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Independence of the Seas Review

4.5 / 5.0
1,670 reviews

Very good anniversary cruise. Kid's activities where the highlight.

Review for the Bahamas Cruise on Independence of the Seas
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6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Mar 2023
Celebrating a 50th Anniversary in the Main Dining Room
Skating on real ice!
Climbing Wall thrills
Queen's Staircase at Nassau, Bahamas
Dessert Options

This was a 50th anniversary cruise for one set of grandparents. Stops included Nassau and Coco Cay. Three generations of extended family on board. The ship was beautiful and the crew very friendly and helpful. The balcony rooms were very clean and comfortable. Doni, our stateroom attendant was wonderful. Yes, they only service the rooms once a day now, but the room for our kids and grandchildren needed service twice a day and that was provided!

The kids loved the water slides, climbing wall, mini golf, and skating rink. We ate most of our meals in the Windjammer Buffet. Food was generally good to very good. However, the pastries were dry and at lunch and dinner, no juices were offered. Only coffee, tea, milk, and lemonaide. Loved the variety of the food, though. Salads, veggies, asian choices, burgers, etc were great. Johnny Rocket's had no pickle fries and no malts. Without those, they are just another burger joint. Fish and Ships was good. Yes, the main dining now has new themed menus. The choices were good and the food quality was excellent. Best we've had on a cruise ship main dining experience. The wait staff was better than we have experienced in the past few cruises and food was served quickly. Food temperature was just right. Our waiter Gilbert and head waiter Remy made sure our dining experience was perfect.

As for the flow of information.... information on the RCI web site about the ship wasn't always reality. Things announced in the Compass or listed in the mobile app also weren't always accurate. We noticed this a number of times. Not a bad experience, but cause for us to verify things with a crew member to be sure we knew what to expect. For instance, the mini golf, Independence Dunes was listed as open 24 hours. However the deck was closed every evening. The port, airlines, and ship were advertised to offer luggage transfer service, but no service was made available without passenger transfer at the same time. The Compass and app stated that Coco Cay would be ticketless (no paper tickets needed) yet staff on the island asked passengers for their paper tickets!

Cabin Review

We were in cabin 8330, outside, deck 8, midships, starboard. Clean and comfortable. Nine drawers in the vanity. Plenty of closet space and enough hangars. At the right side of the closet there were four or five shelves which we used for folded clothes. Vanity included a hair drier. Shower was small but adequate. Storage space in bathroom mirror on right side. Shower included combination shower jel/shampoo. The only toiletry in the bathroom was a bar of soap. The room also had a small couch (not convertible) and a small oval glass top table. The room Curtains worked fine and deck included two adjustable chairs and a small table.

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