28 Tampa Repositioning Cruise Reviews

Because the oasis got canceled. I still wanted a transatlantic cruse and this was still available last minute. It is a small ship with little to do. Entertainment is the worst at sea. The ship is clean, safe and comfortable. Average age ... Read More
Because the oasis got canceled. I still wanted a transatlantic cruse and this was still available last minute. It is a small ship with little to do. Entertainment is the worst at sea. The ship is clean, safe and comfortable. Average age is 70 plus. Embarkation was horrible as we were kept waiting at the airport so no porters at the port and were told to take all our luggage on board ourselves. Ship had an air maintenance issue that took several hours to resolve. Disembarkation was easy. Due to rough seas we had 3 days in the Azores. But we missed the two ports in France and then Belgium. Compensation was below other cruise lines. I know as I just got the RCCL credits. My room stewards were excellent. The food was repetitive and the fruit rotten more often then not. Most don’t go to the dining room so service is fast at dinner. Overall a boring cruise as I read 10 books. Dining overall was average, cabin old with a bathtub and kept clean by great room stewards. No library, no production shows, Astro physics ,history and port talks were repeatedly full as nothing else to do. The movie theatre small so you needed to get there twenty minutes early. If you want to sleep go on the Rotterdam. Given I now have a future cruise credit, I will go on holland America again just not this ship. Not much to say as there is not much to review on this ship Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
+I had never been on a cruise before let alone out of the United States of America. I chose this exciting cruise because of a combined decision among family members. The ship is not even the biggest ship offered, yet is still really large! ... Read More
+I had never been on a cruise before let alone out of the United States of America. I chose this exciting cruise because of a combined decision among family members. The ship is not even the biggest ship offered, yet is still really large! The state rooms were very clean and the staff members were lovely. Most of my meals were held at the Marketplace. The food had many options- some the same every day but definitely enough variety for me to enjoy the experience and not feel like I am eating the same thing every day. -There were two fires while I was on this ship. One was at 3am. This consisted of staff members and the captain over the loud speaker at 3 o clock in the morning. The way the staff handled the situation was great, however a fire in the incinerator at 3am is not always the best wake up call. The second fire had to do with the A/C units. I don't know how far the A/C outage occurred, but me and my floor did not have air conditioning for a night & half the next day. The last negative I have is that the bathroom toilet in my state room randomly did not have water flowing in it and would refuse to flush. This is gross and not acceptable for obvious reasons. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I decided to go on another transatlantic cruise with Royal Caribbean because I had such a great time on the 2017 transatlantic cruise on the Brilliance of the Sea. This year I decided to take the Rhapsody of the Seas from Tampa to ... Read More
I decided to go on another transatlantic cruise with Royal Caribbean because I had such a great time on the 2017 transatlantic cruise on the Brilliance of the Sea. This year I decided to take the Rhapsody of the Seas from Tampa to Barcelona. The ship is probably about 20 years old and could use a make-over but even though it's a little dated it is clean and a very nice ship. The cruise director Elvis and his assistants, Eric & Bernie, are fabulous. They are the best I have experienced and made every day fun. Their expertise at keeping the activities fun and the good entertainment made the cruise enjoyable. Most people hear about how great the food is on a cruise. Well, NOT ON THIS CRUISE! If this was my first cruise, I would probably call everyone who talked about delicious food on cruises a liar. This food looked fantastic but tasted the opposite. Out of 9 dinners in the dining room, there were 7 days that people at our table sent food back because it was so bad they couldn't eat it. Appetizers and desserts were left uneaten after taking one bite. The buffet wasn't any better. How can hard boiled eggs be so hot that you can't peel them and pizza be cold? Everything in the buffet was dried out. Pancakes were so hard they could be used as frisbees, toast would completely crumble when you picked it up and bacon always ended up as bacon bits. If you can live off boxed cereal & milk for 14 days then you would be happy. I on the other hand lost over 10 pounds. It's nice to lose weight but I didn't book this cruise to lose weight. This is only my second cruise with Royal Caribbean so I won't be recommending Royal Caribbean to friends. Hopefully, this is just a fluke and not normal. I have a couple more Royal Caribbean cruises booked this year and I'm hoping they are better, otherwise, it's bye-bye to Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This was my first voyage on Rhapsody of the Seas and my first on Royal Caribbean. As someone who has sailed fairly extensively on Holland America Lines (HAL), this is my point of comparison. The positive aspects of Rhapsody of the Seas ... Read More
This was my first voyage on Rhapsody of the Seas and my first on Royal Caribbean. As someone who has sailed fairly extensively on Holland America Lines (HAL), this is my point of comparison. The positive aspects of Rhapsody of the Seas on this transatlantic crossing to Barcelona were the friendly, competent level of service and the food. The lunch buffet choices and quality were actually better than HAL. Kudos to the chef who creates such wonderful curries and other Indian food. The dinners in the dining room fell a wee bit short of HAL, but not by much; they were completely fine. The shore excursions on the Canary Islands were reasonable and had excellent guides and venues. Check-in was quick and easy in Tampa. The several lectures presented by a doctor speaker on medical/health history were top drawer. The negative aspects of Rhapsody of the Seas compared to Holland America are significant. First, the entertainment. Certainly, entertainment is a matter of personal taste, but for us a kid in a backwards ball cap doing wheelies on a BMX bike is not for us. Neither were the magician, the (rather embarrassingly talentless) guests’ talent show, and so on. As for music, I missed the classical music and the jazz I’ve experienced on HAL. (Yes, there’s a violinist and electrical guitarist playing modern movie themes and pop hits, but their playing, no matter how good, didn’t appeal to classical or jazz fans). Second, the noise. Almost everywhere you go on the ship, it’s noisy, either from the entertainment in the central atrium, or the top outdoor-pool deck, or the ubiquitous PA system, which is constantly playing Muzak-type noise. This was heard even in the hallways on the cabin levels. What’s wrong with allowing some quiet spaces without Muzak? Third, the amenities. Yes, I do like smaller ships, but certain amenities were lacking compared to HAL. No free New York Times online or in hard copy, no real library, no indoor movie theatre, no quiet indoor lounges, etc. We met some nice people on board, and enjoyed the voyage a lot. However, the hard-to-define characteristic of ambience – the vibe – was not as good on this voyage for the most part compared to HAL. I’d say that the HAL ambience is more relaxed and also more elevated. We’ll stick with HAL in future, when possible. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
