Rhapsody of the Seas Review
Currently, the Rhapsody of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean’s twenty-six ships. It’s important to know that it is older and smaller when compared to many of the new gargantuan ships. However, those are advantages when considering itinerary, which we’ll go into more in depth towards the end of our Rhapsody of the Seas review.
This review is based on my recent experience sailing through the Western Mediterranean on the Rhapsody of the Seas. It was an amazing time, both because of the destination and the cruise itself. Keep reading to find out what I thought about the Rhapsody of the Seas, including the rooms, amenities, dining and more.
Rhapsody of the Seas Review – Rooms
When booking a cruise on the Rhapsody of the Seas, you’ll need to decide on which room type you’d like. Our group had both ocean view and balcony staterooms, which were even more spacious than we had thought. The ocean view rooms included a large square window along with a small couch, king-size bed and desk area. The king-size bed can also be reconfigured into two double-size beds for friends traveling together. The window was much bigger than we had expected and was perfect for not only viewing the scenery but letting in that much-needed natural light. These rooms can fit up to four guests and adjoining ones can be requested. They are limited and not always guaranteed, so make sure to book early if you’d like two staterooms connecting.
The balcony stateroom provided even more room, with a larger sitting and desk area as well as the balcony itself. All balcony rooms are on higher deck levels, which means guests are likely to feel the motion of the boat less. This could help guests who are worried about experiencing sea sickness – especially if cruising for the first time. The balcony was perfect for enjoying a cup of tea as we sailed into each new port, or simply enjoying the sea on sailing days.
Both room types offered plenty of storage, with large closets and plenty of drawer space in the desk, bathroom and side tables. The bathrooms were quite spacious as well, with enough room for a shower, toilet and sink with moderate counter space. The room types also included the normal amenities, such as a flat screen TV, plenty of US plugs and a hairdryer.
Overall, our entire group was impressed with the staterooms on the Rhapsody of the Seas. The stateroom attendants had a large part in that, as they delighted us with towel animal creations and did their best to make sure our rooms were always to our liking.
Rhapsody of the Seas Review – Kids Activities
Since none of the friends my husband and I traveled with have kids, we didn’t get a full-on experience of the kid activities available on the Rhapsody of the Seas. But I still wanted to include it, since they do have exclusive kid and teen areas. The Adventure Ocean is only accessible for those under 17 and is broken into different groups based on children’s ages. Aquanauts is for 3-5 year old kids, Explorers is for kids 6-8 years old and Voyagers is for 9-11 year old children. Teens have their own spaces in the Video Arcade and FantaSeas teen club.
While I didn’t experience these for myself, I did take the time to talk with a few of the families on the ship. They all raved about the crew members working in the kids’ areas and seemed happy with what the Rhapsody offered. If you have more questions on this, I recommend talking with our team of cruise experts. They always have the best tips and seem to know everything you could think of when it comes to cruise ships!
Rhapsody of the Seas Review – Amenities
Amenities were another reason we loved cruising on the Rhapsody of the Seas. The ship has two pools to choose from. The first is the main pool, with several whirlpools and a large movie screen that played movies nightly. The second is the adults’ only pool in the Solarium. We loved the Solarium whenever we were looking to relax in the whirlpool or read a book in the sun without too much noise. The Solarium is also where the spa is located, which was another reason why this spot was a favorite for some in our group.
Swimming and the spa weren’t the only activities on-board, though. The Rhapsody of the Seas has an art gallery, plenty of shops, and a casino for those old enough to gamble. Our group spent most of their time in the lounges playing trivia and competing in ping pong tournaments. The ship even boats a rock wall and holds fun competitions to see who can climb the fastest! We especially enjoyed the daily movie at the Broadway Melodies Theatre, with many being new blockbuster hits. The Broadway Melodies Theatre was also home to nightly shows, which leads us into the entertainment portion of our Rhapsody of the Seas review.
Rhapsody of the Seas Review – Entertainment
For a smaller ship and crew, the Rhapsody of the Seas did not disappoint with entertainment. The Broadway Melodies Theatre wowed with a different performance each night, ranging from musical spectaculars to comedians and dance competitions. Karaoke, DJs and dancing could be found almost any time of the night at the different lounges throughout the ship.
During the day, we were more than entertained with the game shows and trivia quizzes. Our favorite had to be the energetic dance classes in the Centrum, though. I think we spent more time laughing at our attempts than dancing, but I can still remember a few steps of the cha-cha. Live music seemed to always be playing somewhere on the ship and the entertainment crew did a wonderful job of directing us to all the fun.
Even though the ship provided plenty of entertainment, we still found ourselves with nothing to do once or twice a day. This wasn’t because of a lack of entertainment, but because nothing interested our entire group. It’s why I always recommend that cruisers bring a few games with them. While you could cart around a board game, I’d suggest something easier like a deck of cards or dice games that don’t have too many pieces. They come in handy when you have some downtime!
Rhapsody of the Seas Review – Dining
We couldn’t have a Rhapsody of the Seas review without mentioning the food. My whole group loved the dining aboard the Rhapsody of the Seas, although the main dining each night was definitely our favorite. For casual dining, i.e. breakfast and lunch, we could pick from a few options. The most popular, with the longest hours for both lunch and dinner, was the Windjammer Café on the ninth deck. We could always count on the Windjammer Café to have something delicious, since it offered a huge buffet.
The Edelweiss Dining Room also offered breakfast for a few hours in the morning, or you could have a continental breakfast delivered to your stateroom for no charge. Late night foods like pizza and sandwiches were easily found at the Park Café in the Solarium as well.
Dinner on the Rhapsody of the Seas is always held in the Edelweiss Dining Room, with either a late or early time that you choose when booking. This was our favorite part of the dining experience, mainly because of the fantastic waitstaff. Your server and assistant server stay the same for the entire cruise, which gives you plenty of opportunity to get to know them. Even if the food had been terrible (which it wasn’t!), our group still would have loved the experience because of Aji and Zihan, our servers. The fact that the food was always delicious was simply a bonus!
If you want to try something new, or celebrate a special event, there is specialty dining available for an additional cost on the Rhapsody of the Seas. You can make reservations at Giovanni’s Table, Izumi or Chops Grille. Giovanni’s Table offers Italian fare while Izumi focuses on sushi and Chops Grille specializes in all things steak. I recommend booking in advance online or waiting for specials to happen towards the end of the cruise if you want to try any of the specialty dining at a discount!
Rhapsody of the Seas Review – Itineraries & Wrap-Up
The best part about any cruise has to be the itinerary and that was no different on the Rhapsody of the Seas. Since it is a smaller ship, it’s able to access some ports in the Mediterranean that cannot be accessed by the much larger ships. For example, our cruise began in Venice and stopped at Croatia, Montenegro, Naples and Rome before ending in Barcelona. We met several people on the ship who were staying on the ship for the next adventure; seven days of sailing, a few stops in the Caribbean and finally Tampa, Florida.
The Rhapsody typically sticks to these type of destinations, moving between the Caribbean and Mediterranean once or twice a year. If you haven’t visited the Mediterranean or Caribbean before, you might find a cruise on the Rhapsody of the Seas is the perfect answer. It will help you visit a multitude of locations in one vacation, giving you a taste of destinations that you can come back and explore on your next trip. I highly recommend planning your cruise as far in advance as you can, since the best cruise rates – and cabin availability – are found then. You may find a few last-minute deals, but the savings are often negated by how high the airfare costs to leave so soon.
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