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Independence of the Seas Review

4.5 / 5.0
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1613 reviews
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A Nice Cruise with a Few Caveats

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

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Sail Date: Feb 2020
Cabin: Ocean View

I took this cruise as part of a small conference group. The expedited check in worked great. However, if someone had never cruised before, they could find it confusing as one does not receive information other than to keep walking. Disembarkation was fine. I chose to book the $15 bus back to the airport, and we were off quickly. No concerns at all.

Our group had the late dining. This is my preference when I cruise on vacations and enjoy the time. Our area was never set up when we sat down. I do not know how much of this was due to some early diners staying late, but I am not use to walking in and seeing piles of dirty dishes in the servers area as they tried to get certain tables set up (table 261 and others). The servers were wonderful.

The cabin was clean and made up promptly each day.

Cabin Review

Ocean View

This is an ocean view cabin. I enjoyed the location, as it was not right by the stairs or elevators. There were two of us in the cabin, and we had plenty of room. As with most ships, there are only 2 outlets in the room for charging laptops, iPhones etc (I was on attending a conference so my cabin mate and I had more electronics than if it was a vacation).

Port Reviews

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

If you arrive early, there are things to see and do in Ft Lauderdale.

Cozumel

If you wish to walk (vs going into stores), take a taxi to the downtown area. You will have shops and restaurants on one side and the ocean on the other.

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