The first feature we are shown on Rhapsody of the Seas are the floor to ceiling windows and canopies on the 10th and 11th floors. Branded by the Royal Caribbean International Cruise line as one of their Vision ships – this is why. What better place to take a photo of the Sydney Opera House or The Sydney Harbour Bridge than on a towering ship docked at Sydney’s Circular Quay’s International Terminal.
Today I joined a group of other travel agents on a tour of this ship. These tours give travel agents a first hand look at the cabins and suites and all the facilities.
The day began with grey clouds frowning over the Harbour Bridge but by mid-morning the sky was smiling and the sun was shining. The city looked as if it had been polished for the ship’s visit.
Our tour of the Rhapsody of the Seas, which carries 1998 passengers, is 78,000 tonnes, was built in 1997 and re-furbished in 2007 took us to:
- a rock climbing wall,
- one of the biggest dance floors I have seen on a ship in the Shall We Dance ballroom,
- a theatre that seats 870 and is the focus of evening entertainment by visiting performers and the ship’s own production company,
- a child focussed centre with a kids room, a video games room and an over-14s ‘night club’
- a large casino,
- a large Day Spa with an Eqyptian theme and a hairdressing salon with big windows to the sea,
- a fitness centre that also looks out to sea
- four flexible conference rooms.
We were also invited to view all the suites from the luxurious Royal Suite with its white grand piano, marble bar and huge sitting room to the interior staterooms with all the comforts
of an elegant hotel room. In between there are Family Suites, Ocean View Staterooms, Balcony Staterooms – all offering TV, telephone, private bathrooms and room service.
Our visit included lunch on board in the Edelweiss restaurant. Meal options include fine dining, casual dining and buffet-style restaurants, a pizza paarlour and an ice cream bar.
There are 21 ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet – this is just one of them.
Tomorrow the Rhapsody sails for New Zealand. Later this year she will once circumnavigate Australia – one of the most popular cruises.
If you would like to find out more about this ship’s itineraries – or others in the Royal Caribbean’s fleet – please contact me… I’d love to tell you more.
See the Gallery of photos of the Rhapsody of the Seas