• 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
1621 reviews
23 Awards

Great ship, trip but ok food

Review for Independence of the Seas to the Eastern Caribbean
User Avatar
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

Rating by category

Public Rooms
Fitness & Recreation

Additional details

Sail Date: Jan 2017
Cabin: Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

Overall, the trip was wonderful. A few pointers:

1-As several blogs suggest, bring a refillable bottle of water. Every restaraunt has a tabletop cooler/dispenser with ice water. There are signs that ask you not to refill your bottle directly so we just used a cup (that was provided) and poured it into our bottles. Water tasted great and it was a good way to save a few dollars.

2- We dined each night in the formal dining room. Appetizers and desserts were fine, nothing spectacular but good. The main dishes were a hit or miss. Our servers were amazing. They gave their honest opinions about what was good and the reaction of the previous seating diners (we ate at 8:30). The first night I ordered a "steak" which neither looked or tasted like a steak. The servers are very accomodating and quickly took the entree back and brought me another choice. This happened with my son as well. Also, feel free to ask for a second appetizer, entree, dessert, whatever.

Cabin Review

Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

Cabin E1

Having a balcony was the only way to go. Gave us a great view and enhanced the overall cruise experience.

Port Reviews

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

Smooth and easy embarkation.

1 Helpful Vote

Find an Independence of the Seas Cruise from $123

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.