Transatlantic Eastbound: Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by Eileen2

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Transatlantic Eastbound

Sail Date: April 2013
Destination: Transatlantic
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
This was our first time on the Independence and our first transatlantic eastbound.
Embarkation. Fort Lauderdale was very well managed. We arrived at the port around 12 30am and were onboard 30 minutes later. Actually it was one of the speediest embarkations we have ever had and a nice surprise. We were late leaving FT due to picking up a container which was located on a different dock. The container contained equipment required for the dry dock in Hamburg.
Loved the ship found it easy to navigate and we were very impressed with the high level of cleanliness. It really did gleam. Hand washing stations at the entrances to the dining areas were well stocked, staff encouraged all guest to wash hands most guests seem to comply. We had done two westbound Transatlantic trips from Barcelona a few years ago. One on the Legend of the Seas and Voyager. I really enjoyed the Independence and will certainly sail on her again.
We had an inside cabin on deck More six. Cabin was fine for us in terms of location initially we were disturbed by noise each evening around 10pm until 12 . The noise sounded like the hum of machinery, we called down to guest services and a maintenance worker arrived at our cabin. He said it was the effect of wind and weather but as we could also hear it in the shower area I don't believe it was weather related. However our sleep was not disturbed and we made the best of it Our room steward Sebuto was awesome. We had ice delivered daily, towel animals every eve and a spotless room. I loved the location, easy to run down the stairs to the fifth deck Cafe Promenade for early morning coffee and a handy place to watch the parades from the small sitting area overlooking the promenade. The cabin was located beside a storage /cleaning room but we were not disturbed by early morning noise.

Food and Dining Venue

We had opted for "my time dining" and found it to be a good choice for us. We did manage to have the same super wait staff each evening. Jerome and Gilbert were efficient, friendly and very accommodating. They really are a credit to that staff. We did reserve ahead and when you do that it is likely you will have the same wait staff and we did get the same table several times.
We found the menu to our liking, both of us eat mainly fish and I can say we did not leave the table dissatisfied or hungry. We had breakfast each morning in the main dining room { King Lear} we always requested a table for two and found the service very good. Food was hot and staff pleasant.
Breakfast hours were from 7 :11am in the Windjammer.
A la Carte breakfast was from 8am: 9:30am in the King Lear D Room
Buffet Breakfast was from 8am 10am in the Macbeth D.Room
The times of breakfast changed a little on sea days but there are lots of places to grab a bite.
Cafe promenade was open 24hrs great for early morning coffee and snacks Sorrentos is also open at 11; 30am to 3am.


We found Rob McNally to be very funny liked his humour . We enjoyed the shows especially the Ice shows and the entertainment staff as a whole were very involved and worked hard.

Disembarkation went very smoothly due in a large part of having been cleared on board for immigration. We also carried off our own luggage.
Looking forward to repeating this cruise soon. Hopefully the return in Nov 2013 Less

Published 05/29/13
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