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Rhapsody Of The Seas - Royal Caribbean

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Rhapsody Of The Seas - Royal Caribbean

Rhapsody Of The Seas - Royal Caribbean

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Rhapsody Of The Seas Overview

Royal Caribbean's Rhapsody of the Seas is a solid favourite of the fleet. She's not the biggest nor the newest, but she does cruising well, and has been instrumental in a huge number of cruise holidays since her launch, including several seasons sailing from Australia.


Rhapsody of the Seas interior updates

Although built in 1997, the Rhapsody of the Seas has undergone frequent updates to ensure she always presents a fresh face. A huge refurbishment in 2012 saw her receive some of the line's best features: digital signage, WiFi, remodelled staterooms and more restaurants. A friendly ship, she has great passenger flow through well-designed public spaces and a six-deck Atrium where you might catch an aerial acrobatics performance if you're lucky.


Eating at sea: Rhapsody of the Seas food and restaurants

Going hungry has never been a concern on a cruise, and Rhapsody of the Seas' North American nature shines through in her plentiful food options and decadent menus. The centre of culinary life is of course the Edelweiss main dining room serving staple dishes, daily specials and options for all diets, as well as a "Vitality" selection for a lighter meal, and from there it continues throughout the ship - buffet, deli selections, free room service and more.

Specialty restaurants offer a special night out to foodie cruisers, and after the 2012 upgrade, the Rhapsody of the Seas has something for everyone in this regard. Cover charges or a-la-carte costs are very reasonable compared to land-based equivalents, and the dining packages on offer make it even more affordable to indulge in a gourmet night out.


Fun and games: Rhapsody of the Seas activities and entertainment

A sea day on the Rhapsody of the Seas can be filled many ways. The ship's facilities offer up many choices for the fun-seeking cruiser, with anything from an adrenaline-filled trip up the rock climbing wall on Deck 10 to a quiet hour or so in the art gallery and library on Deck 6 or a browse through the shops.

The ship's crew play a major part in making a cruise on the Rhapsody fun, and they do a great job of it. The friendly atmosphere draws many passengers into participating in quizzes, classes, seminars, tournaments and more, making friends and memories along the way. The kids are also kept busy and entertained with the great kids programs available onboard for all ages.

In the evening, shipboard life doesn't wind down but kicks up a notch. The fantastic show lounge and many bars around the ship offer places to drink, socialise and enjoy being at sea and on holiday. There's also a casino and a place for late-night dancing.


Itineraries and excursions

Rhapsody of the Seas has spent years in the past sailing from Texas, Sydney, Seattle and various Asian ports. Her more current itineraries include the historic hotspots of the Mediterranean and a range of amazing South American cruises out of Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Valparaiso. The Rhapsody is a real globetrotter!

A shore excursion makes it simple and stress-free to experience your ports of call. Wherever your Rhapsody of the Seas itinerary will take you, there's an adventure waiting onshore. From biking around the sights of Montevideo to a canal cruise in Ancient Corinth, cruisers of all interests and tastes can find a great way to explore- of course, there's always the option to get around and sightsee independently, too!



Cabins on board the Rhapsody of the Seas

Staterooms on the Rhapsody of the Seas are designed as private refuges where passengers can escape the hustle and bustle of public decks and enjoy their own comfortable space. The ship has a total of 1,020 cabins, and more than 800 of these have either ocean views or balconies.

There is something for everyone when it comes to accommodations, as the Rhapsody has a great variety of stateroom types - from a small, twin inside cabin to the Royal Family Suite with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and beds for up to eight. All have flat-screen TVs, storage space, sitting areas, safes, phones hairdryers and of course a private ensuite. Higher categories like suites come with extra perks such as iPads, priority checkin and access to the Concierge Lounge.


Food and Dining

Rhapsody of the Seas food: What's on the menu

Dining included in your cruise fare:

  • Edelweiss main dining room for multi-course, seated meals
  • Windjammer cafe for buffet selections
  • Park Cafe in the Solarium for deli sandwiches and other light meals
  • Room service
  • Cafe Latte-tudes (specialty coffees incur a charge but pastries and cakes do not)


Specialty dining:

  • Chops Grille premium steak and seafood
  • Giovanni's Table Italian specialties
  • Izumi Asian-fusion cuisine
  • Chef's Table intimate and exclusive dining experience
  • Ben and Jerry's ice cream
  • Specialty coffees in Cafe Latte-tudes



Entertainment

There's never any reason to be bored when you're aboard the Rhapsody of the Seas!


