Short Caribbean soujourn
Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Review summaryHaving come off a 15 day transatlantic cruise in suite this was a big change going to a 5-day balcony. Longer cruises are full of top tier old white folk that just rest by the pool and read. Almost no kids or many people under 49 for that matter and almost all couples or singles The 5 day cruise is more ethically diverse, more blacks and Latinos in large family and extended family groups, a younger crowd ready to party hard, drink and carouse. Labadee is geared for the beach crowd and Falmouth for the wilderness and the highs. Perfectly targets the demographic. Fun for everyone. I enjoyed the change so much I will do it again in a heartbeat.
Food and Dining
The main buffet dining place is large and spacious. Lots of seating and plenty of space between tables. The food is geared to the younger budget demographic. Lots of burgers dogs steaks chops and potatoes. Less on more exotic foods but some Asian and Indian foods were represented.
Porto Dino's is no more and has been replaced by Giovanni's Table and excellent place with probably the best steak in board
It is nicely laid out with plenty of couches chairs and tables. The outside seating was excellent too.
Center Ice Rink
The ice shows are fantastic and the are really no bad seats in the place.
The casino is large and the staff super friendly. However as a non smoker I going the non smoking section not to have sufficient separation from the smoking are and not designated sufficiently. This resulted in smoking patrons not respecting the area, using the area as a place to light up and not gamble and not very pleasant place for us non smokers. The bar was great and smoke free thankfully
Studio B is the ice rink
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Be ready to walk. The ship is long
Ports of call
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida Did not visit port