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Independence of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Good cruise, a few small niggles, nothing major

Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by Travelmad

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2019
  • Destination: the British Isles & Western Europe
  • Cabin Type: Promenade View Interior

Embarkation was great, we were on the ship 5 minutes after entering the terminal.

The refurbished part of the ship is great, it’s a shame they didn’t update the staterooms. Ours was quite shabby with stained and faded sofas, old net curtains which didn’t meet in the middle and filthy curtain liners. Come on RCI. Our cabin was kept clean though, so no problems there, it just felt grubby because it was tatty.

The food in Windjammers and the MDR was very good, plenty of choice. We had the lovely Amit and Heman (Table 755) looking after us, who were so lovely, friendly and helpful. We had My Time dining and had the same table and time every night.

The shows in the theatre were very good, but the last couple of nights they changed the time to 7pm or 9pm, which was no good with our dinner time, so missed 2 shows. Grease was ok, but they had a few hiccups. Both the ice shows were great.

I don’t think the groups/bands were as good this year, but that’s just my personal opinion.

Bar service was generally good, but they could do with more staff in Boleros, as most days there was only one serving and if they had to go and get more bottles it was left unmanned. Quite a bit of queuing most of the time. Katerina, the waitress was brilliant there, friendly and smiling.

All the ports of call were great, as was getting on and off the ship each time.

We had the usual kids running around and playing in the lifts, but that’s down to the parents who obviously didn’t care.

I was a bit worried after reading previous reviews about getting a seat anywhere, but we always managed to find a seat in Windjammers and a sun lounger every day. The bars were quite busy and if we couldn’t get a seat in one we always found one in another (except the Schooner bar, which was always rammed).

I do wish everyone would wash their hands in the restaurants, as every day we saw people just walking straight in and we have to go and use the tongs they have used. Instead of the lovely singing waiters singing to wash your hands as you go in, they should be making people do it who walk straight by.

Great cruise, lovely ports of call, glorious weather and no real complaints, only the tatty stateroom.

Cannot wait until the next cruise.

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Cabin Review

Promenade View Interior
Cabin 2T 8331

Really shabby. Old, faded and stained sofas, old grubby net curtains which didn’t meet and dirty curtain linings. The cabin was kept clean, we have no problem with our cabin steward, but it desperately needs a facelift. Was very quiet though.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Really interesting port, lots to see and nice walk along the promenade. Walkable from ship and see on your own. Lovely sailing out under the bridge.


Took shuttle to town and walked up through the old town to the the fort and cathedral with great views. Walked back and had lunch in a little bar, walked around the shops and marina. Great day.


Very interesting, Sagrada Familia was something else.

Cartagena (Spain)

Walked around on our own as ship docks right in the city. Not very big. Make sure you don’t miss the amphitheatre as it’s just a door, you would never know it was there.


Very pretty and lots to see. Walkable from ship. Try the fried crispy shrimp pancakes in the market. Very yummy and always a queue, so says a lot.

Flamenco Show

The cathedral was stunning and the flamenco show was excellent. A good excursion.

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