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Rhapsody of the Seas strikes reef

Posted by RCI fans on December 7, 2013 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (5)

Rhapsody of the Seas has been delayed for 12 hours after the ship struck a reef in the South Pacific.

According to claims, the ship was caught in a very violent storm, which caused the ship to come into contact with a nearby reef, close to Champagne Bay, Luganville and Vanuatu.

The ship was able to continue to Luganville under her own power where the ship had to be delayed for 12 hours while repairs were made.

Rhapsody of the Seas now coming to Europe in 2015

Posted by RCI fans on November 18, 2013 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean has cancelled Rhapsody of the Seas' Alaskan schedule in favour of Europe. 

The cruise line has had to cancel two sailings in April and May 2015; a 16-night cruise from Sydney to Honolulu on 17th April 2015 ; and a 13-night Honolulu to Vancouver cruise setting sail on 2nd May 2015. 

Royal Caribbean is contacting guests on these sailings and can choose to accept a full refund or move to an alternative cruise.

Rhapsody of the Seas will sail on a 16-night cruise from Sydney to Singapore, departing on the 17th April 2015. She will then do a 14-night cruise from Singapore to Dubai on 3rd May and finally a 15-night Dubai to Instanbul cruise on 17th May. 

Adam Armstrong, Royal Caribbean's commercial director for Asia Pacific said the new itineraries will give Australians and New Zealanders new routes to Asia, the Middle East and Europe that they have never seen before. 


He said: “We think the Sydney to Istanbul option will be especially popular with local guests, as it offers a leisurely way to travel to Europe and arrives on 1 June, just as the Mediterranean summer begins.

“It’s the first time that Royal Caribbean International has operated such a route – and we are particularly pleased to be sailing it on our longest-serving Australian ship, Rhapsody of the Seas, which has a tremendous following down under.”

Norovirus outbreak on Rhapsody of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on October 30, 2012 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The Fiji Health Ministry has confirmed 51 cases of norovirus on board the Rhapsody of the Seas which is carrying over 2300 passengers and 870 crew.

Doctor Joe Koroivueta says they took measures immediately as soon as they received reports of the cases.

Affected passengers have been isolated and no one is allowed to enter the quarantined area on the ship except the medical response team.

Dr Koroivueta says the ship will leave for Noumea, New Caledonia tonight.

Royal Caribbean passenger dies during Kayaking Excursion

Posted by RCI fans on July 17, 2012 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

A Royal Caribbean passenger traveling aboard Rhapsody of the Seas died while kayaking on Mendenhall Lake in Juneau, Alaska.


Michael Ray Fullerton, a 62-year-old man from Texas died late Sunday afternoon when his kayak overturned. He was part of a group of kayakers who rented kayaks to tour the lake, which at the foot of Mendenhall Glacier.


Tongass National Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole said Fullerton apparently became fatigued and was unable to paddle.


“The group tied their kayaks together and it’s still unclear to us at this point how the kayaks overturned,” Cole said.


Others in the group also overturned, although they survived and were treated for hypothermia.


The equipment for the excursion was provided by Alaska Boat and Kayak in Auke Bay. The group was not part of a guided trip but they were given a safety briefing before they loaded their kayaks and gear.


“They get questioned about how much paddle experience they’ve had, and then they get a thorough safety briefing that talks about self-rescue, using the bilge pump, paddle float, wearing the PFD and spray skirt, and how to work together and paddle as a group,” owner Sean Janes said.


Forest Service Supervisor Cole said the agency continues to investigate the accident.

Rhapsody of the Seas begins refurbishment

Posted by RCI fans on March 1, 2012 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean's Rhapsody of the Seas has entered Singapore's Sembawang Shipyard today to begin a month-long refurbishment as part of the company's Royal Advantage program.


Rhapsody of the Seas complete list of upgrades include;


  • Five new specialty dining venues
  • Chops Grille
  • Giovanni’s Table
  • Park Café
  • Izumi
  • Chef’s Table
  • Royal Babies and Tots Nursery
  • Diamond Lounge for Crown and Anchor Society members
  • Concierge lounge for suite guests
  • New furniture
  • New carpets
  • New upholstery
  • Renovated staterooms.


Rhapsody of the Seas is the third Royal Caribbean ship to receive these upgrades. The refit provides the older ships in the fleet, upgrades and amenities found on the newer ships.

Royal Caribbean's Commercial Manager Adam Armstrong commented on the refurbishment, "“Rhapsody of the Seas has been a tremendous success in Australia and New Zealand where she has carried over 175,000 guests and developed a very loyal following. Now we’re adding a host of extra innovations and popular features to really raise the bar for local fans. Originally scheduled for only a two-week ‘drydock’ for regular maintenance, we have since extended the project to four weeks in order to allow more extensive enhancements across the entire ship, including dining, cabins, entertainment and technology.”


Following the upgrades, Rhapsody of the Seas will head to Australia to join Radiance of the Seas, which received her revitalization in May 2011.