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Independence of the Seas

December 2014 - Independence of the Seas to Caribbean - Western


shows and entertainment were sparse and poorly done compared to other lines--notable exception was the ice show which was excellent.  Buffet was so-so and dessert choices on buffet were pitiful ( lots of mousse things).  Chops Grille, a specialty restaurant was good.  My Time dining was strongly encouraged to make reservations which resulted in same table mates every night---how is this free-style dining?  TV was a constant barrage--practically EVERY channel --of 'buy me' or 'ain't we great' and would be lucky to find even one regular program--old rerun at that.  Free movies--one daily--not sure if even every day and were only shown for one time period--were shown on a big screen in the open pool area--most dissatisfying.  Free movie could not be seen in your stateroom unless you paid an extra fee---old movies only.  Free 'stretching' again in open pool area.  Found two musicians providing music (sporadically) in two of the bar areas---both were sketchy---one really not good and the other a bit drunk.  There was not a decent show every night-nor decent entertainment in the bar areas--in fact other than the ice show two nights had a passable show.  Jamey, the megalomaniac cruise director would be better off spending his time arranging entertainment instead of being the entertainment.  Bought a premium drinks package--translate expensive and I do not drink that much---but could not get water with a drink ( only one drink at a time).  Exorbitant prices for any extras---would have loved to do yoga daily but...cabin girl may have taken my scissors (unpacked and still cannot find them).  Information regarding the ship itself, ...4 days to discover there was a nice 14th floor area--and HOW to get there---lacking.  Would not take 'Independence of the Seas'  again and since this was the first time on RC, probably will not go on a Royal Caribbean ship again....Definitely not up to snuff.

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George Town, Grand Cayman - swimming with the stingrays (gentle, magical creatures) was the highlight of the trip. Longing to do it again but used CaptainBrian's Buccanneer tours and not the ships----much cheaper.

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