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In April 2013, the ship underwent a $7 million upgrade as part of Royal Caribbean's larger $300 million investment in its fleet. The new features included a cupcake shop, an Italian trattoria called ...
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1,141 Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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Henners
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
13 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Booked as in school holidays and we had 4 rooms for a group of 9. Parking and check in to embarkation and luggage to room could not of been any easier Royal have this off to perfection, very quick and very easy, disembarkation the ... Read more
arviehols
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
This was to celebrate our Golden wedding on 30th July. (football supporters will recognise the wedding date in 1966!) We pushed the boat out (excuse the pun) for this very special occasion & took the whole family of 12. The ... Read more
Reubens
Member Since 2016
1 review
19 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
Excellent embarkation and disembarkation. Staff were polite, efficient and hardworking. Food generally good and varied. Cabin fine. We managed to find a bed in the shade but we saw no evidence of the ship's policy of removing towels ... Read more
bart2506
Member Since 2014
1 review
7 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Overal we have a super time and meet super people. The ship is starting to look tried but it didn't stop our enjoyment. We travelled with our 8 year old son who loved the kids club but did at times find it a little boring only being in ... Read more
graham29a
Member Since 2015
1 review
37 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Our first cruise for all four of the family was mostly sensational, often wonderful and on a couple of isolated occasions somewhat frustrating and a little irritating. I really hope to get across our experiences in the proportions ... Read more

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lostnemo
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
6 helpful votes
This is our 5th RCI cruise with our family. We love cruising and the freedom our teenagers get onboard always makes our holiday great for all the family. Service was good with some staff excellent, however staff used to be consistently ... Read more
Allen123
Member Since 2016
1 review
34 helpful votes
Sailed many times with RC Still on cruise.......unfortunately or fortnately cruising is now within financial reach of many people. Whilst its good that cruising has become so accessible, sadly many passengers do not know how to ... Read more
Ballochboy
Member Since 2016
1 review
24 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
This was our first cruise- two adults and two children sharing an interior room so potentially as cheap as this experience could be. I was therefore a but surprised when I totalled up at the end of the cruise and discovered that I had paid ... Read more
r.kind1
Member Since 2014
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
This is our second RC Cruise. The previous cruise had been to The Fjords and Iceland which we really enjoyed. The reason we choose this cruise was that the children's clubs are excellent, we can barely get our children out of them! It ... Read more
nickyhobbs20@sky.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
This is our 5th time sailing with Royal Caribbean and third time on the Independence, unfortunately for me the standards have deteriorated since our other cruises. I used to feel the RC cruise give a 5 star service but I would say 3 ... Read more

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1990London
Member Since 2016
1 review
21 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
That's how I heard one fellow passenger describe the cruise, another called it Benidorm at Sea and while a little harsh its pretty close to how I found it. This was our first cruise as a family and we had been given some really good ... Read more
Mr Trench
Member Since 2016
1 review
20 helpful votes
This was our first cruise and I will never take another. I hated it; I'm not in their target demographic. And to think that I was worried that it may be too posh (I imagined men in cravats saying "Don't you know?" at the end of ... Read more
Lisa5
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
The cruise was fine until we stopped in Gibraltar. My mother was sold "cultured pearls" that were fake. The company we bought them from was one " recommended" by Royal Carribean. The onboard jewellery shop told us 2 ... Read more
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alphonse49
Member Since 2012
1 review
35 helpful votes
My wife and I have cruised with Royal Caribbean on 6 previous occasions, but never before out of the UK in July. While we will sail with RC again we will never again leave from the UK. While the itinerary was excellent and we could not ... Read more
Topbuzzer
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
67 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was our second time on Independence and we had a great time. We are a family of 4 with 2 daughters aged 2 and 8. Food We found the food in the MDR just ok with the exception of the Chops Grill steak we ordered in there which ... Read more

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cuan1
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
6 forum posts
29 helpful votes
I'm always reluctant to write reviews as it is easy to focus on negativity is there is one bad thing. I have to say that one bad thing was huge. The staff are not happy in want way. This was our 13th cruise which was unlucky for me. ... Read more
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RachL
Member Since 2016
1 review
19 helpful votes
This was our 3rd time on a Royal Caribbean cruise, our 2nd time on the independence and all I have to say by reading some of these reviews, I personally do not know what cruise you were all on! I do not understand how much moaning there ... Read more
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Oxon
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
First and last time from Southampton. A Cruise of two halves, traditional cruisers and those who usually go to the Costas for an All inclusive. Never have I seen so many tattoos and people the worse for drink on a cruise. There were ... Read more
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sazla1983
Member Since 2014
1 review
5 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Have got back from 26th Royal Caribbean cruise and have already booked number 27. The reason I am writing this as I noticed a lot of reviews reflect the general attitude other passengers had on this ship. First I must say I have never met ... Read more
yoyome
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
should be named benidorm of the seas. drinks package. the all inclusive has tempted many undesirables to cruise. its cheaper than 2 weeks in Spain i have never before see so many drunken adults stumbling around. their was no chance to ... Read more

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thecrafter
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
So disappointed with this cruise, after booking months in advance because we wanted to go to Sardinia and Corsica the itinerary was change apparently because the Sardinia port was under construction had had not been finished and the ... Read more
ChrisH321
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
19 helpful votes
A cruise, or any holiday for that matter, is what you make of it and in the case of this 'Mediterranean Beaches' departure we had a great time .... however there were definitely some very good and very bad points but working in the travel ... Read more
john nichols
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
In 2015 we booked this cruise because the itinerary included Sardinia and Corsica but before departure we were advised Sardinia had been replaced with a call at Barcelona and later received notification that Corsica was replaced with a ... Read more
EVdreamer
Member Since 2014
1 review
101 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
We had heard so many good things about 'Indie' that we just had to try her. The previous year we had sailed on Anthem and to be honest, I hadn't realised how good Anthem was. But then, everyone has different 'needs' on a cruise. Anthem had ... Read more
gettinold
Member Since 2011
10 reviews
1 forum post
11 helpful votes
We are seasoned cruisers in our 50's. I wasn't going to bother writing a review for this one but having seen a few others, I changed my mind. As I indicated in my title, I think that Royal Caribbean have forgotten that the people who board ... Read more

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