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Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

Information about Rhapsody of the Seas
Year Built
Space Ratio

General Information

The Rhapsody of the Seas started sailing in 1997. Former names: none. The Rhapsody of the Seas is registered in Nassau, Bahamas. The Rhapsody of the Seas has 1013 cabins.

You can expect between 2026 to 2431 passengers on a typical sailing. This means that at the higher number (usually peak and holiday sailings) Rhapsody of the Seas has a space ratio of 32.3. (A space ratio less than 33 means that you may find the ship crowded in areas. A space ratio greater than 39 means that there should be plenty of space for each passenger.) When this ship isn't sailing at capacity the space ratio can be as good as 38.7.

The Rhapsody of the Seas has 765 crew members on board. There are 3 passengers for every crew member on board. There are no self serve laundromats on this cruise ship.

Sister Ships

The following ships share the same class as this ship. This means the basic design and layout of the ship is the same. For the most part the cabins will be identical among these ships, but may be decorated differently.
1995- Legend of the Seas - No longer sailing
1996- Grandeur of the Seas
1996- Splendour of the Seas - No longer sailing
1997- Enchantment of the Seas
1997- Rhapsody of the Seas
1998- Vision of the Seas


There are 14 special needs cabins on this ship. These cabins have been modified for accessibility purposes.

12 Decks

There are 12 on this ship. The highest deck number is 12. The number of decks with passenger cabins is 5.

23% Balconies

This is the percent of the staterooms on board have balconies.

Other Information

The abbreviation Royal Caribbean uses for this ship is RH. Maiden voyage was on May 19,1997. Sister ships are Vision OTS, Enchantment OTS, Legend OTS, and Splendor OTS. There are 1013 staterooms on board.

In March 2012, this ship had a major refurbishment which included more dining choices. The options for dining include:

Edelweiss Restaurant- main dining room and chefs table
Windjammer Cafe- buffet for all 3 meals
Chops Grille- reservations only specialty restaurant, extra fee
Giovannis Table- Italian specialty
Izumi- Asian specialty
Park Cafe- complimentary deli restaurant

Also ungraded in the 2012 refurbishment was the Centrum Atrium, which is now the main hub for entertainment on the ship. It spans 7 decks and offers aerial acrobatics entertainment, a show entertainment lounge, a Diamond Club and Lounge, a Concierge Club, and the Viking Crown Lounge and Nightclub. There are also the Centrum Boutiques, and a cocktail bar, piano bar, and coffee bar.

Separately, nightly entertainment can also be found at the Broadway Melodies Theatre which offers grand production shows. Guests will also enjoy the Casino Royale in the evenings.

During the day, children and teens can enjoy their separate kids clubs that offer plenty of age-appropriate activities including a video games arcade, teen center and disco, and a separate nursery. There is an Adventure Beach area that is also geared towards kids and has a lounge area as well. Adults can join in on the fun, or they can also check out one of the many pools, jacuzzis, and sunbathing areas, or the private adults-only Solarium Lounge. There is also a Spa and Fitness center, Sports court, Rock-climbing wall, and Outdoor Movie screen.

Rhapsody of the Seas Ship Stats

Item Detail
Year Built 1997
Years Old 26
Tons 78,491
Speed 22.3 knots
Length 915 feet
Beam 117 feet
Total Cabins 1,013
Crew 765
Expected Passengers 2,026 to 2,431
Expected Space Ratio 32
Total decks 12
Decks with cabins 5

Rhapsody of the Seas Features


  • 1 Indoor Pools
  • 1 Outdoor Pools swimming
  • 6 Whirlpools (hot tubs)
  • Rock Climbing Wall rockclimbing
  • No Flow Rider
  • No Ice Rink
  • No Bowling
  • No Zipline
  • No Waterslide
  • No Water Park
  • No Ropes Course
  • No Mini Golf
  • No Sports Court
  • Jogging Track


  • Casino casino
  • No Cigar Lounge
  • Chapel
  • Video Arcade
  • Show Lounge
  • Hair Salon
  • Spa
  • Fitness Center
  • Library library
  • No Bridge Viewing Area
  • Outdoor Movie Screen
  • Teen Lounge
  • Passenger Promenade Deck
  • Sea Viewing Lounge on upper deck
  • Adult Only Outside Lounge Area

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Smoking Policy

  • Smoking cigarettes, cigars, electronic cigarettes, and pipes is permitted only in designated outdoor areas that have signage (mainly on the starboard side)
  • Smoking is not permitted inside staterooms or balconies, Central Park or Boardwalk neighborhoods, dining venues, theaters, bars, lounges, hallways, pools, elevators, or jogging tracks
  • The casino allows smoking and has a designated area for non-smoking on most cruises.

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