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Quick Review Rhapsody 5/30/04

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I’ve been trying to post a review since my return but it just keeping getting longer and longer so I decided to do a quick review and allow people to ask questions.

 

I want to start by saying that there is never such a thing as a bad cruise – unless you miss the ship, fall overboard, the ship sinks or someone close to you dies. That being said my friend Joyce will probably not like the fact that I rank this cruise low on my list of cruises – mainly because of the food. I can’t say many good things about the food. Good bread, good frozen yogurt, and good desserts - that about covers it. I could write pages on the food and how poorly it was prepared. This was the opinion of several people on board.

 

Things I liked –

Several good movies on TV

Lots of places in the cabin to tuck small items.

Most of the staff and crew were friendly, although sometimes slow.

Assistant waiter was wonderful.

Winning money in the Casino.

Lots of space around the pool / on deck to hang out.

Winning $1000 worth of artwork in a raffle.

Chocolate frozen yogurt.

Meeting new people.

Quick embarkation.

Not too cold in the common areas.

Quest.

 

Things I didn’t like –

Beds and pillow were foam and very uncomfortable

TV was VERY small – I tore my finger open on the slide out rack when I tried to swing the TV around.

The cabin wasn’t very clean overall and even when things were pointed out to the steward he didn’t really try very hard to correct them, even though I gave him $20 up front.

The coupons that you had to buy if you wanted to have the tips placed on your card, which didn’t allow much leeway when it came to adjusting tips.

Waiter who was rude and treated table mates like the plague.

Losing money in the casino.

Hours of the Adventure Ocean Club (always seemed to interfere with the Blackjack tournament).

Food – mostly because it was undercooked. Pizza was OK.

Didn’t care for their hamburgers or hotdogs.

The fact that the café closed at 9 and you couldn’t get to the frozen yogurt (I lived on the stuff).

The lady who did my facial got a little snooty when I told her I might come back for the products. She could have at least pretended like she didn’t know that I didn’t intend on coming back.

A lot of the activities were not the kind of things I liked to do.

 

We enjoyed swimming with the dolphins at Xcaret (book online before we left). Went to the public beach in Grand Cayman for the cost of a cab ride (4.00 per person each way).

 

I want to add that we did EZ Cruise Parking. I reserved my spot online (www.ezcruiseparking.com) and paid the $35 for the week. They shuttle you and your luggage over to the terminal – great service and worth every penny I gave in tip.

 

Overall it wasn’t a bad cruise. My main complaint was the food. We had a good time. I would have been upset if we had paid much more (got it on a Happy Hour Special). Out of the 5 cruises I’ve taken I would rank this one in the middle – between the cruise where they lost the bag with our underware and our second cruise on the Inspiration. Sorry to those who love the Rhapsody. She just wasn’t my cup of tea.

 

I’ll be happy to answer questions.

 

I’m starting to work on our next cruise – either the Valor or Glory for July 2005.

 

-- Cheryl

 

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Cheryl - I have been waiting for you to post. I was SO convinced you would love RCI. I am sorry this was not one of your better cruises.

 

My first RCI was on the Enchantment of the Seas, and I loved it. My next one is on the Rhapsody...it's booked and I have airfare, so it is a done deal. I am sorry your cruise wasn't better. Thanks so much for posting. I really appreciate your review.

 

Marie

 

HAL - MAASDAM - June 2004/Canada/New England

RCI - Mariner of the Seas,

Sept 2004(CC Group Cruise)

RCI - Rhapsody of the Seas

October 2004

 

 

RCI Majesty of the Seas - Spring Break, March 2005

Celebrity Mercury, April 2005

Caribbean Princess, Sept 2005

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I was told by a co-worker that the food wasn't that great before I left (she was on in March). I figured maybe it was just THAT CRUISE - but it was not so. I'm not saying you will starve - they have sliced meats and salads everyday - but that's not the food I'm looking for on a cruise.

 

I'm sure you will enjoy yourself - we still had fun. I may try RC again someday but for now I'm going back to Carnival.

 

-- Cheryl

 

****Proud member of O.A.T.C.****

Check out my Homepage in my profile for Conquest info

 

10/99 Fantasy

12/01 Inspiration

03/02 Inspiration

03/03 Conquest

05/04 Rhapsody

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Cheryl - We had wonderful food on the EOS.

 

Also, you stated the waiter was rude and treated tablemates like the plague. Will you elaborate a bit? Was this your table?

 

Marie

 

HAL - MAASDAM - June 2004/Canada/New England

RCI - Mariner of the Seas,

Sept 2004(CC Group Cruise)

RCI - Rhapsody of the Seas

October 2004

 

 

RCI Majesty of the Seas - Spring Break, March 2005

Celebrity Mercury, April 2005

Caribbean Princess, Sept 2005

(CC Group Cruise)

 

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Welcome home Cheryl. I'm glad you made the best of your vacation, and enjoyed your cruise (to a degree... so sorry to hear about the food and wait staff).

