Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by Jim: Great Ship and crew
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Great Ship and crew
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Never having been on a ship this size I expected long waits everywhere but I WAS SO WRONG.
On arriving at the port from dropping of our bags and parking the car, being a Crown and Anchor member we had priority boarding and were on the ship within 30 minutes of dropping the bags. Very efficient service from the parking to the check-in staff.
Having booked a guaranteed inside room we were allocated a Promenade room on deck 7 over looking the Dog & Badger pub. Never heard any noise from the Royal Promenade although we were never in the room when they were having the promenade parties. Our room Attendant was great never really seen him but room was always done when we came back.
We decided to take the drinks package at $55 per person per day ($770 for the 14 days each) when most drinks are priced from $7-8 it seemed good value if you have a few drinks in the afternoon and a few after dinner and when in the nightclub. Never got any attitude from any of the bar More staff because of being on the drinks package.
Our Favorite bar was Olive or Twist on deck 14 with great views and the 2 guys on the bar EDDE from Holland and MARCEL from Romania were great with first class service all the time. Some of the music could have been better in this bar as it was supposed to be a Jazz venue but the girl on the piano and the trio with piano and violin's had no interaction with the audience and just seemed to empty the place every time they were on. The band from Mexico, Prestige did create a better atmosphere in the bar at night and the guys from the main theatre orchestra, played Jazz some night were just first class.
As for the food, breakfast in main restaurant deck 4 was full service much more relaxed than the Windjammer and the eggs benedict were great.
The lunch (full service) in the main restaurant deck 3 (only on sea days) was great also and the salad bar that they had was really good. Just great sized portions for lunch, but you could have as much as you wanted.
Did go to Johnny Rockets one lunchtime great atmosphere with the staff dancing to Stayin' Alive and Johnny be Good. The burgers and onion rings were good too.
Most night we had dinner in the main dinning room. The service from the waiter and his assistant were first class nothing was too much trouble and the food choice was always good sometimes too much to choose from and if you couldn't choose he would bring nearly everything from the menu.
Did go to Portofinos one night and at only $20 cover charge it was like going to the best restaurant in your home town, food and service was just the best and the steaks were huge and tasty.
The cruise director Luke Aerosmith was the best one I have ever came across, never seen someone with so much energy he was always on the go, very approachable and great during the promenade parties.
The entertainment in the main theatre was of a very high standard some of the headline acts were superb with the Rat Pack guys comprising of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin being the best especially Sammy when he done Mr Bojangles just first class.
The Ports of call were good but could have used a few more hours in Gibraltar as it was a bit rushed and the constant paying of $12.00 each for the shuttle bus into the main area of each port was I thought a bit high. The only one worth the cost was Lisbon as it did stop at the main town and then the museum area.
Most port transfers were cheaper if 4 people got a taxi and no waiting around.
Overall we had just the best 2 weeks cruise ever. I could not find fault with anything.
Had a great time met loads of nice fellow passengers who were also having a great time and didn't meet anyone who had a bad thing to say about this cruise. Less
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