Sail Date: January 2019
I recently sailed on a 8 day cruise on the Royal Caribbean Independence of the Sea's and was disappointed on the way a situation was handled with their staff. I was in need of women's sanitary products on day 2 of my 8 day cruise ... Read More
I recently sailed on a 8 day cruise on the Royal Caribbean Independence of the Sea's and was disappointed on the way a situation was handled with their staff. I was in need of women's sanitary products on day 2 of my 8 day cruise and visited the gift shop to purchase. To my amazement they had a shelf for these products but, only a few products were available. I requested a sale's person for assistance and inquired why they only had a few limited items for a ship of over 4,000 people with approximately 2,000 women? The salesperson stated that they would search for more products in the back and came back and only found one item for me to purchase. I asked them if they planned to stock up on products on the first port and he stated they wouldn't stock up on any depleted items until they docked back in Ft. Lauderdale 6 days later! I requested a manager and expressed my disappointment and not only was he short but, dismissed me as if my request and disappointment was not warranted. In addition, the ship only had a few machines in the lady's restroom and they were all empty so I essentially had no options for a week other than to buy the one package they had available which of course was highly overpriced. I have to say, I have been on many cruises and have never experienced not being able to purchase something that I needed in an emergency situation. Carnival always had a full stocked gift shop and I was really turned off by RC and their attention to detail in this area and sensitivity to women. The manager wasn't even open to providing a discount for the product or provide me anything in lieu of the inconvenience. Royal Caribbean needs to be more invested in the needs of women and provide adequate inventory for necessary items to serve their customer base. As far as the rest of the cruise experience, the ship overall was beautiful and well designed. I didn't care for the food at all! This was the biggest complaint among many of the people I met on the ship. This was very disappointing because for the expense you would hope to have options that are appealing. They had options that were self pay but, you expect the options that are provided to be of standard or better. I did appreciate that they are big on keeping your hands washed and have hand washing stations as you enter the dining area and multiple published signage throughout the ship. This was a full ship charter so the activities and entertainment were above board and amazing. The excursions were not the best and overpriced. I wouldn't suggest purchasing an excursion through RC, you are better off taking a cab and experiencing the island on your own or booking a tour of your choice from a local vendor. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Experienced cruisers with 14 cruises and 93 nights on 5 cruise lines. This cruise was a 5 night cruise from Ft. lauderdale with stops in Labadee and Falmouth, Jamaica. This ship generally docks for departure at pier 29 and the closest ... Read More
Experienced cruisers with 14 cruises and 93 nights on 5 cruise lines. This cruise was a 5 night cruise from Ft. lauderdale with stops in Labadee and Falmouth, Jamaica. This ship generally docks for departure at pier 29 and the closest parking garage "Mid Port" is well beyond walking distance but RCL provides a shuttle van. My suggestion is to go directly to the garage and board the shuttle unless you have giant luggage. This way you avoid the traffic and confusion at the pier. There is no Dining Room service for lunch on departure day. The ships departure time is 4:30PM but generally leaves between 6-7 PM, too bad. Guests are allowed into cabins at 1:00 PM. PRO: Guest services, quality of food, staff, main shows, ice skating show, soft serve attendant, clean ship, emphasis on hand washing...but should be better enforced. Hidden find...the 3rd floor dining room serves breakfast, every day, as both a buffet and an order option. The buffet is widely varied and extensive. Much calmer than the Windjammer. The 80's dance party in the open core of the ship, on the last night, is not to be missed. It is really a performance by some of the cruise staff and the technology will amaze you. The ice skating show is way beyond what we expected and is available on the first sea day and twice on the last sea day. Seats around 800. Don't miss it! The Cruise Director is the best we have ever experienced. This man is involved everywhere, he can sing, dance and is very upbeat. CON: Lounge and bar music is lacking in variety, options and substance. Dining Room dress code should be renamed "Carnival of The Seas". Younger people wearing caps, torn shirts, etc. for nice evening meal. Too bad. The ship needs more on board choices for entertainment during sea days such as talks, computer or camera instruction, etc. Too many silly games. Drink prices are mostly around $12-14 with grat. Wine is about the same. Drink packages are $70. The Captain provides very limited information of interest. Needs to be more outgoing...not just a figurehead. Poor movie selection on the TV and way too much advertising. Neutral: Chops Steakhouse $42 up charge. Dress is not up the scale we expected, food average and staff are as expected in a nice restaurant. This was a bonus provided by our AAA booking. AAA often has value added bonuses that are combined with those of the cruise lines. Directional signs...need to be added. NCL has carpeting that shows fish swimming toward bow. All lines should adopt this for cabin hallways. We booked the Bamboo Rafting in Jamaica through RCL which was cancelled when the van didn't show up and we waited 45 minutes. Suggest you book directly with the rafting company for $65. They pick you up at the same place in the port in nice vans...several people used this option. If this review was helpful please let me know. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We wanted to try the Independence after the refit. This was a 5 days cruise and we were very happy that the weather was absolutely spectacular. The ship is gorgeous and the service was excellent. The food in the main dinninig room was ... Read More
We wanted to try the Independence after the refit. This was a 5 days cruise and we were very happy that the weather was absolutely spectacular. The ship is gorgeous and the service was excellent. The food in the main dinninig room was pretty good and the Windjammer was very good. Dissapointed that we could not get anybody in the Promenade Cafe to brew a strong espresso, like we have in other ships. The cast of Grease is excellent and had presentations other than the play, which was an added bonus. We liked the latin band Mirage, they were good and played a good variety of songs. There were some large theme groups and that made for some of the venues reserved for private functions, which always leaves the general population out, for example, the first sea day, the Dance Fitness class was cancelled due to rain, they were not able to bring it inside because of the venues occupied by private functions. All in all it was 5 beautiful days in a beautiful ship. We will sail the Independence again in a heart beat. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
I’m a little late with this review, but better late than never right ; ) I was on the Independence of the Seas – 5 night Western Caribbean itinerary to Labadee and Falmouth, Jamaica. (January 12-17, 2019.) So a little bit about ... Read More
