April 2016 - Independence of the Seas to Caribbean - Western
Took the trip using miles. Candidly was disappointed. The itinerary was ok; however people need to realize the costs for excursions, drinks, "tips" and non standard meals added more than $1000 to the cost of the trip. This is in addition to the miles and fees.. The shore excursions in Belize were not worth it and really overpriced. Cozumel was so-so. The submarine excursion was ok. The rooms and service were good. The food in the main dining was only average and actually quite disappointing for what you would expect. We had to have one of our meals replaced for being so bad.
The cruise line actually is having you subsidize the salaries by adding daily tips fees to your room. You really don't have a choice. This are over $25 dollars a day and went up even more this week. This is really why cruises should be forced to disclose total costs much like airlines.. I suggest taking your trip cost and doubling it or tripling it to get an actual cost. Of the 4 cruises I have been on, this was the most disappointing.