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Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

Rhapsody of the Seas
by John Wheeler
Western Caribbean
August 14, 2005

The whole cruise was very smooth. From arrival at the port in Galveston to return. I cannot stress enough to complete your Sea Pass online. We arrived, our luggage was immediately taken and we were through the process in lightning speed and on board. Upon return, the disembarkation and customs process was just as easy.

I think my only disappointment was politeness of the crew. Not the whole crew, mainly the food service staff. Their manners were less than polite. We brought that to the attention of the staff. Our stateroom steward (John), was outstanding!!!!!!!!! Not just the way he kept the room up, but he remembered more about our itinerary than we did. He always asked if we enjoyed our day and knew what we had done.

Food was good as always, However I would like to see less extravagant sounding dishes and more normal sounding dishes (i.e.. Meatloaf, Spaghetti, peas, string beans etc.) The deserts were great!

Ports of call were way to short as always. On this itinerary, (Key West, Georgetown, Grand Cayman's and Cosumel Mexico) I would skip Key West, the hurricanes from last year have had an economic impact. The prices are up about 200% and a lot of stores were not back to full strength yet. Both the Grand Cayman's and Cosumel had a lot of hurricane damage, but are working through and still providing a good port of call.

Overall, the cruise was great and I would recommend it for first time cruisers.