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Rhapsody of the Seas

Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Ship

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.

Rhapsody of the Seas Pool Deck

Rhapsody of the Seas Pool Deck


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.

Rhapsody of the Seas Viking Crown

Viking Crown

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.

Rhapsody of the Seas Centrum

Rhapsody of the Seas Centrum

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

Rhapsody of the Seas


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.

Rhapsody of the Seas Royal Suite

Royal Suite

Owner Suites: Queen beds, large bathroom with separate bath and shower, living room with convertible sofa bed, dining area, media centre

Rhapsody of the Seas Family Suite

Family Suite

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.

Rhapsody of the Seas Family Suite

Family Suite

Grand and Junior Suites: 2 convertible twin beds, large bathroom, large living room, walk-in closet, sofa bed.

Rhapsody of the Seas Grand Suite Stateroom

Grand Suite

Rhapsody of the Seas Junior Suite

Junior Suite

All Balcony Staterooms: floor to ceiling sliding doors leading to a private verandah.

Rhapsody of the Seas Balcony Stateroom

Balcony Stateroom

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.

Rhapsody of the Seas Ocean Stateroom windows

Ocean Stateroom

Rhapsody of the Seas Ocean Stateroom

Ocean Stateroom

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.

Rhapsody of the Seas Panoramic Ocean stateroom

Panoramic Ocean stateroom

Additional room amenities: Flat-screen TV, air-conditioning, phone, safe, mini bar, internet access.

Rhapsody of the Seas Accessible Suite

Accessible Suite


Rhapsody of the Seas Interior Stateroom

Interior Stateroom

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
Chef's Table

Chef’s Table

Rhapsody of the Seas Giovannis Restaurant

Giovanni’s Restaurant

Rhapsody of the Seas Dining Room

Rhapsody of the Seas Dining Room

Rhapsody of the Seas Windjammer



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
Rhapsody of the Seas Theater


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
Rhapsody of the Seas Solarium

Rhapsody of the Seas Solarium

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.

Rhapsody of the Seas Solarium Pool

Solarium Pool


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 Nursery


Rhapsody of the Seas outdoor movie screen

outdoor movie screen


Rhapsody of the Seas Ship Stats

Capacity2,435 passengers
In service1997
Cruising Speed22 knots
Length915ft / 279m
Tonnage78,878 GT
Beam105.6ft / 32.20m
Draft26ft / 7.92m
Installed power4 × 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.

Rhapsody of the Seas

Rhapsody of the Seas

Have you sailed with Rhapsody of the Seas? Let me know what you think of this Royal Caribbean cruise ship!

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  1. we went on rhapsody in February this year to qld, everything was great except the cyclone but captain rob and staff did a great job, tyvm for a great time.

  2. Our first cruise was on Rhapsody in march this year. We think she is an absolutely gorgeous, classy lady. Very sad she’s leaving Australian waters so we won’t be seeing her again.

  3. I cruised the Rhapsody of the Seas in october the 12th to 23rd october in 2012 Rock the boat 2 it was the best holiday i ever been on the staff so freindly people you meet on the cruise aswell any one that reads this i will gaurantee royal caribbean cruises to everyone ty very much i,ll be cruising your ships again you have won me ty from Rick.

  4. We havent been on Rhapsody but are excited to be going on a Mediterranean cruise in May next year on this beautiful ship.

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