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Rhapsody Of The Seas

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Rhapsody Of The Seas Review and Specifications

Specifications of Rhapsody Of The Seas

Year built1997  /  Age : 23
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
ClassVision
Building costUSD 280 million
OwnerRoyal Caribbean Cruises Ltd
OperatorRoyal Caribbean International
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)279 m / 915 ft
Beam (width)35 m / 115 ft
Gross Tonnage78878 gt
Passengers2026 - 2431
Crew765
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

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Review of Rhapsody Of The Seas

Launched in 1997, Rhapsody of the Seas is one of the Vision-class Royal Caribbean ships, together with Vision OTS, Grandeur OTS, Enchantment OTS, Legend OTS (now Marella Discovery 2) and Splendour OTS (now Marella Discovery).

History - construction and ownership

Royal Caribbean International (RCI) is a US company, trademarked 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 RCCL's largest fleet as both numbers of vessels and GT tonnage (ship sizes and capacities). All Royal Caribbean liners have names ending with "of the Seas".

Rhapsody Of The Seas cruise ship (Royal Caribbean)

The 78,878-ton, 2,416-passenger Rhapsody of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean's older cruise 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.

Cruise itinerary program

Rhapsody of the Seas itinerary program is based on Australia and Alaska cruises departing from, respectively, Sydney and Seattle, and visiting Hawaii during repositioning. Rhapsody also offers voyages in Europe (Mediterranean departures from Rome) and in South America from Santos and Buenos Aires, with Transatlantic repositioning cruises between Europe and South America.

Cabins

Rhapsody Of The Seas has a total of 1032 cabins (of which 97 Suites, 132 Balcony rooms) in 25 grades. Most of the Rhapsody of the Seas staterooms are 130-175-sq.foot insides (407). 14 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Rhapsody of the Seas are the Royal Suites (1140 ft2).

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 300-million, 3-year Royal Advantage project which added a lot of the popular facilities and features found on the 5,400-guest Oasis and Allure of the Seas, plus a handful of twists, to more than a dozen veteran vessels. 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 7:00-11:30 a.m., Lunch 11.30-3:30 p.m. and Dinner 6.30-9:00 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 of the Seas and its entertainment is the Centrum, which got a full makeover in 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 favour 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, jewellery, logo souvenirs, General Store/alcohol and cigarettes)
  • Casino Royale (282-seat)
  • Royal Caribbean Online centre (Internet computers room; 24-hour)
  • Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center; 6 jacuzzis; 3 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.

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Rhapsody OTS was built in 1997 by Chantiers de l'Atlantique Shipyard (St Nazaire, France). The inaugural cruise (maiden voyage) started on May 19, 1997. Ship's godmother was Bodil Wilhelmsen - 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.

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 refurbishment 2012 review

The list of deckplan changes after ship's drydock refurbishment in 2012 (April) included:

  • upgraded amenities in all cabins (flat TVs, 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, the “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.

