Cruise Ships

Rhapsody of the Seas

As good as new after a $54m makeover... with many innovative facilities

After a month-long $54m dry dock, Royal Caribbean International’s Rhapsody of the Seas emerged from Singapore’s Sembawang Shipyard as a virtually new ship in March 2012.

The newly revamped Rhapsody of the Seas offers guests a host of new dining options, entertainment and unique features after the ship’s bow-to-stern transformation.

The dock was part of Royal Caribbean International’s multi-ship enhancement and revitalisation strategy to deliver the world’s most innovative cruise ships and exciting itineraries.

“With every inch of Rhapsody of the Seas renewed, five new restaurants added, the evolution of entertainment in our iconic Centrum, plus an array of new touches, guests will be wowed by what is virtually a new ship, ” aid Betsy O’Rourke, senior vice president.

Rhapsody of the Seas of Royal Caribbean

The comprehensive make-over introduced a range of guest features and experiences including:

  • Royal Babies and Tots Nursery designed for the cruise line’s youngest guests, 6 - 36 months old
  • Diamond Lounge for Crown & Anchor Society loyalty members
  • Concierge Lounge for suite guests and top-tier loyalty guests and completely refreshed staterooms
  • Wi-Fi availability throughout the ship
  • A host of technology enhancements including flat-panel televisions in all staterooms, an outdoor LED movie screen on the pool deck, as well as a digital way-finding system
  • For guests looking to tickle their taste buds, Rhapsody of the Seas features an array of new dining options with the addition of five of the fleet’s most highly acclaimed dining concepts:

    Giovanni’s Table: An Italian trattoria featuring Italian classics served family-style (open for lunch, $15, and dinner, $20)
    Izumi Asian Cuisine: Pan Asian cuisine featuring a sushi bar with hot-rock cooking (open for lunch and dinner, $3.00 cover charge for lunch and $5.00 for dinner plus a la carte menu pricing) 
    Park Café: An indoor/outdoor gourmet market featuring salads, sandwiches, soups and pastries (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, complimentary)
    Chops Grille: Royal Caribbean International’s signature steakhouse offering premium cuts and quality meats (open for dinner, $25 per person) 
    Chef’s Table: An exclusive and private experience co-hosted by the executive Chef and Sommelier for a wine pairing dinner of five courses (open for dinner, $95 per person)

    The brand new Centrum features enriching daytime activities, nighttime entertainment and a new high-flying performance which includes aerialists gliding through the five-story atrium. Guests can enjoy a cocktail in the 60’s inspired R Bar, a new bar concept first introduced onboard Splendour of the Seas.

    Vital statistics

    Operated by Royal Caribbean International
    Built at Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Finland
    Entered service: May 19, 1997
    Refurbished: 2005, 2012
    Cost: $275 million
    Registered: The Bahamas
    Gross tonnage: 78,491 tons
    Passengers: 2,435
    Passenger decks: 11
    Lifts: 9
    Crew: 840
    Cabins: 1,000 including

    Length: 915ft
    Width: 106ft
    Draught: 25.5ft
    Engines: diesel-electric
    Speed: 22 knots


    One main dining room (two sittings), alternative dining options, themed bars and lounges, casino, library, solarium with a sliding roof and indoor/outdoor pool, six hot tubs, Adventure Ocean® youth facilities, day spa and fitness centre, rock-climbing wall, conference centre, children’s facilities.

    Royal Caribbean International

    Welcome to Royal Caribbean International's gateway to hot days, barmy nights and ultimate pleasure on board a fleet of luxury cruise liners. More...

    Related News

    There are currently no related news entries.


    There are currently no related gallery images.

    Follow Seaview Cruises