Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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kaykels
Member Since 2004
13 reviews
761 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
The only reason I gave this 2 stars instead of 1 is because the nightly entertainment, singers and dancers were excellent. Let me start by saying I love Royal Caribbean. I am Emerald and sail often. I have 26 cruises under my belt ... Read more
Liswa
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
To start, this is only my second cruise. The first was on the QE2 in an upper tier cabin 25 years ago. So keep in mind I'm coming from that kind of experience. The Independence of the Seas was hilariously enormous to me with never ... Read more
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kellieann5
Member Since 2004
2 reviews
205 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We are a family of 4 - mom, dad, 2 little girls (3 and 6). We chose this cruise because the port was convenient to a family visit for February school vacation. We have been on many cruise lines but this was only our second cruise on ... Read more
Stinkous
Member Since 2003
1 review
13 helpful votes
First, to be clear, the ship 1000% has a bed bug infestation. I was bitten multiple times almost every night, my significant other was bitten multiple times, and the couple traveling with us in different staterooms on different floors ... Read more
lish4604
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
To start, we have travelled two Celebrity Cruises, so a lot of this is in comparison to what we are familiar with: Embarkation - Would have gone perfectly smoothly except the previous cruise was a metal rock charter, so apparently they ... Read more
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LeeRB
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
379 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I took this cruise because it fit my schedule and gave me Diamond status at the same time. Sailing solo in a Promenade Stateroom. Embarkation was quick, I arrived at port at 1130, dropped off my luggage, boarding picture taken at noon ... Read more
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Jtrain05
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
We just returned from a 5 night cruise to costa maya and Cozumel. Both ports were excellent and would highly suggest taking a Mayan tour with Natives Choice in Costa Maya. As for the ship i found it clean and filled with shops and bars. ... Read more
pambecause
Member Since 2012
1 review
13 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Had a balcony cabin no problems clean, bed was ok but the center did not seem put together well. Service in dining room was very slow ordered special coffee took cards and after about 20 minutes of waiting asked for cards back so we could ... Read more
myob93
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
I sailed on the Independence of the Seas one year ago with my kids and it was one of the best cruises I'd ever taken. I was a bit disappointed in this cruise as we had a much different experience. Starting with the stateroom: The bed ... Read more
pitbull4489
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
This was my second cruise with RC Independence of the Seas. The first cruise was mediocre but I decided to give it another chance, as first impressions are not always correct. I should have stuck with my first impression. We travelled ... Read more
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Rockford3
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We arrived in Ft. Lauderdale early and checked in right away. Then that's where we waited for over 3.5 hours. Apparently the cruise before ours was a Metal Rock Cruise. According to several crew members the ship was trashed and they had a ... Read more
ron1946
Member Since 2010
1 review
757 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
This was a last minute cruise to meet some dear friends. Ship was initially sold out, but scored a balcony cabin after someone cancelled. We were in 6550 on deck six. Nice room, but very little storage. Sink area in the bath had very ... Read more
SandyRed
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
Decided to take a VERY last minute cruise at the end of January, and had a great time. The Independence is beautiful, and I really like the "royal promenade." Everything was very clean and in excellent repair. We had a balcony ... Read more
CruiseGuy87
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 forum posts
4 helpful votes
The ship was well maintained, although the carpet could be replaced in some areas. The ship had a party atmosphere, which I did not care for. Expect cheesy and random pop/dance music piped all throughout the ship at all hours. Food was ... Read more
GrayMaineCruiser
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
139 forum posts
4 helpful votes
My wife and I recently enjoyed a marvelous 5 night January cruise on Independence of the Seas, with stops in Labadee, Haiti and Falmouth, Jamaica. This was our second annual pre-Anniversary cruise. Last year we had done a Bahamas cruise ... Read more
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kmchiera
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
I chose this cruise because of the ports visited. We enjoyed both very much. The ship was Great, the food was very good, especially Sorrentos pizza, we loved it! The shows were terrific! My husband and I went on the Majesty of the Seas 6 ... Read more
sdpd
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
8 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Last times I cruised with RCCL was on the Navigator of the Seas and the majesty of the seas. I like this one the best so far. My recent experience was that the RCCL food was just ok however it was better on this ship. Giovanni's ... Read more
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AnnArborMHT
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
3 helpful votes
Was on the ship for Rock Legends (awesome program) mid-January 2017 and couldn't believe the disrepair of the ship! We had several concerts in Studio B...many seat were broken and unusable. Stained carpet everywhere; a very tired and ... Read more
sghafir
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Overall, the trip was wonderful. A few pointers: 1-As several blogs suggest, bring a refillable bottle of water. Every restaraunt has a tabletop cooler/dispenser with ice water. There are signs that ask you not to refill your bottle ... Read more
vacayday
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Overall, this is a nice ship. Public areas are kept clean, staff constantly working on sweeping, vacuuming, cleaning up the messes people leave on pool deck, etc. However, there is room for improvement, particularly with the food. ... Read more
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dagunny
Member Since 2012
12 reviews
190 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We arrived at Fort Lauderdale Cruise port about 10:30am. Independence was at pier 25 so we parked at the Midtown garage. There were ample parking spaces. We had suites so we made our way inside and right up to the counter. After ... Read more
May B
Member Since 2008
9 reviews
3,748 forum posts
8 helpful votes
I have to thank the Cruise Critic community for this cruise. At one point, I spied a thread about the Ben & Jerry’s cabin on the Freedom class. I read all about it and knew it was for us. Not only do we both love ice cream (and ... Read more
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Riza
Member Since 2017
1 review
14 helpful votes
When we started the cruise we set our expectation low that way we will not be disappointed. Lol. Embarkation line was not too long. If you are a Crown and Anchor member you get to go to the priority line. It looks disorganized but what you ... Read more
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tomko2
Member Since 2004
5 reviews
6,087 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We sail three times each winter and hands-down love the Freedom Class of ships. The Independence has all the amenities of the bigger ships yet retains the feeling of being at sea. Without a doubt the staff on the Independence are a big ... Read more
capecruzer
Member Since 2004
1 review
290 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2017
I have never been on a cruise when service was so lacking. Our head and assistance waiter got into a lengthy argument on formal night; the head waiter was belligerent and clearly being a jerk. The assistant waiter went out of his way to ... Read more
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