Another fantastic holiday

Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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Reviews: 16
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Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
Independence of the Seas

14 Night Mediterranean Highlights (Southampton Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 02, 2017

Ship: Independence of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 6530

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

Another superb cruise. However the weather in the nights was very rough and bouncy. A very severe thunder storm which was exciting. Independence of the Seas is our favourite ship as we met on her nearly 5 years ago!!!


5 out of 5
Faultless as not. It wasn't even 25 minutes from being dropped off by taxi to drinking a frozen mojito at the pool bar. Being a diamond plus member does quicken the process up but most guests got on very quickly!!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We had our breakfast in the Diamond lounge every day. That way we avoided the cram in the Windjammer and enjoyed a lovely continental brekkie with a latte. Every evening we are in Romeo and Juliet. We had the same waiters which was nice. Food was good but gets a bit samey after a time.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Lots of quizzes dance lessons etc if you wanted to do them. We were content with spending some quiet time together.


5 out of 5
On the whole the shows were fab. However a couple of headliner shows weren't that good. An illusionist and a comedian just weren't very enjoyable and several guests walked out!! However Darren Day was just amazing together with a full length show of Grease. The ice shows were unmissable and even better with the rough weather.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
As usual all excellent from our cabin steward to our waiting staff. The bar staff in the Diamond lounge were so attentive and our glasses were constantly being replenished.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
In need of a refurb which is being done early next year. Otherwise all clean and tidy.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
A very comfortable cabin. A huge bed which was made up in the morning and put down in the evening. Balcony large and spacious. Bathroom clean. Towels renewed twice a day. We asked for ice which was provided twice a day. TV channels limited.

Ship tip

Just enjoy every minute. The ship is just fantastic. Go to the evening shows and have a small gamble in the casino!! Do as much or as little as you want to do.

Ports of call

Southampton (London), England

5 out of 5
Just used to embark and disembark the ship. Port staff fantastic and helpful.

Gibraltar (U.K.)

5 out of 5
Our favourite port. We always walk in which is only a 15 minute trek. Weather was good and we always visit Charlie's Bar.

Villefranche-Sur-Mer, France

5 out of 5
We go in by tender which is always exciting and unique. We had a wander round the town followed by a pizza and a bottle of wine in the sun

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

3 out of 5
Just ok. We have been to Rome so just wandered round the town. Not a lot there.

La Spezia, Italy Did not visit port

We went to another port instead.

Marseille (Provence), France

5 out of 5
what a lovely and unique place. Took the shuttle in which cost 19 euros but well worth it. A beautiful harbour. Lovely shops. It was a Sunday so the market was on. Unmissable. Lots of soap and lavender!!

Malaga, Spain

5 out of 5
A favourite port if ours. We always tske the little train outside the ship. 5 euros return and great fun. 34 degrees so burning hot!! A lovely walk by the harbour followed by fajitas and sangria in a Mexican restaurant.

Lisbon, Portugal

4 out of 5
Just too hot! We decided to walk in which was a mistake. 30 minutes each way and we paid for it. Exhausted on our return. Lisbon however is a lovely place and well worth a visit.


5 out of 5
No problems. Only about 20 minutes from start to finish. Customs were searching a lot of people's luggage.
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