14 night Canaries Cruise 17th March 2012: Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by lydia Rew

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lydia Rew

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14 night Canaries Cruise 17th March 2012

Sail Date: March 2012
Destination: Canary Islands
Embarkation: Southampton
This was our 1st time on the IOTS but we have cruised on RCI several times before. We usually opt for a Deluxe Balcony Cabin but thought we would try a Junior Suite for this cruise ...Cabin 9626 (Port Side) We were really pleasantly surprised at the size of the Suite as it was very spacious. Another PLUS was the Walk In wardrobe ...every girls dream!!! My DH loved the fact that we also had a Bath as well as a Shower..good to have the choice. It was also nice to have a kettle & coffee maker in the cabin.The balcony was a super size and accommodated a Sun Bed + comfy lounger chair with leg rest + 2 chairs & a table. Needless to say we are now Junior Suite converts!!

The staff were really friendly & keen to help. They were also very vigilant in their cleaning due to the previous cruises having the Norovirus - their hard work paid off as only 10 people came down with it on our cruise.

We found the Entertainment on board to be the best we have experienced and the Stars v More Stripes quiz show was hilarious. It involves charades ..the Stripes being the Captain & some Officers versus the Stars being the Cruise Director and some entertainment staff ....it is a MUST to see! We had never got around to going to the Ice Shows on previous cruises so we made sure we did this time & it was amazing and well worth it.

We chose 2nd seating for dinner (8.30) and found the quality of the food to be of a high standard and the dining room staff were very efficient and eager to please. The Windjammer Cafe for Breakfast & Lunch was always busy and sometimes it was a struggle to find seats but we always got a seat after a few circuits. The quality/choice of the food was very Hit & Miss but then again we always found something we could eat.

All in All we had a wonderful cruise and were very impressed by the staff, Cabin etc. ..probably the BEST so far. We did find the ship just a little bit too big for us but that is our personal choice and as there were lots of repeat cruisers and loyal followers of the IOTS I think we may be in the minority. Less

Published 04/05/12

Cabin review: JS9626 Junior Suite

Cabin 9626 ..Junior Suite - Port side. This cabin was Mid ship and very convenient for the lifts and stairs. Only 2 levels to go up to the Windjammer Cafe. It was my 1st experience in a Junior Suite and I loved it. The cabin was roomy and the plus for me was having a Walk In Wardrobe. There was also a bath/shower ..nice to have the choice. I really liked the size of the Balcony as it was big enough to accommodate a Sunbed + comfy lounger with leg rest also 2 chairs & a table. There was lots of storage space in the cabin and loads more in the Walk In wardrobe area. A nice thing to have was also the kettle & coffee maker. Cabin 9626 is close to the 'hump' so as far as looking at the views from the balcony - looking out to the RH Side there was a clear view & to the left obviously you couldn't see around the hump, this really wasn't a problem though! I will be opting for a Junior Suite again as I loved the space.

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Port and Shore Excursions

It was a lovely day so we just had a stroll around Lanzarote. We had done a excursion on a previous visit ...Moonscape walk tour and would recommend it. You need to be able to walk over uneven terrain & volcanic rubble but it was really interesting.

Unfortunately it was a Sunday when we docked into Gran Canaria so the shops were shut. A few cafes were open.

City Tour

We chose to do the Panoramic tour of Lisbon where we visited the Statue of Christ which involved going over the suspension bridge + great views of the estuary. This was followed by a visit to the Monastery and the Belem Tower. Finally we were taken into the town centre and given the choice of staying on the coach & going back to the ship or getting off for some free time and making our own way back. BEWARE.. pickpockets are rife in Lisbon centre and the Police Station was full of cruise passengers who had been robbed

We met up with friends who live in Tenerife and they took us up to La Laguna on the Tram. We would definitely go there again as it has good cafes and shops + most of the walk ways are for pedestrians only. The Tram is very modern and you can get tickets from any of the machines at the stops. It is easy to use and no matter how many are in your party - all you need is 1 ticket and once on board the tram all you need to do is swipe you ticket for as many times as the number in your party i.e if there are 2 people then you put the ticket into the machine (inside the tram) twice. Same for the return.
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We have been to Vigo a few times now and weren't impressed by it.If we don't do a Ships tour, we usually like to go for a walk at each Port but we found Vigo to be rather characterless. I guess it must have been Siesta time when we ventured off as most of the shops were closed but there were some cafes open so we sat and enjoyed a beer in the sunshine.
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