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Independence of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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1,776 Reviews

Choose another ship and itinerary if you wish to tour Spain !

Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by actiontrends

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2016
  • Destination: the Western Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

We chose this cruise because we wanted to tour Spain.

We embarked from Southampton after touring London.

After we left the English Channel,the trip was uncomfortable to say the least- the ship rocking from side to side. In our opinion, the ship was too small to make the crossing across the Bay of Biscayne; even in six foot waves and without stormy conditions.

Our previous cruise aboard the Celebrity Reflection was infinitely more relaxing. There was barely any discernible motion. Of course the Reflection is 60,000 tons heavier.

The itinerary was rushed in each port of call. There was not enough time allotted for any given sight. We were basically ushered on and off the bus! This certainly did not allow for a relaxed and enjoyable vacation. Also, because of the limited time spent in each port, we were compelled to use the Royal Caribbean Excursions because the other tour company's schedules required more time and did not fit within the ship's time constraints.

Also, we were not supplied whisper devices on 3/4 of the the excursions. Imagine trying to listen to your guide surrounded by 36 other patrons on a Barcelona Street in the middle of the day-rediculous!

Lastly, on one of the tours, we could not understand the tour guide's English. His words were so slurred that he appeared to be drunk. His actions further confirmed our suspicions.

As for the restaurants, there were several issues of returning the food because it did not arrive hot.The food was generally better than we expected, however the roast beef was always overdone in the buffet and the repetition of the dishes was excessive.

Generally, we found the ship lacking in the variety of activities.

Lastly, we were not informed that this was a cruise for the disabled. I would estimate that one in four patrons fell into this category and it only exacerbated the unpleasantness of our experience.

Unfortunately, this was the first vacation where I couldn't wait to return home.

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Cabin Review

Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony
Cabin E3 6588

When we first entered the cabin it wreaked of urine. We found that the underside of the toilet was a brownish yellow in color, and this is from where the fowl smell emanated.

At first, the attendant tried to disinfect it-with little success. The seat was promptly replaced however the stench still persisted although somewhat reduced.

The cabin service was somewhat lackluster. I requested 2 boxes of tissues, however they only materialized once during the trip. I had to search for them from the passing supply carts. Also, the birthday decorations and pillow cases (supplied by the ship) remained in the room for 2 days.

The TV programming was very repetitive to the point of boredom.

The glass panels on the balcony rattled continuously throughout the voyage-extremely annoying.

Moreover, it was difficult to maintain a constant cabin temperature.

Lastly, on the positive, the cabin, was a comfortable size as was the bed. It was also quiet. Unfortunately it was a little dated.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Rock of Gibraltar

No whisper device.

Rushed experience.

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Cartagena (Spain)

Not enough time to spend.

Excursions rushed.No whisper device.

Not told that most of the stores were closed on a holiday.

La Sagrada Familia

No whisper device.

Rushed experience.

Poor attitude of guide.

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Could not understand the guide due to his insufficient use of English.

Words slurred and mispronounced.

Rushed experience.

No whisper device.

Cascais, Sintra and the beach

Had whisper device.

Very enjoyable experience.

View All 37 Cascais, Sintra and the beach Reviews
Calderers & Drach Caves

No whisper device.

Rushed experience.

View All 4 Calderers & Drach Caves Reviews
Legendary Seville

Same as previous.

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