Better than we expected from a big ship
|Reviewed By: roberts, truro on 21st Sep 2009|
|Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean Cruises||Times cruised before: 6-10|
|Cruise Ship: Independence of the Seas||Sailed: September, 2009|
|Destination: Canaries||Age: 56-65|
We have recently returned from a cruise to Madeira and the Canaries on The Independence ofhe Seas.We were slightly anxious about travelling on such a large ship following a cruise on the Ventura last September but as this was a late decision to escape our dreadful summer we were prepared to take the risk! We found this ship a far more stable ship,particularly as conditions were very windy crossing The Bay of Biscay,both ways! Although over 3000 guests were on board ,we never really felt "crowded" and found moving around quite easy.No real problems with reserved loungers or seats in the theatre, but maybe that was because we got there early.The ship seemed very open and spacious on deck and around the pool areas.Our cabin on deck 3 proved an excellent choice as regards access to dining rooms,lifts and the Promenade.We enjoyed going to the cafe on the Promenade for a coffee after the Theatre Shows,but often there were few seats left as some guests seemed to sit and chat without imbibing!
The entertainment was excellent. The ship's troupe & visiting acts were first class. The East Coast Boys wre brilliant. The Ice Show was very special indeed.
Food was of a high quality. Windjammer provided very wide choice for lunch with very friendly attentive staff. We dined in Macbeth which is light & airy again with great staff. The menu was fine, offering extensive choice but there was an over emphasis on beef & more variety of fish would have been welcomed.
Our cabin steward, Roman, was friendly and did a great job looking after us.
Overall we were very pleased and will be happy to sail on IOS again.
|Quality of Food|
|Very good. We used Windjammer for lunch & Macbeth for dinner|
|Excellent. Every show was of high quality. The East Coast Boys 7 Ice Show were exceptionally good|
|We did not do any as we felt they were generally overpriced|
|All we came into contact with were friendly & attentive but Anneline in the Windjammer is an especially lovely helpful girl.|
|We prefer to chill out & do our own thing|
|We found everything satisfactory.|
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