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Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Royal Caribbean
Independence of the Seas
Destination
Departure Port

Traveler rating

Excellent

636

Very Good

415

Average

301

Poor

172

Terrible

69

Cruise type

1,612 Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Cruise Reviews


hminyard avatar

hminyard

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Gyped nurses

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This was our annual organizations cruise and we were not informed till about the day before that we were not going to our original destinations, Labadee and Falmouth but to Nassau and Coco Cay. I don't care for ...
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Sail Date March 2020


Cookie7 avatar

Cookie7

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

First and LAST time with Royal Caribbean

This was my 6th cruise, my 1st with Royal Caribbean and definitely my LAST with them. The check in process went fairly well until we were told to wait to board in 3 different areas by 3 different people. We ...
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Sail Date February 2020


ottobar avatar

ottobar

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Find Another Ship

After 25+ years of cruising on a fairly regular basis on 4 different lines we finally found a ship we would try really hard to avoid in the future. And although even with the following it’s possible to have a good ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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dameofspace

14 Reviews Written

8 Helpful Votes

Fell way below zero expectations that we had for this cruise

There were no outstanding anything on this cruise, as a matter of fact, we have decided to avoid cruising with RCI in the future. Starting with embarkation when we arrived on assigned time and were standing in line ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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tigrace507

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

dissapointed

My daughter was going on this cruise and asked us to go. This was my 3rd time on Royal and my last. food was just ok, the windjammer café is crowded and hard to find a table and the food is the same everyday with ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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Sdmsc

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Cheapened to extreme

I understand that nickle-and-diming guests is core to the cruise business now, but making drinking water hard to come by is unconscionable. Staff wanted a $9 value drink ticket for a bottle of water, or would stand ...
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Sail Date February 2020


Dave1955a avatar

Dave1955a

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Fun Cruise, Great Value!

First, I don't understand the sub par reviews I read prior to our cruise. There are lines such as Disney that are superior, but at at least twice the cost. You know going in that at a discounted price you won't ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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Vacationing4life

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Not too shabby

We went as part of a big group that reserved the entire ship for a 5 day cruise. This was the 6th cruise of my life so I feel I have some experience in cruising. Royal Caribbean has been a class act and they ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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WhatCruiseCulture

1 Review Written

15 Helpful Votes

Good, Bad and Ugly

I've read a bunch of the reviews on here and it seems that people are either looking through rosey (booze goggles) loving everything, or the person who's jaded by a negative experience and poo-poos on the rest of ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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angelmiles

2 Reviews Written

8 Helpful Votes

The push for more money is a turn off

When I go on a cruise, I’m looking to get away and to fully relax and enjoy my vacation. I would like to express some reasons why I will think hard before I choose to cruise with RC again... -As we board the ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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BATGUY

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

AMAZING SHIP

Independence of the Seas is definitely a ship that you should experience. The ship was updated, spacious, fun, and CLEAN! It never seemed busy, and you never had to wait for a drink. The staff was extremely ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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alandlord

2 Reviews Written

8 Helpful Votes

Horrible Customer Service - Mega Loud horrible time

We had a cruise certificate for a discount on a Royal Caribbean Cruise we had gotten from Hilton. Only RCL goes to Haiti, so we figured we'd make use of the certificate by going somewhere no one else goes to. The ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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jj88450

1 Review Written

15 Helpful Votes

Trapped! A complete rip off

We we're looking forward to a fun, relaxing cruise. Instead we got 5 days on a B-level floating mini mall. Let's discuss 'refurbished'. There is nothing new about this ship. Our rooms were dated, musty and stained. ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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subtlefantasy

7 Reviews Written

19 Helpful Votes

Girls' trip

We arrived at the pier at 1230 after visiting Total Wine. Check in was a breeze as we had already done most of the work online. We met with the agent who scanned our passports and took a quick photo. We were ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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Conleymom

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Enjoyable

We had never been on a cruise before. Glad we went. Glad it was a big ship, seas were calm. 2 Ports, Haiti and Jamaica, both were interesting, worth it. We sat alone in the Main dining room, which was okay, but ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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Vacaylover1240

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Not the same as the Feb. cruise we took

I'm wring after just returning a couple of days ago from a 5 night cruise on Independence of the Seas. This was our 2nd cruise this year on this ship and our 3rd cruise this year with your cruise lines.  We choose ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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JCalamis

2 Reviews Written

9 Helpful Votes

Will NEVER travel Royal Caribbean again.

Terrible on almost all counts: Food: Main dinning room is horribly overcrowded, making it difficult, if not impossible to move around. The food is mediocre at best. The Windjammer buffet is actually better ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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nicolacarle

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Royal Caribbean great cruise, Malecon21 in Costa Maya best part of our trip!

The cruise ship is nice, really spacious and hight quality details! We had a wonderful trip around the caribbean, We dock in really nice places but of course Our favorite one has been Costa Maya Mahahual Which ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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jlarou1916

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Never Again

Corporate should be embarrassed by this ship. Rooms are dated and worn-out as are the public areas. Our cabin steward Magda and Fernando at the Champagne Bar gave excellent service. The rest seemed disonnected, ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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Medic9701

9 Reviews Written

50 Helpful Votes

Mixed drinks. Mixed activities. Mixed service.

A decent itinerary on a beautiful ship with plenty to do. This cruise offered a nice mix of activities and relaxation. As a group, we were able to interact regularly and also do our own thing as desired. A great ...
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Sail Date November 2018


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vette1cruiser

9 Reviews Written

76 Helpful Votes

Good Cruise but still room for improvement

We cruised on the Independence of the Sea on 11/9/19 to the Western Caribbean. We always liked the Freedom class ships and have been on a number of them. We had not been on this ship since 2015. Since we flew in the ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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Hogie119

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Great Ship, so so dining, good entertainment.

Well just got back from 7 night Caribbean cruise on Independence of the seas and it was great. Cabin was spacious and clean. Entire ship was updated with something for everyone. Huge ship but not the size of the ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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caroline1965

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Not as described!

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 ...
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Sail Date October 2019


TABG avatar

TABG

8 Reviews Written

19 Helpful Votes

Just a cruise -- not the best

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 ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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2ndhoney

2 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

Just OK

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 ...
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Sail Date October 2019


Independence of the Seas Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04.2
Dining3.03.8
Entertainment5.03.9
Public Rooms4.04.2
Fitness Recreation5.04.2
Family5.04
Enrichment3.03.5
Service4.04.2
Value For Money4.03.7
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