7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas from Tampa, Florida George Town, Grand Cayman, Stingray City
The 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Tampa, Florida visits Key West, Florida; George Town, Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico; Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico; Tampa, Florida. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Rhapsody of the Seas
Day 1 - Tampa, Florida
Day 2 - Key West, Florida
Day 3 - Cruising
Day 4 - George Town, Grand Cayman
Day 5 - Cozumel, Mexico
Day 6 - Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
Day 7 - Cruising
Day 8 - Tampa, Florida
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George Town, Grand Cayman, Stingray City
Stingrays in Stingray City, Grand Cayman
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7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise

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Leaving from
Tampa, Florida
Onboard
Rhapsody of the Seas
Day Port
1
Tampa, Florida
Departs at 4:00 PM
2
Key West, Florida
From 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
3
Cruising
Day at sea
4
George Town, Grand Cayman
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
5
Cozumel, Mexico
From 10:30 AM - 8:00 PM
6
Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7
Cruising
Day at sea
8
Tampa, Florida
Arrives at 7:00 AM
*Port sequence may vary by sailing date.
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Your ship Rhapsody of the Seas

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Rhapsody of the Seas
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Rhapsody of the Seas, Aerial View
Aerial View of Rhapsody of the Seas
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Rhapsody of the Seas
Soak up new views from the top of the Rock Climbing Wall. Learn skills from a seasoned chef in a culinary class. Or discover a new favorite red or white at Vintages. All on your most thrilling adventure yet.

SAY YES TO ADVENTURE

Discover new thrills onboard while sailing to shores like Croatia, Crete and Cozumel. Seize adventure at the Rock Climbing Wall. Catch a movie under the stars. Rock the kitchen in a culinary class or break a sweat at Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Center. It's all here on Rhapsody of the Seas®.

HIGH FLYING FLAVOR TRYING

From exotic Asian flavors at Izumi and reimagined steakhouse classics at Chops Grille℠, to traditional Tuscan dishes at Giovanni's Table, this is one flavor fest you definitely want to try.

SENSATIONAL SHOWS

Ready to be dazzled? Piano Man revisits memory lane with classics on the keys. And throughout the ship, you'll find performances by onboard guest entertainers, like piano sing-alongs at the Schooner Bar.

Day 1: Tampa, Florida

Day 1
Tampa
Florida
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Things to do in
Tampa
Departs at 4:00 PM
Pirates once plundered the shores of Tampa Bay, but today this swashbuckling city attracts beach seekers, outdoor enthusiasts and museum lovers alike. Its low-key beach vibe blends seamlessly with its glistening downtown atmosphere— and there’s no shortage of thrills for all ages. Explore Ybor City’s cigar-rolling history or brave rollercoasters at Busch Gardens. Kayak along the Hillsborough River past sunning alligators, and see the elusive Florida panther at the Lowry Park Zoo. Geek out at the Museum of Science & Industry’s domed IMAX Theater— or browse Florida Cracker exhibits at Tampa Bay History Center. Tampa cruises allow you to discover a treasure trove of adventures, from the beach to the bay.

CULTURE FIX

Stroll along the Tampa Riverwalk and see where it leads you. You might explore interactive exhibits at the Tampa Bay History Center, or go stand-up paddleboarding from the Sail Pavilion. Tampa Museum of Art’s collections range from ancient to modern— and the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is home to splash fountains, a playground and skyline views.
Insider tip
The vintage, air-conditioned TECO Line Streetcar can transport you between downtown Tampa, Channelside and Ybor City, with 11 stations along a 2.7-mile line. Tickets can be purchased at the stations.

HIT THE SAND

A short 30-minute drive west of downtown lands you along the Gulf of Mexico coast, which is fringed by a string of sugary beaches. Clearwater Beach and St. Pete Beach both offer an upbeat seaside atmosphere, while Caladesi Island State Park and Fort DeSoto Park provide serene shoreline settings.

SEA WATCH

Enter the Florida Aquarium to encounter over 20,000 species of aquatic plants and animals. Cruise to Tampa and see river otters on the Florida Wetlands Trail and ring-tailed lemurs on the Journey to Madagascar. Then say hello to goliath grouper, stingrays, reef fishes, sea turtles and sharks in the Bays & Beaches habitat.

LOCAL CUISINE

Tampa’s food scene stems from a fusion of Cuban, Spanish, Italian and Floribbean influences. Local raw bars serve up fresh shrimp, oysters, scallops and grouper from the Gulf of Mexico. The Cuban sandwich— piled with Genoa salami— is a city signature. For a taste of authentic Florida Cracker cuisine, try sofkee porridge, pilau (rice cakes) or fried alligator tail during your next Tampa cruise.

