cabin because I was advised that they are very and that I wouldn’t spend much time in it anyway, my first impression was that it was dingy and dark. As the week progressed, we got used to the cabin, although we wished I had booked an outside cabin. There was adequate wardrobe and storage space and the bathroom was fine, it just felt too compact. The food in the main restaurant and the buffet restaurant was average, possibly the standard that you would expect to get in a three star hotel. The food in the fine dining restaurants was excellent, however it cost an additional 40 Dollars for each meal. The service at the bars eas slow, it took an average of ten minutes to get a drink, when the bar was empty, the staff would start getting my drink and then wander off and do something else and then come back to give me my drink. Waiter service for drinks was even worse, taking up to half an hour from ordering the drink to actually getting it. The entertainment was abysmal, I was expecting West end style shows but I certainly didn’t get anything like that, it was very disappointing as it was a film or the cruise staff putting on an amateur tshow. In all honesty, I think that the entertainment at Butlins was much better. Both the indoor and outdoor pools were freezing and I wasn’t able to use them, the jacuzzis were very nice. The main areas of the ship were lovely, particularly the atrium. I wouldn’t recommend the Rapsody of the seas to anyone, generally the service was atrocious, half of the staff were pleasant and the other half were downright rude. A member of staff informed me that his tips have halved over the last ten years, I informed him that I am surprised that anyone tips this poor level of service. If you fancy a trip on Rapsody of the seas, my advice is to try Butlins, the service, entertainment and food are far better. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
Our agent recommended this ship as we wanted to travel to Santorini and also see Croatia. It was truly a fantastic experience. The ship was lovely and the staff couldn't do enough for you. The food was fantastic and the cabin was ... Read More
Our agent recommended this ship as we wanted to travel to Santorini and also see Croatia. It was truly a fantastic experience. The ship was lovely and the staff couldn't do enough for you. The food was fantastic and the cabin was wonderful - our room steward was incredible. Entertainment was good - some funny trivia games organized by Elvis and Tanya were a lot of fun. We couldn't get over the attentiveness of the crew - they were all amazing. We did our own excursions as the ones through the ship were a little costly. Very easy to do your own as at each port there were people there selling different day trips - like Hop N Off bus tours that worked well in the ports. Our embarkation and disembarkation was really easy and no issues at all. It was very quick and smooth. The dining room in Edelweiss had amazing food and great service; the buffet in the Windjammer was awesome - so much food to choose from; we went to the Chops Grille and had the most amazing meal. We also went to the Giovannis table restaurant - also had a good meal there. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
I booked this cruise because of the cruise ports (depart from Venice and sail to Dubrovnik Croatia, Kotor Montenegro, Santorini and Katakalon Greece). Hiking the fortress in Kotor was my favorite. Unfortunately there was a storm so the ... Read More
I booked this cruise because of the cruise ports (depart from Venice and sail to Dubrovnik Croatia, Kotor Montenegro, Santorini and Katakalon Greece). Hiking the fortress in Kotor was my favorite. Unfortunately there was a storm so the itinerary changed slightly (Split Croatia replaced Dubrovnik). Captain Tobias kept us safe on Night 2 when the storm came. He sailed towards the Greek islands to shelter. The weather in Katakalon and Santorini was sunny so it did not impact my sightseeing. There was rain in Kotor and Split which impacted my plans. It was not Royal Caribbean’s fault and I knew it was a risk when booking Oct/Nov in Europe. Embarkation and disembarkation were fast and organize. The ship and cabin were older compared to all the new ships but I knew that when booking. It was always clean and staff worked extra hard to make me feel welcome. Some of the entertainments were good (country, love and marriage game, cirque, bingo, trivia). The dining room looked elegant and fancy. Food was great, sometimes a little too fancy for me so I went to the buffet a couple of times which had varieties. I bought a case of sparkling water to try and I realized I did not like it. Customer service was easy and refunded right away. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Sailed with my elderly parents and husband. We paid for assistance as my father is in a wheelchair although this was non existent. Service in the bars was extremely slow and staff in certain bars down to 1 bar man. Food was good ... Read More
Sailed with my elderly parents and husband. We paid for assistance as my father is in a wheelchair although this was non existent. Service in the bars was extremely slow and staff in certain bars down to 1 bar man. Food was good can not complain plenty of variety. Ship is looking tired now furniture in the solarium tatty and worn. The ports of call were very good. Beware if you buy any cigarettes on the ship they will let you buy as many as you wish without notifying you of the port of country rules. This i feel is unfair as we only purchased 400 each and then Venice port control took 200 each as you are only allowed 200 each. I know we should have known too but surely RCL could notify guests when purchasing. Entertainment was rubbish most guests were commenting on this who we spoke to during the week just not up to RCL standard. Time to try another cruise line. Avoid 3583 very noisy could not go to bed before 12 as right below centrium Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
we were on the same cruise same ship,one year ago and thought to repeat a great experience,but tings had obviously changed,the following best describes those changes.our room attendant took three days to empty the bin,in the dressing table ... Read More
