Rhapsody Of The Seas

Rhapsody Of The Seas current position

Rhapsody Of The Seas current location is at East Mediterranean (coordinates 34.50113 N / 25.72478 E) cruising at speed of 15.3 kn (28 kph/ 18 mph) en route to CIVITAVECCHIA. The AIS position was reported 4 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Rhapsody Of The Seas

Year built1997  /  Age: 25
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
ClassVision
Building costUSD 280 million
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)279 m / 915 ft
Beam (width)35 m / 115 ft
Gross Tonnage78878 gt
Passengers2026 - 2431
Crew770
Passengers-to-space ratio32
Decks12
Cabins1013
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2016
Sister-shipsEnchantment OTS, Vision OTS, Grandeur OTS, Splendour OTS (Marella Discovery), Legend OTS (Marella Discovery 2)
Christened byBodil Wilhelmsen
OwnerRCG-Royal Caribbean Group (via RCCL-Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd)
OperatorRCI-Royal Caribbean International

Rhapsody Of The Seas Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2022 May 23 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Piraeus-Athens Civitavecchia-Rome $505
2022 May 30 7 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Ravenna Piraeus-Athens $491
2022 Jun 06 7 days, one-way from Ravenna to Barcelona Ravenna $591
2022 Jun 13 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia-Rome Barcelona $711
2022 Jun 20 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Piraeus-Athens Civitavecchia-Rome $667
2022 Jun 27 7 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Ravenna Piraeus-Athens $541
2022 Jul 04 7 days, one-way from Ravenna to Barcelona Ravenna $551
2022 Jul 11 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia-Rome Barcelona $591
2022 Jul 18 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Piraeus-Athens Civitavecchia-Rome $671
2022 Jul 25 7 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Ravenna Piraeus-Athens $581
2022 Aug 01 4 days, one-way from Ravenna to Haifa Ravenna $250
2022 Aug 05 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Haifa $981
2022 Aug 12 6 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Haifa $931
2022 Aug 18 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Haifa $911
2022 Aug 25 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Haifa $931
2022 Sep 01 8 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Haifa $581
2022 Sep 09 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Haifa $765
2022 Sep 16 3 days, round-trip Cyprus Cruise Haifa $229
2022 Sep 19 4 days, round-trip Greece Cyprus Cruise Haifa $280
2022 Sep 23 5 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Haifa $713
2022 Sep 28 5 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Haifa $310
2022 Oct 03 4 days, round-trip Greece Cyprus Cruise Haifa $270
2022 Oct 07 6 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Haifa $561
2022 Oct 13 6 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Haifa $461
2022 Oct 19 5 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Haifa $310
2022 Oct 24 4 days, round-trip Greece Cyprus Cruise Haifa $250
2022 Oct 28 3 days, round-trip Cyprus Cruise Haifa $210
2022 Oct 31 8 days, one-way from Haifa to Barcelona Haifa $441
2022 Nov 08 12 days, one-way from Barcelona to Bridgetown Barcelona $421
2022 Nov 20 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Island Hop Bridgetown $781
2022 Nov 27 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Island Hop Bridgetown $663
2022 Dec 04 14 days, round-trip Ultimate Caribbean Cruise Bridgetown $1071
2022 Dec 18 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Island Hop Holiday Bridgetown $831
2022 Dec 26 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Island Hop Holiday Bridgetown $871
2023 Jan 03 5 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Island Hop Bridgetown $532
2023 Jan 08 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Island Hop Bridgetown $621
2023 Jan 15 14 days, round-trip Ultimate Caribbean Cruise Bridgetown $1131
2023 Jan 29 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Island Hop Bridgetown $693
2023 Mar 05 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Island Hop Bridgetown $631
2023 Mar 12 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Adventure Bridgetown $681
2023 Mar 19 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Island Hop Bridgetown $681
2023 Mar 26 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Island Hop Bridgetown $681
2023 Apr 02 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Adventure Bridgetown $681
2023 Apr 09 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Island Hop Bridgetown $681
2023 Apr 16 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Island Hop Bridgetown $681
