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Terry

Age: 49

Occupation:teacher

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Rhapsody of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2011-08-6

Itinerary: Alaska

As a first time cruiser I had no expectations and was blown away by the personal service given by every worker on the ship. There was plenty to do and see. Just fantastic! The whole experience felt like a pampered retreat. Junea was a bit rainy, but we didn't care- it's amazingly charming. Rode the Roberts tram and saw gorgeous scenery down below. in Skagway, take the bus tour to Carcross to have a BBQ and interact with husky puppies. Then ride the train back down - you can go outside the train on the platform to get gorgeous pictures of the trail of '98. Our bus driver, Tomas, was excellent!! Tracy Arms Fjord was a spiritual experience for me- the glaciers and mountains were undescrible with ice bergs and seals floating along. I looked down and saw the captain walking around his station, navigating us through the icebergs- very impressive! Victioria BC were full of breathtaking scenery and things to do! I've never seen so many gorgeous flowers in my life!

Tips:
1. Be prepared for the ship to rock and roll quite a bit in the open sea. We had to take our time walking down the stairs in the theater. I could picture a frail person falling very easily.
2. The shows are professional and fun- Tony Tillman had us rolling on the floor with laughter.
3. Do bring the suggested amount of formal wear - people really do get dressed up for dinner- shorts are never allowed in the dining room (they are allowed in the Windjammer though).
4. Go to the sales in the ships stores- they're worth it!
5. You don't have to spend a lot of money onboard to have fun- there are plenty of free things to do. Your seapass account can add up quick, so use discretionary buying. You can prepay with cash on your seapass at the pursers desk if you're worried about running up a huge tab.
6.Internet access and cell phone use was advertised but wouldn't work. my cell phone worked at the ports (I didn't bother to try the internet again).
7. The food was outstanding, with the best attention to service I've ever experienced- order the wild Alaskan salmon and butterfish! Wish I had some right now!
8. At dinner, you will be at a table with other guests the entire time- getting to know them was fun and we plan on keeping in touch.
9. Smile- there should be no stress on a cruise!

The food was fine restaurant quality with lots of choices, plus you can order as much as you want. I didn't have one bad meal and our waiter and assistant were outstanding! The fish was always fresh and delicious!

Our stateroom was wonderful. Two twin beds were pushed together. I was shocked that I slept like a baby (slight rocking of the ship through the night). The room was soundproof, except I could here the live music on the ship once in awhile. Fernando kept our room clean and was available to help whenever we needed it.

Loved the Bingo, Casino, Solarium Pool (adults only), all kinds of shows, karaoke, live music, dancing, lectures, captains welcome with free glass of champagne, etc, etc, etc.

Don't miss the motorcoach/railroad tour from skagway to the Canadian Yukon and back down! Don't miss the trails once you get off the Roberts tram- note that the tram is about a 5 minute ride - not an extensive scenic tour of the coast

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