In writing this review, I would like to concentrate mainly on the entertainment/activities that can be experienced on the Rhapsody Of The Seas - but to begin with, I shall just quickly cover the basics. I cruised onboard the Rhapsody ... Read More
In writing this review, I would like to concentrate mainly on the entertainment/activities that can be experienced on the Rhapsody Of The Seas - but to begin with, I shall just quickly cover the basics. I cruised onboard the Rhapsody for 2 weeks (14 nights) back-to-back, embarking on 4th February and finally leaving the ship on 18th February. The mid-cruise immigration process went smoothly and all of the consecutive cruisers were personally escorted off the ship and straight back on again. I must question though - would it not be easier for the guests, if the Immigration Officer boarded the ship to see our passports, instead of making the people in wheelchairs or on 'scooters' and 'walking frames' to make the journey down the gangways; which were quite steep and difficult to maneuver? Both of the one week cruises saw exactly the same itineraries and were identical in almost every way. Sometimes that can be a good thing or sometimes not! I'll let you, the Cruise Critic members, decide. Embarkation was easy; no wait times, no problems, no drama. My first impressions were that this ship was clean, well cared for and provided everything that I expected. My cabin review can be found later in this critique so I will not mention it here. Although I much prefer to dress for dinner and frequented the main dining room every evening, I must confess to thinking the menu was somewhat repetitive, with few choices and even less herbs and spices! The Wind Jammer on the other hand, offered a huge variety of dishes, both hot and cold. All were delicious! Considering the distances between the ports, I did not appreciate the length of time allowed in the ports of call. In George Town, Grand Cayman the last tender back left at 3pm. In Costa Maya it was back onboard by 3.30pm. In Cozumel, all aboard by 7pm (nice) and in Belize City the last tender back was 5.15pm. On the last sea day of the first week, the Captain announced that high winds were expected overnight and in order to miss these currents, he was sailing the ship full speed ahead and that as a result, we would arrive in Tampa 3 hours early. Subsequently the Casino and bars closed at midnight and the public areas were deserted by this time. Interestingly, on the last sea day of the second week, the Captain announced exactly the same thing; there were high winds expected and in order to miss these winds, the ship would increase speed and arrive in Tampa 3 hours early. I checked the weather report on the internet this second time and there were no high winds expected. It was smooth sailing al the way. Nevertheless, the casino and bars closed at midnight and we arrived in Tampa 3 hours early! Strange, huh? Now you've had the 'veg' ...... so on to the 'meat' of this critique - the ENTERTAINMENT! It was diverse, fun, silly and, as it shoud be, wholly entertaining! In anticipation of writing this 'entertainment' review - and with as much as my energy and my time constraints would allow - I took part in as many activities as I could. In an effort to experience both sides of the coin, if I took part in an activity one week, then I sat and observed the guests' reactions the other week. All of the trivia quizzes (music/world events/general knowledge/sports/movies/places/songs with color/true or false..and so on..) presented different questions each week and were conducted in a fun and pleasureable manner. The game shows and activities (such as:- Putting on the Hits/Battle of the Sexes/Who wants to be a Caribbeanaire/60 seconds or less/Finish That Lyric/Love and Marriage/Most Talented Couple/Ring Toss/Taboo/The Quest/Belly Flop/Majority Rules/Bean Bag Toss.... and oh, so many more...) were fun, comical, exciting and interesting (to both take part in and to watch). All In all, the Activities team did a fabulous job - and as much as I don't want to make this critique an adulation to one particular person, necesssity deems that it may turn out that way. The Activities staff ultimately come under the jurisdiction of the Cruise Director, who can make the entertainment precisely that - entertainment! - or just a drag and a bore; leaving people opting not to go/paticipate. I must say that the highlight and instigator of the unsurpassed entertainment onboard this cruise was the Cruise Director, one Elvis Pinto Robles. Obviously I have cruised with RCCL many, many times but never have I seen, met and spoken with, a more personable and charismatic Cruise Director. On both weeks, he was highly visible on all decks and chatted with all the guests he met. No-one was passed over and he made a point of making every singe person feel important. He was funny, quirky, comical, enthusiastic and clearly strived to include EVERYONE in the fun. I heard him (on 70's Disco 'Macho Men' evening) call out to people on the 6th, 7th & 8th decks. He encouraged everyone to dance and join in - and I saw old ladies and men get up out of their chairs and do a few steps. He came down off the stage and himself danced with seniors, the disabled, young kids, guests small, big, fat, thin, of every ethnicity. He encouraged old men to join in and parents to bring and dance with their chidren. He reached out to couples and grand parents and I am convinced that Elvis is a man who clearly understands his job, enjoys his work and strives to include everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) in the fun. When speaking with him, I learned that he is informed of his cruise guest demographics 2 days beforehand. Every Cruise Director knows (if he bothers to read and take notice of it) the different nationalities, how many seniors, how many 30/60s, how many kids, etc., are on board - and it was quite obvious that this Cruise Director speaks to his Activities staff and 'tweaks' the entertainment to match this criteria. This was easily identifiable in the change of 'trivia quiz' questions and the 'Finish That Lyric' game show, to name but two. I have been on many, many cruises and elieve me, this man knows his craft! This is also the first time that I have seen the Cruise Director teach his own salsa dance class! These were very well attended and in speaking to the majority of people attending this class, their response was that although they had never danced salsa before, they were taking the class simply because it was being taught by Elvis. It became obvious (on both weeks) that the guests simply adored him. He is not only DOING his job, he LOVES his job - he is an entertainer and a performer in his own right and a definite asset to RCCL. I am absolutely convinced that if you ever sail on a ship where Evis Pinto Robles is the Cruise Director, you will certainly not be disappointed - both with the entertainment or his Activities staff onboard. In what would otherwise have been a very mediocre cruise, the Cruise Director and his Activities staff saved the day (or should I say, saved the 14 days!) Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Average experience. Our reason for choosing was Tampa departure, drink package and gratuities included with our mini-suite selection. The martini bar was very well staffed but nothing special. Celebrity has ice bars. The cigar lounge was ... Read More
