Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Purser

4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

Great cruise but we're done with Royal Caribbean

Sail Date: October 21, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

We enjoyed this cruise; the ports of call were excellent and the ship itself is very nice.  The cabin and dining room staff were pleasant and onboard entertainment was good. 


Nevertheless, we have agreed that we will not book another cruise on Royal Caribbean.  In the words of others, it seems that Royal Caribbean constantly is “ripping off” its customers.  Examples:

  • A 1 liter bottle of water from the stateroom mini-bar is priced at $6.00
  • A 1.3 ounce can of Pringles also is priced at $6.00
  • When our $95.00 trip was cancelled in Athens, by asking employees in the port cruise center, we learned of an express bus—port to the Acropolis—with a €4, 24-hour ticket
  • Transfer from the ship to the train station in Civitavecchia—a 10-15 minute ride—cost $25.00 per person; transfer to FCO cost $75.00 per person (x 40 persons per bus = $1,000 or $3,000!)
  • Royal Caribbean “strongly advised” online check-in for return flights but charged $15.00 for one hour of Wi-Fi access

We were pleased with the service provided by our agent, J.J.  She was knowledgeable and accessible when we needed to contact her. 

Cabin / Stateroom
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Destinations were great. We did not feel we were served well by the excursions staff.
Onboard Activities None of the "onboard activities" appealed to us.
Children's Programs We were not traveling with children.
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Chania, Crete
Mykonos, Greece
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
Santorini, Greece
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Skip the high priced excursion package. Catch the X-80 bus outside the cruise terminal--4 euros for a 24 hour ticket--for an express ride to the Acropolis. The same ticket takes you back to the cruise terminal; buses run every 30 minutes.
Katakolon (Olympia), Greece


Deck 5, the Promenade Deck, is closed at the bow. The walking track is on Deck 10.

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