Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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Experience
7+ cruises

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5 out of 5

Great Family Cruise

Sail Date: March 14, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Balcony

This was our annual family cruise, and we traveled with our grown children and 3 grandchildren, ages 1, 2, and 6...8 total, in three staterooms on level 9.  We always use , because of their outstanding cruise specialist, Patti Opera.  We are experienced cruisers, and prefer Royal Caribbean, as we have found that they deliver a consistently great cruising experience.  The itinerary included St. Maarten, St. Kitts, San Juan, and Labadee.  We loved the fact that it was an 8 day cruise...we felt the extra day was a "bonus."  As always, there were a few "standout" members of the cruise staff that made our cruise memorable.  In this case, it was our entire dining room wait staff.  Our waiter and assistant waiter, Randy and Julius, were outstanding.  The anticipated the needs of our grandchildren, and brought out their food early each meal to keep them occupied and satisfied.  The Head Waiter, Vivek, was the absolute best Head Waiter we have experienced.  He was personable, and highly involved with our service every evening...ensuring we were all (including the kids) enjoying our dining experience.  He even performed magic tricks for the grandkids.  Overall, another outstanding experience with and Royal Caribbean.

Ship Quality
Beautiful, and well maintained.
Food and Dining
Awesome...see overall comments.
Service and Staff
Excellent...especially dining room and stateroom attendant.
Entertainment
BeatleMania and the Elton John tribute shows were really fun
Children's Programs
My 6 year old grandson LOVES Adventure Ocean, and they do a great job with the kids.
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions These are all good ports. We love St. Maarten, and Labadee.
Cabin / Stateroom Cabin was great, and our attendant was very thorough and prompt with any requests we had.
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
We just drove in the night before. We used Gold Coast parking and they were great.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
If you just want a beach experience, there is no need to pay for an excursion. Just take the water taxi into town, and get and take advantage of the beaches there...$25 for an umbrella, two loungers, and a bucket of beer!
Basseterre, St. Kitts
A nice shopping area just off the ship.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
We have been there many times, but the old Fort is a must see.
Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island)
Loved the relaxing day. be sure to get off the ship early so you can claim your perfect spot...particularly if you have need of constant shade.

Tip

If you are traveling with a large group (over 4), it is sometimes difficult to find a table in the Windjammer during peak breakfast and lunch hours. The staff is great in assisting you finding a table, but if possible, you will find it much easier if you go a bit earlier or later.



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