Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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3 out of 5

Thanksgiving Cruise

Sail Date: November 22, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Oceanview

We booked over Thanksgiving by accident and were not prepared for 1,000 children.  It changed our experience quite a bit.  We try to pick times when children are in school, but we really goofed.  That being said, the Windjammer was always difficult to navigate, so we changed our dining times a bit to compensate for the strollers, etc.  Overall, it was a good cruise - good ports, good weather.  The only disappointing part was that no matter how many times we request a large dinner table, we seem to get a small one.  It was impossible to change with this many families on board.  We had, for the very first time, an exceptionally bad waiter and experience in the dining room late seating.  We boycotted one evening and went to Johnny Rockets and it was noticed, but by then it was too late and  never became a terrific experience as it usually is for us. Out stateroom was great as was out attendant and we fell in love with the two waiters we made friends with in Olive or Twist.  It is nice that as Diamond members we can chose where to have our before dinner cocktails and get the benefits, especially when traveling with those who are not yet Diamond members.   Those two gentlemen were terrific and truly helped to make up for the dining staff.  We loved the ice show and the brought in entertainment was really good.  We wish for more varied dance music, but it was so crowded we really couldn't have done much dancing.  We are sailing again in January, but not when children are out of school.  As always, we look forward to our Royal Caribbean cruises!

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Destinations and Excursions
Cabin / Stateroom
Basseterre, St. Kitts
took a island tour - very bad roads. we were put in a taxi because of the number wanting the tour. not the best.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island)
love floating on the mat in the water.


Labadee lunch is not easy - would have been easier to get back on the ship for lunch. Love the 24 hour coffee on the promenade. The shops on this ship are totally different and very nice. If you want to watch a football game on the big screen on deck - go early. No seats could be found.

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