SHOPPING

Pick up tropical apparel and Florida-inspired souvenirs at the outdoor Channelside Bay Plaza, right at the port. Head to Hyde Park Village for upscale boutique stores, and stop in local sportswear outfitter Salt Pines. Nothing beats Ybor City when it comes to quirky vintage stores and hand-rolled cigars.

Day 2: Key West, Florida

Day 2
Key West
Florida
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Key West, Florida, Pier Beach Sunset
Sunset at beach by pier in Key West, FLorida
Things to do in
Key West
From 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
You don’t need to venture outside the United States to find the perfect island getaway. Famously known as the southernmost tip of the country, Key West is closer to Havana than it is to Miami. Cruise to Key West and feel a world away from the bustle of the Magic City. Here, time seems to move more slowly than on the mainland. Locals pedal bikes past charming pastel-colored Bahamian porches. And live music spills out of the bars and restaurants that line Duval Street. From its fascinating history and beautiful natural landscape, to its diverse residents and their warm, laid-back attitude, Key West marches to the beat of its own steel drum.
Key West, Florida, Garden Party Parrot Jungle
Garden Party Parrot Jungle, Key West

Garden Party

Meet macaws and play with parrots at Nancy Forrester’s Secret Garden, a haven for rescued exotic birds.
Insider tip
Key West is easy to explore on foot, but you can also rent a bicycle for about $12 per day. A lot of locals prefer bikes to cars, so look out for cyclists.
Key West, Florida, Conch Caboose Aerial View of Street
Aerial view of street, in Key West, FLorida

CONCH CABOOSE

Hop on the world-famous Conch Train to get a lesson in Key West history and hear local legends while touring Old Town and some of the island’s most iconic landmarks.
Insider tip
You can hop on the Old Town Trolley for about $29. The trolley comes through Mallory Square every 30 minutes and includes stops around the island.
Key West, Florida, Square Dancing Shops
Shops at a Square in Key West, FLorida

SQUARE DANCING

In the hours leading up to dusk, head to Mallory Square and watch as it comes to life with acrobats, dancers and performers. The grand finale is a sunset you must see to believe.
Key West, Florida, Key Lime Pie Slice
A piece of Key Lime pie with lime slices on the side

LOCAL CUISINE

You can catch all kinds of exotic fish in Key West’s tropical waters, so it’s no surprise that much of the local cuisine centers on fresh seafood. Be sure to try some conch fritters and the iconic key lime pie, of course. When it comes to bars, you’ll find no shortage along lively Duval Street.
Key West, Florida, Souvenir Shells
Souvenir shells at a shop in Key West

SHOPPING

In Mallory Square, you’ll find lots of local vendors selling seashells, souvenirs, cigars, rum, and of course, key lime pie. If you’re looking for art galleries and clothing boutiques, head to Duval Street.

Day 3: Cruising

Day 3
Cruising
At Sea
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Family Celebrating a Hole in One
Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
CAN'T MISS FAVORITES
Woman Putting with her Family
Family Playing Mini Golf Onboard

Mini Golf

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.
Young Woman Climbing
Young Woman Climbing Up the Rock Wall

Rock Climbing Wall

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Day 4: George Town, Grand Cayman

Day 4
George Town
Grand Cayman
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George Town, Grand Cayman, Aerial View
Aerial view of Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman
Things to do in
George Town
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Grand Cayman is where the high life meets island life. This international banking haven is as much known for award-winning beaches as for the flocks of celebrities and high rollers that frequent them. You can sip Cayman Mama’s while rubbing shoulders with the global glitterati. During your Grand Cayman cruise, you can snorkel with stingrays in Stingray City. Treat your inner foodie at eateries established by acclaimed top chefs like Michael Schwartz, or chow down on conch fritters by the seashore. You can even soak up some rays at one of the beaches voted best in the world, Seven Mile Beach. And do it all in the same day.
George Town, Grand Cayman, Hawksbill turtle close-up
Close-up of a Hawksbill turtle in George Town, Grand Cayman

Swim with Sea Turtles

The whole family can swim alongside sea turtles and tropical fish at the Cayman Turtle Centre. Or wander around the Caribbean Aviary and spot exotic birds up close, including Grand Cayman’s national bird, the Cayman parrot..
Insider tip
Everyone drives on the left here, so look both ways before crossing the street.
George Town, Grand Cayman, Seven Mile Beach Palm Trees
Palm trees swaying on the Seven Mile Beach, George Town, Grand Cayman

Stroll the Seven Mile Beach

Seven Mile Beach is actually five-and-a-half miles of coral sands and crystal-clear shoreline. But it’s peppered with restaurants, bars, and upscale resorts— and it was named one of the world’s Ultimate Beaches by Caribbean Travel + Life.
George Town, Grand Cayman, North Sound Golf Club
Palm trees in the North Sound Golf Club, George Town, Grand Cayman

