First time on Royal Caribbean: Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by Stanley Cruiser
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First time on Royal Caribbean
Destination: Canary Islands
The mix of More passengers was interesting to say the least. In the middle was the silent majority who would fit in on most cruise lines. At one end of the spectrum were the hardened RC "regulars" who never missed an opportunity to tell you they were Platinum, diamond encrusted Crown and Anchor cruisers who had special lounges etc and generally behaved as if they owned the ship. At the other end of the spectrum - well let's just say pricing has opened cruising up to a new demographic who, in the past may have considered more UK based holidays. In fact, we found this social divide more pronounced than on Cunard ships with their "1st Class" restaurants and lounges. Having said that it provided excellent "people watching" opportunities! We still can't understand why they didn't have a tattooed lady competition......... Would we go on RC again? Most certainly, we've already booked for Adventure of the Seas to the fjords next year and are taking daughter, son in law and new grand daughter - and yes we know there isn't a nursery and there are limited baby changing facilities. Fore warned is fore armed. As a rule, we avoid negative reviews of ships - probably written by negative people. Most, if not all of the derogatory comments about IOTS we discovered were totally unfounded. You're on cruise, lighten up and enjoy it!
Just a comment on embarkation. Hideously long wait to get on ship because of "deep cleaning" and computer failures. I don't believe this is the norm. Not the best start to a holiday especially for first time cruisers. Less
Cabin review: M9289 Interior Stateroom
9289 - interior cabin oops, sorry, stateroom. Comfortable, clean, well equipped. Very quiet. Excellent cabin steward. Have decided we can have more cruises by taking cheaper inside staterooms rather than balconies.Read All Interior Stateroom (M) Reviews >>
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