The Royal Caribbean fleet welcomed Rhapsody of the Seas in May 1997. This Vision Class ship underwent a facelift in March 2012 introducing three new restaurants, a bar, and a nursery, along with updated staterooms and SMART technology throughout. Light floods into the ship through more than two acres of skylights, glass canopies, and floor-to-ceiling windows, but there's also an amazing six-deck high glass Centrum reaching skywards. With 11 decks of bars, activities, staterooms, restaurants and entertainment venues, this fun-packed ship has something for everyone.
Days at sea are your chance to enjoy the highlights of Rhapsody of the Seas. Feeling active? Meet the challenge of the rock climbing wall, enjoy a workout in the fitness centre or do a few laps of the jogging track. Looking to relax? Indulge in a hot stone massage in the Vitality at Sea Spa, or chill out in the tranquillity of the adult-only Solarium. What about the kids? Discover fun times and plenty of activities for tots to teens in the Adventure Ocean and Teen Programmes. On top of this, the ship drops anchor in some amazing destinations and ports of call, opening up a world of sightseeing and adventure.
Rhapsody of the Seas brings together a variety of flavours and dining styles in its restaurants and eateries. Whether you choose an early meal, late sitting, or to eat at your leisure with My Time Dining in the Edelweiss Dining Room; you'll be treated to sumptuous international cuisine. The casual Windjammer Cafe offers serve-yourself buffet breakfasts and lunches, with a restaurant-style dinner service. Made-to-order salads, paninis and sandwiches, along with a selection of gourmet coffees and pastries, are available in the Park Cafe.
The selection of speciality restaurants truly boosts the cruise's culinary journey. Premium steaks, fresh seafood, hearty side dishes and delicious desserts are all awaiting your order in Chops Grille. Tuck into rustic Italian fare in the casual setting of Giovanni's Table, or dine on Japanese sushi rolls, sashimi, sukiyaki and hot rock plates in the Izumi restaurant. The exclusive Chef's Table presents a five-course intimate dining experience with wine pairings for a more formal and sophisticated evening.
The plethora of bars and lounges on Rhapsody of the Seas offers something for your every mood. Sit down with a frothy cappuccino at Latte'tudes cafe or enjoy a drink with friends in the nautically-themed Schooner Bar. Celebrate that special occasion with a glass of bubbly in the Champagne Bar or savour the signature cocktails and surprise entertainment at R Bar. From its lofty position on Deck 11, the Viking Crown Lounge is spaciously comfortable with a spectacular view by day. But at night, it transforms into a lively dance club with plenty of fun and good-times to be had.
The evening scene on Rhapsody of the Seas offers something to match your every mood. Thrilling musical extravaganzas and production shows hit the stage each night in Broadway Melodies Theatre, while the Shall We Dance Lounge offers dancing, entertainment and live music. But if you're feeling lucky and fancy a different kind of night, chance your arm at the blackjack tables and slot machines at Casino Royale.
Day 1: Fly UK to Venice, Italy
Fly from your selected UK airports to Venice, Italy and be transferred to the port to embark on board Rhapsody of the Seas.
Day 2: Zadar, Croatia
Today you explore Croatia's Zadar — found on the Dalmatian Coast lining the Adriatic Sea. Zadar has a beautiful old town district filled with Roman ruins and century-old churches, including the 12th-century St. Anastasia's Cathedral and the Byzantine-style Donatus Church. Visit the Museum of Ancient Glass and the Roman Forum, before enjoying a cold beer or a coffee from a cafe at the lively People's Square. This historic port also features a selection of modern landmarks including Sun Salutation — an enchanting light show that plays from sunset to sunrise — and Sea Organ, which is a system of pipes and whistles found underwater that play music as the sea pushes air through it.
Day 3: Kotor, Montenegro
Kotor is based on the Adriatic coastline in south-west Montenegro. One of the country's prettiest and most-famous towns, Kotor is an UNESCO World Heritage site and offers a range of historic landmarks and natural beauty spots. The old town district is filled with medieval architecture and monuments — as well as one of the narrowest streets in the world! From its Venetian-style gates to its former Austrian prisons, Kotor's past is kept alive for you to explore. Wander around the range of shops, and head to a bar or restaurant at a piazza to admire views of the mountains.
Day 5: Rome, Italy
The capital of Italy, Rome, is a sprawling city cosmopolitan city brimming with globally-influential art, architecture, and culture. The three-tiered Roman Colosseum amphitheatre offers fascinating tours of ancient history. The late Renaissance St Peter's Basilica was crafted by Michelangelo and other architects and is a must-see. The crystal blue waters and sculptures of Trevi Fountain will leave you mesmerised. The Roman Forum is the excavated heart of the Roman Empire and provides an insight of age-old times. Vatican Museums are home to Renaissance art treasures and feature the Sistine Chapel frescoes. Take a walk down the famous Spanish Steps. Pay a visit to the bustling Piazza Navona with its Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Fontana del Moro, and Fontana del Nettuno fountains, exquisite bars, and talented street artists.
Day 6: Florence/Pisa/Livorno, Italy
Livorno — Tuscany's second-largest city — is home to one of Italy's largest cruise ports. The city's main Terrazza Mascagni square with its grand pavement and seafront promenade is a common meeting place for locals looking to relax. The 16th-century Old Fortress faces the harbour and sits at the entrance to the canal-lined Venezia district. Enjoy gourmet dishes and sample local seafood, which is said to be the best on the Tyrrhenian Coast. Head to Central Piazza Cavour or the car-free Via Ricasoli for shopping, try Via Magenta and pick up some quirky souvenirs, or stop by Via dei Pensieri's street market for a great selection of food, clothing, accessories, and homewares. If you're looking to travel further afield, Pisa is just a short drive away.
Day 7: Provence/Marseille, France
Your stepping stone to the fields of lavender of Provence and charming villages like Cassis or Les Baux. Drop into one of the restaurants around the colourful Vieux Port (old harbour) and order Bouillabaisse, the hearty fish stew invented here.
Day 8: Fly Barcelona, Spain to UK
Disembark in Barcelona, Spain and be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK.