Great cruise experience

Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Verified Review
8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: March 02, 2013
Ship: Independence of the Seas
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 5 years ago

We had two couples ages 51 to 60 on board. It was our fourth cruise with RCCL and the first for our friends.
We really enjoyed a prompt service on the ship, excellent entertainment with a great cruise director Joff Eaton and of course, food.
It was great to enjoy a selection of sushi at the dinner buffet. The appetizers and desserts were delicious but the dinners at times were disappointing. The meats tasted like processed meats, hot soups were tasteless . However, the lobster was really good and also lamb shank. The presentation was awesome and portion sizes good also. Also,we couldn't change our late seating to any time dining . I suggest to make that decision before you get on board. It has to do with distributions of the tips and impossible to change later on board.
We enjoyed our ports of call independently and have not used their shore excursions. It was fun to have a barbecue in Labadee on a private island.
The weather was nice and pleasant but a little windy in the afternoon so we didn't have a deck party.
Our major disappointment was on an embarcation day when we walked into our interior cabin that smelled like a sewer . That issue was resolved since a cabin stewart dealt with it before and told us that the cover was not tight on over the pipes. It was strange that it had occured before and yet they let passengers in and with a bad impression trying to resolve it later. It was not fun to start your trip with a horrible odor.
The ship didn't feel too crowded except for a few shows that were only offered once and it was a challenge to find available seats especially together. But that was no big deal for us either.
Overall, we loved our cruise and Royal Caribbean in general.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
It was not always consistant especially dinner in the dining room.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5

Ship Tip

Excellent entertainment.
The food taste was inconsistant,meat dishes and hot soups tasteless mostly.
Horrible sewer odor when walked into cabin on embarcation but resolved later.
Great staff.

Was this review helpful? 2

Leave a Comment

Remember: Be polite and respectful. Our diverse community is home to members with different opinions and a broad range of cruise experiences.

Other Reviews Of This Sailing

* is not a booking agent or travel agency, and does not charge any service fees to users of our site. Our partners (travel agencies and cruise lines) provide prices, which we list for our users' convenience. does not guarantee any specific rates or prices. While prices are updated daily, please check with the booking site for the exact amount. is not responsible for content on external web sites.

Back to Top