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We were a family of five which included 16, 13 & 11 year old children. First things first, the cleanliness.... if the NHS had RCI staff to clean, MRSA and such like would be irradicated within days. I have never experienced such obsession with hygiene. We had antibac gel dispensers at every turn, the staff wore gloves continually, the handrails and other surfaces were constantly being cleaned with sanitising spray, and the amount of glass and chrome onboard, and we never saw one finger print. Even the lift buttons were covered in a blue plastic film which was replaced each day to prevent germs, along with carpets being cleaned, and we even had a notice to say we should keep our balcony doors locked one day as they were going to be carrying out a "deep clean and sanitisation" of the balconies. Rooms were cleaned at least twice a day, and this attention to cleanliness really spoke highly of the care that they take of their passengers health and wellbeing. The staff were fantastic. Nothing was too much trouble, there was always a smile, and hello at least and that was from staff who were engine room mechanics, bar staff, waiters, etc could not do enough for you. We loved them, and Lenor who cleaned our room was an angel, along with James at customer relations, and Pablo in the photography shop. Food...well we found that the formal dining room was too stuffy for the kids taste, so we spent our meal times at the Windjammer. Yes it was busy at peak times, but never any longer than 5 mins to get a seat. The food was lovely, although quite basic, but you didnt have to eat chips every night to get a meal, there was plenty of choice, but watch ot for the greedy ones, you would be suprised how much food you can fit on a plate before it topples, and this was one thing that infuriated me, GREED, I cant bare it. Drinks....we ordered a 12 bottle wine package before we went but only drank 4 on board but they gave us the other 8 to take home so no complaints, but for us personally I wouldn't buy this again as it would have been cheaper to buy the odd glass. In an evening we would have a couple of drinks in the bar, and these ranged from $4.95 for an ameretto and coke to $7.95 for a cocktail, but as we only had a couple each it wasnt that expensive overall, besides the size of the shots you didnt need many to knock you out!! lol. Soft drinks package... worth its weight in gold!! For us it was fantastic value for money and would highly recommend it to anyone with kids. Stateroom....Immaculate! We had a balcony, and would not choose to do anything other than this. We heard people grumbling that they saw no point in "paying extra for a balcony" and thats fine, but our kids had an interior room, and we hated it. I felt instantly claustraphobic with no windows, and you had no way of knowing if it was day or night, sunny or raining until you got on deck, and besides, the sight of dolphins, and the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets were priceless to us, as was the luxury of going to our room and sunbathing in our own space when the deck chairs were full on deck. Kids club.....if you have kids then they will LOVE these. My daughter was very tongue in cheek when we booked and told her about these, typical "i'm too old for kids clubs" but she made great friends with all the kids as did the other two and they had an amazing holiday in their words, and cried when they said goodbye. Pre-paid gratuaties.....never again for us. We never saw the same waiter twice and felt quite agreived that we had pre paid £69 each person (over £350 in all) for services that we never received. We have decided next time that we will pay the room attendant and then each staff member that we met individually as it seemed a shame that those that we had received service from never got a tip. Excursions....mmmm, mixed bag. Highlight tour for us was fire mountain and camel ride at lanzarote, and a close second was the cable car and toboggans at madeira, although the cable car was terryfying!! We also booked easy gran canaria, which was anything but! Easy as in sitting on a coach and get off for 10 mins at a time for a toilet stop and nothing else as we were told, but for us, it was full of the (P*ss and blue rinse brigade) as we called them. No disrespect, but this age group fast became the holiday group from hell. The ship was full of them. They were ignorant, had no manners, couldnt hold their bowel movements and thought nothing of shoving in front of you, pushing you out the way, passing wind at every oportunity,and stunk from not showering from one day to the next. On a coach this is not funny and they didnt want the air con on as they were "getting too cold" so we spent the day with our noses in jumpers, spraying deodorant and being shoved off the bus and pushed in front of in the queues, and red hot. If you are alive and have a pulse, go for something else, avoid this trip! Ports....shame the stops were so short General overview for us....we wouldnt cruise from southampton again without stopping sooner as it seemed a long haul from saturday afternoon to monday lunchtime with no escape, but in fainess the weather was poor and you couldn't even sit outside but the ship was great. The above mentioned P*ss and blue rinse brigade...the holiday makers from hell. It seemed funny that people walked on yet within a couple of days our corridor was like the parking lot for IOTS whhelchairs and scooters. I think that they had switched on to the fact that the theatre had a "wheelchair users only" area and this therefore guaranteed them a seat. They also had a bad attitude when it came to driving the piggin things. My son has come home with whacking bruises where some old codger of a man with manners that stretched as far as "MOVE" rammed his legs and as couple of other peoples. They seemed hell bent on shoving in front of the que in the lifts, and and far as able bodied elderly go, well they were worse. Shoving and pushing and on more than a couple of occassions we were queing for food and the oldies just walked to the front and over filled their plates without a hint of apology or awareness for those of us queing. One lady said to me, I dont know why I bother to teach my children manners, cause they obviously dont need them on here! Can i add though, that we also met a couple of amazing oldies, who were kind, considerate and had manners, and helped us to restore our faith in OAPs, and by no means was everyone rude and thought the world owed them a living. Must dos....Ice show, amazing, chocolate fudge cookies from the promenade cafe at 4ish in the afternoon with a cup of tea, breakfast room service, massage on port day special. $99 for head, neck, foot, ankle massage and facial, midnight buffet, soda package, and if likely to use windjammer lots, dont pre pay your gratuaties. Tips...wait till nearly last night of cruise and they bring out $10 & $15 watches, pashminas?, and other bits which are great for everyday wear or gifts to take back, cigarettes..I smoke silk cut and these work out to £1 pack!

