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We picked this cruise mainly for our 15 year daughter who loves meeting teens from all over the world. 14 days and no flight sounded a good idea. This was our 4th cruise and 3rd one with RCI. While it was excellent it simply ... Read More
We picked this cruise mainly for our 15 year daughter who loves meeting teens from all over the world. 14 days and no flight sounded a good idea. This was our 4th cruise and 3rd one with RCI. While it was excellent it simply wasn’t up to the standard of our previous cruises on Rhapsody and Harmony. Far, far too overcrowded. Pros -Great food -Lovely staff -Stops all easily accessible without booking excursions - Room great - Good pianist - best skating shows I’ve seen - best cruise director so far - gym great - endless fun, bursting with activities - room spacious and lovely attendant - external entertainers very high standard - magician amazing - street party awesome and great fun - 3 formal nights with lots of participation - cocktails! - whitewater rafting trip great fun - Quizzes great fun - teenager said it was her favourite so far, club excellent and made loads of friends Cons - Several hundred too many passengers on board - need to be a adult pool 8am to get a bed (I’m at gym at 6 so not an issue for me) - difficult to get a seat in any bars - food not great in main dining. Service was appalling on second night and we cancelled remaining reservations - food in windjammer caters to junk food eaters, so this limits the choice for others- I don’t eat meat and choices were much more limited than other cruises - windjammer packed and tables not cleared - must have had some very cheap prices as some on board straight from ‘benefits Britain’. Really appalled by some people on board and was embarrassed to be Scottish with behaviour over World Cup. A horrible atmosphere that overshadowed the whole holiday - singers and dancers were very low standard, cringing watching - paid for surfing lesson for daughter and I. Advertised as 1 hour but had to share with 5 others. We got about 8 minutes each for a huge cost. Rip off. Girls instructing were excellent tho. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Having heard much, but never actually experienced cruising in the past, my wife and I decided to try a new way of vacationing. I had expected to be satisfied at the end of the Cruise, of course. However, looking back on the experience ... Read More
Having heard much, but never actually experienced cruising in the past, my wife and I decided to try a new way of vacationing. I had expected to be satisfied at the end of the Cruise, of course. However, looking back on the experience after a couple of days, I can assure you that it was much better than I had expected. My wife shares this sentiment. I first learned about the ship and its facilities from the information provided by the agent with whom we booked the Cruise. I got more information provided by Royal Caribbean International on the Internet. Should you do something similar, feel sure that you can rely on the positive things you read. I must commend the ships' staff, and say lots of good things about the Ship, the Cabin, Dining , Entertainment Activities, the Service and the Ports and Excursions. Since these would be very positive words, I guess you can imagine what I can write. We travelled with members of our extended familiy, yet had the opportunity to meet and interact with lots of people (both staff members and passengers) from many different nationalities. The friendly and relaxed athmosphere encourages this interaction. This is also an outcome of the work done by the staff (those we came in contact with, and the large numbers who work behind the scenes). I strongly recommend this Cruise and hope you have a positive experience, too. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We have cruised on Independence of the Seas on a number of occasions and are Diamond level members of the Crown and Anchor Society loyalty programme. Previously we have always been satisfied with the experience but this cruise was very ... Read More
We have cruised on Independence of the Seas on a number of occasions and are Diamond level members of the Crown and Anchor Society loyalty programme. Previously we have always been satisfied with the experience but this cruise was very disappointing. The ship has just had a major refit and we have seen it described as “enhancing the family activity”. To us the result was most unsatisfactory. It was quite clear that RCCL has acted to increase revenue stream by increasing passenger capacity without being able to increase the basic passenger facilities. The ship was therefore very overcrowded and uncomfortable. On sea days there was a considerable shortage of sun loungers with passengers spending long periods of time trying to find somewhere to sit. Heard a rumour that RCCL were considering adopting a policy whereby they require that two passengers should share each lounger. ( not sure whether this would be at the same time, or in shifts). The lounge space for Diamond and Diamond plus members of the loyalty club has been reduced by more than 50% and now consists of one very crowded area containing 55 seats. As there were said to be more than 750 Diamond level members on board it was not possible to use the lounge without extreme discomfort. Less than 30% of the passengers paid any heed to the concept of "Formal Night". It is well past the time when RCCL should either require passengers to stick by the rules or they should abandon the concept of formal night. As yet, the staff on board are maintaining a high level of service under extreme difficulty. It is however clear that they realise that they are being dragged down by the deteriorating circumstances on board. It can only be a matter of time before they break. We have been on this ship a number of times before but there is little chance that we will repeat the experience again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We choose this cruise having had a great time in 2016; however we were really disappointed.The ship has had a refit with the inclusion of new cabins which have had a detrimental impact on the service, the ambiance and the experience. The ... Read More
