Not impressed!

Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 10

Overall rating:

2.8 out of 5
Independence of the Seas

5 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 24, 2018

Ship: Independence of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Family (young children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

I don't mean to be a snob but after going on two Disney cruises there if no comparison. Not sure we'll travel Royal again. May just save up and do another Disney. Worth the money.


4 out of 5
Very orderly no complaints.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

2 out of 5
Food was average. A lot of the staff were newbies and often seemed confused. Very nice however. One night we had a worm in the berry parfait. Showed the staff and he asked for our room number. Never received anything...maybe they brought us the worm!

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
Not a lot to do. Pools were crowded as usual. Some adults got in hot tubs and stayed for hours. We did a scavenger hunt and origami craft. Not much going on.


2 out of 5
Grease was performed well but at 7 pm not a kid friendly show. The Disney production was ok. Female comedian was gross. Again, 7 pm should be more family oriented.

Children's Programs

1 out of 5
Opened at odd hours. Staff did not know how to control unruly kids. Worst thing was no way to communicate if your child wanted to leave our got sick or hurt. They said they would call your stateroom. Not sitting in stateroom. Poorly done.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Again, waiters were nice but newbies and often didn't understand request. Room steward was very nice. Cleaned room well.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Most areas clean. Shocked as we were told this ship had been refurbished. Very worn in most common areas.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Room was okay. For three adults and one child it was manageable. Would like to have had the curtain divider go all the way across for more privacy.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

4 out of 5
It was easy to get through. We got on early so went straight through quickly.

Cozumel, Mexico

3 out of 5
We went with Ellie to the diamond international area. It was cleaner than I expected. Enjoyed the day.

Cococay (Cruise Line's Private Island) Did not visit port

Weather conditions. Went to Nassau.


4 out of 5
No problems. Went through quickly.
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