A Cruise with Problems

Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 5

Overall Rating:

2 out of 5
Sail Date: July 01, 2012
Ship: Independence of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 5 years ago
The staff are excellent in the cabins, the dining facilities and throughout the ship. Do not book on this ship, Independence of the Seas, if you need to use the internet during your cruise. It very seldom worked. Guest services was continuously giving credits to everybody using it throughout the cruise. Also, since they send everything through their corporate facilities they block many secrured websites and all sites like Skype. In addition, the entertainment (nightly shows) were not very good. We actually walked out on some they were so bad. This included both the cruise line's singers and dancers as well as the guest entertainers. As the cruise went along, fewer people came each night. Finally, the ship seems to cater to families with children. Out of 4300 passengers there were over 1000 children. Towards the end of the cruise, they started putting employees in the elevators since the kids were playing in them (pushing every floor and holding them so people could not get an elevator). Finally, they treeat formal dress up nights in the dining room as optional. When we brought formal attire and saw people in shirts and shorts, we were shocked as every cruise we have been on the attire was a requirement, not optional. So if you do not want to dress up, you may not need to pack those formal clothes.

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
The staff is great. The food was not that good and our waiter had to replace meals at least half of the 14 nights for the people at our table (there were 6 others at our table who also had some concerns).


1 out of 5
The ice shows were excellent (2 of them). The nightly shows were really not very good. Out of 14 nights probably only 2 or 3 were excellent. Some were so bad we (and others in the crowd) walked out.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Pros: Service of the Staff

Cons: Entertainment

Recommends Independence of the Seas? No.

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