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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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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
malcolm carson
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Arrived at Southampton 11.30.am....ABS car parks were very efficient and helpful? check in aboard ship no problem ! We were having a meal in the windjammer by 12.30.pm.. In our cabin by .1.20.pm.we had one suit case missing which arrived a ... Read more
The nightman
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our 1st cruise with RCI and having watched many TV programs and reading almost every weekend newspaper praising this wonderful ship that sails from Southampton we decided to give it a go! The ship although very large is ... Read more
yorkshire terrier
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
35 forum posts
0 helpful votes
OH and I had a nightmare journey to Southampton by train,so were looking forward to our first cruise with RCI on Independence of the Seas.We spent the night before the cruise at the city centre Premier Inn which was great value for money. ... Read more
jclarkhall
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
43 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Left Southampton on the Friday knowing bad weather on way . PO cruises Azure decided not to sail and I believe Fred Olsen ship left but turned back.Got worse during Sat and night into Sunday Hurricane level winds with 30 ft waves. Ship ... Read more

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malcolm rodker
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2010
3 days into our 10 day canary island cruise on the Independence and my wife wanted to go home. I managed to talk her round with the promise of better times when the ship landed at the first port of call (Tenerife) but I really wish now ... Read more
helpmeimlost
Member Since 2010
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Southampton Port is easily accessible by road and rail. We arrived at the port car park gates at almost the exact time recommended in the cruise joining instructions. However it then took a further 40 minutes to finally park - it may be ... Read more
Col1874
Member Since 2010
1 review
213 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Firstly, I would like to point out that my review may not apply to those without kids under the age of 3. We booked what we thought was going to be a holiday of a lifetime back in March. My wife, daughter and I booked along with the ... Read more
meakmogs
Member Since 2010
1 review
36 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We were a family of five which included 16, 13 & 11 year old children. First things first, the cleanliness.... if the NHS had RCI staff to clean, MRSA and such like would be irradicated within days. I have never experienced such ... Read more
dannysdad
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
456 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2010
Met some fabulous people who we hope will remain friends for a long time. Independence of the Seas is fabulous, as a structure. She is also fabulously clean and the Staff, who we came across daily, were magnificent. ... Read more

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VW Camper
Member Since 2010
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Not cruised before....You will love it Got kids...They will love it Enjoy Butlins....You will love it Looking for a quality cruise with all the touches...forget it In comparison to the many other cruises we have taken ... Read more
Wigglesworth
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2010
There was 4 of us that travelled to Southampton for our first cruise,i am going to make my review short but to the point.When we arrived at the ship embarkment was quick and efficient which after travelling by car for nearly 5 hours it was ... Read more
Photodom
Member Since 2010
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas 25/09/10 - 09/10/10 Mediterranean - Gibraltar, Villafranche, Livorno, Civitavecchia, Cagliari Sardinia, Cadiz, Lisbon, Vigo Booked this holiday through Barrhead Travel in ... Read more
Trelawny Two
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Just recovered from a very nasty illness caught I'm sure from our neighbour who sneezed constantly without covering his face whist sitting on his balcony, this did rather spoilt the start of a long awaited and looked forward to cruise. My ... Read more
coolchic
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Well here we are at the end of another very enjoyable Cruise with Royal C. We could'nt had better service from all the staff on board which is truly commendable yet again, having cruised before on the Legend of the Seas last year to the ... Read more

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D Appadurai
1 review
0 forum posts
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Parking was not included as part of the cruise fare and so we had to book parking separately from www.abparking.co.uk . We booked shuttle parking, which means you park within the dock area and a shuttle transports you and your luggage from ... Read more
Frogsgirl
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2010
For my hubby & I I think it was too big. The public areas do have the wow factor however if you are looking for a little peace & quiet this was not the sailing to find it. I'll break this review down into sections: Embarkation - ... Read more
denise higgins
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My 12 year old daughter and I headed off to Southampton,mid August 2009, for a 14 day cruise around the Med on the Independence of the Seas. Arriving at Southampton by car, we were impressed with the logistics of getting cars parked, ... Read more
Dave Mckenzie
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2010
First of all let me say that the ship is a wonderful experience in its self. Apart from a few glaring exceptions that could and should be addressed, I could not find fault with the ship or the activities on board. Starting with the ... Read more
Yorkshire-Pudding
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
214 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The following is long but then it was a long holiday, so here goes. This was our first ever cruise by my husband, son and I, originally for the 2009 sailing but delayed to this year. Following the unexpected death of my father-in-law, my ... Read more

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firtree4
Member Since 2010
1 review
4 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Taking the plunge..... How did we get to go on our 1st cruise? Just a few weeks ago at the beginning of June, we really hadn't decided what we were going to do for a summer holiday this year. We are a family of 4; our children are aged ... Read more
Able Seaman H
Member Since 2010
6 reviews
949 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2010
We've done a lot of cruises with Royal Caribbean to the point where we turned Diamond Plus at the end of this cruise. I posted a review mid way through the cruise so pleased was I with the trip. This is the official verdict now we're back ... Read more
ANYPORT
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
80 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Rather than a review stating likes/dislikes of recent cruise with RCI, thought I'd do a comparison of my experience on Independence of the Seas and on Ruby Princess. Both ships are marketed as 'big family ships' and are roughly same age. ... Read more
Alex
5 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We are a family of 4 and this was our 6th cruise with RCCL but our first on a Freedom Class ship. Our daughters are 8 and 5 and this was their 3rd cruise. We drove down from Scotland the day before and stayed in a local Premier Inn. It ... Read more
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hayes
Member Since 2011
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Cruised with my 15 yr old son . Never cruised before but wanted to experience something different and what an experience from the moment we stepped on board. Didn't know what to expect but were never disappointed - staff friendly and ... Read more
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