Well balanced review. Read this & you'll be reassured!: Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by rozzyb

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Well balanced review. Read this & you'll be reassured!

Sail Date: February 2012
Destination: Canary Islands
Embarkation: Southampton
Hi there everyone,
We just got back on 6th March and have had an amazing time! The ship is spectacular, the food wonderful and the entertainment is so varied and there is truly something for everybody going on from dawn til after midnight every day.
Each day you get the onboard newspaper 'The Cruise Compass'delivered to your stateroom and it has EVERYTHING you need to know...all the schedule for that day with all the locations of events and details about ports of call etc. Very impressive. We used it as our 'bible', referring to it constantly so we didn't miss anything. Some days we couldn't quite fit in everything we wanted to do!
Generally, we tend to choose quiet holidays on our own so joining a ship with nearly 4000 guests on board had been a bit of a worry of mine prior to boarding.
Yes, there were huge queues at Southampton prior to boarding, but we all know the reasons why and it couldn't be helped. It was totally for all our benefits that the ship be cleaned More thoroughly & I think the majority of passengers fully understood and accepted it. We were some of the unlucky ones who were outdoors the whole time from 3pm until gone 7pm and it was very chilly to say the least, but we were supplied with hot drinks & kept informed by RC staff.
Once onboard the ship absorbed everyone and massive crowds were seldom seen again. Yes, it was busy in the Windjammer at peak times and on the Royal Promenade on party nights but it was absolutely fine and didn't bother us at all.We always got a seat for the shows although you do need to get to the theatre a bit earlier for the popular shows. The quizzes in the Schooner Bar were very popular and we almost missed out on getting a seat a couple of times.
We spent a lot of time in the Pyramid Lounge which was home to the resident rock band, Rock the Boat who were EXCELLENT. They played most evenings til late & specialised in 60's & 70's rock music. The venue was always full. They also played for The Party under the Stars on the Pool Deck one night which was great.
The Cruise Director, Joff and his sidekick, Rob were very entertaining. If you get the chance to do the Quiz with a Twist, please do go to it. It was hilarious. Also the Ultimate Music Quiz, with the chance to win a car was also really good and very funny!
Ports of call were almost secondary to our enjoyment of the ship really, but here is a brief summary of what we did.
VIGO: we did our own thing; walked through the town and up to the castle (lovely views) & back via some gardens.
LISBON: us & 2 other couples we'd made friends with in the queue at Southampton shared a large taxi & had a private tour of the city, the Old Town & all the main touristy things for 30 euros each. we had numerous photo stops, a full history lesson & time to shop at the end.GRAN CANARIA: We took the Number 1 bus to the Old Town for just 1 euro each way. Had a wander round the main town when we got back and found the beach and prom area. Very nice.
TENERIFFE: We took one of the ship's tours to Taganana. Very good. Through the mountains from one side of the island to the other, seeing rich forests and ending up at La Laguna. Very nice. Had a guided tour on foot.
MADEIRA: THE BEST PORT OF CALL. Took the cable car up to Monte & did the toboggan run back down. Very exhilarating! 10 euros for the cable car (15 return)& 12.5 euros for the toboggan run. Also sampled some Madeira wine and brandy whilst exploring the very arty old town. Lovely market.
LA CORUNA: Very nice. Did our own thing. Wandered around the touristy bit then along the sea front to the castle and small harbours.
Back on board tea, coffee, hot choc, water, milk & ship's own juices were free. Alcoholic drinks a bit pricy. London Pride Ale $6.50=£4.12 per pint. Brandy $8, cocktail of the day $6.75. Speciality coffee $7 at Cafe Promenade but was fantastic. It had Grand Marnier, Tuaca, Baileys and Kuhala for $7.The cakes & sandwiches here were also gorgeous for afternoon tea!!
Dinner at night wonderful. Always a good choice & well cooked & presented.
All in all a wonderful experience & we'll certainly be cruising again Less

Published 03/09/12

Cabin review: L7113 Interior Stateroom

we were in stateroom 7113. Very quiet, end of corridor. We were worried as it has an adjoining door to the next cabin, useful for families. This door was locked and we had no noise at all from next door. THE BED WAS WONDERFUL!! Really comfortable in every way; big, fantastic mattrass, comfy pillows. Marvellous. The bathroom was good. Very reliable shower with constant hot water (no fluctuations as you often get in hotels) Very good stateroom TV. Be sure to watch the documentary about the building of the Voyager Ship. Fascinating! Also be sure to watch The Morning Show with Joff & Rob

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Port and Shore Excursions

Took the number 1 bus to the Old Town and had a wander, called for a drink, did some shopping (I hadn't packed enough short sleeved t-shirts for the warmth we were having so had to buy some more!)Then we headed back to the main centre and walked there, finding the beach and prom area.

Did our own thing & hired a large taxi for 6 of us and did a private tour of the city and all the touristy things. There were plenty of photo stops, chances to go into the cathedrals etc and we had 2 hrs shopping time in the centre before our taxi came to collect us and take us back to the ship. We paid 30 euros each.
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Our shortest time on shore, but we knew what we wanted to do and had plenty of time to do it. Took the shuttle bus into town $7 to save time walking in. It was about a mile, but would have used up valuable time, so the bus seemed a good idea. Took the cable car up to Monte. It costs 10 euro single and 15 euro return. We got single tickets and then made for the toboggan ride back down which was great fun! The toboggan costs 12.5 euros each and is well worth it. It is not at all dangerous and you should not be worried about sustaining any injuries. There is also a very good botanical garden at Monte, but we didn't go there, although we could see down into it from the terrace at the top. Very nicely landscaped. We got a taxi back down the latter part of the hill after getting out of the toboggan, again to save time. Taxis are everywhere. The Old Town is very arty with lots of murals on doorways & walls & lots of interesting individual shops. Found an outdoor bar and sampled some Madeira wine AND brandy at lunch time. Very reasonably priced. We bought a bottle of Madeira to take home and it cost 7 Euros. A very nice day out.

Taganana Walking Tour

A bus tour through the mountains from the dry arid side of the island through the lush forests and humid mountain tops to Taganana and La Laguna. Had a picnic of local wine, olives, goats cheese and bread but this was a 9.30am!! It would have been better around lunch time. A tour on foot at La Laguna. Visited the convent, church and market before heading back. Had several photo opportunities on the journey

It was Sunday so most of the shops were closed. We got a good flavour of the place though by walking up to the castle and back via some gardens.
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