Indy 3 day Le Havre : Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by Stevie Lawson

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Stevie Lawson
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Indy 3 day Le Havre

Sail Date: May 2012
Destination: Europe - British Isles & Western
Embarkation: Southampton
Another good voyage on the Indy.
After an early morning flight to Southampton we had a couple of hours wait for the transfer to the ship. Transferred to terminal and embarked before noon.
This was my 3rd trip on the Indy and my Mums first cruise. Overall we enjoyed the 3 day break and it was long enough to get a real feel for the product. My Mum was very impressed with the beautiful furnishings, chandeliers and quality.
Took a chance on a Guarantee Balcony cabin as it was to be a short trip. Worked out well and got a D1 on deck 8. Very nice cabin in a good location with a wonderful room attendant. We had requested separate beds and it was set up as a double but he quickly changed during the muster drill.
My Time Dining. I always use this option of dining as prefer table for 2. Got a table each evening next to the balcony which was perfect. No queues around 7pm. We love Sorrento's and ate lunch in the main dining room to avoid the More sometimes overrun Windjammer.
"Rock the Boat" were still onboard from my Feb voyage and still played the Pyramid Lounge. However, this is where the entertainment is let down. If you are not on 1st or 2nd seating then you can have long gaps where there is virtually no live entertainment going on. To put this band on for a half hour set at 9 till 930 and then pull them for a break is crazy. The night is just getting started with everyone enjoying themselves and then they have to leave the stage to be replaced by a quiz, not returning till 11 is a travesty.
We did have a good time in the Labyrinth for the 70s/80s hour - and my Mum is 81 but she had a ball!
Once Upon a Time in the main theatre was on offer and is very good to see over again. The Ice Show is amazing no matter how many times you see it. Closing with Centre Stage which is one of RCCLs best shows. And of course Rock Britannia sent everyone away very happy.
Honfleur half day is a fantastic tour. It is a beautiful town and worth the money.
On day two we took a taxi at the pier into the centre of Le Havre. Cost was 8 euros each way. Ship also offers a shuttle service.
A good cruise for a short break. Weather meant that people congregated inside which congested the bar areas during the day. The Indy is a huge vessel for a first timer and can be somewhat overwhelming. A real mix of passengers on this short cruise and a different feel to the Canaries cruise in Feb which was more sedate.
Luckily we got off early and caught our flight out of Southampton just after 9. Many were delayed due to a Customs and Immigration intervention. Full marks to the pier staff for organising our departure and transfer.
I will be cruising with Royal Caribbean again in the future, especially if they keep the fillet steak option in the main dining room ! And the Diamond Lounge benefits too... Less

Published 05/22/12

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