Rhapsody of the Seas
July 16, 2006
First time cruiser here and after returning from the ship I can now say that I will definitely be cruising again......and soon I hope.
Rhapsody of the Seas is a beautiful ship with an absolute top-notch crew.
I was very aprehensive about cabin size, motion sickness, boredom, and basically getting on this huge ship to begin with. Embarking and Disembarkating were an absolute breeze. Took about an hour to do each one.
Completely lost all track of what day it was and what time it was during the cruise and it was GREAT! You can be as relaxed as you want or as busy as you want at any time of the day or night.......totally your choice.
Things I learned:
Avoid the temptation to over pack. Came home without wearing over half of the things I packed. More bathing suits, shorts and coverups next time.
The dining room food and service was wonderful. Tried it 3 times.....a little pretentious for my taste. Preferred the WindJammer, Solarium Cafe and Room Service....although the Room Service selections are limited. Any time day or night - findng something to eat is not a problem.
Take a clock of some sort. It became a focal point because you truly do lose track of time. Next cruise I probably will not book any excursions.
Totally enjoyed Swimming with the StingRays in the Caymans and the Playa Mia Beach Break in Cozumel but I think we'll just walk-about and shop in the various ports next time. On this cruise we docked in Key West and Cozumel - Grand Cayman is a tender port.
Will not buy the soda card next time. Thought we would use it more than we did. Will check a case of soda's with one of our luggage tags next time and save the $50.
Find Martin - he's a pool-side drink server at the main pool. What a hoot he is - he will definitely take care of you. Tell him Christopher, Jeri and Jan-Jan said HELLO What a hoot he is - he will definitely take care of you. Tell him Christopher, Jeri and Jan-Jan said HELLO !!
Be generous with your tipping - it may seem to be an extra expense - but the staff work very hard for you and they deserve to be compensated for it.
Bottom line - if you're anxious or undecided about taking a cruise - go for it. GET OUT THERE !!!