14 night Canaries Cruise 17th March 2012: Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by lydia Rew
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14 night Canaries Cruise 17th March 2012
Destination: Canary Islands
The staff were really friendly & keen to help. They were also very vigilant in their cleaning due to the previous cruises having the Norovirus - their hard work paid off as only 10 people came down with it on our cruise.
We found the Entertainment on board to be the best we have experienced and the Stars v More Stripes quiz show was hilarious. It involves charades ..the Stripes being the Captain & some Officers versus the Stars being the Cruise Director and some entertainment staff ....it is a MUST to see! We had never got around to going to the Ice Shows on previous cruises so we made sure we did this time & it was amazing and well worth it.
We chose 2nd seating for dinner (8.30) and found the quality of the food to be of a high standard and the dining room staff were very efficient and eager to please. The Windjammer Cafe for Breakfast & Lunch was always busy and sometimes it was a struggle to find seats but we always got a seat after a few circuits. The quality/choice of the food was very Hit & Miss but then again we always found something we could eat.
All in All we had a wonderful cruise and were very impressed by the staff, Cabin etc. ..probably the BEST so far. We did find the ship just a little bit too big for us but that is our personal choice and as there were lots of repeat cruisers and loyal followers of the IOTS I think we may be in the minority. Less
Cabin review: JS9626 Junior Suite
Cabin 9626 ..Junior Suite - Port side. This cabin was Mid ship and very convenient for the lifts and stairs. Only 2 levels to go up to the Windjammer Cafe. It was my 1st experience in a Junior Suite and I loved it. The cabin was roomy and the plus for me was having a Walk In Wardrobe. There was also a bath/shower ..nice to have the choice. I really liked the size of the Balcony as it was big enough to accommodate a Sunbed + comfy lounger with leg rest also 2 chairs & a table. There was lots of storage space in the cabin and loads more in the Walk In wardrobe area. A nice thing to have was also the kettle & coffee maker. Cabin 9626 is close to the 'hump' so as far as looking at the views from the balcony - looking out to the RH Side there was a clear view & to the left obviously you couldn't see around the hump, this really wasn't a problem though! I will be opting for a Junior Suite again as I loved the space.Read All Junior Suite (JS) Reviews >>
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Avoid Promenade view stateroom...
Rough Start Great Finish
Not the greatest!