Rhapsody of the Seas Tips

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sheryldb
Contributor Level: Purser
Jun 20, 2015

If you need a smoking area, the 3rd deck has lots of chairs and the 9th floor behind the pool has about 10 tables (with enough chairs).

slsmitt
Contributor Level: Purser
Aug 06, 2014

The Windjammer cafe can get crowed, so be early if you want to get a table.

dbthorpe
Contributor Level: Purser
Jul 31, 2014

Morning coffee with a few people each morning on deck outside Windjammer. Enjoyed self serve ice cream on deck outside Windjammers. My wife and grandson loved eating snack or lite lunch at Park Café in Solarium.

jacobjp
Contributor Level: Purser
Sep 12, 2017

The only piece of advice I would offer is to talk to as many people as possible. Ship crew and patrons. The personalities and experiences the people have and share are what really make this experience once in a lifetime.

seafarow
Contributor Level: Purser
Jul 18, 2017

Wow, a difficult question, I can only say enjoy as much of what is available as you can. It's all out there.

Mizzbe
Contributor Level: Third Mate
Mar 30, 2016

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

jdkennell
Contributor Level: Purser
Aug 27, 2015

It needs more deck chairs, and clearer / better rules and enforcement of "chair reservation" or "territory marking" practices (holding a chair despite not occupying it by placing personal articles on the chair).

bdf777
Contributor Level: Purser
Aug 19, 2015

For my-time dining, either eat before 7:00 or make reservations. If you try to eat later, you will find the ding room full.

catnip
Contributor Level: Purser
Aug 17, 2015

You get good discounts if you make all of your specialty dinner and tour reservations before the trip. I highly recommend you make dinner reservations for the main dining room too; having the anytime dining option does not mean that they can accommodate you when you suddenly show.

jayharperphd
Contributor Level: Purser
Jul 16, 2015

- For at sea days, get to the main pool area very early if you want a deck chair. - Book your excursions before you get on board as some of the more popular ones sold out even before the cruise - Eat at My Time dining and do try the specialty restaurants

stl4
Contributor Level: Purser
Jun 25, 2015

If you want to lounge with a friend on deck during a cruise day, get all your things together and grab two chairs before 10am.

GWineland
Contributor Level: Third Mate
Jun 18, 2015

Keep busy and eat a lot.

LovesAlaska
Contributor Level: Purser
Sep 05, 2014

The Park Cafe is a hidden secret :) it is a warm place to enjoy time together, there are very short lines and a great place for snacks.

RoyalCruiser63
Contributor Level: Purser
Sep 02, 2014

The Windjammer is the best place to get your food fast as it is a buffet style. Book as many of your excursions with the cruise line prior to departure as they fill up fast.

junskaAlaska
Contributor Level: Purser
Aug 21, 2014

Super friendly staff. Wasn't sure what to expect as first time cruisers. We enjoyed it all. Lots to take in and see. Relax and enjoy the trip. Enjoy not having to unpack your things every few days and be at home. Be prepared to be waited on and enjoy it.

MAandRuthM
Contributor Level: Second Mate
Aug 14, 2014

Be sure to try the Japanese restaurant on board. They had the best miso soup I have ever had.

jmikhail
Contributor Level: Cruise Director
Jul 23, 2014

Lunch in the dinning room is much better than in the windjammer. My recommendation is the Tuti Salad.

jlbabbitt
Contributor Level: Purser
Jun 19, 2014

Plenty of extra amenities available if you want them (lobster and/or surf and turf every night in the main dining room, specialty dining, special water or sparkling water, etc.) for a price; but we found the multiple offerings on the main menu were plenty to satisfy us. Forget spending the extra $$

starz2sky
Contributor Level: Purser
Jun 13, 2014

Go to the Windjammer Cafe or the Parks Cafe - the price of the food for these places are included into the cruise price. Consider not getting the Royal Replenish package - I did not drink soda on the ship as it was a bit colder out and they had coffee and tea sitting out (and a ice cream dispenser).

newbietocruisin
Contributor Level: Purser
Jun 12, 2014

If you are heading to the Windjammer for a meal, and don't want to go through the open pool deck area (which was always cold and windy for us), or through the casino, just walk the length of the hall on deck 3 or 4 and go to the elevator at the front of the ship. It puts you right there.


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