Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4-6 cruises


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3 out of 5

Family Fun

Sail Date: March 17, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Inside

To start we have already booked our next cruise.  The kids had so much fun and didn't want to get off the cruise was absolutely amazing.  That being said there were some noticeable differences with the service on the ship.  When we cruised in the past the service was amazing, this time the service was just mediocre with the exception of one of our dining room servers, she was amazing.  But that was not the norm throughout the ship.  They need to expand the Latin area, the one small bar they had with a band was always packed and the bar there is small and the bartenders were swamped, there were many agitated people there.  Also tons of people love to dance to Latin music so if they were to expand this it would be a huge hit.  I would recommend to everyone to get the drink package, it was defiantly worth the money.  We thoroughly enjoyed RC and will go back again.  Also people who complain about the spring breakers are naïve to the fact that its "SPRING BREAK"  there are going to be tons of kids partying there is no way around that.

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Cabin / Stateroom
The cabin was perfect for us. We were two adults and two children 8 and 11. The kids love the bunks, we were barely in the room as we were so busy doing stuff all over the ship. James our room attendant was amazing and kept the room immaculate at all times.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
I expected some champagne or drink when I got on the boat or at least to be greeted by someone. The process was just fine though
Ship Quality
thoroughly disliked that they were doing construction in the pool area in the middle of the day. The pool was packed and people were not happy having to move through that area but we also lost seating. It was also interesting that ONE person was working while two or three people sat in chairs watching the ONE person work. The rest of the ship looked in pretty good condition for the age of the ship
Destinations and Excursions
we did our own excursion and had a blast. Would have loved to have had one more port but Cozumel was a great time
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs
Most times the kids didn't want to leave. They loved the kids club
Service and Staff
Not all the staff were pleased to be there. Some where near the end of their contract and didn't speak highly of RC. James our room attendant was awesome
Food and Dining
Food in the windjammer was not what I expected. Have a very "cafeteria" feel to it and the food was the same everyday. I understand its like a grab and go but I expected it to be a little more upscale. The deserts never changed, the carved meat was good and the salads were good but the rest was just meh...
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Cozumel, Mexico
There are tons of cabs and car rentals available when you get into port and it only takes a matter of minutes. We explored the island and found a great beach that had cabanas and free snorkeling. The kids had a blast the water was filled with tons of fish.

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