Rhapsody of the Seas pools and facilities

The ship's pools are found on Deck 9. The main pool area is central, flanked by four whirlpools and overlooked by a giant movie screen which shows movies on some evenings. It's open to all ages, and is the centre of much family fun. The other pool is located in the Solarium which is adults-only, and is covered by a glass dome, perfect for swimming during inclement weather. It has two adjoining hot tubs. and plenty of seating for grown-up relaxation.

Out of the pool, there are plenty of places on the ship intended for fun and games. The atrium is a fun place to hang out and indulge in a little retail therapy or a coffee and pastry while you watch the world go by. The Solarium provides a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere for catching some sun or reading a book by the pool, and the spa offers all kinds of beauty treatments, massage and therapies. Those who like to get up and go can head to the fitness centre, the running track, the rock climbing wall or even just challenge a friend to a game in the video arcade.


Organised activities: fun for everyone

The crew on any ship is the key to a good time, and the Rhapsody of the Seas is known for a friendly, energetic team who work hard to make sure everybody feels free to join in if they so desire.

The range of scheduled things to do is huge, and is laid out in the Cruise Compass daily newsletter. Sports tournaments, fitness classes, wine tastings, demonstrations and more are all common fixtures on the agenda, and each day brings new activities - so keep an eye out for something that sounds like a good time!


Evening entertainment on the Rhapsody of the Seas

After dinner, life onboard is about shows, drinks, music, dancing and socialising. There are many places you can experience a bit of everything:

  • Broadway Melodies Show Lounge: productions, music, dancing, specialty acts
  • Shall We Dance Lounge: dancing, live bands and more
  • R Bar: retro-style cocktail bar
  • Schooner bar: fun, nautical themed bar for quiet drinks and the occasional piano singalong
  • Viking Crown Lounge: observation lounge by day, nightclub by night



Rhapsody of the Seas for families

The pools and other fun venues on the Royal Caribbean offer numerous opportunities for families to enjoy their cruise together, but sometimes the adults need some alone time. The Adventure Ocean youth program and the programs for teens and tweens mean that everyone in the family is kept entertained and busy, right down to the littlest ones.

Children aged three to five years can take part in the Aquanauts, those aged six to eight, the Explorers and those nine to eleven, the Voyagers. All have age-appropriate experiences, activities and learning opportunities. The Adventure Ocean rooms and facilities are found on Deck 10.

The teen center is next to Adventure Ocean, but provides a much more grown-up space for the older ones to feel at home. A relaxed program of competitions, games and fun for tweens is the perfect way for them to enjoy their holiday, and the older ones can come and go as they please.

Royal Babies and Tots is available for the smallest family members, taking place in the nursery. It provides drop-off babysitting for a small fee, as well as parent-supervised activities and story times. In-cabin babysitting can also be booked.

Sarah Glover

Written By: Sarah Glover

I have enjoyed visiting as much of the world as possible over the years. Europe and the Mediterranean are personal favourites, but there is so much to see very close to our little Australasian corner of the globe- one of my top travel experiences was snorkeling with tropical fish and turtles in New Caledonia! Cruising is a fantastic way to see it all, and we hope to make booking a cruise easier for both first-timers and old salts. From ship tips to destination news and views, we will keep you up-to-date. Happy cruising!

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Casual Dining

The Windjammer Café is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat before hitting the pool or enjoy a casual dinner to top off a day of adventure. Open almost around the clock, it offers great food, spectacular views and an attentive wait staff, all in a casual atmosphere.

Choose from a wide variety of food and a seemingly never-ending buffet for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks throughout the day. Serving stations offer salads, soups, sandwiches and burgers, meat-carving and hot entrées. And for your sweet tooth, choose from a multitude of cookies, cakes and frozen yogurt.


My Family Time Dining

  • The main dining room offers My Family Time Dining SM with an expedited dining and Adventure Ocean pick-up service (see details below), to keep the whole family happy and satisfied during your meals. With Royal Caribbean's expedited dining service, your children (ages 3 to 11) will be served their meals within 40 minutes and their appetisers will be served right away.
  • When they've finished dinner, take your children to meet the Adventure Ocean Youth staff at the dining room entrance doors. Royal Caribbean will escort your children directly to the Adventure Ocean facilities for scheduled evening activities. Then you can quickly return to your dining experience and enjoy a relaxing meal.

