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Independence of the Seas
Independence of the Seas
Member Name: filmstar40
Cruise Date: May 2013
Embarkation: Southampton
Destination: Canary Islands
Cabin Category: D1
Cabin Number: 6664
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   1.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 1.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children (By Age Group)
Shore Excursions 1.0
Embarkation 1.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 2.0
Rates 3.0
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RCI famous for Family cruising - we have had our view changed of that. The demographics of the Cruisers would put the average age around 70. RCI then focused on this group only.

The Ship was in very good condition and our room excellent. Stateroom attendant was very very good.

Food - we ate mainly in the Windjammer, this was as good as we have had on any RCI Ship. Good variety with a tiny issue on cold food occasionally and somehow the Ship had no fresh milk for the last 3 days - UHT Long Life jeez 5* star Ship with no fresh milk - guessing it's too costly to re-stock in one of the Ports during the cruise.

Biggest problem with eating or getting a cup of Coffee was finding a seat - some passengers would spend hours sitting at one table of the windjammer, sorrento's or Cafe Promenade. Plus side of that is that getting a lounger around the pool was fairly easy whatever time of day you went poolside.

Evening entertainment was selected for one group and that was not family entertainment - 3 Tenors - their chant of Uggy Uggy Uggy summed them up. A Tap Dancing Saxophonist who was poor at best. Production shows that were the same as 3 1/2 years ago except performed by better singers then. An Irish Comedian - just stuck in the 1970's. There were a few good shows 2 Ladies who played Piano and sung, Tucker a Comedian and some lunatic on the last night, he was excellent.

Not sure why there is no Dreamworks on Indy - the Ship needs something like that as the Mad Hatters parade was very weak, Rock Britannia was a better effort though.

Daytime Entertainment was not existent, poolside - the Cruise Director's staff could not find that if they tried. The CD was a stand in for Joff until the end of the month and whilst he had some good moments - The Quest was excellent, the majority of the time his team were awol.

Ice shows were both excellent and possibly the best entertainment on the Ship - well done.

One thing that bugged me was RCI's attitude to booked trips - a trip we had booked to Lisbon Aquarium was cancelled on the morning of the trip as we sat in the Theatre waiting on the ticket no of our bus -around a dozen or so people disappointed. Reason given was we don't do that trip anymore - RUBBISH. I booked online and it was being advertised on the Ships TV the night before. Real reason was RCI were not making enough profit for a bus to be run. Total lack of respect for their Cruisers here.

My disabled daughter sailed with us and I had arranged help from RCI's Special Needs desk - easy to review - hopless - all the arrangements failed to happen. It seems RCI Port staff only recognise Disabled Cruisers if they drive a Scooter.

Decent weather in the main, seas were smooth bar one iffy day sailing towards Coruna.


An enjoyable cruise but def not a WOW Cruise.

Publication Date: 05/26/13
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