April 2015 - Independence of the Seas to Caribbean - Western
This was our first cruise in 30 years so we didn't know quite what to expect. We are in our 70's and have traveled extensively, flying to destinations and traveling independently. We wanted to find out what a cruise experience would be like. Our overall experience was good. The ship is really nice, the crew is great and the food was plentiful and good. The entertainment at night was excellent. We found the large number of passengers overwhelming at times but we were able to find quiet spaces on the top deck where we could relax. The stops were great. We booked excursions over the internet before we left after reading about the islands. the cruise offers lots of excursions, most of which are just too active for us.We had an inner cabin with a large mirror that made it seem bigger. That was fine for us as we spent very little time in the cabin. I personally hated walking through the casino area to get to the theater - smoked filled and noisy - but others might like the gambling. There were many families traveling together, even very small children. I personally wouldn't take small children on a cruise, but they seemed to be managing well. We loved the sunshine and getting to know Jamaica and Grand Cayman.