February 2014 - Independence of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern
Totally perfect! Great weather,sun and 80's. Lovely ship. The pool arrangement is brilliant. Three separate venues . . . large kiddie pool/area, bigger adult pool/hot tub complex, a third, more laid back "soakers" pool with two great "extended overboard" hot tubs. All three, beautifully decorated, bright, colorful appealing.
Service exceeded expectations. Brenden Benoit, our cabin steward was marvelous. In addition to great care each day, you enjoyed his upbeat smiling manner and attitude. Roy, in the Romeo & Juliet Dining Room was also, outstanding. The ship was immaculate No trash to be seen.
The Promenade provided a nice array of eateries, bars, snack places. R.C.'s two parades added a dsh of fun and color. Great music as well. The entertainers were far better than expected. A half dozen guys and gals with very strong, appealing, varied voices led the "Broadway Show Cast. ' Excellent dancers as well. An outstanding band was featured throughout the cruise, in shows, pardaes, and in the Oliver or Twist, 14th floor bar. Great sounds. In addition R. C.'s ice show, "Violin" was spectacular. Interesting story line, gorgeous custumes, skilled skaters, wonderful music.
Vic, the piano man in the Schooner Bar was engaging and fun. His ability to replicate and array of piano styles and involve the audience invites multiple after dinner visits. Fun.
The itinerary was interesting. St. Martin's a bit disappointing, but St. Kitts, San Juan, and particularly Laberdee were super. There is much more to the private island than we realized. We wished we had been provided adnvance information as there are many beaches, multiple activities that we didn't discover until near too late. Stop at the information office and get a map. We got it much too late in the visit.
The fitness center on the 11th floor, fore, has a wonderful cruising view. It is incrdible well equipped. I found all of the stuff offered by my Sun Prairie Athletic Club which is top shelf.
Returning to the polar extremes of Wisconsin made our two week Fla./8 night cruise even more enjoyable.