Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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7+ cruises


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4 out of 5

Beautiful Ship

Sail Date: November 22, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

Independence of the Sea is a similar to the Oasis of the Seas but without the Water show or Park. The crew was friendly and helpful. Room size and balcony were great. My bed was very firm but the egg crate topper allowed the bed to be more comfortable.  Food and entertainment were good. Loved St. Kitts and and enjoyed shopping and seeing the Clay Villa Plantation and Palm Court Gardens. It was so nice to go to a new island! Hot tubs were a comfortable temperature.  Cruise Director, Jamie is very funny.  There were lots of placed to sit and relax. Be sure to get your tickets early for the Ice Show before they are all given out. Best place to look at the sea and watch the ocean is Deck 4 next to the Shuffleboard court and there was no one on that deck.

Ship Quality
Beautiful and clean
Food and Dining
Some meals were better than others. Desserts were not very good. Buffet closed at 9
Service and Staff
Charlie from Bali always had a smile and was very helpful. Jihual from China loved her job!
Performers were good but story lines were odd. Best night- Marriage show
Onboard Activities
Not much to do during the day. Deck 5 Promenade has coffee all day.
Destinations and Excursions
Loved St. Kitts - would like to stay there until 6:00
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Go to the beach. People hassle you on the streets to visit their store.
Basseterre, St. Kitts
Visit Clay Villa Plantation and Palm Court Gardens and Restaurant
San Juan, Puerto Rico
There is a CVS pharmacy store close to the dock where you can purchase whatever you need.
Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island)
Columbus Beach is nice but the Haiti vendors harass you to buy their wares.


Book a day at Palm Court Plantation & restaurant for $11 and swim there all day. There is a nice restaurant & it overlooks the water (you can see the cruise ship from there). I would definitely hang out there on my next visit to St. Kitts. Another cruiser said food was good. A paradise to relax.

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