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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Written on: 10/10/2011 by ablackborough (1 review written)
We've just returned from our honeymoon on Independence of the Seas and i can honestly say, it was perfect and we had an absolute ball! The food was amazing, there really is a great choice and something for everyone's taste. The service is 5 star, the staff are very attentive and can't do enough for you. Our stateroom attendant was particularly nice and made a special effort when I told him how much I loved his towel animals! Entertainment is great, we always had something to do and loved… Read Full Review
Written on: 13/06/2011
My husband and I have just returned from a 14 night mediterranean cruise after a recommendation from my Mom who had previously been on board this ship when it was only 4 weeks old and had thoroughly enjoyed it (she was also with us on this cruise but kept apologising for making the recommendation because things had deteriorated!). GOOD THINGS: I cannot fault the check in at Southampton which went smoothly and we were not kept waiting very long at all. Food, there were sufficient choices… Read Full Review
Written on: 07/05/2011 by kinkyboots45 (1 review written)
We have just returned from a 4 night cruise to cork on the independence of the seas. What greeted us at southampton was the mother of all ships, it's HUGE and magnificent. Its was our 1st cruise and I do recommend this type of taster cruise if you have not done it before. I will try and give an honest view.
Checkin went smoothly despite the volume of people. The ship is spotless, so are the staff, smartly dressed,very polite and friendly nothing was to much trouble, we had a balcony stateroom… Read Full Review
Written on: 03/05/2011
Not long returned from 3 night cruise on the independence of the seas. This was our first time, which is why we only did a short one. We loved it so much we wished we'd gone on to Ireland where the ship was going next. The ship was spotlessly clean and because there had been an outbreak of the norovirus a few weeks previous, hand washing was paramount, with the staff at the entrance to the dining rooms with wipes. There were even people saying they had just washed their hands! Food was… Read Full Review
Written on: 02/05/2011 by shergy (1 review written)
i went on this ship for the 2nd time last month,the 1st time was 3yrs ago,in its first year,and the cruise was lovely,this cruise was alot different,firstly was the extra costs for everything,the one that really made me mad was the $15 per person charge for transfer from the ship to town in lisbon,i refused to be ripped off,and got the local bus from just outside the port for 1.50euro,another thing was the cost of drinks on board,the wife and i decided to do the classic drinks package,which… Read Full Review
Written on: 27/03/2011
We have just returned from a fantastic cruise on the Independence of The Seas. The 6 adults in our party thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and there was plenty to do for the 2 grandchildren. Four of us, adults, had never been on a cruise before and initially i wasn't interested as i thought i would be bored and feel enclosed in. However my views on cruising have changed entirely. We found all the crew to be polite and helpful. The quality, choice and quantity of food to be amazing. One could eat 24… Read Full Review
Written on: 06/03/2011 by pw52 (1 review written)
RCI Independence of the Seas - 18 day Mediterranean - FEB 2011
Great cruise - 3rd time on this ship - last time was in 2008 and no disappointments. Ship is very clean and crew going to extreme lengths to prevent viruses despite some passengers lack of hygiene knowledge.
Really recommend the RCI and Independence of the seas but please note the following to prevent you joining the whingers:
The ship is huge so you may have a fair walk to reach dining rooms and other venues - I am disabled but… Read Full Review
Written on: 16/02/2011
Well what can I say except FANTASTIC.
Left Southampton on the 26th January and check in was very smooth as had completed check in on line, so all they had to do was check printed cards and issue me my sea pass.
Boarded the ship and went to our inside cabin on deck 7 front. room was neatly laid out with all the necessary paperwork about the ship available. went for some tea in the windjammer whilst awaiting for our luggage, 5 cases. a quick walk around the ship to see what she is like and what… Read Full Review
Written on: 09/02/2011
Our first cruise on the Indepence of the Seas was most enjoyable. Good shows and the ice shows were fantastic. I totally agree that the drinks were very expensive, bottle of wine was $30, but I made it last me 3 nights and there was certainly plenty of moaners although I did notice that they were enjoying themselves on a number of occasions. Cabin clean, all of the staff were polite and were very welcoming and there was plenty to do on sea days.
I thought the adult swimming pool was too… Read Full Review
Written on: 05/02/2011
Independence of the Seas.
These are just a few of the comments.
The first hint of trouble was the letter notifying a rescheduling of the cruise omitting Sardinia. Someone had not taken into account dates and distances. These should have been resolved before the cruise was offered.
The second surprise was when logging in to revise my excursions I was informed that I had "no reservations".
The call centre could not tell me how many "formal" dinners I should plan for. Eventually I was… Read Full Review
Written on: 28/01/2011
We have just got back from an 18 day cruise with Royal Carribean Independence of the Seas and although the ship was very clean and the staff were very helpful the other parts let it down. We have sailed with P and O before and they would leave them for dead. Firstly the Windjammer give you plastic plates to eat on with blue faded patterns and plastic cups. I can understand that if the weather is bad this is not breakable but in the restaurant you have china so when you are paying good money… Read Full Review
Written on: 27/01/2011 by janboyd (1 review written)
This is our 9th Cruise, and has to be the most relaxing!!!
