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★★☆☆☆

“What a Rip-Off!!”

Written on: 25/05/2014 by Leetd284 (1 review written)

Firstly we were disappointed at first that our drinks package costing £144 only included 5 bottles of wine!!We complained to reception who looked at us as if we had horns coming out of our heads!! The cabin was fine but had no coffee!!Unbelievable on an American ship.When complained was told to use room service!!What!!Not labour saving at all. The food in the waiter service restaurants was poor.I went to the restaurant on my birthday expecting great things but was very disappointed! We found… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Get Me Off Thid Ship”

Written on: 23/04/2014 by Mermaid13 (1 review written)

I have been on 25 cruises and this was my 5th RC cruise. It was the most horrible cruise ever. RC adds $12 per person per day for tips so there is no motivation for the staff to provide good service. Most of the cruise staff had bad attitudes. Everything seemed like an effort when we asked for something. It was as if everyone was at the end of their contracts and fed up with their job. We had a balcony stateroom which was a good size and nicely furnished. The bathroom was the typical small… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“Canaries with Independence”

Written on: 05/11/2013

Recently returned from a cruise on Independence of the Seas. Lovely ports of call and interesting sights. We had an inside stateroom which was adequate but began to feel a little claustrophic after the first week! Meals were very good all round. We ate in the main dining room each evening and tried the outlets like Johnny Rockets a few times. Very good fun! I agree with previous comments though that RCCL could do so much better with regard to stateroom facilities and I did get the feeling that… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“A huge drop in standards.”

Written on: 31/10/2013

Have sailed on this ship before and was so disappointed to find so many annoying things about it. 1 No coffee in the cabins. Why? This is an American ship. 2 No shower gel just a small bar of soap. If I had known that this time there would be no toileteries then I would have brought my own. 3 Ordered wine with lunch but had finished our lunch before the wine arrived. Had to remind three different waiters. 4 The outragous price of drinks. We expect to pay more on board but compared to other… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Rock the Boat”

Written on: 11/08/2013 by Acechildcare (1 review written)

We have just returned from our cruise on independence of the seas. The highlight for us the band rock the boat. They are fabulous kept us entertained every night. The ship is fabulous and offers lots of facilities. The food in the dining room was not up to previous standards but was ok. The food in the windjammer was excellent lots of choice and very hot. A lot of children on the cruise at this time of year. But didn't spoil it for us. The soda package has changed they only offer you the… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“GREAT”

Written on: 05/06/2013

We have never travelled RCI before and have no criticism except the drinks package which was not value for money and did NOT include adecent cup of coffee. The crew, under the excellent Cspt.Remo wre fasntastic in every respect - profssional, attentive, caring and helpful. The food wss amazing considering the fact that after 6 nights at sea, 150,000 meals had been served. The facilitis were excellent - lovely spoacious stateroom, great balcony, fabulous ice skating show, enjoyabkle… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Lovely cruise, but expensive alcohol”

Written on: 28/11/2012 by onpar (1 review written)

This was a nice little break for me and my boyfriend. We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and got lucky with excellent weather the whole time. The ship itself is MASSIVE and you can easily get lost. I read reviews of the ship being really rocky and I was worried about getting seasick but it turned out to be okay. Maybe we just got lucky but the water was really calm. Thoroughly enjoyable trip. My only complaint...drinks should be part of the price! The drinks at the bar were so expensive… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Fantastic Cruise”

Written on: 21/11/2012 by Downsie (1 review written)

This was our first cruise we went with our children 12 and 9 and my parents who had been on Indepedence twice before. We were greeted with chaos in Southampton and found out they had had norovirus on the cruise before and were deep cleaning. Once onboard although a little nervous about catching the sickness bug we found the ship to be spotless and constant cleaning was carried out. There were hand sanitizers everywhere which gave you the chance to be as careful as possible. The sea was very… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Western Med 6th - 20th October 2012”

Written on: 02/11/2012 by Annie66 (1 review written)

For a first cruise we were a little apprehensive after reading various other reviews. There were four of us booked on this cruise and we all agreed what a fantastic 14 days. The Windjammer got a little crowded at times but after a few days we worked out the best times to go for breakfast, where the choice of food was excellent. We dined in the Romeo and Juliet Restaurant where we had pre-booked our dining time, our food and drinks waiters were brilliant and made us feel special and not just… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“extra charges on a 4 star cruise ship poor service”

Written on: 24/10/2012

traveled from 24 Sep to 12 Oct Radiance of Sea cought a most shocking cough near end of cruise High prices on coffee, chai latte and tea outside of dining and then it was delivered in paper cups. Had to stand in line - no service. food was of learners standard. My granddaughter can create better mains and sweets. Very disapointed as for entertainment - very poor quality. nothing to do except dance (bad hip) gamble (obscene) will not use this company again. Yes I have cruised many time… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“R C current Gratuities Policy is not acceptable to us.”

