Disappointing (compared to previous rccl cruises): Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by Cruisyfloozie
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Disappointing (compared to previous rccl cruises)
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
very limited entertainment (we were told we were unlucky as entertainment staff changeover thus 2 shows instead of usual 4 on 14 night sailing)
dirty prom view windows provided "misty foggy" view (condensation and dirt on outside, we were told would be cleaned at next port of call - never happened)
Total chaos following explosion at Gibraltar. Staff advised worried parents that moved from kids club to safe location as kids club near blast. in actual fact- no kids had been moved.
Now the good:
Chops and portofino excellent
Cabin stewardess excellent
Piano man Kory Simon absolutely excellent
Manager Ash very helpful
Kids loved More activities onboard
Standards definitely slipped compared to previous cruises, but still made the best of things and had a good time. As a 33yr old young mum, I would be reluctant to sail again from Southampton as I prefer a younger dynamic. At times I felt like I was in a retirement home and I feel much of the entertainment catered for that. Less
Cabin review: PR7611 Promenade Stateroom
7611 and 7613. Cozy, adequate, dirty windows. Overlooks barber shop.Read All Promenade Stateroom (PR) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
Didn't see much of Lisbon, what I saw looked run down and made me think similar to poor eastern Europe.
Great port, has everything: shopping beaches nightlife to cater for all
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Seemed like a training cruise
Overall a great experience
Beware of College Spring Break...
OMG you can not even make this...
Drunken Frat Party