Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Third Mate

4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

Family vacation on the Independence of the Seas

Sail Date: March 17, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

First off, the service is excellent!!! Our room steward and our waiters (we chose to make dinner reservations, so we always had the same servers), always called us by name. The ship is gorgeous, super clean and beautiful! The pastries and desserts are not up to the Princess cruises that I've been on, and in the promenade, they were not even worth the calories to eat them. The drinks seemed to be much more expensive (even the bottled water). Then you add in Johnny Rockets (which wasn't worth the extra money), cupcakes, Ben and Jerry's and it seems to have more pay items (although, those are choices you don't have to make). The ice skating show is great!  The other shows were about up to par with the other cruises that I've been on (not all that good).  It offered lots of things for different age groups.

Cabin / Stateroom
The cabins were the nicest that we've been in. My adult kids had inside cabins (over looking the promenade) and they were super roomy, just like our balcony room. Showers were super nice. The whole ship seemed new and super clean.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Embarkation was the easiest ever (we pretty much just walked on). Disembarkation was pretty much like usual (waiting).
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Food and Dining
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Cozumel, Mexico
Cozumel feels really safe (I didn't feel that way in Cabo). We didn't do an excursion, just taxied to Chankanaab National Park (where there were lots of things to do, ziplining, snorkeling, and lots more).

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