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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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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
1 helpful vote
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

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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
lottathought
Member Since 2016
1 review
18 forum posts
21 helpful votes
We are a family of 4...to include a 13 y/o and a 4 y/o. This was our first cruise but every member in my family is already looking forward to the next cruise and trying to decide where we should go. It was not perfect...but honestly, ... Read more
slhoffman
Member Since 2003
1 review
10 forum posts
5 helpful votes
I booked this cruise with two 18 year old men for their Spring Break. The night before we stayed at the Courtyard Plantation. They have a frees shuttle from the airport to the hotel, and one the next morning from the hotel to the pier. ... Read more
Jillbus
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
75 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Embarkation in Ft. Lauderdale was quick. From the time we walked into the terminal to the time we were actually on board was about 20 minutes. We had received a call to arrive between 12-3. We like to normally board about 10:30-11, but ... Read more
debbyrich
Member Since 2003
3 reviews
203 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Booked this cruise as a getaway for my birthday. We had cabin 9530 forward, port side. As always having a balcony is always nice, just didn't get to use it too much on this trip, I think it was because it was a five night. This was my ... Read more

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RCfanNdallas
Member Since 2005
3 reviews
110 forum posts
16 helpful votes
FIRST: My name is Jeff and I'm Emerald status on Royal Caribbean and only a cruise or so away from Diamond. Of my 11 cruises, this was my 9th on RC and I'm what they call a loyal royal. I do have a pessimist streak but try to stay ... Read more
Missourigirl1
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
My husband and I like to explore when we vacation so we were hesitant to take a cruise but we decided to try it for our 22nd wedding anniversary and we're so glad we did! (Our hotel stay at Days Inn the night before was horrendous. Do not ... Read more
Moodussnare
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
6 helpful votes
Embarkation: This cruise left out of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, the port was clean and everyone was very friendly as we made our way to the check in area. We waited in line for about 30 seconds and were taken right to the desk. ... Read more
Miami Spice
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
9 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We had no clue the cruise would include loads of college students on a spring break deal. We were in this for r and r. No way! Lots of drunk kids out of control. Vulgar language on elevators, food fights on our floor and even a drunk kid ... Read more
martikus
Member Since 2002
1 review
139 forum posts
21 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Just returned from a great 4 day cruise on IOS. It was me (39), my husband (44) and son (9). I was unsure what to expect after all the mixed reviews, but we had a great time and wouldn't hesitate to go on the boat again. Embark - So ... Read more

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kaykels
Member Since 2004
11 reviews
746 forum posts
5 helpful votes
I will try to be fair considering this was one of our worst vacations ever due to Norwalk virus! My husband woke up on day 2 of a 4 night cruise, so it put a damper on things. I caught it on the last day after I got off of the ship. So ... Read more
devschk
Member Since 2012
1 review
6 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2016
2nd all time cruise, first time on Royal Caribbean. Stayed night prior at Hyatt place 17th ave, they have a shuttle for 10.00 per person. Embarkation was fast and convenient. Had a superior balcony, room was decent size very clean balcony ... Read more
Egordon101
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We sailed on the 5 day IOS cruise that left on Feb. 27. Overall we enjoyed ourselves. We stayed at the Renaissance Cruiseport the night before so getting to the ship was simple. Embarkation was easy as well and by 11:30 AM we were in ... Read more
pdilworth
Member Since 2014
1 review
5 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
My Husband (42) and I (38) just returned from the Feb 27, sailing. This was out third trip on the Independence, and we have yet to be disappointed. The ship was clean and in good condition, even though it is not a new boat. The staff was ... Read more
haleybutcher
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
My mom, dad, and I all went on the Independence of the Seas in February. The ship was absolutely incredible! There are so many events and activities on board that you can't possibly do them all. My personal favorites include the rock wall, ... Read more

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Cruise Sailor
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
I have sailed on the two other Freedom Class ships. The ship is in excellent condition and was very clean. RC needs to update the carpeting and the cabin colors and everything would be as new. The service was excellent and the staff ... Read more
WDMAC
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
7 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We (with my wife and 17 year old daughter) just got back from a 5 day cruise to Jamaica and Labadee. High points: The nightly entertainment was the best I've seen on my 7 cruises. The Cruise Director Ricky Matthews was a ... Read more
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sugadogg
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
I like to call this the Golden Corral of the Sea. The food was just average, it was edible. There was only one meal that I could say was delicious, and it was the lasagna. The drinks were strong, but we didn’t drink a lot. I ... Read more
pmwalkup
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was my 27th, and worst, cruise. Embarkation was grueling. Many passengers and terminal was under construction. Worst experience yet. The food in the dining room was not great. It was sub par to all of my past experiences. ... Read more
Soontoberetired2012
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
141 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We expected to board by 11:00, but when we arrived at the port it was pretty much chaos. The cruise before was a heavy metal band cruise and they were still cleaning up after them. Several large pieces had to be taken off the pool deck, ... Read more

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