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Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 52

Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
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Rhapsody of the Seas

7 Night Mediterranean (Barcelona To Venice)

Sail date: May 11, 2019

Ship: Rhapsody of the Seas

Cabin number: 8553

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Yes, its a small ship, but give it a shot! It will likely surprise you!

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Nearly no wait, and very organized

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Ruth and Stephany in the MDR were great! Everyone in the Windjammer was on their game and made a great effort to adapt to the pace of the crowd

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Pools were always kept clean and only closed for nightly maintenance and excessively rough seas

Entertainment

5 out of 5
They were all energetic and very personable

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Oscar was always willing to help and made himself available and visible for anything we might have wanted regarding the room. Ruth and Stephany made the environment in the MDR very welcoming and friendly. Gemma, even though the associate cruise director was VERY visible and was always high-energy. She was certainly the "hidden" gem of the ship!

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
The ship was clean and well maintained, but she was starting to show her age a little. We were told, during this sailing year, there is a plan for a 9-day dry dock to refurbish the ship. It wasn't run-down, by any means, but needs a bit of extra care

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
For my first interior cabin, it was a bit...cozy. I would have rather stuck with a larger room, since there were 3 of us, but the accommodations were exactly as described. I would strongly recommend, unless the budget won't allow it, go with one of the large rooms

Ship tip

Don't be swayed by the age or small stature of this ship. It has an energetic crew, is well-maintained, and doesn't carry the price tag of some of the larger/newer ships. There is a bit more community feeling to this ship

Ports of call

Barcelona, Spain

4 out of 5
No excursions through the cruise line. A lot of history here, but make sure you have a tour lined up, as the sights would be easy to miss

Cannes, France

4 out of 5
Going here right before the international film festival was an unintended treat. The port has tons of personality, if you just want to get out for a stroll. If you want to go to Monaco or Nice, plan ahead. It is possible, but takes a bit of the time designated for the port

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

5 out of 5
Hello?! It is Rome! History, architecture, fashion, food...it has it all! If you can't find something in Rome, do you have a pulse?

Salerno (Naples), Italy

4 out of 5
Not as impressive as Rome, but we still got to go to Mt. Vesuvius and Pompei; both significant stops. My only bit of suggestion, if you are climbing the volcano, dress for the weather and prepare for rapidly changing conditions!

Catania, Sicily

5 out of 5
Raw Italy. That sums this up quite well. There is a lot of personality and history in the "football" of Italy. Get out and explore!

Zadar, Croatia

4 out of 5
While this port is still in its infancy, take time to get inland and to the park. The Zrmanja River was spectacular!

Venice, Italy

5 out of 5
What a way to finish this voyage! Visiting Venice is not something to be missed. Showcased in multiple movies such as James Bond, The Italian Job, et al., it is fun to walk in the footsteps of the characters, and immerse yourself in 800 years worth of history, at the same time!

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Remarkably smooth and organized, even with 2600 people!
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