4 Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Mexican Riviera Cruise Reviews

This was a great long weekend getaway. The ship is in great shape, easy to get around, there's plenty to do and the staff are wonderful. Our cabin was on the 8th floor and promenade facing but there was never any noise, those cabins ... Read More
This was a great long weekend getaway. The ship is in great shape, easy to get around, there's plenty to do and the staff are wonderful. Our cabin was on the 8th floor and promenade facing but there was never any noise, those cabins are pretty soundproofed. Our cabin steward was Dolores and she was exceptional, our cabin was always clean and we always had fresh ice. Embarkation in Ft Laud was pretty smooth and the staff there are very friendly and efficient. Disembarkation was rough though, not enough customs agents and they have everyone exit single file from the ship on deck two. Then you walk across the dock to get to customs in a separate building. Port Everglades could really use a refurbishment. The food on this trip is good, it's the usual RCCL fare. The lunch buffet is mostly salad bar, hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, carving station and hot pasta. A few dishes were very spicy, some kinda bland, but mostly it was good. They might consider a toppings bar for the burgers and dogs so ppl can make chili dogs, mushroom burgers or even sliders. We took the Turtle Cove and Cenotes tour with Cancun Adventures. Our guides were Michelle and Juan Carlos - this tour was amazing, fun, informative and the sights were spectacular. This tour was the highlight of our trip and we look forward to doing it again when we bring the kids back to Mexico. The Greg London show was great and he hangs out in Vintages afterwards and talks to everyone and anyone who wants to say hi. The deck patrol by the pool was out in force on the last day and they may have been a bit aggressive with the towel retreivals - there was some drama at all the pools but it was a good show. Overall, this is a great alternative to Majesty, we've done this cruise 3 times and will sail her again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
When purchasing the Ultra bev. package, they add other cost such as, the drink in the pineapple. There was an additional charge of $4 for that. The last morning of the cruise, the dining room did not have mimosas. The dining room did not ... Read More
When purchasing the Ultra bev. package, they add other cost such as, the drink in the pineapple. There was an additional charge of $4 for that. The last morning of the cruise, the dining room did not have mimosas. The dining room did not have all wines available to me with my ultra package. The food was sub-par and very, very small portions except for the night that we had lamb. The pool area near the big screen was over crowded and there was no one there (cruise crew) that was able to get a party atmosphere going. The person cleaning our cabin was nice to the adults; but, not to our 14 year old son. Most of the indoor bartenders did not smile or seem happy. The windjammer salad buffet was the best thing on the ship along with the ice cream machine. The bed was ok and the pillows were good. The public ladies rooms were kept clean. Too many children with no activities just roaming. Instead of an ice skating rink, it should have been a roller rink, or both. Thank goodness they had a Basket Ball court for the teenagers. I did not like that I could not order bottled water and a drink at the same time while outside near the pool/tv screen, even though I purchased the ultimate drink package. Thanks for having the football game on the big outdoor screen. My husband liked that. But, we are going back to Disney Cruises. This experience was nothing to talk about. This was our 2nd time with RC. The first time was worst; but, it was 7 years ago. Thought it would be better. We have been on 10 cruises and Disney has never left us disappointed. One last thing, this is not the fault of RC, but, the people on the ship were basically unhappy and rude. No one appeared to be happy. They need a new cruise director. He was boring. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We took our four kids on the Independence of the Seas. I am 38, my husband is 46 and our kids are 8,9, 11 and 17. All girls except the 9 year old is a boy. This ship is absolutely perfect for kids of all ages. You have to like people ... Read More
We took our four kids on the Independence of the Seas. I am 38, my husband is 46 and our kids are 8,9, 11 and 17. All girls except the 9 year old is a boy. This ship is absolutely perfect for kids of all ages. You have to like people though, lots of them, all around you all the time. But, there is plenty of space to meander throughout the ship, and a great work out area, bigger than some land exercise facilities I've seen. I got a massage the first day and used our gold member coupon booklet to receive an additional discount on top of the discount the ship provides if you book a spa appointment the first day on the ship. The massage was wonderful. I think it was around $135 and then I tipped generously because I really liked her. The second day was at sea. We were so tired from traveling I couldn't enjoy much of anything the first night. We walked through the promenade/mall area at night, and wandered around the ship. The kids were so excited, it was just so much fun watching them see everything for the first time. The kids stayed entertained in the kids' club for the most part. Fabulous program they have on board. You just have to