You probably have lots of questions about our Rock The Boat cruises. Hopefully this page will answer a lot of those questions for you, but if not, please feel free to send us an email enquiry and we will get back to you right away!
Where does the ship go/What is the itinerary?
The ship leaves from Sydney on Saturday 12th October 2014 and sails to the Pacific Islands with stop overs in the Isle of Pines, Mystery Island, Port Vila and Lifou, all beautiful tropical destinations. It then sails back to Sydney on Tuesday 21st October.
Will I be able to get off at the ports of call? How much will day trips cost?
Yes, when we stop off in Isle of Pines, Mystery Island, Port Vila and Lifou. You will get the chance to do day trips. Once you get on board the Rhapsody of the Seas you will get a list of the different types of day trips available - if there is a specific trip you would like to do, it is recommended you book it as soon as possible at the Purser's Desk. The tour prices vary, based on duration. Some trips will be shorter tours around the city etc. and only be around US$20 per person, whereas a full day trip with snorkelling facilities etc. can range up to US$150 per head.
How do I pay for drinks and merchandise on board?
You will receive your key card at check in which is the only form of payment on board, no cash is exchanged. This key card is the key to your room and identification on board so it is recommended you take it with you everywhere you go on the ship. If you would like to purchase some souvenirs, alcoholic beverages or perhaps dine at one of the speciality restaurants, you will need to use your card.
At the end of the cruise, you can pay your account either by cash (all purchases made are in $USD) or simply charge to your credit card.
Are there any children's facilities onboard?
There are fantastic facilities for children on board the Rhapsody of the Seas, all free of charge. To view more information on the child/teen programs available on board the Rhapsody of the seas. Click here
Is Entertainment on board free?
All performances, rock 'n' roll dance classes and entertainment is free on board. Some extra Royal Caribbean shipboard activities such as bingo and fitness classes incur a minimal charge.
What else is included in the price of the cruise?
Your cabin fare entitles you to the following:
- 9 night cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's "Rhapsody of the Seas"
- All meals at our complimentary restaurants, activities, entertainment and gratuities (excluding drinks) on board
- Port charges and government taxes.
Are all the restaurants on board included in the price of the cruise?
No. The Rhapsody of the Seas has now added some speciality restaurants. You can dine at Giovanni's Table, a casual Italian trattoria with indoor and al fresco seating or at Izumi which offers Asian-fusion cuisine or at Chops Grille, Royal Caribbean's signature steakhouse. There will be a modest charge if you choose to dine at any of these speciality restaurants. There is also the Chef's Table, where you can experience a once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience. Naturally, you can still choose complimentary fine dining at the Edelweiss Restaurant, Windjammer Buffet or Park Café.
Will the food be suitable for Gluten intolerant people?
Royal Caribbean International pride themselves on their fantastic cuisine and understand the diversity of passengers' food requirements. If you have any specific food requirements, such as lactose/gluten intolerance, veganism etc, simply tell your travel agent when booking. There are vegetarian options on every menu.
How many dance floors are there on the ship?
There are many dance floors on board. "Shall We Dance", "The Schooner Bar", "The Viking Crown Lounge", the two-tier pool deck for poolside dancing, "The Centrum" and the "Teen Disco".
What type of clothes shall we pack? Do we need casual/formal attire? Are there theme nights onboard?
Shorts, t-shirts, slacks, trousers, casual skirts, blouses and sundresses are all perfect during the day, whether indoors or out.
Suggested guidelines for nights are:
- Casual: Sport shirts and slacks for men, sundresses or pants for women
- Smart Casual: Jackets for men, dresses or pantsuits for women
- Formal: There are no formal nights onboard however some passengers choose to "frock up" for the Captain's Cocktail Party
- Theme Nights: There are three theme nights - Hawaiian, Gangster and Gals, plus Halloween.
Please note, thongs/singlets/exposed tattoos are not accepted in the main silver service dining room.
What types of shops are there on the ship?
There are many different types of shops on the Rhapsody of the Seas, boutique stores that sell the best of the best brand names along with clothing and souvenirs, all at Duty Free prices!
What can we do to reduce the effect of motion sickness?
The Rhapsody of the Seas is a modern ship fitted with stabilizers that will make the biggest wave seem like a tiny little movement. We are also travelling at the smoothest time of year, in an area of ocean that is known for smooth sailing. If by any chance you do feel unwell once you get on board, complimentary sea sickness ginger tablets can be obtained from the Purser's Desk, or you can visit the medical staff onboard.
Is there a deck plan of ship and cabins?
Ask your travel agent to show you.