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The good: The ship is huge, glamorous, elegant and classy. Many many things to do onboard. Good choice of dining. Staff were all amazing (Bar a couple of casino dealers- more on this in my review) The not so good: Charging for Fish & Ships on the pool deck Charging for playmakers bar food 6to5 blackjack payoff in the casino The missus and I booked a JS on deck 9 for this cruise. We have sailed on RC 3 times already, and we are middle aged looking for a relaxing but fun holiday, and both avid gamblers. Embarkation was OK, it was extremely busy with a queue to get in to the terminal, but we got through it in under 45 mins and boarded this amazing ship early afternoon. Had a good wander around, and grabbed a drink (bought the DX package) and headed to our cabin. The JS was really nice, great size. Our cabin steward introduced himself (Bisham) and he was amazing throughout the whole cruise, over and above level of service. We bough the 3 speciality dining package and really enjoyed our chops grill meal and 2 meals in Giovannis table. Very good experiance. We ate at the buffet the other 2 evenings and the food was great, espically the indian selections which were amazing. We did the lazer tag which was brilliant, I would recommend it to anyone. We did the skypad which was OK but we had an hour wait for a 3 min experiance. The mini golf was great fun too. We didnt use the pools or water slides as the weather was terriable all cruise, didnt see the sun at all except at Southampton. We watched 2 shows Greece which was excellent, and "once upon a time" which was also very good. Would recommend both! As avid gamblers we spent quite a lot of time in the casino, and it is here we felt a bit disappointed. Firstly some of the dealers were not only unfriendly, but downright rude, and secondly the blackjack payoff has been reduced to 6 to 5 which is disgusting. Many players play very poorly easily giving the house a 5-10% edge on their bets, let alone them now pinching another 1.5% on top. Most dealers were great, and the host was brilliant as well running the tourneys with enthusium and being very helpful with any issues we had. My other moan would be the penny pinching with Fish & Ships, Playmakers bar food etc, this should be included and every fellow cruiser we spoke to agreed! Overall we really enjoyed the cruise, but with the new BJ rules and a feeling of cheapness creaping in to RC, we may be looking elsewhere for our next cruise sadly.

Very good overall with a few disappointments

Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by nafanny29

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2018
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Junior Suite
The good:

The ship is huge, glamorous, elegant and classy.

Many many things to do onboard.

Good choice of dining.

Staff were all amazing (Bar a couple of casino dealers- more on this in my review)

The not so good:

Charging for Fish & Ships on the pool deck

Charging for playmakers bar food

6to5 blackjack payoff in the casino

The missus and I booked a JS on deck 9 for this cruise. We have sailed on RC 3 times already, and we are middle aged looking for a relaxing but fun holiday, and both avid gamblers.

Embarkation was OK, it was extremely busy with a queue to get in to the terminal, but we got through it in under 45 mins and boarded this amazing ship early afternoon.

Had a good wander around, and grabbed a drink (bought the DX package) and headed to our cabin. The JS was really nice, great size. Our cabin steward introduced himself (Bisham) and he was amazing throughout the whole cruise, over and above level of service.

We bough the 3 speciality dining package and really enjoyed our chops grill meal and 2 meals in Giovannis table. Very good experiance. We ate at the buffet the other 2 evenings and the food was great, espically the indian selections which were amazing.

We did the lazer tag which was brilliant, I would recommend it to anyone. We did the skypad which was OK but we had an hour wait for a 3 min experiance. The mini golf was great fun too. We didnt use the pools or water slides as the weather was terriable all cruise, didnt see the sun at all except at Southampton.

We watched 2 shows Greece which was excellent, and "once upon a time" which was also very good. Would recommend both!

As avid gamblers we spent quite a lot of time in the casino, and it is here we felt a bit disappointed. Firstly some of the dealers were not only unfriendly, but downright rude, and secondly the blackjack payoff has been reduced to 6 to 5 which is disgusting. Many players play very poorly easily giving the house a 5-10% edge on their bets, let alone them now pinching another 1.5% on top. Most dealers were great, and the host was brilliant as well running the tourneys with enthusium and being very helpful with any issues we had.

My other moan would be the penny pinching with Fish & Ships, Playmakers bar food etc, this should be included and every fellow cruiser we spoke to agreed!

Overall we really enjoyed the cruise, but with the new BJ rules and a feeling of cheapness creaping in to RC, we may be looking elsewhere for our next cruise sadly.
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Cabin Review

Junior Suite
Cabin J3 9534
Cabin was spacious, nicely appointed and had a feel of luxury.

Perfect view of the ocean, and left side of the bridge lol
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