Rhapsody of the Seas gets a new look

After five summer seasons in Australian waters, Rhapsody of the Seas has enjoyed a month long refurbishment in March 2012. All of the cabins have been redecorated from floor to ceiling and has raised the vessel to a more sophisticated level to appeal to passengers who wanted affordable cruising but were propared to pay a little extra for finer cuisine and exclusive retreats. There is also extra dining options, more entertainment and new carpets, curtains and furniture. New specialty restaurants are Giovanni’s Table – serving Italian food – the Chops Grille steakhouse – and the Park Cafe, which serves light and healthy food.

The Rhapsody of the Seas returns to Australia in October and there are some wonderful specials including free upgrades and buy one get one 50% off. Visit Cruise Offers for all the latest specials.

What are the highest rated ships?

Each year Berlitz releases their comprehensive annual ranking of cruise ships. This year Hapag Lloyd’s Europa retained its number one spot for the 13th consecutive year. The reviews are compiled by British cruise critic and author Douglas Ward, who has been reviewing cruise ships for 28 years and has spent over 6000 days at sea. He takes into account 400 items including accommodation, cuisine, entertainment, spa/fitness/recreation and service.

SeaDream I and SeaDream II were the next highest scorers, followed by Seabourn. The Queen Mary 2 dominated the large resort style ships followed by joint runners up Celebrity Solstice, which will be based in Australia this summer and Celebrity Equinox.

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