Average experience. Our reason for choosing was Tampa departure, drink package and gratuities included with our mini-suite selection. The martini bar was very well staffed but nothing special. Celebrity has ice bars. The cigar lounge was FILLED at all times with cigarette smokers. This should not be allowed. We were very disappointed with the lack of dress code inforcement. Swim trucks, tees and flip flops at the main dining room. The ports were excellent and we enjoyed the itinerary which was a major factor in taking this cruise line. The staff did an exceptional job of serving the customer. The specialty dining was average but not exceptional. The servers did all the work. I saw a previous comment about nickel dimming customers. I agree to some of that comment depending on the server/bar tender. The fitness center has treadmills that face the window but when you are on them they are to high to see out the window. You look at the blinds. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
The Good: 1. Embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze. We did not bring a lot of luggage, therefore the easy walk off was a great option. We were out on the pier in Southampton within 15 minutes of the clearance for ... Read More
The Good: 1. Embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze. We did not bring a lot of luggage, therefore the easy walk off was a great option. We were out on the pier in Southampton within 15 minutes of the clearance for disembarkation. On the day of the Embarkation we did use the porter service for the bigger suitcase. It showed up upon our return to the cabin after an early dinner. So no complaints there. 2. On board entertainment. This ship does not offer the blockbuster Broadway production type of shows. However, the ship's dance troupe is great. Talents' acts kept us engaged and the music on board in various pubic places kept audiences entertained. We also enjoyed the lecturers on the ship. They were informative and entertaining as well. 3. The Alizar Main Dining Room. We went to both the Grand Pacific Dining Room, which is the more lavishly decorated option, and the Alizar, the more casual counterpart. We definitely preferred the Alizar. Wait staff were more relaxed and attentive. And they seemed to be enjoying working in that environment. This positive attitude definitely translated to the atmosphere and general dining experience shared by the guests. 4. The quality of the Main Dining Rooms. We usually skip the main dining options on an NCL free style cruising. However, we decided to give it a try this cruise. And we were not disappointed. The quality of the food was above our expectations. There were enough choices for meat lovers, seafood eaters, and vegetarians. The Bad: 1. The cabin, the cabin, the cabin. Really, it's about the cabin attendant. All of the cruises, on NCL or otherwise, this particular cabin attendant took the cake. And it's not a good thing. On a two week cruise, our bed linen was not changed until we left a note on the bed demanding it 7 days into it. We were pretty neat people even on vacation. We never left the cabin a mess while going out. Upon our return, the cabin was basically the way we left it, although it was indicated the cabin was done. The carpet was not vacuumed on a daily basis, and the minimum tidying up we left behind was not done. On occasions, used glasses were put back in, unwashed. We did not make a fuss until, toward the end of the cruise, when we returned from the evening show and the carpet in the cabin was all buckling up. And we tripped over it trying to move around in the cabin. I had to make complaints at that point, and various corrective steps were taken. There was improvement. However, not from the attendant. Without his supervisor in sight, the bad behavior continued. He even totally skipped our cabin last night of the cruise. If I were to measure my experience with NCL solely on the cabin attendant, I would never return. However, we are seasoned cruisers, we know not to judge the whole experience on one bad apple. But this bad apple sure left a very sour taste. 2. The La Cucina Italian Specialty Restaurant We are lovers of Italian food, and we know good from bad. For an onboard specialty restaurant that required extra charge, the food was mediocre at best. The main dining room, which was complimentary, offered much better Italian choices. It was a waste of money and we never returned. 3. The Customer Service Desk We are usually very self sufficient and self reliant during travels. However, we did need some help from the Customer Service Desk in terms of the arrival time at Southampton, since we were arranging our private car service for pick up at the port. Three different people gave three different answers, which was really bizarre. Shouldn't that be a common knowledge for cruise staff? Not on the Jade, I suppose. This confusion caused quite a headache. Luckily the car service company was obliging, and we go to Heathrew Airport with no delay. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
First, let me state, that I traveled solo on this five day cruise which was based upon the the "casino rate", excluding airfare cost $541 for an interior cabin, port charges and taxes, vacation protection, transfer to and from ... Read More
First, let me state, that I traveled solo on this five day cruise which was based upon the the "casino rate", excluding airfare cost $541 for an interior cabin, port charges and taxes, vacation protection, transfer to and from the port, and prepaid gratuities, but excluding airfare. However, it is expected that one spends some time in the casino s gaming, which I did. Getting there: It was a breeze from NC to Tampa a less then two hour flight, the Tampa International airport is well laid out and I was at the Carnival Cruise Line meeting place under an hour with my bags waiting for the bus. The bus arrived and we were at the Port of Tampa in under one hour. Embarkment: Again, going through security and then getting my sail and sign card, i was on the ship in less than one hours time. Paris Restuarant (the buffet on the Lido deck): Standard cruise line buffet, a cut above Golden Corral, but with delightful desserts. On the Lido deck near the pool the is the "On the Grill" whic basically served hot dogs and hamburgers, (dried out hamburgers and cheese burgers. Opposite "On the Grill" is the "Mongolian Won, you select what you want on your won and they cook it for you. Both of these food stations will disappear as the Paradise is going into dry dock for renovations, and it there place will be the "Guy Fieri's Burger Joint" and a Mexican food station NO DRAFT BEER in the "Pour your own" cabinet. There are two pour your own beer dispensing cabinets and for about thirty cents and ounce you can get about a 14 ounce cup of Bud Light or Thirsty Frog Red. Problem is the beer cabinets were always empty, So let's do the math, a 14 oz cup of beer about $4.20 + a 15% gratuity for under $5. They sell sixteen ounces of domestic beer for $6.75 + 15% gratuity or about $7.so, CCL made about two dollars MORE per beer - it is all about the bottom line! Pool: there is one pool so it is crowded on sea days but it is quite pleasant on port days, it is easy to find a deck lounge. Majestic Casino: this is an "L" shaped casino with recently upgraded slot machines, one craps table, on Poker Pro electronic poker table, two roulette tables, one Let it Ride table, one WPT Heads Up Hold'em table, two three card poker table, and several blackjack tables.The bar