Written on: 21/10/2012 by Douglas0746 (1 review written)

Sail dates 06/10/12 to 20/10/12. Extremely enjoyablle 14 days (weather could gave been kinder!), responsive staff, superb food in King Lear Dining Room, with excellent service from Robin, waiter for table 683, and his assistant waiter Arnel, Sunil for first class table reservations, and last buut by no means least, Joko for his friendly, tireless and efficient service of Stateroom 8256. The Entertainment was so professional and expertly delivered. Fantastic! BUT...our ONLY grumble (apart from… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Floating butlins”

Written on: 22/09/2012 by Mooey2011 (1 review written)

What complete waste of money, overpriced drinks, food was a poor standard, ship over crowded. Do not go on a cruise on the inderpendce of the seas!!!!!… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Best Holiday Ever”

Written on: 25/08/2012

This was our 4th time on the Indepedence of the Seas and it was our best trip yet. The staff were so much friendly than ever before and the guest entertainers were amazing. So much to do for all the family and even though there were a lot of people on board, there was hardly any queuing! However, the highlights of the cruise have to be the ice shows, and the quizzes, especially CD Joff's Progressive Quiz and the brilliant gameshow Friendly Feud (hosted by Scott and Ben who were the most fun… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“great cruise”

Written on: 20/05/2012

Southampton to the canaries :Where do i start! Great cruise, reading previous cruise reviews there was lots of variations in opinions, reviews give a general idea, but depending on the person and what they are like in general life will depend on the review they give , we read the food taste the same whatever you eat, so does salad taste like curry and rice? of course not the food is great but if you eat to much all the time and want to stay bloated then of course you may experience that… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“floating benidorm”

Written on: 03/05/2012

just returned from a cruise round the canaries on IOTS terrible storm in the bay of biscay meant we could not call at maderia. the ship was crowded queues for everything loads of kid running about even though it was term time. standards were very low people coming to dinner dressed in tracksuits trainers baseball caps even on so called formal nights. food was of poor standard and always cold. the staff were very good the ship was spotless but no other plus points the whole atmosphere was that… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Butlins on Sea”

Written on: 24/04/2012

I have read several of the reviews of previous cruises on the Independent and it appears that we do not always get the same type of cruise. I went on 11th April to the Canaries and I should think that every ship's rule was broken. Children were in the Casino, they were also in the areas designated as child free, they also ran around in packs(many with Seapass cards in their hands - no doubt free to do as they wished with them). I agree with many comments about the Windjammer - just do not go… Read Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 03/05/2012

Our party of 5 went on the Independence from Southampton on 22nd April 2012 - straight into a gale force 8 storm. The time we lost meant we had to miss our first port of call and went straight to Puerto Rico, but this meant we were over 3 days at sea during bad weather. This would not have been so much of a problem if the ships facilities were able to cope - but they simply were not adequate. We even went into a lower deck Studio B just to get somewhere to sit. All the bars were full, as were the Library and various deck seated viewing points. Quite simply, this ship is too large and the facilities cannot cope with the number of passengers on board. I agree with the comments on the Wind Jammer food - adequate but ALWAYS TOO COLD. We've cruised on other RC ships in the Caribbean. These were smaller and more suited to the relaxing holiday we 'd envisioned. Overall, we'll never again use this ship, nor any other ship from Southampton. Also, the Itinerary is not suitable. It appears RC are trying to cram ports of call into a time schedule that just cannot cope. We docked at 7.00am at one port and had to be back on board at 1.30pm. In a nutshell - it's an overcrowded ship, travelling too far to poor port of call choices on seas that are liable to be stormy, or at best cool. Not how you'd envisage a relaxing "med'" break.

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★★★★☆

“We are Aussies and cruised on ind of the seas in dec...”

Written on: 30/03/2012

We are Aussies and cruised on ind of the seas in dec 2011, 18 nights to med. Their were only 61 Aussies on board. Ship and staff were fantastic. Very comfortable king size bed in balcony cabin on deck 7, mid ship. At all times all staff were simply THE BEST. Food excellent in dining rooms at night, but Windjammer cafe always too crowded. WE only ate their on an odd occasion. The general attitude from the majority of POMS on board, is (WE ARE BETTER THAN EVERYONE ELSE). They were… Read Full Review

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Chriswortley5's Comment

Written on: 09/04/2012

You cannot realy blame the company for the guests. I found the carribean cruises have more younger customers.

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★★★☆☆

“Gone down hill. Independence of the Seas. March 2012”

Written on: 21/03/2012

This was our 3rd trip on IOTS and will sadly be our last. The service remains excellent as always with RCI but sadly the whole experience has deteriorated because of the behaviour of other guests. I`m by no means a snob but when you pay for a 5* holiday (we travelled in a Grand Suite)you find yourself having to rub along with some pretty low life travelling companions. I appreciate the need some passengers have to use My Time Dining but was disappointed that we were seated in the same dining… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“Royal Caribbean's Holiday Camp Environment”

Written on: 16/02/2012

We have enjoyed around 40 cruises over 17 years on a number of cruise lines including Royal Caribbean but this cruise was the worst we have ever known. The environment on board is where everyone has to queue wherever they go, the Windjammer Cafe which is the main buffet is so conjested that there are continual announcements requesting guests to vacate their tables in order for other guests to be accommodated in order they can eat and drink from melamine mugs and plates. The cafe on the… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“Disappointed. Not as good . Has gone down hill a bit. ”

Written on: 24/10/2011

This is our 3rd time on this ship. The lovely latin bar has now turned into a saga bar.The main reason for our return. AS advertised a latin bar THIS IS NOT NOW! They play old songs. The nigh club (the Laberynth) only go in if you like dancing in an ash tray.Because thats how you smell when youve been there. Great entertainment. Great singers, dancers and star acts. They all joke about saga ships but thats what this ship is turning into. Etiquette in the dinning room was poor. But food was… Read Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 06/11/2011

The nigh club (the Laberynth) is designated as smoking bar. So if you do not like smoking, you should not go there. Ship has plenty another places to have a drink

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