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: UK to Venice, Italy
Fly from selected UK airports to Venice. On arrival make your way to the port to board Rhapsody of the Seas for your seven night cruise.
Day 2: 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 3: Corfu, Greece
The island of Corfu sits off the north coast of Greece in the Ionian Sea. Surrounded by rugged mountains and lined with golden beach resorts, it's a cosmopolitan island with a strong, traditional character. Corfu has long been a hugely popular holiday destination due to its laid-back atmosphere, fun beaches, fantastic climate, and welcoming villages. Its old town is filled with Byzantine churches, Venetian fortresses and French-style houses. Spend time relaxing on the sand or enjoying water sports in the sea, before sampling the island's delicious cuisine — often a tasty blend of Greek and Italian — at a beachfront restaurant. The waterfront is lined with bars and cafes, and there are plenty of craft markets for buying souvenirs.
Day 4: Athens, Greece
Athens — Greece's capital city — was the birthplace of democracy and western civilisation. The city features numerous 5th-century landmarks including the former temple of Parthenon and the Acropolis, an ancient citadel that sits on a hilltop overlooking the Plaka district. The historic Plaka neighbourhood is one of the oldest in the world and features winding streets lined with family-run bars and restaurants.
Day 5: Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos sits in the Aegean Sea with traditional white-washed houses and bright-blue waters. Wander the twisting narrow lanes, which were originally designed to confuse pirate invaders, and discover quaint shops and boutiques. Visit stylish beach bars, modern restaurants and see the iconic 16th-century Venetian windmills which overlook Mykonos town — the island's capital.
Day 6: Argostoli, Greece
Argostoli is Kefalonia's main port town and boasts a beautiful natural harbour. Stroll around the town centre and discover plentiful shops, cafes, bars and restaurants around Plateia Valianou and along Lithostroto main street. Pay a visit to the Museum of Archaeology and the Cultural Museum. Head to Kampanas Square and enjoy breath-taking views of the town and the beautiful Koutavos Lagoon. Keep your eyes peeled for the wild loggerhead turtles each morning in Argostoli Bay. Walk across the De Bosset Bridge and enjoy the stunning views. Watch the sea flow inland and disappears into sinkholes at the Katavothres. Soak up the sun on nearby Fenari beach and discover the picturesque St Theodore lighthouse.
Day 8: Venice, Italy to UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and make your way back to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.