service is excellent, the dealers, pit supervisors are friendly and the casino host, Vicky is terrific. There were night drawings, based upon the guests "points" from the slots and table play. On a five day cruise if the guest gets 1000 points on the slots, you receive an "on us" drink card for free adult beverage while gaming in the casino. Main Dining Room: The service from Fritz, Agus and Puji were EXCELLENT, however as I dined at the second seating 8:15pm, most of the entries were dried out probably from being on the heat table or heat lamp. The food on Royal Caribbean is superior to Carnival dining offering Entertainment: Average, mostly production shows on a five day cruise with good comedians. The lounge shows are varied and musicians and vocalists are good. Shore Excursions: I did not do any excursions, so I cannot comment. Cabin: Standard interior cabin, my cabin steward Suhardi was excellent, they will ask you if you want a morning or evening bed turn down, I usually have just and evening turn down and my request for a fresh bucket of ice everyday was promptly done. Disembarkment: Getting off the ship took less than one hour, from the time, I left my cabin, picked up my luggage and got on the bus. OVERALL: This was an average cruise, the MDR quality of the food, was below par, entertainment was good, good standard interior cabin. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
The Rhapsody was over all very poor, the staff were great that is all that is keeping this ship going, too bad the company can not see that but still cut crew. Dinner every night was cool even though we complained about it nothing was ... Read More
The Rhapsody was over all very poor, the staff were great that is all that is keeping this ship going, too bad the company can not see that but still cut crew. Dinner every night was cool even though we complained about it nothing was done until the 11 night when our headwaiter Alexandru took care to give us hot food for the last 3 nights, it was very nice he did that but he should not have to the chefs in the kitchen should not let cool food go out! (again useless cutbacks when the company is top heavy that is where the cutbacks need to start). Our Diamond Lounge Concierge Givago was always very helpful. Went for breakfast in the dining room of course went to Diamond side a the first group of 8 people were seated, no menu, no water the lady across from me had a dirty coffee cup after 20 minutes we complained then came some OJ but service was very very slow, I thought the idea of a Diamond entrance in the lounge was for some kind of better service, What A MISTAKE never went back there again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We did back to back cruises on this ship from Tampa, FL to Venice Italy. We thoroughly enjoyed the trans-Atlantic crossing, but did have some issues with the ship. It is definitely one of their older liners and could certainly use a major ... Read More
We did back to back cruises on this ship from Tampa, FL to Venice Italy. We thoroughly enjoyed the trans-Atlantic crossing, but did have some issues with the ship. It is definitely one of their older liners and could certainly use a major update. Our cabin was large, clean and comfortable with an unusual amount of storage which we appreciated for such a long cruise. There were, however, some missing components on the ship which we could have wished were there....no library or game room - extremely poor selection of books and games(almost none) and no place really to read or play games if such existed. And this on a cruise with ELEVEN sea days!! And again, for such a long cruise, no self-service laundry. We would rate the food as about average for cruising, with all the dining attendant's service being way above average. The guest artists brought in for the evening shows were exceptionally good as were those playing in various venues around the ship. It was somewhat disappointing that on the second leg of the cruise, there was only one new show - all the rest were repeats of what we had already seen. If this had been our first time to the Mediterranean, we would have been very disappointed with the ports of call. Excursions to Monaco and Monte Carlo were discouraged due to prep for the Gran Prix (Brilliance of the Seas, which was in port the same day, seemingly had no issues), Florence was skipped entirely. and Taormina in Sicily was also off limits due to the G7 conference. There seemed to be a real push for purchase of items and service that used to be included as well as use of the specialty restaurants. We really had the feel that there was much more interest in money making than service. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I, and many others felt that Royal Caribbean has gone downhill. We are Diamond members, and are disappointed to feel this way. The reasons include: 1 - there were limited activities for us to participate in (especially on sea days, which ... Read More
I, and many others felt that Royal Caribbean has gone downhill. We are Diamond members, and are disappointed to feel this way. The reasons include: 1 - there were limited activities for us to participate in (especially on sea days, which were many), 2 - Most of the activities were income producing for Royal Carib. (e.g. used to have free classes for jewelry making. There was only a scrap booking class for which there was a fee). 3 - Only one lecturer, who was good; however RCI scheduled him in venue much too small twice because there were practice sessions in the theater (couldn't hear or see lecture in alternate venue). Also, his lectures did not follow our itinerary. I understand this is how RCI scheduled the topics. 4- the daily compass was often inaccurate (passengers showed up for event, which never happened. 5 - The cinema was much too small; passengers had to arrive 1/2 hour before movie, and even then, couldn't get a seat (why not put these movies on the cabin TVs?). 6 - The TV stations were horrible. Only one US news station, which was very one-sided. There was confusion as to where, and when, the free drinks given to us as Diamond members could be served. Also the concierge did not have the ability to easily refer us to other bars for cappuccino, when the cappuccino machine in the Diamond Lounge was down (5-6 days of cruise). We have Diamond cards, we should be able to go to any bar (and/or the Gold Lounge) that has a cappuccino machine and swipe our cards for free coffee. The concierge had to get approval for this, and had to hand fill out tiny slips of paper for us to go to the Latitudes Bar. Concierge should have the autonomy to make independent decisions to make our experience more pleasant and stress free. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
The cruise got off to a rather rocky start as we sat in the embarkation lounge for 3 hours before being able to board. I have never had to wait this long and no reason was ever given by RCCL. This is unacceptable. The ship is clean ... Read More
The cruise got off to a rather rocky start as we sat in the embarkation lounge for 3 hours before being able to board. I have never had to wait this long and no reason was ever given by RCCL. This is unacceptable. The ship is clean and well kept but definitely needs updating. The decor is dull, mostly out of date wood paneling. The Windjammer feels very confining with low ceilings and a generally dark atmosphere. Cabin TV's are likewise old with poor picture and sound quality. Only one news channel is available (CNN) and isn't available for the entire TA cruise. Food quality leaves much to be desired - bland, tasteless, particularly lunch in the Windjammer. Hamburgers appear to have been fried to extinction yesterday and displayed in bowl of burger grease. I saw very few takers. Overall service is excellent in the dining areas and in the cabins. Lots of trivia games and other activities. The bridge game hosted by Armand was excellent and well attended. Astronomy lectures by Fred were another high point. I loved the entertainment; I had seen at least 4 shows before and enjoyed them again. Every evening saw dance bands in the Centrum. This was the first time I have seen lifeguards aboard a ship. Not much for them to do as the weather was cool and very windy for the entire trip. And RCCL does its best to discourage people from enjoying the pool area with a constant barrage of loud music from dawn til dusk. I think the execs in Miami could hear it from mid Atlantic. Perhaps the cruise director is paid according to the number of decibels produced. Disembarkation in Barcelona was good; security has increased with passport checks while at sea and upon docking in Barcelona. All in all an OK cruise with a nice complement of passengers and crew. So where was the captain??? Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Chose this cruise to top up cruise points. Main dining room food was the best I have had on RCCL for the last 3 cruises. CHOPS specialty food and service was superb Govani's left a lot to be desired with both the food and the ... Read More
Chose this cruise to top up cruise points. Main dining room food was the best I have had on RCCL for the last 3 cruises. CHOPS specialty food and service was superb Govani's left a lot to be desired with both the food and the service. Steak was burned, then the replacement was raw so had to send back a third time. Seafood gave the impression that it was a leftover. Our waiter made me fell like he wanted us to eat up and leave - like you would in a cheap diner. Also took an inordinate amount of time to serve coffee when it was requested. Definitely not do another trans-Atlantic. My best memories of an RCCL cruise ship was cruising on Oasis class ALLURE OF THE SEAS. I felt that Brilliance of The Seas was getting a bit tired looking and was in need of a refit. For example several chairs in the main dining room where not only thread bare, they had ware holes on the edges with frayed threads. All in all, I felt the crew was better than the ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I've done a few TransAtlantic crossing with RC and other lines. Over the last ten years standards seem to have dropped. Cabin was fine if dated. TV system was old and outdated compared with what is available now almost everywhere ... Read More
I've done a few TransAtlantic crossing with RC and other lines. Over the last ten years standards seem to have dropped. Cabin was fine if dated. TV system was old and outdated compared with what is available now almost everywhere They stopped calling before delivery of breakfast to the room so the first you knew was a knock on the door, not a great way to wake up. I asked for a call and got it. Dining was disappointing, the food mediocre and service not great. One example - the cheese in breacrumbs was not crisp and the cheese cold and hard. Sent it back and it never arrived again, they had forgotten me! In the end we used the Windjammer Entertainment was fine, shows were great and the juggler a classic! But put French and Mime in one sentence and sorry I'm swimming for shore Activities: The main Compass activities list was nothing but auctions, special "bargain"offers, close out watch and jewellery sales, $5.00 T shirt offers etc., etc., etc. Bad weather affected the outdoor program but it is The Atlantic Ocean in April. The karaoke competition was won, not for the standard of the singer but because he made a spectacle of himself and involved a number of his "friend" as dancing "girls". The guy that came second was a "dead ringer" for Tom Jones and should have walked it. As to meeting, most genders were catered for except The Heterosexuals. - This service is becoming the Sitges ferry Ports were all really nice except Ibiza - very grubby. We still enjoyed our trip, it's the best way to cross the Atlantic, very relaxing. Not sure bout RC though, they seem to be losing their way as they get bigger Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise because we love to end up at home, no travel day at the end. We had been on ship in January and you can view my rave review on this site. We loved the whole experience. It was an eye opener, all the changes in a ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we love to end up at home, no travel day at the end. We had been on ship in January and you can view my rave review on this site. We loved the whole experience. It was an eye opener, all the changes in a couple of months and not is a happy way. The positives: The staff, the service, the cabin attendants, the food, and the entertainment all wonderful. Professional, attentive, and appropriate to audience. After that you may think, what more is there on a cruise that's important - well fed and entertained by genuinely engaged people. The issues: The se Asian/Dutch colonial culture has suddenly gone. The differentiation from other midstream carnival lines has gone away. Good food, good entertainment - princess or celebrity, or royal Caribbean. Holland has always had a little Dutch colonial kind of niche but it has gone. Since January! No more, are there curries or Indonesian entrees on the dinner menu, yes some times available at lunch on lido but ... no Indonesian or Phillip into crew shows., no modified chongsams on lady servers. No Indonesian lunch. Apart from the cultural shift - the activities - well, new "when and where" except it has a daily insert which really/sort of tell you what's going on- but it's not dated so if it gets mixed with the other paper you receive daily, who knows what's going on. The majority of activities were cash driven. Never seen so many sidewalk junk sales, spa seminars, jewelry eminars, slot tournaments, wine tastings and art auctions . But minimal enrichment, BBC earth was great, but no engineer or about the Panama Canal before transit?! No bridge, no crafts, no photo contest, not much of anything. There seemed to be midmanagement problems starting with cruise director, no culinary arts person, no mariner hostess. Cruise director - very personable but ... if holland still has gala nights, maybe the cruise director should have a tux to respect the passengers who like to dress up?, maybe he should announce when the ship is cleared instead of telling us to sit tight , maybe his staff should not be loud and rude in the show lounge during performances. In San Diego, the senior management including the CEO got on - one would expect a kick up in the ambience on board - not so much. Not one of them ever communicated with the guests - as a group they were loud, obnoxious and drunk in public. Next time go to Vegas where no one knows you! However that would align the significant cultural change, Botoom line, we are 4 star mariners and are wondering why choose holland as all lines have good food, good entertainment, and good service. It's the differentiators that make it unique. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Having taken several cruises on different Royal Caribbean ships, we found Rhapsody of The Seas to be below par when compared to other ships. We did not have any big problems but attention to little things was lacking. No coffee cups in ... Read More
