Royal Caribbean International’s Rhapsody of the Seas entered service in 1997 and has berths for 2,000 passengers in 1,000 cabins, 229 with balcony and 14 wheelchair-accessible. She is here for the ’08-09 cruise season (as she was last year) and offers itineraries to New Caledonia, New Zealand, the Great Barrier Reef, Tasmania, two circumnavigations of ASustralia and a departure cruise (April) to Hawaii, and thence to Vancouver. Royal Caribbean (RCCL) has made a strong commitment to the Australian market, setting up an office here this month. As competitors to Princess Line it is conceivable we will see more RCCL sailings from and around Australia in the future. RCCL’s fleet are all large resort ships and have a reputation as suitable for active couples and families, as they provide plenty of physical activities, including simulated rock-climbing – and on some ships ice-skating – facilities on board.