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Sail Date: May 2015
The family suite worked well for my husband and me and our three 15 year old grandsons. Our grandsons loved the surf rider, rock climbing wall, basketball court, ice skating rink and the food. It was a easy trip for all except for the ... Read More
The family suite worked well for my husband and me and our three 15 year old grandsons. Our grandsons loved the surf rider, rock climbing wall, basketball court, ice skating rink and the food. It was a easy trip for all except for the crowds of other passengers. This cruise is best for families. Of the 4 ports visited ( Labadee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, Mexico; we like Jamaica the best. Blue Hole close to Ocho Rios was the highlight of our Caribbean cruise. My three 15 year old grandsons and I were met at Falmouth cruise port by Ricardo of Liberty Tours of Jamaica (www.libertytoursjamaica.com ) We drove to Blue Hole...a pleasant, approximately 1 hour ride, stopping along the way for pictures. Ricardo was fantastic!! He planned everything for us, even calling ahead of time to confirm our wishes. We stopped on the return near Blue Hole at a local outdoor place for one of the best meals ever....Jamaican grilled chicken. Blue Hole is located in a remote area that only small vans can access; therefore, smaller crowds. It is in a rain forest and absolutely beautiful. We wore water shoes and bathing suits and took a change of clothes and towels. Once at Blue Hole, the boys and I had our own guide, who was very attentive to our safety and making sure the boys had fun. Some places are slick and steep. There was jumping in the water from different levels, rope swinging into the water, caves under waterfalls.... absolutely paradise for active 15 year olds and good picture taking opportunities for the less active. It is not a place for small children or for non swimmers. The cost of our 4 hour tour included transportation, admission into Blue Hole and lunch. I tipped our Blue Hole guide $30. Blue Hole is a must see for nature lovers. It was our first trip to Jamaica and we would like to return if we can stay off the beaten tourist path and return to Blue Hole. Read Less
Independence of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 3.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
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