Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by sandy Mcfarlane: The IOS really did have the wow factor
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The IOS really did have the wow factor
We were a group of 6 adults and had balcony state rooms. The check in was painless and we were on the ship within 20minutes of parking the car. I opted to use the cruise terminal at Southampton and although waited about 30minutes from going through the dock gates leaving our bags and parking it was a good option.
The cabin was large and had plenty of clothes space with a nice settee and coffee table to relax. The bed was very comfortable as was the pillows. They do have a kettle and tea bags but no coffee so take your own if you like coffee as we did.we had breakfast in bed one morning which was a treat and very nice at no extra cost and it arrived on time. Our room was kept exceptionally clean and tidy by parasandy who would do anything for us. Ask and it was done!! The balcony was more than adequate, lovely to watch the world go by and the stars at night.
We opted for my time dining which worked great for us as we like to eat late, do book your first evening on line so you More don't have to queue first day on the ship while your trying to find your way around if you take this option. The food was great with a good selection. We tried both the portofino and the chops grill which are also great although they do not change the menu on your voyage as they do in the main restaurant, still plenty of choice. Had a fun meal in the American burger joint with a couple of dances from the staff which we joined in with as did other dinners, word of warning the burgers are huge so make sure you are hungry. The windjammer was good also although we only had one evening meal their, breakfast and lunch was plentiful and if timed correctly we could always find a seat. The staff are so helpful in all venues.We had a drinks package which was worth every penny. We could have any drink on board without having to look at the cost of them. Over the 11 nights we had our moneys worth without getting drunk every night. If you had a couple of pre dinner drinks, a glass or two of wine with your meal and a night cap it more than covered the cost.
This ship was fantastic with quiet places and hidey holes that you could escape from the crowds. When we sailed we had 1,600 children on board and really didn't notice them. Went to the adult pool on one sea day so we didn't have to mix with the kiddies, but found we didn't notice them much even on the main pool deck as the ship is so well laid out. NEVER had a problem getting a sun bed and getting towels even on sea days.
The entertainment was really good and we didn't have enough hours in the day to do what we wanted to do as so much going on all day and night. We tried but failed miserably. Needed a holiday when we got back from trying to do to much on board.There are times on board when it seemed busy but it only lasted a short time usually early evening prior to dinner times.The ice show is a must.
Every member of staff was courteous and always helpful, nothing was to much trouble.
We did pay for the buses from the port a few times and found them invaluable as being 6 of us couldn't always get a taxi large enough.
It was nice to dress up on the formal nights and it appeared that most people did, even the children who looked so cute in there dicky bows and long dresses.
I would recommend this ship and will be sailing with royal caribbean again although might try one of there other ships.
Children of all ages seemed to enjoy it with plenty for them to do. I cant praise the staff enough and enjoyed the captains daily briefings which had us laughing quite a bit he has a wicked sense of humour which cascaded to all his staff. Less
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