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If you are a disabled passenger on "Independence of the seas" you will find it nearly impossible to disembark from the ship when you are in a port as they do not provide safe ramps for mobility scooter/wheelchair users - I was nearly forced out of my scooter due to the extremely steep descent onto shore with no help given except to slow my scooter down but if it is slowed down it wont clear the ramps!! The room we had was an interior stateroom(n0 window) the bathroom was extremely small but the shower cubicle was adequate. The lifts on this vessel are large and you can get about easy enough. The sunbeds were plenty but too low to negotiate if you have arthritis like me! There were a few chairs but you had to fight for them. Also if your disabled it is very hard for you if dining in "Windjammer" trying to find a space to accommodate a scooter while your partner gets your meal is not easy. Trying to find where all the meal choices was located meant that you were walking round for ages while your meal got cold! Would recommend eating in the waiter serviced restaurants. Room service was 1st class but not enough choice although you get a good cooked breakfast in your room. There was not enough choice of entertainment during the day - quizzes, quizzes or quizzes. Shops close on port days! so if you cant go ashore -hard lines! Dont bother with the soda fountain package as the sodas are horrible! its post-mix you cant have tins of cola or sprite! The excursions offered do not allow for the majority of disabled passengers and they are expensive. All Royal Caribbean seem to want you to do is spend your money in their shops. The shows are very amateur with staff providing the entertainment! If you like talks about old music hall "has beens" you will enjoy your self. This ship is immaculate dont get me wrong - you couldnt find a speck of dust! they clean from morning to night and it is fantastic but with not enough to do it got very boring and we couldnt wait to get home which was a shame. We spent a lot of time in our claustraphobic cabin watching movies on tv to stave off boredom - it also has air con turned to cold all the time so it was often warmer on deck!

Not for the disabled!

Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by chrissybywater

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If you are a disabled passenger on "Independence of the seas" you will find it nearly impossible to disembark from the ship when you are in a port as they do not
provide safe ramps for mobility scooter/wheelchair users - I was nearly forced out of my scooter due to the extremely steep descent onto shore with no help given except to slow my scooter down but if it is slowed down it wont clear the ramps!!
The room we had was an interior stateroom(n0 window) the bathroom was extremely small but the shower cubicle was adequate.
The lifts on this vessel are large and you can get about easy enough.
The sunbeds were plenty but too low to negotiate if you have arthritis like me!
There were a few chairs but you had to fight for them.
Also if your disabled it is very hard for you if dining in "Windjammer" trying to find a space to accommodate a scooter while your partner gets your meal is not easy.
Trying to find where all the meal choices was located meant that you were walking round for ages while your meal got cold! Would recommend eating in the waiter serviced restaurants.
Room service was 1st class but not enough choice although you get a good cooked breakfast in your room.
There was not enough choice of entertainment during the day - quizzes, quizzes or quizzes. Shops close on port days! so if you cant go ashore -hard lines!
Dont bother with the soda fountain package as the sodas are horrible! its post-mix you cant have tins of cola or sprite!
The excursions offered do not allow for the majority of disabled passengers and they are expensive.
All Royal Caribbean seem to want you to do is spend your money in their shops.
The shows are very amateur with staff providing the entertainment! If you like talks about old music hall "has beens" you will enjoy your self.

This ship is immaculate dont get me wrong - you couldnt find a speck of dust! they clean from morning to night and it is fantastic but with not enough to do it got very boring and we couldnt wait to get home which was a shame.
We spent a lot of time in our claustraphobic cabin watching movies on tv to stave off boredom - it also has air con turned to cold all the time so it was often warmer on deck!
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Cabin Review

Cabin 2333
Small bathroom very narrow door small step into - but adequate shower cubicle.
room very claustrophobic - very noisy with doors constantly banging so loud walls reverbrated - found out it was staff cleaning using sstorage room next door to us.
No room to get to bed very cramped
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