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Independence of the Seas
Independence of the Seas
Member Name: Broomboy1948
Cruise Date: May 2012
Embarkation: other
Destination: British Isles & Western Europe
Cabin Category: E1
Cabin Number: 7256
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children (By Age Group)
        7-9 5+
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 5.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 5.0
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Our Review
Wanted to find out if an experience on a vessel with up to 4000 people on board would suit us--an older generation-- so took our family as well, which included our grandchildren--3 girls under 8.

Journeyed down day before and stopped at a well known hotel group just across the road with parking at West Quay for duration of voyage (£5 24hrs).

Embarkation went very smoothly, was concerned because of number of people, but congrats to RCL. On board was able to explore while waiting for access to staterooms and enjoyed our first taste of food, which was outstanding. Upon being allowed to enter room it was great, clean and well presented and roomy for us 2-shame weather was against us for using the balcony, but will definitely have a balcony again.First lesson learnt at this stage-- have hand luggage with change of clothing as cases can be late--especially if on first sitting--we were just in time for 6pm but would not have wanted to go into restaurant under-dressed.

Evening entertainment in the Alhambra theatre was excellent--child friendly.

Did not go ashore as this was a trip to discover the ships offerings-no boredom here and the girls were really pleased with the clubs entertainment, they spent most of the two days in there. As I said the weather for outside activities was not great but they did make use of the pool area in between the clubs time.

Has this experience swayed us to large vessels?--- CERTAINLY--can't wait to book a Canaries cruise.See our ratings.

Publication Date: 05/08/12
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