Wonderful ship; not so wonderful ports

Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
Verified Review
6 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 11, 2015
Ship: Independence of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 9576
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

Without a doubt, Royal Caribbean is the best cruise line by far.  The ship is beautiful (as are all the Freedom class ships), and we loved our time on it.  Food in the dining room was better than our previous cruise, but the Windjammer was the same old stuff (not so good).  Shows were excellent, especially the ice show, but other than the orchestra the bands on the ship were definitely sub-par.  There was no band that played good dance music, and this was the first cruise on which we didn't dance even once.  Since that is usually one of the high points of a cruise, we were very disappointed in that.  The cruise director seemed far more interested in showing off his own entertaining than in providing overall entertainment on the ship!  Georgetown, Grand Cayman, is a disappointing port unless you go on one of the tours.  There is nothing to do in town, not even good shopping or restaurants.  Falmouth, Jamaica, is interesting if you get out of Royal Caribbean's new port area.  The craft market there is a real blast if you don't mind being pestered by the many merchants.  Other than that there is not a lot in town.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Great in the Dining Room. Bad in the Windjammer.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Entertainment

3 out of 5
All shows were great, but the bands on board were a big disappointment.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship Tip

Be sure to attend all the shows: they are wonderful. Take some time to explore the ship, since it is an engineering marvel.

3 out of 5
Don't bother to shop, since prices are very high and selections are small. Do not eat at Margaritaville - it was awful.
3 out of 5
Visit the local craft market right outside the Royal Caribbean compound.
3 out of 5
Very large with a lot of walking. Beaches are very rocky and not good for swimming.
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