Better than we expected

Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Verified Review
6 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: April 19, 2015
Ship: Independence of the Seas
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 8457
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago

This was our first cruise in 30 years so we didn't know quite what to expect.  We are in our 70's and have traveled extensively, flying to destinations and traveling independently.  We wanted to find out what a cruise experience would be like.  Our overall experience was good.  The ship is really nice, the crew is great and the food was plentiful and good.  The entertainment at night was excellent.  We found the large number of passengers overwhelming at times but we were able to find quiet spaces on the top deck where we could relax.  The stops were great.  We booked excursions over the internet before we left after reading about the islands.  the cruise offers lots of excursions, most of which are just too active for us.We had an inner cabin with a large mirror that made it seem bigger.  That was fine for us as we spent very little time in the cabin.  I personally hated walking through the casino area to get to the theater - smoked filled and noisy - but others might like the gambling.  There were many families traveling together, even very small children.  I personally wouldn't take small children on a cruise, but they seemed to be managing well.  We loved the sunshine and getting to know Jamaica and Grand Cayman.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The buffet can be overwhelming - you need to time your visit to avoid crowds.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5
Unusual offerings, but extremely talented. We loved each evening.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our cabin steward was wonderful. Each evening we were greeted with a towel animal.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Really lovely decor.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Tiny. We stowed our suitcases under the bed. We travel lightly so we had plenty of room to put everything. I don't know how the passengers managed with the huge suitcases.

Ship Tip

We found the buffet crowded and a little frantic at peak times. Best come a little late for a more relaxing meal. The dining room always offered a relaxing setting. We paid for flexible dining and were seated every night with different people which we enjoyed.

5 out of 5
We took an excursion to the sting ray area. This was really nice though a bit crowded. Snorkling was ok but waves a little hard to contend with.
5 out of 5
We booked a private guide who took us to Turtle River and Falls. This was just right for us. Beautiful falls and flowers and no crowds. Afterwards our guide took us to lunch at Scotchies where we enjoyed the jerk chicken.
5 out of 5
We spent the day lounging on the beaches.
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