Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review to South America

Contributor Level: Third Mate

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3 out of 5

Good Value, Great Scenery

Sail Date: March 13, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Inside

If I hadn't sailed on Royal Caribbean many times before, I might be giving a more enthusiastic review. This time, it was hard not to be aware of the many cost-cutting measures I observed, such as the absence of the usual toiletries in the stateroom, the flimsy toilet paper, mediocre food, and even the end of the mint or chocolate on the pillow at night.

On the plus side, however, the scenery was spectacular, the entertainment was very good (the exception, perhaps, were the less than polished big production numbers), 

Buenos Aires is a port worth visiting for several days before the cruise leaves, and Valparaiso, at the end, is also worth a couple of days, at least. One big problem is that passengers are left to figure out what to do with their luggage at the last port, unless they are booked into a hotel.

The staff was very capable, though some grumbling was heard about the Brazilian government's demand that a large percentage of the crew be Brazilian. That may explain why Royal Caribbean, allegedly, will not be doing this cruise route in the future.




Cabin / Stateroom
Be advised that there is no mini-fridge in the cabin.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Great scenery; Buenos Aires and Valparaiso are worth at least a few days each. Other ports were not particularly memorable.
Onboard Activities
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Buenos Aires, Argentina Try the "Free Walking Tours". You'll find them on TripAdvisor.com.
Montevideo, Uruguay
Great Free Tour. Check TripAdvisor.com
Punta Del Este, Uruguay
Looks like most upscale beach resorts. There's a casino for gamblers, a famous statue, and not a whole lot to see except for nice beaches.
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Cruise Cape Horn
Much anticipation, but without rough seas, it's just another damp boat ride with bragging rights.
Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina
I elected not to go on the steeply priced excursions to see penguins and seals, as we have seals in San Francisco. Those who went said it was a long, cold outing.
Punta Arenas, Chile
A one-day town that closes mid-day for siesta. Go in early if you want to see it.
Cruise Strait Of Magellan
Cruise Chilean Fjords
Puerto Montt, Chile
Go beyond the port and get a taxi that holds about four people to take you to all four of the main sights for about $25 - $30 each.
Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile
Very colorful city with more dogs than residents (the strays are well fed and friendly, but you need to watch your step). There's a very fine "Free Tour" (check TripAdvisor.com)


If you want a quiet shipboard experience, try the solarium and the deck chairs beyond it.

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