I’m a little late with this review, but better late than never right ; ) I was on the Independence of the Seas – 5 night Western Caribbean itinerary to Labadee and Falmouth, Jamaica. (January 12-17, 2019.) So a little bit about me and my travel partner/bf. We’re in our mid-20s. I’ve been on three cruises prior to this one. This was my bf’s first cruise. We flew into Ft. Lauderdale the day before and stayed at the Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale/Downtown Las Olas Area. The hotel partners with a company called All-Star for free shuttle service to and from the airport as well as within a 1 or 2 mile radius of the hotel. I found that the driver that I dealt with on that particular day was extremely rude and overall unpleasant. However, I refused to let him ruin my vacation. The hotel itself was clean and comfy and offered free continental breakfast the next morning. We took an uber from the hotel to Port Everglades. We got to the port around 11:15 and it took roughly 25 mins from the time we dropped off our luggage to when we were onboard the ship. We were in cabin 8330 (balcony). It was pretty spacious and the storage was adequate for the both of us. My only complaint was that there weren’t enough outlets in the room, but we made due. For breakfast we ate in the Windjammer everyday except for disembarkation day when we finally made it to the MDR. I wish we would’ve done breakfast in the MDR every day. It was soooo good :) The Windjammer was fine too. There were a lot of options so I doubt anyone would go hungry. We also had dinner in the MDR everyday. Again, the food was fine. Lots to choose from. I know food is subjective so not everyone may agree with me. Side note: our waiter Iputu and assistant waiter whose name I cannot remember :( were both outstanding! Throughout the day we frequented Sorrento’s and Cafe Promenade for snacks a midday bites. We also went to Johnny Rockets one day since we missed the Windjammer for lunch. I didn’t know that Johnny Rockets was considered an all-you-can eat location after paying the up-charge. It was a nice surprise and I most certainly got my money’s worth :) We didn’t get a drink package because it just wouldn’t have been worth it for us. When we wanted a cocktail or the occasional ginger ale we just used our OBC and ordered a la carte. The service at the bar was speedy. The only time that we had to wait a little longer was when we were at the Olive or Twist bar late night for the night club-style party. I don’t remember who the cruise or activities directors were, but I do remember them being pretty funny when hosting The Love & Marriage show, the Quest, and the Majority Rules game. We didn’t see the shows and the only activity we did was the Sky Pad (which was a lot of fun btw). We stopped in Labadee and Falmouth. I had been to both ports before when I cruise on Liberty of The Seas in 2014. In Labadee we did the ship-sponsored Adult Sandbar Party excursion. Because the water was too high, we weren’t able to stop at the sandbar and instead were taken to Amiga Island. The water was clear, albeit a little rocky, but overall no complaints. Rum punches were flowing, the music was pumping and we just enjoyed floating around on beach mats for a few hours. In Falmouth we booked an ATV tour through Excursions in Jamaica. The driver picked us up from the port and we rode to Ocho Rios where we did a little shopping before being taken to the location where we would drive around on ATVs for 2-ish hours. Once it was over we were driven back to the port with plenty of time to spare. Getting off the ship was fairly easy, but that may have been because I have global entry. After breakfast in the MDR we walked off the ship around 9:00 and made it through customs in record time. I was very thankful that we didn’t have to wait in the looooooong customs line. Mind you, this was during the government shutdown so it seemed like the number of available customs agents was a little lean. We were in an uber by 9:07 on the way to the airport. Overall, we had a good time and would take the same trip again in a heartbeat :) Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
A very relaxing vacation was what we wanted and a very relaxing vacation is what we got. Our stateroom attendant Javier was amazing. He kept our room clean and stocked. Playmakers and Fish and Ships were nice additions. Service could be ... Read More
A very relaxing vacation was what we wanted and a very relaxing vacation is what we got. Our stateroom attendant Javier was amazing. He kept our room clean and stocked. Playmakers and Fish and Ships were nice additions. Service could be more prompt at Playmakers. The food at every venue: MDR, Windjammer, Cafe Promenade, Sorrento's, Chops, were all wonderful. MDR waiter kept hustling for more tips (this was the only real offputting thing that took place.) I love how even after the refurbishment, Indy is still the well appointed ship she always was. It never felt crowded, not even in the Windjammer on embarkation day when no one knows where they're going. We skipped Grease since we just saw it on Harmony, but the dancing show was wildly entertaining. Choreographed by Louis Van Amstel of DWTS fame, there were elements of jazz, ballroom, and latin dancing. Good job! My only peeve, and this goes more to the passengers than crew. What is with the dirty fingerprints by the elevator up-down buttons? Crew members can't monitor it in real time. So make sure you washy washy before you touch anything. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
Girls cruise! Needed something shorter than a 7 day cruise. Wish they had a specialty shop on cruise that sold chocolate covered strawberries and gourmet desserts like Carnival does at their coffee shops. Really missed that on Royal ... Read More
Girls cruise! Needed something shorter than a 7 day cruise. Wish they had a specialty shop on cruise that sold chocolate covered strawberries and gourmet desserts like Carnival does at their coffee shops. Really missed that on Royal Caribbean.Love the new washing station before going into the buffet, and you had to leave the buffet area to use the restroom, which meant you had to wash your hands again before entering. YEA!!!! Embarkation was super easy as well as getting off the ship. We bought the all you can drink alcohol package and it was a great deal and super easy to use. I noticed that they had soda fountains in random areas of the ship to use, which meant people who hadn't bought the soda package were filling up with cups of soda. They provide you with a certain mug to use if you buy it. Service was great on this cruise and I would highly recommend this to anyone! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
Planned this trip for a couple of years - wanted to bring all my friends to my 50th bday cruise. This went really well considering we had some first time cruisers who weren't sure if they'd like it. Everyone had a blast and was ... Read More
Planned this trip for a couple of years - wanted to bring all my friends to my 50th bday cruise. This went really well considering we had some first time cruisers who weren't sure if they'd like it. Everyone had a blast and was overall pretty happy. We ate in the dining room most nights, and it was terrific, and generally people did what they wanted - so lots of varied experiences. The staff was super friendly everywhere we went. Things to note- if your whole group doesn't have the wifi package, you will have issues communicating. Frankly, the wifi is kind of spotty, so they still might not be able to - so plan accordingly. Would love a chat option in the RC app! Anyway - this was a really fun trip and RC is still my fave :). We keep talking about taking a different type of vacation, but I love my floating 4 star hotel with 4-5 star food included! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Pleasantly surprised by the size of the independence. Had been previously on oasis and found it overwhelming. Indy is the perfect size. The ship was not crowded at all and our cabin was one of the new ones on deck 12 and was extremely ... Read More