Sailing from Southampton heard horror stories, bay of biscay flat calm there and back. All ports were fantastic. Ate in Windjammer for breakfast and lunch....excellent...MacBeth dining room ....excellent....Staff excellent.......Esp teen and sport who taught my children to surf and ice skate backwards.
Ice show and nightly shows brilliant. If you are looking for great family holiday this is it, normally do Caribean cruse & USA but its… Read Full Review
Written on: 19/01/2011 by qgirly (1 review written)
Do not go on this ship, our holiday was a nightmare from start to finish. We went on the Christmas/New year cruise and waited 2 hours in the freezing cold to board the ship as they needed to deep clean the ship due to sickness on board, at no time did they communicate why we were waiting. The food was cold in the windjammer and the Jade at all times and I only received 1 meal from those rooms that were hot. The food in the main dining room was often tepid and the choice of food was limited… Read Full Review
Written on: 06/01/2011 by Whitegables0 (1 review written)
Our first cruise and it will not be our last. We really enjoyed our cruise and were very impressed with the Independence of the Seas.
We loved the food, the staff, the cleanliness and the size of this wonderful ship. We were lucky because we had superb company in the dining room and looked forward to the evening meals in the Macbeth dining room.
The Windjammer restaurant was a busy lively place and we loved it.
We did not go on any excursions but made our way ashore ourselves and thoroughly… Read Full Review
Written on: 18/12/2010
just returned from our first ever cruise. the ship was huge (independence of the seas )and fantastic it was spotlessly clean food was great and staff were unbeatable, however a lot of people were complaining about price of drinks which were ,i admit extortionate apart from this the other negatives for us were departing from southampton ,never again the crossing was rough. we would cruise again but not with royal carribean unless they drop drink prices and we would go in summer not winter… Read Full Review
Written on: 03/12/2010 by Madeira (1 review written)
Ship cramed full of children and dissability carts,
Queues for everything, managed to get in 2 shows out of ten nights, people reserving all rows of seats.
Children in the bars till late.
Sweets in the mini bar 4 months out of date.
The ship wqas beautiful, clean but overfull, staff generall were great.
On port days it took anything between an hour and an hour and a half to get off, no commonsense applied, should call a deck at a time.
I was like Butlins at sea dinks very expensive $12… Read Full Review
Written on: 02/12/2010 by Des Horlock (1 review written)
We had Cruised with Royal Carrebean on Voyager to Carrabean.
The things missing from Voyager were the Chocoholics buffet night.
A good sized sports bar and the very expensive poor quality drinks.
A mint on your pillow was no longer given.
The push to sell Duty free items ie Cigs and Drinks also cheap fashion items
and jewellery on the main promenade every night got boring and overcrowded
the promenade. The Theatre entertainment was overall Very Good. The ice show
was top class and the tickets… Read Full Review
Written on: 28/11/2010
Brilliant - enjoyed it so much we booked for 2011 whilst onboard.
Food was excellent in all the eating areas, waiters couldn't do enough for you (yeah yeah they do it to get good tips, but why not !).
Trips were a bit expensive, but get what you pay for as they are well organised, conducted and run.
The only bad thing we found is that we had to come home.
Having never cruised before the ship is massive. Our friends said it was big and they were not wrong. It was full to capacity, but… Read Full Review
Written on: 27/11/2010 by John Mapother (1 review written)
We've just come back from a great time on the Independance of the Seas. All I can say is that the Staff were freindly and so helpful, the food was excellent and the ship was immaculately clean.
This was our first cruise so we weren't too sure what to expect. We were slightly overwelmed at the beginning as the check in was very quick (no hanging around just get on the ship!) and the size of the ship blows you away!