We choose this cruise having had a great time in 2016; however we were really disappointed.The ship has had a refit with the inclusion of new cabins which have had a detrimental impact on the service, the ambiance and the experience. The cabin was good, clean and as before. The cabin boy Hugh was a star. We chose anytime dining and ate early 6.15 each evening. The service was good however the food was a little hit and miss. We ate breakfast in there occasionally but gave up after queuing for 15 mins ! We did Windjammer for breakfast it was busy and a little hectic at times, the food here was great and so was the choice. The entertainment was the same as 2 years ago. The team were enthusiastic and Joff was his usual brilliant self. The headliner shows were poor apart from 3; which was a shame. There was absolutely nowhere and I mean nowhere to sit after the shows. We were wandering from one place to another looking for seats! No one wants to sit in their cabin when you’re on holiday. The Star lounge bar was on one occasion not open after dinner, the room was full of guests waiting to be served. The bar service here was slow, the waiters were great though really hardworking especially Marvin. Vintages was the same however again no seats to be had until 11.30ish Alexandra was lovely, super efficient and welcoming The ports were good but again getting on and off was a nightmare, queuing was the norm. We travelled with family who have cruised with RC more than 30 times and they were of the same opinion. We had booked for next year but are in the process of cancelling we will not be sailing on the Independence again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Just got off the Indy today from a 14 night Med cruise. This was our 3rd Indy cruise. We've done 20+ Royal Caribbean cruises, but the writing for us is on the wall. In the recent refit the ship has been seriously kiddified. ... Read More
Just got off the Indy today from a 14 night Med cruise. This was our 3rd Indy cruise. We've done 20+ Royal Caribbean cruises, but the writing for us is on the wall. In the recent refit the ship has been seriously kiddified. Waterslides, virtual reality trampolines and climbing frames have been added. The gym reduced in size and the deck 12 walkway around the front of the ship removed to add cabins. The deck 4 and 3 labyrinth disco has gone making way for Izumi and inside cabins. The chapel is now an escape room. In all 120+ cabins added with public areas reduced. On some evenings there wasn't a single seat in any public area to be had. If you are loyal to Royal, the concierge lounge is gone, with D and D+ trying to cram into the old D lounge. The old concierge lounge is now exclusive for top suite and Pinnacle guests. On the plus side Mihee Heo, the D concierge is delightful. The food quality and menus have improved dramatically and, without fail, the staff were superb. If you are travelling with children or teenagers, the Indy will fit the bill. However, for us, it's time to move on as every refit brings similar results. I would not sail on the Indy again. However I'm sure that many will love it. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I have been on this ship before , and I was anxious to see how much the refit had improved the experience ! It was immediately apparent that the ship had a few useful extras . As we already liked it as it was before , we were delighted ... Read More
I have been on this ship before , and I was anxious to see how much the refit had improved the experience ! It was immediately apparent that the ship had a few useful extras . As we already liked it as it was before , we were delighted with many of the improvements , but we missed the previously relaxing Champagne bar . Unfortunately it was also obvious that there had been many economies , particularly with the staff . The queues were everywhere . There was also an acute shortage of seating . It was impossible to get a seat anywhere after the show finished . Who wants to spend the evening in their cabin on holiday ? As for the food in the main dining room .... HORRENDOUS is an understatement ! The choice was very limited , the taste was akin to cardboard . Complaining was a complete waste of time . As an example , when we were served hard , tough , black jacket potatoes for the third day in a row , we complained to the head chef . We even showed him the standard of the one from that day . He said that it was not the fault of Royal Caaribbean , but the standard of potato that they got from the current supplier . I pointed out that you can get exactly the same result if you cook too many potatos for lunch , re cook it before the evening meal , and then reheat it before serving it up . Yet he still insisted it was the fault of the potatoes ...imagine ! Much of the food was warm rather than hot , much was barely cooked too . Both my wife and I lost weight ! Who on this earth wants to come back from a cruise and find that they have LOST WEIGHT ! ! ! I will never again travel on the Independence of the Sea . ! Unfortunately with the best will on this earth , I cannot recommend this lovely ( on the surface ) ship ! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
It was our first time on a cruise for a special occasion and was recommended the independence of the seas as it was child friendly. Unfortunately we were very disappointed as my daughter was only allowed in a very small part of the ... Read More
It was our first time on a cruise for a special occasion and was recommended the independence of the seas as it was child friendly. Unfortunately we were very disappointed as my daughter was only allowed in a very small part of the water park and not allowed in any of the swimming pools due to having a swim nappy on. My daughter who loves swimming was not allowed in a swimming pool for the whole 2 week holiday and for us that was difficult and uncomfortable when the temperature was 30c nearly everyday. There was no where to change a nappy om the entire ship which meant i had to change my daughter stood up in a toilet or on the floor of the toilets or go back to our cabin which wasnt always close by and the children's menu in the dining room was limited and never changed for the whole 2 weeks. The small room in fuel had a small amount of toys but my 21 month old soon grew tired of the limited toy selection. I would not recommend this ship for children under 3 years old and we certainly will not be re booking. It should be made clearer regarding facilities for young children and the fact that they are unable to go swimming which is ridiculous. The shows were very good but could have had more as there was only 3. Our cabin was very small but that is what an inside cabin is like and we expected this. Our room was always cleaned well. The entire ship was clean and staff were generally friendly apart from a very ride lifeguard regarding the pool situation and spoke to my husband very rudely. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Itinerary was great. Ship condition was below average. Dated and reeking of smoke. Food was below average. The buffet had the exact same food on it for 12 days. Everything was an up charge. Wine options were below average. The only ... Read More
