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We picked this cruise mainly for our 15 year daughter who loves meeting teens from all over the world. 14 days and no flight sounded a good idea. This was our 4th cruise and 3rd one with RCI. While it was excellent it simply wasn’t up to the standard of our previous cruises on Rhapsody and Harmony. Far, far too overcrowded. Pros -Great food -Lovely staff -Stops all easily accessible without booking excursions - Room great - Good pianist - best skating shows I’ve seen - best cruise director so far - gym great - endless fun, bursting with activities - room spacious and lovely attendant - external entertainers very high standard - magician amazing - street party awesome and great fun - 3 formal nights with lots of participation - cocktails! - whitewater rafting trip great fun - Quizzes great fun - teenager said it was her favourite so far, club excellent and made loads of friends Cons - Several hundred too many passengers on board - need to be a adult pool 8am to get a bed (I’m at gym at 6 so not an issue for me) - difficult to get a seat in any bars - food not great in main dining. Service was appalling on second night and we cancelled remaining reservations - food in windjammer caters to junk food eaters, so this limits the choice for others- I don’t eat meat and choices were much more limited than other cruises - windjammer packed and tables not cleared - must have had some very cheap prices as some on board straight from ‘benefits Britain’. Really appalled by some people on board and was embarrassed to be Scottish with behaviour over World Cup. A horrible atmosphere that overshadowed the whole holiday - singers and dancers were very low standard, cringing watching - paid for surfing lesson for daughter and I. Advertised as 1 hour but had to share with 5 others. We got about 8 minutes each for a huge cost. Rip off. Girls instructing were excellent tho.

Our least favourite - but still excellent

Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by Skater75

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2018
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Spacious Ocean View Balcony
We picked this cruise mainly for our 15 year daughter who loves meeting teens from all over the world. 14 days and no flight sounded a good idea.

This was our 4th cruise and 3rd one with RCI.

While it was excellent it simply wasn’t up to the standard of our previous cruises on Rhapsody and Harmony. Far, far too overcrowded.

Pros

-Great food

-Lovely staff

-Stops all easily accessible without booking excursions

- Room great

- Good pianist

- best skating shows I’ve seen

- best cruise director so far

- gym great

- endless fun, bursting with activities

- room spacious and lovely attendant

- external entertainers very high standard - magician amazing

- street party awesome and great fun

- 3 formal nights with lots of participation

- cocktails!

- whitewater rafting trip great fun

- Quizzes great fun

- teenager said it was her favourite so far, club excellent and made loads of friends

Cons

- Several hundred too many passengers on board

- need to be a adult pool 8am to get a bed (I’m at gym at 6 so not an issue for me)

- difficult to get a seat in any bars

- food not great in main dining. Service was appalling on second night and we cancelled remaining reservations

- food in windjammer caters to junk food eaters, so this limits the choice for others- I don’t eat meat and choices were much more limited than other cruises

- windjammer packed and tables not cleared

- must have had some very cheap prices as some on board straight from ‘benefits Britain’. Really appalled by some people on board and was embarrassed to be Scottish with behaviour over World Cup. A horrible atmosphere that overshadowed the whole holiday

- singers and dancers were very low standard, cringing watching

- paid for surfing lesson for daughter and I. Advertised as 1 hour but had to share with 5 others. We got about 8 minutes each for a huge cost. Rip off. Girls instructing were excellent tho.
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Cabin Review

Spacious Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 3B 8374
Great cabin. Loads of space and storage. Good sized balcony. Getting a little tired but nothing to complain about yet.
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