Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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3 out of 5

Should Have Been Great

Sail Date: October 21, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

A lack of passenger concern damaged an otherwise fine cruise.  They canceled all the post-cruise Rome excursions which included our city transfers.  We found out by accident when it was credited on our bill.  They didn't contact us about this until the last evening.  We did manage to book the bus transfer where they said we got the last two seats.  It turned out they combined two groups and the bus was still half empty.   They made no effort to combine the excursion groups they cancelled.  We would have taken any of the other tours, as I'm sure would others.  Since our hotel and others had no Sunday Vatican tours and we got there too late on Friday to book, so we missed this classic part of the trip.  Inexcusable!  


Also called at Olympia during a garbage strike.  Venue was filled with flies.  They moved to the ship for the last two days, including the buffet.  


Otherwise the food was good, service was solid and ports were excellent.  Spa was overpriced.  

Cabin / Stateroom
Tons of storage. Great choice! Some noise from lounge at night.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
See above.
Destinations and Excursions
Ports were outstanding.
Service and Staff
Crew was very pleasant and aimed to please.
Food and Dining
Food in main dining room was good, but not special. My wife is a vegetarian and specialty restaurants offered no such entrees.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Chania, Crete
Great harbor restaurants. Take the carriage rides. Would have been better if they docked close enough to Knossis to tour the ruins, but Chania was better than expected.
Mykonos, Greece
Unusually heavy rain ruined the excursion. Only the first few tenders were allowed to even leave the ship.
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
Go back to the ship after your excursion. Horribly pushy vendors otherwise. Ephesus was outstanding.
Santorini, Greece
Wow, don't miss Akatori ruins.
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Don't fail to see the Acropolis.
Katakolon (Olympia), Greece
Garbage strike. We skipped the tours as ruins were the weakest on the cruise. We took the tram to a great hotel beach. MSC had excursion there, but not RCCL. Shopping was good.


Don't trust the shore excursion desk. In addition to my general review, they incredibly cancelled shore excursions due to weather. Then they refused refunds. Finally they relented at least to the people who went up the chain of command.

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