MS Rhapsody of the Seas

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Rhapsody of the Seas docked at Seattle, Washington.
Career
Name: Rhapsody of the Seas
Operator: Royal Caribbean International[1]
Port of registry: 1997–2005: Oslo,  Norway
2005–2013: Nassau,  Bahamas
Builder: Chantiers de l'Atlantique
Saint-Nazaire, France
Yard number: E31[1]
Laid down: 11 December 1995[1]
Launched: 1 August 1996[1]
Completed: 22 April 1997[1]
Maiden voyage: 19 May 1997
In service: 1997-present
Identification: Call sign: C6UA2
IMO number: 9116864
MMSI number: 311805000
Status: In Active Service as of 2013
General characteristics
Class & type: Vision-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 78,878 GT
46,560 NT
8,439 DWT
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)
Decks: 11
Installed power: 4 × Wärtsilä 12V46C
Propulsion: Diesel-electric, two shafts
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
Capacity: 2,435 passengers
Crew: 765

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, a rock-climbing wall, and several dining options.

Navigation of Rhapsody of the Seas is regularly handled by Rob Hempstead and Rick Sullivan.[when?]

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$54 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.[2]

Incidents[edit]

  • On March 24, 1998, 23 year old passenger Amy Lynn Bradley disappeared without a trace aboard the ship when the ship was about to dock at Curaçao, Antilles. Police investigations ruled out the possibility that she fell overboard & drowned or that she disappeared voluntarily, but failed to locate her.[citation needed]

Gallery[edit]

Rhapsody of the Seas at Circular Quay, Sydney. 
Moored at cruise liner terminal in Sydney Harbour 
Portside stern quarter 
Starboard side at terminal gangway 
Crowsnest detail 
Portside detail 
Stern view 
Rhapsody of the Seas docked at Circular Quay, Sydney, in 2011 

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