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Independence of the Seas Cruise Review

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 19

Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
Independence of the Seas

14 Night Spanish Mediterranean (Southampton Roundtrip)

Sail date: August 10, 2019

Ship: Independence of the Seas

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 9557

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

I don't think we'll ever take a cruise during school summer holidays again. It wasn't the amount of children on board that bothered us but the behaviour of a lot of the teens on board their attitude towards other guests and staff was atrocious. Well done to royal Caribbean security, staff and crew for their handling of these unruly people. Some of the behaviour was so bad that some of the families were taken off the ship.


4 out of 5
Due to bad weather conditions Embarkation wasn't as good as it has been in the past. Credit to all port and ship staff in making it as smooth and efficient as possible.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
There was always a wide selection of food including sugar free, gluten free and vegetarian options.

Windjammer Marketplace

5 out of 5

There was always a wide selection of foods available including sugar free, gluten free and vegetarian. The staff in winfjammer were always happy , friendly and very helpful. The wishy washy guys brightened up everyone's day.

Main Dining Room

5 out of 5

Our fine dining experience was second to none. We were a party of 15 and 2 of our group required gluten free food And every evening before leaving the dining room they were presented with the following evenings menu so they could choose their preferred meal and it would made to suit their needs. Our waiters Francis and heman were very professional, friendly and attentive. If anyone In our party didn't like anything they ordered a replacement was immediately brought to the table.

Cafe Promenade

5 out of 5

Cafe promenade was a very popular and busy place but the staff were very efficient and friendly. Loved my hot chocolate and specialty coffees from here.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
There are plenty of activities running throughout the day and evenings on board for all age ranges. There is no need for anyone to be board while cruising with royal Caribbean.


5 out of 5
Amazing entertainment throughout the ship for all. From shows to comedians, singers, musicians, quizzes, karaoke and much more.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The service we received was second to none and all staff were always happy , friendly, helpful and nothing was ever too much for any of them

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Although the ship has recently had a refurb some parts are still a bit dated but for a ship of its age it is kept in very good clean condition.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Our cabin was an accessible cabin as my son has disabilities. The cabin was very spacious, fitted with emergency alarm buttons, wet room & grab rails. We were very impressed with our cabin and our storeroom attendant Lyndsey was amazing.

Ship tip

Take advantage of all the onboard activities and amenities. Always check the cruise compass because the app constantly changed and we missed a lot of things because we followed the app thinking it was more up to date.

Ports of call

Ibiza, Balearic Islands

5 out of 5
First time visiting Ibiza. It was an all day stop paid 5 euro for the shuttle bus into town, spent a lovely morning and afternoon wondering around the town and picking up some gifts from the array of bizzar's and stalls.

Valencia, Spain

4 out of 5
Valencia is another of my favourite places to visit, it's just a shame the town is so far away from the port. You need to pay for a shuttle bus or do an excursion as it's an industrial port.

Cadiz (Seville), Spain

5 out of 5
Really like Cadiz with it's market's, beaches and gardens.

Vigo, Spain

3 out of 5
This was our 3rd visit to Vigo and I felt there had been quit a decline in town.

Malaga, Spain

5 out of 5
Our second time visiting Malaga, it was very crowded due to there being a festival on. We only spent a short time in the town as it was very crowded and we felt uncomfortable after our experience in Barcelona.

Barcelona, Spain

3 out of 5
I love visiting Barcelona but unfortunately this time we had a bad experience. While visiting gaudi cathedral my daughter was pick pocketed.

Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands

5 out of 5
Palma is one of my favourite places to stop off at when cruising.

Lisbon, Portugal

3 out of 5
Lisbon is not one of my favourite places to visit.

Gibraltar (U.K.)

5 out of 5
Love Gibraltar steeped in history and a fabulous place for all your duty free.

Southampton (London), England

3 out of 5
Only ever in Southampton for embarkation and disembarkation.


5 out of 5
This was our third cruise with royal Caribbean. Disembarkation on our first cruise was horrendous but this time it was very well organised and went very quick, smoothly, stress and hassle free.

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