be aware there are other kids that are very spoiled and don't have very good manners and can be quite mean. Our 8 year old daughter is quite sensitive and let us know of some of the other kids in there who were name calling and excluding kids. The free ice cream by the pool was enjoyed several times by my family, although I am not a big ice cream fan I did not try any. If you go to the pool area, as we did, later in the day, there will be no chairs to sit or lay in. But you can sit at the side of the pool with your feet dipped in. I so much wanted to enjoy the Solarium/adult only area, but never did get to. It looked wonderful, but also full to the max with no open chairs. There were stools under water you could sit on and rest your drink on a platform they had separating the pools. A bar nearby all the pools, if not two bars. The midnight buffet was great. The line was horrendous though. If you're not there right away, there's quite a line to wait through. But great food. I liked all the food. No complaints there at all. We ate in the Windjammer all but two nights. We did not attend the formal nights. With four children, I did not want to buy four new formal outfits, so we opted out of that. The food in the formal dining room is excellent, better than Windjammer. Our drink waitress was a bit clueless and did not know how to fulfill any sort of requests we had, which was just an after dinner coffee with Baileys and didn't even really show up to ask us if we wanted anything. We had to pull over the head waiter and our main waiter, who was very nice and helpful. I suppose only showing up two nights, they weren't used to us being there. We used our own walkie talkies we got at Radio Shack, since there were six of us. They were very, very handy. I don't know what we would have done without them. They worked quite well for the most part. Only if someone was deep in the belly of the ship, walking from the room to a pool, did it not work so well. We took chargers and charged them every night. It was very windy our cruise. They had to seal a lot of the doors shut due to the high winds. It was chilly at night too. We had a balcony which was fantastic. I don't think I can ever go back to a room without one now! I loved the sound of the ocean. In ports of call though, we were always on the side facing the other ship in port that was on the same path we were (Grandeur of the Seas). I loved the Latin dancing in Boleros. We went there almost every night. A three person band and a little dance floor. I can't do any of the moves, but I sure loved watching! The last night I bee bopped by myself next to my husband off to the side. I couldn't contain it any longer! The shows were good. The ice show blew my mind. I couldn't get over being in the middle of the ocean watching an ice show on a ship! They were amazing. It is a little ice rink, but they still did some spectacular spins. The costumes were fabulous. The violinist I loved. She was on her last cruise though with ours. I really liked the last show they had. I don't know the name of the comedian, but he was very funny! The main cruise director guy was also very funny. I really liked Vintages, the wine bar. I love wine. We did their wine tasting and it was very nice. I love Angela! You must go say hi to Angela! She's from Romania, and so knowledgeable. I just loved her. They have excellent recommendations, and you can taste wine in these things called "flight" where you get three glasses of different wines you want to taste. They have suggestions, or you can order what you like. Dog and Badger had some rowdy crowds at night. They were having a blast. It was packed in there nightly. Not much room to sit. A live one person band sang 70's-90's music. He was good. Pizza after dinner hours was always available, with little cups of tiramisu and some other stuff. You could sit in an area inside with red booths, or out on the promenade and watch people go by. The last night we were there, there were a couple of people with these machines working on one of the model ships they have located throughout the ship. I asked what they were doing, and they said they were "replating the gold". That amazed me. Real gold railing surrounded these things. The arcade for the kids is great for the kids to pass time at night if they're older, but it does cost you extra money you can put on their cards. We did not use the flow rider, but my husband and son went up and watched one day. The line was about 30 minutes he said. They partition it in to two sections, side by side. Once you fall off the board, you're done. If you're not over a certain height, you have to remain on your belly or knees. We also didn't participate in the put put golf or use the basketball courts, but the kids' club took our kids up there. They will come get your kids right from the formal dining room if you want, and there were a couple nights you could take them to Johnny Rockets, a 50's restaurant, and drop them off there for dinner. You could pick them up at 10pm, or if you didn't show up every half hour after that is $2.50 per kid. Their hours run till 2am. This ship is amazing. I can't imagine what the Oasis and the Allure is like. Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
Independence of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 3.0 3.8
Entertainment 5.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.2
Family 5.0 4.2
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.5
Enrichment 3.0 3.5
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.7
Rates N/A 3.8

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