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This was our first cruise and all in all a great experience. We (for some reason) chose early November as cruise date, we aren't too bothered about hot weather, obviously this is a gamble though and we experienced some pretty rough seas on the way there as a result. 27 deg C was the maximum experienced and that was in Madeira We got gale force 7-8 in the Bay of Biscay according to the captains announcement and that was easy to believe given the extreme winds on deck, the whiteness of the sea and the 4-5 mtr waves in the pool. On entry to Lisbon we crossed over shallow water, the waves there hit the ship and many bottles of duty free were broken in the hold, we were sat in the Windjammer at the time and several people and pretty much everything on every table hit the deck. Egg shells orange juice and water everywhere. Neither of use suffered any sea sickness but others did, personally I've never slept so well. We had a great time on board some annoyances but overall very good, not to many children and the entertainment was very good James Andrews is a very good cruise director. We had a Junior suite and were not disappointed by the size of the cabin or the attendant service. Room service breakfast was a mistake though maybe ordering Bacon was a bit optimistic, it was cold as was the scrambled egg, but the food in all of the restaurants was amazing and with very few exceptions cooked extremely well. The staff were really great and work extremely hard to make your time a good one. The down side is the cost of everything on board don't know why but we more or less assumed that bottled water would be free and that wine prices etc would be reasonable. Water is charged for and wine is expensive. We took out a Diamond wine package (the top one) for 7 bottles that came in at $270 and the wines were not really great. The people that were selling the booze packages on the first day had quite poor English skills and that made the whole thing really hard to understand as a first timer. If you take out a beer package at $39 every one in that stateroom must also take it out meaning you would each have to drink 5+ pints a day to even break even, that made it out of the question for us. They don't allow you to bring on and consume alcohol from the ports obviously this to make you drink the ships stock but I think that is very mean, our cruise wasn't cheap anyway. The Internet costs .65 cents per minute! you can take out an hour package and save .4 cents a min (gosh) but the net was so unreliable "limited connectivity" I am pleased that I didn't do it, in fact in spite of trying several times a day I only got on 3 times. Holidays aren't about the net but it was our agreed way of communicating with home.... Smoking on the balconies was a real pain in the neck of course people have to smoke somewhere but if the wind is not blowing it hangs around and seeps into the none smokers space and neither of us could cope with it, also the Labyrinth Disco was a no go area for us because of the thick smoke in there. But all in all our experience was a good one made more entertaining by the rough weather, some didn't find it so though.

First Time on The Independance of the Seas

Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by Dave

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This was our first cruise and all in all a great experience.

We (for some reason) chose early November as cruise date, we aren't too bothered about hot weather, obviously this is a gamble though and we experienced some pretty rough seas on the way there as a result. 27 deg C was the maximum experienced and that was in Madeira

We got gale force 7-8 in the Bay of Biscay according to the captains announcement and that was easy to believe given the extreme winds on deck, the whiteness of the sea and the 4-5 mtr waves in the pool. On entry to Lisbon we crossed over shallow water, the waves there hit the ship and many bottles of duty free were broken in the hold, we were sat in the Windjammer at the time and several people and pretty much everything on every table hit the deck. Egg shells orange juice and water everywhere.

Neither of use suffered any sea sickness but others did, personally I've never slept so well.

We had a great time on board some annoyances but overall very good, not to many children and the entertainment was very good James Andrews is a very good cruise director.

We had a Junior suite and were not disappointed by the size of the cabin or the attendant service. Room service breakfast was a mistake though maybe ordering Bacon was a bit optimistic, it was cold as was the scrambled egg, but the food in all of the restaurants was amazing and with very few exceptions cooked extremely well.

The staff were really great and work extremely hard to make your time a good one.

The down side is the cost of everything on board don't know why but we more or less assumed that bottled water would be free and that wine prices etc would be reasonable. Water is charged for and wine is expensive. We took out a Diamond wine package (the top one) for 7 bottles that came in at $270 and the wines were not really great. The people that were selling the booze packages on the first day had quite poor English skills and that made the whole thing really hard to understand as a first timer.

If you take out a beer package at $39 every one in that stateroom must also take it out meaning you would each have to drink 5+ pints a day to even break even, that made it out of the question for us.

They don't allow you to bring on and consume alcohol from the ports obviously this to make you drink the ships stock but I think that is very mean, our cruise wasn't cheap anyway.

The Internet costs .65 cents per minute! you can take out an hour package and save .4 cents a min (gosh) but the net was so unreliable "limited connectivity" I am pleased that I didn't do it, in fact in spite of trying several times a day I only got on 3 times. Holidays aren't about the net but it was our agreed way of communicating with home....

Smoking on the balconies was a real pain in the neck of course people have to smoke somewhere but if the wind is not blowing it hangs around and seeps into the none smokers space and neither of us could cope with it, also the Labyrinth Disco was a no go area for us because of the thick smoke in there.

But all in all our experience was a good one made more entertaining by the rough weather, some didn't find it so though.
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