Pleasantly surprised by the size of the independence. Had been previously on oasis and found it overwhelming. Indy is the perfect size. The ship was not crowded at all and our cabin was one of the new ones on deck 12 and was extremely roomy. Enjoyed several movie night out on the deck under the stars. Grease was amazing however the theater itself was over crowded. Would have been nice if offered more than one night. The ice show was amazing also. We could have watched them skate for hours. The biggest complaint was dining room. Food bland, tables so close together the wait staff had to squeeze between and under staffed. The windjammer however was amazing! Are they trying to get you to pay more for the specialty dining?? The cruise overall was fun and relaxing. Decided 5 days too short. There needs to be s better way to disembark as the holding area was close to the casino and smelled terrible of cigarette smoke. All the bar tenders and wait staff were excellent and friendly around the ship. Going on the liberty in April and looking forward to comparing the two. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
The Independence remains an attractive ship albeit with annoying cabin glitches due to aging. The addition of many suites and cabins as well as an obvious marketing plan to attract more families with children has lead to less comfort and ... Read More
The Independence remains an attractive ship albeit with annoying cabin glitches due to aging. The addition of many suites and cabins as well as an obvious marketing plan to attract more families with children has lead to less comfort and more noise. Added "specialty" dining venues (read fees added) seem to have reduced the quality of buffet and Main dining room lunch offerings. Breakfasts and dinners in the Main Dining room are still good to very good. Service in the main dining room was excellent. Crowding in the buffet creates many uncleaned tables. Entertainment in the theater was very good, production shows were OK. and as expected but fewer hours of music in smaller venues. Bar service was top notch as were drinks served. The Concierge lounge has been changed to a Suite only Lounge and Diamond Plus Crown and Anchor members are excluded; a minor annoyance as the Diamond lounge was well staffed and had adequate seating. Guest services provided excellent attention to passenger needs. Passenger demographics have changed to many large families, noticeably younger and more casual. Library was always empty and provided a quiet respite for the very few who used it. No area of the ship smelled of smoke, a real plus. Over all a satisfying cruise with no major problems or complaints. This was our 83rd cruise. So we have a good basis for comparing and rating ships. Read Less
Meh
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This was our 16th cruise on Royal Caribbean and our 2nd time on Independence. Sadly, it was rather a disappointment overall; for me to give a cruise a 3 star rating is a first. In fairness, not everything was disappointing about this ... Read More
This was our 16th cruise on Royal Caribbean and our 2nd time on Independence. Sadly, it was rather a disappointment overall; for me to give a cruise a 3 star rating is a first. In fairness, not everything was disappointing about this cruise and not everything about the vacation was a problem with Royal Caribbean. I'll try and delineate in my full review below. Pre Cruise Stay We drove to Ft. Lauderdale the day prior to our cruise and stayed at The Quality Inn and Suites on Stirling Rd, roughly 15 to 20 minutes from Port Everglades. NEVER AGAIN. Our room in this "hotel" were dingy and dirty. The price for the room plus five nights parking was close to $200. It included a free shuttle to/from the port, however, there was so much confusion at the time we were supposed to leave regarding who was going where in the shuttle that we decided to take an Uber instead (about $20 plus tip; we shared the Uber with another couple also not happy with the shuttle situation). Our car was fine when we returned, so, that's a good thing! Embarkation Good marks for this. We arrived at the port around 10:30 and were through security, check-in, and sitting in the Diamond embarkation area by 10:50 or so. They boarded not too long after, and we were on the ship a bit after 11. Ship Indy has received a huge overhaul since the last time we were on her (December 2015) with the vast majority of the changes being to "kidify" her (water slide, bungee jumping thing, other stuff) plus add venues that younger adults would find more interesting (Play Makers Sports Bar/Arcade (this in essence cut the casino back by a third)). I'm sure there were other differences as well, but these were the most obvious. Not upgraded were the staterooms; still the old light green/pink drapes, carpets, etc. in them. The ship itself seemed in good shape; very clean, no obvious signs of wear and tear, carpet stains, etc. I'm also impressed by the looks of the main dining room on Freedom Class ships. Oh, and they added hand wash stations at the entrance to the Windjammer. Dining We pre ordered the Ultimate Dining Package so had all four meals in one of the specialty restaurants (which would be Giovanni's Table or Chops Grille since the package wasn't good for Izumi). There were significant issues with making RSVPs. Our first RSVP was made for us at 6:30 embarkation night at Gio's, which was ok; however, we prefer eating at 7:30. Absolutely none of these time slots available at either restaurant when we checked with the Diamond Concierge that first evening. So, we ended up eating very late the 2nd night (8:30 RSVP (more on that evening later) and 6:30 the 3rd and 4th nights. It seems to me they oversell these packages and it's very hard to get the time slot you want. I wouldn't do this again. Also, the food was just, in general, "meh"; some stand-outs here and there, but not what you'd expect for paying extra. People seem to complain about the food in the main dining room (which I can't really comment on this cruise since we only ate breakfast in there one morning and it was fine), however, you'd really expect the food in restaurants you have to pay extra for would be superior. It wasn't. The wine list was also pathetic. Only a few wine by the glass selections available, and fewer of these within the limit of the drink package (which we had). For the first time ever, we did not step foot into the Windjammer (other than to visit the bar), nor did we order room service. The food available in the Diamond Lounge was quite good, especially what they laid out for lunch/afternoon. We found ourselves in there more often than not eating several small wraps, sandwiches, fruit, etc. Drinks As mentioned, we had the drink package having secured a pretty good deal on it during the Black Friday sales. Most of the bars/bartenders were very accommodating and helpful as we attempted to navigate through the issue of why there was a $12 per drink limit, yet, many of the menus listed drinks at $13 each. Only one bar, The Champagne Bar, were sticklers for this (telling us the only glass of champagne we could get there would cost us $8 over the drink package price; very confusing since Chandon Champagne was widely available every other place and included). Come to think of it, we had an issue at Indy's Champagne Bar the last time we were on this ship! Service in the pub, Boleros, Schooner Bar, Viking Crown (Olive or Twist), the bar in Windjammer, and the Diamond Lounge was excellent. As an aside, we paid $52 