Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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5 out of 5

A Great Trip for Fun in the Med Sun

Sail Date: June 18, 2016

Reviewed: 11 months ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Inside

This is a great cruise to have fun in the sun all along the Western Med.  Just don't look for pool weather until you get south of Lisbon.   The ship is well maintained with a friendly crew.  We were surprised to find many more Brits than Americans on this cruise and the cruise line follows those interests in both entertainment and menus. The Brits seemed more polite and a bit more reserved than yanks except when it comes to football and we enjoyed their company.  I can't say we enjoyed the brit comedy shows as their accent and sense of humor were quite different.  We found plenty of food variety in the Windjammer so we did not need to develop a taste for black pudding or bangers and mash.

We enjoyed all out tours and all ran flawlessly. 

Cabin / Stateroom
Nice size cabin and surprising well sound insulated from the noise of parties below on the Royal Prominade
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
A nice ship but I miss OASIS class in this size ship.
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs
Great program for those under 12 but not much for young teens.
Entertainment Brit comics must be an acquired taste but all the other shows were great.
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Southampton (London), England
Gibraltar (U.K.)
They are not kidding about giving those monkeys a wide berth. If you have food you will not have it for attention to your guide and you will be fine. The view is not to be missed.
Villefranche-Sur-Mer, France
Toulon, France
Barcelona, Spain
Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands
Malaga, Spain
Cadiz (Seville), Spain
Seville is not to be missed but needed a longer port stop as we only had 3.5 hours in town. The drop off is a short 10 min walk from the Alcazar which would have been nice to know in advance.

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