 

I was wondering how your son made out on the trip? Any advice for a cyber-friend entering into a similar situation on Sunday?

 

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Hi:

 

I just returned 3 days ago from cruising on the Rhapsody and the food was great, both in the Windjammer and main dining room. I guess it all depends on what your tastes are...

 

Fausto

 

RCI Rhapsody of the Seas 05/04

 

Rhapsody of the Seas

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I wonder how much of my own food I can sneak on board to make up for all the lousy food I'll be served. icon_rolleyes.gif

 

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Out of curiosity, appoximately range of taste does the Rhapsody food fall into - McCormick & Schmick/Tony Mandola (excellent), Pappadeaux/Steak&Ale (good), Red Lobster/Golden Corral (Okay), or McDonalds/Long John Silvers (I'm starving enough to eat that). I chose some restaurants that I think most people have heard of/eaten at for comparison. Of course, my good and excellent restaurants might be someone else's dog food. It's all a matter of taste.

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I guess out of your list, I would say somewhere between Pappadeaux and Steak & Ale for my prior three trips. Always able to find something I liked to eat!

 

Barbara & Steve

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Until the Rhapsody again!

 

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Until the Mariner!

 

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I would agree with Pearland Cruiser on the judgment of the food. Some things were better than others. We were on there in April. Someone on a different post advised asking the waiter for the recommendation. I highly agree with this. We had an awesome waiter (Imdat from Turkey) who never steered us wrong. A couple of times I ventured off with a selection that looked really good on the menu, but he tried to warn me away from and he was right every time.

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We were on the Rhapsody in April and are booked again for September. We thought the food was very good but we do not cruise for the food (at the bottom of our list of reasons to cruise). I do agree on the lack of cleanliness of the rooms and we had to go through many coffee cups to find a clean one in the Windjammer at EVERY meal (I was VERY disappointed in this); agree with the uncomfortableness of the bed and pillows; veggie burgers were excellent.

 

Overall not too bad or else we would not have booked another cruise. I think it's all a matter of personal taste (no pun intended!!)

 

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RCI Rhapsody of the Seas Sept '04

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We were on the Rhapsody 5/23/04 and had a great experience.

 

The food was good (Pappadeaux level) and our waiter was excellent (Stoyan from Bulgaria). Usually followed the recommendations he volunteered and was always pleased with the food. I stayed away from the hot dogs and hamburgers.

 

Our cabin was in excellent shape and the steward was most efficient.

 

Yes, the TV is small, but so is the cabin and besides I didn't watch it much.

 

Enjoyed the stingray encounter with Capt. Marvin in Grand Cayman. In Cozumel, we took a cab to Chankanaab Park and spent the day on the beach and snorkeling.

 

This was our fourth Royal Caribean cruise and probably the best shipboard experience (the southern Caribbean ports are more interesting). Being able to drive to the port instead of flying is a big plus.

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Will somone please elaborate on the rudeness of the dining staff? Thank you.

 

Marie

 

HAL - MAASDAM - June 2004/Canada/New England

RCI - Mariner of the Seas,

Sept 2004(CC Group Cruise)

RCI - Rhapsody of the Seas

October 2004

 

 

RCI Majesty of the Seas - Spring Break, March 2005

Celebrity Mercury, April 2005

Caribbean Princess, Sept 2005

(CC Group Cruise)

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Thanks for the review Cheryl!

 

Please tell me about the excursions.

Who did you book the 'swim with dolphins"with? My children are 6 and under. Do you think they would enjoy this.

Also which beach in did you go to?

 

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ExaltHim - I figured different ships would give a different perspective and we will probably try RC again - but not this next trip. Yes - it was our table. The family seated with us was a set of grandparents, their daughter and son-in-law and three grandchildren. The grandfather was just a good ole Texas boy and the first night he got out of his seat to chase the waiter down for something - from that time on he treated him like a "Yokel". The family didn't bring any really formal clothes and asked the waiter the first night how formal was formal night and he stated - VERY FORMAL. So they didn't come to dinner the next night. I just think he wanted less people to serve - he had 18 people in all. Then on the second formal night I convinenced then to come. We had all ordered Lobster - which was undercooked so 4 of us wanted Prime Rib. We waited and waited on the waiter (did that alot). When he didn't appear grandpa chased down the asst. waiter and told him - boy was the waiter ever PO'ed at us after that. He almost elbowed one of the kids in the face when he jerked a plate from in front of him. That was the last night we all ate in the dining room. He had 2 tables - our had 10 and a table for 8. It didn't matter if our food was the first to come out. He would wait until all the food was out (which was fine) but then he would serve the other table first - every time. Everyone was always on time for both tables - we had 6:00 dining. The earliest we got out of the dining room as one night when we decided not to get dessert and that was almost 7:30. We ordered ice cream on night and it took so long that by the time it was sat in front of us it was more like a milkshake - now that is the waiter - not the food.

