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  Rhapsody of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)

Rhapsody of the Seas | Royal Caribbean International
Rhapsody of the Seas
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Rhapsody of the Seas | Royal Caribbean International
Rhapsody of the Seas at Kobe Port Terminal of the Kobe harbor, Japan
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Rhapsody of the Seas | Royal Caribbean International
cruise ship Rhapsody Of The Seas, Docked At Circular Quay, Sydney
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Rhapsody of the Seas | Royal Caribbean International
Rhapsody of the Seas
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CRUISE SHIP FACTS

Description
Featuring a breathtaking seven-deck atrium, Broadway shows, and a unique Astro-Nautical theme, the Rhapsody of the Seas offer cruisers an experience to remember. Upon entering the beautifully decorated ship, guests are greeted by a lot of organic décor and a soft natural wood and leather theme. At the centre is the Diadem, a dazzling centrepiece made of wood, metal, and enamel in hues of blues and greens hanging from the six-storey ceiling. This is just a peek at the transformative cruising experience offered by the Rhapsody of the Seas.

Destinations
Originally, the Rhapsody of the Seas sailed mainly from Galveston, Texas. However, in the fall of 2007, it went on a world trip through the South Pacific, docking at Australia. Eventually, the cruise ship was sent to Asia, offering cruise tours to Singapore, Shanghai, South Korea, and Hong Kong. In 2008, however, operations moved to Seattle with cruise tours to Alaska. In 2009, the ship resumed its Sydney, Australia operations. After much movement, the Rhapsody of the Seas resumed its Australia to Alaska route in April 2011.

History
The Rhapsody of the Seas was built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, France. Construction was completed in August 1996, and the ship left on its maiden voyage in May 1997. The ship is part of Royal Caribbean’s Vision class.

Dining
Main dining offers are found at the Edelweiss, a two-deck dining room that occasionally holds big events such as a sumptuous chocolate buffet. Regular food selections are quite generous, and they include a Ship Shape selection for vegetarians. If the main dining rooms don’t suit your fancy, you can choose from the wide array of alternative dining choices, which include the more casual Windjammer Cafe and the hot dog and burger grill at the Solarium.

Entertainment
The ship’s nightlife offerings do not disappoint with its six different bars and lounges led by the Viking Crown Lounge, the Champagne Bar, and the Schooner Bar, which received the warmest response from passengers thanks to its floor-to-ceiling glass windows and its unique whimsical theme. Adult recreation is centred mainly on the bars as well as on the casino with plenty of slot machines, dice games, and card tables. Quieter evenings can be enjoyed at the library, which actually has its own balcony.

The best and most enjoyable entertainment area onboard the Rhapsody is the Broadway Melodies Show Lounge, which features both main floor and balcony seating from which guests can enjoy at least one performance on a regular three-night cruise.

Kids can also be left to enjoy their own choice of activities through the Adventure Ocean youth program, which groups kids according to their ages and offers them age-specific activities.

Cabins
Cabins onboard the Rhapsody of the Seas are often described as comfortable and practical. Even the smallest cabins feature sitting areas and plenty of storage space. Almost half of the outside cabins have balconies, so they make great choices for those who can’t afford the more luxurious suites.

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Ship Summary
Operator:Royal Caribbean International
Built by:Chantiers de l’Atlantique
Date Completed:1996
Gross Tonnage:78491
Length:297 m
Width:32.2 m
Decks:11
Passengers:2416
Crew:765
IMO:9116864