Just the Facts:
Captain: Juan Caranti from Argentina
Cruise Director: Graham Seymour from England
Embarkation: Barcelona, Spain November 5, 2017
Ports: Lanzarote, Canary Islands; Gran Canaria, Canary Islands; La Palma, Canary Islands; and private island CocoCay, Bahama Islands
This is my 25th Royal Caribbean cruise, forth time on the Rhapsody of the Seas, and my 133rd cruise overall. I am sailing with my Dear Wife and this is the final leg of a European adventure.
Day One - Travel / Barcelona - Embarkation - Sunday - November 5th
|View of our cruise ship from arriving flight|
Day Two - at Sea - Monday - November 6th
|Shall We Dance Lounge|
Day Three - at Sea - Tuesday - November 7th
Another good nights sleep and an extra hour as we set our clocks back one hour for the first time this cruise. It should happen 4-5 more times before we reach Tampa. I went to the MDR for another great breakfast, so nice to have good service and nice table cloths. We got a table on Lido deck near the pool for some nice fresh sea air. We enjoyed the poolside entertainment with the Black & White Dance Band. Lunch in the Windjammer, they had a meatloaf with egg in the center…similar to a Scotch egg. Also some nice Veal Scallopini. Cabin time the rest of the day as we are still in rest and recovery mode. Nice to have a selection of TV channels in English as we didn’t in Germany. We did go to the Diamond lounge about 5:30 and ending up staying until almost 8:00 pm. Enjoyed too many cocktails and hors d’oeuvres so we missed dinner again. We did meet some nice people and we will make it to MDR for dinner eventually. It was a nice restful day on the Rhapsody of the Seas.
Day Four - Lanzarote, Canary Islands - Wednesday - November 8th
Day Five - Gran Canaria, Canary Islands - Thursday - November 9th
|Sidewalk Cafe / Bar DaVinci|
Day Six - La Palma, Canary Islands - Friday - November 10th
|Typical Santa Cruz de la Palma architecture|
Day Seven - at Sea - Saturday - November 11th
Rolling seas overnight and I slept very well. I went to the MDR for breakfast and ordered an Eggs Benedict + extras...all very good. We had a lazy morning then went up to the Lido deck to enjoy the sea breezes and the Hott Sands Caribbean Band…they played for several hours...longer than the other groups that have played on Lido, but the Lido is their ‘home’ stage. I thought it was perfect weather, but DW felt cool as did some leaving the pool…it was partly sunny to cloudy all day. A Windjammer lunch then NCAA football all afternoon and evening. I’m able to stream the games so it’s great on this sea day. It was formal night tonight, but we quit doing formal many cruises ago, especially on a long adventure…not packing extra clothes. The feature entertainment was male vocalist Jimmy Hopper and a Game Show. It was German night in the Windjammer buffet tonight, they had Red Cabbage, Potato Pancakes, Pork Cutlets, Sauerkraut, Sausages, and other Germain dishes as well as the usual food items. My alma mater Oklahoma has a late feature game (7:00 pm CST) at home so it’s not shown until 1:00 am Sunday on the ship. No sports bar on the Rhapsody but I created one with my computer, Rhapsody cookies & snacks, and complementary drinks...a nice long sports day on the Rhapsody of the Seas.
Day Nine - at Sea - Monday - November 13th
|Edelweiss Dining Room|
Day Ten - at Sea - Tuesday- November 14th
Day Eleven - at Sea - Wednesday- November 15th
|Fun in the Centrum|
Day Twelve - at Sea - Thursday- November 16th
|Caribbean Music on Lido|
Day Thirteen - CocoCay, Bahamas - Friday- November 17th
|The former TEXAS ship for RCCL|
Day Fourteen - at Sea - Saturday- November 18th
Day Fifteen - Debarkation - Tampa FL - Sunday- November 19th
|BettyJack's Food Shack|
We had cabin 4006 a cabin located far forward on deck four on the port side. The room is the standard size for an O/V with large additional space at windows. It has the following: key pad safe, hair dryer, small couch, vanity/desk, small standard shower, storage in cabinets and vanity, flat screen TV, and good lighting. Well designed. The air conditioning & water pressure worked only fair. Excellent service from cabin steward Samson. You will hear music from the theater located above. Also above the forward thrusters so noise when we dock at ports. Close to forward elevators to get to Windjammer and the MDR is on same deck so that was nice.
All service people have been excellent, they have an obvious ‘guest first’ attitude and it shows in service and attitude.
Food / Bar
Overall very good food, better than recent Mariner and Liberty cruises. Excellent: Cookies, Ice Creme, Breads, Rice, Mashed Potatoes and entrees in Windjammer. The MDR dinners were very good although we only went a few times. The Diamond Lounge was always busy but adequate number of bar servers for number of guests.
We really enjoyed the first three days of doing very little and relaxing after a busy fourteen days touring Europe. The Windjammer food was excellent, really exceptional and much better than the Mariner of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas that I have recently sailed. It was a wonderful relaxing cruise.
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