Slow boat to ...

Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
5 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: November 30, 2015
Ship: Independence of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 9562
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

The ship was in good shape albeit aging. The crew were friendly and attentive. The food was delicious. I'm sure I gained weight as I'm  sure most people do on a cruise. I thought I'd balance it with a good workout but the gym wasn't as good as I expected. . I lost my enthusiasm after the first day. The entertainment was surprisingly good. All in all, It was good to get away to a warm climate with a wonderful companion and be pampered. I highly recommend a balcony.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
do yourself a favor and buy what my husband calls the Wino package. If you are like us and like to have a glass with dinner, it will save you money in the long run. They will add 18% to any alcohol for the tip regardless of efficiency of the server. Our waiter at dinner Bogdan from Transylvania was a delight

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5
The ice show was phenomenal! Hands down the best show I've seen on any cruise.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
The bar staff was less than enthusiastic with one exception. Charles from Nicaragua at the Olive or Twist was great. The drinks were very expensive.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
clean ship. The artwork on the walls though, Strange and ugly

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Comfortable room , but the showers were so small. I'm 5'4 125. ok 130 after all the food indulgence, and the shower was small even for me.
3 out of 5
Call your hotel immediately after getting your bags. Don't wait for your hotel van to just show up. Our hotel shuttle to the holiday Inn express even after calling took over 45 minutes. Better yet book Hiat Place Hotel. After sitting there in the traffic fumes for so long I saw their vans pick passengers up every 5 to ten minutes.
3 out of 5
If you stay on the ship you'll have the place to yourselves. The pool, the hot tub the buffet.
Was this review helpful? 1

Leave a Comment

Remember: Be polite and respectful. Our diverse community is home to members with different opinions and a broad range of cruise experiences.

Other Reviews Of This Sailing

* is not a booking agent or travel agency, and does not charge any service fees to users of our site. Our partners (travel agencies and cruise lines) provide prices, which we list for our users' convenience. does not guarantee any specific rates or prices. While prices are updated daily, please check with the booking site for the exact amount. is not responsible for content on external web sites.

Back to Top