Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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Bill in PA
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
My review is from perspective an American who has been on several other Royal Caribbean cruises. I was surprised that only about 5% of the passengers were from the US; my experience with the earlier cruises was that the majority of ... Read more
Miss Dubai
Member Since 2011
7 reviews
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This is our fifth time we have sailed with Royal Caribbean and it was our best experience with the RCI brand. To enable a smooth boarding experience we received an email a few days before our cruise advising us when we could check in at ... Read more
lafan42
Member Since 2002
3 reviews
296 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Embarkation was fast and easy. Had a great time on a wonderful ship. Dining was great as always and the Diamond Lounge staff were fantastic. Ports were beautiful. we only did 4 shore excursions, Santiago de Compostela, Fatima, sailed the ... Read more
Sanlougov
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
1st cruise and I was not disappointed! Arrived at the port at around 10am and got parked up and checked in immediately. We only had a 30 minute wait in the terminal before we were called to embark. We were on the ship within an hour of ... Read more
ranoutofcontinents
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
4 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We had a nice time on this cruise. The weather was perfect. The ports were small and doable in the 6 short hours allotted. Because schools had started, the cruisers were mostly quiet older people. We spent no extra money on food. The ... Read more
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rosinacarley
Member Since 2015
1 review
33 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
I am not one for negative reviews, having been taught that if you cannot say something nice don't say anything. I will therefore start with the positives:- Boarding - smooth and simple, our cabin was ready at 1300. Cabin - always ... Read more
JungleJim42
Member Since 2015
1 review
46 forum posts
5 helpful votes
This was our second cruise with RC, the 1st being on Navigator of the Seas out of Galveston, so I can only compare between the two. OMG what a difference, Day 1 at sea (yes it was chilly and windy and not the Caribbean) but it looked like ... Read more
firsttimers3
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
14 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Overall we had an enjoyable time, this was our first time on Independence of the Seas. Our stateroom was lovely and kept spotlessly clean by our steward. The two ice shows were spectacular. The Grease production was very good. One area ... Read more
Rdunshee
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed October 2016
We have cruised RC several times. Little things make the difference and this time the little things were missing. My Time dining was fantastic, especially the service. (table 241).The stateroom attendant was equally professional. However, ... Read more
Cruisingsmithlike
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
This was our first time on IOS - previously we have done P&O and Celebrity. The ship was lovely and I liked the promenade part with the cafes and bars and the entertainment was excellent – best I have had on a cruise. Even the ... Read more
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OntarioCruiser38
Member Since 2012
1 review
226 forum posts
4 helpful votes
RCL is reducing quality of the food they serve. Roasted mushrooms for breakfast from a can? RCL it is time to rethink your priorities. The bright spot was that the cabin was kept clean. Staff was professional and pleasant. ... Read more
CruisingnotSnoozing
Member Since 2014
1 review
10 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I think any holiday is what you put into it. We have been on IOS about five times and therefore love the ship. We cruised this time for our Silver Wedding Anniversary and we had a lovely time. We had the drinks package, it was free as part ... Read more
Npurdie21
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
I spent so much time being anxious about going on this cruise having read a few reviews on here, but what a waste of time that was as there was nothing to worry about and we had one of our best holidays ever! This wasn't our first ... Read more
Gary's MIL
Member Since 2012
1 review
11 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
This was our second cruise with Royal Caribbean following a very disappointing experience on Navigator of the Seas in May this year. Our inside stateroom, 7227, was adequate although showing some signs of requiring an update. A few ... Read more
cappycas
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
102 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We were very apprehensive when we boarded the ship for our Trip round the western med. The ship was so big and just a little garish! Well after experiencing the best entertainment we've ever had on a cruise and pretty good food in the ... Read more
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sharmarty
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
8 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Little write up re Indie 19/8/2016 (the ship, not the ports). Arrives at Southampton at 11.30 and, via a smooth check-in) were onboard by 11.50. Straight to the Windjammer for an early lunch and at the same time upgraded our drinks ... Read more
Maroc
Member Since 2016
1 review
16 helpful votes
Having sailed on the ship twice before and enjoyed it......how times have changed !!! Not enough waiters in bar areas.....poor food in the main restaurants and overall a tired ship.E entertainment ??? Poor. Once upon a time ... Read more
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MrsH2
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
Chose this cruise because we have been on this ship twice before. Western Med ( Spain and Portugal). 19th Sept - 2nd Oct 2016. Standards have slipped and prices have risen. A glass of wine was 10 -12 dollars each. A bottle of water ... Read more
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scotland sue
Member Since 2016
1 review
27 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Sorry Royals but cant give you a good review this time went with my Brother and his wife to the cannaries on the Independence realy looked forward to it my husband and myself go every 2yrs this was the 3rd time on this ship and we were ... Read more
Jenferris
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
First time on Indy have sailed from Southampton before after flying in from Australia. Embankment was fast and easy no wait only 15min from start till on ship. Room was ready by 2pm at time we boarded. Ship was clean and Ready for ... Read more
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Archers Fan
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 forum posts
9 helpful votes
This was our first time on Independence since 2013, and she looked almost as good as ever. We love the ship. She is beginning to show signs of wear, but after 8 years that is to be expected. She is not the biggest now, but loyal fans ... Read more
FISO_Vids
Member Since 2013
1 review
45 forum posts
11 helpful votes
A review of Independence through the eyes of our 3½ year old granddaughter Jessica. Very excited sleep countdown to our departure on 9th September 2016, travelling with my Nanna and Granfer. After quick hugs with mummy who we ... Read more
Lynholmes
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
This was my first experience at cruising and I am so pleased I chose Royal Caribbean to go with, I will never go with anyone else as no other company could come close to matching this magical holiday. The ease of boarding surprised us ... Read more
Me41
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Have never been on a cruise where there were no cruise staff to welcome you on board and offer direction to your cabin. The ship itself was ok, but tired looking. Cheap toiletries ammnenities, had to ask for Kleenex in our cabin. ... Read more
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leeboy66
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We chose this as our first cruise as it was at the right time of the year and the destinations where ideal. Our cabin was an outside cabin with a large window on deck 2. With the flo rider, climbing wall, putting golf, amount of bars and ... Read more
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