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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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NickFin
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed two weeks ago
We used Cruise Critic so much planning our trip, that it would seem a disservice to not leave a review ourselves! We traveled on Indy with our three kids (11, 9 and 7), their grandmother, and ourselves (30...ish). This was our first ... Read more
cruzgirl1
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed two weeks ago
Just sailed on the Independence of the Seas, very nice cruise. This was our 2nd time in 7 months on the ship. Let me start by saying getting on the ship was very easy, we have priority boarding so within 15 minutes we were aboard. ... Read more
RSV Angel
Member Since 2011
1 review
48 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We decided at the last of Mar. to look into a "last minute" cruise. Researched several and decided to go for this 5 day Western on RCCL. Decided to go as inexpensive as we could so we took a inside gty. We were in fact pleasantly ... Read more
heartscontent
Member Since 2010
8 reviews
20 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
Having just come off Allure in February, we decided to book this as a last minute inexpensive cruise. From the perspective of value for money, we got more than our monies worth. We have only sailed on 7 and 8 day cruises in the past so I ... Read more
flcruisemeister
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
We have been sailing Royal Caribbean for many years. Our last cruise was on Vision of the Seas and we had a very poor experience. We decided to give RCCL one more shot and decided on The Independence of the Seas. First off it is a ... Read more

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45 & Counting
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
My husband and I went on this 4 night cruise to celebrate my Birthday. We had seen some negative comments before we went, so we didn't have great expectations, but the timing was good for us. We ended up loving the cruise and having a real ... Read more
ShortSeller
Member Since 2012
5 reviews
27 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Previously sailed Royal 6 times and then switched to Celebrity for last 7, so it's hard to go back. Royal serves a different demographic so it's difficult to compare, but I did find myself recognizing the vast differences between the ... Read more
nailcutter
Member Since 2009
6 reviews
14 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
Went on a 4 night cruise with 7 other couples. Been on RCCL 25 times prior and this ship twice. Embarkation took 10 minutes to get on the ship. Cabin was ready and was typical of RCCL. Balcony decent sized. Bed comfortable and AC worked. ... Read more
Cruisn4jewels
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
94 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
This was a great long weekend getaway. The ship is in great shape, easy to get around, there's plenty to do and the staff are wonderful. Our cabin was on the 8th floor and promenade facing but there was never any noise, those cabins are ... Read more
Yankee1962
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
28 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
I love this class of the Royal Caribbean fleet, its not too big, not too small. I love the royal promenade center with all the shops and specialty bars. great place to people watch, party, and sit with family and friends. My 5 day ... Read more

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TDawe
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
My wife and I have taken many cruises over many different cruise lines. We hadn't given Royal Caribbean a try yet. Royal Caribbean was supposed to be one of the best, so my expectations were high, and the results were well below ... Read more
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Fred&Lily
Member Since 2005
1 review
371 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
This is our 15th cruise and for a change this winter decided on two short vacations rather than one longer two week holiday and a 5 day getaway on Independence of the Seas to Belize and Cozumel fit the bill perfectly. We'll probably do ... Read more
veilman
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We enjoyed our cruise overall. The ship was nice and clean, had many things to do and many food options. Rooms were what I expected based on what I paid for, small and clean. First complaint, their website said we would leave at 6PM ... Read more
dlytle75
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Overall a great cruise. Here are a few things that need to be worked on: (1). The shore excursion, "Jaguar Zip Line and Cave Tubing" in Belize was a great experience; however, it was advertised as a 5 ½ hour tour, and ... Read more
katepm56
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was my first time cruising with Royal Caribbean. Leaving out of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale was a bit disappointing as we felt like cattle with an hour wait in line to check in. If you are Royal Gold, etc you have a separate ... Read more

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lottathought
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 forum posts
14 helpful votes
We are a family of 4...to include a 13 y/o and a 4 y/o. This was our first cruise but every member in my family is already looking forward to the next cruise and trying to decide where we should go. It was not perfect...but honestly, ... Read more
slhoffman
Member Since 2003
1 review
10 forum posts
4 helpful votes
I booked this cruise with two 18 year old men for their Spring Break. The night before we stayed at the Courtyard Plantation. They have a frees shuttle from the airport to the hotel, and one the next morning from the hotel to the pier. ... Read more
Jillbus
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
75 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Embarkation in Ft. Lauderdale was quick. From the time we walked into the terminal to the time we were actually on board was about 20 minutes. We had received a call to arrive between 12-3. We like to normally board about 10:30-11, but ... Read more
debbyrich
Member Since 2003
3 reviews
178 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Booked this cruise as a getaway for my birthday. We had cabin 9530 forward, port side. As always having a balcony is always nice, just didn't get to use it too much on this trip, I think it was because it was a five night. This was my ... Read more
RCfanNdallas
Member Since 2005
3 reviews
107 forum posts
13 helpful votes
FIRST: My name is Jeff and I'm Emerald status on Royal Caribbean and only a cruise or so away from Diamond. Of my 11 cruises, this was my 9th on RC and I'm what they call a loyal royal. I do have a pessimist streak but try to stay ... Read more

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Missourigirl1
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
My husband and I like to explore when we vacation so we were hesitant to take a cruise but we decided to try it for our 22nd wedding anniversary and we're so glad we did! (Our hotel stay at Days Inn the night before was horrendous. Do not ... Read more
Moodussnare
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Embarkation: This cruise left out of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, the port was clean and everyone was very friendly as we made our way to the check in area. We waited in line for about 30 seconds and were taken right to the desk. ... Read more
Miami Spice
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
9 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We had no clue the cruise would include loads of college students on a spring break deal. We were in this for r and r. No way! Lots of drunk kids out of control. Vulgar language on elevators, food fights on our floor and even a drunk kid ... Read more
martikus
Member Since 2002
1 review
134 forum posts
20 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Just returned from a great 4 day cruise on IOS. It was me (39), my husband (44) and son (9). I was unsure what to expect after all the mixed reviews, but we had a great time and wouldn't hesitate to go on the boat again. Embark - So ... Read more
kaykels
Member Since 2004
11 reviews
737 forum posts
4 helpful votes
I will try to be fair considering this was one of our worst vacations ever due to Norwalk virus! My husband woke up on day 2 of a 4 night cruise, so it put a damper on things. I caught it on the last day after I got off of the ship. So ... Read more

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