Wednesday, October 12, 2016

TRAVEL: Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Rhapsody of the Seas

This past August, my annual family vacation brought me on board Royal Caribbean's Rhapsody of the Seas. Our itinerary started us off in Venice, Italy and stopped at the following cities: Katakalon, Chania, Mykonos, Santorini, Karadasi, & Athens. I had a wonderful time at each of the stops, and probably posted way too much about it on Instagram haha. But regardless of the destinations, I always have such a good time on cruises because of all the activities, the food, and of course, the people I'm with.

About the ship - Rhapsody is one of Royal Caribbean's oldest ships. It has been in business since 1997, but it sure doesn't feel like it! On the ship, there were a number of amenities to entertain us including: two pools, multiple dining areas, a rock climbing wall, 6 bars, a solarium (where children aren't allowed - yesss), a gym + running track, and theatres with entertainment. Every night in your room, you will get an itinerary of all the activities on board that you can take part in. Trust me - you'll never run out of something to do.

But more importantly (to me, at least), was the food. There was the main Edelweiss dining room, where we dined every night. You won't believe how good to food is!! A lot of people have a misconception that food on cruises had the quality of food at a buffet. If you think that, you're 100% wrong!! The food was amazing every night, and although it can get repetitive, I promise that is only because I ordered 3 appetizers & 3 entrees for myself every meal lol of course I'll end up eating the same thing multiple times haha. And sometimes, the food is so good that I had to order two of the same dish, as you can see here. Lol, I'm just a fatty - sorry! I actually got messages from people saying how I changed their mind about going on cruises just from the pictures of the food I posted.

There was also the Windjammer Cafe, which was a buffet upstairs on the deck next to the pool, and the Park Cafe, which was a little cafe serving personal salads and snacks throughout the afternoon and at night. In addition to these dining options, there were also four specialty dining spots for you to eat at: Izumi, Chop's Grill, Giovana's, and Chef's Table. My favourite exclusive dining experience was at Chef's Table! I highly recommend making a reservation at one of the specialty dining restaurants at least 1 of the nights on board.

If you want to see more of my photos on board the Rhapsody from Instagram, you can click here! I had a great time, as always, with Royal Caribbean and can't wait to be back on another cruise with them.

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