just4kixx - At first I was a little concerned at leaving him at the Ocean Club. The first YOUNG man I spoke to I explained that I wanted to put Nathan into the younger group. I explained his situation and his response was that I would have to speak to the supervisor (that's fine). Then his next comment was - We have a 1 strike policy and if he acts out he will not be allowed to return." I was nice but firm to point out that I did not state that my son had behavior problems - only that he preferred to do the things that the younger kids did. Later I did go into the 9-11 age group and the girls there were wonderful. I wish I could think of the one girls name - but can't right now. She was very pretty with short blonde hair. She was great with Nathan. He's not a big "group" kind of kid but did enjoy going when he did - rather than hanging out with mom. I even tipped them $20. in the end - even though Nathan never spent that much time there overall.

Kryecat - I would rank it comparable to Golden Corral. My main problem was that most of the vegetables were very undercooked - so instead of being able to cut with the side of my fork I had to use a knife. If I wanted raw veggies I would have gotten a salad. The burgers were actually over-cooked (which is good considering everything raw hamburger can do). The rolls were like eating cardboard - so Golden Corral has better rolls.

Pearland Cruisers - well in my opinion it was no Pappadeaux or Steak and Ale. If this was a meal in either of those restaurants I would have refused to pay.

 

-- Cheryl

 

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10/99 Fantasy

12/01 Inspiration

03/02 Inspiration

03/03 Conquest

05/04 Rhapsody

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by TXSailor:

Hi:

 

I just returned 3 days ago from cruising on the Rhapsody and the food was great, both in the Windjammer and main dining room. I guess it all depends on what your tastes are...

 

Fausto

 

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I'm SOOOOOO glad to hear that! icon_biggrin.gif I know the food is a matter of taste on any cruise ship. I can't wait till it's MY TURN to try all that food on the Rhapsody!!! icon_biggrin.gif

 

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Cheryl - What a HORRIBLE dining room experience. Did anyone talk to the Maitre D? The grandfather sounds like a delightful man, and I am sorry he was treated this way. I think you are right about the waiter just wanting the family NOT to come to formal night. When we were on Enchantment of the Seas, we told our waiter/asst that we would not be at formal night, as we did not have proper attire. They insisted we come. They were so sweet and insistent, we didn't want to disappoint them, and we did come. They were wonderful all week. At the end of the trip, we tipped them BIG, in fact, gave the assist more the the waiter. I know this sounds dorky, but I even got teary-eyed the last evening, telling them goodbye. I am so sorry for what you encountered. I understand completely why you are in no hurry to sail RCI again.

 

Marie

 

HAL - MAASDAM - June 2004/Canada/New England

RCI - Mariner of the Seas,

Sept 2004(CC Group Cruise)

RCI - Rhapsody of the Seas

October 2004

 

 

RCI Majesty of the Seas - Spring Break, March 2005

Celebrity Mercury, April 2005

Caribbean Princess, Sept 2005

(CC Group Cruise)

 

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I didn't find out until the last night just how close the waiter came to elbowing the young man. I didn't feel it was my place to say anything about that. As far as the rest I didn't go to the Maitred'- I let my tip (or lack of it) express how I felt about the whole experience.

 

-- Cheryl

 

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12/01 Inspiration

03/02 Inspiration

03/03 Conquest

05/04 Rhapsody

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I sure am sorry, Cheryl. I know you were so excited about this cruise. I can understand how the dining room experience would definitely be very disappointing.

 

Marie

 

HAL - MAASDAM - June 2004/Canada/New England

RCI - Mariner of the Seas,

Sept 2004(CC Group Cruise)

RCI - Rhapsody of the Seas

October 2004

 

 

RCI Majesty of the Seas - Spring Break, March 2005

Celebrity Mercury, April 2005

Caribbean Princess, Sept 2005

(CC Group Cruise)

 

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Cheryl - I hope you filled out your survey and mentioned your waiter by name. Those surveys are very very important. The waiter jobs are very competitive and if a waiter gets bad feedback, they will be demoted or fired. I don't wish that on anyone that doesn't deserve it but these waiters know that they must earn those positions and that is why they are usually excellent at their jobs - they know they can lose them. they make excellent money (admittedly they work hard for it.) If you did not fill out your survey, I would urge you to email the information to Royal Caribbean.

 

We were very disappointed the first time on RCCL because of the food but adjusted our expectations and found other things that we liked. The food is ok - some things above average, some things below average. We were comparing the food to Celebrity, which is comparing Sonic to a four star restaurant! RCCL is known for doing some things oustanding but I'm afraid food is not one of them.

