IOTS Cork and Norway June 2013: Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by boingboingbaggy

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IOTS Cork and Norway June 2013

Sail Date: June 2013
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Southampton
This was our 2nd time aboard Indy and our 3rd in total.  Embarkation was very swift as we drove our two wheelchairs through the security and check in. We left it slightly later and went straight to our cabin to drop off carry bags and the one chair.

Here is where it went a bit wobbly as e asked for some help to unpack. Our stewardess was a bit hesitant and after a bit of assertion we got some help in the form of two supervisors (men!!) and the cabin girl. Needless to say everything ended up all over the place and the blokes had never hung dresses up before!!. By the second day the wife had had enough and off to Guest services she marched to demand some tweaks to the packing. We got a voucher for some of my shirts that were now well creased but in fairness, Joanna came and we did a re-sort of the drawers and closet.

We ate MTD and we started off with Edwin and Gilmer, two great guys who by the end of the cruise were masters of buttering bread, cutting food and More remembering everything we needed. We also had Wilmer on a few nights and his entertainment was brilliant although I think we got him into trouble as he spent a little too much time with us rather than serving some Spanish guests.

We met up again with Raj, now the Concierge and later 1st Officer Dave and Capt Teo. Two brilliant men in charge of this beautiful vessel.

We saw the shows which were very good although we had a violinist who we saw last time (Nov 11). The Bohemians were excellent and also the ventriliquist was entertaining. Joff the CD was brilliant as this was the first time we had met him. The parades were fun and colourful and the Rule Britannia on last but one night was superb and a good time was had by all.
Special mention of the Quest and false teeth (will go on YouTube) as well as some gross human habits/features which had everyone laughing.

Excursions I'm sorry to say RCL haven't smelt the coffee yet for disabled passengers so we very much did our own thing. Our CC M&M group organised the Flam train much cheaper than the RCL. Zeebrugge was a disaster as we were one of the first off and onto the shuttle bus first which meant last off in Blankenburge. By this time the train had gone and the local bus was waiting to go. By the time we crossed the road three more shuttles had arrived forming a line and there were no more wheelchair spaces left on the bus. My moan was when a scooter rider was on this bus, transferred to a normal seat and left her scooter basically taking upspace on the bus. RCL should have gone for low level buses for the disabled and gone straight through to Bruges with a drop off in Blankenburge. Come on RCL Celebrity are doing this next year when we are back there!!!!

Finally our cabin was its usual very high standard and Joanna was great after the earlier hiccups to become a good friend to us. We got a quick peep at a Accessible JS before we left but to be honest the extra cost would not warrant us wanting it. The PR Accessible is just as good except no balcony.

Happy Sailing, Daz and Lou Less

Published 06/18/13

Cabin review: PR8315 Promenade Stateroom

Accessible Cabin 8315Lots of room for two wheelchairs, wet room spacious but need a bigger shower seat (used a deck chair instead). Closet has pull down rail which in all honesty got in the way for us.No noise at all even over looking the Promenade.Needs settee nearest window to be moveable so a wheelchair could watch the parades if they so desired.Overall very suitable for the disabled cruiser.

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