• TRAVEL NOTICE: Learn more about COVID-19
  • Newsletter
  • Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Find a Cruise
  • Reviews
  • Cruise Tips
  • News
  • Deals

Independence of the Seas Review

4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating
1622 reviews
23 Awards

First Christmas Cruise

Review for Independence of the Seas to the Eastern Caribbean
User Avatar
Basket cruiser
10+ Cruises • Age 2020s

Rating by category

Public Rooms
Fitness & Recreation

Additional details

Sail Date: Dec 2013

We just returned our 8-day Holiday cruise on the Independence of the Seas. This was our first Christmas cruise and our first cruise without family and/or friends. We had a great time and ended up meeting some wonderful new friends.

Embarkation: We arrived at the port around 11am and was one of the first groups of passengers on the ship. There were a couple glitches with the system, however, things are bound to happen.

Stateroom: Deluxe Oceanview Balcony: Typical stateroom, although I think they removed some of the shelving on this ship. Also, there wasn’t much room in the closets. I suppose on this ship, when the renovated her, they took away some of the storage space.

Cabin Review

The stateroom was clean, typical. I did however find this stateroom to be a little smaller than previous ones. When they renovated, they took away some of the shelve space, not a big deal, just will prepare for that next time around. Service was the worse ever. The only positive about our stateroom attendant, he filled our ice bucket each day. Never even thanked us for his Christmas cash...

Port Reviews

St. Maarten

Great beach extravaganza. They did an outstanding job with this one. The lunch was delish. The service was great. The beach was clean and all in all, worth the money spent.


Love this port. We did the Adult Sandbar, it was so fun. The team did a great job with this. We really enjoyed this. Tons of fun.

previous reviewnext review

Find an Independence of the Seas Cruise from $110

Want to cruise smarter?
Get expert advice, insider tips and more.
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy and Cookies Statement and Terms of Use.