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Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by COLLIER: Baptism of fire - or swell !?!


COLLIER
1 Review
Member Since 2006
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Cabin 5.0
Dining 5.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 4.0
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms Not Rated
Rates 3.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Value for Money 4.0

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Baptism of fire - or swell !?!

Sail Date: April 2012
Destination: Canary Islands
Embarkation: Southampton

Not knowing just what to expect we were pleasantly surprised at the ease at which we were gently but efficiently led through check-in and passport checks -the staff were so welcoming and obliging. There was no pressure or stress
involved and it was a pleasurable experience - so easy compared to airport procedures!

Once on board the if became apparent that we were going to have a great time. Exploring all the facilities and services - finding the restaurants etc.

The storm! Oh yes the storm on the Bay of Biscay! Wow! We were lucky and were not sick in anyway but we made a concerted effort to keep ourselves occupied and moving about (other than staggering from the ship being tossed about that is!). The ship - Independence of the Seas was tossed about like a matchbox but it was built to withstand force 10-12 winds etc. It was a great experience and we were not worried at all. You go on the sea you must be prepared for things like this and accept it just may More happen to you - if you didnt like it dont go on the seas!

Once over this the cruise went well - we did miss Madera but it was not the end of the world - one of those things - there was plenty to keep you occupied on ship. The facilities offered on this ship are outstanding and accessible to all - there is no reason to be bored! The shows were fantastic and varied, the Ice show Strings was outstanding. The staff were so polite, charming and obliging - nothing was too much trouble. The formal nights were lovely - nice to see that people can meet a dress code and it made you feel good to make the effort - it wasnt compulsory but most joined in. There was something for everyone - the gym was outstanding and offered seminars on interesting subjects, the Spa offered a variety of excellant services.The towel animals left in your cabin at the end of the day by your cabin attendant was a nice touch and very clever. It made it just that bit special that someone would take the time to do it. Our cabin was kept spotless by our cabin attendant - very helpful - if you needed anything special she would assist us. Excellent service.

The restaurant staff were excellent - always keen to please and knowledgeable about wines etc. They worked their socks off serving 4000 guests throughout the day - they seemed tireless. Talented - could sing well!

The cruise director made sure that everyone enjoyed themselves - he was constantly conspicuous and made sure the variety of entertainment was available to everyone.

I have two disappointments however - one being room service - we had two bad experiences with room service - cold food and not meeting our order, and the other was the Internet - it was terrible - especially as the advertising promotes the state-of-the art service - it certainly was not and very expensive to boot!

But this did not interrupt our cruise and we still enjoyed every minute of it - would have and have done so recommend it to anyone, we will do another soon.
YOU DONT KNOW TILL YOU GIVE IT A GO!

Happy sailing! Less


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Cabin review: Independence of the Seas Oceanview Stateroom Deck 3 9658

Great cabin - not too far from the lifts - adequate space and facilities. Smokers both side of us and they smoked on the balcony - we do not smoke so we had to close the cabin door so not to have smoke wafting in. Smokers should offered cabins in one section only of the ship not mixed in with non-smokers

Port and Shore Excursions


Easy, efficient

(4)
Too much queuing through two doors - slow process - queuing across a road - no clear signage. We had another ship boarding as well as us - all of us on one queue instead of two seperate queues. Took some time to get through.
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