Having taken several cruises on different Royal Caribbean ships, we found Rhapsody of The Seas to be below par when compared to other ships. We did not have any big problems but attention to little things was lacking. No coffee cups in trays, missing salt and pepper shakers on tables, empty milk containers, food trays in Windjammer should be replaced before they are completely empty so that people do not have to wait for the food to arrive, shower heads turned towards the mirror so that if you put the water on for the first time without looking up, you and the bathroom get a shower while you are still outside the stall. Had to look up every single time since three out of seven times the shower head was turned in such a way as to give you a shower before you get in. A whole lot of small things which become irritating after a while. We are usually not big complainers so this review is unusual for us.. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We booked this cruise at the last minute. We had previously done a few short Carnival cruises to Mexico, but this was completely different. ROOM: Decent size, great stewardess, overall satisfied FOOD: Very hit or miss....they had a ... Read More
We booked this cruise at the last minute. We had previously done a few short Carnival cruises to Mexico, but this was completely different. ROOM: Decent size, great stewardess, overall satisfied FOOD: Very hit or miss....they had a wide variety of food. But, I had the worst Mexican food(in a "specialty" restaurant{!!!}) and pancakes of my life on this cruise. There were other terrible items, but a few really good surprises as well. ENTERTAINMENT: Some great shows and some real duds! I tried the trivia one day and the lady was grumpy and unorganized! Her laptop died while she was playing samples for the music trivia and she was testy when anyone asked questions. SERVICE: What a range! Our stewardess and a few others were amazing! Guest Relations was a nightmare! Everytime I called and asked anything....I'd either get info that would later prove false...or, I'd be put on hold until I eventually gave up. OVERALL: If you find an amazing price, book it! If you have other options....keep looking! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Before the cruise we spent 4 days in beautiful FUN St. Petersburg, loved the city so much. We chose this cruise to get us to Europe and because we did the same cruise last year and had an amazing trip. Deck 10 was very dirty the ... Read More
Before the cruise we spent 4 days in beautiful FUN St. Petersburg, loved the city so much. We chose this cruise to get us to Europe and because we did the same cruise last year and had an amazing trip. Deck 10 was very dirty the first week and they seemed to be working on the pool or hot tubs every other day. Very bad smells deck 4 thru 6 interior around the Centrum bathrooms, smelled it on Deck 5 exterior too. Overall dining was good, found Chophouse disappointing, do not recommend ordering the NY Strip. Giovannis was great, ask for Ali as your waiter. Izumi was also very good. The ship orchestra was great as usual, wonderful musicians. The other bands and music were sub par. Needed to update to music from the 60's onward. The most fun was the 70's party in the centrum but as soon as the live band took over, it fizzled and changed to 1930's dance music. Get a clue cruise industry, the baby boomers have arrived!! Service was great, top to bottom. The Captain even sang Mustang Sally in the Centrum and had everyone dancing. The cruise directors staff worked very hard to keep us entertained, thanks Jhun & Jose. Toward the end of the journey, the entertainment really flagged. I love Karaoke but the times were often incorrect in the Cruise Compass resulting in poor attendance. The sessions were too long , resulting in repeated singing by some pretty awful singers which drove many people away. In regards to ports, loved them all but only had a short stop in Cartagena. Got in early morning and left at 1:30, stores didn't open till 10am, far too short a visit. We will do transatlantic cruise again, in my opinion it is the only way to go to Europe!! No jet lag when you get there and you are ready to go. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Let me start by saying we have cruised many times, with Celebrity and Princess but this cruise was inferior to both of those lines. It was our first time with RCCL and we chose this as a relaxing way back across the Atlantic after a trip ... Read More
Let me start by saying we have cruised many times, with Celebrity and Princess but this cruise was inferior to both of those lines. It was our first time with RCCL and we chose this as a relaxing way back across the Atlantic after a trip to the USA. We did enjoy our trip but certainly no Wow! The check in was slow at Tampa and took the best part of an hour. Our cabin was ok but the layout made the room seem small and the shower was very cramped. The cabin attendant was good, but despite asking us to put out a card when we were ready seemed to operate to a set routine. The good things The captain was very visible and kept us safe and sort of comfortable during two storms. The putting course was superb. Although our first RCCL cruise we are elite on Celebrity so could attend diamond events which were very good. Had trapped a nerve in my beck and the medical staff were excellent. Visited one speciality restaurant, Giovanni's which was excellent The not so good The Windjammer. The food lacked variety. We like cold smallish lunches. The ham was bland, and egg and fish spread at lunch time were uninspiring. We filled in the mid cruise survey but it made no difference. Difficult I guess to buy prawns etc in the middle of the Atlantic. The service was variable, with some staff being good at clearing tables, others not so. Main Dining Room. Ok but food again not as good and less choices than other lines. Service here was good. Sea Day Programmes (of which there were nine) were bland. Speakers were poor, with one exception, we enjoy enrichment programmes normally. Trivia was ok. Of course the weather limited some things. Needed a bit more imagination. Entertainment. We loved the classical trio, and the group were good. The production shows again not as good as on other lines. The Diamonds were good but comedians etc not our scene. Yes I know you can't please everyone. Disembarkation was much more efficient. So an ok cruise. Will we go RCCL again, maybe, we go via destination rather than line but if both they and say Celebrity do the same trip it will be Celebrity for us. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was our 25th cruise. We cruise with different cruise lines. RCC has the smallest rooms of any cruise lines we have been on. You had to slide around the bed to get to the balcony or other side of the room. Their beds are ... Read More
This was our 25th cruise. We cruise with different cruise lines. RCC has the smallest rooms of any cruise lines we have been on. You had to slide around the bed to get to the balcony or other side of the room. Their beds are horrible. Ours was worn out and sags in the middle. I asked for extra padding but that did not help at all. Woke up in pain daily. Another CC was told they have replaced about half of the mattresses. Their complaint was the bed were way too hard. Ship looks worn out. Blinds in the main dinning room when pulled up have strings hanging from them. Furniture is torn and leather spots torn. One white couch was half gray at the top from grime. Staff was great. People at our table including us ordered Escargot the first and second night. I complained that it was room temperature could they get me a hot one. It took 3 times to get one hot. The second night the assistant Maître d took all 5 of them back to the kitchen and brought out hot ones. I was told they had a meeting on how to serve them hot. The rest of the cruise they were served hot. They do listen and make changes. Cruising has returned to the top class and the rest of us. I hate that there are rooms for some. This causes snobbiest. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
