GREAT VACATION: Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by Geoff Sheridan

Independence of the Seas 5
Geoff Sheridan

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Sail Date: February 2012
Destination: Canary Islands
Embarkation: Southampton
The only down part of the whole experience was the long wait at Southampton,
due to an outbreak of Norovirus where they had to sanitize the ship. When you see the size of her you can see this is no easy task.We arrived early at about 11.00am our luggage was unloaded and we parked up.They put on shuttle buses into town, we took the first bus back at about 2.30pm,they opened check in at about 3.00pm although boarding didn't start until all 3000 + passengers were on board by 8.00 pm.We set sail at 8.30pm 4 hours late.

even with the constant cleaning and sanitizing and hard work of all the staff we had an outbreak of the virus.

We went for the 6.00pm seating time in Macbeth's restaurant, a big thank you to Beverly and Ashley for their service, we were also lucky to have great eating companions.The food was of a good standard and a good choice of menu.

Johnny Rockets is a must. Great experience not to be missed.

We ate in the windjammer for More breakfast and snacks, we never had a problem with finding a seats although it was busy at times.

Entertainment was good, party nights along the prom well worth watching Keep an eye on the floating bridge. We had a state room with a balcony Mid Ship we always find mid ships to be best as we find this has less motion as sea. Although this ship has a good stabilizing system.

Don't be put off by some negative reviews, we were well impressed with the service of the crew from the waiting staff to the room attendant.

This ship has the WOW! factor Less

Published 03/07/12

Cabin review: E27290 Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

Great balcony in a quiet location, well planed room plenty of space under the bed for you cases.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Well worth gettig up to the top deck as you go under the bridge on entry to the port, Just to see how close you get to the bridge.
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Did our own thing here, got the hop on hop off yellow bus and then took the cable car round trip. only down side to this port of call is theres not enough time.

4x4 Adventure

4x4 Tour groups of 8 persons in a safari type jeep/land rover. Great experience not advisable if you have heart problems or pregnant as it's not the most comfortable of rides.

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