Our first time on the Independence and first time out of So'ton. Due to some noro issues on prior cruises we embarked late (as advised by RCI) - the luggage drop-off and check-in was very smooth. We expected to wait but actually walked straight on. (We had sanitised our hands three times already).
Sanitising hands was a theme for the trip. We did it hundreds of times. On the first few days we also used plastic gloves to serve ourselves in the Windjammer. I have never seen so many staff cleaning - hand rails, elevator buttons, everything!
It seemed to work - other than a few green faces in the Bay of Biscay, there did not seem to be any widespread bug on-board.
Overall this was one of our best trips on RCI. For previous RCI cruisers, everything you would expect - delivered with a touch of Britishness! Special mention to the CD, Joff Eaton, who did an amazing job.
The entertainment was satisfactory. The singers and dancers aren't my taste and the guest performers were not exactly headliners (but at least the Boleros cocktail bar was quiet during the shows).