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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Feb-March 2013
TRAVEL CRUISING Eat, play, lounge A jaunt around the South Pacific aboard the newly refurbished Rhapsody of the Seas offers plenty of chances to overindulge, a basketball court to work it off, and beaches and islands to laze around on. CAROLINE GLADSTONE Dining Eating is one of the great joys of cruising; everyone’s heard the jokes about boarding as passengers and disembarking as cargo. Rhapsody has four new extra-charge specialty restaurants and a free poolside deli to complement the two-tiered Edelweiss Restaurant and the Windjammer buffet. Passengers who like to eat dinner at set times have a table on the lower level, while those who want to eat when and with whom they like dine on Edelweiss’ upper tier. Dinners are four to five courses with plenty of maincourse choices and decadent desserts. At the new, intimate Giovanni’s Table, diners can feast on three courses, beginning with antipasto before moving on to a choice of main and dessert, such as delicious Dover Sole and tiramisu (for just $20 a person), or at Chops Grille can enjoy steak in a three-course spread for $30. Japanese and Asian fare is served at Izumi, where individual dishes are priced from as little as $5. Park Café, by the solarium pool, is popular for alfresco breakfast, lunch and latenight snacks, serving a lighter fare of salads, wraps, tacos and soups. Those wanting to splash out can dine at the Chef’s Table, in a cosy wood-panelled room savouring a multi-course gourmet meal with matching wine with just 13 other diners for $95 per person. A package deal offers dinner in the four specialty eateries for $120. Add to this the option of room service for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, and an ice-cream and coffee/cake bar, and you can see why comedians make those cargo jokes. 18 | www.probussouthpacific.org ABOUT THE SHIP NAME: Rhapsody of the Seas LENGTH: 279 metres WEIGHT: 78,491 tons AGE: 15 years old (entered service 1997, upgraded in 2012) CARRIES: 2000 passengers Rhapsody received a US$54 million upgrade in Singapore in March 2012. All accommodation has new bedding, carpets, drapes, flat screen TVs and remodelled bathrooms, and 21 cabins were added. Five restaurants were also added and public areas spruced up with new carpets and furniture. The seven-storey atrium was transformed into the funky R-Bar with swish retro sofas and is now a place to watch aerial trapeze acts. W: www.royalcaribbean.com.au @Heading to New Caledonia's Isle of Pines? Prepare to laze in the turquoise waters.
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