Independence of the Seas

3.9 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 4 yrs ago    
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About Independence of the Seas

Independence of the Seas is a large ship, carrying 3634 passengers and 1360 crew, and sails from Southampton (London), England and Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida.

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Independence of the Seas

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Independence of the Seas

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Excellent staff with helpful, nice attitudes, varieties of foods/drinks, decor, entertainment, and activities/excursions. Some improvements on the music played at the pool between acts. The techno became repetitive and intolerable. A mix of DJ music would have been appreciated.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Wonderful Experience

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

Royal Caribbean knows how to treat their customers like royalty and that is what makes me keep coming back. 

The only thing I was disappointed in was the beach in Cozumel that was connected with our ATV excursion. We had a wonderful time riding in the jungle. The tour guides James, Pedro, Irvin and some others made it fun and educational; however, the beach water was dirty and it was so closed in it wasn't enjoyable. I am pretty sure the beach was chosen since it was close to where we rode atvs but not what I would have expected from an island:

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

Good for the price

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We experienced a lot of trouble with the internet it did not work 90 percent of the time . Food was good however we had a different 

Waiter every night. We had prepaid tips. Getting on the ship was a breeze when we got off the ship we had to carry our luggage down three flights of stairs for that reason alone we will not be getting on this ship again, we watched the band in the theater and watched the guitar player fall into the stage. That was horrific to say the least! We will definitely stick with the bigger Oasis class ship. Hopefully Royal will credit our internet packages I think that's the least they can do.

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Excellent Cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

We loved alot of things. The ship, its amenities, the food, the staff, the entertainment.  Playa Maya, Cozumel, deluxe beach excursion was great. The staff who took care of the cabin and food servers were super and added to the enjoyment.  All of the RC staff, guest services, Excursion staff and getting on and off the ship was quick and easy.  We would cruise again with RC for sure!

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Awesome cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Enjoyed the day in Cozumel, the ships food and service! The ship is very beautiful and had many activities and delicious food. Swapnil and Mabel were the best in the dining room and made our dinners awesome!

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Great time with Family

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

Chillin at the pool and the food at Chops where we had a fantastic meal and service was excellent.  Dining in the main dining room was also superb.

Our attendant was great and helpful.  We enjoyed the workout facility and the Grease show on the last night.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

Excellent Cruise

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The room steward and the dinner servers were excellent.  We trip was all I expected and more.  The food was wonderful and the views as we were sailing were terrific. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Awesome cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We had a great time, food was good at all times, we took the upgrade package to dining in both the steak house and the Italian grill and that was a great experience. We did not buy the drink package but ordered bottles of wine instead as they are being kept at the restaurant for as long as the bottle isn't finished and that worked out better for us.

The stateroom with balcony was perfect, our attendant Cliff was awesome.

Can't say anything bad about this one!

Oh, and I greatly appreciated the cigar lounge!Happy

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2 out of 5

Birthday cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

I really enjoyed the tour of the plantation. The tour guide really went out of their way to make it enjoyable. The drink package was well worth the price.

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DECK 5

Deck 5 features the King Lear Dining Room, Sorrento's, Royal Promenade, the Dog & Badger Pub, Pyramid Lounge, Ben & Jerry's, A Clean Shave, Champagne Bar,...

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DECK 11

Deck 11 features the Windjammer Cafe, Jade Restaurant, Chops Grille, Portofino, Squeeze, H2O Zone, Solarium, Pools, Whirlpools and Fitness Center.

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DECK 12

Deck 12 features the Adventure Ocean, The Living Room, Fuel Teen Club, Challenger's Arcade, Day Spa and jogging track.

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DECK 4

Deck 4 features the Alhambra Theatre, the Macbeth Dining room, Casino Royale, Schooner Bar, the Raven Nightclub, Photo Gallery, Boleros Lounge and the...

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Contributor Level: Cruise Director

$6 blackjack on the afternoon in you are in Labadee. Tables open at 3pm. The casino was dead. At Labadee lunch is from 11:30am to 1:30pm, go early. Food runs out, fellow passengers get a little irritated, and the workers deal with this everyday, so they are indifferent

MTN
Contributor Level: Purser

Book a day at Palm Court Plantation & restaurant for $11 and swim there all day. There is a nice restaurant & it overlooks the water (you can see the cruise ship from there). I would definitely hang out there on my next visit to St. Kitts. Another cruiser said food was good. A paradise to relax.

toyztoyz
Contributor Level: Third Mate

Don't need to book a tour in San Juan just go to the "White" tram/trolley stop outside the pier for a free ride to Old San Juan and tour the forts, that will take all day, they are massive and for 5 bucks well worth it. US cell phone work and it's usually included in you plan.

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Price

L

Size

May 2008

Built

4 yrs ago

Refurbished

3634

Total Passengers

2.67

Crew to Passenger Ratio

14

Number of Decks

1827

Total Cabins

28

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