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  1. Just happened to turn on the webcam in time to find Independence arriving in St. Maarten today, where it seems she has been a fair amount lately. The first few times I've seen the ship on the webcam I assumed it was just getting refueled or new provisions, but the frequency of the visits the last few weeks seems too much for either of those. Does anyone know why the ship is there so (relatively) much? And that brought up another question. With all these ships that are mostly just sailing or anchored except for occasional returns to port for food for fuel, are the captains going to get, for lack of a better word, out of practice with their docking maneuvers? Particularly in the more difficult ports, or those where conditions change frequently? Especially if it turns out that it's the better part of a year before a ship returns to its "usual" ports.
  2. Good Morning everyone, I have my first Royal cruise booked for September of this year on Independence of the Seas. A few weeks ago I saw the Deluxe Beverage Package was $45 a day. I stupidly didn't jump on it then and now it's $65 a day. If I book now and then the price drops, can I call and rebook with the new price or am I locked in? Also, does anyone have experience with The Key on Independence? Seems pretty interesting especially since I was planning to get Voom anyways. If anyone has any tips or tricks, drink recommendations, etc for Independence or what you wished you would have known for your first Royal cruise, I'd love to hear that as well. I feel like I'm really going to like Royal and have my eye on a few cruises next year too. Thanks!
  3. Hi, I tried to search but can’t find my answer. On the independence of the seas if rooms are adjoining can the divider between the balconies be opened? Specially cabins 7408 and 7410. Thanks in advance for your help.
  4. Hi All- I was a GTY Junior Suite on the Independence of Seas and today was assigned #1102. I believe this is a new room, so I haven't found much information on it. Has anyone had any insight or stayed in the new section of Deck 11?
  5. We are new to RCL. Wondering about OV cabin fwd deck 7. Independence of the Sea cabin 7506 Does it have 2 OV windows? Any pictures to share? Pros/cons? Thanks!
  6. I have a business associate that disembarked the Independence of the Seas in Ft Lauderdale today from an annual rock band charter and was going on the MSC Armonia out of Miami. As I understand, the Independence of the Seas was denied entry into Grand Cayman earlier in the week due to an unspecified medical emergency evacuation. A crew member, who was NOT speaking for the cruiseline and may not have been informed, told my business associate's wife that it was a confirmed case of CV, (or "suspected" CV- "suspected" are my words). After stating on the MSC questionnaire that he had been on the Independence OTS and that there may have been a case of CV, my business associate was just denied boarding on the MSC Armonia. Others on the same itineraries stated "no" on the questionnaire and were allowed to board. I believe that denial of boarding was a precautionary step on behalf of MSC, but it was VERY disheartening for my business associate and his wife because his birthday is tomorrow. He does not fault MSC, but believes it was a VERY unfortunate turn of luck on his part. Does anyone have any news on medical evacuation in Grand Cayman and why the Independence OTS was denied entry?? Was it something we should be concerned about?
  7. Hello everyone and welcome to another "live" Review. This Review is going to a very "fun" one because of this little backstory. So I was one day looking around on RCI webpage and I wanted to do a quick cruise over the weekend and I happen to find a ok deal on Indy for a four night weekend cruise to the Caribbean. Well in that time I desired to hold off on booking this cruise until my cruise in harmony in September. Well when I was one the ship the price went down about $1,000 USD Dollars for a grand suite. So I said to my self. Why not go ahead and splurge on a grand suite. So I did. Here is a mini break down on some thing about this trip. Itinerary This 4-night cruise will bring us to one port of call and it will be the lovely port of Cozumel Mexico. As of right now I have no plans to do any thing in that port. however that may change over time. Cabin In This cruise I am Trying out a Grand Suite on Deck 10. This Is one the closets Grand Suite to the Aft which was able at the time of booking. But the Flowrider snob is slightly out of his comfort zone as this cabin is very close to the forward of the ship. Some Pre-Cruise thoughts I am beyond excited to sail Independence the of the Seas. After this cruise I will only need to do Liberty to make the goal of sailing on every freedom class ship! Folks please do not hesitate to ask any questions. I will try to find out what I can for you. Also Please keep in mind when Quoting a post with a series of pictures, please do not include Every pictures in your reply that . One or two will be fine. It just makes for easier scrolling. Thank You With That Said Let Review The Begin!!
