Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by HMWCambridge: Independence Of the Seas
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Independence Of the Seas
Destination: Europe - British Isles & Western
Arrival - Quickly processed through the terminal at Southampton. Very little welcome on boarding, which we found an anti climax.
Cabin - We had an inside promenade cabin which was fine
Dining - Tended to be a bit of a scrum in the Windjammer. We enjoyed the bistro style dining in the main dining room on sea days. We had my time dining in the evening. We had pre booked for 18.45 as there were eight of us. This worked fine.
Entertainment - We never got seats together for the shows. They were very oversubscribed and people from the 6pm sitting went straight into the shows and saved seats. Something to consider when booking my time dining times. Shows were mediocre.
Drinks - We did not buy the package as it was nothing like as good as that on our last cruise (Celebrity) which included freshly squeezed juices, bottled waters and speciality coffees for the same price. We did buy soda and wine packages. Drinks prices were very expensive.
Ports - More Do your homework before you go. There were a lot of complaints about shuttle buses which cost five times as much as public transport which was available in port. If there are four of you it is often as cheap to get a taxi.
Crew - without exception were brilliant
Ports - Vigo (unexciting), Lisbon (OK), Gibralter (go see the dolphins - pre book with Blue Dolphin on internet, Valencia (lovely to walk around), Barcelons (pre book for Sagria Familla on internet, a must see), Palma (nice port), Ibiza, Cadiz
BEWARE: Significant amount of pickpockets!! Saw it occur twice and heard of it happening to a number of people. Less
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