Western Caribbean Cruise

Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Third Mate
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 10

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: May 03, 2015
Ship: Independence of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 7520
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 2 years ago

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.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Great food all around with minor exceptions.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Too many activities with conflicting times. You can only be in one place at a time

Entertainment

3 out of 5
The "Disco" group was only ok. The show entertainment was very good.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Waiters Dondon and Jemar were terrific in pleasing guests. Always there when you needed something.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Very clean and well maintained. Unfortunately, maintenance goes on even while at sea.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Tight but very nice. Our steward, Wendy, provided a clean environment every day and was very accommodating.

Ship Tip

- 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.

5 out of 5
Embarkation point. Long lines.
5 out of 5
Beautiful beach.
3 out of 5
Would not leave the compound.
5 out of 5
Lots of fun swimming with the sting rays and an enjoyable boat ride.
5 out of 5
Senor Frogs what a blast.
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