Fantastic ship refit and amazing scenery

Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

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Reviews: 16
Helpful Votes: 118

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
Independence of the Seas

8 Night Norwegian Fjords (Southampton Roundtrip)

Sail date: May 20, 2018

Ship: Independence of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 9322

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

A very enjoyable cruise although a bit short for us. The fjords were just amazing and the captain went out of his way to show us the fab waterfalls even performing a 360 degree turn ensuring we got the best view. Cruise Director was hardly ever seen which was weird.


5 out of 5
15 minutes from entering the cruise terminal to drinking a mojito at the pool bar!!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We ate the majority of our dinners in Windjammer. Consistently good with great variety every night. Breakfasts we tended to eat in the Diamond Lounge as quieter.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
we enjoyed the new independence dunes mini golf. Great fun!!


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All staff were excellent. Room steward efficient and Very friendly. Bar staff lovely and Windjammer waiters good too.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Great new refit. However very much with children in mind!!!

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ports of call

Southampton (London), England

5 out of 5

Molde, Norway

2 out of 5
Sorry but not a great port to visit unless you are on an organised tour. Massive queues to get back on the ship.

Geiranger, Norway

4 out of 5
A lovely port with shops just off the ship. Very quaint and pretty. We went on the hop on hop off bus which cost £30 each. Only 3 stops so very expensive really.

Alesund, Norway

4 out of 5
Lovely port. We just went for a walk round the town. super!!

Flaam, Norway

5 out of 5
Amazing scenery. Took the railway which was stunning!!

Stavanger, Norway

5 out of 5
Another beautiful place to stop.


5 out of 5
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