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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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1,123 Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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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
0 forum posts
13 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
0 forum posts
24 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
Skingscott
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
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
0 forum posts
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

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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
89 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
0 forum posts
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
blackface
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
0 forum posts
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
0 forum posts
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

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jayne19
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
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
0 forum posts
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
0 forum posts
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
jimmybond007
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Just returned from 2 weeks on the independence of the seas from Southampton.......What a RIP OFF!! We have cruised with RCI for the last 10 years and this may well be the last time. It all seems to be about what and how much you can be ... Read more
Vickychris12
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
This was our second cruise previously sailing on the Celebrity Eclipse and although we enjoyed our holiday we won't return to this ship as it was an inferior experience. However let me start with the good points. Nearly all of the staff ... Read more

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hardly35
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
A friend had already booked this cruise for himself and thought I might want to go also. It was my first ever cruise and altho I received tips and suggestions from others before I went, I wasn't sure what to expect. I found it to be a ... Read more
denreill
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was my third RCL ship and my first Transatlantic crossing, I really have to say that it met all my expectations, Having just come back from a Baltic cruise on Norwegian as well, I give RCL higher points all around. The ship is ... Read more
rdun41251
Member Since 2012
9 reviews
5 forum posts
5 helpful votes
WOW…..VAVA Voom, well not quite…… Not too sure why but my family group of 6 adults felt there was some vital ingredient missing from this particular cruise with which to make this an outstanding one. We certainly ... Read more
Stardawn
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Our second cruise with RCL after a poor experience with them on the Baltic but we decided to put that to the back of our minds and try a second go. Mistake. Once again we have found RCL customer services 'wanting' on this trip - this ... Read more
jenasue101
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We planned a family of 8 trip for 3 nights to the Bahamas with 2 stops. The boat only made one of the stops, and we were never told anything about cancelling the second stop. This was very disappointing to the whole family. Otherwise the ... Read more

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Doglovertoo
Member Since 2012
1 review
112 forum posts
5 helpful votes
There were 6 adults and 2 kids ages 12 and 8. We decided on this cruise because it offered a lot of activities for all ages. Embarkation was very quick. We were on the ship within an hour (maybe less) of arriving at the port. Once on ... Read more
aedanrich
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
this was our 6th cruise with Royal Caribbean and just as good as the others, The food was terrific as usual and great waiter and assistant waiter on from Turkey and the other Mexico Cozumel was terrific tour guide Patricia was great ... Read more
layha2002@aol.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
Let me start off by staying that I was a huge fan of Royal Caribbean. I convince everyone to cruise with this ship over Norwegian and carnival. My family and friends was a group of 10 with 3 cabins. We were told that we would be linked ... Read more
vegasgal47
Member Since 2006
1 review
21 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Thought the ship was beautiful. The service was great except for our cabin steward but our cousin's steward was good. I went with my cousin and sister. Activities were plentiful. Loved the parade and Dancin in the Streets. Ice ... Read more
NickFin
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
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

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