November 2014 - Independence of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern
We booked over Thanksgiving by accident and were not prepared for 1,000 children. It changed our experience quite a bit. We try to pick times when children are in school, but we really goofed. That being said, the Windjammer was always difficult to navigate, so we changed our dining times a bit to compensate for the strollers, etc. Overall, it was a good cruise - good ports, good weather. The only disappointing part was that no matter how many times we request a large dinner table, we seem to get a small one. It was impossible to change with this many families on board. We had, for the very first time, an exceptionally bad waiter and experience in the dining room late seating. We boycotted one evening and went to Johnny Rockets and it was noticed, but by then it was too late and never became a terrific experience as it usually is for us. Out stateroom was great as was out attendant and we fell in love with the two waiters we made friends with in Olive or Twist. It is nice that as Diamond members we can chose where to have our before dinner cocktails and get the benefits, especially when traveling with those who are not yet Diamond members. Those two gentlemen were terrific and truly helped to make up for the dining staff. We loved the ice show and the brought in entertainment was really good. We wish for more varied dance music, but it was so crowded we really couldn't have done much dancing. We are sailing again in January, but not when children are out of school. As always, we look forward to our Royal Caribbean cruises!