When Kelly Landry travels she likes to be always on the go. Cruising has never really appealed to her as she thought it was all about sitting around but we convinced her to join the 14-night cruise from Sydney to New Zealand on Rhapsody of the Seas
. She soon found out there just wasn't time to sit around twiddling her thumbs.
Rhapsody of the Seas is part of Royal Caribbean's Vision Class. It has rooms for all budgets from Royal Suites with balconies to comfortable interior cabins. All have televisions, phones, private bathrooms and 24-hour room service.
There are loads of activities to keep the 2000 passengers involved, some active and some relaxing.
Adventure Ocean is a free onboard program to keep children occupied. Royal Babies is for little ones six to 18 months old and the program goes up to a Teen Only Club. Young cruisers have scheduled, supervised activities all day long and on selected nights there are dinners in the casual restaurant.
There are two pools: one outdoor with a children's section and an adults-only indoor pool. There are six whirlpool spas and a fitness centre with a gym, classes, personal training sessions, yoga and Pilates. A jogging track circles the top deck and a day spa offers seaweed wraps, hot stone massages, facials and other salon services.
If you've always wanted to try rock climbing at sea, here's your chance. At 61m above sea level and towering 9m above the deck, the rockclimbing walls are a most popular feature and are on all Royal Caribbean cruise ships. There are challenges for everyone and all equipment is there for you. You just need a pair of socks and a sense of adventure.
Of course, shipboard life wouldn't be right if there weren't shuffleboard games on deck. But each day's itinerary gives passengers the chance to do something new, including dancing classes, learn to skate, cook and make jewellery or the perfect martini.
Fantastic formal and casual dining is all included. Edelweiss is the main dining venue and spans two decks. There is extensive à la carte dining, live music and floor-to-ceiling windows. Windjammer Café next to the pool is open for casual breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. Solarium Café serves burgers, pizza and hot dogs. Café Latte-tudes is the place for ice cream sundaes and frothy cappuccino. If none of that suits, there's 24-hour room service.
There's no shortage of bars, lounges and nightlife. Broadway Melodies Theatre is two decks high with nightly entertainment from Broadway-style productions and dance spectaculars to international entertainers. Shall We Dance show lounge is a venue for game shows, theme parties, cabaret and karaoke.
Viking Crown Lounge is set around the ship's funnel with stunning 360-degree views. There's also the Schooner Bar, Moonlight Bay lounge, Champagne Bar and the very lively Vegas-style casino offers a range of games for those who fancy a flutter.
A highlight of the cruise, provided by nature, is sighting the southern fjords of New Zealand. Dusky Sound is the most southern with gently sloping land and serene beauty. It's accessible only by sea or air. Known as Sound of Silence it has cascading waterfalls, looming mountains and rare marine life.
Milford Sound is breathtaking. The 22km fjord is dominated by Mitre Peak and is surrounded by calm water mirroring the sheer peaks. As remote as it is, visitors come from all over the world to admire its raw and unspoiled beauty.
As the ship sails between the dramatic rock faces rising to 2000m it's probably one of the most impressive sights you will ever enjoy.
On board the Royal Caribbean's Rhapsody of the Seas
Royal Caribbean Cruises Rhapsody of the Seas
has two special cruise offers for Getaway
Take a 12-night cruise of the South Pacific Islands, New Caledonia and Vanuatu from $1799 per person. The offer includes a free upgrade to Oceanview cabin and the cruise departs November 8, 2010.
Or enjoy a 14-night New Zealand cruise, as featured on Getaway, from $2119 per person, departing Sydney on December 4, 2010. Accommodation, rock climbing, dining, gymnasium and entertainment are included. Spa and shore excursions are available at an additional cost.
Plus an extra-hot offer: If you book by Tuesday May 25, 2010, you will receive an onboard credit of up to US$200 per cabin on any Royal Caribbean International holiday to spend onboard your cruise.
- Three to five nights: US$50 voucher per cabin.
- Six to nine nights: US$100 voucher per cabin.
- Ten or more nights: US$200 voucher per cabin.
For further information
Royal Caribbean Cruises
Ph: 1800 754 500