Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Filter reviews by:
Your selections (clear selections):
Royal Caribbean x
Independence of the Seas x
Independence of the Seas
Member Rating
72% Loved It
Cruise Critic Rating
4.5 Editor's Rating

1,165 Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Cruiser rating
Excellent
546
Very Good
266
Average
174
Poor
105
Terrible
41
See reviews for
Family Cruises
Family Cruises
380
First-Time Cruisers
First-Time Cruisers
107
Romantic Cruises
Romantic Cruises
65
Senior Cruises
Senior Cruises
49
Rating Summary
Dining
Public Rooms
Cabin
Entertainment
Value for Money
Service
Stuart
Member Since 2000
1 review
214 forum posts
The Independence of the Seas is truly a fantastic ship. From first boarding at Southampton we were nothing less than impressed with the size, cleanliness and friendly crew. Nothing was too much trouble for the crew and many went out of ... Read more
nam1
Member Since 2009
1 review
28 forum posts
We had previously done a 7 night cruise on the Freedom of the Seas and on the basis of that we booked a 14 night cruise on the Independance. The ships are essentially the same; very large, slightly impersonal, very busy at times but ... Read more
Helpful? Thank nam1
Clio1610
Member Since 2009
5 reviews
1,062 forum post
I will start by saying that this was our 4th cruise (all on RCI) and our first 14 nighter! so we were a little anxious - was 14 nights going to be too long we wondered - 7 nights on our 3 x previous cruises has just not been long enough. ... Read more
David
Member Since 2000
22 reviews
663 forum posts
My wife and I recently returned from a 14-night cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas. This was our 30th cruise overall and 20th on RCI. We have sailed on all current classes of RCI ships. This was our 5th long sailing ... Read more
Helpful? Thank David
Lawrence
1 review
Sailed June 2011
This cruise was our first, and in my case a 60th birthday present from my best friend and my family . It also was the culmination of a dream to have a cruise holiday since i was a kid. To see the ship for the first time is rather a ... Read more

Compare Prices on Independence of the Seas Cruises

Helenps
1 review
I chose the Independence of the Seas as I had previously been on the Freedom and liberty and was wowed by the choice on the menu and the staff. However although I found the staff to be wonderful and the ship being just as amazing as I ... Read more
Mrs H J Sharp
1 review
My partner and I have just returned from our first cruise with Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas. Our check in was quick, easy and efficient. When we got on board we found the ship to be very impressive. It's a massive ship, with ... Read more
BobbyOrr
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
103 forum posts
Left Southhampton after 3 marvelous days in London. We had heard via cruisecritic that the ship was boarding late due to extra cleaning required. I think the port was overwhelmed with People as it a a bit chaotic but to be fare, we moved ... Read more
rimboron
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
25 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Boarding was delayed due to the previous cruise being affected by an outbreak of a virus and the ship having to undergo a "deep-clean" but we were informed via email of this fact. Despite this boarding went smoothly and we were eventually ... Read more
tony4962
1 review
We decided last year that we would try a cruise and decided to ask the mother-in-law to accompany us as she's not getting any younger and doesn't generally do holidays. We had separate but adjoining staterooms with the sliding balcony door ... Read more

Compare Prices on Independence of the Seas Cruises

piper181
Member Since 2009
6 reviews
24 forum posts
While we had an enjoyable time, this cruise is most definitely not for the American market. Of our 3700 "friends" that joined us, most likely 95% were from the UK with the entertainment and food targeted to that market. ... Read more
fluffykins13
Member Since 2010
1 review
7 forum posts
Well back from our first ever cruise and it really was the best 2 weeks we've ever had. Can't understand the negative reviews that people post on here when the ship is just so incredible. Embarkation So smooth and easy, as ... Read more
junebuggy71
1 review
Yes Ms June has cruised and conquered the Italian Mediterranean cruise (set sail on 11th June for 2 weeks). The ship is beautiful and an amazing feat of engineering and service onboard. The staff were wonderful especially Ana, Liviu ... Read more
mumdupegge
Member Since 2011
1 review
Firstly the good things had a guaranteed cabin which turned out to be a promenade cabin, wonderful just loved it. Everything looked as wonderful as we had remembered it. Disappointment number one was Dinner. Service was poor but just the ... Read more
Crocodile Echuca
Member Since 2011
1 review
Sailed May 2011
We travelled as a group of 5 from Australia, arranging 3 balcony cabins together so we could enjoy the fresh air and conviviality of the balconies during the cruise. We'd successfully done this before with Celebrity but to our horror, ... Read more

Compare Prices on Independence of the Seas Cruises

Kirsty Fulton
1 review
After returning from a cruise with P&O Ventura last year we were total cruise converts and so as soon as we came home we began searching for another fantastic family holiday. After much searching we were recommended RCI Independence of ... Read more
Maureen Rae (mightymo)
1 review
Embarkation After getting over the shock of the sheer size of Independence of the Seas at the Southampton dock we "sailed" through having initially booked in on line. There were a lot of passengers, but it was so quick and efficient ... Read more
Aardvark
Member Since 2003
1 review
57 forum posts
As it turned out I needn't have worried. First embarkation . A remarkably straightforward procedure, especially to anyone used to air travel these days. Bearing in mind that we managed to turn up at what appeared to be the peak time ... Read more
John Nightingale
1 review
Sailed May 2011
Turning up at Southampton was smooth. Lined up and then got to drop off bags before parking no more than 200 yards from Ship. Amazed at size of ship and after passing through registration controls started using the onboard ships pass to ... Read more
Cruisyfloozie
1 review
First the bad: Sloppy bland food in windjammer (catering for majority of passengers with dentures), bland food in main dining room, what used to be good food is now average food in my opinion. Poor service in jonny rockets (both visits ... Read more

Compare Prices on Independence of the Seas Cruises

Tony Brewerton
1 review
OK, we arrived home yesterday so wanted to get my review on while it's fresh in my mind! For background, this was our second cruise, first from the UK and our first with our baby daughter who is 10 months old. In total there was 5 of us ... Read more
samcol13
Member Since 2011
1 review
7 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I booked this cruise over a year in advance and then spent that year stressing about whether we would enjoy it, what clothes i would need, how much drinks were, i read just about every review ever written on it so thought i knew what good ... Read more
We arrived at the car park, left our cases with the attendant and walked onto the ship,it was as simple as that.... The ship is massive, very clean and beautiful inside. Our state room was fine, saying it was sleeping four Inc my 2 teenage ... Read more
Helpful? Thank Wp
ChrisP
1 review
So we figured sailing from Southampton would be a great way to save the hassle of airports and overnight stays before and after our cruise, just a quick jaunt on the train and there we were straight into our holiday.. perfect. Sizing up ... Read more
John Davies
1 review
Sailed May 2011
My wife and I had never cruised before but were persuaded by relatives and friends. None of them had ever cruised with the Independence of the Seas nor with Royal Caribbean. Holidays that we have enjoyed recently included Sorrento (Amalfi, ... Read more

Compare Prices on Independence of the Seas Cruises

Sponsored links

Sponsored links

Share feedback
Thank you!  Cruise Critic values your feedback.
How can we improve this page?
Skip X

See Independence of the Seas deals up to 82% off:

December Deals
Independence of the Seas 72% Loved It

 
5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise
See all Independence of the Seas Deals >>