per person per day for the drink package. On board it was $70!!!!! Service In general, ok. A few folks were just so friendly and helpful. Most were ok; a few were not very helpful at all. This was not a cruise where I'd say "The crew made this cruise", however. Entertainment We saw two shows; the ventriloquist and Royal's Love and Marriage. The former was excellent; I laughed so hard I cried. The latter was ok. Same questions, so, I am thinking people come prepared to answer them "correctly", which isn't very interesting. The Scottish guitar player/singer in the pub was good. As an aside, there were a lot of kids at shows that were not really kid appropriate. And, speaking of which. PAX Kids! Kids! More kids! I've never seen so many kids on a cruise before EVER. Why were they not in school? LOL. Kids, teens, young adults (20s) overran the pool areas so we didn't even bother trying to hand out in our usual spot The Solarium. Kids running around the hallways, up and down the stairs, in and out of the elevators. Even kids in the Diamond Lounge during cocktail hour (thankfully they were well behaved). So, yeah. I've nothing against kids but this was a bit much. Which leads me to believe Royal Caribbean is really upping the game on the kid/family market, which means we'll probably jump ship to Celebrity. There were your usual party animals on this cruise, not surprising as it was over a long weekend. Booze Cruisers. Thankfully, though, no real issues with PAX except one evening in Gio's when there was a huge snafu with RSVPs. People with RSVPs were waiting long past their time slot. Some were getting very irate and extremely rude, both to employees and other PAXs waiting in line. I know it's not unusual to run into rude people here and there on a cruise, but this situation was boarding on uncomfortable. Stateroom Junior Suite 9338 starboard in the middle of the hump. Very close to Centrum (aft) elevators. Oversized (long) balcony (large enough for two chairs, a small round table, and two loungers). Quiet stateroom with tons of space, a walk-in closet, lots of drawers, and a good-sized bathroom with a shower/tub. As previously mentioned, the furnishings were a bit dated. Our stateroom attendant, Ultra, was sweet and efficient (although we hardly saw her; not that we needed to; she responded to our few requests promptly). Diamond Lounge One of the best experiences we've had. Hailey was the concierge and she was very helpful. Because it is up on Deck 14 close to The Viking Crown, the views are quite nice. We stayed in there frequently when we just wanted to sit, read, or chat. Disembarkation Another "meh"; I don't think folks were following instructions. Heck, there were no instructions where we were told to go and wait for our number to be called. We saw some people we knew go by while we were waiting for our number to be called; there number was our number so we just jumped in with them. A very long line at the terminal to get through security. Thankfully, it moved quickly. A bit of a zoo getting our Uber back to the hotel. Summary Maybe we're just getting old, but, for the first time, I didn't feel quite at home on this cruise. Everything seemed to be catering to kids, families, and first time cruisers. Even the magnet that you put on your stateroom door (magnet itself a vast improvement over the thing you put on the door handle) was geared at younger people. "Out catching more thrills. Please make up my room". PLEASE! The fact that we hung out in the Diamond Lounge (and other very quiet places) as opposed to the pool area or some of our favorite bars told me that we felt we needed to "hide" from all the craziness. Thankfully we found a few nice places, including our own balcony, so we did have some positive moments. 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5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
My family and I have been big fans on Royal Caribbean cruises and have previously been on the Liberty of the Seas (x2), Freedom of the Seas (x2) and Oasis of the Seas. (Most of these cruises were taken between 2008-2014 This was my first ... Read More
My family and I have been big fans on Royal Caribbean cruises and have previously been on the Liberty of the Seas (x2), Freedom of the Seas (x2) and Oasis of the Seas. (Most of these cruises were taken between 2008-2014 This was my first time on the Independence of the Seas and my parents second time. We had an amazing experience and the Indy is the best of the freedom class of ships by far. The refurbishment was well done and the changes were all excellent. The new sports bar was a well-needed change and had a great atmosphere. The decor in Boleros was fresh and clean. The Windjammer was also updated and I thought it looked much nicer and the food options had a wide range. Most times I could find a table easily, with only one time needing to really look around to find a seat. The waterslide was also fun, I went down it three times after getting back on board from Mexico and didn't have to wait too long in the line, maybe 5 minutes or so. The yellow and green slide is faster than the other!! The food was absolutely delicious and we ate ourselves silly in the dining room. Each person at our table had 2 appetizers each night followed by our main course. The main course was yummy but I found the appetizers delightful with the Crab Cake being my favorite. The updates snack options at Sorrentos were excellent (go to Sorrentos for their breakfast sandwiches!!!) and Sugar Beach had some fun options. Entertainment on board was only nice. My mom always enjoys the 70s Disco party in the Promenade and also enjoyed the new 80s party as well. The comedian was good and the ventriloquist was amazing! We spent most of our evenings in the casino which is fun for us, but it did get busy some nights and it was hard to find a spot for roulette. Embarkation and Disembarkation were smooth experiences for us, we arrived around 12:15 and were on the ship pretty quickly. We left the ship around 8:15 and carried off our own luggage and that was also smooth. The only note I will say is if you park in Lot 19, be aware that the line to pay for parking and leave the lot is slow if you get caught up in the wrong line. Park close to the exit or pay attention to alternate lines in the back of the lot. Cozumel is nice, and we went to Carlos and Charlies for a little while. This port isn't our favorite and wasn't the main attraction to our cruise but we enjoyed the day non-the-less. The escape room was also a hit for our group. It was a fun challenge and well worth the money if you like puzzles!!! We did escape with 15 minutes left so we felt pretty proud! I wish I would've had time to play laser tag or rock climbed but still felt satisfied with my activities. Had an absolute blast and great experience on board. Again, the staff and food were all wonderful and we already booked our next one!!! Happy Sailing! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
My wife and I decided to take a cruise with our grandchildren. Our grandson turned thirteen on this voyage and our granddaughter is ten. This is their fifth cruise and they are diamond status. My wife and I are diamond plus status. ... Read More
