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Independence of the Seas
Independence of the Seas
Member Name: Jade 2005
Cruise Date: May 2013
Embarkation: Southampton
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Cabin Category: H
Cabin Number: 2302
Booking Method:
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 2.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates 3.0
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Good but ....

Boarding procedures smooth and quick - chose to park car on docks at reasonable rate and within walking distance of ship.

Agree with ealier review that the safety routine leaves a bit to be desired. An elderly chap passed out in our section probably due to being hemmed in right at the back of the 'rows'! Good start to the holiday.

Been on Royal Caribbean so knew what to expect food/entertainment wise. We have booked balcony rooms on most of cruises we have been on previously but on this occasion, due to fact we were not expecting to be sat on a balcony in Norway climate, we chose an outside stateroom. Very disappointed - we were in room 2302 (warning) - which has one of the tiny portholes - our friends (who paid exactly the same as us had a normal window)!. This is an 'interconnecting' room and only had one chair rather than the double settee.

First stop Flam - and although we didn't have to use a tender the dock side wasn't long enough for the ship resulting in massive delays getting on an off (particularly as priority was given to those who had booked Royal Caribbean trips) as they were only able to use one gang way.

We did get fed up with the Windjammer - particularly at peak times when it was hard to get a seat. Good to use out of peak times.

We ate in the Italian restaurant on the first night as we were celebrating an anniversary and birthday and used the special deal they do for the first 2 nights. Excellent food and service. Nothing too much trouble.

We used the 'my time' dining for the rest of the trip. Word of advice - ask to be seated on the left side (excellent team/service) rather than the right which was poor.

Great live band - Rock the Boat - best entertaininment on board. Best bars - Vintages/Boleros.

Arcadia docked next to us at last stop and did a great 'sail away' which made us nostalgic for P&O who definitely lead the way on exiting ports. In fact, Royal Caribbean don't bother at all which is a shame.

Advice on this trip - book tours either online or through Royal Caribbean. Taxis few and far between at more isolated stops and you miss opportunity to see best scenery

Publication Date: 06/11/13
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