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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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1,059 Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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HoosierGurl
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2016
We took this cruise with our adult son and his girlfriend to celebrate my birthday and our 30th wedding anniversary. We chose this cruise solely on the basis of it fitting into our very tight booking schedule. We have cruised previously ... Read more
caroljenson
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed to Belize and Cozumel with Royal Caribbean on 1/2/2016. The ship was clean and cabins were comfortable. Most of the following information is probably available if you know where to look but just want to share: 1) 18% gratuity for ... Read more
TchDwnUGA
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Hi! My Fiance' and I recently took our first cruise with Royal Caribbean this past Christmas aboard the Independence of the Seas. It was a 4 night cruise from Port Everglades. Now, a bit of background on the two of us, to help ... Read more
gtjrpj
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
When purchasing the Ultra bev. package, they add other cost such as, the drink in the pineapple. There was an additional charge of $4 for that. The last morning of the cruise, the dining room did not have mimosas. The dining room did not ... Read more
Oshunchild5
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was our first time on Independence of the seas but our 5th cruise with RCL. We regrettably switched from Freedom on the seas to Independence because of the dates. This was a vacation that had been planned for a year from when we ... Read more

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Beeki
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
27 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Review of Independence of the Seas, December 19, 2015. 5 nights with stops in Belize and Cozumel Cabin: 1706 - Junior Suite aft, Deck 10 We are a married couple (him 46, me 50). We drove down and stayed at the Hyatt 66. This had ... Read more
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Sailorgurlz
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
I am a 50+ multi-lingual experienced traveler. I have just completed my first cruise ever on Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas. The ship is huge and beautiful and decorated nicely for the holidays. Our Junior Suite 1370 was very ... Read more
Tim G
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Our group of 20 family members did a cruise and the majority of us this was our first cruise. Some in the group really enjoyed it and while my family of 5 had fun I don't think cruising is our thing. I would consider an Alaskan cruise on ... Read more
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Gailela1
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
17 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Have sailed on Royal several times before. It is a great family cruise line, but as a senior, I was never impressed. The food was always one of our major complaints. That being said, we just returned today from a 5 day sailing and could ... Read more
teemarie2015
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Third cruise with Royal Caribbean, loved this ship. I literally could not feel it move, was like it was gliding on the water. Only the last night, when we were making time to get back to Ft. Lauderdale could I feel us moving. There was ... Read more

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Eagle2006
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2015
This was my 5th cruise, 2nd with Royal Caribbean, which was much better than the last on on Majesty (I wrote an extremely critical and bad review for it on this site). Embarkation out of Port Everglades needs to be improved, never-ending ... Read more
MrsB05
Member Since 2010
8 reviews
2,354 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
This was our "pre busy (tax) season" treat/early Christmas present to ourselves. This was our first time on this ship and our first time sailing out of Ft. Lauderdale. Pre Cruise We booked a park and cruise package at the ... Read more
TootsieBell
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
31 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This is the sister ship to the Liberty. My cabin was the normal size for a Royal Caribbean Balcony Stateroom. I found the service to be very good. However, like most Royal Caribbean cruises, I find that they do not have enough ... Read more
shariberry
Member Since 2014
1 review
97 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This is our yearly cruise we take in December. This time we picked Independence of the Seas. We booked it really early and got a great price on a inside prom. stateroom. We used Luxury park & cruise about 1/2 mile from port. Very ... Read more
rolochoco
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The Good: We have sailed with Royal Caribbean five times. This was the most enjoyable one thanks to the cruise director and the beauty of the ship. We are seniors but we felt like a young couple due to the ambiance, atmosphere and for ... Read more

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red29er
Member Since 2009
1 review
46 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Overall it was a average cruise. Cruise staff was friendly and help full. Cruise director was funny and friendly. Ship is in good shape but has signs of wear. Strange odor some days at the Windjammer. MDR food was hit or miss more miss ... Read more
JackieKE
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
We are loyal Diamond members but felt like the crew was just phoning it in and going through the motions. The food was plentiful but not that tasty. The service in the dining room was fairly efficient but lacked the extra touches with ... Read more
dpamp
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
Our short cruise to Cozumel was a family affair, with 25 of us from age 3 to 68 aboard. Embarkation was pretty smooth for a fully booked 150,000 ton ship. The service was very cordial and efficient with quick cabin cleanings twice a day. ... Read more
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yshustin
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
Very disappointed with the cruise during this holiday station. My husband and I were suggested all inclusive beverage packages, $22 per person with $67 for special package inclusive of alcohol which we agreed on, under premises that this ... Read more
ThelmLou
Member Since 2012
14 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
First let me say I am a huge fan of RCCL and have sailed with them numerous times and, in fact, will be sailing with them on Christmas. Also, I had reasonable expectations for a holiday weekend cruise - i.e. busy, lots of kids, large ... Read more

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Nyianess
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
I am surprised to see that the overall rating for this ship is only 74%, because we had SUCH a great time. The service, staff, and dining were fantastic and so is the ship. We went to the "Love and Marriage" game show and the ... Read more
JnK248
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
While the ship was very clean and updated, it lacked the over level of service we have come to expect from RC. MDR staff was very attentive and professional, however that was about it. Room attendant did a good job cleaning the room but ... Read more
Chocobabe627
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We just returned from a 5 day cruise to the Western Caribbean and was very.disappointed. We were 2 adults and our kids, 25 yr old twins and a 23 yr old so we got a balcony and an inside cabinsvThe cruise was very crowded and clearly RCCL ... Read more
4954
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We booked a cruise to Labadee, Haiti and Falmouth Jamaica through Royal Caribbean on the Independence of the Seas. The embarkation at the port was satisfactory with the best part being the covered parking garage which is located across the ... Read more
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SRQtravelqueen
Member Since 2009
15 reviews
72 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Booked a Grand Suite and expected under Solarium whirlpool. Suite 1256 on deck 10 is two suites closer to the bow than under whirlpool. Not far from the elevator and fairly quiet. Did hear moving the heavy solarium chairs and tables early ... Read more

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