Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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Mr T Elvins
1 review
Sailed February 2012
Other than being kept out in the cold and no update to whats going on while waiting to board, we had high hopes to this 1st time cruise. Deep cleaning of the ship we were told, because of an outbreak of norovirus on the previous trip, ... Read more
ray edgar
1 review
Sailed February 2012
We have always cruised from Southampton with very little problem until we sailed with RCL, when we arrived at check in at the time RCL told us to be there we were greeted with a queue of 1000+ guests waiting to get on board. This took some ... Read more
Janet Waters
1 review
Sailed February 2012
Started our cruise to the Canaries on a cold February morning arriving at Southampton port at 11 o'clock to be told by Royal Caribbean that we would be unable to board as ship was being deep cleaned due to an outbreak of Norovirus on the ... Read more
CommodoreAndy
Member Since 2012
1 review
4 forum posts
Sailed February 2012
My partner and I sailed on the 11 night Canary Islands cruise on the Independence Of The Seas (IOTS) from Southampton on 24Th Feb 2012. Enough has been said already about the check;in problems that day due to the virus on board and a ... Read more
Janet Geering
1 review
Sailed February 2012
Boarding from Southampton - unfortunately there had been a previous cruise with Norovirus so the ship had to be deep cleaned, but this was for our benefit and everyone got $20 credit. We were late getting on board but this could not really ... Read more
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rozzyb
Member Since 2012
1 review
8 forum posts
Hi there everyone, We just got back on 6th March and have had an amazing time! The ship is spectacular, the food wonderful and the entertainment is so varied and there is truly something for everybody going on from dawn til after midnight ... Read more
ferrs11
Member Since 2008
20 reviews
4 forum posts
Sailed February 2012
This was our 15th cruise on Royal Caribbean and our second on this ship. We enjoy a bit of R&R in the sun in the winter and were not too concerned about the itinerary. Our main reason for choosing this cruise was the Southampton ... Read more
Sarah
7 reviews
Sailed February 2012
Let start with day one, yes we were made to wait in Southampton 7 hours, but that was because 450 people on the previous sailing got ill not because the ship was not clean but because it was brought in from outside when the passengers got ... Read more
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Geoff Sheridan
1 review
Sailed February 2012
The only down part of the whole experience was the long wait at Southampton, due to an outbreak of Norovirus where they had to sanitize the ship. When you see the size of her you can see this is no easy task.We arrived early at about ... Read more
viv chapman
2 reviews
Sailed February 2012
Returned two hours ago from an 11 day cruise to the Canaries. An outbreak of Noro-virus ensured that several thousand people were kept waiting at Southampton, either shoved into a departure lounge (no water or toilets) or freezing outside ... Read more
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Noopa
Member Since 2011
1 review
68 forum posts
Not rated Sailed February 2012
Pre cruise accommodation: We stayed at Southampton city Travelodge. It was cheap (£19), clean, and did the job but not really the nicest of hotels and pretty noisy with road traffic. Parking: I used www.parkatmyhouse.com and ... Read more
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alanmaxted
1 review
Sailed February 2012
Just got back from 11 nights on the Independence and all 11 of us had a wonderful time, in spite of being ill for a few days with the "Novo". The ships medical team were very busy, but the hospital was well staffed to deal with the minor ... Read more
Rachael113
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
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
southwalescruiser
1 review
Sailed February 2012
Booked online - 11 nights for £699 - great price! Parked right opposite ship, 2 minutes walk to check in. As a previous Royal caribbean cruiser we could use the priority check-in queue so it took us all of 10 minutes from start ... Read more
horseshowdad
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
Sailed February 2012
My wife and I are both Crown & Anchor Diamond level and have cruised the Caribbean and South America with RCCL prior. We chose this cruise as a way to gain some experience in areas that we'd not be likely to visit otherwise. (Spain, ... Read more
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loramHull
1 review
Sailed February 2012
This holiday was the first in 2 years as my husband has been extremely ill. We were really looking forward to it. It was aimed at seeing how we managed especially being in a wheelchair. I must say that RCI looks after its disabled ... Read more
johnepdep
Member Since 2011
1 review
4 forum posts
Sailed February 2012
Just returned from the Canaries cruise on The Ind of the Seas. Not the best experience of cruising, in fact the worst. You try to make the most of a bad job. Plenty of activities through the day if you like Bingo, lectures or learning to ... Read more
Wabs
Member Since 2012
1 review
Sailed February 2012
I will make this a balanced and fair review. It didn't start well. Embarkation at Southampton involved an hours queue outside the terminal building in freezing weather, then a further 2 hours to get through the check in process to board ... Read more
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Stevie Lawson
Member Since 2006
12 reviews
211 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Second time on Indy and better than expected. On a very cold sunny day we arrived at SOU around 1215, joined lines for car park baggage drop. Less than 10 mins and parked. Joined queue of over 75 yds in freezing wind. After about 5 ... Read more
Jason12
Member Since 2011
1 review
1,389 forum post
This was our first ever cruise, we spent a fair bit of time researching different cruise company's and reading reviews on here, we are a family with 3 teenagers and my wife is in a wheelchair so we needed a range of activities, once we ... Read more
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A Weston
1 review
After looking at Independance of the Seas for years in Southampton, we finally got round to booking acruise on her. Due to an outbreak of Norovirus on the previous sailing, the ship had to be 'sanitised' prior to getting onboard but, ... Read more
Chris - Derby
1 review
Our second cruise on this ship, we arrived at Southampton around 1.30 pm which we know is a busy time. Embarkation very straightforward and the queues were dealt with very efficiently (security checks, etc.) Terminal parking was very ... Read more
T Campbell
1 review
Having read other reviews we were a little uncertain of what to expect - luxury ship or holiday camp on sea ? Little had prepared us for our first sight of the ship which was absolutely enormous. Parking and check in were simple and ... Read more
Graham K
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
Sailed January 2012
I'll try to be fair and honest in my review, and credit will be given when deserved. My wife and I have cruised together three times previously, within the last three years, with P&O and Norwegian Cruise Lines, so any comparisons I make ... Read more
Barbara Marson
1 review
Sailed January 2012
I found some of the negative reviews on this site really surprising and felt that I had to add my comments as my husband and I had such a good experience on the Independence of the Seas cruise round the Canaries for 11 nights from 22nd ... Read more
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