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Independence of the Seas Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Loved the ship 2 years ago but not anymore! Too crowded!!!

Review for Independence of the Seas to Canary Islands
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A Happy Couple
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Jun 2019
Cabin: Spacious Ocean View Balcony

Our first cruise was a short one on Indy in April 2017, so we were excited to be sailing on her again last month to the Canary Islands. What we didn’t know was that during its ‘refit’ last year they also added more cabins. We were informed there were 4500 passengers (an extra 500 people) on our sailing, the ship was full to bursting point. I am disabled and therefore used a walking stick and mobility scooter, but there was no where to sit in the evenings all the bars were constantly over full. We missed so much evening entertainment due to the lack of seating, we ended up back in our cabin after our 8.30 dinner sitting most nights.

We could never get a sun bed around the pools and if you are not up early on a sea day there was no chance of getting a sun bed anywhere. Particularly if you’re disabled and cannot climb up a bed crammed along side other beds.

We feel RCI have crammed far too many passengers on the lovely Indy yet not added extra bar lounges or seating to cope with it. We loved the many ports we visited, the itinerary was great, but being back on a very over crowded ship by all aboard time soon lowered our mood. We felt it was dirty too, the balconies didn’t get cleaned the whole cruise, and Chops Grill was dusty, the blinds all lopsided and tatty, the floor was grubby and looked like it needed a good deep clean. We booked it to celebrate our anniversary but sadly I can’t even say the meal there was great as my meal kept going back as my steak wasn’t cooked how I asked for, by the time I got mine, my hubby had finished his and my side orders were cold.

Cabin Review

Spacious Ocean View Balcony

Cabin 2B

Cabin was ok but not very well cleaned particularly the toilet, the ‘clean’ towels were stained all the time. The balcony was never cleaned or swept and one day we couldn’t get on the balcony due to fresh paint and varnish. The bed was comfy and the room dark which ensured a good nights sleep.

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