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    Rhapsody of the Seas - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews

    Rhapsody of the Seas in Alaska The 78,000-ton, 2,000-guest Rhapsody of the Seas was the fifth of Royal Caribbean’s six Vision-class ships, launched in 1997.

    Like the rest of the Vision class, Rhapsody looks downright tiny today next to her newer fleetmates, measuring about half the size of the Voyager- and Freedom-class ships and a third the size of the Oasis-class ships. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, since midsize ships can be cozier and easier to get around. But all in all, the Vision-class ships are a mixed bag, offering some of the attractions and amenities of Royal Caribbean’s newer vessels but also feeling a bit dated, with more glitz than subtlety in their 1990s designs.

    Public Rooms on Rhapsody of the Seas
    Most public rooms are located on Decks 5 and 6, radiating out from a central seven-story atrium full of faux palm trees and glass elevators. At the base of the atrium, on Deck 4, the Champagne Bar offers musical entertainment to go with its namesake bubbly.

    On Deck 5, there’s the glittery Broadway Melodies Theatre and the flashy and crowded Casino Royale. On Deck 6, there’s the nautically themed Schooner Bar for piano entertainment and relaxation; the cozy Moonlight Bay seaview lounge; the Shall We Dance Lounge for a mix of live music, dancing, and entertainment; and six shops, including the photo shop. Up at the top of the ship, Deck 11′s Viking Crown Lounge is an observation lounge by day and disco by night.

    For kids, the Adventure Ocean playroom on Deck 10 is stocked with toys and games, and there’s a teen center and video arcade right next door.

    On Deck 9, you can swim or lounge in the spacious main pool area or chill out in the Solarium, with its retractable glass ceiling and vaguely Roman design motifs. Just astern, the two-deck spa and fitness center offers the usual selection of treatments, steam rooms, and saunas, plus small aerobics and workout rooms. Outside are a rock-climbing wall and a jogging track.

    Dining on Rhapsody of the Seas
    Dining options on Rhapsody are limited. Dinners are taken at the two-deck Edelweiss Dining Room, a very 90s-looking space with lots of chrome, glass, and dramatic lighting features. Other than that, your main alternative is the Windjammer Cafe buffet restaurant.

    Cabins on Rhapsody of the Seas
    Cabins aboard the Vision-class ships tend to be small and have seen a lot of use in their decade and a half of service. Standard outside cabins are only 151 square feet, and come with a TV, a small sitting area, a vanity, and a small bathroom.

    If you want a private balcony, you’ll have to bump up to a 191-square-foot Superior Oceanview stateroom, which also offers a minibar, small sitting area, and lots of storage space. The top-of-the-line accommodations are the 1,176-square-foot Royal Suites, which come with separate living room and bedroom, a huge marble bathroom with a whirlpool tub, a baby grand piano, and a 138-square-foot private veranda.

    The Main Dining Room on Royal Caribbean's Rhapsody of the SeasShip Information
    Rhapsody of the Seas belongs to Royal Caribbean's Vision Class of cruise ships. The ship's design with thousands of windows give a feeling of closeness to the sea. The Vision Class cruise ships will take you to all corners of the world in comfort and convenience.

    Ship Facts
    Year Built 1997 ♦ Ship's Class: Vision Class ♦ Country of Registry Bahamas ♦ Tonnage 78,000 ♦ Length 916 ft - 275 m ♦ Cruising Speed 22 knots ♦ Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 1,998 ♦ Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) 2,435 ♦ Passenger Decks 11 ♦ Officers and Crew 765 ♦ Officer's Nationality Scandinavian ♦ Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International

    Total 999 ♦ Suites with Balcony 97 ♦ Oceanview with Balcony 132 ♦ Oceanview without Balcony 364 ♦ Inside 406 ♦ Accessible Cabins (all categories) 14 ♦ Royal Caribbean's cabins are among the best one can find, with spacious, thoughtful and comfortable design. Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, refrigerator, extensive satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.

    Cabin Amenities
    TV with music channels ♦ In-Cabin Movies ♦ In-Cabin Internet Access ♦ Private Safe ♦ Minibar ♦ Hair Dryer

    Traditional 1st and 2nd Sitting Assigned Table Seating ♦ Optional Open Seating - "My Time Dining" allows you to be seated any time the dining room is open ♦ Formal Nights ♦ Specialty Restaurant: There are no specialty resturants on Vision Class ships ♦ Specialty Coffee Bar ♦ 24 Hour Room Service Available

    Public Rooms
    Bars and Lounges ♦ Library ♦ Internet Center

    Showlounge ♦ Casino ♦ Disco/Nightclub ♦ Card Room/Game Room ♦ Video Games Arcade

    Sports and Activities
    Outdoor Pools ♦ Sports Court ♦ Fitness Center ♦ Rock Climbing ♦ Jogging Track ♦ Promenade Deck wraps around the ship

    Spa and Wellness
    Full Service Spa ♦ MedSpa Services ♦ Sauna or Steam Room ♦ Beauty Salon ♦ Yoga ♦ Pilates ♦ Fitness Assessment ♦ Health and Nutrition Evaluation

    Children and Teens
    Family Cabins ♦ Organized Age Specific Activities ♦ Children's Pool ♦ Outdoor Children's Play Area ♦ Youth Staff ♦ Dedicated Teen Center ♦ Teen Programs ♦ Teen Staff

    Other Facilities and Services
    Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦ Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦ Business Center Services ♦ Medical Center