Itinerary was great. Ship condition was below average. Dated and reeking of smoke. Food was below average. The buffet had the exact same food on it for 12 days. Everything was an up charge. Wine options were below average. The only decent wines were not included in the drink package and were an additional up charge. Why offer a drink package that doesn't include 50% of the drinks. The only channels on the TV were advertising for Royal Caribbean or how to spend money on the ship and BBC. They had movies on your TV available for $12/movie!!! Ridiculous. After 10pm there was nothing available to eat except cookies and pizza. The entertainment was below average. The movie theater was tiny, therefore should have ran the movies all day. They only had 2/day. I only saw 1 movie in 12 days because the theater was always full. The deal killer was the smell of smoke that smacked you in the face the minute you stepped onto the ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The food was a disappointment by cruise ship standards. Breads and deserts showed signs of pre-prepared ingredients, mixes, frozen. Main dining room and Windjammer cafeteria there was a fair selection but the quality was moderate. At ... Read More
The food was a disappointment by cruise ship standards. Breads and deserts showed signs of pre-prepared ingredients, mixes, frozen. Main dining room and Windjammer cafeteria there was a fair selection but the quality was moderate. At times little was on offer, especially in mid-afternoon on port days exactly when you might want a late lunch or snack. No pop-up bbq or special food events. Complimentary beverages were poor, coffee, watery lemonade, watery orange juice from mix or part mix. Fruit selection limited, bananas green. Room service was an additional charge. No good bbq, pizza, tacos etc., option outside of the main venues. Staff are friendly and try hard. Chops grille the food was good for premium charge if you enjoy steakhouse fare. Izumi was a very disappointing effort if you have good Asian food available by comparison available at home. Bar service was better, but then they can’t substitute name brand liquor, wine, beer. Still, some pre-mixes used in cocktails. Ship is a little tired by design, lacks a wide wooden promenade deck which I missed, but there is another running track on deck 12, and the exercise room is good. Cabin was a little worn - chipped cabinets, worn sofa, older fittings in bathroom, but clean, bed was comfortable, linens always fresh. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We had a Brilliant cruise on the brilliance, there was plenty to do in the evenings on the ship,with plenty of dancing to do in the Centrum area in evenings , there was great shows in the evenings in the theatre,the performers and stage ... Read More
We had a Brilliant cruise on the brilliance, there was plenty to do in the evenings on the ship,with plenty of dancing to do in the Centrum area in evenings , there was great shows in the evenings in the theatre,the performers and stage sets were amazing , the food in all areas was excellent whether in the Buffett or posh restaurants, our room steward was amazing, St Petersburg amazing, used alla tours- excellent service saw all we wanted in a minibus with just 8 of us. Did our own trips also for skagen,Copenhagen, helsinki,Tallinn,Did Stockholm on our own trip with ship waste of time seeing city hall, Walked for hours in most ports,other guests had issues with hop on hop off buses as there were big gaps in arriving so couldn't see much, also with hop on hop off buses included hop on hop off boats too in helsinki and copenhagen-check what you have paid for Had a great exhausting time xx Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Chose this cruise as had visited all the Med and Adriatic countries, wasn't disappointed! Embarkation in Amsterdam was the fastest and smoothest i have ever had. From arrival at terminal to getting on board approx 50 minutes. ... Read More
Chose this cruise as had visited all the Med and Adriatic countries, wasn't disappointed! Embarkation in Amsterdam was the fastest and smoothest i have ever had. From arrival at terminal to getting on board approx 50 minutes. Ship is in good shape, overall very clean, although showing some signs of age here and there. Cabin 9524, (balcony) was clean and very quiet, would thoroughly recommend. Close to stairs/lifts, but no noise at all. Ate at windjammer the whole time, food good, but a bit repetitive after a while, still, no complaints. Evening entertainment at theatre was mostly ok, but cruise director a bit hard to listen to at times. Throughout the ship the staff were to be highly praised, all very attentive and dedicated. Ports: Amsterdam: Stayed there the night before cruise at Movenpick Hotel, right beside terminal.Expensive, but worth it for the convenience.Walked 10 miles round the town, very busy place! Skagen was desolate! Easy walk to town, but shops don;t open early.Very little there. No need for shuttle bus. Tallin: Again just walk to old town, 25 minutes, Lovely place St Petersburg: Took ships 1 1/2 day tour, very well informed guide Tatyana, Full marks for content and presentation. Busy city and somewhere to consider returning to, after the football fans leave, and the sights are fully accessible again. Helsinki: Took tour to three sights with free time on own, not overly impressed with driver, city just ok. Stockholm: Lovely place, took tour ending up in old town. very quiet there. Excellent guide Tobias. Copenhagen: Easy walk to everywhere. Little mermaid close to dock, Town and everything else all walkable, actually walked 8 miles around, very enjoyable. We were able to use euros for currency in most places, even Russia (street vendors take it, no problem) Although some small shops in Helsinki and Copenhagen only took their Kroner. Disembarkation in Amsterdam was amazingly quick. Left cabin with own luggage at 6.15 am, was straight off, into taxi, checked in and through security in airport by 7 am! Overall, this was a very enjoyable and stress free cruise. Apart from a bit of windy weather early on, the sun shone most of the time. Definitely one to book if you have an interest in northern Europe. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
