Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by Barrel99: Cut backs are noticeable
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Cut backs are noticeable
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
February 2013. We just got back from an 8 day cruise to St. Martin, St. Kitts, Puerto Rico, Haiti private island. I will be brief. Food in dining room and on the buffet was fair at best. The specialty restaurants were excellent. The rooms were typical cabins, tiny showers and a typical balcony with two chairs and a lounge, nice. The facilities and recreation activities were lacking. The shows were fair. We had only one full production show in 8 days. Not happy about that. The other shows were ok, but nothing special. The ice show was good.
Service was excellent. Both for the rooms and in the dining room. All the staff throughout the ship were helpful, friendly, and a pleasure to work with.
The overall ambiance was low key and quiet. Too much so for us. Not that we are party people at all. Just a quiet ship. Actually, a bit boring. The music was fair at best. Very few musical options in the lounges. The bands were low key also and not very exciting to listen to. This More was where there was a severe cut back. Throughout the ship you could see subtle cutbacks in many ways which to a new cruising person would not be noticed. But to those who have cruised before, they are noticed. Music, shows, number of staff, quality and selection of food, to name a few.
All that being said, it still is a beautiful ship with much to offer that many will like. However, for us and our traveling companions, who have been on many cruises before, there was much to be desired. We would have concerns about going on it again. Less
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