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Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by nells30: 1st Class Cruise - Would Highly Recommend


nells30
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Cabin 5.5
Dining 5.5
Embarkation 5.5
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment 5.5
Family & Children 5.5
Fitness & Recreation 5.5
Public Rooms 5.5
Rates Not Rated
Service 5.5
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Value for Money 5.5

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1st Class Cruise - Would Highly Recommend

Sail Date: August 2014
Destination: Mediterranean
Embarkation: Southampton

I feel compelled to add a review as I read the most horrific reviews about this cruise before I went that quiet frankly nearly made us cancel. I can not fathom out what anyone found the need to complain about. I truly wonder what cruises/holiday's they have had to pleasure of going on to complain so much.

This was our 4th Cruise but out our 1st Royal Caribben and I can not praise it enough.

Everything from embarkation to disembarkation was exceptional.

We had a Promenade stateroom that was the perfect location in the middle of the ship which meant access to any area was always quick and easy. Our state room attendant couldn't have been more accommodating

We had an 8:30 set dinning in Macbeth restaurant- the food was 1st class and the service was the best we've ever experienced - nothing was too much for our fantastic waiters. We always had formal breakfast and the service again was great we never waited for a table.

The complaints about the More Windjammer (buffet area) are ridiculous - yes its pretty busy at 1:00 on a sea day but that is obvious and to be expected. Common sense would suggest to anyone that you either avoid that time or expect a slight queue!!!!

The entertainment was as good as any other cruise liner we have been on and some nights it was truly outstanding - special mention has to be made to the Motown Tribute Band who were amazing and Zoe Tyler who had an incredible voice. The 70's parade and the Royal Britannia show in the promenade were both great nights. The Quest and Love and Marriage shows were hysterical, hosted by the exceptionally talented and outstanding Cruise Director Goff Eaton. The ice skating shows were world class.

The pool areas were always busy as you would expect in August but we could ALWAYS find beds in either the aquarium adult only pool or St Tropez area both were very quiet. If you want entertainment by the pool or splash areas for your kids the other 2 pools were exceptional.

The Royal Promenade is a great idea - all shops and café's in one area. The cafe is open 24 hours and serves up great snacks, this is a great place for breakfast if you want pastries. The pizzeria was equally as good with a wide variety of pizza, paninis and rolls to choose from and if you don't want to have a buffet lunch there were never queues at lunch time. Johnny Rockets (American Dinner) made a nice change - there is a $5 cover charge per person but its worth it.

The soda package and non-alcoholic package were reasonable the latter having a wide variety of drinks to choose from including specialist coffee's. There was free water at the pool bars and in the buffet area free drinks. There was also free ice cream at the pool too.

If you have teenagers please be aware that there is a 2:00 am curfew which we were not aware of before we went even though we did enquire and told there was NO curfew - and on board security is very good so there is no avoiding this curfew.

There are plenty of activities for all ages including ice skating, flow rider, climbing wall, golf, quizzes, lectures, shows etc etc.

The gym is well equipped and there are plenty of machines that are always available to use. The spa has a lot of different treatment - please note there prices are exceptionally steep - most people we spoke to thought they were over priced and didn't use them ( we have experienced the same on other ships so this is not uncommon)

All in all I would highly recommend Royal Caribbean we had a fantastic holiday, met wonderful people and exceptional staff who made our holiday perfect. 10/10 Less


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We had a Promenade stateroom that was the perfect location in the middle of the ship which meant access to any area was always quick and easy. Our state room attendant couldn't have been more accommodating

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