Rhapsody of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean’s Vision Class ships. It’s a smaller vessel in a fleet that has become well known for spectacular entertainments and attractions. However, not all cruisers are wowed by the bells and whistles of the newer and larger ships, and many seasoned travellers prefer a more intimate experience that focuses on exotic destinations rather than onboard diversions.
Royal Caribbean International cruise line has been spending millions of Dollars in recent years upgrading their older but still popular vessels. Many Oasis-class features have been added, transforming Rhapsody of the Seas into an admirable choice for 21st Century cruising. The Rhapsody refurb in 2012 included the addition of speciality restaurants, improved cabins and a huge outdoor movie screen. The redesigned atrium, spanning 6 decks, is an impressive introduction to Rhapsody, and a place to mingle, meet new friends and enjoy a variety of entertainments.
A vibrant and friendly ship
Rhapsody of the Seas is a great option for passengers who don’t want a theme-park style cruise, but still require variety in day-to-day onboard experiences. A major selling-point of the ship, according to previous passengers, is the energetic enthusiasm of the Rhapsody crew, resulting in an infectious desire to enjoy the journey. The size of this 2,040 passenger vessel is ideal for those who like to join in, have fun, and get to know their crew.
The 2012 refurbishments were designed with passenger flow in mind. Apart from peak times at the buffet restaurant, or an occasionally crowded gym, the ship is built for comfort and convenience. It’s easy to locate everything on Rhapsody and you won’t feel like you are residing in a floating horizontal skyscraper. There is ample indoor space for passengers to stroll the walkways of the upper level Centrum while watching revellers on the dance floor below. The main level of the atrium is a focal point on the ship where aerial acrobatics, song and dance, art auctions and cooking classes attract patrons eager to try something new. There is every chance that the infectious enthusiasm of atrium activities will result in you joining in the festivities.
The digital “Wayfinder” touch-screens familiar on Oasis-class ships are another feature of the recent refurbishments. Located near the elevators, the Wayfinders provide information about daily schedules, restaurant offerings and directions to other features on the ship.
Rhapsody of the Seas is a great option for cruisers of all ages exploring Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Royal Caribbean ships are an affordable option for active people who enjoy socialising and participating in onboard activities. The dress code on Rhapsody of the Seas is quite relaxed, although there are formal nights included in most itineraries for people who want to experience the glamour and traditions of cruise ship heritage.
Rhapsody of the Seas Cabins
Suites: King bed, whirlpool bathtub, walk-in closet, living area with queen-size sofa bed, kitchen, private balcony, sunloungers. All suites except junior suites have access to 24-hour concierge service and the Concierge Lounge, continental breakfast, private party options and priority service for Salon/Spa, bookings and dining reservations.
RCI Royal Suite: 2 bedrooms with twin beds that convert to queen-size, an extra room with bunk beds, balcony with whirlpool, media centre and baby grand piano.
Owner Suites: Queen beds, large bathroom with separate bath and shower, living room with convertible sofa bed, dining area, media centre
Royal Family Suites: 2 bedrooms with twin beds that convert to queen-size, a guest bedroom with 2 twin beds and 2 bunk beds, living room with double sofa-bed, dining table and bathroom.
Grand and Junior Suites: 2 convertible twin beds, large bathroom, large living room, walk-in closet, sofa bed.
All Balcony Staterooms: floor to ceiling sliding doors leading to a private verandah.
Family Ocean-View Cabins: picture window, large living area, 2 convertible twin beds, guest bedroom with bunk beds, large closet space, bathroom, living area with sofa bed.
Panoramic Ocean-View Cabins: floor to ceiling windows, 2 convertible twin beds, bathroom, large living area, sofa. Other grades of Oceanview cabins have port hole or picture windows.
Additional room amenities: Flat-screen TV, air-conditioning, phone, safe, mini bar, internet access.
Dining on Rhapsody of the Seas
Return passengers on Rhapsody of the Seas are sure to be impressed with the new and improved range of dining choices.
- Main Dining Room: complimentary breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Other complimentary options: Windjammer Cafe, Solarium Cafe, Park Cafe,
- Viking Crown Lounge: A la carte menu
- Giovanni’s Table: Italian restaurant
- Izumi: Asian cuisine including a la carte sushi selections
- Chops Grille: The signature Royal Caribbean steakhouse
- Chefs Table: An intimate dining experience
- Ben & Jerry’s: Ice cream and frozen treats
Entertainment and Shopping
Rhapsody of the Seas is medium in size but big on fun. Here are a few entertainment and shopping suggestions.
- Main Theatre: Broadway-style productions and stage shows
- Casino Royale: 11 gaming tables and 162 slot machines
- 8 bars and lounges without a cover-charge: Options include the Champagne Bar and Shall We Dance Lounge
- Duty-free shopping: Name brand jewellery, apparel, perfumes and much more
- R Bar: The new Rhapsody meeting place featuring a retro vibe and signature cocktails
- The Centrum: Dazzling entertainment, aerialist shows, daytime fun activities
Pampering and Relaxation
Cruising is all about treating yourself. Take the opportunity to be pampered while onboard Rhapsody of the Seas.
- Vitality Spa: Extensive range of treatments to help you look and feel great
- Fitness Centre: Includes aerobics, yoga and kick boxing classes
- 2 Pools: Including the Solarium for adults-only
- Additional features: 6 whirlpools and the outdoor movie screen
For the active and adventurous
Some passengers like to relax while others like to challenge themselves. Rhapsody of the Seas comes with a challenging rock-climbing wall plus a jogging track on the upper deck. An ocean cruise can be an excuse to get fit while you see the world. For additional stimulation try the Rhapsody of the Seas video game arcade.
Fun for the kids
More than ever before, entire families are taking to cruising. Rhapsody of the Seas provides facilities for everyone to have a great time.
- Adventure Ocean Youth Program: Complimentary
- Teens areas for hanging out and making new friends
- Royal Babies and Royal Tots program
- Family friendly activities: games, contests, lectures and classes for everyone
- Royal Babies & Tots Nursery: Have some time to yourself while your little ones are looked after by dedicated staff
Rhapsody of the Seas Ship Stats
|Cruising Speed||22 knots|
|Length||915ft / 279m|
|Beam||105.6ft / 32.20m|
|Draft||26ft / 7.92m|
|Installed power||4 × Wärtsilä 12V46C|
Exciting cruises on Rhapsody of the Seas include 16 nights from Sydney to Singapore or 12 nights in the South Pacific. With competitive prices that are cheaper than ever, now is the time to come onboard Rhapsody of the Seas and find out for yourself why cruising is becoming so popular.
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