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Rhapsody of the Seas Review

2019 Best for Value
2019 Best for First Timers
2018 Best Overall
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Rhapsody of the Seas
3.5 / 5.0
1547 reviews

Pros
Personalized service and consistent quality in the main dining room and buffet
Cons
Entertainment options could be improved; shows amused but rarely wowed
Bottom Line
Comfortable, intimate midsize ship offers a solid choice of amenities

About

Passengers
2,416

Crew
806

Passenger to Crew
3.00:1

Launched
1997

Shore Excursions
583
Sails To
Eastern Mediterranean, Western Caribbean, Western Mediterranean
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Lisa Cheng
Cruise Critic Contributor

Rhapsody of the Seas Overview

When people think of Royal Caribbean, they often imagine mega-vessels with an interminable roster of wow factors: bumper cars, robot bartenders, skydiving simulators and parks so large they could be part of a floating city.

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But, there's much more to the Royal Caribbean fleet than these showstoppers. The 2,416-passenger Vision-class Rhapsody of the Seas isn't the biggest or the flashiest of the fleet, but it does have a lot to offer on a more manageable scale. Activities are aplenty onboard, and there won't be a moment where you're wondering what to do. Active cruisers can tackle a rock climbing wall, fitness classes or a jogging track. Connoisseurs of food and drink can sample wine and cuisine at three specialty restaurants -- or even head to the main dining room or buffet, both of which score high in terms of diversity of offerings and quality of provisions. Evenings can be spent at any of the bars and lounges, sipping hand-crafted cocktails and soaking in music, or at the theater where performers put on nightly shows to packed houses.

Service and consistency are particular strengths on Rhapsody of the Seas -- the result of being a medium-size (and not an overwhelmingly large) vessel. Crew members, from waiters and cabin stewards to the guest services personnel, make an effort to extend their warmest welcome and offer their genuine assistance.

For those who admire ocean views, there are plenty of places onboard to take in the sea breezes -- though not necessarily from your cabin. The ship has just two decks of staterooms with private balconies.


Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • All meals in ship’s main dining room and Windjammer Marketplace, as well as snacks and meals at Park Cafe; also continental breakfast room service options
  • Daily entertainment, including most activities (unless otherwise noted) and all main theater shows
  • Use of the fitness center (excluding classes)
  • Use of the rock climbing wall
  • Adventure Ocean Kids programming through 10 p.m.
  • Gratuities, only if you booked your cruise in Australia and New Zealand in AU and NZ dollars

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Daily gratuities for crew ($14.50 per person, per day for Junior Suites and below; $17.50 per person, per day for Grand Suites and above)
  • Drinks, excluding water, tea (including iced tea), coffee, lemonade and selected juices from the Windjammer buffet
  • Most specialty dining and room service
  • 18 percent auto-gratuities added to all specialty dining, beverage, spa and salon purchases
  • Most fitness classes, and all spa and salon services
  • Activities including but not limited to arcade play, arts and crafts classes, bingo, alcohol tastings, sushi-making classes and casino gaming
  • Adventure Ocean kids club programs after 10:00 p.m.
  • Wi-Fi access and packages
  • Shore excursions
  • Photos, artwork and retail shop purchases

Top Rhapsody of the Seas Itineraries

Rhapsody of the Seas
7 night greek isles cruise

Venice, Kotor, Corfu, Athens (Piraeus), Mykonos, Argostoli (Kefalonia), Venice

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Fellow Passengers

The passenger makeup on Rhapsody of the Seas cuts through a broad swath of people ranging in ages and geographic origins, though when the ship sails to the Caribbean you'll find lots of people from Florida and the Midwest. When the ship voyages through the Mediterranean, you'll find more Europeans sailing. You'll find young couples, families with tots and teens, and retirees on vacation. During school vacation, plenty of school children populate the ship.


Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas Dress Code

Daytime: Dress, for the most part, is casual onboard Rhapsody of the Seas. About the ship, passengers roam around in shorts or jeans, T-shirts or summer dresses for most of the day.

Evening: In the evenings, some people get decked out in their finest -- jackets and ties, flowy dresses -- on formal nights (typically two evenings for a weeklong cruise). Others won't bother with changing from their day wear. The evening dress codes are merely suggestions, in any case. As a general rule of thumb, passengers -- when choosing their attire -- fully embrace the vacation vibe.

