Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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CruiseGuy87
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 forum posts
4 helpful votes
The ship was well maintained, although the carpet could be replaced in some areas. The ship had a party atmosphere, which I did not care for. Expect cheesy and random pop/dance music piped all throughout the ship at all hours. Food was ... Read more
GrayMaineCruiser
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
139 forum posts
4 helpful votes
My wife and I recently enjoyed a marvelous 5 night January cruise on Independence of the Seas, with stops in Labadee, Haiti and Falmouth, Jamaica. This was our second annual pre-Anniversary cruise. Last year we had done a Bahamas cruise ... Read more
kmchiera
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
I chose this cruise because of the ports visited. We enjoyed both very much. The ship was Great, the food was very good, especially Sorrentos pizza, we loved it! The shows were terrific! My husband and I went on the Majesty of the Seas 6 ... Read more
sdpd
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
8 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Last times I cruised with RCCL was on the Navigator of the Seas and the majesty of the seas. I like this one the best so far. My recent experience was that the RCCL food was just ok however it was better on this ship. Giovanni's ... Read more
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AnnArborMHT
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
Was on the ship for Rock Legends (awesome program) mid-January 2017 and couldn't believe the disrepair of the ship! We had several concerts in Studio B...many seat were broken and unusable. Stained carpet everywhere; a very tired and ... Read more
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sghafir
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Overall, the trip was wonderful. A few pointers: 1-As several blogs suggest, bring a refillable bottle of water. Every restaraunt has a tabletop cooler/dispenser with ice water. There are signs that ask you not to refill your bottle ... Read more
vacayday
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Overall, this is a nice ship. Public areas are kept clean, staff constantly working on sweeping, vacuuming, cleaning up the messes people leave on pool deck, etc. However, there is room for improvement, particularly with the food. ... Read more
dagunny
Member Since 2012
12 reviews
155 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We arrived at Fort Lauderdale Cruise port about 10:30am. Independence was at pier 25 so we parked at the Midtown garage. There were ample parking spaces. We had suites so we made our way inside and right up to the counter. After ... Read more
May B
Member Since 2008
8 reviews
3,485 forum posts
7 helpful votes
I have to thank the Cruise Critic community for this cruise. At one point, I spied a thread about the Ben & Jerry’s cabin on the Freedom class. I read all about it and knew it was for us. Not only do we both love ice cream (and ... Read more
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Riza
Member Since 2017
1 review
14 helpful votes
When we started the cruise we set our expectation low that way we will not be disappointed. Lol. Embarkation line was not too long. If you are a Crown and Anchor member you get to go to the priority line. It looks disorganized but what you ... Read more
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tomko2
Member Since 2004
5 reviews
6,087 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We sail three times each winter and hands-down love the Freedom Class of ships. The Independence has all the amenities of the bigger ships yet retains the feeling of being at sea. Without a doubt the staff on the Independence are a big ... Read more
capecruzer
Member Since 2004
1 review
290 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2017
I have never been on a cruise when service was so lacking. Our head and assistance waiter got into a lengthy argument on formal night; the head waiter was belligerent and clearly being a jerk. The assistant waiter went out of his way to ... Read more
Gilles Caron
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
This was my first cruise together with my wife. We choose this cruise because it was the only choice we had for the date and location. The embarkation felt like we were in a third world country, especially the handling of the luggage, left ... Read more
spicyhummingbird
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 forum posts
Sailed January 2017
Our 1st trip with RCCL, as well as on the Indy. We were aware it was an older ship, and we had an idea of what was on board. We’ve cruised with NCL and Carnival in the past and was excited to give RCCL a try. Our ship experience ... Read more
dardar14701
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
After reading the mixed reviews on here about the Independence of the Seas(mostly the food) I was a little concerned.... but I was pleasantly surprised that we had a very nice cruise. The weather was chilly the first 2 days and very windy ... Read more
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sawpgw
Member Since 2009
5 reviews
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Reading the reviews I was a bit hesitant particularly about the food. I found the food to be excellent My only minor complaints (in order) would be the lack of Freestyle machines (I usually drink diet and caffeine free and my wife only ... Read more
bevans
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We chose this particular cruise because we only had 5 days and had not been to Haiti nor Falmouth Jamaica. We had never cruised Royal Caribbean. Loved the ship, it is beautiful. The entertainment was excellent and there was always ... Read more
cruisinterps
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
My family (parents and 3 and 5 year olds) just returned from a 5 nighter on The Independence of the Seas to Labadee and Jamaica. Having read cruise critic extensively before we left, I have to agree with most of the reviews you see here, ... Read more
c553
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
4 forum posts
21 helpful votes
Don't believe most of the negatives you read about this ship. We expected the cruise to be a 4 on a 10 point scale, because of all the negatives we read on Cruise Critic. We rated it MUCH higher. No, it isn't an elegant, high end ... Read more
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Flymia
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
251 forum posts
2 helpful votes
The Independence of the Seas is a great ship, large, but not too large, with lots of different things to do. Even though the ship is big, and this sailing was full, it never felt too crowded, anywhere. Outside deck space is good, lots of ... Read more
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Williamsburgcruiser
Member Since 2012
1 review
22 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
This cruise was for my father's 80th birthday - for 21 of us sailing with him. This was a 5-night cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Costa Maya, and Cozumel. Overall, the cruise was fine. I do not recommend boarding and sailing on New ... Read more
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
7 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
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