My wife and I decided to take a cruise with our grandchildren. Our grandson turned thirteen on this voyage and our granddaughter is ten. This is their fifth cruise and they are diamond status. My wife and I are diamond plus status. Embarkation out of Port Everglades was flawless as well as disembarkation. The ship was recently refurbished, and it is well maintained. Our cabin was a standard cabin but had good service and was well maintained. Our dining room waiter and assistant waiter were on top of their game. It was a short cruise, so the menu was good but nothing to rave about. Basic RCCL menu. Lots of things to do around the ship if you care to do so since it has been updated with slides, virtual reality dome as well as all a freedom class ship was built with. Entertainment was good and we had a headliner that we paid to see in Las Vegas. Terry Fator. We had one port, Cozumel that we have been many times before. We did the swim with the dolphins and had a good experience. Now the problem: The teen youth program disappointed us, went to find my grandson and was told by the person in charge my grandson was not there. We had an appointment and my grandson was supposed to come with us. I made a mistake by not checking the room and thinking that the person in charge knew what they were doing. My grandson was in the room and when we came back from the appointment, he was mad that we did not come and pick him up as we promised. What made it worse is that the employees manager defended him. By the way if you want to use the controller for the video games you must leave your sea pass card, so they know where it is. I guess I just do not understand what is important!!!! If it was not for all the other well-trained employees, I would have second thoughts about RCCL. Please understand that I hope this was an isolated incidence since we think very highly of RCCL. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I was a first time cruiser when we set sail Jan 3 and was pleased with our first time cruise experience. Accommodations: We were in a 2bdrm grand suite on the 6th floor. I was a little worried about how much room we would have for a ... Read More
I was a first time cruiser when we set sail Jan 3 and was pleased with our first time cruise experience. Accommodations: We were in a 2bdrm grand suite on the 6th floor. I was a little worried about how much room we would have for a family of 7, and also worried about how dated the cabin would be, but I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of space and the updates. Our balcony was huge and nicely equipped with a table for 4, a Jacuzzi, 2 sun lounges, and still room for the kids to play. We spent a lot of room time out there. Dining: As suite guests we had private dining breakfast in Chop Grille. This was great to be able to dine with great views of the water in a more quiet location. The Suite Lounge offered free cocktails & drinks from 4:30-8 so we didn't bother buying a drink package. I wasn't impressed with the main dining room menu options, but the service was still great. Those in our family who chose whatever beef was served that night were generally pleased with it. I didn't particularly care for the lunch options in the Windjammer so we ordered room service or ate in the suite lounge most days for lunch. Service: What made our trip the best was the definitely the service. The following crew members had great personalities and really went the extra mile with their customer service: Elmer our Suite Attendant, Ivan during breakfast in Chops Grille each day, Abishek our 3rd Floor Main Dining Room waiter, and Roosevelt the 14th floor Suite Lounge attendant. If we plan another cruise with Royal Caribbean it will definitely be because of our interactions with them and the excellent service we received from them during our time on the ship. We were there just to relax so we didn't do much at the ports of call, or take advantage of many of the activities on the ship so I can't comment on those. There were a lot of activities for older kids, so it made for a great family vacation. I did notice that the pool area seemed way too crowded to enjoy it on our days at sea so I spent more time taking my little one through the splash pad. Also the Windjammer was overly crowded the first day while everyone waited for rooms to be ready. It was hard to find a table together. Overall, I'd recommend this cruise. If you can splurge for a suite room I definitely recommend it. The perks are nice! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
Wanted a holiday cruise. wanted cruise out of ft Lauderdale.wanted a cruise that did not go to Nassau,been there several times, same jewelry stores.weather was bad couldn’t go to coco cay ended up in nassau.ship was great,personel were ... Read More
Wanted a holiday cruise. wanted cruise out of ft Lauderdale.wanted a cruise that did not go to Nassau,been there several times, same jewelry stores.weather was bad couldn’t go to coco cay ended up in nassau.ship was great,personel were great.it looks as though royal Caribbean is drawing more children and families with their top deck amusement parks.that is fine I don’t go there,but when I go to a bar in the evening where adults congregate to enjoy a cocktail and appreciate the great bands, it is impossible to use the dance floor as there were10 little ones on it falling and yelling all evening.when you tried to get into the buffet, the ship is very proactive in having wash stations along the sides of the entrance,but then the ship has a man in the middle of this corridor making balloons for 20 children.almost impoossible to get through.love children been there done that.would like the space controlled more so that all can enjoy what turns out to be a $3000 5 day cruise. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
After reading reviews of this ship that were very negative, I was concerned about our December holiday cruise. The cruise was from 12/24-12/29, which I would assume to be a terribly busy cruise. And for the record, I absolutely hate huge ... Read More
After reading reviews of this ship that were very negative, I was concerned about our December holiday cruise. The cruise was from 12/24-12/29, which I would assume to be a terribly busy cruise. And for the record, I absolutely hate huge crowds. I was really worried with all the extra cabins added. For background, this was my 13th cruise, 4th on Royal Caribbean (3 on Carnival, 3 on Princess, 1 Disney, 1 Norwegian, and 1 Holland America). I've been on the Voyager, Freedom, and Oasis of the seas. The Freedom of the Seas was one of my favorites, which is why we booked this ship. But again, my concern was the extra 100+ cabins. Also, this was the first cruise that I took NOT in the summer, so every other cruise has been during summer vacation when the ships are probably packed as much as possible anyway. Having said all that, it really was totally fine. The first attempt at lunch in the windjammer after boarding was a total disaster. We just gave up after 15 minutes of wandering trying to find a table. We came back an hour later and got lucky, and I was really worried that it was going to be that way the rest of the cruise, however I remember it being the same way on Freedom of the Seas back in 2014. As it was on the cruise, the rest of the cruise was totally fine with being able to find a table. We had breakfast and lunch in the windjammer every day except one, when we ate in the main dining room for both. There were plenty of staff constantly clearing tables, bringing drinks, refilling the buffet items, just being overall very helpful. As far as everything else goes, we never had a problem getting seats at the shows. We'd show up maybe 15-20 minutes early, but in reality, we could've arrived 5 minutes early and still been able to find seats. With a few rare exceptions, the cafe promenade, sorrentos pizza, the soft serve ice cream were never terribly busy. I DID think that the tables in the main dining room were a bit more cramped than what I recall. It was rather difficult at times just to get out of the seat and through the exit. But the service was very good. The ship was in very good shape. The new water slides were great. We only went to them on the first sea day, about 30 minutes after it opened. We had no wait the first few times, then maybe 5 minutes or