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72% Loved It
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4.5 Editor's Rating
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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1,138 Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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Katyemorley
Member Since 2016
1 review
18 helpful votes
I feel compelled to review this cruise for several reasons, firstly we are cruisers in our mid 40's travelling with elederly parents in their 80's. The service by the overworked waiters in the restaurants was 1st class, however we ... Read more
HOFFMEISTER
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
13 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Having had the great pleasure to travel on IOS in a Junior Suite for our honeymoon eight years ago, when she was brand new ship, we were very much looking forward to this, our second voyage on this same vessel. The first was an absolutely ... Read more
Sueduff
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Had 2 previous Royal Caribbean cruises on smaller ships which were very good but this one Butlins on sea. Very good boarding but food in restaurant very average to poor husband could not even get his fork into the chicken it was so tough ... Read more
Floating friend
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Worst cruise ever! I have been cruising with RCI from 2002 and this will be last. I have just read reviews and only sorry I had not read them about Indy before I booked. Where do I start? Well I was single traveller accompanying two ... Read more
Melissa_Phillips
Member Since 2015
1 review
111 forum posts
10 helpful votes
A video I made of my Independence of the Seas June 4th 2016 sailing. Part 1 The Ports and Part 2 The Ship, It's a long one, but I hope it captures what a great time we had. Enjoy! http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4k19kb And here is ... Read more

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Mitchell F
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
First time cruisers and we loved it we will be back and soon I hope We chose The independence of the seas as It is supposed one of the best around coming out of Southampton Embarkation was a breeze on the ship in 40 minutes ... Read more
luff1707
Member Since 2016
1 review
20 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
junior suite- spacious but so shabby grubby grouting the bars had shabby furnishing, some guests more Benidorm than cruisers - poor standard of dress- some wandering around in pyjamas and slippers food good staff as always ... Read more
elib79
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
11 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Chose to return to IOS after a great cruise in October 2014, whilst we had an okay holiday, we won't return to "Indy" as her die hard fans refer to her. It's just not special anymore. Check in and boarding process was smooth. ... Read more
elib79
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
11 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
This cruise was booked after a very good cruise in October 2014, this one left us feeling that we wont return to "Indy" as her die hard fans call her. It is not special anymore. Embarkation was very quick, on board around 15 ... Read more
Daggyjack
Member Since 2016
1 review
26 helpful votes
My wife and I travelled on this Med Cruise with my brother and sister-in-law on June 4th. The embarkation process was once again extremely smooth and once we had checked in and given our sea pass (at about midday), we boarded straight on ... Read more

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danataylor
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Embarkation very smooth, probably helped by the fact we are emerald members. As soon as boarded oh my word what miserable faces the staff have. Where has all the hype ,joy and ,excitement gone. This was our seventh cruise with Royal ... Read more
luluguiness72
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
8 forum posts
11 helpful votes
I booked a cruise with my three young daughters for the four of us as a family holiday. Their first cruise and my second. This ship had been recommended by my dad who had been on it the year before. Positives : Pools, shows were ... Read more
PastorAnth
Member Since 2012
1 review
13 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
After three Princess Cruise we have converted to RC... For good. Massive choice of things to do, vastly superior food (Escargots that are actually pleasant to eat!) roomier cabins, better atmosphere and more professional treatment. We have ... Read more
London On Sea
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
14 helpful votes
For us, a return to the Indy after a break of fours years and, of course, it's now much bigger than it was back then. It's a ship I like as, despite the number of people on board, it does have a spacious feel . . . well, some parts do! ... Read more
mariabennett1957
Member Since 2016
1 review
26 helpful votes
OMG have cruised before but not with Royal Caribbean and never again. Spent my whole cruise in long ques for food, drinks, on and off ship, toilets, lifts, guest services and activities. What can I say, I can only describe it as the ... Read more

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Skingscott
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
The ship didn't live up to the Royal Caribbean reputation. It's very tired and old fashioned. Our dining experience in the main restaurant was so disappointing, very poor standard of catering. We could only describe it as being a similar ... Read more
MrsBucket
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
This was our second time on the Independence and our fourth cruise with RC. Where to start? The queue to embark, although we got ushered through as loyal platinum members, eventually. The ship was very clean and the staff friendly in a ... Read more
Tinykeith
Member Since 2012
1 review
2 forum posts
17 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
What a very costly mistake choosing independence of the seas, we always go with P & O but family was going with Royal Caribbean so thought we would give it a try, where shall I begin ?? Started queueing at Southampton and never ... Read more
dorlor
Member Since 2012
1 review
93 forum posts
9 helpful votes
We have never sailed with Royal Caribbean and the itinerary was good also we got a very good deal. Embarkation a very long queue but we were pleased with the cabin, inside deck 7 midship. Very clean and very comfortable. The cabin ... Read more
Barney490
Member Since 2015
1 review
10 helpful votes
Agree with virtually all the comments people have made rating this cruise as a 2, it was a let down! Even though Independence of the Seas is a huge vessel and a technical wonder, they are packing too many people into her, making for a bad ... Read more

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blackface
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
8 helpful votes
After a reasonable coach transfer to the port, we entered the terminal and were met with what seemed to be the entire compliment of 4000 passengers standing in line waiting for security processing and once through that another long line ... Read more
janetgusterson
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We have just returned from Indy's first 14 night med cruise from Southampton, which we enjoyed enormously. We are English but have previously sailed on her sister ship, Freedom of the Seas out of Port Canaverel on a 7 night Caribbean ... Read more
jayne19
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
I have cruised before on Royal Caribbean and had a lovely time. This time I took my partner who was cruising for the 1st time ... and he says his last and mine too with Royal Caribbean!!! We queued at Southampton to get on the ship ... Read more
Jaguarman2012
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
This was our second cruise, the previous one being 8 years ago on Ocean Village which we enjoyed except for lack of formality - mainly that all meals were buffet and there was no dress code. We chose Independence of the Seas as we ... Read more
bullysu
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Our first cruise and our last, as our experience was awful. Do not expect 5* service/food/quality, as it is 2* - 3* at best. we did experience many frequent/experienced cruisers, who were appalled as to how the quality had gone much ... Read more

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