Independence of the Seas back in Port Everglades

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#81
Kennesaw, Ga.
3,676 Posts
Joined Jun 2006
I agree with other posters. I felt like Indy was not ready for us and very chaotic. I got the wrong coupon book, and no amenity the whole sailing, even after I mentioned it to the Loyalty Ambassor. The experience in Chops the first night was awful but I'm sure they will get that straight pretty quickly. The whole snafu of not getting to go to Nassau was disappointing and was difficult for the staff to handle on such short basis. Our cabin steward told us that now on Indy, all beds are put together (even if you request them apart) and then they will seperate them if you request it. Strange. We also had a staff member tell us there was no Loyalty Ambassador for our sailing and that they had not have one for the last several sailings - which of course was not true. The merchandise in the gift shop was lacking and a lot still left from the Transatlantic. Things were missing from the buffets as mentioned. I'm sure this was just a little extra crazy because it was the first one after the Transatlantic. I'm sure it will get better. We had a wonderful time but did notice it was not up to Freedom standards.

The weather was perfect. We had a wonderful time. I'm sure they will get things worked out soon.

E-Beth
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#82
United Kingdom
95 Posts
Joined Sep 2010
Independence is a great ship. Cruised 4 times on her from UK. Went through Bay of Biscay (A renowned area for rough seas in Europe) in hurricane force winds. Took it well. Would have been on her again if she had sailed from UK this winter. Joff Eaton is a brilliant cruise director with an admittedly British sense of humor. Think John Cleese but better.

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#83
Rhode Island, U.S.A.
21,882 Posts
Joined Feb 2002
Originally posted by BILL-WI
Overall the service and food in the specialty restaurants on all the Royal Caribbean ships is worth the price. I believe the issues that we experienced while on the three night independence of the seas cruise were isolated.

I will we back on the independence of the seas in January, for an eight night cruise, and I have no hesitation at eating in Portofino or Chops each of those eight nights.

Bill


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It is the food on the rest of the ship that I am concerned about considering what I have read the past few days.
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#84
Rhode Island, U.S.A.
21,882 Posts
Joined Feb 2002
Originally posted by dachshunddoglover
I agree with other posters. I felt like Indy was not ready for us and very chaotic. I got the wrong coupon book, and no amenity the whole sailing, even after I mentioned it to the Loyalty Ambassor. The experience in Chops the first night was awful but I'm sure they will get that straight pretty quickly. The whole snafu of not getting to go to Nassau was disappointing and was difficult for the staff to handle on such short basis. Our cabin steward told us that now on Indy, all beds are put together (even if you request them apart) and then they will seperate them if you request it. Strange. We also had a staff member tell us there was no Loyalty Ambassador for our sailing and that they had not have one for the last several sailings - which of course was not true. The merchandise in the gift shop was lacking and a lot still left from the Transatlantic. Things were missing from the buffets as mentioned. I'm sure this was just a little extra crazy because it was the first one after the Transatlantic. I'm sure it will get better. We had a wonderful time but did notice it was not up to Freedom standards.

The weather was perfect. We had a wonderful time. I'm sure they will get things worked out soon.

E-Beth
Why should a trans-Atlantic turn a ship into chaos?
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#85
17 Posts
Joined Dec 2012
My Indy 6 nighter in March will be my 4th with Royal Caribbean but will be my significant other's very first cruise. I've always had great overall experiences with RCI, I'm looking forward to reading everyone's reviews in the coming months.
#86
Myrtle Beach
5,721 Posts
Joined Nov 2007
Our second cruise on Enchantment was right after she repositioned back to Ft Lauderdale. If it had been our first cruise we might have not come back for more.

Nothing in particular, but I think as others mentioned - a little chaotic, a little flat. There was also the delay in getting on due to the Coast Guard inspection so we were all a little frustrated by the wait. So we were not off to a good start and that probably tinted some of our feelings about the cruise.
#87
Saltash Cornwall England
645 Posts
Joined Oct 2003
Send her back to Southampton we think the crew and the service are great that is why we have sailed on her 16 times.
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#91
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
30,875 Posts
Joined Jan 2001
Originally posted by Sunshine101
I just checked te webcam, is she docked today? Is she doing a 6 or 8 nightwear today?
Unfortunately the Independence is out of camera range at berth 29. She will be doing a 6 night cruise.

Sail away time according to the port schedule is 5:30pm

www.portevergladeswebcam.com

www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com
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EMMY

FUN~FEATHERS~FRIENDS
#92
Ottawa, Canada
638 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
Originally posted by emmy
Unfortunately the Independence is out of camera range at berth 29. She will be doing a 6 night cruise.

Sail away time according to the port schedule is 5:30pm

www.portevergladeswebcam.com

www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com
Thanks Emmy! Just reread my post.....nightwear.....geez, that was supposed to say nighter! Darn autocorrect!!