so a bit later. My kids loved the splash pad and pool. They also really like Adventure Ocean. They even liked it better than the kids program on the Disney Dream. I read many reviews complaining about bar service being bad, I can't comment because I don't drink, so it was a non issue for me. But I don't remember seeing huge lines of people at any of the bars that I would walk by. If I had to have a criticism, it would be that I was a bit disappointed in the dinner menus. There wasn't as much exotic-ish type things to try. Understand that I'm a chili's, applebees, famous dave's, coney island type of person, so it doesn't take much for it to be exotic to me. But even still, compared to other cruises, I was a bit let down. They had prime rib 2 nights, and turkey dinner two nights. Funny thing about the turkey, we noticed that the cranberry sauce still had the ridges from the can on the side. Disembarking was a nightmare. The government shutdown resulted in very few customs and immigration agents, we didn't get off the ship until probably 10am, and had to wait another hour to get out of the actual building. It was really terrible. Not the cruise line's fault, but left a really bad taste. Luckily Fort Lauderdale airport is a 5-10 minute drive, so we made our 12:55pm flight, but it was close. We disembarked through the same terminal in the summer of 2016 of the Oasis with very little problem, so I was really surprised at the mess this was. To recap, first holiday cruise, was really nervous about massive hoards of humanity, and while that was the case, the crew did a really good job of accommodating the people. I would definitely consider doing it again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We had cruised on this ship before and had a great time on that trip. This time we were celebrating my husband's 85th birthday with our entire family of 14. The staff went out of their way to accommodate our party. The on board ... Read More
We had cruised on this ship before and had a great time on that trip. This time we were celebrating my husband's 85th birthday with our entire family of 14. The staff went out of their way to accommodate our party. The on board activities kept us all busy, and the dining selection satisfied us all. Because of bad weather, we could not go to Cozumel as planned and the captain decided to go to Laberdee, Haiti for safety reasons. We had a great time on the island. Our children and grandchildren, aged 17 and up participated in all the great beach activities. They snorkeled, zip lined, and swam in the ocean. Grandpa and I watched! The Ice Show was spectacular, the Comedy shows were very good. The Escape Room was one of the most fun experiences we had when working together as a team to solve the mystery of escaping. We were really happy with our choice of Royal Caribbean Independence of the Sea. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We had a great time on our cruise to Haiti and Jamaica. The only things that were lacking were the food in the Windjammer and the Grease show. I cannot comment on the actual show, as it only played for 2 nights. That is my issue. The ... Read More
We had a great time on our cruise to Haiti and Jamaica. The only things that were lacking were the food in the Windjammer and the Grease show. I cannot comment on the actual show, as it only played for 2 nights. That is my issue. The major productions should play throughout the cruise, and the cruisers should be told what nights. We did not know that it was only playing in the first nights and so we missed it. I was so disappointed! The food in the Windjammer was not good, especially breakfast! The dining room food was wonderful and we had a great waiters. One night I had the lamb shank and it was amazing. They also do an amazing job if you have food allergy. The bar tenders were all good and drinks tasted the same from bar to bar. Everyone seemed genuinely happy and loving their jobs! Our cabin steward was wonderful and always smiling. I would recommend!! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We have taken a dozen cruises on Carnival and enjoyed each one. With the kids getting older we thought we'd try out Royal Caribbean with all the additional activities they offer. The kids did enjoy the waverider and rock climbing ... Read More
We have taken a dozen cruises on Carnival and enjoyed each one. With the kids getting older we thought we'd try out Royal Caribbean with all the additional activities they offer. The kids did enjoy the waverider and rock climbing wall but overall everyone was disappointed. Believe it or not, the kids (ages 9, 12, and 14) said they still prefer Carnival. Here's why: The beds on the Independence were TERRIBLE. I woke up each morning upset (and throughout the night!) with my back and hip bothering me. I spoke to numerous other guest and over heard other people's conversations on this. One family said they were in a JR suite and had the same issues. Such low hanging fruit!!! I respectfully let guest services know and they kept adding duvet covers that did not help. It was like sleeping on plywood, definitely not what we we're looking forward to on vacation! Additionally, with the exception of the dining room staff, customer service was aweful! I am very sensitive to culture given the organization I work for has struggled with this and it appeared to me the employees were not friendly or happy, and at times down right rude. More than not the casino dealers were grumpy which does not make it fun to "donate" your money and we tend to donate more than win!!! Lastly, there were limited take and go dining options. Carnival has Guy's Burger Joint and the Blue Iguana which are wonderful but we were surprised to find Royal does not offer a grill of sorts, only the dining room buffet. The kids did not appreciate someone making their ice cream cones as well. We really wanted to switch given the amenities but sadly we will not cruise with Royal again and may try other cruise lines (maybe NCL?) or stay with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
This cruise was amazing! I love sailing with Royal Caribbean and this ship did not disappoint. Traveling with my family it was easy for all of us to find different things to do on the ship. The escape room was amazing and very challenging, ... Read More
This cruise was amazing! I love sailing with Royal Caribbean and this ship did not disappoint. Traveling with my family it was easy for all of us to find different things to do on the ship. The escape room was amazing and very challenging, worth the extra cost to do this! Also the ice shows were amazing! Nothing but praise to the crew and the dinning room staff as well. The food on this ship was not as good as some of the other Royal Caribbean ships, and often we found that the Pizza place in the royal promenade ran out of pizza. Other than that the entertainment was great and the live bands and artists around the ship made this cruise memorable. The cabin we did was part of the new addition on deck 12 - the panoramic ocean view. Having only done balcony cabins in the past this was a big change for me, and was worth it. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We have only sailed with RCCL the last 14 years or so after sampling Carnival, Princess, Holland America, NCL, Costa and Celebrity and we have found that RCCL has and does provide us with the best value for our money. Cost wise all of the ... Read More