2023 Apr 23 6 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Miami Bridgetown $280
2023 Apr 29 17 days, one-way from Miami to Limassol Miami $957
2023 May 16 5 days, round-trip Egypt Intensive Cruise Limassol $752
2023 May 21 7 days, round-trip Israel Egypt Cruise Limassol $791
2023 May 28 7 days, round-trip Greece Turkey Cruise Limassol $791
2023 Jun 04 7 days, round-trip Israel Egypt Cruise Limassol $791
2023 Jun 11 7 days, round-trip Mama Mia Cruise Limassol $791
2023 Jun 18 7 days, round-trip Israel Egypt Cruise Limassol $891
2023 Jun 25 7 days, round-trip Greece Turkey Cruise Limassol $891
2023 Jul 02 7 days, round-trip Israel Egypt Cruise Limassol $891
2023 Jul 09 7 days, round-trip Mama Mia Cruise Limassol $891
2023 Jul 16 7 days, round-trip Israel Egypt Cruise Limassol $891
2023 Jul 23 7 days, round-trip Greece Turkey Cruise Limassol $891
2023 Jul 30 7 days, round-trip Israel Egypt Cruise Limassol $891
2023 Aug 06 7 days, round-trip Mama Mia Cruise Limassol $891
2023 Aug 13 7 days, round-trip Israel Egypt Cruise Limassol $891
2023 Aug 20 7 days, round-trip Greece Turkey Cruise Limassol $791
2023 Aug 27 5 days, one-way from Limassol to Haifa Limassol $752
2023 Sep 01 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Haifa $531
2023 Sep 08 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Haifa $731
2023 Sep 15 4 days, round-trip Greece Cyprus Cruise Haifa $301
2023 Sep 19 3 days, round-trip Cyprus Cruise Haifa $218
2023 Sep 22 5 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Haifa $372
2023 Sep 27 2 days, round-trip Cyprus Cruise Haifa $193
2023 Sep 29 5 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Haifa $372
2023 Oct 04 5 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Haifa $392
2023 Oct 09 4 days, round-trip Greece Cyprus Cruise Haifa $331
2023 Oct 13 5 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Haifa $392
2023 Oct 18 5 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Haifa $392
2023 Oct 23 4 days, round-trip Greece Cyprus Cruise Haifa $331
2023 Oct 27 5 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Haifa $392
2023 Nov 01 5 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Haifa $392
2023 Nov 06 6 days, one-way from Haifa to Barcelona Haifa $595
2023 Nov 12 14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale Barcelona $663
2023 Nov 26 3 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Fort Lauderdale $276
2023 Dec 02 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Colon $644
2023 Dec 09 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Colon $644
2023 Dec 16 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Colon $644
2023 Dec 17 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Cartagena Colombia $704
2023 Dec 23 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Colon $1153
2023 Dec 24 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Cartagena Colombia $1153
2023 Dec 30 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Colon $1104
2023 Dec 31 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Cartagena Colombia $1104
2024 Jan 06 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Colon $773
2024 Jan 07 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Cartagena Colombia $773
2024 Jan 13 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Colon $824
2024 Jan 14 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Cartagena Colombia $824
2024 Jan 20 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Colon $773
2024 Jan 21 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Cartagena Colombia $773
2024 Jan 27 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Colon $773
2024 Jan 28 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Cartagena Colombia $773
2024 Feb 03 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Colon $754
2024 Feb 04 6 days, one-way from Cartagena Colombia to Colon Cartagena Colombia $633
2024 Feb 10 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Colon $754
2024 Feb 17 7 days, one-way from Colon to Panama City Colon $754
2024 Feb 24 7 days, one-way from Panama City to Colon Panama City $754
2024 Mar 02 7 days, one-way from Colon to Panama City Colon $663
2024 Mar 09 7 days, one-way from Panama City to Colon Panama City $663
2024 Mar 16 7 days, one-way from Colon to Panama City Colon $663
2024 Mar 23 7 days, one-way from Panama City to Colon Panama City $663
2024 Mar 30 7 days, one-way from Colon to Panama City Colon $663
2024 Apr 06 7 days, one-way from Panama City to Colon Panama City $693
2024 Apr 13 7 days, one-way from Colon to Miami Colon $674

Rhapsody Of The Seas Review

Review of Rhapsody Of The Seas

The 1997-built Rhapsody of the Seas cruise ship is of the Vision-class Royal Caribbean liners, with sisterships Vision OTS, Grandeur OTS, Enchantment OTS, Legend OTS (now Marella Discovery 2), Splendour OTS (now Marella Discovery).

