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Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Third Mate
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 21

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
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9 Night Greek Isles (Rome Roundtrip)
Sail Date: September 06, 2015
Ship: Rhapsody of the Seas
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 3561
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 2 years ago

Really enjoyed our cruise - the Rhapsody of the Seas is a smaller ship, ~2000 guests, which made it a wonderful experience. While the ship could have had a smidge more shops or slightly larger showers in interior cabins, we wouldn't have changed much else. The staff were incredibly friendly, the ship was very comfortable and the itinerary was great. The only thing that could have been better on itinerary was an extended day or overnight in Santorini (maybe skip Crete?). Really a fun cruise and one I would recommend for anyone looking for an intro trip to Greece.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
They tried hard on the Gluten Free needs and we were pleased they had them, although hope for some improvements in availability in the future.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Had a great time with the Park West Art!


5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The showers are small in this room type, not sure if they would have been bigger in another room type, but that was our largest disappointment. Other than that, not having a window actually turned out to be a blessing - very sound sleep without daylight. The beds were comfortable and for two people there was plenty of room, luggage (Carry on) fit in the closet and there was a nice little sofa in the room. Lots of tucked away storage as well.

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy Did not visit port

This is just a port, but it was a HIKE from the train to the boat that we were glad we didn't take. A taxi van was there and we were able to get in on a group drop off for 5 Euro a person... totally worth it.
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
If you aren't a party person, I would say skip the beach here, it was quite small and wasn't all that special to be honest (Paradise beach). The town was more enjoyable to us.
5 out of 5
A private tour was the way to go for us, well worth it, all the way up into Ephesus and a small mountain town with really good shopping.
5 out of 5
Try Lolita's gelato in Oia! Very tasty...and get off the boat early. The cable cars have limits on how many people can get up and down in an hour.
5 out of 5
This was one of our favorite stops, without ever going into Olympia! Use the little tourist train for 6 Euro and get taken to a LOVELY beach with a great hotel/restaurant and enjoy the gorgeous water. The town (Katakolon) also had really great shopping!
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