WOW....Fantastic, when are we going again?...

Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by meakmogs

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We were a family of five which included 16, 13 & 11 year old children.

First things first, the cleanliness.... if the NHS had RCI staff to clean, MRSA and such like would be irradicated within days. I have never experienced such obsession with hygiene. We had antibac gel dispensers at every turn, the staff wore gloves continually, the handrails and other surfaces were constantly being cleaned with sanitising spray, and the amount of glass and chrome onboard, and we never saw one finger print. Even the lift buttons were covered in a blue plastic film which was replaced each day to prevent germs, along with carpets being cleaned, and we even had a notice to say we should keep our balcony doors locked one day as they were going to be carrying out a "deep clean and sanitisation" of the balconies. Rooms were cleaned at least twice a day, and this attention to cleanliness really spoke highly of the care that they take of their passengers health and wellbeing.



The staff were fantastic. Nothing was too much trouble, there was always a smile, and hello at least and that was from staff who were engine room mechanics, bar staff, waiters, etc could not do enough for you. We loved them, and Lenor who cleaned our room was an angel, along with James at customer relations, and Pablo in the photography shop.



Food...well we found that the formal dining room was too stuffy for the kids taste, so we spent our meal times at the Windjammer. Yes it was busy at peak times, but never any longer than 5 mins to get a seat. The food was lovely, although quite basic, but you didnt have to eat chips every night to get a meal, there was plenty of choice, but watch ot for the greedy ones, you would be suprised how much food you can fit on a plate before it topples, and this was one thing that infuriated me, GREED, I cant bare it.



Drinks....we ordered a 12 bottle wine package before we went but only drank 4 on board but they gave us the other 8 to take home so no complaints, but for us personally I wouldn't buy this again as it would have been cheaper to buy the odd glass.



In an evening we would have a couple of drinks in the bar, and these ranged from $4.95 for an ameretto and coke to $7.95 for a cocktail, but as we only had a couple each it wasnt that expensive overall, besides the size of the shots you didnt need many to knock you out!! lol.