It has been nearly 10 years since I last cruised on NCL. I found that on this cruise the level of service and quality of food served was considerably less than on my previous NCL cruises. NCL has too many 'specialty ... Read More
It has been nearly 10 years since I last cruised on NCL. I found that on this cruise the level of service and quality of food served was considerably less than on my previous NCL cruises. NCL has too many 'specialty restaurants' in which the service level barely comes up to the level that used to be available in the general dining room. General dining room service is slow, inefficient and leaves a lot to be desired in menu choices. On a 19 day cruise it felt like the menu in the general dining rooms never changed for the first two weeks. A couple of changes were noted on the last 4 days. Requests made of staff for things like extra sauce would take forever, and the meal course would be complete before the extra item was brought to the table, thus the extra was not longer required, but did result in less enjoyment of the food. Lunch time menus were the worst with food often coming out not nearly as hot as it should have and choices drastically limited and repeated day after day. My main reason to ever select another NCL cruise would be only if the price being offered were substantially less than that of a competing cruise line as you definitely do not get the same standard of service on NCL that I expected from previous NCL cruises. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
"Another don't-miss is Norwegian's signature Chocoholic's Buffet, held once per cruise on each ship. It's a magnificent sight to behold. " This quote is simply untrue as there was never a chocolate buffet..on ... Read More
"Another don't-miss is Norwegian's signature Chocoholic's Buffet, held once per cruise on each ship. It's a magnificent sight to behold. " This quote is simply untrue as there was never a chocolate buffet..on two separate occasions we had water pouring from the ceiling in the hallway...4 to 5 buckets were placed on the floor to collect it...and when the weather turned cold our section of the ship had no working heat for one night and one day...our room steward offered us a one person coverup type blanket. The entertainment ranged from excellent to hastily improvised (an Elvis tribute with false starts and some onstage ego problems)... Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
My second cruise with Norwegian, I love the freestyle dining idea. The food was very good at the beginning of the trip. Towards the end they changed the menu for the Alaskan run, I did not like that menu much. Seemed to be mostly fish ... Read More
My second cruise with Norwegian, I love the freestyle dining idea. The food was very good at the beginning of the trip. Towards the end they changed the menu for the Alaskan run, I did not like that menu much. Seemed to be mostly fish and seafood, very little choice if you are not into things from the sea. I ate mostly in the buffet after that. Cagneys Steak house was excellent, but I thought a little to pricy. We had a complimentary dinner there, we never would have eaten there if we had to pay the cover charge. We did eat in the Bistro as well, for a Jazz Brunch. Excellent food, and the music was exceptional. My score is reflective of an issue we had with our room. We did not know when we booked the cruise, but our fourth floor room was right over the engine room (4256 I think). The noise was deafening, and it was impossible to sleep. When we complained we were given ear plugs and a promise it would quit once we hit the canal. We had 3 days at sea before the canal. As promised, it did stop for that leg of the journey, but when we hit the Pacific Ocean it was back! We did not have smooth sailing on this trip, (from San Fransisco on it was very rough), the noise seemed to worsen as the seas were rougher.We complained a few times, the hotel sent wine, chocolate covered strawberries, and various staff members to have a listen each time we complained. Finally on day 10 they changed our room, and gave us the complimentary dinner. We then found out our neighbours had also complained and because they were first they moved first. 10 nights of restlessness spoiled what should have been a great holiday. What really irritates me is that nowhere did Norwegian warn travelers about the noise! We paid for what should have been a good stateroom where we could sleep. Next time we will check what is above and below us, and for anyone travelling on the Sun do not book rooms on the fourth floor aft end of the ship! The Sun is a smaller ship and swimming pool deck chairs were hard to come by. People would "save" their chairs all day, leaving pool towels to hold their spot while they ate or attended functions. We didn't manage to get a poolside chair for most of the trip until evening, and then staff would put the chairs away so there was no enjoying an evening under the stars! I found this irritatingl, especially since we could enjoy quiet in our rooms we would have loved to sit outside later in the evening. I could understand during the rough seas, but while we were in the Carribean it would have made sense to leave chairs out later into the evening for people to enjoy. Some days into the cruise deck chairs began appearing on deck 6 where the walking track is, and we were able to grab a couple of those. The entertainment was good, probably not as elaborate as Celebrity or Princess, but enjoyable! We attended most shows, skipping the magician, and the "adult comedy" show. Bingo is stupidly expensive, we would have enjoyed a few games if it wasn't so pricey. There is loads of nightly dancing, some sing alongs, lots of different styles of bands, and entertaining game shows. Something for everyone! I do like Norwegian, we really had great times and not so great on this cruise...a bit of a mixture. Will we do Norwegian again?? Well probably, but with caution. I guess this will apply to any cruise lines, I will ask questions about room locations for sure. For the Panama I would really recommend a larger ship, there is only one outside forward deck where the view is really good, The other forward outside deck has plexiglass which makes it difficult to see through. The ship behind us had about 4 decks at the front, making it really nice for the Panama transition. We got up early to secure a spot (5:00 am), but by 7 there were so many people crowding in we went down to deck 6 and watched from the sides of the ship. The staff are great, very friendly and helpful. Professional. The ship is comfortable and easy to find your way around. Most of the tours we did were very informative and fun, except for LA. Again we booked onboard for Beaches, rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills. Once on the bus we were told buses could no longer stop on Rodeo Drive and drive through Beverly Hills. We let the cruise staff know about this, and were given a comp bottle of wine. Our travel companions did the same tour except they were downtown La and Rodeo Drive, they were refunded their money when they complained. These tours should be cancelled, they are not what they say they are! Book smart....and your trip with Norwegian will be awesome! Oh, the spa, they are great, but heavy on the sales of oils etc. I let them know up front I wasn't buying anything but a message..it was wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
