A Mediocre Ship with Outstanding Crew
Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review to Transatlantic
Review summaryThis is the cruise to take if you want to make a crossing of the Atlantic from Tampa, Fl to Barcelona Spain with several great ports between over a 14 day period. However, after the itinerary, this ship lacks in overall consistency. The ship is one the smallest and older ships and it is reflected in aspects of the ship. The main decks are not easy to transverse from bow to stern because of add on areas to the ship. The food is well below average, is very inconsistent in its preparation and overall quality, the drinks are expensive $14-16.00 and not made consistent from bar venue to bar venue, the three specialty restaurants are your best choice if you want fairly consistent food with the Chop House being the most consistent in quality and service. The ship works to separate you from your money with a $7.95 charge for room service, expense drinks, expensive photos packages while at the same time offering lower quality food. The strongest point of the ship are the entire crew, cruise director, and overall entertainment and shipboard activities. The crew is very multicultural which makes it work even better. Every crew member will do whatever is necessary to make sure you enjoy the cruise by their service and friendly attitude. Again, the best complaint is the ship’s approach of charging excessive prices for everything will “bottomlining” everything in order to line its pockets. You will also find the daily tips higher than average onboard this ship, and only justified by the friendliness of the crew if it is totally to their benefit. This is a cruise you would only take to avoid flying in coach for a comparable price between the U.S. and Europe, but be prepared to pay for every service onboard the ship. This ship makes its money by upselling its lower cost cruise prices for its staterooms and then collecting its cut from the pricing of its services. Caveat Emptor!
Cabin / Stateroom
Be prepare to create your own eating style using the Windjammer Buffet initially, My Time Dining Reservations and be prepared to pay for room service, and the special restaurants to get consistent and average to above average consistently with the food.