An institution in Royal Caribbean cruising
Royal Caribbean is bidding an emotional farewell to one of its trail-blazing ships, with Rhapsody of the Seas moving into a final Australian season. On October 3, 2014, Rhapsody begins its goodbye tour Down Under, with itineraries for the Pacific Islands, Queensland and Tasmania until April 2015.
Rhapsody of the Seas was first introduced to Australia in 2007 and was the founding ship of Royal Caribbean's local operation as part of the 'Vision Class'. After originally entering service in May 1997, it was given a US$52m revitalisation in 2012.
With 12 passenger decks, eight pools and whirlpools and eight bars and lounges, Rhapsody has proven incredibly popular and taken more than 300,000 Australians on holiday during the past seven years.
Things you may not know about Rhapsody of the Seas:
- It has 1000 cabins, hosting around 2000 passengers, and nine elevators.
- A white baby grand piano will greet you in the top-of-the-range Royal Suite.
- Rhapsody weighs 78,491 tonnes.
- The rock wall spans around 45 metres.
Rhapsody a step ahead of the competition
The bow-to-stern revamp two years ago gave Rhapsody a new lease of life and set a fresh benchmark for other cruise liners. Updated dining options included Giovanni's Table, Izumi Asian Cuisine, Chops Grille steakhouse and fine cuisine at the Chef's Table, plus other eateries, while it also introduced Wi-Fi availability throughout the ship, all staterooms with flat-panel TVs and an outdoor LED movie screen on the pool deck. The Centrum became the hub of the ship, as a soaring, seven-deck atrium with fantastic views: a true innovation to attract new cruisers, as well as keeping the loyal customer base happy and maintaining the wow factor.
A cruise holiday focus on Europe
The future for Rhapsody is a repositioning from Sydney to Europe on April 17, 2015, via Singapore, Dubai and the Suez Canal. It will join Splendour of the Seas, Anthem, Allure, Adventure, Brilliance, Serenade and Vision, as Royal Caribbean deploy a total of eight international ships around Europe in summer 2015. On offer will be a nine-night cruise from Istanbul around the Eastern Mediterannean, with seven-nights to Greece and Turkey from Rome. From July to mid-November 2015, Rhapsody's home port will be Rome, before moving on again to Sao Paolo in Brazil.
As one of Royal Caribbean's flagships in Australia, there may be many Rhapsody customers who follow it to Europe and around the globe and continue to enjoy its stunningly impressive onboard facilities. Check out Cruisesalefinder.com.au for more itinerary information and the best cruise deals.
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