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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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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
Euphenia1
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
My husband and I sailed the Independence of the Seas on January 11, 2016. We were celebrating our 20th anniversary. We had a really nice time. It was only our second cruise but none the less we found that it was enjoyable. Most of the crew ... Read more
joiedevivre
Member Since 2008
10 reviews
105 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2016
Embarkation: Long lines but went quickly. Should have taken my small suitcase on board myself. Steward: Good. Met all demands except we didn't have any breakfast cards in our room. Food. I am a foodie. You will not get a gourmet ... Read more
lescas
Member Since 2002
4 reviews
113 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Let me start first, this is our 2nd cruise on this ship in 5 years. We have cruised 15 times with Princess, Disney, Norwegian and Carnival. Everything went find from getting to terminal on the ship in about 1 hour. We flew in from BWI ... Read more
pd4st
Member Since 2003
5 reviews
51 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We've cruised almost 30 times on various lines and this was our 5th or 6th with RCCL. We are in our late 50"s, employed and active. I say employed because we were supposed to go on this exact cruise last year but my husband had to ... Read more
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Lynn1179
Member Since 2015
1 review
131 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2016
The main purpose of my trip was for business...rough right? So as a result, I don't have the ability to review a lot of things like I normally would. This was my 5th cruise with RCI, 7th overall. Service was amazing as always, ... Read more
cjmx
Member Since 2007
1 review
173 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Embarkation: very slow , but i normally get there a lot earlier. The excuse was the ship arrived late??? Cabin : wrap around aft balcony. Great except, for all the cigarette buds we found. During the cruise, maintenance re ... Read more
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looppy11
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
This was my first cruise with Royal Caribbean, I have cruised in the past on Carnival over 10 yrs ago. I chose this cruise for 2 reasons, first was the price, I got it on a weekend sale. Second reason was because of the Crown & Anchor ... Read more
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

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TchDwnUGA
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
4 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
Beeki
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
27 forum posts
3 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
3 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

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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
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
2,387 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

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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
101 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
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

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