Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by Stevegone
- Sail Date: July 2019
- Destination: Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Spacious Ocean View Balcony
Having sailed on this ship 2 years previous I found it a lot more crowded and not as pleasant, probably due to the extra rooms added but hey it’s around an extra £150,000 per 14 night cruise for Royal Caribbean.
Firstly my bad points:
1 Most Sun beds were reserved by 8:30am on sea days. Guests were putting towels out then going for breakfast, Royal Caribbean didn’t seem to be policing their own policy.
2 Dress code not upheld in main dining, many sleeves about both arms and legs but not the material kind I noted. I asked about this and was told they didn’t want to upset guests. (probably not start a fight I think)
3 Buffet windjammer dining like a cramped motor way service station.
4 Guest Rooms were not Part of the refurbishment and are showing there age.
5 Many people taking advantage of their drinks package noticed lots of foul language, in front of children as well.
6 Trips were over crowded and rushed very hustle bustle.
7 Loads of extras to pay for fish & chips and specialty dining restaurants which I think should be included in the price.
8 Bars busy and difficult to get a seat unless you got in early and stayed put.
1 Great friendly staff always helpful
2 Bar staff on the ball when serving as there are the ones who try and push in.
3 Also met some very nice people on board, as usual it’s the few that spoil it for the many.
With the recent P & O incident I can see the potential of it been a regular occurrence on cruise ships, they seem to be taking over from the all inclusive Benidorm type package holiday. It can be quite a social mix when you have such a vast range of pricing for cabins. I paid a 5 star resort price for my cabin and I think that’s where my next holiday will be, where everyone pays similar and are in the same frame of mind.
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