December 2015 - Independence of the Seas to Caribbean - Western
There were over 1500 kids on board and their parents were literally on vacation. The movies (two of them) were repeated twice - and we were at sea 2 1/2 days. The screen for viewing was outside over the pools while the theater with three floors of seating was empty??? Even though you could see it, you couldn't hear it and who wants to watch the same movie twice? Food was wonderful, staff entertaining, the evening performances were grand, comedians mediocre, Ice show was terrific - but again - same show 4 times??? At their level of expertise, I would think they could have two different shows?
The arts and crafts you had to pay for, line dance classes, no instructor showed up, and the dance floors (attached to the bars) were big enough for maybe 3 couples. Disappointing since we are ballroom dancers.
I forgot we had $130 credit on board - my error - but they could have reminded us at check-in when they were scanning all our documents. Didn't realize it until we were leaving the ship with slip in hand.
Overall we learned that we shouldn't book a cruise during a school break and probably with a better quality shipping line - like Princess or Celebrity.
weather was great (but so is FL), rooms were clean, and again, the staff was wonderful. Celebrating the New Years with over 4,500 folks on board on one floor of a ship was like putting sardines back into the can...not happening for us ole folks!!!