Tee Off in Paradise

Hit the green at the North Sound Club, the only 18-hole championship golf course on the Cayman Islands.
George Town, Grand Cayman, Swimming with Stingrays
Two women swimming with stingrays in Grand Cayman

Get to Know the Locals

Take your adventure underwater and mingle with southern stingrays in Stingray City’s calm waters.
George Town, Grand Cayman, Grouper Sandwich
A grouper sandwich on a white plate

Local Cuisine

Locally caught fish is the main attraction in Grand Cayman cuisine. And you’ll find plenty of shellfish served marinated, in fritters, or in hearty chowders. Rum is the drink of choice, so make sure you try the “Cayman Mama,” a local signature cocktail made with light and coconut rums, banana liqueur, Triple Sec, pineapple juice, and a dash of Grenadine or strawberry syrup. Cheers!

Day 5: Cozumel, Mexico

Day 5
Cozumel
Mexico
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Cozumel, Mexico, Punta Sur National Park
Clear Water of Punta Sur National Park, Cozumel, Mexico
Things to do in
Cozumel
From 10:30 AM - 8:00 PM
With its lively tropical reefs, crystal-clear waters and ancient ruins, Cozumel is ripe for one-of-a-kind adventures. Cruise to Cozumel and head to Chankanaab National Park, where you can snorkel among the colorful reefs and schools of tropical fish that give this island its premier diving status. Or travel back in time on an adventure through the towering Maya ruins of Tulum. When you’re done exploring, unwind with a beachside massage at Playa Mia. From culture savoring to soaking up sunshine, you’ll find a world of adventure waiting for you in Cozumel.
Cozumel, Mexico, San Gervasio Ruins
San Gervasio, the largest ancient Maya site on Cozumel

Temple Trekking

Get up close and personal with Maya history at San Gervasio, the largest ancient Maya site on Cozumel, which dates back to as early as A.D. 300.
Insider tip
Remember to tip between 10% and 15%.
Cozumel, Mexico, Dolphin Swim
Swim with dolphins at Chankanaab National Park, Cozumel

Dive Into Adventure

At Chankanaab National Park, you’ll find everything from snorkeling and scuba to swimming with dolphins.
Insider tip
If you’re planning on taking a snorkeling excursion, make sure to bring organic sunscreen— it’s a federal regulation.
Cozumel, Mexico, Punta Sur National Ecological Park Aerial Beach
Aerial View of Punta Sur National Ecological Park, and its adjacent beach.

Natural Thrills

Reconnect with nature while wandering the endless mangroves, beaches and reefs in Punta Sur National Park during your Cozumel cruise.
Insider tip
Most of the vendors only barter with cash, so be sure to bring some.
Cozumel, Mexico, Michelada Mexican Drink
Michelada, Mexican drink made with beer and freshly squeezed lime juice over ice in a salt-rimmed glass.

Local Cuisine

Cozumel’s cuisine is dominated by Mexican, American and international cuisine. Fresh seafood is always a good choice, and so is the cochinita pibil— a slow-roasted, highly seasoned pork dish. Cool off with a michelada, made with beer and freshly squeezed lime juice over ice in a salt-rimmed glass. Or keep it traditional with Mexico’s signature spirit, tequila.
Mexico Cozumel Local Shopping Luchador Wrestling Mask
Local Shopping Luchador Wrestling Mask

Shopping

For great deals and guaranteed stores, walk along the waterfront on Avenue Rafael E. Melgar, a mile-long strip in San Miguel. And be sure to check out the Chile Tequila Factory for a sampling of Mexico’s favorite spirit.

Day 6: Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico

Day 6
Puerto Costa Maya
Mexico
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Costa Maya, Mexico, Great Mayan Reef Corals
Corals and marine life of the Great Mayan Reef
Things to do in
Puerto Costa Maya
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Past meets present in Costa Maya. Cruise to Costa Maya and find ancient Maya ruins and mysterious jungles just begging to be explored, as well as private beach clubs and trendy restaurants— all in one place. It’s 250 square miles of paradise packed with entertainment and history, all just 30 miles south of Cancun. The Great Maya Reef just off the coast is the second largest in the world— it’s a must-snorkel spot. Or you can kick back at the port village of Mahahual with an ice-cold michelada— a spicy beer cocktail— in hand. For a culture fix, head to the Kohunlick ruins to see the famous Temple of the Masks.
Costa Maya, Mexico Cenote Azul Scuba Diver
Scuba diver deep in Costa Maya's Cenote Azul

Cenote Scouting

Take a dip in the sparkling blue waters of Cenote Azul, an open freshwater cenote known for prime snorkeling and swimming.
Insider tip
Don’t be afraid to drink the water in Costa Maya— it’s completely purified.
Costa Maya, Mexico, Chacchoben Mayan Ruins Steps
Man atop the steps of Chacchoben Mayan Ruins in Costa Maya, Mexico