The vessel (IMO number 9116864) is currently Bahamas-flagged (MMSI 311805000) and registered in Nassau.

History - construction and ownership

Royal Caribbean International (RCI) is a US passenger shipping company, trademarked travel brand, and subsidiary owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL, shipowner). RCI was established in 1968 and currently has over 1/5 of the worldwide cruise market. RCI also has RCG's largest fleet as both numbers of vessels and GT tonnage (ship sizes and capacities). All RCI liners have names ending with "of the Seas".

Rhapsody Of The Seas cruise ship (Royal Caribbean)

The 2000-passenger ship Rhapsody OTS is one of Royal Caribbean's older liners. In addition to a family suite and new staterooms being added, upgrades to the ship included new dining venues, an outdoor movie screen poolside, lounges for elite past guests, digital signage and a nursery. The first Royal Caribbean vessels to offer balconies in a number of categories, the Vision-class ships feature acres of glass skylights allowing sunlight to flood in. Each ship boasts a soaring central atrium at its heart anchored by a chic bar filling with music after dark - the ideal spot for watching the aerial performances overhead.

Decks and Cabins

Rhapsody Of The Seas staterooms (1013 total, in 24 grades) include 98 Suites, 136 Balcony, 372 Oceanviews, 407 Inside. Cabin sizes vary between 130-150-190 ft2 (12-14-18 m2). Most cabin balconies are sized 40 ft2 / 4 m2. The largest is the Royal Suite (1185 ft2 / 110 m2 plus 140 ft2 / 13 m2 terrace). Wheelchair-accessible cabins are 14.

The boat has 12 decks, of which 11 are passenger-accessible and 5 with cabins.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Rhapsody of the Seas got a new image with the refurbishment in March 2012. The US$16 million makeover was part of Royal Caribbean's USD 300 million, 3-year "Royal Advantage" fleet renovation program for adding facilities and amenities found on the Oasis-class liners. A number of Oasis-class dining options were added to Rhapsody of the Seas, effectively doubling the choices. New dining venues include the Asian Izumi, the Italian Giovanni's Table serving family-style dishes and Park Cafe deli - a casual bistro concept borrowed from Oasis and Allure. The ribbon was also cut on a new Chops Grille, Royal Caribbean's signature option for grilled meats and seafood (US$30 per person), and the Chef's Table, a US$95 wine-paired dinner hosted by the executive chef and sommelier.

Rhapsody Of The Seas cruise ship (Royal Caribbean)

Follows the complete list of Rhapsody of the Seas restaurants and food bars.

  • Edelweiss Restaurant (1090-seat aft Dining Room; offers Brasserie 30 lunch on sea days; Chef's Table)
  • Windjammer Cafe Lido buffet restaurant (710-seat, offers Early Breakfast at 6:30 a.m., Breakfast between 7-11:30 am, Lunch 11.30-3:30 pm, Dinner 6.30-9 p.m.)
  • Chops Grille (speciality restaurant; reservations recommended)
  • Giovanni's Table (79-seat Italian speciality restaurant)
  • Izumi (Asian speciality restaurant)
  • Park Cafe (76-seat deli restaurant; complimentary - serves the Solarium area).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The hub of Rhapsody OTS' entertainment is the Centrum Atrium, which got a complete makeover during drydock 2012. Its lowest level is on Deck 4, where the R Bar serves classic martinis in a '60s mod decor setting. All the action takes place there, including art auctions, ballroom dance classes, cooking demos, audience-participation games and late-night dance parties. The Centrum soars up to Deck 8. The upper reaches were outfitted with rigging and stage lighting for aerial acrobatic performances. The ship features a few main lounges. Broadway Melodies is one of the most functional with seating on fixed banquettes, which provides adequate space to enter and exit. Space is maximized as the tables have been eliminated in favor of comfy drink holders on armrests. The theatre is done up in jade-green marble, with furniture in matching leather and turquoise brocade. On a week-long cruise, expect several performances by ship's singers and dancers, as well as a few speciality acts.

