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We chose this cruise for the late summer sun, sailing from Southampton (just up the coast for us now). It was our 5th time on IoTS - so we knew what to expect. Boarding was efficient as ever, and our luggage reached us at a reasonable hour. We had a "D" grade superior ocean view with balcony stateroom, so there was plenty of room to store our belongings and to not feel claustrophobic. Ramesh looked after us very well, responding to our few requests promptly. We joined the Facebook group who had organised a cabin crawl (thank you very much), and we found it very interesting seeing the other grades of cabins. We have visited the Canary Islands on few occasions, as well as Western Spain and Lisbon, so didn't feel the need to do shore excursions. It's a steep climb to go anywhere in Vigo, but EL Corte Inglese is well worth a visit if you want any cosmetics. They also have good, free wifi and good coffee!. Lisbon doesn't look quite as down-at-heel as it did 4 or 5 years ago. Hopefully it is starting to recover from the crash of 2008. The City Sightseeing Ho-Ho buses are good value here. Don't forget to keep your ticket to get 10% off your next ride on City Sightseeing. Cadiz is a beautiful town. It was glorious walking around the city wall areas with the parks. La Palma was new to us, but we had been to the other 3 islands. As usual, we visited one on a Sunday and it was closed!! Sunday definitely seems to be a family day there. In Madeira, we visited Blandy's to buy some of their Madiera wine. Made our suitcases heavy to take off ship, but we managed. We took a private excursion in La Coruna. This was very good value. The coach was waiting for us, close to where the ship docked, and we had a tour around the town and out to the Roman Lighthouse, with a very knowledgeable guide. We had arranged anytime dining, in Romeo and Juliet. However, I developed a cold during the first week, and didn't want to inflict it on others, so we mainly dined in the WIndjammer. The food in the Windjammer is excellent; I felt the choices on the MDR menu (we looked anyway) were not as good as previous cruises. We often lunched in the Café Promenade. The choices there were definitely not as good as previous cruises. One day, there were 3 different rolls and a tuna wrap. The rolls were mozzarella and something, Brie and something or 3 cheeses. So cheese, cheese or cheese. Drinks prices were extortionate, but we are very fortunate in that we have attained entry to the Diamond Lounge, so a couple of glasses of wine a night went down very well! The staff and crew are wonderful. They are so cheerful, helpful and polite. We didn't go to much of the entertainment, though we did see Grease, which was excellent. My husband was really looking forward to the Queen tribute band, but even he complained that the theatre sound systems drowned out the singing. Disembarkation was a little delayed. A crew emergency on the Friday night meant that we reached Southampton an hour late, with the consequent delay in the crew getting luggage off. What's good about Indy? The ambience, the crew, the staff, the whole experience. What's not so good? (I wont say bad). The food is letting her down a little - corners are being cut. Extras are costing more and more: excursions, drinks, duty free, cosmetics. I am concerned that there will be reportedly 64 more cabins after the refit. That's potentially 128 more people to fill the bars, the WIndjammer, the cafes, the pools, get on and off ship etc. School holidays are a time to avoid anyway, but in future the ship will be bursting at the seams with the 3rd and 4th beds filled. We don't have another cruise booked on Indy, but we will. Let's hope we won't be disappointed.

Independence was almost as expected

Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by Archers Fan

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We chose this cruise for the late summer sun, sailing from Southampton (just up the coast for us now). It was our 5th time on IoTS - so we knew what to expect.

Boarding was efficient as ever, and our luggage reached us at a reasonable hour. We had a "D" grade superior ocean view with balcony stateroom, so there was plenty of room to store our belongings and to not feel claustrophobic. Ramesh looked after us very well, responding to our few requests promptly.

We joined the Facebook group who had organised a cabin crawl (thank you very much), and we found it very interesting seeing the other grades of cabins.

We have visited the Canary Islands on few occasions, as well as Western Spain and Lisbon, so didn't feel the need to do shore excursions. It's a steep climb to go anywhere in Vigo, but EL Corte Inglese is well worth a visit if you want any cosmetics. They also have good, free wifi and good coffee!. Lisbon doesn't look quite as down-at-heel as it did 4 or 5 years ago. Hopefully it is starting to recover from the crash of 2008. The City Sightseeing Ho-Ho buses are good value here. Don't forget to keep your ticket to get 10% off your next ride on City Sightseeing. Cadiz is a beautiful town. It was glorious walking around the city wall areas with the parks.

La Palma was new to us, but we had been to the other 3 islands. As usual, we visited one on a Sunday and it was closed!! Sunday definitely seems to be a family day there. In Madeira, we visited Blandy's to buy some of their Madiera wine. Made our suitcases heavy to take off ship, but we managed.

We took a private excursion in La Coruna. This was very good value. The coach was waiting for us, close to where the ship docked, and we had a tour around the town and out to the Roman Lighthouse, with a very knowledgeable guide.

We had arranged anytime dining, in Romeo and Juliet. However, I developed a cold during the first week, and didn't want to inflict it on others, so we mainly dined in the WIndjammer. The food in the Windjammer is excellent; I felt the choices on the MDR menu (we looked anyway) were not as good as previous cruises. We often lunched in the Café Promenade. The choices there were definitely not as good as previous cruises. One day, there were 3 different rolls and a tuna wrap. The rolls were mozzarella and something, Brie and something or 3 cheeses. So cheese, cheese or cheese.

Drinks prices were extortionate, but we are very fortunate in that we have attained entry to the Diamond Lounge, so a couple of glasses of wine a night went down very well!

The staff and crew are wonderful. They are so cheerful, helpful and polite.

We didn't go to much of the entertainment, though we did see Grease, which was excellent. My husband was really looking forward to the Queen tribute band, but even he complained that the theatre sound systems drowned out the singing.

Disembarkation was a little delayed. A crew emergency on the Friday night meant that we reached Southampton an hour late, with the consequent delay in the crew getting luggage off.

What's good about Indy? The ambience, the crew, the staff, the whole experience. What's not so good? (I wont say bad). The food is letting her down a little - corners are being cut. Extras are costing more and more: excursions, drinks, duty free, cosmetics.

I am concerned that there will be reportedly 64 more cabins after the refit. That's potentially 128 more people to fill the bars, the WIndjammer, the cafes, the pools, get on and off ship etc. School holidays are a time to avoid anyway, but in future the ship will be bursting at the seams with the 3rd and 4th beds filled.

We don't have another cruise booked on Indy, but we will. Let's hope we won't be disappointed.
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Cabin 8232
Excellent stateroom. "D" staterooms are the largest standard balcony rooms I believe, and it shows. The bathroom was a little tired, but then it has had 10 years continuous service. I expect to see new soft furnishings after the refit.
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