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Independence of the Seas
Independence of the Seas
Member Name: carolans
Cruise Date: August 2012
Embarkation: other
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Cabin Category: D1
Cabin Number: D1
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   2.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 1.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 2.0
Value-for-Money 1.0
Rates 2.0
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Very disappointed and felt ripped off
This is the first time my husband and I have cruised and everyone we mentioned to that had cruised before said we would love it and would want to book for next year as soon as I got home. I honestly dont know what we have missed out on.

We had to pay for VERY expensive internal flights to Southampton for a start

The ship was VERY impressive: a total of 14 decks with several restaurants, [as the pre-allocated Royal Carib flights were sold out]. Check in wasnt too much of an issue as it seemed to be tailing off when we finally arrived on board.

The good things:

-Very impressive ship

-Excellent food in most restaurants

-Mostly excellent ports

The bad things:

-Exorbitant onboard prices: Alcohol prices were very expensive: £5 for a

spirit or beer and any alcohol you buy at a port is taken from you and

returned on the last day of your holiday.

-Constant touting for more money to be spent. Including dropping you off at

expensive vendors on arranged day trips.

-Sunloungers were a joke: they play a recorded message throughout the day

saying any sunloungers left unattended for 30 mins would be cleared for other

customers. I do not know how many times and how many loungers I saw left for

HOURS that were not cleared, yet we left our lounger for 20 minutes once,

and our towel/belongings were removed.

-Kids were allowed to run riot in the pool area harrassing folks using the


-Entertainment focussed mostly to young families/children or OAPs. They

appear to have omitted the 20-40 age group.

-Not all food is inclusive, You need to pay a cover charge for

Chops Grille [a steakhouse]- fook OK, service excellent though.

Portofino [Italian]

Johnny Rockets [American/burgers] - food and setting as an old American type

diner very good, but if your kids find out about it and they want to eat here

every night, you are talking £4 a head, extra if they want the milkshake,

plus tip on top.

Ben and Jerry [ice cream].

-Windjammer buffet was ok and had a HUGE selection of food. It was very

obvious that some cruisers only go for the food, however it was generally a

bit of a 'bums rush', with grannies generally getting in the road, bumping

into you and and not expecting that they had to queue.

-This cruise defnitely focusses on OAPs/families and was not for young

people. I wasnt looking for 18-30 type entertainment but it was all naff

quizzes/soft rock. [EG: on of the activities offered was how to fold

animals out of towels- seriously?]

-The Spa - the absolute epitome of a joke. I attended for a manicure and

change of nail colour. The manicure itself was £35 approx, and a complete

waste of money and she didnt have any nail colour I liked- I ended up having

to use my own. Every other treatment was ridiculously expensive.

-Free Onboard cinema: no Bourne Legacy, Expendables 2 or even Avengers

Assemble; Think instead Forrest Gump, Ghost. Of course for the very cheap

price of $12.50 you can order a more recent movie in your room.....

-Service by barstaff generally pretty rude.

-Even with anytime dining [where you prepaid your tip], you still had

to 'book' a table if you didnt want to dine with other folk at a larger table.

-Even when you had a table for 2, you were so close to other diners, you had no

choice but had to socialise.

-Prepaid tips: you were still offered envelopes to pay tips on the last day.

The highlights:

-Deck 12 pool party with DJ Diggy on the first week. This was by far the

best event of the entire cruise. It actually had some modern music from the

charts, and actually catered to an age group outwith 0-19, 41-99. This only

happened once the entire cruise.

-Most of the ports were exceptional and just left you wanting more,

unfortunately though you just felt you didnt get long enough [one beautiful

port we actually left @ 1pm].

Publication Date: 09/18/12
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