Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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inga 777
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed December 2016
We cruised from December 31 till January 5. I picked new year cruise because wanted different experience of New Year. Ship had some decorations but there were no Xmas tree! Also decorations were down in January 2. Balloons drop in ... Read more
Cruisecathy
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
I am a travel agent and have cruised on over 60 Cruises. I selected the five night Independence for a group of friends and clients this year. We love to cruise over New Years. We have previously cruised on the Enchantment, Majesty, ... Read more
benlev
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
5 forum posts
6 helpful votes
It's really sad how far the Royal Caribbean brand has fallen in 10 years. It's now pretty much a low end cruise. This is our second cruise on Royal Caribbean this year. We took this exact same New Years Eve cruise ten years ago. It was ... Read more
ndimare
Member Since 2017
1 review
For 2016 New Year's we decided to go on a cruise and we selected Independence of the Seas (from Royal Caribbean) for 5 nights leaving on Dec 31st 2016. This was our second time with Royal Caribbean and first time receiving New Year on a ... Read more
Thayana
Member Since 2009
9 reviews
2 helpful votes
In other words they were three for five on the night with a batting average of in the low 200's for this cruise. Now, I will get more exact. We had a snafu at our hotel because we came in a day early and we didn't get there at 10:45 ... Read more
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shelbelle99
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
86 forum posts
Sailed December 2016
We went on this cruise as a family holiday cruise. The ship was beautifully decorated for Christmas. We had a variety of cabins, all of them were good sized and well taken care of by the staff. The only complaint was the lack of bathroom ... Read more
lwsadie
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
This was a 4 night cruise over Christmas/Hanukkah. . We really don't like the large ships, but this was the only option. Lots of families with kids, but they didn't present a problem. The dining room staff was excellent. The food, for ... Read more
Elvis1001
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Overall we (me and wife plus two adult daughters) enjoyed this 4-night Christmas / Hanukah cruise to Cozumel. Next cruise we will do at least five nights on a ship this size as there were several things we did not have time to do. Food ... Read more
tmm127
Member Since 2002
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
This is the first time that we had been on a cruise during Christmas. We had been warned to expect lots of kids onboard. Boarding: We drove our car to Fort Lauderdale and used the services of Park and Go. After leaving our car ... Read more
normalman
Member Since 2011
1 review
41 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise in 18 years though we’ve done Carnival several times since. We’d stopped the night before at Port St. Lucie about ninety minutes away. Before we left the hotel, we got a text saying ... Read more
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Lora King
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
I chose this cruise because I wanted my 22 & 19 year olds to enjoy the activities which were mainly the Flo Rider, Rock wall and Dancing areas. I called Royal Carribean directly and was told there were few rooms left and that put the ... Read more
Amberenergy84
Member Since 2014
1 review
Sailed December 2016
I'll keep this short and sweet: There is something for everyone on Independence of the Seas. My parents and sister came down as a family cruise and to meet my boyfriend for the first time. What better way than to go on vacay without having ... Read more
Mikko
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
6 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was our second cruise, and we heard that RCI was a great line. Good? The cabins were fine (except for the dated and REAL small bathrooms, only with shampoo) and room attendant quite good. There was always activities going on for all ... Read more
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hmwende
Member Since 2012
1 review
44 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We booked this cruise for nothing more than relaxation. This was a 5 day cruise and therefore, they do not do meet and greets with the officers. However, I called and asked what bars would be open to plan our own meet and greet from ... Read more
berylde
Member Since 2000
1 review
1,275 forum post
Sailed December 2016
We have cruised several cruise lines, but for the few years we have been loyal to Royal. I became Diamond Plus on this sailing. I contacted Royal's Special Needs Dept. before sailing to arrange for a wheelchair to get on the ship for ... Read more
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Bill1959
Member Since 2013
1 review
37 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Very long time cruiser and yes things are different, but it's up to you to have a good time and I did on Indy. Perfect, no but things aren't perfect anywhere. I would do it again in a minute. Service was ok, but our cabin attendant was ... Read more
sglerum
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Third voyage in as many years on the Indy. As on prior sailings, arrived at the pier 10:30, easy check-in & onboard by 11:30. Only bad meal was embarkation in the Windjammer, DW tried the seafood paella & it was fishy & not ... Read more
almdp1989
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
2 helpful votes
As a previous cruiser on low budget Carnival ships, I had high (or higher) expectations of this cruise. Let me say that the ship is beautiful, no question about that. The Christmas decorations were beautiful. The upselling is annoying, but ... Read more
rc4music2
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2016
My wife and I love to cruise and have done about 15 so far. We chose this cruise because we had heard so many wonderful things from other cruisers about Royal. We got a great rate and a balcony room along with room credits of $150. Having ... Read more
BettyboopSD
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
This was my 8th cruise with Royal Caribbean. This time it just seemed like they weren't interested in anything but, "getting things done" not "making the experience great for the cruisers." The food was mediocre ... Read more
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Amoodygirl65
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
My husband wanted Royal Caribbean because it's supposedly a good balance between value and quality. While we did get a good price the quality was lacking. Too many crew members were new and not trained properly. The food was the biggest ... Read more
Lexie0315
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
This was my first experience of a Royal Caribbean cruise, also the first cruise with my family. Embarking was easy and fast, my aunt is a diamond member so all 12 of us were able to board with her in the diamond section. We were able to ... Read more
robivalder
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2016
We have cruised for 15+ years. Royal has always been one of our favorite cruise lines because of service, cleanliness and ship designs. Our Thanksgiving cruise was a huge disappointment! It started with a 2 hour wait in line to get on the ... Read more
drm2g
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
This is a stunning ship and the service is average. The food, both in the dining room and the buffet looks delicious but all of it tastes terrible! Absolutely the worst cruise food ever. Seriously! Most is inedible and our standards ... Read more
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wildp39
Member Since 2013
1 review
8 helpful votes
We have sailed on Princess, NCL and Carnival but RCC is our favorite cruise line. We love the Oasis class, Allure, however, we were taking my mom on her 80th birthday celebration and wanted a shorter sail, so decided on Independence of the ... Read more
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