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Why choose Rhapsody of the Seas?

This ship boasts 11 decks of entertainment and activities on an elegant vessel that forms part of Royal Caribbean's Vision Class of ships. More than two acres of glass was used in its construction to create floor to ceiling windows, skylights and canopies that give these liners their signature style. As much of the design process went into what passengers don't see on the ship - such as the engine being placed midship to minimise vibration and ensure that any cruising holiday is plain sailing. Royal Caribbean style is evident everywhere - from the stunning seven deck high atrium to the Viking Crown Lounge with its spectacular views.

Destinations and Itineraries

This ship experiences all the extremes of the Pacific Ocean climate. Until the beginning of September the Rhapsody of the Seas is based in Seattle and takes passengers on seven night cruises to Alaska, offering glimpses of Native American settlements and breathtaking natural beauty.

On September 6 the ship then heads to Hawaii on a 12-night cruise between Vancouver and Honolulu. One last Alaskan cruise follows and then the ship heads on an epic 16-night voyage from Honolulu to Sydney. Six ports of call are made on the Transpacific cruise that crosses the International Date Line and calls at American Samoa and Western Samoa Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. A further two days at sea follow before the ship arrives at Australia where passengers disembark and fly home. Prices start at £1,185 per person, not including flights.

Once in Sydney the Australian city becomes its new home port on a series of cruises around the South Pacific and Fiji, Queensland and Tasmania. Varied itineraries last between nine nights on board and 12. The ship returns to Hawaii in April next year and afterwards resumes its Alaskan itinerary.


There are two pools on board, one on deck and one on the inside of the ship, as well as six hot tubs. Leisure facilities include an 18-hole miniature golf course with the topography of a real course and the Rhapsody Day Spa and fitness centre with a well-equipped gym and classes in aerobics and yoga. There is also a jogging track at the top of the ship, a solarium, a rock climbing wall and beauty salon. As with all ships in the Royal Caribbean family there is plenty of deck space for sunbathing.

Kids have their own dedicated space on the ship and the Adventure Ocean programme organises supervised activities, from scavenger hunts to sports competitions. Older children can head to the Fantaseas Teen Centre and the video game arcade.


In May this year the ship went into dry dock to add some extra attractions and give the public spaces a complete overhaul. New features include additional dining options, revamped cabins and the introduction of digital wayfinders to help passengers navigate their way around the ship as the ship navigates its way around the pacific.

Flat screen TVs are in each of the Rhapsody's 998 cabins, 229 of which have a balcony and a further 362 an ocean view. Staterooms are medium sized with twin beds that convert into a queen sized double. Each is equipped with a flat screen TV, individually controlled air conditioning, a mini bar and safe. Suites have grand pianos in the living area and whirlpool bathtubs in the bathroom. Even the most modest cabins have sitting areas.


Spread out over two decks, the Edelweiss Dining room can seat 1,200 passengers in a single sitting. Good food is served by attentive and friendly staff. This year's refurbishment has complemented the popular Windjammer marketplace option, which is the alternative to the Edelweiss that most passengers opt for, serving hot and cold snacks throughout the day from salads to stir-fry dishes. New to the ship this year is the Chops Grille, serving prime cuts, the Izumi oriental restaurant and the intimate chefs table, with unparalleled personal service.

The ship's dress code is casual and comfortable during the day. This varies in the evenings from smart casual to formal when men are expected to wear a dinner suit or dark suit and ladies a cocktail dress. After dinner entertainment is presented in the Broadway Melodies Theatre, which can seat 870 passengers, or the slightly smaller Shall We Dance Lounge. There is also a champagne bar and terrace, a card room, the Schooner Bar, the Viking Crown lounge and the Casino Royale.

Suites/Deluxe Staterooms

The most spacious and luxurious of all our suites, these include extra touches such as private balconies and a personalised concierge service. 

✔ Private balcony 
✔ Luxurious bedding 
✔ TV, telephone, minibar and safe 
✔ Private bathroom with bathtub, vanity area and hair dryer 
✔ Full breakfast, lunch and diner room service† 
✔ Complimentary Concierge service* 
✔ Priority check-in* 
✔ Priority departure* 
✔ Complimentary luggage valet service* 

Balcony Suites

Throw open the doors and let the ocean air invigorate you. Take in the view all the way to the horizon in a luxurious stateroom with a private balcony. 

✔ Private balcony 
✔ Sitting area with sofa bed* 
✔ Two twin beds or one Royal King bed 
✔ Luxurious bedding 
✔ TV, telephone and safe 
✔ Private bathroom with shower, vanity area and hair dryer 
✔ Room service available 24 hours a day 

Outside Staterooms

Even after a day of activity there’s no need to lose your sea view – Outside Staterooms give you a panoramic window on the world. 

✔ View of the ocean 
✔ Sitting area 
✔ Two twin beds or one Royal King bed 
✔ Luxurious bedding 
✔ TV, telephone and safe 
✔ Private bathroom with shower, vanity area and hair dryer 
✔ Room service available 24 hours a day 

Interior Staterooms

Comfort and little luxuries are the order of the day in our cosy and affordable Interior Staterooms.. 

✔ Sitting area 
✔ Two twin beds or one Royal King bed 
✔ Luxurious bedding 
✔ TV, telephone and safe 
✔ Private bathroom with shower, vanity area and hair dryer 
✔ Room service available 


Maximum Capacity:    2000 (2435)
Year Entered Service:    01/01/1997
Beam (Ship Width):    106 ft
Draught(Ship Depth):    25 ft
Length:    915 ft
Tonnage:    78500
Crew:    765
Cruising Speed:    22 kts
Number of Decks:    10
Number of Lifts:    9
Number of Pools:    2
Number of restaurants:    4
Formal nights:    Yes
Adult Only:    No
Kids Club:    Yes

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