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Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by mcalbala: Not up to par with other cruise lines

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Cabin 5.0
Dining 4.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 2.0
Entertainment 1.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates Not Rated
Service 2.0
Shore Excursions 2.0
Value for Money 3.0

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Not up to par with other cruise lines

Sail Date: July 2014
Destination: Mediterranean
Embarkation: Southampton

I have sailed on approximately 40 cruises, and this has been my first cruise with royal Caribbean

I unfortunately must say that while the ships are very well appointed, the lack of planned activities on sea days and the over zealousness to cancel excursions and activities on board make it necessary to give low marks to royal Caribbean

While I must admit that I booked this cruise because of the dates and end points (I scheduled around a wedding) I expect several things, that if a shore excursion appears in print form that it will be held for everything but extraordinary circumstances, that all the crew greets with a positive attitude (most did, but I cannot remember another cruise where I saw so many frowns by members of the restaurant staff, luckily none of which we're working with me) and that on sea days an attempt to have a rather deep number of choices for on board activities (this is inexcusable on a ship with 4000 + paying customers! and with a lack on onboard More activities to cancel several is just inexcusable)

It's actually a shame, they have all the ingredients to be great but a preoccupation to extract additional funds from paying customers and I guess a preoccupation with ensuring a positive profitability of all departments leaves the whole cruise experience with royal Caribbean less fulfilling than other cruise lines

For me royal Caribbean and it's sister lines (I have bern on both, note royal Caribbean is the only line I have experienced that doesn't trickle down privelidges from their more luxurious brethren) are off limits for me, I'll stick to others who show an eagerness to earn my business rather than just extract my funding Less

Published 08/11/14

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Cabin review: Independence of the Seas

The cabin was very nice, although just on par with other lines

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