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Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Cruise Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
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Good cruise, a few small niggles, nothing major
"Embarkation was great, we were on the ship 5 minutes after entering the terminal. The refurbished part of the ship is great, it’s a shame they didn’t update the staterooms. Ours was quite shabby with stained..."Read More
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10+ Cruises

Age 60s

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Great B2B cruise, exceeded expectations after reading other reviews

Review for Independence of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

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SDGD

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

This was our first time sailing this cruise line and I would have to say that value wise I rate it close to the top after 7 cruises. We are looking into a family cruise with grown children and grandchildren with Royal Caribbean in the near future. Embarkation went extremely smoothly, fast and efficient; the least painful of any cruise we have taken. Disembarkation was good, there was ...
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Sail Date: February 2020

Cabin Type: Interior


A Nice Cruise with a Few Caveats

Review for Independence of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

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Packieudx

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

I took this cruise as part of a small conference group. The expedited check in worked great. However, if someone had never cruised before, they could find it confusing as one does not receive information other than to keep walking. Disembarkation was fine. I chose to book the $15 bus back to the airport, and we were off quickly. No concerns at all. Our group had the late dining. This is my ...
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Sail Date: February 2020

Cabin Type: Ocean View


Not too shabby

Review for Independence of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

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Vacationing4life

6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

We went as part of a big group that reserved the entire ship for a 5 day cruise. This was the 6th cruise of my life so I feel I have some experience in cruising. Royal Caribbean has been a class act and they take of their ships. We left from Ft. Lauderdale with stops in Grand Cayman and Cozumel. We got to watch Superbowl LIV on the ship. The ships can carry 3,500 or more passengers, that ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Spacious Ocean View


Enjoyable

Review for Independence of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

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Conleymom

First Time Cruiser

Age 50s

We had never been on a cruise before. Glad we went. Glad it was a big ship, seas were calm. 2 Ports, Haiti and Jamaica, both were interesting, worth it. We sat alone in the Main dining room, which was okay, but we sort of got 'forgotten' due to the waiters being so busy with the larger tables. We ate at the buffet Windjammer mostly. Food was pretty good. Nothing out of the ordinary, nothing ...
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Sail Date: November 2019

Cabin Type: Interior


Good Cruise but still room for improvement

Review for Independence of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

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vette1cruiser

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

We cruised on the Independence of the Sea on 11/9/19 to the Western Caribbean. We always liked the Freedom class ships and have been on a number of them. We had not been on this ship since 2015. Since we flew in the same day of the cruise and arrived in Ft. Lauderdale at 8:30 AM we waited at the airport until 10 AM and took the taxi to the cruise port, like 3 miles away. Arriving at the cruise ...
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Sail Date: November 2019

Cabin Type: Spacious Ocean View Balcony


Great Ship, so so dining, good entertainment.

Review for Independence of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

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Hogie119

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

Well just got back from 7 night Caribbean cruise on Independence of the seas and it was great. Cabin was spacious and clean. Entire ship was updated with something for everyone. Huge ship but not the size of the Oasis class. Smooth sailing as well, hardly felt any motion. Plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy. Ports of call were good. Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica,and Labadee, Beach ...
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Sail Date: November 2019

Cabin Type: Spacious Ocean View Balcony


Good cruise, a few small niggles, nothing major

Review for Independence of the Seas to Europe - British Isles & Western

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Travelmad

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Embarkation was great, we were on the ship 5 minutes after entering the terminal. The refurbished part of the ship is great, it’s a shame they didn’t update the staterooms. Ours was quite shabby with stained and faded sofas, old net curtains which didn’t meet in the middle and filthy curtain liners. Come on RCI. Our cabin was kept clean though, so no problems there, it just felt grubby because ...
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Sail Date: September 2019

Cabin Type: Promenade View Interior


Not for us and don't book Cabin 3309 Deck 3!!

Review for Independence of the Seas to Europe - All

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Barb E

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

We had wanted to go on IOS for a long time and although wasn't disappointed, wasn't for us. Several reasons really, far too big, twice the size of others we have been on and this was our 10th. Firstly when we arrived on the ship, we couldn't find our cabin, it didn't matter who we asked and was sent in one direction, once arriving there, was told it was another so initially very frustrating. ...
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Sail Date: September 2019


Short but sweet

Review for Independence of the Seas to Baltic Sea

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sjluci

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and because we were already vacationing in London prior. We really enjoyed the ice show “Strings.” The violinist was phenomenal and the choreography of the skaters was great. We ate in the main dining room the first two nights. The food was good, portions could have been bigger but the service was very slow. Izumi was good but it was an hour until we ...
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Sail Date: August 2019

Cabin Type: Spacious Ocean View Balcony


Out of this world, great fun

Review for Independence of the Seas to Europe - All

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Djnanny

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

Had great time , took my 12 year old daughter did not know what to expect after reading the last review. (Did notice dents in the lift doors and did hear about the young man who was tazered and the 39 passengers that had to leave the ship from the week before we sailed) But thankfully we only experienced well behaved children and young adults on our cruise . Totally overwhelmed by the sheer ...
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Sail Date: August 2019

Cabin Type: Interior Accessible

Traveled with children


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