Colby and Risa Nelms
Number of Cruises: 2
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Rhapsody of the Seas
Sailing Date: October 31st, 2004
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
Me and My husband went on this cruise in October 2004. This was my second cruise (previous one was Carnival Jubilee) and my husbands first cruise.
I would highly recommend this cruise, I would say it was a 100 times better than the carnival ship I had been on before (however it was an older ship). The ship was absolutely beautiful, I can not say enough good things about it. The food was tereffic and there was always something to eat. We only ate in the main dining room twice but I would suggest to do that every night. We ordered room service pretty often.
The ship does appear a little faded, but nothing to noticeable. We stayed in the Junior Suite which was very nice but I was disappointed with the size and I think if we had to do it over again we would have just got a room with a balcony instead. The best part of the suite was that we had VIP Check In and Check off---we got to the port and were able to use a VIP check in line which we were on the ship within 20 min. The getting off was a little congested, but what can you say when you have 2000 people wanting to get off. Another plus about being in a suite was that we had a refrigerator and a bathtub. I brought several bottled drinks on board (water, Gatorade, coke) and no one said anything about it. One person even had a small ice chest.
The internet cafe was a very nice way to keep in touch with your family for a low cost (.50 cents a min--but compared to a phone call $8.95 cents a min. I would consider it cheap).
For shore excursions: In Costa Maya, we didn't realize that it was going to be so small, or we would have done a shore excursion. We ended up laying on the beach and relaxing. Once in Cozumel we did the Hideaway boat adventure ($89 a person) and you get to drive a private speed boat (two to a boat) and follow the director to a secluded part of the beach (the boat drive was about 45 min. and it was great!!!) once you get to the beach you are able to snorkel, play volleyball, lay out under the large umbrellas and there is a Mexican buffet. I highly recommend this excursion it was worth the money.
I would tell anyone that is taking this cruise that is it well worth the money, the service was wonderful!! Everyone where on the ship. Also just a tip to remember, your tipping is automatically billed to your sail account if you sign a paper the night before the end of the cruise and they tip a certain percentage. Me and my husband decided to tip on our own since most of the time we didn't eat in the main dinning and I didn't think we should tip for 5 nights when we only ate in their 2 nights, so this was a nice option.