 

Disappointed to hear about the cleanliness since that has never been an issue - with one exception which became an ongoing joke. Someone had gotten ill over the side of the ship (drunk or seasick who knows). It stayed on the window on the pool deck the ENTIRE cruise. We made it a daily joke to check if it had been cleaned. Never was. I can say without a doubt that X would never have let that last for a day, much less a week.

 

Thank you so much for the info. You're right, there's no such thing as a bad cruise but quality control is such an important issue for cruise lines these days. Thanks for sharing.

 

Century 99-00

Rhapsody 11/00

Rhapsody 10/01

Infinity 2/02

Millennium 11/02

Millennium 11/03

Rhapsody 11/04

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dtm09 - Please let us know how your food experience goes since you are the next guina pig.

 

-- Cheryl

 

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I'm going to post this information on the dolphins on the Cozumel link also.

 

I went directly through the web site for the company at Xcaret - Via Delphi

https://www.cancuntravel.com/secure/delphi/reservations.asp.

 

The great thing about booking ahead is that you are guaranteed a time plus you get a small discount $104 instead of $115 - that DOES NOT INCLUDE admission to the park. Plus if for some reason you don't show up you are out the money - so be sure this is something you want to do. The bad thing for us is I booked for 3 of us then the youngest wouldn't even get in the water (his loss - well mine too since they don't give refunds). After several emails - trying to explain that I would have no control over showing up if the ship didn't dock - I did get them to agree to only an 8% cancellation fee if the ship didn't stop in Cozumel for some reason - but I would have had to send them an email that morning (from the ship).

 

I booked the Xcaret tour through the RCCL website before we left to ensure we had a seat on the ferry (it was $88.00 per person including transportation). It worked out real nice except we didn't get much time at the park - and the park is fantastic. We didn't get to the park until 10:45 - this was with meeting in the Showroom at 8:45. It took a long time to get off the ship. Then it’s an hour ferry ride followed by a 10 to 15 minute walk to the bus then another 15 or 20 minutes until you get to the park. Once in the park we were able to do the underground river - eat lunch - then get to the dolphins by 1:50 (you have to check in as soon as you get to the park - by the front entrance - they have signs says Via Delphi). We got our monies worth with the dolphins. It got started a little late - was to start at 2. Everyone was fitted with jackets and given instructions on how to interact with the dolphins, filled out forms then we were in the water. They split us into two groups - English speaking and Spanish speaking. Our group of about 10 was at one end of the enclosure with 3 dolphins that went in and out of the people. They would roll over and let you rub their bellies. It was great - this went on at least 15 minutes or more. Then we went down to the other end (switched groups) and we were given some educational information about the dolphins. We took pictures with the Dolphins and then were instructed on how to lie in the water for the foot push. This was the best part. You would lay in the water with your arms out in front of you and your foot shoulder distance apart. They would send two dolphins out - they would swim under you - then they would come up behind you and with a dolphin nose on each foot they would push you through the water which would make the top part of your body fly out of the water. It was SOOOOOO Cool. Then they lined our group up and had four dolphins swim up from behind and jump over us. They of course had pictures for sale afterwards. We were running very late - as the dolphins ran over (3:15). We barely got 3 pictures and had to hurry to the front of the park to meet the bus (by 3:45). We had enough time to stop in the gift shop quick for a drink and an ice cream. It was a QUICK day but worth the money.

 

Later at dinner our tablemates were very upset to learn what we got for our money – not at us – but at their selves. They too did dolphins in Cozumel – but at Chankanaab Park. It cost them $180.00 and she said that they were lucky if they had 15 minutes with the dolphins. The people were told to get in a circle (there was about 20 of them) and one dolphin swam around – missing half the group most of the time. They did this for about 5 minutes – then they got their picture taken – then the guide explained about the dolphin (very little) showed how it could wave good-bye and that was it. She asked why they weren’t getting the foot push that she saw another group getting and was told that it was the ROYAL package. Boy she was mad. So I would say even though we didn’t get to spend much time at the park and we did spend more ($192.00) each – we had a MUCH better experience.

 

I was disappointed that Nathan would not do it – but he enjoyed just watching.

 

Speaking of watching – there was a young man about 5 in front of us that when he did the foot push his swim trunks fell below his knees – he didn’t stop – probably figured it was his only shot. It was so funny. My son immediately did a trunks check.

 

-- Cheryl

 

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Check out my Homepage in my profile for Conquest info

 

10/99 Fantasy

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03/02 Inspiration

03/03 Conquest

05/04 Rhapsody

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I would have filled out a survey - but I didn't get one and didn't even think about it until the next morning before we got off. I am write them a letter though.

 

-- Cheryl

 

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