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Independence of the Seas
Independence of the Seas
Member Name: gturay
Cruise Date: November 2013
Embarkation: Southampton
Destination: Transatlantic
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Cabin Number: 7636q
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5+
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 5+
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 5+
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 5+
Rates Not Rated
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RCCL is great

This was the first time on a Freedom class ship and it did not disappoint us. The embarkation was seamless, even with us walking over from the Premier Inn at the port. We did not wait in line for more than 4 minutes.

The refurbishment last April was very evident in that all the decorations and the ship in whole was like brand new.

A transatlantic reposition cruise in never over crowded, although this sailing seemed like it was about 80% full, and the customer service desk did say completely booked, it never felt crowed, even during meal time on sea days, of which there were 9 on this sailing.

The shows were a bit different, the Royal Carribbean dancers and singers were on par with other shows we have seen. The highlighter entertainers were UK based, and we Americans had a bit of a struggle understanding all the jokes and inside language nuances between our countries, but still entertaining to us.

The dinners were on par with a luxury liner and not really 5 star, but 4 and 1/2. Our waiter and assistant were very good, remembering to bring my milk at desert time, and coffee or tea to the other table mates, as they originally started with on the first day or two.

The seas were very rough the first three days, but the captain did his best to keep the ship stable, with the doors being locked the first three days due to 70 MPH winds across the decks and 40 foot swells. He made a bee line for calmer waters and kept us informed twice a day as to position, weather, forecasts for future days and all around good seamanship.

I cannot find anything to dislike about this sailing.

If you have a chance, get on this ship and enjoy all there is to do.


Publication Date: 12/31/13
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