Independence of the Seas Reviews

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Nice, but could be improved.

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Good cruise with bad weather, too cold, and poor food. Weather was not the fault of the cruise. The food could have been much better. I was used to finding the hand carved roast beef sandwiches for a late night snack, it was not available on this cruise. See my comments about the food in the food and drink section.

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
4 out of 5

Independence of the Seas

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)
This is a big ship and it is easy to feel like you are one in a million onboard. we have been on this ship twice and like the ammenities (pool, fitness room, spa) but found the onboard activities to be a little lackluster for families with teens. The food in the main dining room was actually better than the paid dinner I did at Giovinnis. I had a charge on my statement that they gave me that was wrong (this is the third time this has happened with RC) went to the guest services desk before trying to disembark and the line is a mile long with people (I assume) in a similar situation. Have to dispute it with my credit card company. Frustrating that this continues to happen. They blame Steiner (the spa) for not picking up on the fact that the services I had were prepaid but someone is dropping the ball.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Fair. Good accommodations and service, but lousy for and too many extra charges.

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Good service and accommodations. Poor food. Too many nickel & dimes charges. Le Havre too remote. Bruges was the best place to visit. Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. I'll stick with Oceania.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Spring Cruise Adventure

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I would definitely rate this ship as one to experience. Although a large ship there is

plenty of room to move around. Especially excellent for anyone with a handicap. Ship does fall down on special dinner venues. Food is average and service is excellent.

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Great Ship, Wonderful People, Fun time

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We do not usually choose the Caribbean to visit (we are seasoned travelers and have visited most all the islands) as part of a TA, but it turned out to be lots of fun.  Our balcony room was very nice with lots of storage.  The staff on the ship were friendly, and we met many fun people to interact with.  The food was much better then the Vision which we boarded right after this.  The ships size was nice and the shows were very high quality.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Wonderful Experience

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

Royal Caribbean knows how to treat their customers like royalty and that is what makes me keep coming back. 

The only thing I was disappointed in was the beach in Cozumel that was connected with our ATV excursion. We had a wonderful time riding in the jungle. The tour guides James, Pedro, Irvin and some others made it fun and educational; however, the beach water was dirty and it was so closed in it wasn't enjoyable. I am pretty sure the beach was chosen since it was close to where we rode atvs but not what I would have expected from an island:

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Independence of the Seas

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Excellent staff with helpful, nice attitudes, varieties of foods/drinks, decor, entertainment, and activities/excursions. Some improvements on the music played at the pool between acts. The techno became repetitive and intolerable. A mix of DJ music would have been appreciated.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Excellent Cruise

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We loved alot of things. The ship, its amenities, the food, the staff, the entertainment.  Playa Maya, Cozumel, deluxe beach excursion was great. The staff who took care of the cabin and food servers were super and added to the enjoyment.  All of the RC staff, guest services, Excursion staff and getting on and off the ship was quick and easy.  We would cruise again with RC for sure!

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Awesome cruise

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Enjoyed the day in Cozumel, the ships food and service! The ship is very beautiful and had many activities and delicious food. Swapnil and Mabel were the best in the dining room and made our dinners awesome!

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

Good for the price

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We experienced a lot of trouble with the internet it did not work 90 percent of the time . Food was good however we had a different 

Waiter every night. We had prepaid tips. Getting on the ship was a breeze when we got off the ship we had to carry our luggage down three flights of stairs for that reason alone we will not be getting on this ship again, we watched the band in the theater and watched the guitar player fall into the stage. That was horrific to say the least! We will definitely stick with the bigger Oasis class ship. Hopefully Royal will credit our internet packages I think that's the least they can do.

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Great food and entertainment

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Excellent food. My group had 2 people with special dietary need and they did a splendid job accommodating our needs. Stateroom is very spacious even though we had 3 people in it. The entertainment is excellent with ice show, dance show, musicals. However, many of the activities are targeted to English speakers, especially Americans (e.g. 70s music, trivia), so it's not so friendly to international travelers. Sports activities are a lot of fun too. We went on the flowrider and rock climbing wall a few times. The shore excursion is pretty amazing too. We went to the palantar and starfish sanctury snorkeling in Cozumel. Service is good but the crew could do more to make the trip more friendly and cheerful.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Nice Cruise,food so so

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We enjoyed our 5 day cruise on the Independence of the seas. The balcony room we had was fine and the ship overall looked good for its age. The food in the buffet, and main dining room were sub par. We ended up eating in the upgraded restaurants at night, and they were excellent. The ship staff that we encountered were all very professional and friendly.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Great time with Family

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Chillin at the pool and the food at Chops where we had a fantastic meal and service was excellent.  Dining in the main dining room was also superb.

Our attendant was great and helpful.  We enjoyed the workout facility and the Grease show on the last night.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Amazing experience

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My family and I had an amazing relaxing experience on this cruise. I wish I could give it 4.5 stars instead of just 4. My only small issue was when we arrived at our cabin it was not set up for 4 people like our reservation was. After speaking to house keeping it was quickly resolved. Otherwise no complaints 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Western Caribbean

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Overall excellent cruise. Lots of activities, attentive staff. Kids club could use some work. Love the rock wall and ice skating. Flow rider looked like fun. Food good with many choices.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

expected more

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

Expected a more impressive ship. didn't like that kids pool area was as separated from the adult pool area.

 

Wish kids club didn't have the two hour closure in the middle of the day. (rotate staff, where someone can be there at all times.)

 

We were on your private island of Labadi, why should we have to  pay to use slide and kids are ocean float areas.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Better & Better

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Royal Caribbean has really upped their game on the entertainment.  The comedian was really good, the ice skating show was amazing and the Broadway production of Grease was incredible!  Promenade show iwas lots of fun and very upbeat. 

Service was wonderful all around the ship. 

Captain docked the ship without so much as a bump.  

Almost all the food in the main dining room was tasty. Specialty restaurants food & service is like being in an upscale NY restaurant. 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

Independence of the Seas March 20, 17

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Independence of the Seas; great ship; accommodate all guest's needs.  great service overall especially with Noe (room attendant); Chanei & Vishal (Romeo & Juliet); Fernanda & Teddy (Boleros); children's activities kept to aft of ship; 3 pools so space and didn't want to be involved with all pool activities.  Great food selections; never hungry!  Loved the assortments daily;

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Independence of the Seas for spring break

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

The Independence of the Seas is a great spring break cruise.  Lots to do and very accommodating crew.  Highlights:  Sports Center staff from last cruise was on this one (Maria - she'll teach you how to do the Flowrider like a pro!)  Restaurant staff was fantastic (Swabnil always had an extra dessert for our table to sample).  Grease performed on the last night was a superb production, loved the energy from the cast.  Activities staff, Charlie, took the time to remember us and greet us as we saw him around the ship.

Some things for RC to think about -- we've been on several RC cruises and yet to see the Cruise Director out and about other than introducing the acts each evening.  Food at lunch in Windjammer seemed a bit mundane.  Would have liked to see some themed lunches - Mexican, Chinese, Italian.  

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