I stay at this time in Transatlantic Royal Carribean Vision of the sea from Tampa to Barcelona, this cruice it very small incredible the service and food presentation and the amability of the Windyamer, very clean are best of the best. the ... Read More
I stay at this time in Transatlantic Royal Carribean Vision of the sea from Tampa to Barcelona, this cruice it very small incredible the service and food presentation and the amability of the Windyamer, very clean are best of the best. the people in windyamer very friendly, the people in charge all time want to attending with smile, the Manager Alex Pineda excellent, go table to table and make you than his family, theater shows at this time not good to bored, Restaurant Aquarius service great but the food regular, its best deal windyamer. My opinion the shows may be changed, the activities too bored, the food in restaurant my be change, never see metro D at this time. My WOW to Mr. Pineda and his staff in Windyamer. Excellent service, food presentation, all around Excelllent. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Once onboard, we went directly to the Windjammer where we were offered a very disappointing lunch. Clearly, this was the worst food we had ever had on any Royal Caribbean cruise that we have ever taken. The selections were odd, to say ... Read More
Once onboard, we went directly to the Windjammer where we were offered a very disappointing lunch. Clearly, this was the worst food we had ever had on any Royal Caribbean cruise that we have ever taken. The selections were odd, to say the least, and poor at that. Service, however, was excellent. As far as the breakfast is concerned, after one try at the Windjammer, we decided to stay in the Dining Room, as this was never disappointing. Lunches were so bad, that I find it difficult to even describe. It didn't matter where you ate: it was a repetition every day in both the main Dining Room and in the Windjammer. A couple of meals were so bad, that I pushed my plate away and didn't even bother reordering. We quickly found that it was better to order Room Service at lunchtime. Those meals were much better than anything else offered. Dinners fluctuated from inedible to incredible. We ate one night at Izumi, but were not terribly impressed. Other passengers didn't seem to be entirely pleased over the other restaurants, so we didn't even bother. In fact, I think that business was so slow there, that that is the reason why they were offering 20% off at Izumi and a "Buy Chops and get Giovanni's Table for free". I do want to take this moment, however, to mention that the Dining Room service was impeccable and the best we ever had. Ernesto and Saturnino were on the ball and everyone was pleased for the entire two weeks. The maître d was visible every night, making sure to stop at our table and make sure everything was running smoothly. Entertainment was fairly poor. After late dining, there was barely anything to do or see, except for the little standard things (games, for example) going on about the ship. The shows were highly mediocre. The Centrum had several things going on, but it is very, very small and the passengers were packed three and four deep around four decks trying to see it. We gave up. Short of sleeping around the Centrum, it simply wasn't worth our time. Shore excursions were iffy. We did the Haunted House tour in Key West and all is can say, save your money and your time. Funchal was fun. We went up the mountain by cable and came down by wicker sled. My only complaint is that there was a tremendous amount of walking and there were times I wasn't sure if my husband was going to make it in one piece. We selected this tour as a "moderate" excursion and did not expect it to be a walking tour, which it clearly was, in large part. In addition, it was uphill, cobblestone climbing. Next was Gibralter. This turned out to be a surprise. We had a great tour guide and the place turned out to be much more interesting than we would have thought. We went up to the Rock by cable and partially walked down and partially rode down by bus, which was all o.k., considering it was downhill. We saw the monkeys, which were extremely amusing and visited the caves. It is fascinating. Don't miss it. Sadly, we couldn't view Morocco from there because the day was so cloudy, but I am sure it is still there and you might get luckier than we did! Malaga was a nightmare. We were supposed to have a moderate city tour, by bus. Hah! What we got was a bus ride up to the top of a big hill. Some passengers got out to take pictures and then returned to the bus, where we were brought back down the big hill. By this time, everyone was bellyaching for a rest room, which the guide kept promising. When we go down the hill, we all left the bus and raced to keep up with the guide. I was just telling my husband that I couldn't keep up with him, when suddenly an argument broke out between a passenger and the tour guide. The man was very angry that his wife, who couldn't keep up with this Speed Demon, had fallen behind and gotten lost. He had finally found her and was at it with the guide, who clearly had a "too bad" attitude about it. People began yelling for a bathroom. He told everyone to "meet him at this spot in 45 minutes. In the meantime, find a bar and use the bathroom". We were left in an upscale shopping district in Malaga with nothing to do. Everyone drifted off. In 45 minutes, we went back to the spot and the guide sauntered over and announced that anyone who wanted could go to the Cathedral now, otherwise come back to this spot in an hour. What Cathedral? Who cared??!? We couldn't walk anymore. We found a café and sat with a cold drink until it was time to meet again. When we did, we were bussed back to the bus. Money down the drain. I was going to take the issue up with Guest Services, but honestly, we were too tired to even bother. Everyone on the bus was angry. I think that in the future we just might start using other resources instead of going with the cruise line for excursions. It seems that the longer we travel, the worse these excursions are becoming. My husband's birthday card arrived days before his actual birthday. No balloons on the door, no singing of Happy Birthday in the Dining Room, nor did I notice anyone else getting special treatment. I guess that that is another ship that has sailed! We did go to the Future Cruise desk only to find that in order to get any stateroom credit, you had to book right on the spot for a cruise within a 12 month period. We were informed that once we booked, there was no way to switch for a better deal that might be offered at a later time. However, we could use the shipboard credit on this cruise if we liked. I asked the agent what the benefit was and he said "none", at which point we got up and thanked him for his time and left, unbooked and fed up. I noticed that the Future Cruise office almost always seemed empty during the entire cruise, which I have never seen before. I do believe that Royal Caribbean has shot themselves in the foot this time. Would I travel with them again? Only if the price and itinerary were superior to anything else. It just may be time to shop around with the other cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015

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