Disappointed with Ship

Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 10
Helpful Votes: 124

Overall rating:

3.7 out of 5
Independence of the Seas

12 Night Mediterranean Cities (Southampton Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 26, 2019

Ship: Independence of the Seas

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 9611

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

this is our 4th cruise on Royal caribbean in the last 12 months (one on Navigator 2 on Explorer and this one) and Independence is so far the worse RC ship we have been on . Stock levels in bars were terrible ,we could not get John Smiths until i complained to the beverage manager and they Miraculously found some , most of the bars did not have fresh lemon for our Gin and we had to hunt that down . above all it was our first and last cruise on Independence and i hope Anthem is better next year


5 out of 5
arrived at port 10.45 am and straight onboard

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Main Dining room (My Time ) excellent variety of food and always piping hot , Windjammer only used it for getting a roll a lunch but always a great variety up there

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Pools always Busy and loungers saved ( despite notices asking people not to do it ) selfish people


2 out of 5
entertainment team were the worse we have ever experienced on Royal Caribbean , Cuddy the cruise director we hardly ever saw , game shows were very poorly run and the quiz was barely audible if the irish guy was was asking questions. Some of the entertainment team game shows were so bad very few people entered .Professional shows were good, apart from a comedienne that was supposed to have appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe , he was absolute rubbish .the highlight of the cruise entertainment wise was Bobby Davro it was a great show both the early show and the adult only show

Children's Programs

no children

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Waiters and Bar staff were excellent , room stewards seem to be cutting corners and the sheets on our beds were not changed and i had to ask for them to be done ( i should not have had to ask)

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
ship public areas always clean and toilets well maintained

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
worse cabin we have ever experienced on a cruise ship , Lights broken,no cold water in bathroom, safe did not work,valance on bed ripped and screwed up . dirty underwear and socks found behind a draw(I kid you not )

Ship tip

read the reviews

Ports of call

Barcelona, Spain Did not visit port

stayed on ship , port is a very long way from centre and did not want to get shuttle as have been here before

Lisbon, Portugal

5 out of 5
beautiful city ,short walk from ship found some amazing shops

Vigo, Spain

5 out of 5
nice place


5 out of 5
easy walk off at 6.30am

Traveler Photos

Broken light bed valance
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