Rockin' Ruins

Venture into the jungle for a taste of ancient Maya history at the Kohunlich and Chacchoben ruins— each well over a thousand years old.
Insider tip
If you’re planning on taking a snorkeling excursion, make sure to bring organic sunscreen— it’s a federal regulation.
Costa Maya, Mexico, Chinchorro Shipwreck Marine Life
remains of the 19th century Ginger soul shipwreck at Chinchorro bank on the Caribben sea, Mexico

Coral Conquest

Grab some snorkeling gear and explore the colorful underwater world of Banco Chinchorro, the largest coral atoll in the northern hemisphere.
Costa Maya, Mexico, Cochinita Pibil Tortilla Dish
Traditional Mexican dish, Cochinita Pibil.

Local Cuisine

For casual fare, stick to Mahahual. For upscale options, like fresh seafood and Maya-inspired dishes, opt for Costa Maya’s resorts and boutique hotels. Definitely try cochinita pibil, a traditional dish of slow-roasted pork, and Agua de Jamaica— a sweetened hibiscus flower iced tea that’s a Mexican favorite.
Costa Maya, Mexico, Shop Ceramic Artifacts
Giftshop merchandise located in Costa Maya, Mexico.

Shopping

Within the port village, you’ll find shops and stalls selling everything from silver, leather and fragrances, to pottery, liquor and crafts.

Day 7: Cruising

Day 7
Cruising
At Sea
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Shrimp Wonton Soup - Izumi Restaurant
Shrimp Wonton Soup served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.
FOR FOODIES
Izumi Sushi Specialty Roll
Izumi Sushi Specialty Roll

Izumi

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation.
Salad - Chops Grille
Salad served at the fine dining steakhouse, Chops Grille. Best cruise vacation restaurant dining served table side.

Chops Grille

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut prime steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.

Day 8: Tampa, Florida

Day 8
Tampa
Florida
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Things to do in
Tampa
Arrives at 7:00 AM
Pirates once plundered the shores of Tampa Bay, but today this swashbuckling city attracts beach seekers, outdoor enthusiasts and museum lovers alike. Its low-key beach vibe blends seamlessly with its glistening downtown atmosphere— and there’s no shortage of thrills for all ages. Explore Ybor City’s cigar-rolling history or brave rollercoasters at Busch Gardens. Kayak along the Hillsborough River past sunning alligators, and see the elusive Florida panther at the Lowry Park Zoo. Geek out at the Museum of Science & Industry’s domed IMAX Theater— or browse Florida Cracker exhibits at Tampa Bay History Center. Tampa cruises allow you to discover a treasure trove of adventures, from the beach to the bay.

CULTURE FIX

Stroll along the Tampa Riverwalk and see where it leads you. You might explore interactive exhibits at the Tampa Bay History Center, or go stand-up paddleboarding from the Sail Pavilion. Tampa Museum of Art’s collections range from ancient to modern— and the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is home to splash fountains, a playground and skyline views.
Insider tip
CityPASS gives you entrance to top city attractions like Busch Gardens, the Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo and more, all for one package price of $106 for adults and $96 for kids— and it’s good for 9 consecutive days.

HIT THE SAND

A short 30-minute drive west of downtown lands you along the Gulf of Mexico coast, which is fringed by a string of sugary beaches. Clearwater Beach and St. Pete Beach both offer an upbeat seaside atmosphere, while Caladesi Island State Park and Fort DeSoto Park provide serene shoreline settings.

SEA WATCH

Enter the Florida Aquarium to encounter over 20,000 species of aquatic plants and animals. Cruise to Tampa and see river otters on the Florida Wetlands Trail and ring-tailed lemurs on the Journey to Madagascar. Then say hello to goliath grouper, stingrays, reef fishes, sea turtles and sharks in the Bays & Beaches habitat.

LOCAL CUISINE

Tampa’s food scene stems from a fusion of Cuban, Spanish, Italian and Floribbean influences. Local raw bars serve up fresh shrimp, oysters, scallops and grouper from the Gulf of Mexico. The Cuban sandwich— piled with Genoa salami— is a city signature. For a taste of authentic Florida Cracker cuisine, try sofkee porridge, pilau (rice cakes) or fried alligator tail during your next Tampa cruise.

SHOPPING

Pick up tropical apparel and Florida-inspired souvenirs at the outdoor Channelside Bay Plaza, right at the port. Head to Hyde Park Village for upscale boutique stores, and stop in local sportswear outfitter Salt Pines. Nothing beats Ybor City when it comes to quirky vintage stores and hand-rolled cigars.

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