Soft drinks package... worth its weight in gold!! For us it was fantastic value for money and would highly recommend it to anyone with kids.



Stateroom....Immaculate! We had a balcony, and would not choose to do anything other than this. We heard people grumbling that they saw no point in "paying extra for a balcony" and thats fine, but our kids had an interior room, and we hated it. I felt instantly claustraphobic with no windows, and you had no way of knowing if it was day or night, sunny or raining until you got on deck, and besides, the sight of dolphins, and the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets were priceless to us, as was the luxury of going to our room and sunbathing in our own space when the deck chairs were full on deck.



Kids club.....if you have kids then they will LOVE these. My daughter was very tongue in cheek when we booked and told her about these, typical "i'm too old for kids clubs" but she made great friends with all the kids as did the other two and they had an amazing holiday in their words, and cried when they said goodbye.



Pre-paid gratuaties.....never again for us. We never saw the same waiter twice and felt quite agreived that we had pre paid £69 each person (over £350 in all) for services that we never received. We have decided next time that we will pay the room attendant and then each staff member that we met individually as it seemed a shame that those that we had received service from never got a tip.



Excursions....mmmm, mixed bag. Highlight tour for us was fire mountain and camel ride at lanzarote, and a close second was the cable car and toboggans at madeira, although the cable car was terryfying!!

We also booked easy gran canaria, which was anything but! Easy as in sitting on a coach and get off for 10 mins at a time for a toilet stop and nothing else as we were told, but for us, it was full of the (P*ss and blue rinse brigade) as we called them. No disrespect, but this age group fast became the holiday group from hell. The ship was full of them. They were ignorant, had no manners, couldnt hold their bowel movements and thought nothing of shoving in front of you, pushing you out the way, passing wind at every oportunity,and stunk from not showering from one day to the next. On a coach this is not funny and they didnt want the air con on as they were "getting too cold" so we spent the day with our noses in jumpers, spraying deodorant and being shoved off the bus and pushed in front of in the queues, and red hot. If you are alive and have a pulse, go for something else, avoid this trip!



Ports....shame the stops were so short



General overview for us....we wouldnt cruise from southampton again without stopping sooner as it seemed a long haul from saturday afternoon to monday lunchtime with no escape, but in fainess the weather was poor and you couldn't even sit outside but the ship was great.



The above mentioned P*ss and blue rinse brigade...the holiday makers from hell.

It seemed funny that people walked on yet within a couple of days our corridor was like the parking lot for IOTS whhelchairs and scooters. I think that they had switched on to the fact that the theatre had a "wheelchair users only" area and this therefore guaranteed them a seat. They also had a bad attitude when it came to driving the piggin things. My son has come home with whacking bruises where some old codger of a man with manners that stretched as far as "MOVE" rammed his legs and as couple of other peoples. They seemed hell bent on shoving in front of the que in the lifts, and and far as able bodied elderly go, well they were worse. Shoving and pushing and on more than a couple of occassions we were queing for food and the oldies just walked to the front and over filled their plates without a hint of apology or awareness for those of us queing. One lady said to me, I dont know why I bother to teach my children manners, cause they obviously dont need them on here!



Can i add though, that we also met a couple of amazing oldies, who were kind, considerate and had manners, and helped us to restore our faith in OAPs, and by no means was everyone rude and thought the world owed them a living.



Must dos....Ice show, amazing, chocolate fudge cookies from the promenade cafe at 4ish in the afternoon with a cup of tea, breakfast room service, massage on port day special. $99 for head, neck, foot, ankle massage and facial, midnight buffet, soda package, and if likely to use windjammer lots, dont pre pay your gratuaties.



Tips...wait till nearly last night of cruise and they bring out $10 & $15 watches, pashminas?, and other bits which are great for everyday wear or gifts to take back, cigarettes..I smoke silk cut and these work out to £1 pack!
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