Traditional Dining

  • The food and décor in the main dining room Edelweiss is world-class, with mouthwatering cuisine, attentive waitstaff and live dinner music. You'll choose from a variety of options for each course, from appetizers to entrees to heavenly desserts.
  • When you make your reservation, you will be assigned a dinner table for the duration of the cruise based on your preferred seating time and availability (this is know as traditional dining). Every effort will be made to accommodate requests to sit with friends or to change your table assignment whenever possible. There is open seating during breakfast and lunch.

Kids Club

Aquanauts Ages 3 - 5 Years

Your Aquanauts' time on board will not only be fun, it will be educational too! They'll get to learn about local customs, do terrific science experiments and make great new friends. To participate, children must be fully potty-trained and 3 years of age as of the first day of the cruise. (No pull-ups or nappies, please.) You can rest assured your little ones are in good hands – every member of Royal Caribbean's Adventure Ocean® staff holds a college degree in education, recreation or a related field and has experience working with children aged 3-17.

Hours: At Sea: 09:00 hrs to noon, 14:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs and 19:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs. In Port: Thirty minutes prior to the first shore excursion to 17:00 or return of the last shore excursion, 19:00 to 22:00

Activities your Aquanaut might enjoy include:

  • Adventure Science by High Touch High Tech: Conducted by the specially trained Adventure Scientists, this programme combines fun and hands-on science experiments. Featured programmes include: Wacky Water Workshop, Magnetic Mayhem, Jurassic Jr., Sea Creature Treasures, Gummy Candies and Bubbling Potions.
  • Adventure Art by Crayola® These activities acquaint children with diverse cultures through art. Children are introduced to mask making, fish kites and pottery. Crayola Adventure Art projects are specifically designed art activities for children of age 3-11. Using art as an avenue for exploration, the lesson plans provide a unique onboard experience for children, incorporating information about specific geographic locations with hands-on art. Crayola Art projects make creativity a part of every child's experience wherever they may travel.
  • Sail into Story time These theme-related story time sessions bring each story to life with activities, discussions on each story and hands-on activities for the children to participate in following each reading.
  • Adventure Theatre Blending educational activities with on-your-feet fun, Adventure Theatre participants get a first taste of the actor's craft, in which entire worlds are created with just their bodies, voices and imaginations. Using structured theatre games, vocal and physical exercises, and creativity-freeing activities, instructors guide groups through an exploration of the theatre arts.
  • Fisher-Price Programming Parents can be sure their youngsters will have a good time and learn something too in this programme designed by the experts at Fisher-Price. Children will get a chance to play with Fisher-Price's newest and greatest toys!
  • Other Games and Theme Activities Nutty Nicknames, Un-Birthday Party, Camp Aquanauts, Ice-Cream Party, Super Hero Afternoon, Face Painting, Pirate Night, Talent Show, Under The Sea Night and Pyjama Rama Movie Night.

 

 

Explorers Ages 6 - 8 Years

One thing you won't have to worry about during your cruise adventure is a bored Explorer! All kinds of exciting activities await your 6- to 8-year-olds, like hands-on science experiments, scavenger hunts, theatre games and more. You can feel confident leaving your children with Royal Caribbean because every member of the Adventure Ocean staff holds a college degree in education, recreation or a related field and has experience working with children aged 3-17.

Hours: At Sea: 09:00 hrs to noon, 14:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs and 19:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs. In Port: Thirty minutes prior to the first shore excursion to 17:00 or return of the last shore excursion, 19:00 to 22:00

Activities your Explorers might enjoy include:

  • Adventure Science by High Touch High Tech: Conducted by the specially trained Adventure Scientists, this programme combines fun and hands-on science experiments. Featured programmes include: Space Mud, Fossil Fever, Meteorology Madness and Buccaneers Bounty.
  • Adventure Art by Crayola® These activities acquaint children with diverse cultures through art. Children are introduced to mask making, fish kites and pottery. Crayola Adventure Art projects are specifically designed art activities for children of age 3-11. Using art as an avenue for exploration, the lesson plans provide a unique onboard experience for children, incorporating information about specific geographic locations with hands-on art. Crayola Art projects make creativity a part of every child's experience wherever they may travel.
  • Adventure Theatre Blending educational activities with on-your-feet fun, Adventure Theatre participants get a first taste of the actor's craft, in which entire worlds are created with just their bodies, voices and imaginations. Using structured theatre games, vocal and physical exercises, and creativity-freeing activities, instructors guide groups through an exploration of the theatre arts.
  • Other Explorer Games and Theme Activities Wide World of Extremes Party, Dancing Through the Decades, Pirate Night, Ice-Cream Party, Scavenger Hunts, Bingo and Movie Mania.

