Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by filmstar40
- Sail Date: May 2013
- Destination: Canary Islands
- Cabin Type: Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony
The Ship was in very good condition and our room excellent. Stateroom attendant was very very good.
Food - we ate mainly in the Windjammer, this was as good as we have had on any RCI Ship. Good variety with a tiny issue on cold food occasionally and somehow the Ship had no fresh milk for the last 3 days - UHT Long Life jeez 5* star Ship with no fresh milk - guessing it's too costly to re-stock in one of the Ports during the cruise.
Biggest problem with eating or getting a cup of Coffee was finding a seat - some passengers would spend hours sitting at one table of the windjammer, sorrento's or Cafe Promenade. Plus side of that is that getting a lounger around the pool was fairly easy whatever time of day you went poolside.
Evening entertainment was selected for one group and that was not family entertainment - 3 Tenors - their chant of Uggy Uggy Uggy summed them up. A Tap Dancing Saxophonist who was poor at best. Production shows that were the same as 3 1/2 years ago except performed by better singers then. An Irish Comedian - just stuck in the 1970's. There were a few good shows 2 Ladies who played Piano and sung, Tucker a Comedian and some lunatic on the last night, he was excellent.
Not sure why there is no Dreamworks on Indy - the Ship needs something like that as the Mad Hatters parade was very weak, Rock Britannia was a better effort though.
Daytime Entertainment was not existent, poolside - the Cruise Director's staff could not find that if they tried. The CD was a stand in for Joff until the end of the month and whilst he had some good moments - The Quest was excellent, the majority of the time his team were awol.
Ice shows were both excellent and possibly the best entertainment on the Ship - well done.
One thing that bugged me was RCI's attitude to booked trips - a trip we had booked to Lisbon Aquarium was cancelled on the morning of the trip as we sat in the Theatre waiting on the ticket no of our bus -around a dozen or so people disappointed. Reason given was we don't do that trip anymore - RUBBISH. I booked online and it was being advertised on the Ships TV the night before. Real reason was RCI were not making enough profit for a bus to be run. Total lack of respect for their Cruisers here.
My disabled daughter sailed with us and I had arranged help from RCI's Special Needs desk - easy to review - hopless - all the arrangements failed to happen. It seems RCI Port staff only recognise Disabled Cruisers if they drive a Scooter.
Decent weather in the main, seas were smooth bar one iffy day sailing towards Coruna.
An enjoyable cruise but def not a WOW Cruise.
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