Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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Seadweller 116600
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We had a fantastic time on Indy. Food was amazing, entertainment was world class. The service was first class. Joff Eaton is a legend. There are 4500 passengers on the ship but everything is so well organised you rarely feel that is busy. ... Read more
Ashleyandchris
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
14 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We have enjoyed about 10 RCL cruises (Diamond memebers) but Indy is showing her age and cabins tatty and carpets not clean. I know she's just about to have a massive refit but should have been done sooner. Many small things have ... Read more
Ktwofish
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
105 forum posts
My family booked 7 cabins on the July 7, 2017, sailing of Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas. We wanted to visit London, so a sailing out of Southampton was a perfect fit to add a pre or post cruise visit. We had a great time on ... Read more
Wjm989
Member Since 2013
1 review
18 forum posts
6 helpful votes
This was our third time on Indy and its clear why so many still return to her. We live in Hampshire/Wiltshire so know Southampton well. Embarkation could have been a bit more comfortable - the terminal set up at Ocean terminal is better ... Read more
Snt680
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Ship is really worn down. Chairs in dining room are in very bad shape. Many stains on all chairs in entire ship. Methane gas smell in rooms, On level 5 promade going into theatre area. smelled it in hall ways too. Carps are very worn. ... Read more
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soupbones wife
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
53 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Had a wonderful three days in London, then took train to Southhampton for overnight. Easiest embarkation ever. This was our sixteenth cruise and I believe 5th on Royal Caribbean. The ship is clean and beautiful. We just wanted a relaxing ... Read more
Steve W 123
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
+ The vessel exceeded expectations. Everything was well organised with staff carrying out cleaning and maintenance duties 24/7. Accommodation, food options and diversity of entertainment could not be faulted. Movies are regularly shown, ... Read more
Alwaysreadytocruise
Member Since 2007
1 review
2 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed July 2017
Cruise was great except for the loyalty dept. which did not give us the perks we deserved for being diamond and diamond plus. The cabin was always clean, and the steward very helpful and friendly. Food in the dining room was presented ... Read more
thiawroane
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
24 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was a fabulous cruise! Picked up at hotel by RCCL rep, and stopped by another hotel before the 2 hour drive to pier. Embarkation was fairly smooth. Less than 30 minutes from Southampton pier (hotel and transfer via RCCL) to ... Read more
honeybelle7
Member Since 2016
1 review
32 forum posts
7 helpful votes
First, it's important to know that I'm a loyal Royal Caribbean cruiser so I can only compare this to other RCCL cruises. Second, I'm not a constant complainer and I really do try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. I have every ... Read more
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Wagtail1
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
5 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed July 2017
We had a free beveridge package.free parking and onboard spending money. Several days of bad weather meant that it was unpleasant to use the pools . On other cruises we have found that the spa pool has had a roof cover over it so that it ... Read more
neatfreakswife
Member Since 2010
1 review
17 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Great cruise for our family of 3 adults. So much to do and experience and food in all the venues was delicious! . Great cabins and staff couldn't do enough for us. Love RC as the best cruise line we have been on and this is our 8th ... Read more
Crusiers
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
I have cruised with Royal Caribbean on a number of occasions although never on this ship, we were very pleased with the smooth check-in, lunch in windjammer was busy when we got on board but this is always the case until rooms are ... Read more
franadfam
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Returned to RCL after a few years and still enjoyed it. The one change was a charge for room service, which we didn't need, although breakfast in the cabin is brought for free. The food we had, was great. Only had 2 shore excursions - ... Read more
jasper15
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
68 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because it fit into our schedule, we were going to be in the UK in June 2017. Despite not having printed the boarding passes, check-in went well and we were on the ship within 1/2 hour of arriving at Port. We ... Read more
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JMorris271
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
153 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This ship is a marvel. Very clean, polite employees, the food is wonderful, I found the service in the bars prompt however no bars provided galliano regardless of the fact that it is on the bar list.. Our room attendant did a great job. ... Read more
poddy72
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
This was our first ever cruise. It was amazing. Right from the time of parking the car at Southampton until we actually boarded the ship everything was so organised and efficient. Food was plentiful and the presentation was first ... Read more
Brabus08
Member Since 2015
6 reviews
5 forum posts
Sailed June 2017
Our first venture with RCI and chose this cruise as the dates worked for us and some ports of call we had not visited before. Boarding process went smoothly and our Junior Suite (1660) on deck 10 was comfortable and reasonably well ... Read more
senor froggie
Member Since 2016
1 review
30 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We booked prior to the brexit vote,and got an interior cabin on deck 6,for £2600,which included the now defuned SELECT DRINKS PACKAGE...ie POP,WINE and BEER. We are beach people through and through,but fancied a change,and when ... Read more
Med.Cruise
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
The ship was beautiful, but dated. The shops on board a very good idea, but dated and very over priced, which I did not expect. The cabin was dated, had a tv, but only one English program. WFI over 12 dollars a day. The nets ... Read more
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merlindog22
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
101 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Embarked on the Independence of the seas on the 3rd June, 2017. All went very well and we were soon on the ship. We went to the windjammer for some lunch. Cabins were available from 1pm. Dwi our cabin assistant for 7328 was excellent, ... Read more
Lindaloo42
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
Just returned from a 2 week cruise on board the Independence of the seas. We were a bit nervous after reading the negative reviews. Shouldn't have worried, as this is a fantastic ship. Embarkation and disembarkation first class. ... Read more
Cruising Barney
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
Boarding the ship in Southampton was quick and easy. From the start of our 14 day Mediterranean cruise the service was outstanding. We were fortunate enough to be in the Royal Suite and took full advantage of the concierge room where we ... Read more
partypat
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
Always wanted to go on a cruise liked the look of Independence of the seas and for the cost thought comfort would be top of the list very disappointed, quality of bedding good but quality of mattress was awful they changed it but still ... Read more
Hat99
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Disappointed with the ship, looks ready for a major refit. Good points - Plenty of sun beds and space, may be different in school holiday time Large variety of food in buffet Good beer choices Some good crew, however ... Read more
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