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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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1,098 Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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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
anthony lowton
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We both thought the food was quite good. We tried to arrive in the restaurant promptly. What a shame that the food was served on cold plates. We pointed this out to our head waiter. Things got better the next day, but then cold plates were ... Read more

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jaykant
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
we were inform by email to arrive late and on arrival there was long Q for passengers who need luggage labels and only 2 people issuing it. We found out as there was no other staff to guide there was passengers in Q who already had labels ... Read more
beardedladies
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
891 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We thought it would be a good idea to book the night before in a hotel due to recent weather conditions, so we stayed in the Devere Hotel which is only a few minutes away from the dock gates, which was very good nice breakfast too. We were ... Read more
netballer
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2011
sailed out for 18 days from southampton,check in was very quick, later than normal boarding due to health clean of the ship which they carried on doing all 18 days which did leave a bit of a smell on the cabin corridors but plenty of ... Read more
Chris Yates
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2011
Received an email 2 days before cruise regarding norovirus on board with option to re-book. Attempted to do so but told could only re-book if we were already unwell! Boarding went well and smoothly for us but some waited up to 2 ... Read more
RobertoF
Member Since 2009
8 reviews
73 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our 13th cruise and third with Royal Caribbean. We were excited to go on Indy with our extended family. This cruise was probably our worst in terms of service. The crew overall seemed like they did not want to be there. ... Read more

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Rulocal
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
172 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Lets start with the basics, THE BOARDING PROCEDURE was the usual efficient RCCL boarding, I have never had any real problems with the RCCL boarding and this was no exception. It was as smooth and fast as usual, but then again we ... Read more
Tim & Rita
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
First time cruisers, decided to jump in the deep end & go for the biggest cruise in outside USA.... WOW its MASSIVE , from looking at it from the Holiday Inn @ Southampton (best hotel for convenience) The worst part of the holiday ... Read more
NEIL HORNSBY
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our first cruise over the Christmas and New Year period and a very big thank you to all crew members of the Independance for making our time onboard a memorable one.As cruisers we sometimes take the excellent service by the crew ... Read more
foxy4
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed December 2010
We came back the 8th january had a lovely smooth cruise, I thought 18 nights would be to much, we didnt want to leave the ship! When we did it was chaos getting our suitcases..No organisation at all, every one pushing trolleys one way when ... Read more
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Brian & Ann
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
arrived at Southampton Dock at approx. 10-30am and was quite expecting to get told we were to early, we queued for 20 minutes and were let in to the unloading compound,and we were unloaded by a porter and the bags taken away.We parked the ... Read more

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The Krayzeees
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2010
We cruised on Voyager last November and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. So much so that within a week of returning home we booked this Canaries Cruise in Dec 2010. Having booked the cruise we were told of this critic site and read some of ... Read more
Single Cruiser
Member Since 2006
10 reviews
6,592 forum posts
0 helpful votes
After 6 consecutive cruises onboard the great Ocean Village and Ocean Village 2 I decided to try some alternative cruise lines to see if any would be my new choice. NCL next May was my first choice however this winter cruise popped up and ... Read more
Mrs L Cowley
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2010
We travelled as a party of 4 for the first time with Royal Caribbean just before Christmas. It was a wonderful experience, from check in to departure our every need was met. We were very spoilt by all the lovely staff especially our Cabin ... Read more
keithW
Member Since 2006
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was my 9th cruise 8th with RCI. We were on the Independence of the Seas sailing from Southampton 29/11/2010 for an 11 night cruise to the Canaries. We stayed in Southampton the night before joining the ship and saw the ship come into ... Read more
Shirley Nesbit
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2010
Altogether we had an excellent cruise starting from check-in at Southampton which was quick and easy, the only issue here being that our suitcases didn't arrive at the cabin till after 4 p.m. Our cabin was clean and spacious and we had ... Read more

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hasthagotnowtmoist
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2010
*The Windjammer is absolutely chaotic if you happen to go at the wrong time of day, and some of the lounges/bars seem overcrowded at certain times too. I can't understand people wanting to eat in the Windjammer every evening off plasic ... Read more
Richard Edwards
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2010
Hotel Info We chose to stay at The DeVere Grand Harbour Hotel before sailing - found it easy for carparking - we did not book this with RCCL though. Ship Info All I can say is wow! This ship really does have the wow factor. ... Read more
Beyonce
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
7 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2010
We found boarding the ship at Southampton speedy and efficient. This only took 15 mins and was helped by plenty of very friendly staff who gave clear directions. Having never sailed with Royal Caribbean before, we felt that the ... Read more
J. Anderson
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2010
This is the first Royal Caribbean cruise we have taken and definitely the last. The ship is beautiful and the cabin good although rather dated, needs updating rather like an old fashioned hotel, but very clean and ... Read more
keith cross
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Our first cruise but probably the last on IOS. Ship probably too big and crowded, 1800 cabins , over 4,000 peeps. Great for families. On the positive side the food, staff, attendant, evening entertainment, and ice show was superb. Some ... Read more

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