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Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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A Fun Cultural Cruise

Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review by TheBird83

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2016
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Royal Suite

I had initially booked this cruise because because I wanted to visit new destinations withou having to take an extremely long flight to Asia or Europe. Royal Caribbean immediately notified me that this was a "cultural cruise". This is a nice way of saying that this cruise is catered to Brazilians and the primary language onboard is Portuguese (don't let this frighten you, all staff onboard speaks English).

Starting with the embarkation - lets just say this is definitely not Port Evergaldes or Miami. There is one main cruise terminal serving several ships, so it can get a little busy. That said, like most cruises, there is a baggage drop off area with RCL signs. From there you proceed inside of the main terminal where you are directed to check in counters and receive your SeaPass card. After that you will most likely board a bus and be driven to the ship as it is docked further down the port. It's a similar process to the U.S. But the language barrier and crowds can be a little intimidating just go with the flow. Also, RCL employees do speak English but most of the port contractors do not - learning basic phrases in Portuguese can help. A previous post mentioned this as well. I don't speak Portuguese: eu nao falo portugues. Excuse me, do you speak English: desculpa, voce fala ingles?

Once you are onboard you will notice a lot of the crew speaking Portuguese. Don't worry as they will immediately (and happily) speak English once hey realize you are not Brazilian. Because this cruise is over 90% Brazilian, the primary language spoken by the cruise director and staff is Portuguese. Don't let that scare you from enjoying the shows - the music and dancing were outstanding and there were some production shows in English.

The onboard food and daily entertainment is what you would expect from RCL. If you have not traveled RCL, it is a nice moderate based cruise line.

For the ports of call, I selected all of my excursions through recommendations on trip advisor as I was not too impressed with the ones offered by Royal Caribbean.

The disembarking was pretty much the same as embarking, maybe a little easier as you have already experienced the port.

Overall, I found the cruise to be very entertaining, the Brazilains are defiantly a bit more lively group and the fun "party" atmosphere was spread onboard more so than on US sailings. I should mention this was during the last weekend of Carnival so I am not sure if any of the entertainment and activities were related to this. Go in with an open mind and just "roll" with it - you will have a great time on this cruise.

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Royal Suite
Cabin RS 8512

Nice clean and spacious. Access to the concierge lounge is a definite plus.

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