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Booked this cruise as had a money off certificate from the last RCI cruise. Embarkation took 10 minutes, we must have lucked out and arrived at the perfect time (1pm) Overall really enjoyed the cruise. Ship was clean with lovely decor. Stateroom was a good size (Balcony room) and the attendant did his thing every day very well. Dining. Food in the MDR was OK but nothing special, buffet was good with loads of different options. Had a choppes grill which was superb, highly recommend. Also the pizza at Sorrentos was absolutely delicious! We saw several of the shows (theatre and Ice) and they were all amazing. All the staff were really nice and friendly, but the bar staff seemed very busy in the evenings and they could do with more bar staff IMO My 2 gripes were that the ship felt a bit too busy/crowded at times, and that in the casino they literally want to screw you out of every last penny. The blackjack has the worst rules of any casino in the world coupled with 6/5 payoffs for a blackjack, which is an insult basically. Anyway if you are not a casino lover you will have a great time on Indy, but as we are gamblers my next cruise will be with NCL. Im sure they will be just as stingy but I feel I need to vote with my feet,

Good, but a couple of negatives

Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by nafanny29

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2019
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony
Booked this cruise as had a money off certificate from the last RCI cruise.

Embarkation took 10 minutes, we must have lucked out and arrived at the perfect time (1pm)

Overall really enjoyed the cruise. Ship was clean with lovely decor. Stateroom was a good size (Balcony room) and the attendant did his thing every day very well.

Dining. Food in the MDR was OK but nothing special, buffet was good with loads of different options. Had a choppes grill which was superb, highly recommend. Also the pizza at Sorrentos was absolutely delicious!

We saw several of the shows (theatre and Ice) and they were all amazing.

All the staff were really nice and friendly, but the bar staff seemed very busy in the evenings and they could do with more bar staff IMO

My 2 gripes were that the ship felt a bit too busy/crowded at times, and that in the casino they literally want to screw you out of every last penny. The blackjack has the worst rules of any casino in the world coupled with 6/5 payoffs for a blackjack, which is an insult basically.

Anyway if you are not a casino lover you will have a great time on Indy, but as we are gamblers my next cruise will be with NCL. Im sure they will be just as stingy but I feel I need to vote with my feet,
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Cabin Review

Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 2D 8522
Cabin was spacious and well laid out. Bed was near balcony which I prefer. Shower was great and powerful, and the entire bathroom spacious for the size. Bed comfortable. A very nice place to be.
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