Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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5 out of 5

Truly a memorable vacation!

Sail Date: January 19, 2013

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Inside

This was my first time on a cruise...I can't imagine it getting any better than the Independence of the Seas. The staff on board are exceptional, from our housekeeper to the waiters they were all so friendly and personable. In fact our waiter in the dining room each night did magic tricks for our children and made them special straws every evening for their drinks. We had a hard time saying goodbye on our eighth night..wish we could have brought them all home with us. The activities on board are numerous..our children were younger so they really enjoyed the kids club as well as the climbing wall. We didn't get enough time (believe it or not!) in our eight nights to go skating or try the mini golf...its on our list for the next cruise. The ports were enjoyable...a warning to any first-timers that the vendors can be very pushy and no one does anything for you without expecting payment. ie: some locals have monkeys they will put on your shoulder and let you take pictures with your own camera and then demand money for that privilege. IF you don't feel like dishing out mula for every monkey that passes by its best to say no from the start.
There is a vast array of food and variety. We bought the pop card so we could have unlimited pop for the week, but found that it really wasn't needed as there was access to free drinks (lemonade, iced tea, flavored waters, coffee, tea) most hours...especially when the Windjammer is open. When it isn't, there is always free ice cold water at Sorrento's, who by the way, make the BEST pizza!
We really really enjoyed ourselves and can't wait to book another one! This cruise is great for all ages....its luxury and fun on the sea!
Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
was really impressed with our interior cabin, lots of room and great use of storage space.
Service and Staff
Super! Never walked by a staff member without them saying hello or good awesome!
Children's Programs
Kids were hesitant at first, and after one hour there couldn't wait to go back!
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Basseterre, St. Kitts
We got a great tour from a local company for half the cost on the ship.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Beautiful city!
Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island)
Island is beautiful but excursions are too pricey...not worth the money. Good day to sit on the beach.

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