The last time I stepped aboard Independance of the Seas was in 2008 when she was brand new and I was invited to Southampton for a guided tour on board. She was the first cruise ship I’d been on and I remember feeling absolutely blown away at how beautiful she was!
So here I am 9 years later and looking forward to a 3 night mini cruise to Bruges and Le Havre on her with my my partner Mike and my 3 children! WE had booked a family ocean view room which we knew was right at the front of the ship facing forwards. What a fantastic room- although a little bit dated in decor. There was a large lounge are with double sofa bed and 2 separate bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with bunk beds. Absolutely perfect for us and the view from the room with 3 large round windows was just brilliant and gave so much light into the room. Our room was ready for us at 1pm and bags were there too – so it was time to take a good look around this lovely ship.
We were delayed leaving Southampton by 6 hours due to the arrival of Storm Brian and the ports were swapped around due to the weather. We spent the day eating , drinking and investigating- we had 3 nights on here which we knew would pass very quickly . We were impressed by the buffet although very busy- probably as the weather wasn’t so good there were more people inside. We checked our newsletter for daily events for the day and evening.
This ship is perfect for families and the childrens facilities are great. There is mini golf, a games arcade, sports court and the rock climbing wall as well as the famous flow rider. My sons Tom and Will tried the flow- rider ! It was blowing a gale but apparantly the water was warm! I believed them!
The pool areas were well equipped with plenty of sun loungers and Jacuzzis.
Our selected dining time was the freedom dining which worked perfectly for us and we were given a lovely round table for the 5 of us which they allowed us to book for each evening. The food and choice was excellent as were the ever attentive and hardworking waiters.
The following day we arrived in Le Havre- we decided to stay on board as the weather was still cold wet and blowy. There is so much to see and do we knew we wouldn’t be board. The boys went on the flowrider again and we went to watch the ice show in the afternoon which was spectacular and so professional- I highly recommend seeing this if you are on board.
Tonight was formal night which we all enjoy and it was so lovely to see lots of other guests making an effort and enjoying this too. WE had a fabulous meal and the headed to the theatre to watch the Take that Experience. Absolutely brilliant and I could not believe the Robbie Williams lookalike!
The next day was our call in to Zeebruge for Bruges which I told you about in my last blog.
The show in the theatre on our last night was Grease which promised to be amazing. And it was superb at 90 minutes long it was as good as the west end. I have to say I think the performers and shows on Royal Caribbean are the best I’ve seen. We spent the rest of our evening on the Royal promenade enjoying live music and the street party and enjoying the drinks package! The atmosphere was brilliant!
The seas were quite choppy and Will felt a little unwell and tired so at midnight I took him off to bed and left the other three partying!They discovered the casino and Labyrinth nightclub and at 3 oclock they hit the sack 100 dollars lighter from the casino! Oops!
After breakfast the next morning we disembarked from the ship on a real high. We had all had a fabulous 3 nights away and would definately do it again.
Until next time