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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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Mary browning
1 review
Sailed May 2011
My parents booked this cruise for their 50th wedding anniversary and also took me,my husband and our two children,my brother and his girlfriend also joined us.My parents had only ever cruised with P&O before and after reading some ... Read more
postmeome
Member Since 2010
1 review
535 forum posts
We booked this cruise last october after a cruise on the freedom of the seas in september our first cruise,loved it so much that we went on the adventure of the seas in november.It was our first time going from southampton,and what a ... Read more
Rob Moloney
1 review
1 helpful vote
Booking We booked this cruise on the Independence of the Sea about 3 months before we were due to sail and it was our first time cruising with Royal Caribbean. We wanted to try a new cruise line as we had been a little disappointed with ... Read more
Rachel
Member Since 2001
3 reviews
Myself (33 yrs), my Husband (35yrs), our Daughter (6 yrs) and my Mum (67 yrs with walking stick).We sailed from Southampton. We used Cruise Parking Ltd to park our car. They took the suitcases from our car and we didn't touch or see them ... Read more
Steve Morgan
1 review
Sailed May 2011
My partner and i have just returned from a 11 night cruise to the canary's on the IOS . Our embarkation was smooth at Southampton we arrived and as we had booked a junior suite we asked if we could use the priority check in ,at first we ... Read more

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Bev Strong
1 review
Sailed April 2011
I was a little nervous beforehand as I didnt know what to expect on our first cruise but need not have worried as everything was fantastic. We parked right next to the terminal at Southampton and the check in process was so quick and easy ... Read more
michaeltyler
1 review
Not rated Sailed April 2011
I feel compelled to write a review about the cruise.May I say the previous review by Mr Wonka is absolutely spot on.This cruise has nicely filled the hole that Ocean Village left by moving to sunnier climes. The entertainment was pretty ... Read more
Princess123
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
116 forum posts
Embarkation in Southampton was very smooth and well organised and took around one hour from parking the car to getting on board. Our cabin was ready on arrival and we had lunch in the Windjammer, where we easily found a table.Our cabin ... Read more
willy wonker
1 review
One knew as soon as one saw the queue at Soton to Board this ship, that one had to keep an open mind. I was not disappointed in my early assessment of my fellow passengers when without warning I was asked if wigan were playing Blackpool or ... Read more
Host EJNutz
1 review
Sailed April 2011
Independence Of The Seas30th April 2011 - 4th May 201130th April 2011We arrived at Dock gate 8 at 11am. The car par4king organisation was excellent. We were quickly directed to the drop off zone for luggage and then directed to our car ... Read more

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spacastan
3 reviews
Sailed April 2011
This may have only been a 3 night cruise and may differ from 7 day cruise who knows. This is the first time we have cruised with Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas and I must admit this is an amazing ship which so much to see and do, ... Read more
EmmyJ
Member Since 2010
1 review
12 forum posts
Well we returned last week and I have mixed feelings, somethings were fantastic, some were great and some were poor. We chose Royal Caribbean as we thought it was 'family friendly' but actually the main activity for the kids was the kids ... Read more
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MrsPyab
Member Since 2009
1 review
43 forum posts
Sailed April 2011
Our October Oasis Odyssey blew us away so it was with some trepidation I took a short 3 nighter on Indy to see how she compared. In short the facilities (cabin, food, activities etc.) were not too far off what we found on Oasis - ... Read more
Stevie Lawson
Member Since 2006
12 reviews
211 forum posts
Sailed April 2011
On a nice Spring day we arrived at Southampton after a short domestic flight, boarding was straight forward before noon. I was on the ship within 10 mins of checking in at pier being a Diamond guest.(I did however learn from other guests ... Read more
Elaine
Member Since 2000
7 reviews
121 forum posts
Our first cruise was Freedom of the Sea's in 2008 when we sailed the Caribbean with our (then) 15 year old daughter. We've since taken another 4 cruises all with RCI because we enjoy their format and until they do something to upset us, ... Read more

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Lisa Slater
1 review
Sailed April 2011
I have just come back from an 11 night cruise on The Independence of the Seas. I went for my 40th birthdy, along with my husband and 2 boys, aged 12 and 6. the ship was fantastic. The children's club for my 6 year old was very good, ... Read more
peter thorley
1 review
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
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
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
585 forum posts
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

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spirite
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
188 forum posts
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
Two to Tango
1 review
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
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
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
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

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