Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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7+ cruises


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5 out of 5

Excellent "smaller" ship

Sail Date: December 14, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

My wife and I wanted to try a smaller ship than the Oasis class, and Independence did not disappoint. Staff was excellent but not too intrusive. Only minor issues of scheduling meals around shows, and we did miss the Solarium Bistro and Park Café as dining options, but other than that well worth the time and price.

Ship Quality
Very clean
Food and Dining
Great for banquet food, we mainly ate in the main dining room
Service and Staff
Wait staff and cabin staff excellent
We enjoyed the entertainment provided, just wanted a bit better scheduling
Children's Programs N/A for us
Onboard Activities
could not do all activities available
Destinations and Excursions Grand Cayman and Labadee were the 2 best stops
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
George Town, Grand Cayman
Make sure to go on the actual scuba diving excursions in Grand Cayman
Falmouth, Jamaica
Beach or Case de Habanos, I would do nothing else
Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island)
As you enter the island, try to go to the right hand side to avoid crowds and to get a sandier beach


Be sure to check out the Case de Habanos at the pier instead of the merchants lining the streets. As of December 2014, the ship had a cigar lounge next to the Alhambra, which was nice for a late night or after dinner cigar.

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