Rhapsody Of The Seas Itineraries

The below listed Rhapsody Of The Seas cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Royal Caribbean fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2020 May 16 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Venice $930
2020 May 23 7 days, round-trip Greece & Croatia Cruise Venice $1121
2020 May 30 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Venice $1222
2020 Jun 06 7 days, round-trip Greece & Croatia Cruise Venice $1063
2020 Jun 13 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Venice $1175
2020 Jun 20 7 days, round-trip Greece & Croatia Cruise Venice $1104
2020 Jun 27 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Venice $977
2020 Jul 04 7 days, round-trip Greece & Croatia Cruise Venice $1236
2020 Jul 11 6 days, round-trip Greece & Croatia Cruise Venice $749
2020 Jul 17 8 days, round-trip Greece & Croatia Cruise Venice $1231
2020 Jul 25 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Venice $893
2020 Aug 01 7 days, round-trip Greece & Croatia Cruise Venice $933
2020 Aug 08 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Venice $897
2020 Aug 15 7 days, round-trip Greece & Croatia Cruise Venice $865
2020 Aug 22 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Venice $806
2020 Aug 29 7 days, round-trip Greece & Croatia Cruise Venice $687
2020 Sep 05 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Venice $883
2020 Sep 12 7 days, round-trip Greece & Croatia Cruise Venice $970
2020 Sep 19 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Venice $865
2020 Sep 26 7 days, round-trip Greece & Croatia Cruise Venice $894
2020 Oct 03 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Venice $778
2020 Oct 10 7 days, round-trip Greece & Croatia Cruise Venice $685
2020 Oct 17 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Venice $622
2020 Oct 24 7 days, round-trip Greece & Croatia Cruise Venice $771
2020 Oct 31 7 days, one-way from Venice to Tarragona Venice $567
2020 Nov 07 14 days, one-way from Tarragona to Tampa Tarragona $533
2020 Nov 21 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $569
2020 Nov 28 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $484
2020 Dec 05 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $517
2020 Dec 12 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $484
2020 Dec 19 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Holiday Cruise Tampa $730
2020 Dec 26 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $849
2021 Jan 02 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $578
2021 Jan 09 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $558
2021 Jan 16 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $551
2021 Jan 23 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Tampa $874
2021 Feb 02 11 days, round-trip Panama Canal Cruise Tampa $1999
2021 Feb 13 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $589
2021 Feb 20 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $558
2021 Feb 27 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $566
2021 Mar 06 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $601
2021 Mar 13 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $585
2021 Mar 20 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $900
2021 Mar 27 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $817
2021 Apr 03 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $900
2021 Apr 10 14 days, one-way from Tampa to Civitavecchia Tampa $689
2021 Apr 24 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Venice Civitavecchia $1074
2021 May 01 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Venice $799
2021 May 08 7 days, round-trip Greece & Croatia Cruise Venice $799
2021 May 15 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Venice $799
2021 May 22 7 days, round-trip Greece & Croatia Cruise Venice $839
2021 May 29 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Venice $849
2021 Jun 05 7 days, round-trip Greece & Croatia Cruise Venice $799
2021 Jun 12 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Venice $899
2021 Jun 19 7 days, round-trip Greece & Croatia Cruise Venice $929
2021 Jun 26 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Venice $949
2021 Jul 03 7 days, round-trip Greece & Croatia Cruise Venice $949
2021 Jul 10 6 days, round-trip Greece & Croatia Cruise Venice $729
2021 Jul 16 8 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Venice $1199
2021 Jul 24 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Venice $949
2021 Jul 31 7 days, round-trip Greece & Croatia Cruise Venice $1029
2021 Aug 07 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Venice $829
2021 Aug 14 7 days, round-trip Greece & Croatia Cruise Venice $899
2021 Aug 21 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Venice $779
2021 Aug 28 7 days, round-trip Greece & Croatia Cruise Venice $849
2021 Sep 04 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Venice $849
2021 Sep 11 7 days, round-trip Greece & Croatia Cruise Venice $849
2021 Sep 18 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Venice $729
2021 Sep 25 7 days, round-trip Greece & Croatia Cruise Venice $799
2021 Oct 02 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Venice $699
2021 Oct 09 7 days, round-trip Greece & Croatia Cruise Venice $749
2021 Oct 16 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Venice $749
2021 Oct 23 7 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona Venice $749
2021 Nov 30 14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Tampa Barcelona $689
2021 Dec 14 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $413
2021 Dec 18 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $629
2021 Dec 24 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $824
2021 Dec 31 8 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Holiday Cruise Tampa $1049
2022 Jan 08 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $479
2022 Jan 15 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $474
2022 Jan 22 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $579
2022 Jan 29 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $474
2022 Feb 05 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $499
2022 Feb 12 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $494
2022 Feb 19 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $629
2022 Feb 26 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $494
2022 Mar 05 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $499
2022 Mar 12 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $544
2022 Mar 19 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $499
2022 Mar 26 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $494
2022 Apr 02 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $499
2022 Apr 09 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $524
2022 Apr 16 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Tampa $589

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