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First, Southampton is fabulous for the easy of embarkation! Great job!!! So easy. We boarded early and it was about 8 GBP (pounds) fare from Southampton Central Station to the ship. Easy to get on and reacquaint ourselves with Indy. We had an inside cabin overlooking the Royal Promenade which saved us hundreds off the original balcony room that we had. Guest Relations was FANTASTIC! They teased us (and vice versa) with their Unicorn (the mascot who has her own crew badge) and our Petunia (a hippopotamus) and Eeyore (a donkey). Our waiter was the ultimate GREAT buddy every evening. Malachi and Mr. Thomas (the back waiter) were Fantastic. Now - -for the grim news. WHERE was our Captain?? Absent without leave??? We NEVER saw him except for the mandated appearance (Captain's Corner and photo night). Marc the Cruise Director???Toooooo busy to talk with us mortals! Almost EVERY RCI ship that we've been on has either the CD or Captain visit the lounges, walk the ship or just say "hi" but NOT these two! The entertainment was quite good. The Ice Shows were utterly fantastic and scared many of us old cruisers. Wonderful Talent and we THANK THEM for sharing their talent with us. The stand up comedian was hilarious. The rest - - we've seen. We have been to most of the ports before and had our own tour of Fatima with a private vendor. ONE OF THE BEST TOURS OF OUR LIFE! Many of the crew on the ship were "just going through the motions". There was very little spontaneity. While on this cruise we asked ourselves "after almost 300 nights with RCI, is THIS the best that they can provide??" Just so-so, check the box, and say that the job is done. I've seen other reviews, many from early cruisers, and I am VERY glad to see that they loved the ship, but for experienced cruisers - - - "Eh?".

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Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by Cooley Consumers

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First, Southampton is fabulous for the easy of embarkation! Great job!!! So easy. We boarded early and it was about 8 GBP (pounds) fare from Southampton Central Station to the ship. Easy to get on and reacquaint ourselves with Indy. We had an inside cabin overlooking the Royal Promenade which saved us hundreds off the original balcony room that we had.

Guest Relations was FANTASTIC! They teased us (and vice versa) with their Unicorn (the mascot who has her own crew badge) and our Petunia (a hippopotamus) and Eeyore (a donkey). Our waiter was the ultimate GREAT buddy every evening. Malachi and Mr. Thomas (the back waiter) were Fantastic.

Now - -for the grim news. WHERE was our Captain?? Absent without leave??? We NEVER saw him except for the mandated appearance (Captain's Corner and photo night). Marc the Cruise Director???Toooooo busy to talk with us mortals! Almost EVERY RCI ship that we've been on has either the CD or Captain visit the lounges, walk the ship or just say "hi" but NOT these two!

The entertainment was quite good. The Ice Shows were utterly fantastic and scared many of us old cruisers. Wonderful Talent and we THANK THEM for sharing their talent with us. The stand up comedian was hilarious. The rest - - we've seen. We have been to most of the ports before and had our own tour of Fatima with a private vendor. ONE OF THE BEST TOURS OF OUR LIFE!

Many of the crew on the ship were "just going through the motions". There was very little spontaneity. While on this cruise we asked ourselves "after almost 300 nights with RCI, is THIS the best that they can provide??" Just so-so, check the box, and say that the job is done. I've seen other reviews, many from early cruisers, and I am VERY glad to see that they loved the ship, but for experienced cruisers - - - "Eh?".
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Cabin 7331
Very nice cabin overlooking the Royal Promenade and close to the stairs and elevators.
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