we were on the same cruise same ship,one year ago and thought to repeat a great experience,but tings had obviously changed,the following best describes those changes.our room attendant took three days to empty the bin,in the dressing table drawer magazines and items from past cruises in other parts of the world,the entertainment was the total same as per one year ago word for word,as to the dining cold food, little choice repeated menus,little attention to requests on one occasion my wife received a baked potato a small piece of chicken no sauce no gravy no other vegetables and cold,also tea and coffee served in large workmen like mugs fine dining? after 2.30 pm till 6 pm no opportunity for a hot drink except on the open top deck and most basic depending on weather conditions,standards have slipped on this ship continuous game shows child like,self entertainment when at sea,the windjammer catering resembled up market school dinners,and to top it all our room safe was broken from day one cold upon staff three times,but to no avail safe lay open on more than one occasion. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
First and last RC cruise for me. Awful cabin, shower a joke, entertainment appalling and 400 Euro more than its way superior competitor NCL Epic. Food was good, staff without reproach but pokey , old fashioned Tiny cabin with a ... Read More
First and last RC cruise for me. Awful cabin, shower a joke, entertainment appalling and 400 Euro more than its way superior competitor NCL Epic. Food was good, staff without reproach but pokey , old fashioned Tiny cabin with a leaking shower and no xpelair ! I’ve had far better cruises with Norwegian, MSC and Celebrity . The entertainment /shows were of a poor standard .... . However the food is the best I’ve had on board any vessel and kudos to all the staff who work round the clock . Mobility is also an issue. 2 members of our party were disabled so had to stay on the ship at some ports as there was no way to get them into the tenders. We were told this was due to health and safety reasons but should be outlined by the tour operator when booking the cruise . My overall experience was positive but would not travel on this ship again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We choose this cruise due to the deals being offered and the places it was going. The room we chose was 2509 not really knowing it’s location but we hindsight we wouldn’t have chosen it due to the fact that we were right over the ... Read More
We choose this cruise due to the deals being offered and the places it was going. The room we chose was 2509 not really knowing it’s location but we hindsight we wouldn’t have chosen it due to the fact that we were right over the bow thruster which when operated was very very noisy and the room vibrated tremendously good if you want an early morning call. We thought we had booked anytime dining but was stuck with one table, food was ok but when my wife got a risotto which was glue pi the waiter asked if we wanted another but she refused,after that we ended up in the self service restaurant which had more chose, we believe that the food has gone down in quality to try and get you to buy the food in the on board speciality restaurants. Entertainment was fairly good but in the bars it always seems that they have to play very loud, which if you are trying to chat other passengers makes it more difficult. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
I am not sure where to start this was a most amazing cruise which i have had so far with Royal Caribbean. Honestly i have no ties at all with Royal but just love the experience on board their ships. This cruise was really something special ... Read More
I am not sure where to start this was a most amazing cruise which i have had so far with Royal Caribbean. Honestly i have no ties at all with Royal but just love the experience on board their ships. This cruise was really something special for me and the kind people i shared the cruise with. All went well on boarding Rhapsody we were an hour late due to fog at Gatwick but it was not an issue. Rhapsody is i think now 20 plus years old but still great for her age small but big enough to have a great vacation experience. My cabin was 7147 an inside towards the back of the ship it was good. Douglas looked after my stateroom and was always smiling. Douglas was due to go home on the day we docked back in Venice on the 13th October. It was so nice to share his happiness to counting down his days. He worked so hard everyday to look after everyone and make sure everything was OK The food was just the best that i have experienced so far on a cruise Ivan who looked after us in the evening at table 30 was great. We would sometimes meet up at lunch with him as well in the main dining room. The Windjammer was also really good and a great choice for lunch so many people said how good it was as well. I did have breakfast on a couple of days in the dining room and on the last morning i had the breakfast muffin in Park Cafe it too was good. I never went to the theater but enjoyed the bands on the pool deck and and the centrium. As i said i never went to the shows but speaking to people most people said that they were happy. Bingo was fun i had such a laugh with the people i met up with playing this. Some lucky person when we were playing won $1000. I met a couple who were on their first cruise they were so enjoying it, i was lucky to share their time at the airport and their time on Rhapsody. I really enjoyed Kotor and Agostolli a great experience, as with these two ports of call i just went ashore on my own and stayed in port. Rhapsody as i said is getting on in age but it was clean and well maintained. My personnel time on board and the people that i met up with mostly seemed to enjoy their time on board. To me there was a great atmosphere on Rhapsody and the staff seemed to me to care about us having a great time. As always i would like to thank every crew member for being so kind. Again this is a personnel view of mine, I look forward to joining Rhapsody again soon. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Myself and my husband travelled with a group of friends to celebrate a special birthday. There were 16 of us in all which greatly added to the enjoyment of our holiday. We have cruised before on RCI , NCL and Princess so we were able ... Read More
