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Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 12

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5
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Independence of the Seas

8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail Date: November 29, 2008

Ship: Independence of the Seas

Cabin Type: Balcony

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Review Summary

Independence of the Seas is a beautiful ship with lots to offer. The thought of being on a ship with 4,000+ people was overwhelming to say the least, but to our surprise it was smooth sailing. Except for disembarkation day, you were able to get an elevator without a long wait. The areas of the ship did not seem crowded. We were wondering where everyone had gone. The food in the main dining room was excellent and great variety. Our waiter and assistant waiter were excellent. We ate at Chops to celebrate a birthday and it went beyond our expectations. The ship was very clean and very nicely decorated. If you dont like the rocking motion, this is the ship for you. I was hoping the size of the ship would help it be more stable and so it was. The beds, we could not say enough about how comfortable the beds and pillows were. That is rare to say, but now that we are home, we actually miss the bed. I dont like to sleep in and I found myself doing it just to stay in bed longer. Overall we had a great cruise, weather was wonderful, staff was courteous, friendly and professional. We enjoyed this cruise more than any other (out of 5) we have taken. The only part we did not enjoy was embarkation day at Ft Laud. It needs to come up to the same standards as Miami because embarkation was horrible. The traffic to get in is horrible and the traffic around the terminals is a nightmare. Yes, there were a lot of people, but no organization. We were told to head to the ship without checking in. Staff did not have it clear on what to tell us to do. Miami is much better organized. I will probably choose my cruises to come out of Miami from now on in order to avoid Ft Laud.

Ports Of Call

Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island)

5 out of 5
Relax, relax and relax. Not much to see but a great place to relax and kick back.
Don't Miss: Enjoy and relax.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5
Everything is beautiful about St Thomas
Don't Miss: At least once, go up the mountain to see the beautiful view of the bay

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
Must see: San Felipe del Morro and then walk down OSJ streets until you reach the port.
Don't Miss: San Felipe del Morro

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

5 out of 5
Just walking the streets and enjoying the beach was great.
Don't Miss: Downtown

Pros: Ship

Cons: Embarkation in Ft Laud

Recommends Independence of the Seas? Yes!

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