First experience of using Royal Caribbean
Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Western Europe
Sail Date: October 26, 2016
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: 2560
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 8 months ago
This trip was primarily to give my Grandchildren their first ever cruise at 1/2 term and for me to experience RC as a product having cruised with both P&O and Cunard. Most of the 1st day was spent locating myself and getting used to the lay out of the ship and understanding what was complimentary or what I would be charged for, given my budget was small. I also struggled with the dollar conversion so again was slightly apprehensive & cautious about any purchasing as I had not been allocated any onboard spending as part of the initial cruise price.
The ship was well appointed for children and there seemed to be enough room so that everyone could enjoy the experience. I particularly enjoyed The Ice dancing performance which I thought was spectacular and both children enjoyed the theatre show Grease.
It is natural to compare products and I guess if asked 'would I go again', I would consider it for the children but perhaps not for me which could only be down to becoming more familiar with RC and what it offers.
All staff and the food choices (especially the free ice cream) were excellent.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Two bunks above main double bed were fine other than there was frequent tendency to hit your head on the bunks when manovering on the bed below... The Cabin steward did offer to split the double bed into two twins, but it seemed a lot of trouble to go to for such a short trip. Any longer onboard I would certainly recommend having twin bed configuration - (which I thought I had originally asked for when booking the cruise) , to potentially prevent this occurring again.
I was surprised that there were no shower caps provided - this would have been helpful to my 9 year old grand daughter who had very long hair.. We adjusted the shower to prevent her hair having to be dried each day.
Our cabin steward looked after us very well each day and the children loved the towels being made into fun animals..
Take shower caps and a travel iron.