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Independence of the Seas Review

4.5 / 5.0
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1639 reviews
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Very good cruise let down by rci failure to enforce the dress code set out in br

Review for Independence of the Seas to the Western Mediterranean
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10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Sep 2018
Cabin: Ocean View Balcony

We have a varied cruising history choosing destinations rather than a particular company. However this cruise has on one hand fulfilled two really good destinations in Italy. At the same disappointing us on several levels. One as we have mentioned above witnessed quite a few people in shorts and uncollared t shirts in the main dining venues at night. This was unfair on the people who follow the dress code stated in the brochure. Two RCI are using every opportunity to squeeze every penny out of the fare paying passengers who have already paid a fare price for the service expected. Three it seems to me that the ship was overcrowded because the company are inviting guests to pay a very small amount for cruising losing the ethos of how a cruise should be. The extra rooms have lead to overcrowding in all public areas.we were really looking forward to going on independence having heard lots of good reports but sadly was let down by the above combination of events. Therefore next time we will bypass the independence and any other refurbished ships with more rooms added.

Cabin Review

Ocean View Balcony

Cabin 6D

Adequate cabin comfortable bed adequate balcony. But then you only sleep in it

Port Reviews


Walked off ship into Gibraltar did some shopping good duty free goods looks like a nice place to stay eat and drink


Walked along the coastline lovely views sat had a drink went back to the ship


Disappointing not enough time to do anything of value


Love Lisbon been many times before


Also been to vigo before did some more shopping here but lovely place to sit have seafood and watch the world go by


Didn't get off the ship docked away from Toulon and charging a rip off price to go around the bay in what was described as a 10 minute journey



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