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Saundra Smith

Age: 66

Occupation:Minister's assistant

Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Rhapsody of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2010-05-21

Itinerary: Inside passage of Alaska

We enjoyed our Rc experience very much.. The service was exceptional in every area.... Dining room, Windjammer, cabin, guest relation desk, check-in, etc.. It spoils us to have people watching for ways to anticipate our every need or wish.


I appreciated the reasonable bargains in the gift shops. I picked up some inexpensive gifts for friends because of that that normally would have only seen our pictures..


The food was very good. I love to try new dishes and didn't try anything that wasn't good, including the escargo. My husband is diabetic and although he didn't say that to our servers they made sure he was given sugar-free choices each evening in the dining room. I wasn't particularly impressed with the lobster as it seemed tasteless to me. But I was told by other passengers that the lobster was warm water instead of the more flavorful cold water lobster. Everything else was delicious. Especially the venisen. The coffee was heavenly.

The balcony stateroom was well worth the extra money for the Alaskan cruise because we sat on our balcony and took great pictures of the Tracy De Arms Glacier and other sites. However, there were several things that could have been better.in the cabin, But we still enjoyed our cabin very much.
The bed appeared to almost be worn out. The announcement speaker wasn't working. Neither was the hair dryer. (Fortunenately for me, I brought my own).
We could only use our balcony when our neighbor wasn't using his because he used his to smoke. If we left our door to the balcony open our room fillled with cigarette smoke. We checked the rules and he was within his rights to do this. We were glad to learn one side of the ship was disignated for smokers and the other for clean air enthusiasts. That worked for all of us.

We only used the jogging track which we appreciated. Very easy on the joints.

Butchart Gardens and the Butterfly Garden was stunningly beautiful.



We were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary with a Gospel Jubilee group where the gospel singing each night was our fantastic entertainment . Our travel agent was on the trip with us and made the cruise very special by the little treats she had delivered each evening to our cabin. Since I had just come through a battle with two kinds of cancer within 6 months we were cautious about booking tours that took a lot of energy. but we saw and experienced enough.to make it the wonderful vacation we expected. Thank you, Royal Caribbean for making it memorable for us.


If I could make a suggestion that would help organize the transportation by taxis it would be to make it impossible for any but the people at the head of the line to get to a taxi. We finally had to insist on the taxi being ours as we had been shoved out of the way for at least 15 minutes by others who were behind us in the line. Those who have manners or concerns for others could stand there until the last rude person was gone if it was left to those who were supposed to be controlling the situation.. It was a bad end to a good vacation.

All that would need to be done is put a rail up at the edge of the sidewalk. (The same principle as when we checked in.) Then we could all make our connections without feeling so frustrated.

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