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73% Loved It
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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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2016
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1,100 Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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RCfanNdallas
Member Since 2005
3 reviews
109 forum posts
16 helpful votes
FIRST: My name is Jeff and I'm Emerald status on Royal Caribbean and only a cruise or so away from Diamond. Of my 11 cruises, this was my 9th on RC and I'm what they call a loyal royal. I do have a pessimist streak but try to stay ... Read more
Missourigirl1
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
My husband and I like to explore when we vacation so we were hesitant to take a cruise but we decided to try it for our 22nd wedding anniversary and we're so glad we did! (Our hotel stay at Days Inn the night before was horrendous. Do not ... Read more
Moodussnare
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Embarkation: This cruise left out of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, the port was clean and everyone was very friendly as we made our way to the check in area. We waited in line for about 30 seconds and were taken right to the desk. ... Read more
Miami Spice
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
9 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We had no clue the cruise would include loads of college students on a spring break deal. We were in this for r and r. No way! Lots of drunk kids out of control. Vulgar language on elevators, food fights on our floor and even a drunk kid ... Read more
martikus
Member Since 2002
1 review
135 forum posts
21 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Just returned from a great 4 day cruise on IOS. It was me (39), my husband (44) and son (9). I was unsure what to expect after all the mixed reviews, but we had a great time and wouldn't hesitate to go on the boat again. Embark - So ... Read more

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kaykels
Member Since 2004
11 reviews
738 forum posts
5 helpful votes
I will try to be fair considering this was one of our worst vacations ever due to Norwalk virus! My husband woke up on day 2 of a 4 night cruise, so it put a damper on things. I caught it on the last day after I got off of the ship. So ... Read more
devschk
Member Since 2012
1 review
6 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2016
2nd all time cruise, first time on Royal Caribbean. Stayed night prior at Hyatt place 17th ave, they have a shuttle for 10.00 per person. Embarkation was fast and convenient. Had a superior balcony, room was decent size very clean balcony ... Read more
Egordon101
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We sailed on the 5 day IOS cruise that left on Feb. 27. Overall we enjoyed ourselves. We stayed at the Renaissance Cruiseport the night before so getting to the ship was simple. Embarkation was easy as well and by 11:30 AM we were in ... Read more
pdilworth
Member Since 2014
1 review
5 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
My Husband (42) and I (38) just returned from the Feb 27, sailing. This was out third trip on the Independence, and we have yet to be disappointed. The ship was clean and in good condition, even though it is not a new boat. The staff was ... Read more
haleybutcher
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
15 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
My mom, dad, and I all went on the Independence of the Seas in February. The ship was absolutely incredible! There are so many events and activities on board that you can't possibly do them all. My personal favorites include the rock wall, ... Read more

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Cruise Sailor
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
I have sailed on the two other Freedom Class ships. The ship is in excellent condition and was very clean. RC needs to update the carpeting and the cabin colors and everything would be as new. The service was excellent and the staff ... Read more
WDMAC
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We (with my wife and 17 year old daughter) just got back from a 5 day cruise to Jamaica and Labadee. High points: The nightly entertainment was the best I've seen on my 7 cruises. The Cruise Director Ricky Matthews was a ... Read more
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sugadogg
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
I like to call this the Golden Corral of the Sea. The food was just average, it was edible. There was only one meal that I could say was delicious, and it was the lasagna. The drinks were strong, but we didn’t drink a lot. I ... Read more
pmwalkup
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was my 27th, and worst, cruise. Embarkation was grueling. Many passengers and terminal was under construction. Worst experience yet. The food in the dining room was not great. It was sub par to all of my past experiences. ... Read more
Soontoberetired2012
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
137 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We expected to board by 11:00, but when we arrived at the port it was pretty much chaos. The cruise before was a heavy metal band cruise and they were still cleaning up after them. Several large pieces had to be taken off the pool deck, ... Read more

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Anothercruise2016
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We have taken approximately 15 cruises. This, by far, was the worse. We followed the "70,000 pounds of metal" heavy metal cruise and they left the ship (and the crew) a disaster. Arrived at port and breezed through registration ... Read more
Adrienne622
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was our 30th cruise and by far the worst. Embarkation was delayed and there was not one announcement telling us how long we would have to wait. I later learned it was because the previous cruise was for heavy metal fans only, so ... Read more
Pellaz
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
1,201 forum post
6 helpful votes
This cruise on the Indy was a music charter called 70,000 Tons of Metal, including 60 bands on 4 stages on the ship, with each band performing twice. A giant stage is constructed on the main pool deck and the pool itself is drained and ... Read more
dcoughlan1@cogeco.ca
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We just returned from our first ever cruise. We are a family of three (myself, daughter - 8, and wife). We tend to be active and the two adults are pseudo-foodies; what that means is that we like a wide variety of foods but have reasonable ... Read more
suzcruz602
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
This was our 18th cruise with RCI, and the Independence of the Sea's was great. We have sailed on her sister ship (Liberty of the Sea's) 3 times before and loved it. Being Diamond members boarding the ship was easy. Our balcony room ... Read more

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mammaw-here@yahoo.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We have been on several cruises in the past but by far this was the worst. First the gangway was broke so they couldn't get the other guest off he ship, so we sat there in the port from 11 till almost 5 before we got onto the ship. We were ... Read more
tomko2
Member Since 2004
4 reviews
6,015 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
For the last few years we have mostly sailed on the Liberty of the Seas and were sad to see it move to Galveston this Fall. The last time we were on the Indy was Dec. 2009 and we were not overly impressed with staff nor food. Since we ... Read more
Saint Augustine
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Arrived at 1:00 pm to board. There was a very long line. No one could get on board even though boarding time was from 12 to 3(?). There was some hangup with immigration I think since we were never told what was going on. In fact, we ... Read more
Saint Augustine
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
I'm not going to say; I'm still too upset with the trip Royal Carribean's Independence of the Seas took from Ft. Lauderdale to Cozumel and then on to Casa Maya and return. Entertainment was great and that was all the good we experienced. ... Read more
bbrose314
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 forum posts
1 helpful vote
As a first time cruiser on Royal Caribbean, I have cruised on Carnival about four times, I was surprised at how bad it really was. My mom is a Diamond member and really talked up the cruise on Royal Caribbean. Unfortunately we were both ... Read more

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