jjmdortiz56

jjmdortiz56
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Independence of the Seas

May 2015 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Independence of the Seas

Western Caribbean Cruise

Mostly a very nice cruise.  There were a few moments when the beauty waned regarding service at the Champagne Bar, quality of beef served in the dining room and Guest Services.

The Bar was short staffed, the beef had a strange texture and Guest staff tried to blow off a problem blaming BJ's Travel (still in dispute).

The dining room food (except the beef) was exceptional.  The Promenade had nice food and drink venues.  Filling the gaps between our three meals for the day.

Unfortunately, it seems that cruises (not just this one), have turned in to one big sales venue.  Not everyone goes on a cruise to buy "duty free" goods.  Some (like me) go for the destinations and the joy of sailing.

I would still recommend this cruise to anyone who would like to visit specific destinations.

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jjmdortiz56's Tips

Kralendijk, Bonaire - The bus tour was very informative but not that interesting. Flamingoes were very far away and the salt flats were ho hum.
George Town, Grand Cayman - Nice view from ship. With a leg in a cast, we did not attempt the ship's tenders for travel to the island.
Falmouth, Jamaica - Been here too many times to disembark. Much preferred Key West (Hurricane Irma).
Oranjestad, Aruba - Beautiful. The bus tour was enjoyable visiting the Butterfly Farm and the Bridge.
Oasis of the Seas Oasis of the Seas - Be ready for a great experience. Since perfection is a journey, not a destination, expect there may be some small hiccups along the way but the overall ride is great! For some of you who are "mature", plan your cruise around times when kids are in school. You will enjoy a more quiet time.
Independence of the Seas Independence of the Seas - - Unless you are a smoker, the casino will turn you off. - Be ready to stand in line with long waits at embarkation and debarkation. - Plan your excursions ahead of time to avoid last minute decisions.

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