Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Purser

4-6 cruises


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3 out of 5

kids out of control

Sail Date: December 28, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Inside

There were over 1500 kids on board and their parents were literally on vacation.  The movies (two of them) were repeated twice - and we were at sea 2 1/2 days.  The screen for viewing was outside over the pools while the theater with three floors of seating was empty???  Even though you could see it, you couldn't hear it and who wants to watch the same movie twice?  Food was wonderful, staff entertaining, the evening performances were grand, comedians mediocre, Ice show was terrific - but again - same show 4 times???  At their level of expertise, I would think they could have two different shows?

The arts and crafts you had to pay for, line dance classes, no instructor showed up, and the dance floors (attached to the bars) were big enough for maybe 3 couples.  Disappointing since we are ballroom dancers.

I forgot we had $130 credit on board - my error - but they could have reminded us at check-in when they were scanning all our documents.  Didn't realize it until we were leaving the ship with slip in hand.  

Overall we learned that we shouldn't book a cruise during a school break and probably with a better quality shipping line - like Princess or Celebrity.

weather was great (but so is FL), rooms were clean, and again, the staff was wonderful.  Celebrating the New Years with over 4,500 folks on board on one floor of a ship was like putting sardines back into the can...not happening for us ole folks!!!  

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Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island)
Falmouth, Jamaica
Very pushy staff at Diamonds International store. Couldn't look without them trying to help you get your wallet out...


Use the Alhambra to better use by having movies there that appeal to a broad spectrum - Hallmark type. Minions and Perfect Pitch 2 were shown twice a day - for two days... Need to budget for MORE movies when you are at sea longer.

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