Not the best value for your money: Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by bloomington cruiser

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Not the best value for your money

Sail Date: December 2009
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Cruised on the Independence December 20-26, 2009.

Positives: Spacious interior cabin rooms, and attentive stewards who kept the cabins clean. Good separation of age grouping for the pools. Kids enjoyed kid club activities. Multiple bar/nightclub choices. "Mall" was a nice area to spend cooler evenings.

Negatives: Number one negative was the overall food quality - food was mediocre at best with very limited choices. While the ship advertises many amenities such as the climbing wall, flowrider, etc. we found that the hours for use limited and the lines were long with disorganized staff. While the majority of staff were pleasant, we did experience poor attitudes from more than one staff member. Entertainment was practically non-existent, and sub-par compared to offerings on other cruise lines. The size of the ship, we found, pushed the limits of the ability for the staff to maintain cleanliness and good service.

Our conclusion is that unless you know that More your children or yourself will really use the amenities on the ship (that you are paying a premium for - ice rink, flowrider, etc.) save some money and book with a cruise line that offers more premium food and entertainment. For us, we found that our kids 11 and 15 (very active) were quickly bored with the "extras" and frustrated by the frequent waits for activities and disorganization. They had more fun hanging out with the other kids their ages, and barely used any of the listed features. In short, we wish that we had paid less to go on a smaller, more premium cruise with better ports of call. Less

Published 12/29/09

Cabin review: N Interior Stateroom

Interior stateroom, high deck: Comfortable bed. Nice couch area to sit and watch tv. Bathroom larger than on other ships. Closet, shelving, and drawer space adequate.

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Port and Shore Excursions

This port is nothing but a gated tourist trap. The gated port area is extremely small. You can venture outside the gates into the city, but you must understand that the area outside the gates is not protected by guards, and you venture out at your own peril.

This is another man-made "port" that is another very small gated area. There is no nearby city, and this area was built exclusively to be a stop for cruise ships. We gave a one point higher rating than Belize City only because the shop vendors were friendlier. Be prepared to spend more on drinks and trinkets than what they can be purchased for elsewhere in Mexico.

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The first time we visited Cozumel, we docked in the downtown area and were very charmed by the cleanliness of the port, and the friendliness of the people. In fact, the Mexican Navy personnel posed for pictures with us, and they even let kids climb on board their ship. In the three years that have passed since our first visit, we have found that the area has greatly expanded in size bringing with it some of the more unpleasant aspects of other port of calls. For one thing, the ships now dock three miles from the actual downtown, forcing tourists to pay a cab fare to go back and forth to do shopping. Prices have gone up, and the increased size of the area and volumes of tourists seems to have made the locals a bit more brusque and pushy. You can still find beer and Mexican foods cheap if you are willing to venture into the less traveled areas. We visited Paradise Beach this trip. Nice beach area, but be prepared to pay a $15 dollar cab fee each way, a cover charge to use the beach amenities, and higher prices for drinks and food than elsewhere in Cozumel.

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