Additional amenities include Complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, Supervised Youth program, Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry, Self-Serve Laundromats (14).

Follows the complete list of Rhapsody of the Seas lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Broadway Melodies Theatre (870-seat, features grand production shows with dance, acrobatics, comedy and games)
  • Photo Gallery and Shop; Art Gallery
  • The Centrum (7-deck atrium and social hub, offers aerial acrobatics entertainment); Shall We Dance Lounge (300-seat show entertainment lounge); Diamond Club and Lounge; Concierge Club (suite and past guests only); Viking Crown Lounge and Nightclub
  • R Bar (66-seat cocktail bar); Cafe Latte-tudes Bar (36-seat speciality coffee bar, Starbucks Coffee); Schooner Bar (145-seat piano bar)
  • Centrum Boutiques (duty-free; clothes, perfumes, accessories, jewelry, logo souvenirs, General Store/alcohol and cigarettes)
  • Casino Royale (282-seat)
  • Royal Caribbean Online center (Internet computers room; 24-hour)
  • Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center; 6 jacuzzis; 3 swimming pools
  • Solarium lounge (includes Cafe Bar, pool bar and adults-only pool area)
  • Outdoor Movie Screen
  • Video Games Arcade; FantaSeas Teen Center and Disco; Royal Babies and Tots Nursery
  • Adventure Beach; Adventure Ocean kids lounge area
  • Sports Court (golf simulator, table tennis, basketball court); Crystal Canopy; Jogging Track; Rock-climbing Wall.

Itineraries

Rhapsody of the Seas itinerary program is based on Australia and Alaska roundtrips from, respectively, Sydney NSW and Seattle WA, and visiting Hawaii during repositioning. Rhapsody OTS also offers voyages in Europe (Mediterranean departures from homeports Civitavecchia/Rome-Ravenna-Piraeus/Athens-Barcelona) and occasionally in South America (from Santos and Buenos Aires), with Transatlantic crossings (RepositionCruises.com) between Europe and South America.

For winter 2022-2023, Rhapsody OTS was homeported in Bridgetown Barbados (starting November 2022), to operate 5-7-8-14-night roundtrips. The itineraries were themed as "Southern Caribbean Island Hop" (5-night and 7-night), "Southern Caribbean Adventure" (7-night), "Southern Caribbean Holiday" (8-night), "Ultimate Caribbean" (14-night).

During the summers of 2022 and 2023 (August-September) the ship is homeported in Limassol (Cyprus Island, Greece). The 7-day roundtrips visit ports in Greece (Thessaloniki), Greek Islands (Rhodes, Santorini, Mykonos, Skiathos), Turkey (Istanbul, Kusadasi), Israel (Haifa, Ashdod), and Egypt (Alexandria, Port Said). Roundtrips from Israel (Haifa) are also offered.

For winter 2023-2024 (December-April), Rhapsody OTS has scheduled an RCI-first Caribbean and Latin America program based on 3x homeports - two in Panama (Colon, and Panama City/Fuerte Amador) and one in Colombia (Cartagena). The 7-night roundtrips also visit Panama Canal and The Netherlands' ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) in the Leeward Antilles. The Panama Canal itinerary (8x departures from Fuerte Amador) visits Cartagena, and Costa Rica's Puntarenas and Quepos.

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Rhapsody OTS was built by Chantiers de l'Atlantique Shipyard (St Nazaire, France). The inaugural cruise (maiden voyage) started on May 19, 1997.The ship's godmother was Bodil Wilhelmsen - the wife of Gjert Wilhelmsen (principal stockholder in RCCL).

Ship's Atrium is 6-deck tall and called Centrum. Its bottom floor (lobby level) has a bar, grand piano and a large dance floor. The Centrum's main level is also home for many activities like trivia games, cooking classes, song and dance aerial acrobatics performances, art auctions. And there is no chance for missing the fun here because you should pass this area to get anywhere on the ship. The top of the Centrum is for the Viking Crown Lounge area - "the place" for your scenery views during the voyage.

