Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by firstname.lastname@example.org: Loved the cruise
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Loved the cruise
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
My husband and I have cruised many cruise lines, but this was by far our best experience. We were in cabin 6652 on the Independence of the Seas (Royal Caribbean). It is a room with a balcony. The ship was renovated in 2013, and the renovations were great. The shower had wonderful pressure, and we loved the fact that the bed was close to the balcony instead of close to the bathroom. The promenade on the 5th floor was lovely.
Go to the Champagne Bar and meet with Jay and Melos. These 2 bartenders were AWESOME and very friendly!!!!!!!
There is a tour of the ship on the last day before you dock. The cost is $150, and it is well worth it. You need to sign up before you get on the ship for the tour, since there is a limit of 15 people. If you book your tour early enough you will see the ship tour on the website. I was placed on the waiting list, and luckily I got to do the tour when somebody did not show up (and my friends called me).
We can highly recommend the More tours that we did:
* St. Maartans: the submarine tour
* St. Kitts: a tour that included a UNESCO site, Fort George
* San Juan: the rain forest bus tour
* Labadee (the RC owned island in Haiti): the slide if you are inclined and the coaster if you want to spend around $25 for a 1-2 minute run; it is also fun to lay on the beach or swim in the water; don't forget suntan lotion Less
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Cabin review: 6652
Room 6652 was in a great location. It was convenient to the stairs when we wanted to go to the 5th floor to visit the Champagne Bar or the Promenade. It was quiet, and the balcony was just about the right size. The renovations, completed in 2013, included a total bathroom make-over. The shower is circular, and the water pressure is great. Don't expect many toiletries, however. Shampoo was provided in the shower, but nothing else was in the bathroom (conditioner, lotion, or mouthwash). The room attendant was mostly invisible (unlike our other cruises). I think this was by design. There was no note saying "Hi my name is xxxx, and I am in charge of your room." Theresa merely said hello on the 2nd day of our cruise, and after that we exchanged small talk.
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