this cruise was for a 50 wedding anniversary , and because we did not want to fly we sailed from Southhampton that was probably the only plus . Once onboard its to late damage is done ,for a ship that's had a multi million pound ... Read More
this cruise was for a 50 wedding anniversary , and because we did not want to fly we sailed from Southhampton that was probably the only plus . Once onboard its to late damage is done ,for a ship that's had a multi million pound refit its hard to see were they spent the money .Then after a couple of days you find out ,cabin was a balcony quite shabby really towels were all hard like carboard and fraying round edges .Then comes meal times queuing sometimes 20 mins or more .Ask for a table for 2 almost imposible ,tables were so close together we had trouble walking around and it was like sitting at table for 6.Then comes after dinner problems if you would like to sit and have coffee or drink ,no chance never any seating any were .All lounges and bars were full over 4000 people on board 1 coffee shop .We spent most evenings in cabin .Try to see ice show or any show again no seats left .All Royal Caribbean have done is gone for Dollars instead of customer service .Put more cabins on board more people, more Dollars, service in decline .We would never travel with Royal Caribbean again if you want to cruise I recommend Carnival or Norwegian if you want to throw your money away try RCL you will learn the hard way.Our cruise was 14 nights Canaries Adventure.A better name would be Canaries Disaster Two EX RCL passengers David Budd Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
My 75th birthday treat and Bucket List "Go on a BIG SHIP". 4,128 passengers, 1,600 sunbeds. Overcrowded by about 1,000 passengers too many. Queues everywhere. Despite valiant staff service at bars is appalling that's if you ... Read More
My 75th birthday treat and Bucket List "Go on a BIG SHIP". 4,128 passengers, 1,600 sunbeds. Overcrowded by about 1,000 passengers too many. Queues everywhere. Despite valiant staff service at bars is appalling that's if you can get a seat. On non sun days there is an acute shortage of seats. Hence the high amount of scooters as this is the only way to guarantee a seat. The food in the MDR is mediocre as RCI want you in the premium restaurants. At meal times the MDR is less than half full as all are in Windjammer which is spacious and the food is quite good plus you can have as much as you like. The ship is beautiful and well appointed with good shows in the theatre. But the queues and lack of seating spoil everything. Plus the paying system at the bars takes longer than getting your drink. Cabin 1686 was lovely and well looked after by an attentive steward. In future will stick to a smaller ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We booked this cruise after a great experience last year on Navigator - unfortunately, whilst not awful, this holiday failed to meet expectations. Boarding was painless, and the cabin, 7408 was at the stern and had a really spacious ... Read More
We booked this cruise after a great experience last year on Navigator - unfortunately, whilst not awful, this holiday failed to meet expectations. Boarding was painless, and the cabin, 7408 was at the stern and had a really spacious balcony. However, the overall feeling throughout the two weeks was one of being in an overcrowded environment - I understand the the recent refurbishment has added a significant number of staterooms. As a result, we frequently struggled to find seating in the Windjammer, both at breakfast and lunch, and the announcements asking us to leave after eating were annoying in the extreme. After paying what we paid, if I want to sit for a while after my meal, then I will! Food in the Windjammer was on a par with a factory canteen, and whilst there was a wide selection, it was all pretty poor. Evening meals in the dining room were excellent, and the service great. Overall the service was not great - I got the impression that the staff were really overstretched, and tired people can be offhand. The entertainment was pretty poor - that's just my opinion, but it is a fact that the shows were overcrowded. People were waiting to get into Grease over 90 minutes before the show, so we didn't see it. Every night, the seats were full well before the shows, and people had to stand in order to see them. Overall, I got the impression of a greedy company, more interested in squeezing maximum profit than providing a great experience. We won't be going on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise as we had never done this itinerary before, the dates suited us and we were keen to see the changes made to the ship during the refurbishment. We live on the outskirts of Southampton so we were dropped off by our ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we had never done this itinerary before, the dates suited us and we were keen to see the changes made to the ship during the refurbishment. We live on the outskirts of Southampton so we were dropped off by our son at the port. We dropped our bags, entered the cruise terminal and within 20 minutes we were checked in and on board enjoying our first drink! The cabin was ready around 1pm so we dropped off our carry-on luggage before continuing to explore the ship. The cabin was a balcony around midships on deck 8. It was clean and spacious, with plenty of storage space. Our steward knocked the door to introduce himself later that afternoon when we returned to the cabin and to check that everything was OK and we had received all our luggage. We later discovered that there was a problem with the safe which we reported to our steward and within 10 minutes, somebody had arrived to fix it. We also requested 2 robes which were delivered whilst we were at dinner. The cabin was serviced every day, usually whilst we were at breakfast and we did not see much of our steward, other than to say hello if we saw him in the corridor. We had a variety of towel animals throughout the cruise. We selected My-Time dining although I pre-booked 8pm for the nights we were going to be using the MDR. We also pre-purchased a 5 night dining package, plus Chefs Table, Mystery Dinner Theatre and the Izumi Hibachi experience. We enjoy the variety so are happy to pay extra for this - the 5 night package represents good value for money