Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by John Nightingale: First timer views
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Turning up at Southampton was smooth. Lined up and then got to drop off bags before parking no more than 200 yards from Ship. Amazed at size of ship and after passing through registration controls started using the onboard ships pass to gain access to facilities. Obligatory photographs taken and took refuge in Sky Bar as we left the Solent. Two days later arrived early morning in Gibralter. Cruise berths are invariably in large docks so don't expect pretty sea side beaches straight away!! Reasonable time in Gibraltar though had to leave quickly as Oil tank on berth next door caught on fire following welding work. Sadly one worker died a few days later. Top marks to skipper and crew for quick exit with only minor casualties treated onboard.
Ports of call Cannes (Rain), Barcelona (overcast), Palma (Great). Worth hiring a car if you get the full two days in Palma and RC could help arrange car hire firms. We hired vehicle and explored island and beaches at Magaluf and Palma Nova. More Best stop of all. Sailed on to Alicante which was good with nearby beach and town. Next stop was Lisbon with extra charge for trip into city. Probably most disappointing place for us. Final stop Vigo was good and weather improved.
Food was good and varied. Breakfast options available and Windjammer proved useful alternative to more formal option at times. Entertainment was good though more effort needed on quizzes as some repeated later in cruise? Nothing to compare to, as yet, but great first cruise. Drinks prices could be cheaper though, again, minor issue for us. Would I use RC again? Most certainly. Beds were so so comfortable Less
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Cabin review: Independence of the Seas Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom Deck 6 9540
Very , very good. Beds were lovely and most comfortable I've ever slept on. Will be buying similar for home. All other aspects good and maid service was excellent
Port and Shore Excursions
From a Health and Safety point of view the welding of an oil tank situated next door to the Ship was in hindsight regretable. The Captain and crew managed to get us away within minutes.
There was panic on the top deck and parents were trying to locate their children. It may, in the future, be worth asking all passengers to return to their cabins as door ways were blocked while things calmed down.
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