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Independence of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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Reviews: 6
Helpful Votes: 97

Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
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Independence of the Seas

7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 12, 2021

Ship: Independence of the Seas

Cabin number: 7396

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 month ago

Review summary

Royal Caribbean has gone to great lengths to safeguard your health. I felt safer among 1500 vaccinated adults that had all been tested in the last 3 days than I do at home in any restaurant or store. The ship was at less than 50% occupancy, no waiting any where.


5 out of 5
Quick and painless IF you completed sign in on RC app.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Only ate in main dining room service and food was excellent. I did not feel the need to eat any other place.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Hot tubs were limited to 6 persons but never had to wait. Pool and pool bar service was great.


4 out of 5
Liked the piano player at Schooner Bar and guitar player at Fox and Ale best. Other shows and acts were good.

Children's Programs

Not many children on board.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Every crew member on board were glad to be back to work. Couldn't see their smiles thru mask but you could here it in their voices and see it in their excellent service.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Independence OTS is in great shape well maintained during her down time.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Regular balcony cabin, clean and well maintained by our cabin steward.

Ship tip

Find your way thru the RC App or get someone to help you, then use the app saves time.

Ports of call

Galveston, Texas

5 out of 5
Shopping on The Strand and lunch at Fisherman's Wharf. Found another real good restaurant but you will have to look to find it (walking distance to ship).

Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

3 out of 5
Port is being expanded but progress is slow. Not all stores open yet. Did not leave the port area, been here many times.

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

4 out of 5
We were the only ship in lots of space everywhere. Most shops were open. We took cab to Mahahual and had good food and drinks at Crazy Lobster. Boardwalk was not real busy but most shops were open.

Cozumel, Mexico

4 out of 5


5 out of 5
Galveston now has Facial Recognition!!!! You only stop for a few seconds for camera to ID you then you are on your way you don't even have to get your passport out when it works.
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