March 2016 - Independence of the Seas to Caribbean - Western
We thoroughly enjoyed our time aboard the Independence. This was our first cruise and first trip alone without our children. The room (ocean view/port hole) was spacious enough, so so clean, functional, and comfortable. The ship had plenty to do, rarely to never felt crowded, and was so clean and relaxing. I didn't really know what to expect, but it exceeded my expectations in nearly every category. The SERVICE IS AWESOME! The wait staff and room attendants were superb. The shows were of good quality, the cover band was ridiculously amazing, and the food was pretty amazing too.
My only cons if I had to come up with any are that all of the extras on board are SO expensive (especially the spa). It also isn't clear for first time cruisers what is included and what is extra (so I always felt unsure and had to ask but I got the hang of it quickly.).
Overall, we loved our trip. 4 nights was just perfect to enjoy all the boat had to offer, visit Cozumel, and not be away from our kids too long. However, I could have easily spent another night or 2 on board if I had my kids with me. Speaking of kids, the families on board were never a disruption to our couples getaway. We always felt as though there was plenty of room for everyone.