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Old November 2nd, 2000, 04:01 PM
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have been thinking about taking the rhapsody cruise to the mexican riveria. read many comments and it seems that rhapsody does not have nightly midnight buffet. does anyone know if this is true because i do like my midnight buffet. i dont want to take the elation cruise because i have been on carnival and like to try rcl this time. also, any suggestion about shore excursions, should i take the ones offerred by rcl and try my luck when on shore?? thank you.
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Old November 2nd, 2000, 10:10 PM
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We were on the Rhapsody last April and they did not have midnight buffets. Some nights they had waiters in the lounge areas later in the evening passing hors d'ourves. We think they did have a gala midnight buffet one evening (we were on an 11 day cruise to Hawaii). Your travel agent should be able to confirm this info for you as to what the Rhapsody is doing now. Have a great time.
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Old November 3rd, 2000, 09:26 AM
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Hi Nelson,
We went on Rhapsody to the southern Caribbean and we just loved the ship,
she's a beauty. Here is some information on this class ship, couldn't find a members review for Mexico yet, but feel free to write one after your cruise.
Enjoy the ship :-)


<http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/cruiseguide/shiptour/tours/RCI/vision.cfm>

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Old November 3rd, 2000, 10:35 AM
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RCI and Celebrity have initiated doing away with the nightly Midnight Buffet, but have supplemented with "Gourmet Bites"; hors d'oeuvers being served in the lounges by strolling waiters. They still have the Grand Buffet and usually a Tropical Night including buffet. The Rhapsody is a beautiful ship including the domed pool area and a wonderful spa/gym area. The Mexican itinerary sounds great. RCI has been doing that itinerary for a long time, but has just put one of its newer ships there for this up coming season. Why don't you try the late seating for dinner and then you won't be hungry again till the morning. I have found RCI has open seating in their main dining room now for breakfast and lunch, so that will still give you the opportunity to have those meals in the formal dining room if you don't choose the buffet or room service.
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Old November 3rd, 2000, 04:33 PM
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We took Holland America's Staatendam to the Mexican Riveria (11-day) sailing from and returning to San Diego. Holland America is my favorite line so far. Just returned from out second cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas. I like RCCL but not as much as HAL although the Rhapsody casino was very, very good to me, which is unusual. They did away with the midnight buffet and from what I understand more of the ships are doing the same. Both experiences on Rhapsody proved the food to be nothing extra special. I think you'll really enjoy the Mexican Riveria. We're going on our 11th cruise in January on RCCL Voyager of the Seas (our fourth sailing on Royal Caribbean). Everything else about the cruise was fine. Sailed to Hawaii from Vancouver, saw the islands again, and flew home. Seas were calm and weather was perfect!
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Hi Nelson,

Well, the right person just logged on, we just got back from the week to the Mexican Riviera on the Rhapsody Sunday. It was *wonderful*

I posted a separate note on packing on the "packing" board and plan on writing a review of our experiences by the end of this week. (I promised Donna I would.) I'll post a note here and also on the review board when it's there.

In terms of the midnight buffet, they do just one, but it's incredible! We had second seating for dinner, and I couldn't even bear to approach it to eat (but got some photos)

Our experience with the shore excursions was *excellent* We had never been to Mexico before and felt we walked away with a lot of sight-seeing. Each lasted between 31/2 to 51/2 hours and were worth every dime. People who went it alone seemed to have been there before (and didn't enjoy much of a savings, if at all)

Check out my note on the "packing" board for more information, but let me tell you, it's a gorgeous ship and wonderful atmosphere. We had a Category D balcony stateroom that was worth *every* dime.

Do the trip on the Rhapsody -- so much classier than Carnival from what I saw on the Internet.

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Hi Harry,
Looking forward to reading all about your cruise on Rhapsody. Isn't Rhapsody a beautiful ship? Take care :-)

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Old November 7th, 2000, 10:33 AM
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In 1999 I cruised on the Rhapsody and she was great. I loved every minute aboard. I was so impressed that I booked the Enchantment in 2000 and found her to be equally as elegant. I felt like I knew the ship and was very comfortable moving about, feeling like I was at home. I am now looking at another sister ship, the Vision, for Hawaii in 2002. I think I will probably be equally as pleased.
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Hi Nelson, I just got off the Rhapsody of the seas last week. (the trip of Nov.5, 2000). TAKE THE TRIP. There is only one midnight buffet on the 7 day trip( Thursday night),but I would not base your decision on a midnight buffet. They serve food ever night from 11:30pm to 1:30am. They just do not call it a midnight buffet. You will not go hungry. Buy the ticket and enjoy your trip.
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Old February 5th, 2001, 03:19 AM
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Just stepped off the Rhapsody 2 weeks ago! During our week in Mexico, we were treated to 3 midnight buffets; The Chocolate Extravaganza on Monday night,a deck party & Mexican food buffet on Wednesday night and the Captain's Gala Midnight Buffet,complete with ice,butter & paste sculptures, on Friday night. All other nights, various snacks and desserts were passed out in all of the lounges after 11:30pm. Of course you can eat at the Solarium Cafe til' 3am, but while it's a beautiful, peaceful place to unwind after club-hopping, the food is terrible! Room service on the Rhapsody is very limited to a few sandwiches, not even breakfast! If the hours of the Windjammer Cafe were extended,(currently,it's open til' 9:30pm) it might help this dilemma.
Fortunatly, we'll be sailing The Carnival Elation next year! Their 24-hour pizzaria comes highly recommended.
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