compared to booking separately. There were queues at the MDR but separate ones for those with reservations and those without. We were generally sat down within 5 minutes and had the same table every night except for one. The MDR looks stunning and clearly the chairs had all been replaced as part of the refurbishment. The wait staff were excellent, bringing refills for our drinks without asking. The food was still of a high standard, with good choices each night we dined in the MDR. However, the first of my niggles was the lack of space between the tables! Clearly to accommodate the increase in passengers, additional tables had been added meaning that the wait staff were having to squeeze between the tables, also getting to and from you table was like negotiating an obstacle course, meaning that you inevitably were bumping into the back of fellow diners. We requested a table for 2 but to be honest, the gaps between tables were so small that you might as well have been on a table for 6 or 8. We enjoyed all of the speciality restaurants, visiting Chops, Giovanni's Table and Izumi twice each. The steak in Chops is as good as ever and we were particularly impressed that when we asked if they had Chimichurri sauce which was not on the menu, our waiter went away and actually made it for us himself. We enjoyed Giovanni's but felt that there was less choice on the menu than previously. Izumi is a great addition to the dining offering. The food is great and it is so much more than just a meal, with the teppanyaki chefs providing great entertainment. After enquiring, we were told that the dining package could be used in Izumi although an additional $15 per person was payable. We thought it was worth it so decided to go again. We booked Chefs Table as we had done that on Navigator last year and had thoroughly enjoyed it. Before the cruise I had discovered that the menu was likely to be the same but went ahead anyway. It was basically the same but some of the courses were prepared and presented differently. The location was in the MDR on a table on a lading between 2 of the floors - we felt quite special! There were only 7 guests so some empty seats (next to me) meaning that it was a little more difficult to converse with fellow diners. The food was first class but the service was somewhat lacking. The host told us at the start that he was standing in for a sick member of staff and he was definitely winging it when it came to discussing the wine. The choice of wine to accompany each course was also a little disappointing (all US wines) but the main issue was that the host disappeared at one point so eventually one of our fellow dinners took and poured the wine that had been left on a side table so that we could enjoy the correct wine with the food that had already been served! We also did the Mystery Dinner Theatre which started in the Star Lounge, with the meal being served in Giovanni's (menu was a reduced selection of the main Giovanni's menu). The actors were from the singers and dancers on board, with the host a drag artist who was extremely funny. The plot was pretty thin and to be honest, it was a complete guess as to who the murderer was! We were a little unlucky in terms of the table we were put on as found it difficult to strike up much conversation with the other guests, however, overall it was an enjoyable evening, food was good and wine was flowing. In terms of other dining, we mostly had breakfast in the MDR as we found the Windjammer Buffet to be too crowded and difficult to find a table. Having said that, on the couple of occasions we did use the Windjammer, the quality and choice of food was good. We tried the new Fish and Ships located on the outside deck once. It was good and quite a generous portion although it never seemed very busy, probably because like most of the new additions, there was an extra charge. We wanted to try the food on offer in the new Playmakers sports bar (again at an additional charge) but on the occasion we went there, it was closed, despite being advertised as open in the daily schedule. I do feel that both of these outlets should offer complimentary snacks as an alternative to the buffet restaurant. The complimentary snacks (sandwiches and cakes) offered at the Cafe Promenade were good but it was almost impossible to get a seat although the food could be taken away to eat elsewhere. The entertainment offered in the theatre each night was generally of a high standard and a good variety. The Grease musical was particularly good and very professional. Apart from the main shows, there were two party nights on the Royal Promenade, but having been to these several times before, we gave them a miss, however those that did attend seemed to have a good time. There was one deck party, which we briefly visited but it seemed to lack much atmosphere, not helped by the fact that it was fairly windy and not that warm. I remember from past cruises that elaborate buffets were provided at these events but there was no food on offer - another sign of cut-backs. There is a good selection of bars on the ship but we tended to gravitate to our favourite Champagne Bar most evenings. The staff in this bar deserve a special mention as they were great. They were entertaining and very efficient and made some excellent cocktails! We also enjoyed the early evening quizzes in the Schooner Bar but never managed to win a prize all holiday! We did not try the new features such as the Sky Pad and Water slides, so cannot comment on these. The new crazy golf course was good fun. We wanted to try the new escape room (additional charge) but it never seemed to be open or was fully booked. On sea days, the ship was extremely busy in the indoor spaces as the weather was not that great to make use of the outdoor space. There were a few quizzes etc on offer but I am surprised that they do not make more use of the theatre to show movies which they did but just on one or two occasions. On the occasions that the weather was good enough to sunbathe, it was difficult to find a sun bed, particularly if you wanted to be near to the pools and hot tubs. Although there were signs saying that towels and belongings would be removed from sun beds if they were unoccupied for more than 30 minutes, this was not enforced and we saw many sun beds with towels on left empty for hours on end. We used the gym on a number of occasions and found there to be a good selection of equipment - my only comment is that it was quite warm in the gym compared to some other indoor areas of the ship. The