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Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by Elaine: Would I visit these places again??

7 Reviews
Member Since 2000
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Cabin 4.0
Dining 5.0
Embarkation 2.0
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 2.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 1.0
Value for Money 5.0

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Would I visit these places again??

Sail Date: April 2011
Destination: Canary Islands
Embarkation: Southampton

Our first cruise was Freedom of the Sea's in 2008 when we sailed the Caribbean with our (then) 15 year old daughter. We've since taken another 4 cruises all with RCI because we enjoy their format and until they do something to upset us, we will continue to sail with them.

We booked the Spain/Canary Island cruise last September thinking that the Canary Islands would be warm this time of year, however the weather was pretty disappointing but that's ok, we're from the North East and we're a hardy crop up here!!

The cost of the excursions through RCI are usually on the expensive side so we normally jump on the City Tour buses and get an overview of the place because sometimes you only have 4 hours in a Port of Call. We were advised by RCI to purchase shuttle bus tickets at $15 each to get to the centre of Lisbon. We stepped off the ship and there were the City Tour buses right in front of the ship. Moral of the story; go up on deck to see what's out there ... $30 for More absolutely nothing.

We visited Vigo, Lisbon, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Madeira and Ferrol. We don't understand why RCI chose Ferrol as a port of call because it's basically an old Spanish naval town with nothing but tatty shops and a museum. It's a sign of the times, I know, but most of the shops had closed down. There were, however a proliferation of cafes and restaurants but when you've got a 5 star facility sitting at the dock why would you waste your time? Someone said that they chose Ferrol because it was cheaper to refuel there but I guess we'll never know. Less

Published 04/30/11

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Cabin review: Independence of the Seas

Small inside cabin, the only difference I can see between this and a balcony cabin is there is slightly more room around the bed; the bathroom, living space and closet space all seem to be the same. We've had 2 x balcony cabins, 2 x inside cabins and 1 x porthole cabin. Next time I think we'll go back to a balcony because the inside cabins are pitch black dark and you have to switch the tv on to see what the weather looks like outside to know how to dress.

Port and Shore Excursions

I'm afraid Lisbon scores a 2, we went on a City Tour bus and from our observations the place was generally unkempt, covered with graffiti and despite there being numerous stops on the tour we didn't feel that any of them had enough pull to get us off the bus.
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This was probably the prettiest Island we visited on this cruise. Of all the places we went, this is the only one we would return to.

We were looking forward to seeing Tenerife because we haven't been there before. Again, we took the City Tour bus and got off a couple of stops before the centre and we ended up walking through the red light district. There were girls plying their wares at 1:30pm in the afternoon so we quickly walked through and got back onto the main promenade. There's not much to say but this didn't appeal to us.
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We enjoyed Vigo; the shops were plentiful and the weather was pleasant. It's a relatively clean place with little graffiti.
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