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Just got off the Indy today from a 14 night Med cruise. This was our 3rd Indy cruise. We've done 20+ Royal Caribbean cruises, but the writing for us is on the wall. In the recent refit the ship has been seriously kiddified. Waterslides, virtual reality trampolines and climbing frames have been added. The gym reduced in size and the deck 12 walkway around the front of the ship removed to add cabins. The deck 4 and 3 labyrinth disco has gone making way for Izumi and inside cabins. The chapel is now an escape room. In all 120+ cabins added with public areas reduced. On some evenings there wasn't a single seat in any public area to be had. If you are loyal to Royal, the concierge lounge is gone, with D and D+ trying to cram into the old D lounge. The old concierge lounge is now exclusive for top suite and Pinnacle guests. On the plus side Mihee Heo, the D concierge is delightful. The food quality and menus have improved dramatically and, without fail, the staff were superb. If you are travelling with children or teenagers, the Indy will fit the bill. However, for us, it's time to move on as every refit brings similar results. I would not sail on the Indy again. However I'm sure that many will love it.

Not for us anymore

Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by chris hyde

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2018
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony
Just got off the Indy today from a 14 night Med cruise. This was our 3rd Indy cruise.

We've done 20+ Royal Caribbean cruises, but the writing for us is on the wall.

In the recent refit the ship has been seriously kiddified. Waterslides, virtual reality trampolines and climbing frames have been added. The gym reduced in size and the deck 12 walkway around the front of the ship removed to add cabins. The deck 4 and 3 labyrinth disco has gone making way for Izumi and inside cabins. The chapel is now an escape room.

In all 120+ cabins added with public areas reduced. On some evenings there wasn't a single seat in any public area to be had.

If you are loyal to Royal, the concierge lounge is gone, with D and D+ trying to cram into the old D lounge. The old concierge lounge is now exclusive for top suite and Pinnacle guests. On the plus side Mihee Heo, the D concierge is delightful.

The food quality and menus have improved dramatically and, without fail, the staff were superb.

If you are travelling with children or teenagers, the Indy will fit the bill. However, for us, it's time to move on as every refit brings similar results.

I would not sail on the Indy again. However I'm sure that many will love it.
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Cabin Review

Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 1D 7390
Cabin is spacious with a good size balcony having 2 reclining chairs and a table
Deck 8 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins