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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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rdun41251
Member Since 2012
9 reviews
5 forum posts
5 helpful votes
WOW…..VAVA Voom, well not quite…… Not too sure why but my family group of 6 adults felt there was some vital ingredient missing from this particular cruise with which to make this an outstanding one. We certainly ... Read more
Stardawn
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Our second cruise with RCL after a poor experience with them on the Baltic but we decided to put that to the back of our minds and try a second go. Mistake. Once again we have found RCL customer services 'wanting' on this trip - this ... Read more
jenasue101
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
We planned a family of 8 trip for 3 nights to the Bahamas with 2 stops. The boat only made one of the stops, and we were never told anything about cancelling the second stop. This was very disappointing to the whole family. Otherwise the ... Read more
Doglovertoo
Member Since 2012
1 review
116 forum posts
5 helpful votes
There were 6 adults and 2 kids ages 12 and 8. We decided on this cruise because it offered a lot of activities for all ages. Embarkation was very quick. We were on the ship within an hour (maybe less) of arriving at the port. Once on ... Read more
aedanrich
Member Since 2011
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
this was our 6th cruise with Royal Caribbean and just as good as the others, The food was terrific as usual and great waiter and assistant waiter on from Turkey and the other Mexico Cozumel was terrific tour guide Patricia was great ... Read more

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layha2002@aol.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
20 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
Let me start off by staying that I was a huge fan of Royal Caribbean. I convince everyone to cruise with this ship over Norwegian and carnival. My family and friends was a group of 10 with 3 cabins. We were told that we would be linked ... Read more
vegasgal47
Member Since 2006
1 review
21 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Thought the ship was beautiful. The service was great except for our cabin steward but our cousin's steward was good. I went with my cousin and sister. Activities were plentiful. Loved the parade and Dancin in the Streets. Ice ... Read more
NickFin
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We used Cruise Critic so much planning our trip, that it would seem a disservice to not leave a review ourselves! We traveled on Indy with our three kids (11, 9 and 7), their grandmother, and ourselves (30...ish). This was our first ... Read more
cruzgirl1
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
6 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
Just sailed on the Independence of the Seas, very nice cruise. This was our 2nd time in 7 months on the ship. Let me start by saying getting on the ship was very easy, we have priority boarding so within 15 minutes we were aboard. ... Read more
RSV Angel
Member Since 2011
1 review
49 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We decided at the last of Mar. to look into a "last minute" cruise. Researched several and decided to go for this 5 day Western on RCCL. Decided to go as inexpensive as we could so we took a inside gty. We were in fact pleasantly ... Read more

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heartscontent
Member Since 2010
8 reviews
26 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Having just come off Allure in February, we decided to book this as a last minute inexpensive cruise. From the perspective of value for money, we got more than our monies worth. We have only sailed on 7 and 8 day cruises in the past so I ... Read more
flcruisemeister
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We have been sailing Royal Caribbean for many years. Our last cruise was on Vision of the Seas and we had a very poor experience. We decided to give RCCL one more shot and decided on The Independence of the Seas. First off it is a ... Read more
blackface
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
4 helpful votes
After a reasonable coach transfer to the port, we entered the terminal and were met with what seemed to be the entire compliment of 4000 passengers standing in line waiting for security processing and once through that another long line ... Read more
45 & Counting
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
6 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
My husband and I went on this 4 night cruise to celebrate my Birthday. We had seen some negative comments before we went, so we didn't have great expectations, but the timing was good for us. We ended up loving the cruise and having a real ... Read more
ShortSeller
Member Since 2012
5 reviews
27 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Previously sailed Royal 6 times and then switched to Celebrity for last 7, so it's hard to go back. Royal serves a different demographic so it's difficult to compare, but I did find myself recognizing the vast differences between the ... Read more

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nailcutter
Member Since 2009
6 reviews
14 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
Went on a 4 night cruise with 7 other couples. Been on RCCL 25 times prior and this ship twice. Embarkation took 10 minutes to get on the ship. Cabin was ready and was typical of RCCL. Balcony decent sized. Bed comfortable and AC worked. ... Read more
Cruisn4jewels
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
94 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
This was a great long weekend getaway. The ship is in great shape, easy to get around, there's plenty to do and the staff are wonderful. Our cabin was on the 8th floor and promenade facing but there was never any noise, those cabins are ... Read more
BiggerBlessings
Member Since 2014
1 review
3 helpful votes
First of all, a little about who we are to put this review in proper context: Husband and I are in our early 50s. And cruising is our favorite! On this trip, we brought our son (15) and two of his closest friends. We are from the West ... Read more
Yankee1962
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
28 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
I love this class of the Royal Caribbean fleet, its not too big, not too small. I love the royal promenade center with all the shops and specialty bars. great place to people watch, party, and sit with family and friends. My 5 day ... Read more
TDawe
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
My wife and I have taken many cruises over many different cruise lines. We hadn't given Royal Caribbean a try yet. Royal Caribbean was supposed to be one of the best, so my expectations were high, and the results were well below ... Read more
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Fred&Lily
Member Since 2005
1 review
371 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
This is our 15th cruise and for a change this winter decided on two short vacations rather than one longer two week holiday and a 5 day getaway on Independence of the Seas to Belize and Cozumel fit the bill perfectly. We'll probably do ... Read more
veilman
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
We enjoyed our cruise overall. The ship was nice and clean, had many things to do and many food options. Rooms were what I expected based on what I paid for, small and clean. First complaint, their website said we would leave at 6PM ... Read more
dlytle75
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Overall a great cruise. Here are a few things that need to be worked on: (1). The shore excursion, "Jaguar Zip Line and Cave Tubing" in Belize was a great experience; however, it was advertised as a 5 ½ hour tour, and ... Read more
suwaneedad
Member Since 2006
4 reviews
36 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Our 9th annual spring break cruise with our kids (15yo) and several other families. We sailed Indy in 2014 as well, and were happy to be back on board. We have sailed Royal and Carnival multiple times for spring break cruises. Our ... Read more
katepm56
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
This was my first time cruising with Royal Caribbean. Leaving out of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale was a bit disappointing as we felt like cattle with an hour wait in line to check in. If you are Royal Gold, etc you have a separate ... Read more

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