Not permitted: There's no fashion police, though swim attire is not permitted in the more formal public venues and tank tops are prohibited in the main dining room and specialty restaurants at dinner.

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Royal Caribbean.


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Rhapsody of the Seas Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins3.53.9
Dining4.04
Entertainment3.53.7
Public Rooms3.54.3
Fitness Recreation3.53.8
Family4.03.9
Enrichment3.53.4
Service4.04.4
Value For Money4.03.8

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Where does Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas sail from?

Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas departs from Venice, Tampa, Barcelona, Rome and Civitavecchia

How much does it cost to go on Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas?

Cruises on Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas start from £299 per person.

Is Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas a good ship to cruise on?

Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas won 52 awards over the years, including Best for Value and Best for First Timers in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best for Value
  • 2019 Best for First Timers
  • 2018 Best Overall
  • 2018 Best Overall
  • 2018 Best for Cabins
  • 2018 Best for Dining
  • 2018 Best for Dining
  • 2018 Best for Embarkation
  • 2018 Best for Entertainment
  • 2018 Best for Entertainment
  • 2018 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2018 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2018 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2018 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2018 Best for Service
  • 2018 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2018 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2018 Best for Value
  • 2018 Best for Value
  • 2017 Best for Cabins
  • 2017 Best for Embarkation
  • 2017 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2017 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2017 Best for Value
  • 2016 Best Overall
  • 2016 Best for Cabins
  • 2016 Best for Dining
  • 2016 Best for Embarkation
  • 2016 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2016 Best for Service
  • 2016 Best for Service
  • 2016 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2016 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2016 Best for Value
  • 2016 Best for Families
  • 2015 Best Overall
  • 2015 Best for Dining
  • 2015 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2015 Best for Value
  • 2014 Best Overall
  • 2014 Best for Cabins
  • 2014 Best for Dining
  • 2014 Best for Embarkation
  • 2014 Best for Entertainment
  • 2014 Best for Fitness
  • 2014 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2014 Best for Service
  • 2014 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2014 Best for Value
  • 2013 Best for Dining
  • 2013 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2013 Best for Service
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Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas Member Reviews

Rhapsody of the Seas
Srandaz2
Sail Date: Feb 2020
Rhapsody of the Seas Ship Overview (10 out of 10) For those of you who are use to a Royal Promenade deck Rhapsody of the seas does not have a Royal Promenade as this is a Vision Class Ship.... Read More
Rhapsody of the Seas
steverk
Sail Date: Jan 2020
We sailed Rhapsody of the Seas in January and had a great time. Rhapsody is older and smaller than most other RCI ships, but that’s part of why I enjoyed it.... Read More
Rhapsody of the Seas
platinumdancer
Sail Date: Feb 2020
Music Motion is one of the best bands we have ever had on our 19 cruises! Because of them we’ll probably cruise Rhapsody again. Now for my complaint, the so called Adults Only area. What a joke!... Read More
Rhapsody of the Seas
FLtravelmom3
Sail Date: Jun 2019
We’d do the itinerary again without hesitation, would love to leave out of Venice again, would try another smaller ship, but would not cruise on the Rhapsody of the Seas again.... Read More

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4.0 / 5.0
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Adventure of the Seas
4.0 / 5.0
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Brilliance of the Seas
4.0 / 5.0
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Brilliance of the Seas' mediumish size -- 2,112 passengers -- allows cruisers to feel they have the best of both worlds: a vessel with ample activities and attentive crew.

Navigator of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0
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Mariner of the Seas
5.0 / 5.0
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Serenade of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0
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Carries more than 2,400 passengers and features six restaurants and bars, rock climbing wall, mini-golf, sports court, outdoor movie screen and casino.

Jewel of the Seas
3.5 / 5.0
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One of Royal Caribbean's smaller ships; attractions include rock climbing and mini-golf, kids' water slide, half a dozen or so dining venues and family-specific cabins.

Oasis of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0
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Liberty of the Seas
4.0 / 5.0
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Independence of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0
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Allure of the Seas
5.0 / 5.0
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Mega-ship holding upwards of 6,400 passengers; features zip lining, surf simulators, rock climbing and an open-air Central Park with shops and restaurants.

Quantum of the Seas
4.0 / 5.0
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Harmony of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0
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Symphony of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0
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Ovation of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0
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Empress of the Seas
3.0 / 5.0
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Spectrum of the Seas

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