Rhapsody of the Seas

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Rhapsody of the Seas docked at Argostoli, Kefalonia in 2018
NameRhapsody of the Seas
OperatorRoyal Caribbean International[1]
Port of registry
Yard numberE31[1]
Laid down11 December 1995[1]
Launched1 August 1996[1]
Completed22 April 1997[1]
Maiden voyage19 May 1997
In service1997–present
StatusIn Service
General characteristics
Class and typeVision-class cruise ship
Length279 m (915 ft 4 in)
  • 32.20 m (105 ft 8 in) (hull)
  • 35.64 m (116 ft 11 in) (maximum)
Draft7.92 m (26 ft 0 in)
Depth15.85 m (52 ft 0 in)
Installed power4 × Wärtsilä 12V46C
PropulsionDiesel-electric, two shafts
Speed22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
  • 1,998 passengers (double occupancy)
  • 2,416 passengers (maximum)[2]

Rhapsody of the Seas is a Vision-class cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean International.

Areas of operation[edit]

After six years of sailing from Galveston, Texas, Rhapsody of the Seas repositioned on a world trip in the autumn 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, 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.

Rhapsody of the Seas sailed her final season in Australia during the winter 2014/2015 season, repositioning to Europe sailing from Rome in April 2015. During the 2015/2016 winter she sailed from São Paulo, Brazil.[3]

After her 2016 summer season, Rhapsody of the Seas sailed to Tampa, Florida conducting cruises to the Western Caribbean. She will reposition to Cape Liberty, New Jersey for the 2017 summer season, sailing to the Bahamas and Canada/New England, before repositioning back to Tampa.[3]


In March 2012, the ship received a US$54 million dry dock refit which added additional cabins, an outdoor movie screen near the pool, new dining areas and a nursery.[4]

The ship subsequently received an additional refit in late 2016.[5]

In late 2019, Rhapsody was in drydock in Cádiz, Spain for some routine maintenance, cosmetic improvements, and technology upgrades, but did not see any major reconfigurations.


  • On 24 March 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 and drowned or that she disappeared voluntarily, but failed to locate her.[6]
  • On New Year's Day, 2010, a 15-year-old passenger was raped by a crew member. She had been seasick during the cruise and was resting alone in a cabin when a man wearing a bartenders uniform entered.[7]
  • On 25 April 2016, Rhapsody of the Seas was hit by a rogue wave en route to Santorini, Greece. It struck at 4 am, breaking the windows of six-passenger cabins and partially flooded other staterooms on decks 2 and 3. No serious injuries were reported by Royal Caribbean, and the ship continued on its 10-day cruise from Venice, Italy.[8]
  • On 19 September 2016, the ship severely listed after strong winds blew against the ship. A dozen large windows in the Viking Crown Lounge were reportedly broken as well as other onboard fixtures; however, there were no reported injuries by the cruise line and Rhapsody of the Seas continued to Santorini, Greece as scheduled.[9]
  • On 22 September 2019, a crew member died after going overboard while the ship was docked in the Croatian port of Dubrovnik. Royal Caribbean said the 35-year-old waiter had committed suicide but his family in India denied this.[10][11][12]
  • During the coronavirus pandemic, the CDC reported, as early as 2020.04.22, that at least one person who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 had tested positive within 14 days after disembarking.[13]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Rhapsody of the Seas (18863)". DNV Vessel Register. DNV. Retrieved 2012-07-16.
  2. ^ "Rhapsody of the Seas". royalcaribbeanpresscenter.com. Royal Caribbean.
  3. ^ a b Ltd, Cruise Republic. "Rhapsody of the Seas says goodbye to Australia". Archived from the original on 2017-08-05. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  4. ^ "Rhapsody of the Seas Fact Sheet | Royal Caribbean Press Center".
  5. ^ "Royal Caribbean adds refurbishments for Radiance of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas in 2016". Royal Caribbean blog. 16 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Amy Bradley, 23". People. September 23, 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  7. ^ Passmore, Daryl (1 January 2014). "Death, assaults, lawlessness ... the dark side of the cruise industry". The Sunday Mail (Brisbane). heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Wave Damages Rhapsody of the Seas". Cruise Law News. Cruise Law News. 25 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Rhapsody Of The Seas Damaged Again During Storm". Cruise Law News. 19 September 2016.
  10. ^ Walker, Jim (26 September 2019). "Rhapsody of the Seas Crew Member Dies After Going Overboard: Suicide or Mysterious Circumstances?". Cruise Law News. Walker & O'Neill Maritime Lawyers. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Another mysterious death of a seaman". O Heraldo. Herald Publications. 24 September 2019. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  12. ^ Croucher, Shane (27 September 2019). "Cruise Ship Crew Member Dies After Going Overboard". Newsweek. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  13. ^ "COVID-19 and Your Health". 11 February 2020. Archived from the original on 2020-04-22.

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