staff all work extremely hard to provide you with excellent service, however it does appear that despite the increase in passenger capacity, there has not been an increase in staff so they can appear slightly stretched at times to cope with more guests. We did not do any organised shore excursions as we do not feel they generally offer good value for money. We got off the ship at each port and either just walked around the local area or used local transport. Our favourite port was probably Madeira - the chairlift and toboggan ride are a must do and can easily be done on your own. We arrived in Tenerife on a Sunday so most of the town was closed so we went on a local bus to Puerto de la Cruz and visited the Loro Parque (last visited there nearly 32 years ago on our honeymoon!). It was a lovely day out and well worth a visit - the bus fare was only EUR 21 return for the two of us. Vigo was probably our last favourite port - it always seems to rain there and the shopping centre right be the port is full of empty shops! Also there was not a lot to see or do close by in Lanzarote. Royal Caribbean offer little information on what you can do in each port or about local transport, probably because they want you to purchase their overpriced excursions. Overall we had a great holiday with just a few niggles, really as a result of the additional guest capacity with the new cabins added in the refit. It also feels like RCI are taking every opportunity to impose additional charges. We would go on the ship again but would certainly never go during school holidays as I can only imagine that this would stretch capacity even further. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We wanted to experience seeing a different kind of beach where the sand is black. It is black on every Canary Island and the sand itself is different on each island. The weather was on the cloudy and cool side on several days along the ... Read More
We wanted to experience seeing a different kind of beach where the sand is black. It is black on every Canary Island and the sand itself is different on each island. The weather was on the cloudy and cool side on several days along the way, but we had a wonderful time. Our cabin was great. Onboard offerings were fun and plentiful. We loved the new look of the ship after the refurbishment. Food was much better than we remembered. The Windjammer has the best salad options of any ship we have been on in a long time. On some days, there was a talented crew member who sang and played his acoustical guitar at lunch time. Our Granddaughter enjoyed meeting new friends in the teen club. Onboard entertainment was varied and very good. We love the main production show, "Grease". The Motown and Beetles shows were fun. The comedians kept us laughing. The ship was very full and sometimes felt very crowded in the lounges and common areas, but overall, we had a wonderful time. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise as we are big fans of this ship and wanted to see the outcome of the refit. Our embarkation was very smooth and we were on the ship within about 20 mins. Our cabin, a Grand Suite was lovely and our suite attendant ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we are big fans of this ship and wanted to see the outcome of the refit. Our embarkation was very smooth and we were on the ship within about 20 mins. Our cabin, a Grand Suite was lovely and our suite attendant Johann was great, looking after us brilliantly. We choose my time dining, although we booked it for 8.30 pm every evening we attended. We asked for the same table by the window each evening, and were able to get it on all occasions. The food was not as good as in previous years, very American orientated. The service was mostly good, but very quick, not always a brilliant experience, so we ate in WJ around 50% of the time, the food there is always great and very varied. Junior, the suite concierge was very attentive without being invasive, and the Suite Lounge on the 14 floor was lovely, the service was great. We love The Oliver and Twist bar, and the staff as usual were very attentive. We went there once or twice, most evenings, Ronald Reagan, was exceptionally good, a lovely, friendly, efficient gentleman. The entertainment was the same as it has been on every occasion we have been on the ship, so we did not attend many of the shows again, the same with the ice skating, it was the same shows so we did not attend, although reports from fellow passengers were good. It was great having reserved seating by the pool for suite guests, it made such a difference on sea days, a nice little touch by RCI. The ports, included a lot of our favourite places, which is another reason we choose this cruise. We did not do any shore excursions during this trip. Disembarkation, was brilliant. We had a lovely breakfast in Chops Grill and then got straight of the ship. Would we go again?———— yes we would! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We decided to go on this cruise as it was out with school holidays, or so we thought, and the ship had just had a major refit. Not everything had been revamped, but several outdoor areas are now catering for the young, & Young at heart ... Read More
We decided to go on this cruise as it was out with school holidays, or so we thought, and the ship had just had a major refit. Not everything had been revamped, but several outdoor areas are now catering for the young, & Young at heart ! We are not interested in children's activities, and would prefer that children are limited to their pool area, or at least have the use on only one of the main pools. Too often adults were unable to use the pools as children were splashing around, both in the pools & hot tubs. It must be horrendous during school holiday season... Our SRA, Gloria was a fantastic girl, always pleasant, & kept the room very well maintained. She knew that we were early risers, so our room was always done first. As we are experienced C&A members, we used deck 14. The lounges were pleasant, & the Suite lounge now also on 14, is a nice change from the cupboard that used to be the Concierge Lounge. Junior, Concierge, was efficient & very personable, as was Elaine, the D Concierge when we were on, but now on vacation. The Olive or Twist bar / Viking Lounge, was used as an overflow for all the D,D+ members, only on the first couple of nights, with food available. However, this was stopped as too many non high tier passengers complained that they could not get seats in here to enjoy the