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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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peter thorley
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2011
Having wanted to try out a Royal Caribbean ship, we chose a Holy land cruise,but asked if I would go with them again I would say possibly.1. Embarkation was very good at Civittavechia, although the queue looked long it moved briskly and we ... Read more
Mike Allan
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
More than 2 hours to check in due to Norovirus clean - not good.Too many Rude/drunk passengers & Kids.Beer/wine.spirit packages lasted all of 2 prior cruises starting mid march 2011 because when I "finally" got to check in I was told ... Read more
Amanda Littler
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
EmbarkingWe had received an email not to arrive before 2pm. When we did arrive at port, just after 2, we queued altogether for about two hours before finally stepping aboard . We spent a lot of time chatting to other passengers in the ... Read more
Jeannie333333
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
571 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Boarding on 4th April was delayed as the ship needed to be deep cleaned following an outbreak of norovirus on the cruise before. We were advised of this in an email approx 4 days before departure, which was fine.We were very pleased to be ... Read more
spirite
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
188 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2011
Our first time on the Independence and first time out of So'ton. Due to some noro issues on prior cruises we embarked late (as advised by RCI) - the luggage drop-off and check-in was very smooth. We expected to wait but actually walked ... Read more

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Two to Tango
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
To start with the good points: the ship was clean, the cabin was spacious with a good balcony, the steward was excellent. the food available was of good but not cruise standard fare. But: be prepared they do not put ant toiletries in the ... Read more
Simone Nicol
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We had been on two fantastic cruises previously one on NCL and the other RCI Voyager. So were really looking forward to the trip to the Canary Islands from Southampton. The day before we received an email saying as the ship needed deep ... Read more
ChrisandKathy
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2011
We are first time cruisers, both retired.Overall ship very clean, well decorated, staff attentive and friendly.Cabin: our interior stateroom was small but very well designed with lots of mirrors and storage space. We were more comfortable ... Read more
collieman1
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed on the 25Th March the ship which we have travelled on several times before was well kept & although the ship was undergoing a deep clean we left on time.The big production shows were great although the same ones as when Indy was ... Read more
Gavin Drobac
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2011
I don't know where to start with this (my 2nd) cruise, the ship is truly amazing, looks fab and is spotlessly clean tho staff were trying to eradicate an outbreak of the dreaded norovirus, i heard of no sickness so due the constant ... Read more

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Diane
9 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
How do you start to describe an experience which was a nightmare from start to finish!!My advice to future travellers don't waste your money.The Royal Caribbean company is all about making as much money out of their guests has possible ie ... Read more
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marvyn bailey
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
we sailed on the Independence on the 14th March and glad to say we had a fantastic time from start to end.The sheer size of the ship makes you think how something this big can stay afloat, there is so much to do on this cruise ship. It was ... Read more
Cheshireman
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We received an e mail 2 days before the cruise informing us that due to the "Novirus" we wouldn't start boarding before 2-00pm in fact the gates would be locked so it was pointless turning up until after that time. When we arrived at 1-30 ... Read more
mika6617
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
90 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2011
Just got back from a Canaries cruise aboard the Independence of the seas.Accomodation was fine and overall appearence was good.Biggest let down was the evening meal in the main dining hall.Food was bland and limited, lacking any sort of ... Read more
Carole Smith
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
IOS is probably the cleanest ship on the oceans currently. The staff are constantly cleaning the tables and chairs in the buffet after each guest has vacated them.They spray all the sunbeds at the end of the day.There are no salt and ... Read more

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gnocchi_mommy
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
813 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our 4th cruise but first on Royal Caribbean. We traveled with our 2 teenagers and 10 yr old. We flew from Hawaii to London 3 days before sailing, and saw the local sites. Booked transit to Southampton through a local travel agency ... Read more
bikn4fn
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
1,091 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2011
Embarkation: We had an interesting experience during our embarkation process. The previous cruise had a large outbreak of the Norovirus. They delayed the boarding process until about 2:00 instead of the usual time. We had a ... Read more
CFC66
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2011
As first time cruisers we were more than impressed with all that the Independence had to offer. Our suite was very spacious with 2 double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a large living room with a sofa bed and a balcony with a table and ... Read more
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Burgmeister
Member Since 2011
1 review
269 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I'm afraid I'm not really much of a writer, but I thought I would impart our experience aboard the Independence of the Seas. My wife has suffered quite poor health over the last 12 months or so and could not face the thought of ... Read more
Rachael113
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The good .... We booked for the sailing on 13th February , we travelled by train on the Sunday to Southampton Central, a ten minute walk from the dock and stayed at the Premier Inn ( A five minute walk from the dock ) , we would ... Read more

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Solent Richard
Member Since 2008
6 reviews
739 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2011
We had no prior experience with Royal Caribbean. At the time of booking this 18 night cruise, all suite accommodation had been reserved, so we opted for a Junior Suite. Cruise.co beat the competition to offer us a good deal. We ... Read more
peter desmond
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2011
Left Southampton on a bitterly cold day, raining heavily at appointed embarkation time meant that luggage was piled up on pavement in the open, consequently top 2 cases and contents were soaked. [Note to RCI this never happened with ... Read more
peewee52
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2011
Fabulous cruise on Independence with RCI after a break of over 2 years - same ship and no disappointments whatsoever. Would give excellent to all aspects but this is just our view and experience. Our experience was fantastic ... Read more
Clive
Member Since 2002
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2011
There was confusion at Southampton about the boarding time so we were sent off to IKEA to have coffee. The boarding process was similar but mercifully a bit quicker than an airport. Our cabin (stateroom) overlooked the Promenade or ... Read more
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corieltauvi
Member Since 2008
7 reviews
6 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2011
An 18 night cruise on a fantastic ship with all manner of innovative gizmos. Imaginative top decks, first rate fitness centre, enormous and spectacular theatre, a splendid stateroom. But.... We drove to Southampton and shambolic ... Read more

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