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Southampton Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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"This was our first cruise so we don’t really have anything to compare it to. We travelled in a party of 6, 5 adults and one teenager... Getting on the ship was stress free and so much easier than flying. The ship..."Read More
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Not as described!

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caroline1965

6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

Wont be using RC again or recommending them. Needed something to fit in school holidays. I wanted plenty to occupy child and flexible enough to allow them to eat / play / explore without pressure. So we could all have a break. Unfortunately it didnt work like that. Boarding was straightforward having cruised before I expected to go straight to my room find cases outside,unpack, go exploring/ have ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Traveled with children


Just a cruise -- not the best

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TABG

10+ Cruises

Overall the cruise was a cruise, a time away from our everyday lives to relax in order to continue with the demands normal life lends our way. That said let me tell you we have been on over 25 cruises, on several different cruise lines, and this has to be one of the most unique and challenging thus far. Here are my pros and cons from this cruise: 1. The pros for entertainment was all good with ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Cabin Type: Spacious Ocean View Balcony


Just OK

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2ndhoney

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

I've sailed on other cruise lines and Royal was not my favorite, but they were going to a port that I really wanted to go to and not many other cruiselines went there. This was a family trip so that my dad and the rest of the family could visit the fishing town in Spain where my grandfather came from. Overall the ship was fine, but there were a few things that irked me. They closed the ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony


Too many people ... too busy

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Tindy2

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

We were really looking forward to this cruise. There were too many people on this ship. Our first evening we realised that there were not enough seating in-social areas for the amount of people on board. Every evening after dinner it was three deep at the bar to get a drink there was no seating available to enjoy a drink, we ended up walking aimlessly around with drink in our hand , which was ...
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Sail Date: October 2019


Improvements required

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Brando54

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

Independence of the Seas is a very large vessel but its facilities are not themselves large enough or well-staffed enough to accommodate the passenger population. Windjammer, the popular buffet restaurant, frequently becomes so full that finding seats for groups of 2 or 3 becomes testing; for bigger groups often impossible. The food though is excellent & the staff, insufficient in number to cope ...
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Sail Date: September 2019


Too many people

Review for Independence of the Seas to Europe - British Isles & Western

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Local wherever he goes

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

Just home after a cruise to the Portugal and the Canary islands departed from Southampton. Firstly, RCC never miss a trick to make money !! Always book a drinks package and a dining package - we did both and it was excellent value for money. Sea days = Hell days just too many people . The sundeck was just awful peop!e packed in like sardines roasting in the sun. No room between lounger and ...
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Sail Date: September 2019

Cabin Type: Spacious Ocean View Balcony


Not what we expected

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GARogers

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

Second cruise with RC, first one was on the Navigator (pre refurbishment) and that was so much better, as my wife is in a wheelchair there were many issues that we feel should be addressed:- -Lack of unisex accessible toilets, only one on deck 12, or its back to your room. - Great idea to put a piano in a lift at peak times which in effect made lift unusable, and yes they put a piano in a ...
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Sail Date: September 2019

Traveled with disabled person


Interesting journey!!

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pamee

10+ Cruises

Age 80s

i chose this cruise because I fancied he list of ports to be visited. As a widow travelling alone I like cruising because I can sit at the same table every night with the same guests so I can get to know people without having to make introductions every night. This has always worked well on previous cruises. On this occasion I got ready for the evening meal, spruced myself up ready to make new ...
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Sail Date: September 2019

Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony


Not for us and don't book Cabin 3309 Deck 3!!

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Barb E

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

We had wanted to go on IOS for a long time and although wasn't disappointed, wasn't for us. Several reasons really, far too big, twice the size of others we have been on and this was our 10th. Firstly when we arrived on the ship, we couldn't find our cabin, it didn't matter who we asked and was sent in one direction, once arriving there, was told it was another so initially very frustrating. ...
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Sail Date: September 2019


Good cruise, a few small niggles, nothing major

Review for Independence of the Seas to Europe - British Isles & Western

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Travelmad

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Embarkation was great, we were on the ship 5 minutes after entering the terminal. The refurbished part of the ship is great, it’s a shame they didn’t update the staterooms. Ours was quite shabby with stained and faded sofas, old net curtains which didn’t meet in the middle and filthy curtain liners. Come on RCI. Our cabin was kept clean though, so no problems there, it just felt grubby because ...
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Sail Date: September 2019

Cabin Type: Promenade View Interior


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