523 Independence of the Seas Tips

EatSleepCruise
Aug 20, 2014

$6 blackjack on the afternoon in you are in Labadee. Tables open at 3pm. The casino was dead. At Labadee lunch is from 11:30am to 1:30pm, go early. Food runs out, fellow passengers get a little irritated, and the workers deal with this everyday, so they are indifferent

toyztoyz
May 06, 2014

Don't need to book a tour in San Juan just go to the "White" tram/trolley stop outside the pier for a free ride to Old San Juan and tour the forts, that will take all day, they are massive and for 5 bucks well worth it. US cell phone work and it's usually included in you plan.

MTN
Dec 04, 2014

Book a day at Palm Court Plantation & restaurant for $11 and swim there all day. There is a nice restaurant & it overlooks the water (you can see the cruise ship from there). I would definitely hang out there on my next visit to St. Kitts. Another cruiser said food was good. A paradise to relax.

GACruiser530152
Mar 05, 2013

"Vintages Bar" has a nice wine sampler. You get three glass of one ounce each, of the particular wine category you choose, reds, whites, etc.

RioSlik
Mar 27, 2013

Enjoy Labadee and San Juan. St.Marteen and St. Kitts nothing special, to dirty and poor in signs and information (it was exetremely hard to find the good beaches).

austin
Mar 27, 2013

Find a favorite bar tender and bar on the ship and stick to it

MRHill
May 01, 2013

Just take your time and relax your on vacation!

RCIfans
Sep 01, 2011

Make good use of the free room service!

cruzluvr
Nov 30, 2011

Enjoy the Royal Promenade. They have bars/pub style places you can listen to live music and grab a drink or two. They also have a couple of shows there in the evening during your 7 day voyage.

lovingthesun
Feb 02, 2013

Board the ship early the first day. Even though the cruise didn't leave Ft. Lauderdale until 5:30 we were on in time to have lunch and get a chance to explore where everything is before the actual cruise began. Once our cabins were ready and luggage had arrived, we were able to start unpacking. Make every minute count! Get to the ice-show and Alhambra theatre early, the shows fill up quickly.

ljc
Mar 05, 2013

Ice skating show was excellent.

Opinion
Mar 05, 2013

First time on a Freedom-class ship. Usually book on Vision-class. Independence of the Seas is so large it feels like a hotel that never leaves the pier. Surprisingly, did not experience any long lines getting on or off, dining rooms, or at Guest Relations desk.

rennaa007
Mar 12, 2013

Try the restaurants for breakfast instead of the buffet!!!

Murphy125
Jan 18, 2014

Find a quiet place to sit to watch sail away from the islands. You can appreciate the beauty so much more than fighting a crowd.

Bdfitlife
Apr 18, 2014

Grab a piece of fruit or something in the dining room the day before your port. If you want to get off the ship right when they arrive, you want have topi me for breakfast first..unless you're really an early bird.

Ted1955
Jun 02, 2014

Took the train around St Kitts, little pricey but a very nice ride.

bulldogbandit
Jan 04, 2015

Be sure to check out the Case de Habanos at the pier instead of the merchants lining the streets. As of December 2014, the ship had a cigar lounge next to the Alhambra, which was nice for a late night or after dinner cigar.

davisronald1959
Apr 12, 2014

Make sure to see the ice show and Quest.

imawinna1
Jan 28, 2015

If wanting to play trivia at the bar areas, get there early. However, they are usually running 2-for-1 drinks the hour before, so it's hard to get a seat if you're not drinking. In Labadee, hard to find water after buffet closes at 2. Take some off the boat if you get the water package.

IowaSnowBirds
Jan 30, 2015

Suggest to take late dining and early showtime. 2nd seating is not so crowded and staff have more time to spoil you. You can look for others shows/entertainment after relaxing at dinner.

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