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Independence of the Seas
Independence of the Seas
Member Name: sk8teacher
Cruise Date: February 2013
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Western Caribbean
Cabin Category: F
Cabin Number: 9502
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness Not Rated
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 5.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 5.0
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We selected this cruise because the wife wanted to participate in a crafting group that was scheduled for it. Having sailed several Holland America cruises on much smaller ships, we were somewhat apprehensive about going on a ship this large, but went with an open mind.

In our opinion, RCI has it together. The embarkation went very smoothly, only taking about 45 minutes from the time we got in line, and that was only because of a glitch with their computer system.

We were aboard around 11:30 and went to the Windjammer to have some lunch and wait for our room to be available. The food in the Windjammer was good, with a nice variety available, and the staff were wonderful about telling us "newbies" where to go and where to find things.

At 1pm they announced rooms were ready and off we went. We were booked into 9502, a bow-facing ocean-view. When we opened the door, we were pleasantly surprised at the amount of room available. There was plenty of storage available, and actually enough room on the wall where the window was to have put a small table and a couple of small chairs. Too bad they didn't. It would have been a nice feature.

During the cruise we explored the ship completely and found her in good condition, the staff very friendly, the meals in the main dinning room were very good.

Leaving the ship upon return was even smoother than coming aboard. We went down to our waiting area at 8:45 (about 15 minutes early), were told to go ahead off, walked off the ship got our bags, went through customs and were at the taxi stand by 9:10.

Overall we were very impressed on how RCI handles large amounts of people very quickly and orderly, actually better in our opinion than Holland America on much smaller ships. We would definitely consider another RCI cruise.

Publication Date: 02/20/13
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