My first cruise.

Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
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7 Night Alaska Sawyer Glacier (Seattle Roundtrip)
Sail Date: May 23, 2014
Ship: Rhapsody of the Seas
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 3585
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 3 years ago

This was  first cruise for me.  My younger sister gave my twin sister and I (she went too) this cruise as a birthday present.  I have heard that one should be on the larger cruise ships because there is more to do, but I loved the size of the Rhapsody.  We got to know the wonderful staff by name and got to know most  places on the ship.  I particularily enjoyed swimming in the indoor pool, sitting in quiet spots to read and looking at the water-oh, and of course eating the wonderful food.  I've never wanted to go on a cruise before because I do not like dancing or shows but there is a lot more to a cruise than the entertainment.  The best of all, really, besides the views of mountains and glaciers, was the friendliness and care of the people who worked on the ship, from the captain to the housekeepers.  The only complaints I have or very small---there is a long wait at the pier before boarding, and the coffee was not so good. The towns in Alaska we visited were very touristy but my sisters and I walked to areas where not as many tourists frequented.  And many on shore excursions are available.  We went zip-lining.  Yikes!

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
There was a great variety of international food.

Onboard Activities

I really didn't do any planned activities

Entertainment

5 out of 5
The music I heard was good. I walked on deck 11 and swam

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
We especially remember our waiters and our houskeepers

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship was constantly being cleaned and even painted.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Even though it had no windows, I found it large enough for three people. It was kept so very clean. Oh, the housekeeper made us animals out of towels!

Ship Tip

The Windjammer has food from all over the world. Don't get a room under the dance floor if you go to bed early.

5 out of 5
We went to Pike's Market and spent hours there
5 out of 5
I could look at the water any time, all the time, with or without whales.
3 out of 5
The townspeople were really nice. We found a Japanese restaurant that was empty except for us.
5 out of 5
Lots of stores for tourists. The zip line guys helped my sisters and I find our inner amazons
5 out of 5
We were there on a clear day. The captain turned the boat around so that we could look for a long time at the glaciers.
5 out of 5
I only wish we'd had more time there. We rented bikes and rode around the park
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