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My 75th birthday treat and Bucket List "Go on a BIG SHIP". 4,128 passengers, 1,600 sunbeds. Overcrowded by about 1,000 passengers too many. Queues everywhere. Despite valiant staff service at bars is appalling that's if you can get a seat. On non sun days there is an acute shortage of seats. Hence the high amount of scooters as this is the only way to guarantee a seat. The food in the MDR is mediocre as RCI want you in the premium restaurants. At meal times the MDR is less than half full as all are in Windjammer which is spacious and the food is quite good plus you can have as much as you like. The ship is beautiful and well appointed with good shows in the theatre. But the queues and lack of seating spoil everything. Plus the paying system at the bars takes longer than getting your drink. Cabin 1686 was lovely and well looked after by an attentive steward. In future will stick to a smaller ship.

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Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by Adrian1943

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2018
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Spacious Ocean View Balcony
My 75th birthday treat and Bucket List "Go on a BIG SHIP". 4,128 passengers, 1,600 sunbeds. Overcrowded by about 1,000 passengers too many. Queues everywhere. Despite valiant staff service at bars is appalling that's if you can get a seat. On non sun days there is an acute shortage of seats. Hence the high amount of scooters as this is the only way to guarantee a seat.

The food in the MDR is mediocre as RCI want you in the premium restaurants. At meal times the MDR is less than half full as all are in Windjammer which is spacious and the food is quite good plus you can have as much as you like.

The ship is beautiful and well appointed with good shows in the theatre.

But the queues and lack of seating spoil everything.

Plus the paying system at the bars takes longer than getting your drink.

Cabin 1686 was lovely and well looked after by an attentive steward.

In future will stick to a smaller ship.
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Spacious Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 4B 1686
Top class
Deck 10 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins