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American Independence (formerly Independence) Review

4.0 / 5.0
119 reviews

Expected mediocre, got worse

Review for the USA Cruise on American Independence (formerly Independence)
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Value for Money
Public Rooms
Fitness & Recreation

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Sail Date: Nov 2016

We chose this cruise for a smaller ship, on board lecturer, fewer passengers. We had to miss our first port due to hurricane damage and that was understandable. We missed another port due to engine problems but nothing was said until we had sat unmoving for several hours and then had to turn back to the previous port. No compensation provided.

Embarkation/debarkation went smoothly. The ship is only 10 years old but is decorated like the 50s with plastic flowers, cheap decor. Dining service was ok but staff not only served your food but cleaned the cabins, etc. Not a good thing in my estimation. Young, not so well trained, not in uniforms or with gloves, etc. Attempt at gourmet only met unpeeled, inedible garnishes such as a tiny piece of kiwi on each plate. Food was stacked instead of side by side as other gourmet restaurants seem to do better in this effort. Entertainment brought in was local and excellent. On the missed port day the only activity provided was a Family Feud type of game, very old dvds and books to borrow. One computer provided a printer. Internet service was very poor and you had to keep your stateroom door open for minimal power. Ports were fine but missing two out of five wasn't good. Passengers were older as we are and many were repeat travelers. We asked why and many felt intimidated by larger ships and also liked that the ship was built and is staffed by Americans. This didn't matter to us at all. We would not sail with American Cruise again although they do have nice US itineraries and several folks love the line and the ship.

The cruise cost more than twice what we normally pay on larger ships with same size rooms but those have many, many more amenities and activities. We felt for the cost we should at least have had quality decor and furnishings and far, far better service and housekeeping. Oh yes, the "fitness center" consists of three pieces of equipment on the windy deck and two were not working.

Cabin Review

Cabin Balcony

Cabin lacked linens on arrival, we found three dirty men's socks behind the luggage rack, indicating it had not been vacuumed prior to our arrival. The balconies do not have sliding glass doors only a window and solid door, so you cannot see the water from your bed as on other balcony ships. Windows had crusted dirt surrounding the seals. Bathroom wasn't cleaned on second to last day. Storage space was very good. Also, I left a shoe behind in the shelf of our closet. I called immediately the next day and was told someone would call me back about it. No one ever did.

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