Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by mike x ftc: Impressed of the Seas
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Impressed of the Seas
Destination: Europe - British Isles & Western
We were a little apprehensive about this trip as it was such a large, family orientated ship and it was half term week but overall it lived up to our expectations and up to the usual standards of RCI. Boarding - we arrived quite early (11ish) and parked easily. We did not queue at all for check-in and only waited a short while to board, there was a bit of a slow queue up the gang way but we were sat in the Windjammer within an hour of arriving in the port which is very good. Cabin - we had an inside for the first time and it was perfectly adequate for a mini break, nicely furnished, plenty of storage and hangers but it was freakishly dark at night which I found a bit disorientating.
Dining - the main dining room was excellent, we had great table companions, a super waiter and assistant and a really friendly head waiter. There was a good choice of food and it was all well cooked and well presented. We tried Johnny Rockets which was a good experience and we thought worth the More small extra charge. Portofino on the last night was absolutely lovely and worth every penny of the supplement, the food and service was superb and I would recommend trying it to anyone.
Ship - it was a bit strange having the shops and Casino closed for a lot of the time but the promenade was a nice place to have a coffee and people watch in the day. I thought the Olive or Twist bar at the top was a lovely place early evening but the service up there was a bit poor. We waited at a table a number of times but ended up having to go up to the bar and queue to get our own drinks, we have not encountered this before as they are usually falling over themselves to serve you. It was the same in the Casino as well on the last night, you should not really struggle to get a drink on a cruise. In contrast though service in the Dog and Badger was very good on the first two nights when you could get in, for some reason the Promenade was packed to capacity on the last night. The Schooner bar was a disappointment, it was far too small for the size of the ship and was simply a busy walk through from the Club and the Casino. On the Radiance class the Schooner bar is one of the nicest areas on the ship with large windows and ample space for seating. Drinks were quite expensive so be warned... The ship was immaculately kept and spotlessly clean throughout, there were people cleaning all day and numerous gel dispensers in the public areas, P&O need to up there game in this department!! On the final morning of any cruise we usually find the self service really busy, but we managed to avoid it all together this time by having a leisurely coffee and pastry in the Promenade cafe which was very civilised. We collected our bags and wandered off the ship without stopping once which was very good.
Overall we had a really enjoyable break, obviously helped by excellent weather, but I would definitely cruise again on this ship again Less
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