First Family Christmas Cruise

Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 23

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Independence of the Seas

4 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 20, 2018

Ship: Independence of the Seas

Cabin number: 2630

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

We had fun and plan on doing another family Christmas cruise in the future.


5 out of 5
Great. It was fast and efficient.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Main dining room was great. The Windjammer needs a menu upgrade. Way too many Indian dishes for my taste. For lunch on the first day we tried the fried chicken and it was greasy, looked burnt, and had a funny taste to it. Not very appetizing.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
We hung out mostly in the solarium and some of the bars around the pool. The solarium felt claustrophobic. The wife and I have been on the Oasis and their solarium is beautiful. Windows all around and quite airy.


4 out of 5

Children's Programs

Our kids are young adults

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our main dining room waiter (Timitomo? table 230, 3rd floor) was excellent. He made our dining experience extremely enjoyable.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
You could tell it was an older ship. I noticed some rust and broken hinges on one of the windows in the solarium. Another window was missing a handle to you could not slide it open.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
This was the first time we booked a cabin without a balcony. It was very nice to have the natural light in the room instead of booking an inside cabin to save money. The room was clean but the bathroom was a little cramped. Having the door open between cabins felt like a family vacation.

Ship tip

Save money and book a cabin with a window instead of a balcony.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

3 out of 5
We didn't do any excursions.

Cozumel, Mexico Did not visit port

Due to the weather, we were sent to Labadee


4 out of 5
Not too bad. Being constantly hounded by the porters though sort of turned me off.
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