We sailed On Independance Of the seas on 9th May for a 10 day trip, calling at Madeira, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Vigo. We had done the 11 day trip previously the year the I.O.S Was launched, although that was in October.
Checking in was quick following our coach journey down from Lancashire. The sailing out of Southampton was fine for me, however for some the motion did unsettle them a touch. We had fog on our journey to the first Port of Madeira, and seeing folk sunbathing in Fog is a sight to behold. Especially as some managed to burn themselves! Consequently the fog delayed our arrival into Madeira by a few hours, although we did stop longer. Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote were enjoyable although the time spent in Lanzorote was very short. As the temp. was in the nineties and very low humidity, to depart at 2pm was a shame and seemed a very strange call by the company? At this port a family of four missed the departure, and we saw them stood by the port gates through our binoculars, watching the ship sail without them? Not sure why they were late back....such a shame? I believe another couple missed the boat in Madeira also? Food on-board was very very good, given the numbers they cater for.
A wide selection of things to do on-board, however showing films in the cinema room with only 60 seats seems a poor effort. Entertainment was very good and varied. Our favourites were the comedy acts. "Kevin" from Armenia was fantastic and deservedly got a standing ovation. The Gym is fantastic and large, so did not get very busy. We had a fantastic cruise all in all and would recommend the ship to others. Yes it is large, but it has something for all ages. My only gripe is the quality of the draught lagers, which were Heineken and Amstel light. Both were very poor quality and it was a case of spot the bubbles! Flat with no gas or head! Finally our stateroom was more than adequate and our Steward was lovely as always.