Rhapsody of the Seas
June 20, 2008
My husband and I were first-time cruisers and since we never heard anything negative about an Alaskan cruise we were really geared up to go. We were disappointed in the entire cruise experience.
Our biggest complaint is that it's a giant money pit. You pay for everything. Soda, alcohol, all with gratuity added in, even some of the activities onboard included a fee. How ridiculous is it to charge $31 for bingo?
Also, not one review ever mentions the commercialization of the Alaskan ports. The day before the Juneau stop we attended the port & shopping show where they push diamond stores on you.
Walking through the streets of Juneau I was really taken aback to find I was surrounded by jewelry stores that are of course owned by the cruise line. I didn't go to Alaska to buy diamonds and it really takes away from the experience. It wasn't Juneau, just a commercialized version the cruise ship wants you to see.
It was the same thing in Skagway. The whole town was filled with jewelry stores.
I would definitely not recommend this cruise but instead would rather try flying farther north and going on the land tours as it would show more of the real Alaskan experience.