An okay time.

Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 36

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
6 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: December 14, 2014
Ship: Independence of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 8252
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago

First time with Royal and was a bit underwhelmed. Was expecting to be a bit more pampered and indulged. Balcony cabin was fine size with plenty of storage but needs a thorough cleaning! Found old food (gross) under sofa and curtains for balcony were very musty smelling. Cabin steward was not up to par, not sure if it was just our guy, only had a couple of towel creatures left to amaze us and had to track him down multiple times to replenish basic supplies.

Ship itself is very pretty, promenade reminded us of a fancy casino in Vegas, lots of glitz and glam. However, shows were not spectacular with exception of the ice show which did have some wow moments. Restaurants were all standard fare, windjammer is limited in selection and times open. Our agent sent us to Chops (specialty) and it was good but glad I didn't pay for it. Johnny Rockets also had an extra charge, very limited selection and not even close to as entertaining as the real thing. Ben & Jerry's has an extra charge as does the coffee place. Nothing special at either, same price as you'd pay at home only coffee isn't nearly as good! Sorrento's is included however, be advised they only have free coffee machines, rest of the drinks are bar items! Felt a bit nickled and dimed as far as the restaurants go. Will say that the wait staff in the main dining room were most impressive! 

Casino was ho hum, fun to play but nothing new or exciting. They do have a smoking area in casino which didn't seem to out of control or annoying. I travel with a portable oxygen concentrator was pleased that it didn't prevent me from spending some time playing the slot machines! 

Noticed that tons of the activities were geared around families, we are a 50+ married couple and were a bit disappointed that some of the games and activities that we enjoy were limited to families. That being said, if I had kids this would probably be an ideal cruise for them! There were tons of kids on board and they all seemed to be having a great time.

As for stops, we did Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Jamaica and Labadee, Haiti.

Grand Cayman is a one day trip, cruise excursion was perfect and we truly enjoyed our day here.

Falmouth is a bit run down and a fairly new port, have a feeling that we would of been better off going to Ocho Rios or Montego Bay. We also arrived after a five day rain which left everything a bit muddy for the morning. Did a cruise excursion in Falmouth that was interesting. The rain returned in the afternoon so we ended up just walking through the port shops and then heading back to the ship.

Labadee is a peninsula that the cruise line leases and has built a resort on. Pretty much everything (other than lunch) is an extra fee. Great for folks loving water sports, zip line, crazy roller coaster ride, couple of beaches. The only thing native is a small arts and craft "village" where you can souvenir shop. For us, not something we would want to do again.

We are booked on another RCL cruise in June and we debated whether or not to change it. Love the itinerary, North Africa and the Canary Islands so think we are going to stay with it and hope for the best. 

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5
Don't miss the ice show!

Children's Programs

Didn't travel with kids

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Main Dining room wait staff were our favorites!

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Plenty of storage, closet space and shelves. Also plenty of room in bathroom to store items. Don't leave balcony door open when ship is moving, interferes with opening and closing cabin door safely. Loved balcony! I am only 4'10" and the glass was high enough that I could see through it sitting down but not so tall that I couldn't lean on it to admire the view standing up too!

Ship Tip

If you do anytime dining you need to make a reservation by 3 pm for that night! You can go to restaurant or call them.

3 out of 5
Turtle farm!
3 out of 5
Tried jerk seasoning, yum! Also, tried plantains, another yum!
3 out of 5
We did a coastline cruise, relaxing and guide was full of stories!
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