Independence of the Seas Tips

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EatSleepCruise
Contributor Level: Cruise Director
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

MTN
Contributor Level: Purser
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.

toyztoyz
Contributor Level: Third Mate
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.

GACruiser530152
Contributor Level: Purser
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.

printerguy402
Contributor Level: Captain
Apr 19, 2016

For those of you that like to run or walk on the beautiful track around the top floor, best to use it before 9 a.m or up to about 2 p.m. on port days. Rest of time congested with people sitting in recliners that spill out into the track and people 2 or 3 wide slowly walking and talking on the track.

DarrenJDMBA
Contributor Level: Purser
Dec 22, 2015

The only downside of the cruise was the stop in Labadee, Haiti. While the island is lovely, and we had fun jet skiing, I wanted to go to the main island, which is not an option. If you want to go off the beaten path in Jamaica, expect to pay New York City taxi prices... $170 for 5 hours.

jcatalano0104
Contributor Level: Purser
Nov 15, 2015

As mentioned we cancelled our excursions because my wife was not feeling well. As a result I leaned that there is no need to leave the ship. So my tip is, do not feel you need to take excursions to have a great time on this cruise. Our most enjoyable days were the excursion days, very quiet on deck.

hobbs921
Contributor Level: Purser
Sep 03, 2015

1. beverage packages were very expensive. 2. internet was generally not very good. 3. evening programs should have consistent times.

dazzie26
Contributor Level: Purser
Aug 19, 2015

This ship is beautiful the crew all were so polite and friendly there is always food, which was delicious no matter where you ate, great entertainment, great activities, overall great service. I had an awesome time.

mnw95
Contributor Level: Purser
May 14, 2015

For example: 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.

The1edge
Contributor Level: Cruise Director
Mar 25, 2015

If you are traveling with a large group (over 4), it is sometimes difficult to find a table in the Windjammer during peak breakfast and lunch hours. The staff is great in assisting you finding a table, but if possible, you will find it much easier if you go a bit earlier or later.

Love2cruise67
Contributor Level: Purser
Feb 03, 2015

Pool areas fill up quick, but we had a balcony and I spend the day sun bathing on that with the ocean at my feet! Loved it!

IowaSnowBirds
Contributor Level: Purser
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.

imawinna1
Contributor Level: Purser
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.

bulldogbandit
Contributor Level: Cruise Director
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.

Ted1955
Contributor Level: Cruise Director
Jun 02, 2014

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

Bdfitlife
Contributor Level: Third Mate
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.

davisronald1959
Contributor Level: Third Mate
Apr 12, 2014

Make sure to see the ice show and Quest.

Murphy125
Contributor Level: Second Mate
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.

MRHill
Contributor Level: Purser
May 01, 2013

Just take your time and relax your on vacation!


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