We foud the room fine for my wife and 6 year old daughter and it was cleaned… Read Full Review
Written on: 19/11/2010
Ship was fantastic, and selection of entertainment was great. The things that let the whole trip down was that we has to miss the best Port of call due to very rough seas, but looking at other reviews this time of the year this is the norm. Why then do this on the itenary, why not choose it on the way back. The other Ports of call we average, Lanzerote on a Sunday when everything is closed down bad planning! Ang Vigo arrive at 11am they are 1 hour ahead so only 1.5hrs to visits shops, very… Read Full Review
Written on: 19/11/2010
STAFF GOOD, FOOD GOOD, ACCOMODATION GOOD, TRIPS ASHORE GOOD
ONLY TWO POINTS NOT SO GOOD - DRINKS VERY EXPENSIVE
ALL SWIMMING POOLS WERE EXPOSED TO THE ELEMENTS, SO ON COLD AND WINDY DAYS
ONLY THE VERY BRAVE ATTEMPTED TO USE THE POOLS. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE TO HAVE HAD AT LEAST ONE POOL ENCLOSED… Read Full Review
Written on: 12/11/2010 by westy1 (1 review written)
Ignore the bad reviews and please allow yourself to make your own mind up! We did and we had a great time. Prepare yourself , this is a long review but hopefully somewhat useful
We are a honeymoon couple in our early twenties we decided on a cruise as I am not particularly keen on flying and Southampton was a good starting point for us (only a couple of hours from home). I had read some of the bad reviews which had made us a little anxious being that it was our honeymoon and first time… Read Full Review
Written on: 08/11/2010 by hilledward (1 review written)
the liner was a fantastic pease of engineering the only complaints food is not hot enough and it is very rependitive. It would also be a good idea if they would enforce the fact that children are not allowed in alot of the Bars after 04.00pm. They could also do more to celebrate our holidays and events as they did nothing to celebrate the 5th Nov.I would also like to point out that when it comes to paying the tips up front (prepaid tips)you have no choice in who it goes to,and it may go to… Read Full Review
Written on: 31/10/2010
Just returned from our cruise on Independence of the Seas and a great time was had. Ate in King Lear Dining staff were wonderful as was the food, cabin stewardess was very helpful, so clean everywhere and a delight to be on board. Windjammer Cafe was manic for late breakfast and food was not always hot enough. Decided to get up earlier and went to the dining room and this was great, good service and so much easier than the Windjammer. Choices were magnificent for food and entertainment. We… Read Full Review
Written on: 29/10/2010
we have just got back from our cruise and it was brilliant i was sad to leave! we have been on cruises before such as coster concordia and it is nothing like the independence. The on board activities are amazings and they have many that are suitable for many diffrent ages. There was never a moment where we was bored. there was always something to do. We had dinner every night at the kings lear. Which was very good, from the food to the service to even the entertainment. We had break-fast and… Read Full Review
Written on: 27/10/2010
My first cruise, what an amazing ship, staff work very hard to please you, we ate at "Jade the windjammer" plenty to choose from although.... food never seemed hot or tea/coffee,apart from this I enjoyed the experance.would advise you to take trips out, as not much about the ports.
Was unaware that after my account was settled....... money from my account were pending? alot more than my settlment figure came to! This you have to wait for to go back into your account, and can take upto 14 days… Read Full Review
Written on: 21/10/2010
First time cruisers, and what a treat, how can anyone say anything bad about this trip, it was simply amazing. The overall service from start to finish was excellent. Wonderful entertainment, James Andrews the star man for his enthusiasm and energy throughout he never stopped.Nothing was too much trouble for all staff from dining rooms (superb food)to room attendants, everything spotlessly clean. Plenty of activities day and night, just not enough time to do it all. We had a wonderful holiday… Read Full Review
Written on: 20/10/2010 by landlubbers (1 review written)
Have just got back 2 days ago, still on a high.This is my forth cruise 2nd with Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas was last one (also great) but this was fab. What a ship, the crew were the best ever, the food was better than a top west end hotel and our waiter at dinner in Romeo & Juliet dining room treated us like stars.Need to diet now I'am home. We tried everything we could, apart from flow rider, rock climbing,WHICH WAS JUST DUE TO OUR DISABILITY AND AGE, BUT WHAT FUN IT WAS TO WATCH AND… Read Full Review
Written on: 15/10/2010 by Kitty bag (1 review written)
This was our first cruise,and very enjoyable.The state room was spacious with lots of storage, all the staff were extremely helpful,nothing was to much trouble.The restaurant was amazing and all the waiting staff were wonderful,although the head waiter was a little smarmy!.Diffrent show everynight with 2 showings but you had to grab a seat early as others were holding seats for their friends. Dog and Badger pub was always busy,typical English pub Ben and Meera worked there socks off to keep… Read Full Review
Written on: 12/10/2010 by harryandlinda (1 review written)
This was our second cruise with Royal Caribbean and we were not disappointed. Totally satisfied with everything. The attention from all staff is second to none and the ship was immaculately clean at all times. Cannot wait until the next cruise… Read Full Review
Written on: 12/10/2010
Overall the ship was well managed apart from the Windjammer cafe which was very crowded & in my opinion a poor layout of food counters. Particularyly noticeable at breakfast. Staff were very friendly & attentive. Imperccable service in main dining room. Had a previous Nor Virus outbreak but no problem with our cruise. Stateroom was excellent. The daily activities were not waried enough & the same for every day. Shows at night were fair but the last night was very poor & done on the cheap. Could… Read Full Review
Written on: 09/10/2010 by garytiptop (1 review written)
Read This Before you book!!!
Well what a shock!! Not as good as before!!! Was on this ship when it was new in 2008, wow & what a cruise it was, Been with P&O for years and also done Princess. This WAS the best!! (independence) But im unable to say this now, The ship was dirty where you wont look as a rule like under the dinning room table!! all around the table legs were bits of food from other evenings. the dust and grim around the bar areas and lifts was a surprise I could write my name (&… Read Full Review
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