Ex-Barbados cruises 2022-2023

For winter 2022-2023, Rhapsody OTS was homeported in Bridgetown Barbados (November 20, 2022, thru April 16, 2023), with a unique schedule of 5-7-8-14-night roundtrip itineraries.

7-day "Southern Caribbean Island Hop" itinerary (from USD 1100 pp with double occupancy)

Date / TimePort
20 Nov 22:00Departing from Bridgetown
21 Nov 09:00 - 18:00Scarborough, Tobago
22 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
23 Nov 08:00 - 18:00St Georges, Grenada
24 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Kingstown, St Vincent Island, Grenadines
25 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Fort-de-France, Martinique
26 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Castries, St Lucia
27 Nov 07:00Arriving in Bridgetown

14-day "Ultimate Caribbean Cruise" itinerary (US$ 3100 pp)

Date / TimePort
04 Dec 22:00Departing from Bridgetown
05 Dec 08:00 - 16:00St Georges, Grenada
06 Dec 13:00 - 21:00Kralendijk, Bonaire, Dutch Antilles
07 Dec - 08 Dec 08:00Willemstad, Curacao, Dutch Antilles
10 Dec 07:00 - 15:00Cartagena, Colombia
11 Dec 07:00 - 18:00Colon, Panama
12 Dec 07:00 - 17:00Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
14 Dec - 15 Dec 13:00Oranjestad, Aruba, Dutch Antilles
17 Dec 08:00 - 17:00Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
18 Dec 07:00Arriving in Bridgetown

5-day "Southern Caribbean Island Hop" itinerary (US$ 890 pp)

Date / TimePort
03 Jan 21:00Departing from Bridgetown
04 Jan 11:00 - 18:00Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe
05 Jan 08:00 - 18:00Fort-de-France, Martinique
06 Jan 08:00 - 18:00Kingstown, St Vincent Island
07 Jan 09:00 - 18:00St Georges, Grenada
08 Jan 07:00Arriving in Bridgetown

7-day "Southern Caribbean Adventure" itinerary (US$ 770 pp)

Date / TimePort
12 Mar 22:00Departing from Bridgetown
13 Mar 08:00 - 14:00St Georges, Grenada
14 Mar 13:00 - 20:00Kralendijk, Bonaire
15 Mar - 16 Mar 08:00Oranjestad, Aruba
18 Mar 08:00 - 17:00Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
19 Mar 07:00Arriving in Bridgetown

Itineraries 2017 changes

In May-October, 2017, Rhapsody will operate in Europe (Mediterranean) on 7-night round trips from Venice Italy. Follows Transatlantic repositioning to Tampa Florida for Caribbean cruises (starting on November 19, 2017). The previously scheduled Canada New England cruises from home-port Cape Liberty (Bayonne New Jersey / New York) will be operated by Vision of the Seas.

Rhapsody OTS refurbishments review

The list of deckplan changes after drydock refurbishment 2012 (April) included:

  • upgraded amenities in all staterooms (HDTVs, renovated bathrooms, interiors, linens, furniture)
  • Jumbotron (huge poolside LED screen for movies / located close to the main pool on Lido Deck)
  • new lounges ("Diamond" and "Concierge")
  • new dining options ("Giovanni's Table" Trattoria/Italian cuisine, "Izumi"/Asian cuisine, "Chops Grille"/steakhouse, "Chef's Table"/limited capacity intimate dining, Viking Crown's new a la carte menu, the free of charge deli "Park Cafe")
  • Nursery
  • upgraded "Centrum" (Atrium entertainment program / acrobatic shows)
  • R Bar (1960s-themed lounge)
  • Wi-Fi coverage was upgraded to shipwide.
  • Digital signage boards were installed.

The ship's last drydocking was in 2022 (April-May) for routine maintenance works conducted at Damen Shiprepair Brest (France). The project included hull cleaning and painting, mechanical works (machinery inspections and upgrades, including of the propulsion system and the engines), outdoor spaces renovations (sundeck, swimming pools), recarpeting of all indoor public areas (hallways, bars, lounges).

Rhapsody OTS' previous drydock was in 2016 December.

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