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Independence of the Seas Review

4.5 / 5.0
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1625 reviews
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A real disappointment

Review for Independence of the Seas to Europe
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KJ 7271
2-5 Cruises • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Aug 2018
Cabin: Interior Accessible
Traveled with children

We last sailed on Independence in July 2016, which we enjoyed thoroughly, hence the repeat visit. During the refurb in April 2018 RCCL added extra cabins to the ship, what a mistake! The ship is now cramped, the Windjammer is constantly overcrowded and you struggle to find a table at meal times. The gluten free section had reduced by half since our prior cruise. The standard of the dining room food has also deteriorated. Security guards have been employed to deal with the feral teens running (literally) around the ship. Public spaces are smaller, there are insufficient sun beds to meet demand, I waited 3 hours one day to get a subbed in the sun. The staff were amazing but the ship and facilities were overcrowded and wait times were like those you’d expect high season at Disney .. this is no longer a luxury holiday, more like a cheap all inclusive Spanish 2* resort! The entertainment was dated, the shows unchanged in 3 years (although still very good), the comedians came out of the 70’s with jokes unsuitable for the 21st century and for family audiences. The musical acts were poor. The only saving grace was the ports of call, which were fantastic. The tours via the ship were over priced and we didn’t do any organised tours. We did DIY tours with a bit of google help and were very successful, our spend for 2 adults and 2 young teens for a 2 week cruise was less than £800, not one penny of which was spent on the ship. We won’t be repeating with RCCL!

Cabin Review

Interior Accessible

We had an interior cabin, can’t remember the number, it was small but there was nothing wrong with it. Our steward was lovely and very helpful.

Port Reviews

Cartagena (Spain)

Walk from the ship into the town, go to the Roman amphitheater it is fantastic! Less than 10EUR each, a real bargain.

Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

Just took a walk through Palma, what a lovely place


Jumped on the hop on/off tour bus. Fantastic experience


My daughters favourite place! Had an ice cream and a paddle in the crystal blue waters... paradise!

Corsica (Ajaccio)

Jumped on the bus tour at the port, literally 100 meters from the ship, great informative tour


Strolled around the city, did a bit of shopping and people watching. A lovely plsce


We stayed in Cadiz, a quite, sleepy town. Very charming


We took a taxi excursion from one of the taxis at the port, it was £30 each, took us to the monkeys, cave and tunnels, really good value for money.

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