Cleanest cruise ever: Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by spirite

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Cleanest cruise ever

Sail Date: April 2011
Destination: Canary Islands
Embarkation: Southampton
Our first time on the Independence and first time out of So'ton. Due to some noro issues on prior cruises we embarked late (as advised by RCI) - the luggage drop-off and check-in was very smooth. We expected to wait but actually walked straight on. (We had sanitised our hands three times already).

Sanitising hands was a theme for the trip. We did it hundreds of times. On the first few days we also used plastic gloves to serve ourselves in the Windjammer. I have never seen so many staff cleaning - hand rails, elevator buttons, everything!

It seemed to work - other than a few green faces in the Bay of Biscay, there did not seem to be any widespread bug on-board.

Overall this was one of our best trips on RCI. For previous RCI cruisers, everything you would expect - delivered with a touch of Britishness! Special mention to the CD, Joff Eaton, who did an amazing job.

The entertainment was satisfactory. The singers and dancers aren't my taste and the guest More performers were not exactly headliners (but at least the Boleros cocktail bar was quiet during the shows). Less

Published 04/18/11

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Port and Shore Excursions

An easy walk through town to the beach (unfortunately the weather was the worst here for our whole trip). Plenty of opportunity for beer, sangria and tapas along the front.

Amazing how the ship fits under the bridge - make sure you watch it on the way in (or out). The aquarium is a must-see for kids. Beer in bar alongside the port.
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The most picturesque port on this itinerary. Easy walk into town. Check out the market and taste the Madeira wine at Baldy's. Beer just outside the cathedral in the sun with guitarists playing nearby - just wonderful.

Saw very little of the town here (it was closed on a Sunday), except for a beer in the town square. The trip to the El Teinde volcano is spectacular (5/5).
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A pleasant enough port - easy to wander to the oyster restaurants and up to the fort and look back to the ship (lots of steps to get here). Had a beer in the main square.
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