Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Purser

4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

Wonderful ship; not so wonderful ports

Sail Date: January 11, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

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.

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Great in the Dining Room. Bad in the Windjammer.
Service and Staff
All shows were great, but the bands on board were a big disappointment.
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Cabin / Stateroom
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
George Town, Grand Cayman
Don't bother to shop, since prices are very high and selections are small. Do not eat at Margaritaville - it was awful.
Falmouth, Jamaica
Visit the local craft market right outside the Royal Caribbean compound.
Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island)
Very large with a lot of walking. Beaches are very rocky and not good for swimming.


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

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