Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review
Embarkation was a snap. Thanks to this fine service, we had an upgrade to a balcony room. I cannot tell you what a difference that makes and next time I plan on paying for the balcony in advance and if we get an upgrade from there it will be all the sweeter. The balcony was wonderful for just relaxing and listening to the waves, and falling asleep at night with the wave sound. The service in the main dining room was superb and as good as most 4 star restaurants I have dined at. The food was ok. I really won't say that the food was outstanding in the main dining room. I was a bit upset that on 2 nights, two of the main course offerings had some kind of pork in them. I thought this was especially odd on a cruise that offered a special Friday night sabbath service. Having complained a bit, I will say that most of the food was edible and quite tasty, just not of the quality I had hoped for. There was, however, always a buffet in the Windjammer serving at least one beef dish, one chicken dish, one fish dish and usually some carved meat such as roast or turkey. I did not attend any of the onboard entertainment. However, the "Broadway Melodies" theater was a beautiful facility and the videos shown on the TV suggested the quality was good. One drink (they add gratuity) ran $6.04. I thought that was outrageously high. The art auctions were interesting. I have been to a number of Park West auctions in Houston. When they sell a picture it is always framed. However on the ship the auctioneer would say, now, "this is going for xxx, but at our land auctions it averages xxxxx. What he failed to mention was that most of the art auctioned on the ship was unframed; that is it would be mailed to you in rolled in a tube. This is certainly one beautiful ship from inside to out. It has many places to relax from an indoor pool to outdoor ones, a jogging track, ping pong tables, shuffleboard courts, etc. The spa was wonderful, according to my wife, who had a couple of massages. The crew from the room attendant to the head waiter to the guys cleaning up were all friendly and went out of their way to see to our satisfaction. Our room attendant was excellent as were most I have heard of. The Mayan ruins were cool. Cozumel was very nice. Key West is interesting, but unless you like bar hopping (or just had to see the street that was "rocking," I would strongly suggest planning an excursion in advance. I think we did better in Belize and Cozumel staying independent. The Casino only had single odds available on craps, which was strictly enforced. Slots were tight as a new pair of boots. I saw no one get any descent sized payout. In addition, they do not have any kind of players card so there are NO rewards for your action, successful or not. Player beware. I did not find the beds comfortable. Disembaration was very smooth.