Fantastric ship, pity about the onboard prices: Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by Stuart

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Fantastric ship, pity about the onboard prices

Sail Date: July 2011
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Southampton
The Independence of the Seas is truly a fantastic ship. From first boarding at Southampton we were nothing less than impressed with the size, cleanliness and friendly crew. Nothing was too much trouble for the crew and many went out of their way to assist and ensure that the whole experience was second to none.

However we were certainly not prepared for the astronomically expensive price of alcohol in the bars. Lager was the equivalent of over £5.00 per pint and even if you took advantage of a drinks package, you would need to drink five pints every day just to break even, and the package had to be purchased by everyone sharing the stateroom as single packages were not allowed were not allowed.The on board entertainment provided in the Alhambra theater was well below the standard of that previously experienced on the Grand Princess. The so called headline acts were second rate and the resident singers/dancers were very amateurish and could best be described as 'why sing More when you can shout'. However the ship did have a very good band named 'Rock the Boat' who performed in the Pyramid bar most evenings.The bar was full on the nights this band played, and probably provided the best entertainment available. They should have been performing in the main theater as they would have no doubt filled that one too. Overall we enjoyed the cruise but will have to consider very carefully before we book with Royal Caribbean International unless they have a change of price policy. Less

Published 08/13/11

Cabin review: E11536 Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

Not exactly spacious but clean and well kept. Difficult to shower without repeatedly banging elbows on walls of shower cubicle. Good balcony offering unobstructed views. Soundproofing between cabins could have been better especially through the 'closed off connecting door'. Room service excellent.

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Port and Shore Excursions

If you cant find what you are looking for in this City you probably will not find it anywhere. Football fans should visit the Nu Camp home of Barcelona F.C, they had a poor season this year and only won 16 trophies! Also the Sagrada Familia is well worth the queue to gain access, just watch your head on the low organ pipes.

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Transfer to land by smaller boat as The Independence is far too big to get into the port. Loads of shops and places to eat. Train to Monte Carlo is very cheap, clean and smooth and certainly worth the effort for F1 fans, a good idea to check on the return train times before leaving the station.

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A very good place to visit as a first port of call. Very friendly people but be aware of the primates at the top of the rock as they obviously consider that bags and any food you are carrying are theirs to have. Fantastic 'sail away'party on board the ship.

Best port of the whole cruise. Very clean and well laid out with numerous squares containing both designer and local shops. Locals very helpful and considering the state of the Euro, prices were not at all bad.

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A bit disappointed with this port. Whilst the sea front had lots of bars and places to eat, once you venture back into the town it is very run down and has more than its fair share of boarded up shops.

A bit like visiting a local market. Full of men of dubious background selling equally as dubious watches and perfume. Very hilly not suitable for prolonged walking. Worth a visit but not high on my list of places to return to. Not helped by the rain and low cloud which covered the port on our visit, obviously not the best conditions to visit somewhere for the first time.
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