Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by ranoutofcontinents
- Sail Date: October 2016
- Destination: Western Mediterranean
We spent no extra money on food. The dining available in the complimentary dining room and the buffet was more than adequate. Mostly we ate at our white tableclothed 6pm seating, a lovely table by the window overlooking the water (or port). Lots of choices and good service. The problem with the Windjammer buffet was the lack of tables. No matter when you came it was a scramble to find somewhere to sit. Not pleasant while balancing food and drink and leaving one of your party to hold the table if you did find one.
The main downside for me was the constant trying to sell you something else, whether photos, a bottle of water (really?!), more food, and so on. Getting on the ship was like walking on a beach in Mexico. I had the nicest foot reflexology massage at the spa, but a bit ruined by her wanting to sell me a brush, lotion, oil, and so on. Paying top dollar for the service so really do not need the hard sell.
We did not go to all of the nightly entertainment. The Grease production was OK but not star quality. Both ice shows were very engaging. The worst experience was the talk on the ports, which should have been informative and interesting. It started 15 min late and first there was a 10 min lecture on buying another cruise. Then a woman read from the handouts about the ports, in a bored monotone voice. There was nothing added or personal. There were a few hundred people here, so a good opportunity was wasted. Very poor presentation.
This ship is so big that it is put on the outer piers and it is a long walk most places for the mobility impaired to the Hop On Hop Off buses, taxis, etc.
On the whole the cruise met expectations; there is always room to improve if anyone listens.
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