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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


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.

Balcony Stateroom - Guarantee

Guarantee - Balcony Stateroom means that you are guaranteed an Balcony Stateroom. Category, location, and stateroom number to be advised before boarding.

  • Balcony Staterooms feature Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size)
  • Private balcony
  • Sitting area with sofa bed
  • A private ensuite
  • Also includes refrigerator, vanity area, hair-dryer, TV, phone, safe, computer jack, vanity table with an extendable working surface for laptop computers and 110/220 electrical outlets.
  • Approximate cabin size 191 sq. ft., balcony 41 sq. ft
  • Please note: Staterooms 7150 & 7650 have obstructed views.



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Activites and Adventure

Activities and Adventure on Rhapsody

There is plenty of Activites and Adventure to participate in onboard, or just relax and do nothing

  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Video Game Arcade
  • Table Tennis
  • Game Shows
  • Dance Classes
  • Mini Golf
  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Duty-free shops onboard featuring name brand jewellery, perfumes, clothing and more