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Independence of the Seas
Independence of the Seas
Member Name: mumdupegge
Cruise Date: May 2011
Embarkation: Southampton
Destination: Western Mediterranean
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 1.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 1.0
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Wonderful Ship but some things not so good
Firstly the good things had a guaranteed cabin which turned out to be a promenade cabin, wonderful just loved it. Everything looked as wonderful as we had remembered it.

Disappointment number one was Dinner. Service was poor but just the first night so waited. Food on second night just awful, steak overcooked although requested rare, vegetables including roast potatoes were tiny cubes served underneath the meat. No green vegetables at all. Saw the head waiter who noted all our comments and thereafter great, meat cooked as we liked and green vegetables served separately, however only to us, other tables same as before. Waiting staff tried their hardest to help us and were excellent.

Not so the reception staff. Very polite but not helpful. No where near enough seating at nights and one night had to go to bed because nowhere to sit in the whole ship. Customer Service not interested. Also note that both the ice shows (which are just fantastic) and the stage shows are the same for 5 years so if you have been before its all the same.

Were 4,200 guests on this cruise against 3,500 on our previous cruise which was just too crowded. Wrote to Royal Caribbean who replied with apologies but just said it is how it is. They know there is not enough seating but there you are. Not the best answer. So disappointed because this is a beautiful ship but won't return now.
Publication Date: 08/01/11
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