January 2014 - Independence of the Seas to Caribbean - Western
Please excuse the long review, but everyone listed made our cruise the most excellent vacation. They deserve our recognition.
We booked this cruise a year in advance knowing that we would need a break after the holidays. Royal Caribbean provided us with the break we needed because of all of the excellent service. At the pool deck (where we spent most of our "cruising"/off time), Raymon and Mihai made tasty beverages and excellent company. By far, Raymon and Mihai (located at the pool bar) made our trip outstanding. They had great senses of humor and never tired of seeing us walk up to/hang out at the bar countless time. They truly were outstanding and provided us with excellent service that greatly exceeded our expectations. And when we were not at the bar, talking to Raymon and Mihai, Lindon Forbes and Fernando (from the Philippines) made sure that we were well taken care of around the pool deck. Fernando always knew what my mom liked and was always ready and willing to accommodate her beverage of choice.
We had the pleasure of seeing Lindon at the pool deck (and pretty much everywhere, the man never stopped working and was always the friendliest... We don't know how he did it) and as our drink server at dinner. Lindon read our minds and we never went without drink (wine was the choice for dinner) when we wanted. Amazing Lindon Forbes. Period.
At the dinner table, Macbeth dining room, first seating, with Jesus Nocum and Leo Degrado/Estaloga. Jesus was our main server and Leo was the assistant. I tell you, we could not have asked for a better pair. We never had to wait long (or at all, it seemed like) for our food, and never had to ask about items being cleared away. Jesus and Leo were on top of everything. Well efficient. On top of that, Leo always managed to come back to our table with our favorite choices of bread.. He knew that our table enjoyed bread.... and a lot of it. Bless him.
Another special moment at dinner was when Jesus discovered that it was our anniversary. We were surprised with a delicious chocolate mousse cake and singing from the banquet captain. Jesus and Leo = top notch.
Two of our other favorite bar tenders (we purchased the drink package...) we discovered the last two nights of the cruise were Matiqua (sorry if that is spelled incorrectly) and Virgilio. Those two knew how to make some drinks, but really they knew how to provide excellent service. They had great senses of humor and kept us laughing, especially Matiqua.
Last, but CERTAINLY not lease. Our room attendant, JJ, or Joanna on the ninth floor (our room was 9595 if that helps), was absolutely fantastic. One, our room was immaculate every time we stepped back into after leaving it not the tidiest. On top of that, JJ was always nice to us. She remembered little details that we wouldn't expect anyone to remember in conversation. JJ was awesome. Thank you, JJ for everything you did for us!