Families

Whether you're on board or on shore, family time is bound to be a fantastic time! Games, events and activities are going on all over the ship throughout the day and into the evening hours.

Activities families might enjoy together are:

  • Theatre and Shows
  • Parades
  • Sports Deck
  • SeaTrek Scuba Diving
  • Rock Wall
  • Generation YSPA
  • Explorer Academy
  • Onboard Parties
  • Game Shows and Trivia Contests
  • Family Discos
  • Theme Nights
  • Bingo
  • Johnny Rockets
  • Shore and Land Excursions

Royal Babies Aged 6 - 18 Months

Set aside some special family time on board and join in the fun of the Royal Babies interactive classes held in one of the onboard lounges. These enriching activities have been developed by early childhood experts at Fisher-Price and are hosted by trained youth staff. A parent or caregiver MUST accompany children 6 to 36 months of age during all activity sessions.

Activities your Royal Baby might enjoy include:

  • Musical Inspiration Treat your baby to the inspiration and joy of music, as Royal Caribbean introduces musical instruments and explore rhythm, movement and creativity through game play, songs, instruments, musical activities and toys.
  • Baby Gymnastics Celebrate physical development and exciting milestones, encouraging your baby to get active with the help of Fisher-Price® Go-Baby-Go! toys, activities and games.
  • Come To My House Reinforce early learning of simple concepts – like the alphabet, numbers, shapes and colours – with hands-on exploration of familiar things from everyday life, things you'll find in your own home, brought down to baby's size.
  • Cookin' Up Fun Get set for a deliciously good time in the kitchen! You and your baby will enjoy playing and learning with food-related toys and activities – discovering early role play as well as early academics.
  • I Love Animals This playgroup session introduces amazing discoveries about animals. Little ones will enjoy meeting a menagerie of adorable animal friends that encourage movement and celebration.
  • How Does That Work? Babies' natural curiosity about the world around them leads to new discoveries and surprises each day. This playgroup session is full of ways to examine, discover, build and wonder.

Royal Tots Aged 18 to 36 Months

Join your child in the fun of Royal Tots, interactive playgroup sessions developed by early childhood experts at Fisher-Price®. Each 45-minute session, held on one of the onboard lounges, offers activities that expose children to new experiences and teach you how to make playtime learning time as well. Plus, your little one will be all smiles and giggles as they make new discoveries, sing, sway and play with great toys they're sure to love. A parent or caregiver MUST accompany children during all playgroup sessions.

Activities your Royal Tot might enjoy include:

  • Crayola Beginnings Workshop Create early childhood memories at four new daytime Crayola Beginnings Workshops. During each 45-minute session, an Adventure Ocean counsellor reads a story to parents and children, and uses Crayola Beginnings products to teach toddlers how to create their first works of art.
  • Fun On The Farm Join Little People® friends to explore connections between farm animals, the sounds they make and the ways they move.
  • Terrific Trips Here you are, on a family holiday – what better time to share ideas with your child about places to see, things to do and different trips to take, both near and far from home.
  • Out and About in the Neighbourhood Discover people and places in your neighbourhood, learning about familiar places, community helpers and transport while role-playing with Little People friends.
  • Pirates and Princesses Calling all pirates and princesses! We'll take you on imaginative journeys to ancient times and faraway lands, enjoying pretend play with castles, pirates, stories and activities.
  • Learning FUNdamentals Kids love to sing, dance and learn new things! We'll get them moving and singing as they learn A-B-C, 1-2-3, phonics, shapes, colours and more, with the help of learning toys, music, games and lots of other fun activities.

Teens 12 - 17 Years

Ages 12 - 14 Years
The best thing about the Teen programme is that it's not structured. The 12- to 14-year-old guests can come and join activities and games when they want to or just chill with friends in the teen-only lounge. And parents don't have to worry about you hanging out there – every member of Royal Caribbean's Adventure Ocean® staff holds a college degree in education, recreation or a related field and has experience working with children aged 3-17.

You and your friends can get airbrush tattoos on board! They last just long enough for you show them off to your friends back home.

Hours: Activities are scheduled throughout the day and early evening. The teen centre is open from 22:30 hrs to 02:00 hrs every night.