We have only sailed with RCCL the last 14 years or so after sampling Carnival, Princess, Holland America, NCL, Costa and Celebrity and we have found that RCCL has and does provide us with the best value for our money. Cost wise all of the cruise lines I mentioned are in the middle. RCCL has consistently gave us the best overall cruise which included the ship appearance, food, crew, ports of call, excursions and entertainment. This cruise on the IOS was a free cruise i won on the May 22, 2018 sailing of the grandeur of the Seas in a slot tournament. We had to pay for the taxes and gratuity but it gave me a chance to participate in the grand slot tournament and win a nice cash prize. I didn't make it past the first round but it was fun. This was a 5 day cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale and the ports off call were Costa Maya and Cozumel Mexico.We've been to Cozumel maybe 10 times so we stayed on board and enjoyed a nearly empty ship. We did get off in Costa Maya but just to look around. Its a location that hasn't been developed yet and I'm sure in 10 years it will have hotels and resorts all over the place. The entertainment like shows and trivia were ok. The show was Grease and was done very well and the rest of the shows we didn't go to because It's pretty much the same crap. The cruise director is a must see guy. He was very funny and he made the Quest game show. If you've never seen the Quest I recommended it highly and if you're under 18 or disgusted by men wearing bras and lipstick and seeing tattoos on women plus other questionable things don't go. Overall the cruise was excellent and i recommend sailing on the IOS. A lot of people did back to back sailings which gave them 10 days. try it. PS, I like the dinning room experience but I didn't like the food. my wife loved the food so maybe I'm picky. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
My sister, cousin and I sailed on the Independence. We splurged for a Grand Suite and it was well worth it. Our room was amazing and the perks made us feel like Royalty. We loved the VIP treatment - from the VIP seating at the pool and ... Read More
My sister, cousin and I sailed on the Independence. We splurged for a Grand Suite and it was well worth it. Our room was amazing and the perks made us feel like Royalty. We loved the VIP treatment - from the VIP seating at the pool and shows, to breakfast dining in the Specialty restaurants to the escorted debarkation - it was all fantastic. The Suite lounge provided free alcohol and snacks each evening and Junior the Concierge was amazing. He even arranged chocolate chip cookies in our room for my cousin since she loved them so much. We took the All Access tour and we met Captain Teo who was hilarious. Our shore excursions (7 color lagoon in Costa Maya and the Dolphin Swim) both through the ship were the Best! Can't wait for my next cruise and may very well book another cruise on Independence simply because of the Crew! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We always travel RC, but we chose this ship because it was affordable and had a Royal Tots program with a nursery. Getting on the ship was super easy and hassle free. We went straight to the Windjammer for some food and we found it very ... Read More
We always travel RC, but we chose this ship because it was affordable and had a Royal Tots program with a nursery. Getting on the ship was super easy and hassle free. We went straight to the Windjammer for some food and we found it very easy to find food to feed my 15 month old. We had done baby led weaning so she had been on solids for awhile now. But even newly eating solid food babies will be find at the windjammer. Anything we couldn't find (such as milk and straws) we just asked and it appeared :) The Nursery opened at 1pm for the open house and registration. We were there early and on line just like many other parents. We registered our daughter, signed the paperwork and reserved time slots for her to be dropped off. The nursery is open from 9am until at least midnight. It may have been later, but we never used it after dinner. We only brought our daughter there for a couple hours each day. She had a blast there and the girls in the nursery were just so amazing and so sweet. The other great thing about this ship was the open play space for the toddlers. It was great! A safe place for our daughter to run around, meet some new friends (if other kids were there) and burn off energy. The open play area was open from 9am to 5pm. One nice thing was that the toys were cycled each day so it never got boring :) On this cruise we decided to get a junior suite so we would have the tub. There are ways around not needing a tub, but I found that it made it easier for us to have the tub and the extra space. We had a pack-n-play delivered to our room and that took up a bunch of space too. But the suite was just enough space for her to run around. Oh I forgot to mention, we were able to borrow toys from the nursery to bring to our room!! They have several bags of toys that are free to borrow and you can trade them in for different bags if you want. We kept our bag the whole time because she liked the toys a lot. This little thing that they offer was priceless. So with the room being big enough we were able to let her run around and play. We moved the glass table behind a chair in the corner so she couldn't get to it and hurt herself. Of course all of the drawers are reachable by her, but she left them alone. Our daughter also loved going on the balcony and since it was all covered with glass, we didn't have to worry about her falling through. The stateroom was basically as childproof as you could get :) Having the balcony was nice and we thought we would use it more during nap time, but we ended up napping too hahaha We took our daughter out to the splash pad one day. I didn't realize that the area for the babies was a really tiny area so I got "yelled" at to move to the baby area. But the baby area is plenty big when there are only a few babies and the parents there. There is even water slide for the babies. It was a perfect size. We would send her down on her belly feet first and even at the bottom in the pool of water, it wasn't too deep that she was under water. She had so much fun!! The dining room was probably the hardest thing for a 15 month old. Dinners were 1.5 to 2 hours long and she had to sit still in a high chair the whole time. But the waiter was amazing. Always had food for her, and once he found out that she loved strawberries there was a bowl of strawberries waiting for her. We ordered off the adult menu most nights for her, because, well why not? lol She loved the food and I loved the service we received. If she started whining and crying, the waiter came over to distract her and re-focus her on something else. We did not take advantage of much of the entertainment because we were in bed at 8pm when the baby was in bed, but we did do the escape room during the day while she was at the nursery. It was definitely worth the $20. We have done many escape rooms and this one was so different and fun. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose to cruise as a celebration for my 50th birthday. I had never cruised before and my primary hesitation was fear of seasickness. But now I am hooked and can't wait to cruise again. Admittedly, I sought out the best deal - ... Read More
