Med Treasure Cruise - Independence of the Seas: Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by coolchic

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Med Treasure Cruise - Independence of the Seas

Sail Date: September 2010
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Southampton
Well here we are at the end of another very enjoyable Cruise with Royal C. We could'nt had better service from all the staff on board which is truly commendable yet again, having cruised before on the Legend of the Seas last year to the Eastern Med. From the initial check in we were in our stateroom within approx. 30mins, and then up to the Windjammer for lunch at 2.30. no waiting around was experienced, which in our view is a holiday in itself! We had booked "My Time Dining" and preferable a table for just two for every evening in the King Lear dining room, initially booking "on line" the only available dining time of between 6.30 pm and 6.45 pm each evening...this did not prove a problem though, as we requested another dining time each night for the following night to fit in with our shore trips... and these requests were met with no trouble at the dining book in desk just as you go into the restuarant. We ate here every evening and found the standard of the waiting staff really More good as was the lovely food and wine. We purchased a "package" of wine on line before we set sail, and this proved to be a very good deal. Lunch was experienced every day in the Windjammer. I personally found this a very noisy place to dine and very packed to the hilt every day, but generally found the food very tasty, but somewhat lacking in heat, especially the soup.

Our cabin was very very clean and we tried to enjoy our ocean view often but usually this was spoilt somewhat by the two chain smokers on both sides of our balcony who certainly enjoyed their balcony at every possible moment from early morning to late at night !!! It was for us quite disgusting as we do not ever go into any public place here in the U/K with smoking far less our own personal space. May i kindly suggest ot Royal Caribbean that it might be to their advantage in the future for people like us who are now cruising every year that they at least try and please the NON SMOKERS for once, maybe by accommodating us on ONE SIDE OF THE SHIP ????

We enjoyed only some of the entertainment of IOTS as they do try to appeal to all ages and tastes, so the nightly performances in the Alhambra can be literally anything and not a showtime show like we have been wowed with on other cruises e.g. P & O Arcadia which in my opinion was the most enjoyable "west end" standard of show that has obviously spoilt me rotton !! Less

Published 10/04/10

Cabin review: D36328 Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

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Had booked a trip to the Monserrat but did not go as my husband was still ill and confined to his cabin for 24 hours until he had clearance.!

We have been to Barcelona before and found the courtesy bus into the centre a very good way of getting to the La Rambla street for a lovely walk. also there is open decked buses that can take you around the city.

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As my husband was not very well today with a stomach bug, i had to go on the Cannes trip on my own. We waited on Cannes Dock for which seemed like ages for the coach... one appparently had broken down.. and they had to order another one so were were told to explore Cannes for 45 minutes until the coach came. Went to Grasse perfumery, then on to St Paul a little hill top ancient walled town for lunch which we did on our own. Back ot coach at 2pm driving along Cannes waterfront back to ship with the option of being dropped off into town if you wanted. The ship has tenders for this Port.

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7.00 am Corsica. Took coach Trip to Calanche in the mountains, wonderful views all the way there. Saw wild pigs and goats. Lovely clear mountain air and the villages were very picturesque.

Had lunch included on this trip in small restuarant. Veal stew and potatoes followed by vanilla mousse. Be careful here I found the flies were on the bread!

We had a mini bus trip here to the Rock of Gibralter docking at 9.10 am so the trip began at 9.30.To find seating in the Windjammer was very difficult today so it was a worry we were going to be late for our trip. Tour Guide Frankie and Bus driver Ian did a very excellent job of transporting us to the cable car to the top, and we experienced a very enjoyable tour of the rock etc and Cave of St.Michael and museum. Back to ship for lunch.

Ibiza.: We again did a tour for about 4 hours here. It was meant to begin at 10.45 but there was such confusion on our bus that it was after 11 am that we started our tour... the bus being overcrowded.. so me, my husband and another couple volunteered to come off the coach and go onto another one/ We eventually set off for a tour of the salt pans and old fortress.. stopping for an unbelievable hour in Ibiza Town on a Sunday for the market.. which we didnt like at all. Relieved to get back on the boat !

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