Activities young teens might enjoy include:

  • Theme Nights Dress in your coolest whites at 'Dusk' and get your graffiti on at the 'Warehouse' theme night.
  • Improv Games Quick. How many one-liners do you know? Test your wittiness with some improvisation.
  • Mocktail Competition Blend up a batch of your favourite beverages and enter your concoction in the contest.
  • Dodgeball Game on! Do you have what it takes to be the last one standing?
  • Open Mic and Talent Show Divas and Divos, the stage is yours at the coolest talent contest on water!
  • Teen BBQ Round up your appetite for a tasty BBQ – just for teens!
  • Dive-In Movie and Pool Party Watch your favourite films while playing in the pool. Life is good on board!
  • Meet the Stars Backstage Get a special behind-the-scenes look with a teens-only tour.
  • DDR LOL & LOLA at the DDR! (That's Dance Dance Revolution – just in case.)
  • Teen Casino There's a jackpot with your name on it, so get ready to roll the dice!
  • Unplugged Jam Sessions The unsung guitar gurus in the group have a chance to rock – as loudly as they want!
  • Snowball Fight in the Caribbean You know what's really cool? A snowball fight at sea! BYOM (bring your own mittens)!
  • Climbing Competition Whoever makes it to the top first wins! Are you up for the challenge of the rock wall?

Ages 15 - 17 Years
The Teen programme isn't a structured set of classes or rules. As you're almost an adult and it's your holiday, too. So Royal Caribbean gives you the freedom you deserve. You can join events all day or come and go as you want. Royal Caribbean has got great laid-back places where you can just chill with your new friends. Some of Royal Caribbean ships also have teen-only clubs where you can dance, listen to music or just hang out.

You can take home a mix CD of all of your favourite Karaoke tunes so you can share them with your friends.

Hours: Activities are scheduled throughout the day and early evening. The teen centre is open from 22:30 hrs to 02:00 hrs every night.

Activities teens might enjoy include:

  • Theme Nights Show up in your whitest whites at 'Dusk' and paint the town red... and purple... and green at the 'Warehouse' theme night.
  • Battle of the Sexes Hmmm, the girls or the boys? Who's going to 'bring it' to the ultimate standoff?
  • Dodgeball Game on! Do you have what it takes to be the last one standing?
  • Teen Casino Start perfecting your game face now! There's Blackjack, No-Limit Poker and more.
  • Open Mic Night Are you a closet comedian? The next 'dream girl'? Flaunt it in front of all your friends.
  • Dive-In Movie and Pool Party Watch your favourite films while playing in the pool. Life is good on board!
  • Sneak Peek Backstage Get a special behind-the-scenes look with a teens-only tour.
  • Unplugged Jam Sessions The unsung guitar gurus in the group have a chance to rock – as loudly as they want!
  • Climbing Competition Are you up for the challenge? Whoever makes it to the top of the rock wall first wins!
  • Karaoke Who's the next Royal Caribbean Idol? Take to the stage on board – it could be you!

Voyagers Ages 9 - 11 Years

The Voyagers programme is all about kids having a great time, learning new things and making new friends from all over the world. And you can be confident that your children are in very capable hands – every member of Royal Caribbean's Adventure Ocean® staff holds a college degree in education, recreation or a related field and has experience working with children aged 3-17.

Ben & Jerry's® is a great spot for the pre-teen set to meet up with new friends over some ice cream.

Hours: At Sea: 09:00 hrs to noon, 14:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs and 19:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs. In Port: Thirty minutes prior to the first shore excursion to 17:00 or return of the last shore excursion, 19:00 to 22:00

Activities your Voyagers might enjoy include:

  • Adventure Science by High Touch High Tech: Conducted by the specially trained Adventure Scientists, this programme combines fun and hands-on science experiments. Featured programmes include: Fossil Fever, Volcanoes, Space Mud, The Power of the Sun Meteorology Madness, Buccaneers Bounty and The Mystery of the Motion of the Ocean.
  • Adventure Art by Crayola® These activities acquaint children with diverse cultures through art. Children are introduced to mask making, fish kites and pottery. Crayola Adventure Art projects are specifically designed art activities for children of age 3-11. Using art as an avenue for exploration, the lesson plans provide a unique onboard experience for children, incorporating information about specific geographic locations with hands-on art. Crayola Art projects make creativity a part of every child's experience wherever they may travel.
  • Adventure Theatre Blending educational activities with on-your-feet fun, Adventure Theatre participants get a first taste of the actor's craft, in which entire worlds are created with just their bodies, voices and imaginations. Using structured theatre games, vocal and physical exercises, and creativity-freeing activities, instructors guide groups through an exploration of the theatre arts.
  • Other Games and Theme Activities The X Games, Rockin' Through the Decades, Reggae Beach Party, Scavenger Hunts, List-O-Rama, Backstage Tour, The Art Walk, Win, Cruise or Draw, Talent Show and Sports Tournaments.

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