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Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by derek bryan: What a ship


derek bryan
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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 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 4.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 4.0
Value for Money 5.0

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What a ship

Sail Date: May 2012
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Other

This is the first review I've ever done.My name is derek i am 63 and don't tolerate fools easily.With any cruise the only thing you can pick is the ship/cruise line and your destination. you cant pick your crew ,you cant pick the weather, and unfortunately you can't pick your fellow passengers. 1 The ship. She is the biggest floating thing i have ever seen,she is magnificent in every way.Even when fully loaded you can still find places to get away from everyone. 2. Embarkation. My brother dropped us off at the terminal at 11.45 and a 12.30 i sent him a text saying ," in the pub avin a beer.Can't fault that.it was so easy.3.Crew.The crew were fantastic,nothing was to much trouble,everyone said good morning or afternoon etc.They welcome you back on board by your first name, nice touch.Our cabin was kept spotless and various towel made creatures welcomed you back to your room every other night.ps there was a class on board that taught you how to make them.4. Food. If you couldnt find More something onboard this ship that you liked there must be something wrong with you. there is a vast choice and plenty of it.For some breakfast,dinner and tea was a mount everest building competition ,i've never seen so much food on a plate.Our evening meal was taken in the dining room ,with 6 other passengers all of which were very pleasant.Our waiter was excellent and soon had us all weighed up to the tune of after the 2nd night our 2 glasses of red wine were waiting for us at the table.5.Drinks. house wine 7$ a glass,and a pint of lager or old speckled hen was the same @7$ this price includes the on board tips for the staff.Some people thought this expensive but also thought that 7$ was '£7!!!!.
6. On board entertainment. Through out the ship there was always something goin on far to much to go through. But every evening there was a show in the main theatre put on by the onboard staff with various guest acts in between.There was an ice show,a rock band , singers etc.All very much enjoyed.My only gripe about the theatre was the if the show started a 9pm,people were queuing at just after 8pm to get a seat? at 8.30 most seats were taken.
7. Fellow passengers. Well where do i start,most people were pleasant and what i would call normal,then you get the moaners for whom nothing is ok.Like the woman on a tour of Barcelona with us thought it absolutely disgusting that Pince Philip of Spain decided to visit the same church to which we were heading causing us to be diverted for an hour?.You are not supposed to save sunbeds,but people do,why i dont know because there were plenty of free beds every day?.You are not supposed to save seats in the theatre but people do,one woman saved a seat for her husband until 2mins before the show started,refusing to let other people use it,and when her husband didnt show up ,Walked out??.The only other area i'll mention is getting about the ship,now most of the time its simple ,but at peak times like meal time or a the end of shows the only thing i can liken it is shopping in amajor supermarket!,and that is something i hate.There were also a lot of people on board with mobility problems,i've never seen so many electric cars,scooters call them what you like in one place.Don't misunderstand me i know some people rely on these vehicles to get about ,but i think the numbers should be limited.I already touched on the size of some of the food portions that people help themselves to ,it seems to me that the new boast on the street is not where you've been,not how tanned and well you look ,but how much weight you've put on!!!.Yes i put 3lb on,and yes its now gone.Would i cruise with RCI again, you bet your life i would the pro's far outweigh the con's. Less


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Cabin review: Independence of the Seas Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom Deck 6

my cabin was 7254 outside cabin with balcony.this cabin was very spacious in my eyes.the shower was powerful and roomy enough so that you didn't keep banging your arms.storage room was more than adequate.we had a mini bar and the safe was free. the bed was enormous and comfortable.the balcony was worth the extra money,the only downside is that my wife and i are non smokers and you cant stop ciggy smoke drifting onto your balcony or into the room if the doors are open.Great location not more than a few steps to the forward lifts,and we had no noise problems.

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