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Independence of the Seas Cruise Review
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Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by depthospirit

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2014
  • Destination: France

Royal Caribbean May 2014 (half term week) S’ton to Le Havre, Bilbao & Gijon – 6 days.

Couple in 40’s and two elderly mothers – in 3 balcony cabins

To star with positives…..

+good cabin size & layout & comfy bed

+food very decent in main dining room with number of choices

+ generally good staff service

+ice show very good

+ crazy golf good fun (but overrun with kids unless you did it in rain)

But outweighed by the negatives….

-ship totally overtaken by kids and geared completely to their needs – all pools, shows, activities, sports etc.

-very little adult supervision of kids running wild everywhere either by parents or RCL staff – imagine Butlins at sea

-very little variety or imagination for seminars, activities lectures, etc. Often little to do

-poor quality theatre performances – pretty amateur

-no bathroom toiletries or nice touches eg chocs on bed at turndown

-facilities very gimmicky & poorly planned which benefit very few, eg flowrider only two max at a time & huge pace taken up, 3 table tennis tables all outside & near edge of ship & pool so balls lost or cannot use in foul weather (most of this trip),rock wall only two at once & takes large space,etc

-ice rink great idea but rarely open for skating and only 4 shows (all same) requiring tickets to be queued for at 8:30am which disappeared within 20 minutes!

Summary - never again with RCL – if this had been my first cruise I would have been put off for life. Luckily there are better ships eg Celebrity Eclipse. Also never go in school hols – the ship was 30% children with some appalling behaviour. RCL are aiming more downmarket at lower income families and cutting corners/costs. Relaxed cruising for anyone aged 40 onwards is no longer an option with RCL. Steer clear to be safe…. Oh and did i mention that you have to queue for everything as the ship was so crammed full....

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Cabin Review

good cabin size & layout & comfy bed, actually on of the best cabins we have had in terms of use of space & size, but no nice touches eg chocs on bed at turndown, no toiletries apart from awful industrial shampoo on wall dispenser. no hairdryer in mother's cabin & 40 cabins suffered toilet breakdown for 4 hours one afternoon. Good attendant service. food room service not good as cold , incorrect & poor taste.

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