Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

1 cruise (first)


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4 out of 5

First cruise

Sail Date: October 30, 2015

Reviewed: 11 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

although we're seasoned travelers, this was our first cruise, & a good choice it was. Even though the seas were very rough & the itierary had to be altered due to rough seas & port strikes, we managed to enjoy the experience. We were surprised at the comfort & roominess of our state room. All the staff were exceptionally pleasant, efficient & helpful. Abundant food; evening meals were particularly good. The short stays in port were difficult for us as we enjoy staying several days in order to get to know a place. But a cruise is more like a tasting experience; you find out if you want to return for a fuller experience. Ephesus was our favorite stop. We arranged an excursion through a private company & that worked well. Happy


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Cabin / Stateroom
Pleasant surprise: roomy & clean. Attendant made it up twice a day. Bigger than rooms in many European hotels.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Had to skip stop at Olympia because of rough seas. Couldn't go to Athens because of port strike, but the substitute Santorini was spectacular.
Onboard Activities
Used the gym a lot; my wife enjoyed the pool & hot tub.
Just so-so. But we didn't need much entertainment.
Service and Staff
Kevin & Francis were remarkable as our evening dining servers, & Julius was a wonderful stateroom attendant.
Food and Dining
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
Ruins at Ephesus are remarkable. A must see.
Rhodes, Greece
Beautiful old town, but vendors are very aggressive.
Chania, Crete
Nice town to walk through with excellent covered market.
Naples, Italy
We love the vibrancy of Naples, although many people find the city a bit much. The archeological museum holds all the artifacts from Pompei.


Quiet area in the Viking Lounge. Good quarter mile walking track on the tenth deck.

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