Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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jammer913
Member Since 2010
1 review
118 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
Our third sailing on this ship. Not as much of the "wow" factor as the first few times, but still a very beautiful ship. We had cabin 2613, an inside cabin, that was more than adequate. We never heard any sounds from above or ... Read more
pineappleexpress
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Background information: This a specific chartered cruise that is done once a year by a group called the flying dutchmen. We paid nearly 5K more to when comparing apples to apples minus the entertainment of having the bands on board. So ... Read more
Ronn452
Member Since 2002
6 reviews
487 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise in order to sail with friends we had met on our previous Trans-Atlantic. After four days in London, we arrived in Southampton by train and we were at the port within ten minutes. Embarkation was quick and we were ... Read more
jakob71
Member Since 2009
10 reviews
1 helpful vote
We are a married couple from Scandinavia who previous have been on about 40 cruises. We have sailed, both on many Transatlantic Cruises, and on other destinations with several different Cruise Lines. Pre-cruise: We had for the third ... Read more
stephenp
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
66 forum posts
Sailed October 2016
Check in super, cabin was large and clean. The Food was just average but cooked badly. Most dishes were so bad you could not eat them. A British Chef that could not cook english food. Lancashire hot pot is made with best end of lamb ( ... Read more
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howarjr
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed October 2016
5 other transatlantic voyages on Royal Caribbean and this was by far the most disappointing. First, the food was exceptionally bland and tasteless in both the main dining rooms and the Jade and Windjammer, surprisingly even the Indian ... Read more
UKWLDCruise
Member Since 2012
1 review
44 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Boarding at Southampton was a dream compared to US ports, super-efficient, but that seemed to be the end of the good times. The cabin was clean and mostly worked though the shower had to be turned well past the red protective button to ... Read more
Roger the cabin boy
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This was our first transatlantic and generally we enjoyed it. However it didn't start too smoothly as once onboard we noticed our sea passes were endorsed as Emerald and not Diamond as they should have been. Having seen the C&A manager ... Read more
Cayman Turtle
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
281 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This was our first transatlantic cruise and it won't be our last. While it wasn't our favorite cruise to date, it was a thoroughly enjoyable time. Embarkation was a breeze. In fact, we were able to board early due to the fact that the ... Read more
phbr
Member Since 2003
9 reviews
730 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We first sailed on the Independence during its inaugural season in 2008, and the recently completed Transatlantic was our first time back on the ship. She has stood the time well. Maybe a little rust here and there and some of the ... Read more
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Mark77
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We booked this cruise as we have a lot of time off work and thought it would be nice to travel across the Atlantic and visit some Caribbean islands before having a few days in Florida before home. It was out first cruise. Checkin was ... Read more
Jaxblk
Member Since 2013
1 review
2 forum posts
7 helpful votes
There were 8'of us on this cruise; myself, my two adult daughters, my son and four of my grandchildren, who are aged 3-7. We had chosen this cruise because my younger daughter wanted to try cruising and the rest of us, who have cruised ... Read more
moswinner1
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
121 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This was the fifth time on Indy as she's affectionately called. She is our favourite ship having had 17 other cruises with different lines. However, RCCI are letting standards slip, twice my breakfast was lukewarm and cold by the time I ... Read more
spideyswims
Member Since 2013
7 reviews
178 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2016
Independence of the Seas, 26th October 2016. We turned up at the dock about 12:30, immediately shown where to park, using BCP has always been our first choice, right next to the ship and as soon as the car boot was popped open there was ... Read more
Elliott Waters
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
I have been a loyal cruiser, I have been summer cruises with Royal Caribbean, but I wanted to experience an Autumn cruise. As I am an emerald member, the embarkation process was quick, smooth and easy, it had taken 10-15 minutes from ... Read more
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Music5859
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
We have just returned from a three day cruise on this ship. We wanted to try RC as a comparison to other cruise lines. Never again! This company is all about making money, which they do by charging ridiculous prices for drinks (plus 18% ... Read more
rugbylover
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Never again!! We are seasoned cruisers having been on a few with P&O and of late Cunard. We needed a weekend party cruise which coincided with the October half term as some of our travelling companions work in schools. The only one ... Read more
Derwentharps
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
56 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We headed to Southampton on a bright autumn afternoon - looking forward to our 16th cruise on our largest ship to date. We entered the port of Southampton via dock gate 8 - dock gate 8 is near the holiday inn - it can be tricky to find ... Read more
BestGuessed
Member Since 2016
1 review
This was our fifteenth cruise. We have cruised with Royal Caribbean on five occasions and this was our third trip aboard this ship the others being Brilliance and Adventure of the Seas. We have also cruised with Cunard, Princess and ... Read more
sglambert43l
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed October 2016
We were a little apprehensive as this was our first cruise and because my dad is paraplegic we were unsure how we would manage. From parking the car to getting on board was easier than an airport and the inside of the ship from our ... Read more
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Kentfred
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed on 10 night cruise including Madeira, main three Canary Islands and Vigo. Our slot for embarkation was 11.00 am to 12.00 am. Embarkation went very smoothly, very few queues at check in and we were onboard by 11.15. From parking ... Read more
Wswilly3
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
5 helpful votes
As a way of explanation we are a retired couple and cruise about 3-4 times a year and our mantra is Cunard for ourselves and Royal Caribbean when we take the grandkids. In the last three months we have cruised twice by ourselves, once on a ... Read more
Janda7
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
11 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We booked this cruise to enjoy some decent weather, for most of the cruise, as we had awful weather at home. Unfortunately we didn't realise that schools in some parts of the country, were on holiday....bad idea when sailing from ... Read more
Carollucas
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit the Canary Islands. We liked the boat and our disabled cabin was excellent as was our cabin steward. The waiters also gave good service however we found the food disappointing. For example ... Read more
coyg
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Cruised with RCI last year on Explorer and enjoyed it so much we booked to sail on the impressive Independence this year. Great food and plenty of it.AMAZING waiting staff in the Romeo and Juliet dining room. May we mention Pedro and ... Read more
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