MS Rhapsody of the Seas
Rhapsody of the Seas docked at Seattle, Washington.
|Name:||Rhapsody of the Seas|
|Operator:||Royal Caribbean International|
|Port of registry:||1997–2005: Oslo, Norway
2005–2013: Nassau, Bahamas
|Builder:||Chantiers de l'Atlantique
|Laid down:||11 December 1995|
|Launched:||1 August 1996|
|Completed:||22 April 1997|
|Maiden voyage:||19 May 1997|
|Identification:||Call sign: C6UA2
IMO number: 9116864
MMSI number: 311805000
|Status:||In Active Service as of 2013|
|Class & type:||Vision-class cruise ship|
|Length:||279 m (915 ft)|
|Beam:||32.20 m (105.6 ft) (hull)
35.64 m (116.9 ft) (maximum)
|Draft:||7.92 m (26.0 ft)|
|Depth:||15.85 m (52.0 ft)|
|Installed power:||4 × Wärtsilä 12V46C|
|Propulsion:||Diesel-electric, two shafts|
|Speed:||22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)|
MS Rhapsody of the Seas is a Vision-class cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean International. Onboard amenities include a full-service spa, two swimming pools, six bars, and a Starbucks coffee shop which also contains a Ben and Jerry's ice-cream parlor.
Navigation of Rhapsody of the Seas is regularly handled by Rob Hempstead and Rick Sullivan.
After 6 years of sailing from Galveston, Texas, Rhapsody of the Seas repositioned on a world trip in the fall of 2007, traveling through the South Pacific to Australia where she remained for two months, before moving to Asia, operating cruises from Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Busan in South Korea. For the summer of 2008, Rhapsody of the Seas operated out of Seattle, Washington, sailing to Alaska before repositioning back to Sydney, Australia for the winter of 2008/2009. After returning to Seattle in the spring of 2009, Royal Caribbean has announced that Rhapsody of the Seas is to repeat her Australia/Alaska seasons at least through April 2012.
In April 2012, the ship received a US$16 million dry dock refit which added addition staterooms, an outdoor movie screen near the pool, new dining venues, digital signage, Wi-Fi internet access, concierge and diamond lounges, and a nursery.
On 6th December 2013, Rhapsody struck a reef whilst sailing in the South Pacific between Champagne Bay and Luganville, 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 (18863)". DNV Exchange. Det Norske Veritas. https://exchange.dnv.com/exchange/main.aspx?extool=vessel&subview=summary&vesselid=18863. Retrieved 2012-07-16.
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