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This was our fifth Christmas cruise, but first on RCL. Loved all of the special Christmas activities and decorations. More focus on Christmas activities than other lines we have sailed. Ship was overall in great shape. Showed some wear and tear, but nothing terrible and headed to dry dock soon. Cabin was in a great location. Only three decks up or down to most public areas. Loved the center hump location and huge balcony (bigger than our mini-suite last year on Princess). Though we never went hungry, we were disappointed by the food overall. Frequently found hot foods cold on the buffet or lacking options we have come to expect from other cruise lines. Limited salad options on buffet, no food outside by the pool, limited hours for ice cream, and pizza was gross. Tried both Giovanni's and Chops. Both enjoyed Giovanni's with good food and good service. Not a fan of Chops new menu with few options for those who don't like steak. Service was just ok, because they had too few waiters for the number of guests. Really enjoyed all of the shows. Saw several shows in the theater, including Grease, and two ice shows. Not a fan of the requirement to get tickets for the ice shows, but were able to see the ones we wanted. Overall a good cruise, but missing the wow of our previous RCL cruise.

Nice Christmas cruise, but missing the wow of previous RCL experience

Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by sissyfromcab

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This was our fifth Christmas cruise, but first on RCL. Loved all of the special Christmas activities and decorations. More focus on Christmas activities than other lines we have sailed.

Ship was overall in great shape. Showed some wear and tear, but nothing terrible and headed to dry dock soon.

Cabin was in a great location. Only three decks up or down to most public areas. Loved the center hump location and huge balcony (bigger than our mini-suite last year on Princess).

Though we never went hungry, we were disappointed by the food overall. Frequently found hot foods cold on the buffet or lacking options we have come to expect from other cruise lines. Limited salad options on buffet, no food outside by the pool, limited hours for ice cream, and pizza was gross.

Tried both Giovanni's and Chops. Both enjoyed Giovanni's with good food and good service. Not a fan of Chops new menu with few options for those who don't like steak. Service was just ok, because they had too few waiters for the number of guests.

Really enjoyed all of the shows. Saw several shows in the theater, including Grease, and two ice shows. Not a fan of the requirement to get tickets for the ice shows, but were able to see the ones we wanted.

Overall a good cruise, but missing the wow of our previous RCL cruise.
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Cabin 8640
Unobstructed view both forward and back on center of hump. Felt very little movement in this location. Some noise from other passengers coming from elevators. Love the huge balcony.
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