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Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Western Europe

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Overall rating:

4.9 out of 5
Independence of the Seas

5 Night French & Dutch Adventure (Southampton Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 24, 2017

Ship: Independence of the Seas

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 6665

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

We did this short 5 night cruise as a taster and what can I say everything about it from start to Finnish was perfect . The cocktails are brilliant and food fantastic


5 out of 5
Easy embankment easy parking close to ship . Yes there queues but it didn't take long

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Restaurants were all good great selection and plenty of drink choices.. busy at breakfast but we always got a seat

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Didn't do any activities but they looked good. The flow rider looked fantastic


5 out of 5
The quality of all the musicians was second to none. The ice show is a must see . . Bands can be a little repetitive but there's plenty of choice

Children's Programs

Didn't take any children

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Service from waiters and cleaners was always good . Bar staff have fantastic memories

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Ship was spotless although looks a little tired In places. Could do with some more toilets especially in the middle of the strip

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Cabin was perfectly adequate although we only slept and showered in it .. Not massive but plenty of storage and nice big comfy beds. Ours was kept spotless the maid even remade the bed after I'd had a small nap

Ship tip

Get to bars early if you want a good seat especially if there's a few of you . And take out the drinks package if you intend to drink more than 4 drinks a day . We took our tips off at reception and then tipped who we wanted to . The tips they add to your bill are imo too expensive

Ports of call

Southampton (London), England

5 out of 5
No problem plenty of parking

Rotterdam, Netherlands

5 out of 5
Rotterdam is a lovely modern city within easy walking distance from dock

Zeebrugge (Bruges), Belgium

5 out of 5
Bruges is beautiful and well worth a visit . We caught a shuttle bus from outside the boat .

Cherbourg, France

5 out of 5
Fantastic museums right next to port

Le Havre (Paris), France Did not visit port

We stayed on ship for this day too sample some more cocktails


5 out of 5
Quick easy disembarkation put your bag out the night before and they'll be waiting dockside for you. Considering how many were on the ship we were out of the port within 20 mins

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