This is our 8th cruise -- last two were on Princess ships but we found them boring and too quiet for our liking. We are young "baby boomers" 57 and 62, and still want to have fun! We had taken a few RCCL cruises back 15 years or so, and we are so glad we gave them another shot! The Independence of the Seas (IOS) is a lovely ship; pristine, stately and well worth the money. Our cabin was huge, by balcony standards, with a well appointed bath with a rounded shower, the balcony itself had plenty of room to stretch out. We were so impressed with the size. First two days are sea days, so had the chance to explore this beautiful ship. We hung at the Solarium pool, was quieter than main pool, but was just a quick walk to the Sprinkles frozen yogurt machine, and the activities at the main pools. It is true -- if you want a spot at Solarium pool, you'll need to be an early riser, thankfully my husband is, and was tasked with getting 2 chairs in the sun.
So what were our favorites -- everything! We did it all, well, except the Flowrider surfing lessons!! There is so much to do in the evening! We loved the singer in the Dog & Badger Pub; his shows were different each night, based on the requests from the audience. The shows were fun, loved the Ice Show (don't miss it!), the band in the Pyramid Lounge always lively and crowded.
Johnny Rockets was a fun spot, made it for a late dinner after we watched the Patriots in the ACS Championship game.
Ports of call offered a great variety; in St. Kitts we did the Sail/Rail excursion, which I highly recommend. Great way to see the country. In St. Martin, we visited Dawn Beach (beautiful) that offered great beach, Mr. Bisby's rest/bar on the beach; then headed over to Maho Beach to see the large jetliners fly in -- what a rush but be sure to get there by 1:45 so you can get the full experience. San Juan was good for shopping; Labadee was awesome beach and relaxing day. Hubby did the zip line -- said it was a rush.
All in all -- we had a blast, met some great new friends and signed up onboard for our next RCCL cruise - to the Panama Canal. We'll wait till the new canal opens so that we can take our IOS ship; we loved her size and all her variety.
Be open to all of the experiences she gives you, and you will not be disappointed.