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Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 10

Overall Rating:

2 out of 5
Verified Review
5 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: December 05, 2015
Ship: Independence of the Seas
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 2365
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 2 years ago

Not able to enjoy Belize or Cozumel ports due to bad weather so I have nothing to say about excursions.  The waiters I had at my table were great. Traveled with my 4 year old granddaughter and she fell asleep at the table prior to being served.  He made sure the next days she had her food right away in case she fell asleep again. I had the premium drink package and I should have drank beer or wine so the bartenders couldn't mess them up. First had a dirty martini which I think I was missing the vodka (Kettle One) called drink. Tasted like pure olive juice. Another time at dinner I asked for a chocolate martini.  I have no clue what they gave me but they left it and brought me another looking entirely different. Also the Bloody Mary's were not good.  At dinner I asked for a frozen Oreo Cookie drink for my granddaughter and ended up being given a chocolate chip cookie instead.  My drinks were ordered prior to ordering my meal and not delivered until I was almost finished with my meals.  Last day they failed to give me my key card back & had to look for it after the restaurant closed.

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
Only desert was excellent.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Granddaughter enjoyed camp on rainy days.


5 out of 5
Ice show was good including the 2 shows in the theater. Best show was the Elvis impersonator they brought on in Belize & he got off in Cozumel.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
My granddaughter enjoyed her time with the children's program.

Service and Staff

1 out of 5
Unfriendly staff, no smile on their faces. Thought they would run me over if I didn't let them go past me. Bartenders the worst for making drinks! My table & room steward were the only smiling faces.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Hated walking through the casino area on the 4th level as you always smelled cigarettes. The rest of the ship was good.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Lots of storage space and safe was easy to use and big enough to hold all your items. Room steward was great.

Ship Tip

In Belize you need to get a number to get onto the tender. My number was 19 & they were calling number 4 at that time. Get your number early & this was several hours after anchor dropped. All photos are $22.95. At times when I wanted pictures taken of my granddaughter there were no photographers.

1 out of 5
Port of Miami is better than Port Everglades & I live in Ft. Lauderdale.
5 out of 5
Make sure to do a excursion. Terminal area not worth hanging out in. Visited many years with excursion but not much to do with a 4 year old.
5 out of 5
Long walk to terminal if a person has trouble walking.
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