Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4 out of 5

Independence of the Seas needs refurbishing

Sail Date: December 21, 2013

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

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.


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