Rhapsody of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International

In Service – 1997 to Present
Rhapsody of the Seas
Type: Cruise Ship GRT: 78491 Length: 915 ft Beam: 106 ft
Speed: 22 knots
Registry: Bahamas Passengers: 2000 Crew: 765
Shipyard: Chantiers de l’Atlantique


About Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean International is a brand with an incredible history and unlimited potential. The cruise line not only sets new standards by the size of the ships, but also by its degree of innovation. Especially the entertainment programm on their vessels is a new invention. The ships are convincing due to a variety of sport offers and leisure activities for every age group. Particularly the outdoor area offers great experiences with ice rinks or zip lines. However not only the big vessels, but also the smaller ones offer plenty options to have fun in a relaxed atmosphere. In the different restaurants you expect tasty dishes combined with an attentive service. On board, all age groups feel at home. Due to the company’s heritage a basic knowledge in English is recommended. Another thing to take into considerations is that the additional costs are higher than on German ships.

The Ship

Rhapsody of the Seas: A nice and bright vessel, put into service in May 1997 as one of Royal Caribbean’s Vision-class ships. A big variety of great entertainment, delicious food and the international flair characterize this white ocean liner.

Atmosphere on Board

Just like all the other Royal Caribbean vessels, Rhapsody of the Seas has got something to offer for everyone. There are many international guests on board. The menues and daily information are available in several different languages.

Overall, the atmosphere on board is relaxed. During the day it is rather casual, but on special evenings formal dress is expected in the main restaurant.

A bottle of wine in the restaurant or at a bar costs from about 25 U.S. $. All services are, as usual on American vessels, subject to a service fee.


All staterooms are furnished comfortably and quite spacious. The size ranges between 13 sqm (inside cabins), 14 sqm (outside cabins) up to 95 sqm (Royal Suite). Numerous cabins have got their private balcony.


The main restaurant is located on two decks and offers a great view through the panorama windows. From the Windjammer Café you can also look over the sea while enjoying the food from the buffet. Overall, the food is very good and tasty.


Whether you prefer a quiet atmosphere or a party in the disco: from piano music to Broadway-style shows to disco there is a huge range of different entertainment offers. On board there are art auctions with pictures from famous artists, the ever-popular bingo games and lectures about the ports of call.

Sport and Leisure

The spa offers a large fitness area with stunning ocean views, a swimming pool with a relaxation area (“Solarium”), various sports classes such as Aerobics or Pilates (some at an additional charge), a sauna and a steam room (separated by gender). In the spa, a wide range of wellness and beauty treatments is offered (extra charge).

Besides, there are further pools and whirlpools on deck which invite you to swim and bathe.

Our Recommendation

MS Rhapsody of the Seas is a vessel with international flair operated by an American cruise line. Almost everything is possible on board, from playing miniature golf to climbing the wall. The cuisine is delicious. The main on board language is English. You can expect a professionally organised cruise of high quality.