views. This meant that if your seapass was shown, drinks could be obtained if D or above, but canapés could only be obtained by entering the D Lounge...no big problem. The bar tenders in this bar were all excellent..Zoltan,Janice,Ohla & Eduardo ( lead barman in the pub, but helped out early evenings ) The waiters were also very attentive & friendly. We ate in the MDR to begin with, but later opted for the WJ, as that meant we could sample small amounts of different food without overloading our plates, or stomachs ! The quality & quantity of food in the newly revamped WJ was fine, absolutely no complaints at all. We liked the area which is now modern,more open than before & nicely decorated. A special mention to John, a junior supervisor in the WJ, who remembered us from previous cruises & always had a smile & warm welcome whenever we met. Chop's Grille was very good for breakfast, fresh juice & berries, served by excellent staff..Randy, Louis, Edmun & the girls, not forgetting Adriana, greeter at the desk. One man who certainly should not be forgotten....Chef, from Mexico, but his name eludes me as I type this..sorry. He knew the order after a couple of days, before it was given him ! Christopher, in charge of this restaurant, leads a very good team, so kudos to him for a good atmosphere here. The hand washing stations at the entrance were more than adequate, & we never had to queue, but did notice some people just walked in without washing or sanitising their hands ! The new Sports Bar, Playmakers, seemed well appointed, but think it could be very noisy. That said, the servers were good, especially Stephan from Dominica, who was very outgoing & pleasant. We were pleased that the casino is now smoke free...What a big difference, & meant we could go in at anytime, without having to cover our mouths & noses to avoid inhaling smoke. It's taken a long time for this to happen, but well done for making this change. It's obvious that RCCL is aiming their cruises to cater for families with young children, but wish they would take a leaf out of some of other cruise lines books, who have adult only cruises. Outwith school holidays, this should not be a problem, & would prove very popular with older, experienced, more discerning people. Many hotels are also leaning towards adult only clientele & they are normally fully booked. The Solarium area on this ship is full from early morning, so this should be an indication that child free zones are popular. The only entertainment we attended was towards the end of the cruise, when the Beatles Celebration came onboard. They are an excellent group, & certainly had the theatre bouncing to their music. Almost everyone, young & old, stood up at one point to join in with their foot tapping songs. We didn't attend the ice shows as we have seen them several times before, but believe as usual, they were very good. The Next Cruise team, led by Aleks, assisted by Matt, and the lovely Carina & Emma, with whom we dealt, but alas do not have the names of the rest of the super team. This group must be the happiest,most pleasant team we have ever encountered. They all seemed to be genuinely happy to be working onboard, so good leadership & teamwork must be the answer. The Loyalty Ambassador, Daniella, is very good, but now she is based on deck 2, so you have to make a point of seeing her, not just speak with her on passing, if of course you are on a higher deck ! Finally, the weather on this cruise was very mixed, not at all in keeping with the usual temperatures associated with the Canary Islands. We hadn't done this entire itinerary before, & doubt we would repeat it,preferring the Mediterranean & other European ports. We enjoy visiting ports of call filled with history & interesting places to see & explore. This itinerary is more for beach & sunbathing, which is not really our scene. Judging by the number of sun loungers reserved with pool towels each day, as we went for breakfast, convinced us that not many people left the ship on a daily basis ! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
you will notice a few hundred extra holiday makers on board food still good all crew we came into contact with were excellent and very helpful preferred main dinning room to windjammer never queued for any of them why people queued out ... Read More
you will notice a few hundred extra holiday makers on board food still good all crew we came into contact with were excellent and very helpful preferred main dinning room to windjammer never queued for any of them why people queued out side windjammer @5.30 for it to open beats me plenty to do trampoline park very good slides great lazer tag very good cocktails better deluxe drinks package excellent and plenty of premium brands to try very quick service in all bar areas wife likes balcony cabin don't see point myself not in there long enough loads of room in corridor if you use a wheelchair or electric scooter movies under the stars ok in the night you tube fails all day long can get boring after 5/6 days of seeing same people fall over lots of room in pools even with extra passengers on board ice show very good grease the musical very good disembarkation very slow needs more man power Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The Baltic was beautiful!! The Brillance of the Seas did a wonderful job with activities to get people excited about the ports of call! I would highly recommend to family and friends!! The ports of call were great destinations and very ... Read More
The Baltic was beautiful!! The Brillance of the Seas did a wonderful job with activities to get people excited about the ports of call! I would highly recommend to family and friends!! The ports of call were great destinations and very interesting! Each port of call had multiple things to see and do! All the staff on the ship was very helpful and very friendly! For dining our head and assistant waiters were great! 100% serve and they were always happy to help us with anything! For our room, my sister and I shared a room and it was always cleaned. We enjoyed the towel animals and the service. We also got involved with all the activities that was offered onboard! There was always something to do! Whether it be a dance class or watching a show at night; there was something for everyone! I think the cruise staff did a wonderful job and I wish I can go again! