Rhapsody of the Seas
by rob w
December 13, 2008
This was our fifth cruise and our 2nd on RCI. Last one was East Carib on RCI's Radiance of the Seas.
The Rhapsody is a lovely ship. Our 10th cruise from Sydney took in two stops in New Caledonia and two stops in Vanuatu. The Isle of Pines in NC was a beautiful south pacific paradise -- but little there and souvenirs $$$$. Luganville and Port Vila in Vanuatu are third world dirty, hot and crowded. Don't bother getting off at Luganville.
The ship's dining room meals were excellent. The buffet breakfasts and lunches got a bit tiring after awhile.
Cruise Director Matt (from UK) was a pro and is very good at his job. Most shows were very good. Staff friendly. Good value. Just wish it had been a Med Cruise as ports out of Australia are limited.
Not a cruise to go on for shopping as the islands offer little or, in the case of NC, are $$$$.
Weather was good. Rate: 8.5/10.