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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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1,059 Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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joyce_6333
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
9 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
We thought the Independence was a great ship and we had a fantastic time. Our children took us on this cruise for our 50th anniversary. The itinerary was Ok. Our excursion in Belize was great, but where we docked was run down and dirty. ... Read more
SolarBabe
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
This is my third cruise on RC and I am spoiled! All I have ever had was a large balcony or a Junior Suite. Drove down to my sisters in Tampa 2 days before, that Friday we + two other family members drove over to Ft. Lauderdale stayed at ... Read more
Armavy
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
First, all of our cruises have been with RCI. This cruise was our ninth. The third cruise in the class, but first on the Independence. From arrival at the port, the boarding process was speedy, with some of the most helpful port teammates ... Read more
ebmedic
Member Since 2010
5 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
This was our 10th trip with RC, but first on this class of ship. Previously the Adventure was the largest ship we had sailed on. Embarkation was a breeze. We were on the ship within one hour of getting off the plane. Only one person ... Read more
nazarene-lady
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
11 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Me and my husband have traveled on all cruise lines except Carnival--we took along our mothers and aunts for this trip so they could experience the cruise life. Reading the reviews of some we were a little worried but we did not have the ... Read more

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Shibbernackles
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
9 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We are a cruising family with a toddler, so our review will be biased based on previous experiences. We have cruised this class ship before, so some things will be related to how it compared. We stayed at Embassy Suites pre-cruise, a ... Read more
NJMOM1216
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
My family and I have been on many RCCI Ships, this was not a great cruise. Boring!!! Food awful. You had to eat lunch in the Windjammer everyday. This food was terrible. There was not even a complete salad bar. Everyday it was ... Read more
CruisinBarb63
Member Since 2014
1 review
139 forum posts
0 helpful votes
There were six of us together on this cruise, myself (50 something), my girls, 21, 17, 16 and two of my friends who came along for support (and the cruise of course). We were in two inside, adjoining rooms (1605 & 1607). Two of us ... Read more
gmhohio
Member Since 2006
4 reviews
709 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
This was my fifteenth cruise overall, my second cruise with Royal Caribbean. The ship was beautiful and appeared to be well kept. High points were many of the staff, particularly the bartending staff in the Champagne Lounge. The ... Read more
scottyhouston
Member Since 2003
4 reviews
32 forum posts
0 helpful votes
BACKGROUND: My Husband and I are avid travelers and have experienced practically every mode of transportation over the many years of adventures we’ve taken across the globe. But cruising for us have become an inherent part of our ... Read more

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Danbee46
Member Since 2001
11 reviews
365 forum posts
0 helpful votes
First of all, we believe that even an imperfect cruise is a great vacation. Having said that, we were disappointed in several things on the Indy. Before that, let me say that the best thing about this cruise was the staff. At all ... Read more
Geo B
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2015
I realize travelers come from various countries and the tv gives them some stuff in their own language but I got a better choice of channels for free on my JetyBlue Flight. CNN and HLN did not provide consistent news- they gave weather in ... Read more
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4151
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
M y wife and I mostly cruise on Princess but we thought to try Royal Caribbean. This was our third cruise with R.C. The "plusses" were the ice show, good cabin attendant (Wendy), clean ship, quiet and comfortable cabin with a ... Read more
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PSUfan1313
Member Since 2010
1 review
153 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
I'll keep this brief, but as complete as possible. This was our first cruise on RCCL, but will not be our last. Wanted to experience a larger ship without being lost onboard so chose the Indy. I do not regret my decision at all. ... Read more
Ren1216
Member Since 2006
1 review
1,488 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
We are a family group of 8, ranging in age from 44-88. For our 2015 cruise, we chose the Indpenedence of the Seas October 11th sailing (eastern itinerary), mostly because we enjoyed sister-ship Freedom and St Kitts would be a new port for ... Read more

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Noneck
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
121 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
This was an excellent experience, 6 of us went together had 3 balconys side by side, left balconies open so we could walk between our rooms at will (except when curtain closed) couldn't have work out any better. Food was excellent in main ... Read more
RCLAM
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
On October 4 my husband and I boarded Independence of The Seas planning to spend the next seven days relaxing, anticipating a week with no stress. In reality the majority of the week involved confusion and frustration as a result of poor ... Read more
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Pmdavis
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We are Elite Plus members with Celebrity and usually cruise with them, however, due to schedules we booked a suite for the three of us on the IOS. We found this to be a very relaxing cruise and one we would do again if Celebrity was not ... Read more
bearsgt
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
This ship was impeccably clean and the staff were outstanding. There was plenty to do on the ship, such as going to the casino, pools, hot tubs and numerous shows. The food on this ship was both plentiful and very tasty. The balcony ... Read more
gballard
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
I was disappointed in this cruise. The most prevalent issue was the lack of choices in most things. There were few soda choices: orange, coke, diet coke, sprite. There were very few vegetables offered at dinner or lunch, other than a ... Read more

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dan l
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
over all was a very good cruise. there was six of us. at dinner we had a great waiter roy , who ever gets him on the independence of the seas will have a great experience.nice ports , the staff on the ship always had a smile and a hello, ... Read more
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Senior Single
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
72 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Boarding the ship was very easy - no problem locating my cabin and then going to Windjammer for a quick lunch prior to life boat drill. The drill was quite long, and standing on deck in a crowd when temperatures are in the high 80's isn't ... Read more
Toddy709
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
1,043 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
Just for background info: I've cruised Disney once, Princess eight or nine times, and had one booked on Celebrity but had to cancel. I've read enough on CC to know these are very comparable cruise lines, and I knew there would be some ... Read more
L Jane
Member Since 2001
1 review
182 forum posts
1 helpful vote
ABOUT ME. This cruise was myself and my cousin, this being my 15th cruise with Royal (Diamond) and my cousin’s second. I’ve also cruised with Princess, Carnival, and Norwegian and my preference is RCCL but within RCCL my ... Read more
thjeepster
Member Since 2014
1 review
133 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
Had a great time on our vacation The balcony room we had was very nice. 10th floor was amazing location. Entertainment was very good. Had something planned for us every night. Captain on Indy changed our course on the way back to ... Read more

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