Myself and my husband travelled with a group of friends to celebrate a special birthday. There were 16 of us in all which greatly added to the enjoyment of our holiday. We have cruised before on RCI , NCL and Princess so we were able to compare and contrast many aspects of the ship with those sailed on before. Rhapsody was similar in size to NCL Jade but was definitely older and a bit more jaded than our previous ships. Our cabin was a regular inside and was quite small. We asked out attendant (he was fantastic) to put a mattress topper on the bed as it was quite firm but then again my bed at home is quite soft. The bathroom is small but adequate. We were forward on Deck 2 but near the lifts which brought us straight up to the Windjammer Cafe and the pool deck in 2 minutes. The ship is easy to get around and the staff could not have been nicer. Our waiter, Belando in the MDR was excellent. Our only regret was leaving the Dining Room and going to Chops Grill one of the nights for a treat!. We were over 2 hours waiting for our main and some of our group sent food back for being overdone and/or cold. The Head waiter brought Champagne to our table in the MDR the following evening but it was an expensive lesson learned. Sixteen people at $38 pp is a large sum of money. There was always plenty of room in the Windjammer and we had breakfast and lunch here daily. I love being able to sample bits of everything and the food was always hot and plenty of it available. As a large group we created a lot of our own entertainment but those that went to the shows in the Theatre we not overly impressed. There was a good band who played in the Atrium most evenings and the Reggae band who played poolside and in 'Shall we Dance' were truly excellent. We had arranged our own tours in Kotor (Speed boats), Athens (Luxury 16 seater bus & guide) and Argostoli (luxury 16 seater bus & guide). They were amazing and definitely a highlight of our cruise. Kotor in Montenegro is somewhere most of us will return to. Our speed boats brought us from submarine bases to holy islands and picturesque villages. A trip around the quiet Greek island of Kefalonia has given us all memories that will stay with us forever. Swimming in the turquoise waters of one of the most famously beautiful beaches in the world, Myrtos Beach and eating fresh Calamari in a taverna is Assos village overlooking the lagoon. Heaven. One of our group left a wallet with money on the bus and the company emailed to say they had it and will send it home. No reward required. Every person we met on board or ashore was so kind and helpful (sorry i forgot about the grumpy gondolier in Venice!!). Corfu was a mixed bag. The town is very touristy. You can get a special Cruiseport/town public bus from the port building for €1.70 which is good value. Mykonos is by tender and is worth a look but also very touristy. If you are looking at these reviews deciding if you should go on Rhapsody or not, you should do it. She has been around the world many times but she was very homely and I became very fond of her shiny and glitzy appearance in the public rooms. If you get the Drinks package don't forget that the lovely coffee on Deck 6 is included. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We have cruised many, times since last choosing RCI. In fact the last time was around 35 years ago. Since then we have travelled with P&O,H&L,Celebrity and many others of the same calibre. This was our third cruise in 2018. We ... Read More
We have cruised many, times since last choosing RCI. In fact the last time was around 35 years ago. Since then we have travelled with P&O,H&L,Celebrity and many others of the same calibre. This was our third cruise in 2018. We chose this cruise as part of a package put together by IGLU to encompass Lake garda as the starting point and a transfer to Venice to pick up the ship. We had little choice off cabins, normally travelling in Balcony, but we could only get Outside cabins at the time of booking some 9 months ago. We were allocated cabin number 4072. A small unit but adequate for the short 7 days cruise. The location was good being mid ship and near most amenities. And as we had 3 days of severe wind, which stopped us from berthing or using tenders, the location choice was therefore very good, and the rolling of the vessel was less than forward or aft. We had so many moans and complaints but I highlight just some. The Captain, who was obviously, very experienced and handled the ship very professionally, was from South America. This became a problem for us as some of the more important announcements made regarding the weather etc were given which such a pronounced latin accent we had to go to reception to find out what was said. The entertainments director was also Latin American and therefore most of his announcements could not be understood. His deputy was Italian and therefore the same problem occurred. This was then followed by the Excursions managers seminars and announcements, he was also speaking with a strong Spanish accent which could also not be understood. The entertainments Director, delighted in treating everybody like Morons and guests with very low IQ's. His presentations were like something from "Hidy Hi" from the UK 70's TV show and became a great annoyance to a good many people. If he was responsible for interviewing the guest performers, you can imagine what these turned out like........absolute rubbish, apart from a tribute Beatles Band. The Food in the main restaurant and buffet was of good quality but sometimes served cold or very cool. The staff in all of the dining venues were excellent. The Excursions were awful and where an absolute waste of money. Regretably our trip with Royal Caribbean has not only put us off travelling with them again, but also have now managed to put us off cruising deep sea. We are going to have to continue River Cruising where there are not so many crowds and one is certainly not treated as "Cruise Idiots". I could go on but now feel stressed after reliving this bad experience once again in my mind. Read Less
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