just back from 18 smashing days on the independence of the seas sailing the western med. this is our 2nd time aboard,the first being 2008 when she was new.i just wonder if she,s already getting a bit tired and needs a tonic.
embarkation .as always with RC,was first class. on board by 11.30 and taking refreshments in the windjammer.as we had been on her before no need to chase around looking for things.in the cabin by about 1.30 and unpacked by 4pm.ready to cruise.i thought the lifeboat drill was very matter of fact and certainly not up to standard.no instructions ,in fact i,m not sure the crew knew what to do.
the food.overall, was very good.well cooked and to my liking. i especially liked the variety of soups on offer each day.plenty of dishes in the windjammer and first class service in the king Lear restaurant when we used it. the waiters always very attentive and very helpful.(i got my prawn cocktail even when not on the menu)
our cabin was a mistake for us. we thought the weather would be unkind so booked an inside ,atrium view,cabin,when i would have preferred a balcony.(our fault certainly)we had fantastic weather most of the time considering the time of year. although our cabin steward ,ANAND,DID A GREAT JOB. WELL DONE THAT MAN.
the entertainment lacked style as far as the visitors were concerned.the highlight for us was BERNIE FLINT.he had us rolling about laughing.the rc. dancers and singers were excellent and the best band of all was "ROCK THE BOAT) they were on last time we were there and we we not disappointed. i also rated the ships orchestra,very very good,especially the john barry medley.
jonny rockets.as usual was a whole lot of fun.
joff eaton and his side kick ,robbie, did an excellent job of keeping us up to speed. and the bar staff,especially MARIE in the dog and patridge really made us welcome at each visit.the entertainer in the dog.robbie mcnay,was also very good.
we had issues it this bar one night when an outright snob thought he was going to treat the staff like they were dirt on his shoes,i was not going to put up with this and put myself and that of my wife in fear of being turfed off the boat for sticking up for the staff,as it happens we never saw him again after i asked him very kindly to use another bar(or even another ship).why [people like that need to travel with the likes of us commoners i will never understand.
so.i haven't said too much against the old girl overall but feel as a last thought that maybe she has lost a bit of the glamour we encountered on our first trip in 2008.i think next time ,we will probably try something a little smaller but still with royal caribbean.they know how to look after us and we are delighted.