We sailed on the Rhapsody last September (10-17th). I am an experienced cruiser but have always sailed on a competitor line. I was not let down by the reputation of the Royal Caribbean line!
Being residents of Houston, sailing from Galveston was simply the easiest time for us. I guess because of the timing we got through the line pretty quick. ID pics were snapped and scanned and onboard we went.
We were absolutely happy with our room. It was an interior cabin but again much larger than any we had in the past.
Ports of call were Key West, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. In Key West we did the tour and then a little shopping and the hit Sloppy Joes bar... they have a live streaming cam so you let your friends and family know when you are there! Awesome drinks! The ship looked fabulous in Port but they have a large gathering at Sunset on the boardwalk area. Amazing sunset!
Next onto Grand Cayman - what else - Stingray City swimming with the Stingrays. Awesome! Although it was just less than a week after Steve Irwin's tragedy. My husband thought I was nuts to want to do that tour and entered the water with great concern. Those stingrays glide in from every which direction.
Final Port of Call was Cozumel and we did the day right on the beach at the Beach Club tour for Playa Mia. It was the most incredible beautiful beach. The water was absolutely pristine. It was all inclusive drinks and food... No complaints for a relaxing day. At the end of which hubby picked up a sparkling trinket - of Tanzanite for this gal's finger
The service on the ship was excellent. Our waiter staff were fantastic after we got acquainted - just one meal in! The odd part though was the couple that was supposed to dine with us showed for one dinner and then never showed again. Okay so they were a bit odd!
The cabin was cleaned every time we returned to it but we rarely saw our room steward. Every evening we had a new towel animal waiting for us... Our favorite by far was the Monkey!
Dan Dan the Party Man and British Becky - they know how to keep the party going. The shows were excellent and always packed out...
At the end of the week - gratuities, drinks. lots of pictures, some shopping and excursions we had about a $900 bill to pay. Not too bad at all really!
And we made friends that we've kept in touch with!
Would we do it again... Heck ya!
Beth from Houston