Five Things to Know About Royal Caribbean International's Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Ship
Best for: Families and fun seekers who want plenty to do but don’t want to navigate a mega-sized ship
Sails: The Caribbean, Central America, the Mediterranean, Mexico
At a Glance: Recently refurbished in 2016, Vision-class ships are known for their smaller size and beyond-the-Caribbean itineraries. Rhapsody of the Seas specializes in Mediterranean cruises, with multiple sailings in the Greek isles and Croatia. And though it’s more intimate than Royal Caribbean’s largest ships, it still has plenty of fun activities to choose from (rock climbing, anyone?).
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You Won’t Get Lost
While Royal Caribbean is best known for floating metropolises like Harmony of the Seas, aka the largest cruise ship in the world, the line’s Vision class feels much more intimate. Rhapsody of the Seas carries fewer than half the passengers as Harmony. But you’ll still find many Royal Caribbean’s signature activities, kids’ programs, and restaurants. (More on that later.)
It’s a Great Way to Explore
There may be a less to do onboard, but Rhapsody of the Seas keeps its passengers plenty busy with island-hopping and mainland-centric itineraries on both sides of the Atlantic. Beyond mainland Europe, look for voyages through the Greek, Italian, and Canary Islands.
You Can Stay Active
Rhapsody of the Seas may not be the biggest Royal Caribbean ship, but it still offers many ways to play. There’s a rock-climbing wall, a video arcade, two pools, and a poolside movie screen. And if you’re in the mood for a workout, you can always hit the fitness center where you’ll find lots of classes to help you work off that buffet.
Relaxation Is a Priority
If you’d rather chill by the pool with a book than hit the rock-climbing wall, this is the ship for you. The adults-only Solarium pool has a retractable glass roof. Or book a treatment at Vitality Spa, which offers everything from body wraps and massage to acupuncture and Botox.
There’s Plenty to Eat
When you’re not sampling the local cuisine onshore, you’ll have several onboard options to choose from. During the day, grab a sandwich at Park Café or hit the buffet at Windjammer Café, then grab a scoop at Ben & Jerry’s. For dinner, do the main dining room or pay an extra fee for steak at Chops Grille, Japanese at Izumi, Italian at Giovanni’s Table, or a five-course, wine-paired extravaganza at the intimate Chef’s Table.