jmikhail
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Rhapsody of the Seas

July 2014 - Rhapsody of the Seas to Alaska - Inside Passage

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I am a diamond member on Royal Caribbean and I have been traveling with them since a very young age. This particular ship was not the type of ship to have "large amenities" such as the new ships that are coming out…and to me that is okay! With the larger ships that are coming out, more and more people fell obligated (in a sense) to experience all the activities that are available onboard the ship. I respect that notion, because I myself would do the same thing. However, it is nice to go on a ship where there is less to do. What this means for me is that there is more time to relax.

 

The best aspect of our trip was by far the diamond lounge. The incredible staff, the fully stocked bar, and the complimentary food offered were all great aspects of our trip. The only thing that was different from other cruises was the hours that is was open. Because of our dinnertime, it made it difficult somewhat to attend the events held in the diamond lounge.

 

The one negative aspect of our trip was the new regulations that are held by Royal Caribbean regarding our pre-booking for our next cruise. I will warn you: normally if you put the $200.00 down for a future cruise you would get $100.00 onboard credit toward your next cruise if it was a 7 day cruise. Well, that has changed. You now only get $25.00. Also, the “free items” you once could get have also changed. Obviously, they do not give you the coupon booklet any longer; they just put the items on your sea pass card. Nonetheless, the advantages have changed drastically.

 

I enjoy the company and all it has to offer, but for continuing customers, be aware of the changes. I was not and was highly disappointed with what I found out. Our cruise was great, but the information I received was not so great. Hope this helps!

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Freedom of the Seas

July 2013 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Fantastic Ship, Fantastic Service, Fantastic Staff

This was my 21st cruise, 18th with Royal Caribbean. I have been on Princess, Carnival, and Norwegian cruise lines prior to this cruise. Of all the cruise lines that I have been on, RC is by far the best cruise line there is. Yes, you pay a little bit more, but the staff, their ships, and their services are WELL worth the extra charge! The staff was incredibly prompt to getting our room clean, room service food to us, and our waiting staff at dinner was the best I've ever had. Every single staff person went out of their way to insure that our vacation was the BEST possible. And I can tell you honestly, it was. One thing this cruise did different was that they had personal parties for the Diamond member group. If you are a diamond member or above, the diamond lounge staff is EXCELLENT! They were at our every whim with anything that we needed. This ship was fantastic! There was always something to do! The RC ice skaters were amazing. Truly a work of art. All in all, NO complaints here. It was a great vacation, and a great time. In fact, we've already put down money for our next Royal Caribbean vacation!

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jmikhail's Tips

Victoria, British Columbia - A lot of fun things to do in this town. The parliament building is a free activity and fun for those "history buffs."
Seattle, Washington - We spent 3 days in Seattle and really enjoyed the shopping and the fish market.
Skagway, Alaska - This is my favorite place in Alaska. At the end of the main strip of the town there is a small brewery that makes all their food locally as well as brewing their own beers! The summertime ale was awesome!
Juneau, Alaska - This is where we went whale watching. This was my 3rd time doing this activity and it was GREAT!
Rhapsody of the Seas Rhapsody of the Seas - Lunch in the dinning room is much better than in the windjammer. My recommendation is the Tuti Salad.

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reviewed their Alaska - Inside Passage cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas and gave it 5 stars!

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received a helpful vote on their Freedom of the Seas cruise review - Fantastic Ship, Fantastic Service, Fantastic Staff

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received a helpful vote on their Freedom of the Seas cruise review - Fantastic Ship, Fantastic Service, Fantastic Staff