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise because we had never visited any of these countries. Our state room was clean and very well-attended. The breakfast food in the Windjammers Cafe was okay. We especially enjoyed the dinner in the main dining room. Not ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had never visited any of these countries. Our state room was clean and very well-attended. The breakfast food in the Windjammers Cafe was okay. We especially enjoyed the dinner in the main dining room. Not every dish was a hit, but those that were were stellar, and the service was truly exceptional. Entertainment options on the boat were quite limited. We found that we enjoyed the musicians in the bars more than the actual theater shows. We thoroughly enjoyed the destinations we visited and would highly recommend Alla Tours, which we took in Stockholm, Tallinn, and St. Petersburg. Kirsten, our tour guide in Tallinn, was especially memorable. She was patient, thorough, and extremely knowledgeable, able to answer all of our questions about the history of Estonia, its culture, and its beautiful architecture. We would recommend this cruise to anyone interested in visiting these destinations - just maybe not for someone expecting an exciting show every night. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The dining and cabin services was excellent. We enjoyed the live entainment and games. The ports visited was second to none, we enjoyed the different culture and history, and the excursions was informative. The time spend on land should ... Read More
The dining and cabin services was excellent. We enjoyed the live entainment and games. The ports visited was second to none, we enjoyed the different culture and history, and the excursions was informative. The time spend on land should be a little longer so one can appreciate the history and lifestyle. Excellent variety of excursions at the various ports of call although some were quite expensive. The crew members was very friendly and always willing to assist is any way. The ship is very clean and well maintained for its age. The meals in WJ was good, but some consideration could be given for those who do not eat beef and pork, bur overall the meals was excellent. We enjoyed the evening shows and events, it was enjoyable. Overhall is was an enjoyable for our group of 14, and we had a wonderful time onboard and at the various ports. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We selected this cruise for the exciting ports. The ports were incredible and memorable. But what was an unexpected surprise was how much fun we had on the ship. The ship is incredibly clean. I know this ship is older, but I found it in ... Read More
We selected this cruise for the exciting ports. The ports were incredible and memorable. But what was an unexpected surprise was how much fun we had on the ship. The ship is incredibly clean. I know this ship is older, but I found it in incredible condition. I have to give credit to the dining areas. How they are able to feed that many people and keep things so fresh and clean is truly a feat. I have been on a more expensive cruise and I did not care for the food. The food on this cruise was very very good. Truly. My particular mother in law said she never tried anything that she didn’t like. We didn’t go to any shows but I enjoyed the entertainment on board. We have a 7 year old son and the kids club was a complete success. I must pay special mention to our cabin steward. JOHNATHAN. He was so kind and made our cabins so fresh. Also a special note about MARK who I did arts and crafts with. Also the bar tenders were very nice. Special mention to Vortex and the schooner bar. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We were very fortunate to have amazing 80 degree temps and sunny skies during our entire cruise. The cruise ship was very clean and they stressed to sanitize your hands when ever we entered the dining area and they had the Purell stands ... Read More
We were very fortunate to have amazing 80 degree temps and sunny skies during our entire cruise. The cruise ship was very clean and they stressed to sanitize your hands when ever we entered the dining area and they had the Purell stands all over the ship. I really enjoyed our Cruise director Jamie. He was hilarious he had us laughing all the time he is also a singer. We enjoyed the entertainment not only in the Tropical Lounge but also in the Atrium nightly loved the live music and the shows. Alison the Activity Cruise Director was also fabulous her and Jamie worked well together great pair. We had the pleasure of having Clifford Fernandez be our waiter in the main dining room and he provided exceptional service. I also enjoyed seeing Ty's smiling face whenever I entered the Windjammer for Breakfast and Lunch she always had a smile on her face and was always so jolly. It takes a lot of work and personnel to have a cruise ship running effectively and smoothly from the shore excursions to the cabin steward to the dining service and all the entertainment on board. Royal Caribbean did a fantastic job. Also I have been on at least 15 cruises and this is the first time I joined a Roll call list on Cruise Critics so Royal Caribbean set up a small get together Meet and Mingle for the members on the Roll Call. It was nice to talk to passengers online several months in advance before getting on the cruise. :) Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
My family and I celebrated my mom's 55th birthday on the cruise. The service we got from all crew members was second to none. Fantastic service from the wait staff, room attendant and especially the Head Chef. On Two of the nights we ... Read More
My family and I celebrated my mom's 55th birthday on the cruise. The service we got from all crew members was second to none. Fantastic service from the wait staff, room attendant and especially the Head Chef. On Two of the nights we were treated to a special dinner by the chef of traditional dishes fron our home island, Trinidad and my mom was serenaded by the wait staff with a special fruit cake made for her- also a traditional cake made in Trinidad. The farewell performances by the restaurant and kitchen staff were absolutely amazing and the Parade of nations at th end of the cruise was fantastic. Our room attendant was very nice and accommodated our every requeat with a smile. The service on this cruise was like no other cruise I have ever been on. Special mention should be made of Melvin Periera and Nadie in the dining room, Head Ched Benedict and our room attendant Shermon. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
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