Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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Journey2016
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 forum posts
31 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
My wife and I are long time and frequent cruisers, having taken cruises on 4 different cruise lines. For the past 8 years, we have been "Loyal to Royal" as Crown and Anchor Diamond members, and have taken as many as 4 cruises ... Read more
C6Cyrus
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
We were quite pleased with our cruise experience. The cabin (oceanview 2556) was more impressive and roomy than we had anticipated. The cabin appointments were good, the cabin was clean, and generally was above our expectation. The bed ... Read more
JJRumPoint
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
2 helpful votes
This was our 19th cruise. Most of these cruises have been on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. We are Diamond members and usually cruise once to twice a year. I want to list what we found that was excellent on this ship, what was good, what ... Read more
chape19714
Member Since 2015
1 review
23 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2017
Chose this cruise for the ship and destinations. There were a great many things that we loved, and some that we didn't. I am Platinum cruiser, and this definitely up to standards. First and foremost, there are many other reviews from ... Read more
RCLcruiser2012
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
274 forum posts
Good afternoon! A little background before the review... We are in our 30's and this is my 7th cruise. I love Royal the best but have cruised with Norwegian and Carnival as well. We have a 4-year-old and this was his first cruise, so ... Read more
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raesive
Member Since 2017
1 review
14 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We booked somewhat last minute in February because we liked the sound of the itinerary. Getting on the ship took a bit of time (long lines) but went smoothly. We ate at Windjammer the first day for lunch and it had a decent selection, ... Read more
Caribbean One
Member Since 2015
4 reviews
7 helpful votes
I took this 2-port, 5-Night cruise to visit Haiti and Jamaica. This was my 27th cruise and I usually cruise Solo. Unfortunately, we had a "medical emergency" which caused us to turn back and go to the Miami Port. Judging by how ... Read more
J013628
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
I hated the boarding procedures for this cruise. This is not my first cruise with Royal Caribbean. Normally there is entrance for suite guests and regular guests. Then they separate guests by Gold, Platinum, Emerald and Diamond. Giving ... Read more
adt0330
Member Since 2005
1 review
8 forum posts
3 helpful votes
My husband and I have cruised quite a bit with Royal Caribbean, but this was the first time we brought the kids. This was probably the worst cruise we have had with Royal...however we still enjoyed ourselves, it was better than being at ... Read more
kaykels
Member Since 2004
13 reviews
761 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
The only reason I gave this 2 stars instead of 1 is because the nightly entertainment, singers and dancers were excellent. Let me start by saying I love Royal Caribbean. I am Emerald and sail often. I have 26 cruises under my belt ... Read more
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Liswa
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
To start, this is only my second cruise. The first was on the QE2 in an upper tier cabin 25 years ago. So keep in mind I'm coming from that kind of experience. The Independence of the Seas was hilariously enormous to me with never ... Read more
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kellieann5
Member Since 2004
2 reviews
205 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We are a family of 4 - mom, dad, 2 little girls (3 and 6). We chose this cruise because the port was convenient to a family visit for February school vacation. We have been on many cruise lines but this was only our second cruise on ... Read more
Stinkous
Member Since 2003
1 review
12 helpful votes
First, to be clear, the ship 1000% has a bed bug infestation. I was bitten multiple times almost every night, my significant other was bitten multiple times, and the couple traveling with us in different staterooms on different floors ... Read more
lish4604
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
To start, we have travelled two Celebrity Cruises, so a lot of this is in comparison to what we are familiar with: Embarkation - Would have gone perfectly smoothly except the previous cruise was a metal rock charter, so apparently they ... Read more
LeeRB
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
368 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I took this cruise because it fit my schedule and gave me Diamond status at the same time. Sailing solo in a Promenade Stateroom. Embarkation was quick, I arrived at port at 1130, dropped off my luggage, boarding picture taken at noon ... Read more
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Jtrain05
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
We just returned from a 5 night cruise to costa maya and Cozumel. Both ports were excellent and would highly suggest taking a Mayan tour with Natives Choice in Costa Maya. As for the ship i found it clean and filled with shops and bars. ... Read more
pambecause
Member Since 2012
1 review
13 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Had a balcony cabin no problems clean, bed was ok but the center did not seem put together well. Service in dining room was very slow ordered special coffee took cards and after about 20 minutes of waiting asked for cards back so we could ... Read more
myob93
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
I sailed on the Independence of the Seas one year ago with my kids and it was one of the best cruises I'd ever taken. I was a bit disappointed in this cruise as we had a much different experience. Starting with the stateroom: The bed ... Read more
pitbull4489
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
This was my second cruise with RC Independence of the Seas. The first cruise was mediocre but I decided to give it another chance, as first impressions are not always correct. I should have stuck with my first impression. We travelled ... Read more
Rockford3
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We arrived in Ft. Lauderdale early and checked in right away. Then that's where we waited for over 3.5 hours. Apparently the cruise before ours was a Metal Rock Cruise. According to several crew members the ship was trashed and they had a ... Read more
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ron1946
Member Since 2010
1 review
753 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
This was a last minute cruise to meet some dear friends. Ship was initially sold out, but scored a balcony cabin after someone cancelled. We were in 6550 on deck six. Nice room, but very little storage. Sink area in the bath had very ... Read more
SandyRed
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Decided to take a VERY last minute cruise at the end of January, and had a great time. The Independence is beautiful, and I really like the "royal promenade." Everything was very clean and in excellent repair. We had a balcony ... Read more
CruiseGuy87
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 forum posts
4 helpful votes
The ship was well maintained, although the carpet could be replaced in some areas. The ship had a party atmosphere, which I did not care for. Expect cheesy and random pop/dance music piped all throughout the ship at all hours. Food was ... Read more
GrayMaineCruiser
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
139 forum posts
4 helpful votes
My wife and I recently enjoyed a marvelous 5 night January cruise on Independence of the Seas, with stops in Labadee, Haiti and Falmouth, Jamaica. This was our second annual pre-Anniversary cruise. Last year we had done a Bahamas cruise ... Read more
kmchiera
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
I chose this cruise because of the ports visited. We enjoyed both very much. The ship was Great, the food was very good, especially Sorrentos pizza, we loved it! The shows were terrific! My husband and I went on the Majesty of the Seas 6 ... Read more
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