Independence of the Seas needs refurbishing

Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
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8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: December 21, 2013
Ship: Independence of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 7632
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 4 years ago

The ship is huge, but we didn't feel like we were on a marathon to get from one place to another...the design is good.

The entertainment was fantastic....each night 2 shows for early & late seating...singers & dancers every night (not just for the production shows).  Atrium parades also great.

The food was good.  The Windjammer area wasn't cleaned up quickly enough & some tables were left that way for a long time.  That was a turn-off, since people needed tables.  It wasn't as clean as I like.

In general, the ship needs refurbishing.  Some carpeting was stained, upholstered items had stains & some furniture had chips & discoloration.  Time for a facelift!

Having been on 35+ cruises, Princess Cruises is cleaner...there's always a crew doing work, polishing, vacuuming, dusting, etc.  Didn't see much of that on the Independence.

However, this ship had shows that made Princess look like a beginner.  Actually, while in San Juan, the Emerald Princess was alongside us & their passengers were on the balconies & decks, dancing & singing to our pool deck event.  I've never seen anything like this & I think our cruise director is one of the absolute BEST!

The pool deck tables & area wasn't kept clean & with so many people, this was unacceptable, especially on a holiday cruise.

Princess has a good system with pool towels.  Each cabin has these towels, so there's no need to wait in line & to sign in/out.  The cabin steward knows immediately when they've been used or are missing.


Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Children's Programs

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
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