We chose to cruise as a celebration for my 50th birthday. I had never cruised before and my primary hesitation was fear of seasickness. But now I am hooked and can't wait to cruise again. Admittedly, I sought out the best deal - based on value. I ignored small ships. I ignored ships with poor reviews. But I looked for a good price. I was willing to sail out of anywhere in Fla. We tested our luck (successfully) and flew in from Toronto to FLL the day of sailing. Although we made it with a couple of hours to spare, maybe we won't test our luck again. We got to the port around 1:30pm and it was a very manageable line. We were through security, checked-in and on-board within 20 minutes. The ship itself was wonderful. Of course, I have no experience to draw upon - but it seemed big and well-appointed, without being so big that you got lost. We paid for the guaranteed ocean view and got a 2nd deck room about 3/4 towards the front of the ship, but it was great. Bigger than we expected, lots of places to store your things, and the cabin steward was fantastic. Actually, just about every single staff we encountered were great. Smiles, sometimes singing and joking with you. If they don't love their job, they know how to hide it very well. The food was good. Probably our biggest disappointment, only because we always hear how amazing the food is. Admittedly, we may be more "foodies" than most and had a higher expectation, but some meals were excellent - while a couple were at best just decent. We dined on our own time on the 3rd deck, and were very happy with that choice. Most evenings, we didn't go to eat until after 8pm so we could enjoy the ship. We did hit the buffet for lunch or breakfast a couple of times. It is huge in there, and you really need to walk around a few times to see all the choices. The food was good in there, but we avoided it because tables were a bit hard to find. We saw the comedian on the first night during the late show (11:30pm). It was adults-only, but there were several families with young kids. While I was fine with that, that does lead to a thought that it was hard to find staff at times to help enforce the rules (we were on a smoke-free sundeck one day and some guys came up and vaped a few feet from us - it took me 10 minutes to find someone to ask them to stop). But the comedian was amazing. Truly. Comedy can be hit-or-miss, and this was a hit. Morning. Day-2. We must have been in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico and we woke up to the ship rocking. I thought: this is my worst nightmare. But I was worried for no reason. So long as I didn't look out at the water, the movement didn't bother me. Yay! Many of the experienced cruisers we met said that while it CAN get worse, this was not normal for cruising and you typically don't feel the swells that much. We saw Grease on night-2. It was good. Better than what you might expect a cheesy cruise show to be, but far from Broadway. My biggest surprise was that the show was one-night-only. I expected to be able to go any night that worked for us, but we had to change our plans in order to see it. That was about it for entertainment for us, though. They did have cheesy things like DJs throwing light-up necklaces in the main mall, and game show activities, but no more comedians or more formal shows. But that was okay - we were always busy. Admittedly, we didn't get to do a lot of the things on the ship. The days went so fast on a 5-night cruise. We spent a lot of time in the adults-only hot tub and the people were a lot of fun. Overall, the other cruisers were excellent. Time wasters: the art auction - we thought it would be fun, but bidding starts at just 10% below retail value (and who knows who is responsible for assessing that value!), and the auction takes a couple of hours. Blech! Also, we entered the slot tournament - fun, but once again we spent an hour in the awfully-smoky casino in the middle of the day, when we should have been up on deck. Ports: Costa Maya - basically an outdoor shopping mall. We took advantage of an empty ship and didn't debark until after lunch. Did some shopping, had a beer on the fake beach and was back on board two hours later. Experience was about a 4 out of 10. Cozumel was fun, but also so touristy. We decided to avoid the outdoor mall at the port and take a taxi into town. Good luck getting out. It's set up like a casino, making it hard to get out. The ride was safe, 10 minutes and cost about $8. The main strip in town (about 6-7 blocks) was similar to the tourist trap shopping mall, but at least there was a mix of locals with the big-name stores. And once you walked beyond the strip, or away from the beach inland, you got to experience more of what you'd expect from Mexico. We found a mom-and-pop restaurant for lunch a few blocks inland, and it was great. I had a steak - my girlfriend had seafood. Came with soup. Nachos and their homemade salsa and guac. We each had a beer. And the bill was $16. Amazing. Back on the ship, we enjoyed our sail back to FLL and felt like the trip flew by way too quickly. I will cruise again. Most likely with RC. I would certainly recommend this ship for just about anyone. I just wish we had a couple more days. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Maybe because we have not cruised for awhile, but we just had a great time. Four days is plenty if you do it right. The Indy remains immaculate. We did not notice any crowding (save for embarkation in the Windjammer, but that's ... Read More
Maybe because we have not cruised for awhile, but we just had a great time. Four days is plenty if you do it right. The Indy remains immaculate. We did not notice any crowding (save for embarkation in the Windjammer, but that's understandable), despite extra cabins having been added recently. The crew almost to a one was friendly & eager to accommodate. Our cabin (balcony 8228) was clean in every respect and not "worn" as some have opined. Anytime dining was fine & on time as long as you reserve your time, & service was outstanding. We did notice lines for passengers who just showed to dine up when they felt like it, but we had the same table & wait staff every nite. We didn't catch any shows but admittedly just enjoy relaxing at sea. Did see the comedian on TV with a funny joke: "I love Cozumel! Who wouldn't want to take a billion-dollar ship to a garage sale?" Seems you need to do the RCCL App. now for lots of stuff, pre-cruise & onboard & to be interactive with the cabin TV. We're Diamond status & the 3 free drinks per nite pp saved $$ for sure. Wife won $200+ at roulette (00/0) - bet with the house! + she graciously paid down our tab with it. Thought about reducing the $14.50/day pp auto gratuities but, ya know, we were treated that well that I didn't. And thanks to Vacations To Go, our TA (ask for Shay Baker) that has treated us right for many years now. Bons Voyages Always!! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Quick get away, with an added day in Fort Lauderdale on the back end, always makes the Vacay feel longer! We had a Balcony StateRoom, Mid ship, Deck 8, was perfect. Attendant was very good, really the best attendants are the one you ... Read More
Quick get away, with an added day in Fort Lauderdale on the back end, always makes the Vacay feel longer! We had a Balcony StateRoom, Mid ship, Deck 8, was perfect. Attendant was very good, really the best attendants are the one you dont see - we hardly saw her, Janna but everythign was clean and tided and ready, never had to ask for anything other than ice filled bucket the 1st day and everyday after that there it was new ice topped up. Chops grille 1st night, fabulous as always! Dining room twice was very good, good service, in My Time. Windjammer one night, simple but good! Embarkation and Disembarkation, slick! Service overall, very good! We cabbed it to Mr Sanchos, perfect day out, good service, Swimming, unlimited cocktails and food was delicious. Stayed for maybe 4 hours, went back to Port area and shops...been to Coz a few times. Overall, quick 4 nighter in December turned out to be what the DR ordered! ;o) Read Less
Independence of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 3.0 3.8
Entertainment 5.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.2
Family 5.0 4.2
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.5
Enrichment 3.0 3.5
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.7
Rates N/A 3.8

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