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Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 6
Helpful Votes: 90

Overall rating:

4.8 out of 5
Independence of the Seas

5 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 19, 2018

Ship: Independence of the Seas

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 2560

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Another fantastic cruise. Seas were very choppy and we had brisk wind for all but the last couple of days. Speaks well for the crew that the weather didn't impact our enjoyment of our cruise at all.


5 out of 5
We arrived at port close to noon, checked in about 15 minutes, and walked right on the ship.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Food was good and plentiful--lots of variety. We ate at the Windjammer buffet, Sorrento's pizza, and Johnny Rockets.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
There was always something going on. No chance for boredom. One of the better cruises we have had in that respect.


5 out of 5
"Grease" was an excellent show. Truly didn't feel like a cruiseline production. "Freeze-Frame" was the ice show. We really enjoyed it. The farewell show was a comedian/magician/juggler. He was very entertaining.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
My five year old grandson loved Adventure Ocean. They had activities involving superheroes, volcanoes, and other topics he is interested in.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Staff was excellent. They went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed our cruise. I can't tell you how many times various crew members stopped to make sure we were enjoying our cruise and didn't need anything. This included wait staff, cleaners, officers.. They all seemed to enjoy their jobs and took pride in doing them well.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Ship was clean--no complaints. Some areas/fixtures are showing their age, but are still well-maintained by the crew. Due for a drydock soon.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Love the porthole window. The room is supposed to be a bit smaller than Carnival, but the way the furniture was arranged, I couldn't tell any difference. Very clean.

Ship tip

Get ready to enjoy yourselves :)

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

4 out of 5

Labadee (Cruise Line Private Island)

5 out of 5
Very impressed with the facilities and beaches.

Falmouth, Jamaica Did not visit port

Re-routed to Ocho Rios. Enjoyed our Beach excursion and City tour.


4 out of 5
It was a little chaotic, but far from the worst experience we have had.
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