Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4 out of 5

Western Caribbean Cruise

Sail Date: May 03, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Balcony

Mostly a very nice cruise.  There were a few moments when the beauty waned regarding service at the Champagne Bar, quality of beef served in the dining room and Guest Services.

The Bar was short staffed, the beef had a strange texture and Guest staff tried to blow off a problem blaming BJ's Travel (still in dispute).

The dining room food (except the beef) was exceptional.  The Promenade had nice food and drink venues.  Filling the gaps between our three meals for the day.

Unfortunately, it seems that cruises (not just this one), have turned in to one big sales venue.  Not everyone goes on a cruise to buy "duty free" goods.  Some (like me) go for the destinations and the joy of sailing.

I would still recommend this cruise to anyone who would like to visit specific destinations.

Ship Quality
Very clean and well maintained. Unfortunately, maintenance goes on even while at sea.
Food and Dining
Great food all around with minor exceptions.
Service and Staff
Waiters Dondon and Jemar were terrific in pleasing guests. Always there when you needed something.
The "Disco" group was only ok. The show entertainment was very good.
Onboard Activities
Too many activities with conflicting times. You can only be in one place at a time
Destinations and Excursions
That was the main reason for this cruise choice. Nice beach, fun swimming with sting rays and great atmosphere oin Cozumel.
Cabin / Stateroom
Tight but very nice. Our steward, Wendy, provided a clean environment every day and was very accommodating.
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Embarkation point. Long lines.
Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island)
Beautiful beach.
Falmouth, Jamaica
Would not leave the compound.
George Town, Grand Cayman
Lots of fun swimming with the sting rays and an enjoyable boat ride.
Cozumel, Mexico
Senor Frogs what a blast.


- Unless you are a smoker, the casino will turn you off.
- Be ready to stand in line with long waits at embarkation and debarkation.
- Plan your excursions ahead of time to avoid last minute decisions.

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