Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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Kentfred
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed on 10 night cruise including Madeira, main three Canary Islands and Vigo. Our slot for embarkation was 11.00 am to 12.00 am. Embarkation went very smoothly, very few queues at check in and we were onboard by 11.15. From parking ... Read more
Wswilly3
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
7 helpful votes
As a way of explanation we are a retired couple and cruise about 3-4 times a year and our mantra is Cunard for ourselves and Royal Caribbean when we take the grandkids. In the last three months we have cruised twice by ourselves, once on a ... Read more
Janda7
Member Since 2016
5 reviews
13 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We booked this cruise to enjoy some decent weather, for most of the cruise, as we had awful weather at home. Unfortunately we didn't realise that schools in some parts of the country, were on holiday....bad idea when sailing from ... Read more
Carollucas
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit the Canary Islands. We liked the boat and our disabled cabin was excellent as was our cabin steward. The waiters also gave good service however we found the food disappointing. For example ... Read more
coyg
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Cruised with RCI last year on Explorer and enjoyed it so much we booked to sail on the impressive Independence this year. Great food and plenty of it.AMAZING waiting staff in the Romeo and Juliet dining room. May we mention Pedro and ... Read more
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Bill in PA
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
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
299 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
55 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
7 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
4 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
253 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
3 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
12 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
3 reviews
107 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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