Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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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
2 helpful votes
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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curtsmith99
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
We went on this cruise with 23 family members staying in several different suites. Four of the family members, including myself were bitten by bed bugs in four different suites. We did not realize what this was until we returned home. ... Read more
jammer913
Member Since 2010
1 review
128 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Our third sailing on this ship. Not as much of the "wow" factor as the first few times, but still a very beautiful ship. We had cabin 2613, an inside cabin, that was more than adequate. We never heard any sounds from above or ... Read more
MermaidMary
Member Since 2005
1 review
25 forum posts
This was our 3rd Jamrock Cruise, and we really enjoyed the first 2 cruises on the Norwegian Pearl, so it was a no-brainer to book this cruise, especially when we saw the amazing lineup (the best yet!). It was like a "who's who" ... Read more
pineappleexpress
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
Background information: This a specific chartered cruise that is done once a year by a group called the flying dutchmen. We paid nearly 5K more to when comparing apples to apples minus the entertainment of having the bands on board. So ... Read more
NinS
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was my first-ever cruise. It was the annual full-charter Welcome to Jamrock reggae cruise featuring several of the Marleys as well as an all-star cast of reggae stars past, present and future. I had a great time but found it to be ... Read more
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Ronn452
Member Since 2002
6 reviews
488 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We chose this cruise in order to sail with friends we had met on our previous Trans-Atlantic. After four days in London, we arrived in Southampton by train and we were at the port within ten minutes. Embarkation was quick and we were ... Read more
jakob71
Member Since 2009
10 reviews
3 helpful votes
We are a married couple from Scandinavia who previous have been on about 40 cruises. We have sailed, both on many Transatlantic Cruises, and on other destinations with several different Cruise Lines. Pre-cruise: We had for the third ... Read more
stephenp
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
83 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Check in super, cabin was large and clean. The Food was just average but cooked badly. Most dishes were so bad you could not eat them. A British Chef that could not cook english food. Lancashire hot pot is made with best end of lamb ( ... Read more
howarjr
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2016
5 other transatlantic voyages on Royal Caribbean and this was by far the most disappointing. First, the food was exceptionally bland and tasteless in both the main dining rooms and the Jade and Windjammer, surprisingly even the Indian ... Read more
UKWLDCruise
Member Since 2012
1 review
46 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Boarding at Southampton was a dream compared to US ports, super-efficient, but that seemed to be the end of the good times. The cabin was clean and mostly worked though the shower had to be turned well past the red protective button to ... Read more
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Roger the cabin boy
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This was our first transatlantic and generally we enjoyed it. However it didn't start too smoothly as once onboard we noticed our sea passes were endorsed as Emerald and not Diamond as they should have been. Having seen the C&A manager ... Read more
Cayman Turtle
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
294 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This was our first transatlantic cruise and it won't be our last. While it wasn't our favorite cruise to date, it was a thoroughly enjoyable time. Embarkation was a breeze. In fact, we were able to board early due to the fact that the ... Read more
phbr
Member Since 2003
9 reviews
735 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We first sailed on the Independence during its inaugural season in 2008, and the recently completed Transatlantic was our first time back on the ship. She has stood the time well. Maybe a little rust here and there and some of the ... Read more
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Mark77
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We booked this cruise as we have a lot of time off work and thought it would be nice to travel across the Atlantic and visit some Caribbean islands before having a few days in Florida before home. It was out first cruise. Checkin was ... Read more
Jaxblk
Member Since 2013
1 review
2 forum posts
9 helpful votes
There were 8'of us on this cruise; myself, my two adult daughters, my son and four of my grandchildren, who are aged 3-7. We had chosen this cruise because my younger daughter wanted to try cruising and the rest of us, who have cruised ... Read more
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moswinner1
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
137 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This was the fifth time on Indy as she's affectionately called. She is our favourite ship having had 17 other cruises with different lines. However, RCCI are letting standards slip, twice my breakfast was lukewarm and cold by the time I ... Read more
spideyswims
Member Since 2013
7 reviews
188 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Independence of the Seas, 26th October 2016. We turned up at the dock about 12:30, immediately shown where to park, using BCP has always been our first choice, right next to the ship and as soon as the car boot was popped open there was ... Read more
Elliott Waters
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
I have been a loyal cruiser, I have been summer cruises with Royal Caribbean, but I wanted to experience an Autumn cruise. As I am an emerald member, the embarkation process was quick, smooth and easy, it had taken 10-15 minutes from ... Read more
Music5859
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
We have just returned from a three day cruise on this ship. We wanted to try RC as a comparison to other cruise lines. Never again! This company is all about making money, which they do by charging ridiculous prices for drinks (plus 18% ... Read more
rugbylover
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Never again!! We are seasoned cruisers having been on a few with P&O and of late Cunard. We needed a weekend party cruise which coincided with the October half term as some of our travelling companions work in schools. The only one ... Read more
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