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Independence of the Seas Review

4.5 / 5.0
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1776 reviews
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Good but could be better for families with younger children

Review for Independence of the Seas to Canary Islands
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sjb2173
First Time Cruiser • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Oct 2013
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Traveled with children

This was our second cruise with RC but this time we took our 3 and 5 yr old girls and one set of grandparents - which is why we chose not to fly. We booked two deluxe balcony rooms with an adjoining door. The room space was okay, not much room with sofa bed made up but ample and other than some passive smoking from other balcony users - it was lovely - please note only two chairs and very small table/foot stool per cabin - so eating breakfast on your balcony without a table difficult. Not a bad size shower room, bed very comfy, room a bit dated and adjoining room door had obviously been taped up at some point and then torn off as some of paint removed in process which did not look great - but this being picky.

Ship lovely and big, very clean, staff genuinely friendly and helpful. A lot of the staff we met seemed to have children of a similar age and were often keen to share this with you and show photos of their children on their phones - which was nice to share.

Be prepared for your arrival n the ship we had stayed over the night before as had long journey and got on board just before midday. Army of people on carpark which is the one recommended by RC which was approx. 10 mins walk to terminal (with luggage and children and elderly grandparents). Security and check in through terminal fine but OMG the Windjammer was jammed - horrendous - so be prepared. We just found somewhere else to go - as just impossible to find anywhere to sit let alone work out where everything was - food/drink etc. Cabins were available at 1pm so leave it until after that.

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We booked two deluxe balcony rooms with an adjoining door. The room space was okay, not much room with sofa bed made up but ample and other than some passive smoking from other balcony users - it was lovely - please note only two chairs and very small table/foot stool per cabin - so eating breakfast on your balcony without a table difficult. Not a bad size shower room, bed very comfy, room a bit dated and adjoining room door had obviously been taped up at some point and then torn off as some of paint removed in process which did not look great - but this being picky.

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