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This is our 10th Cruise, predominantly on RCL and Celebrity, but we have done Princess and P&O. as well. Went with friends who wanted to take lots of luggage, hence we chose a Southampton Sailing, to be honest, to Ports we had mostly done before. So a little apprehensive, we love the standard of Celebrity so a lot to live up to. Firstly embarkation was quick, although it was after two when the Eavesway coach got us there. We had a Balcony cabin on Deck 6 which was good, plenty of space and a decent balcony, clean and tidy. The Ship is ready for its re-fit next year and the wear and tear is staring to show, it won't spoil your Cruise but you can see it needs refreshing in places. The worst part about a Southampton sailing, especially in October is the Bay of Biscay, which was quite choppy on the way out, making us all feel a little queezy and too cold to sunbathe, so we felt the first couple of days were a little wasted, same coming home. DINING: We were in the queue for My Time Dining which is ideal but we were given a 8.30 Set Dining. We asked to change to MTD but we were told there was a long waiting list so chose to go for a 6pm Sitting. This is the first time we have had a set sitting and it dictates your day. 8.30pm is too late and 6pm too early, especially if your have been out on a trip all day. The food was very good, although the portions can be a little small at times, 4 Breaded Mushrooms as a starter on the last night was a joke. As the two weeks went on less and less people used the Dining Room, either they wanted a greater choice, larger portions or the flexibility to dine when they wanted, hence they ended up in the Windjammer, which did have excellent food all the time. We ate in Chops Grille one night, the portions were huge, the Steak was amazing, we were so full after this meal, well worth the extra money. I suggest you insist on MTD when you book, that way you can please yourself when you eat. ENTERTAINMENT Outstanding Cruise Director Mark and his team, outstanding shows from the Singers and Dancers and great acts throughout. A number of Comedians, a Ventriloquist, an outstanding Hypnotist and the "Grease" Show was amazing. Would be hard to beat the standard of entertainment on any Ship. The shows were 7 and 9 most night but you needed to be an half hour early for the 9pm show as it filled up to capacity. The ICE Shows were also extremely good. Only complaint may be that if you have done INDY before then you will have probably seen the main shows and the ICE Show before. But overall excellent. The "Love and Marriage " Game Show was memorable, even the Cruise Director said he had not experienced anything like that before, so funny, but a little naughty, least said !! Daytime activities were ok, we were a little disappointed they had de-commissioned the Golf Simulator as we are keen Golfers and was looking forward to using this. The Parties on the promenade were excellent, great fun singing along and dancing to the Cruise entertainment team, they worked really hard. PORTS. Malaga and Cartagena, just walked ashore, both lovely places to look round. Rome- 1.5 hours on the Coach to Rome, then had 5 hours free time, worked well as we had done Rome before, so we could wander where we wanted this time. Livorno, just did a Wine Tasting trip in the afternoon, very nice, and lots of Wine. Provence- went to Cassis, lovely fishing village, and on route the Bus goes up the mountain, spectacular views and amazing photos at the top. Gibraltar and Lisbon, both are easy to walk in and look around. DRESS CODE/PEOPLE The Cruise was just into the new School term so very few children on board, the demographic was mainly over 60, a lot of Wheelchairs and motorised chairs but it was still a good atmosphere. The majority of people dressed smart for Dinner in the Dining Room and surprisingly for the Formal nights which we always enjoy. Maybe in summer with a 1000 kids on board it would be different ! Overall, as regular Celebrity Cruisers, we really couldnt find much fault with "Indy", the staff were outstanding, the entertainment was excellent, main Dining Room food could have been a bit more varied and bigger portions but we always had enough, and the sun shone (once out of Biscay), just a cracking Cruise !

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Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by gkbrownie

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This is our 10th Cruise, predominantly on RCL and Celebrity, but we have done Princess and P&O. as well. Went with friends who wanted to take lots of luggage, hence we chose a Southampton Sailing, to be honest, to Ports we had mostly done before. So a little apprehensive, we love the standard of Celebrity so a lot to live up to.

Firstly embarkation was quick, although it was after two when the Eavesway coach got us there. We had a Balcony cabin on Deck 6 which was good, plenty of space and a decent balcony, clean and tidy.

The Ship is ready for its re-fit next year and the wear and tear is staring to show, it won't spoil your Cruise but you can see it needs refreshing in places.

The worst part about a Southampton sailing, especially in October is the Bay of Biscay, which was quite choppy on the way out, making us all feel a little queezy and too cold to sunbathe, so we felt the first couple of days were a little wasted, same coming home.

DINING: We were in the queue for My Time Dining which is ideal but we were given a 8.30 Set Dining. We asked to change to MTD but we were told there was a long waiting list so chose to go for a 6pm Sitting. This is the first time we have had a set sitting and it dictates your day. 8.30pm is too late and 6pm too early, especially if your have been out on a trip all day. The food was very good, although the portions can be a little small at times, 4 Breaded Mushrooms as a starter on the last night was a joke. As the two weeks went on less and less people used the Dining Room, either they wanted a greater choice, larger portions or the flexibility to dine when they wanted, hence they ended up in the Windjammer, which did have excellent food all the time.

We ate in Chops Grille one night, the portions were huge, the Steak was amazing, we were so full after this meal, well worth the extra money.

I suggest you insist on MTD when you book, that way you can please yourself when you eat.

ENTERTAINMENT

Outstanding Cruise Director Mark and his team, outstanding shows from the Singers and Dancers and great acts throughout. A number of Comedians, a Ventriloquist, an outstanding Hypnotist and the "Grease" Show was amazing. Would be hard to beat the standard of entertainment on any Ship. The shows were 7 and 9 most night but you needed to be an half hour early for the 9pm show as it filled up to capacity.

The ICE Shows were also extremely good.

Only complaint may be that if you have done INDY before then you will have probably seen the main shows and the ICE Show before.

But overall excellent.

The "Love and Marriage " Game Show was memorable, even the Cruise Director said he had not experienced anything like that before, so funny, but a little naughty, least said !!

Daytime activities were ok, we were a little disappointed they had de-commissioned the Golf Simulator as we are keen Golfers and was looking forward to using this.

The Parties on the promenade were excellent, great fun singing along and dancing to the Cruise entertainment team, they worked really hard.

PORTS.

Malaga and Cartagena, just walked ashore, both lovely places to look round.

Rome- 1.5 hours on the Coach to Rome, then had 5 hours free time, worked well as we had done Rome before, so we could wander where we wanted this time.

Livorno, just did a Wine Tasting trip in the afternoon, very nice, and lots of Wine.

Provence- went to Cassis, lovely fishing village, and on route the Bus goes up the mountain, spectacular views and amazing photos at the top.

Gibraltar and Lisbon, both are easy to walk in and look around.

DRESS CODE/PEOPLE

The Cruise was just into the new School term so very few children on board, the demographic was mainly over 60, a lot of Wheelchairs and motorised chairs but it was still a good atmosphere. The majority of people dressed smart for Dinner in the Dining Room and surprisingly for the Formal nights which we always enjoy. Maybe in summer with a 1000 kids on board it would be different !

Overall, as regular Celebrity Cruisers, we really couldnt find much fault with "Indy", the staff were outstanding, the entertainment was excellent, main Dining Room food could have been a bit more varied and bigger portions but we always had enough, and the sun shone (once out of Biscay), just a cracking Cruise !
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Cabin 6610
Nice Cabin, plenty big enough, huge bed, drop down bed over the top if needed, nice Balcony, unobstructed view
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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