  8. So for about the same price I am looking at. Independence - 5 Night with CocoCay, Cruising, Labadee, Cruising Mariner - 4 Night with CocoCay, Nassau, CocoCay I did CocoCay last summer and loved it. Is it worth going to Labadee and having the extra night. How do the ships compare? On Harmony we loved Jamie's, but on Independence they have Giovanni's.
  9. Hello everyone! My name is Amanda and I will be travelling with my husband on Independence of the Seas out of Ft Lauderdale! We will be flying down from Cleveland, Ohio on Friday. In the next week before we leave I will share some of our plans for during the vacay, then reviewing as it happens! This first picture shows where we got engaged on Brilliance of the Seas back in 2015. We were back on her again in Jan of 2019 and took this pic! This will be our fifth cruise on Royal, first time on Freedom Class. We are slowly working our way up to the bigger ships. We've been on Brilliance twice, Enchantment, and Adventure previously. Come along for my 40th birthday celebration!!
  10. We're on Independence right now, and were late (about half an hour) leaving Nassau. They made some sort of announcement, but we couldn't here it. We saw an ambulance, and somebody being taken away on it. Does anyone know what's happening?
  11. I'm torn between the Brilliance, which does a 4 night out of Tampa, and a 5 night on the Independence. We live in NY, so plan to fly in the day before. Therefore, the 4 night actually works better as we don't want to be gone too long from the kids. But the Brillance looks kind of old and boring. I looked at pictures on cruise critic and the ship seems very dated. The Independence looks much more updated with cool features like the ice show, laser tag, and cantilevered hot tubs. My husband and I are looking for a short cruise in January while my in-laws watch our 2 year old twins. We have about 10 cruises under our belt. We have mainly cruised celebrity and love the S-class ships, but have done rccl (Serenade of the seas), princess (Grand), NCL (Breakway), and Carnival (Valor). We are looking to try something new! I tend to be disappointed with older ships (Grand Princess two years ago was a little disappointing). I love a special feature on a ship, such as the lawn on the celebrity ships, or the dueling pianos and improv club on NCL. Specialty restaurants are not important to us, as we typically find the included food to be fine (except on NCL). Does Independence feel more updated? Is the Brillance really as old as it looks in the pictures? Any cruise is a good cruise, but I'm really torn about this decision. The Brillance cruise works better for us, I'm just worried that there seems to be nothing exciting about the ship and I will be disappointed. Sent from my SM-G930V using Forums mobile app
  12. Hi All, I haven't been on RCCL in a long time, since 2000 on Explorer of the Seas. Looking at a cheap Independence of the Seas cruise and had a few questions. I normally book inside, and or oceanview. What's the biggest bang for the buck. I'm seeing 160sqft rooms mostly, which is Tiny, I know Carnival has like 185-190. It's a big difference as NCL has the same 160sqft which I wasn't fond of, especially with no window. Any suggestions? Has anyone been on this ship recently? How are the activities for an 8 year old active boy? He loves ropes courses, mini golf, water slides. In regards to Cococay, I see there is a small little water park area. Are the lines insane with 3000-4000 people? Any tips are appreciated. Thanks,
  13. I apologize for asking questions that probably have been answered but I have not figured out how to do a search, I used to be able to type in my questions and I would have plenty of answers, now I seem to get a bunch of threads not relevant. We will be sailing on the independence out of Fort Lauderdale and would like to know how the boarding is handled. We are a group of 24, ages 11 to 79, only 2 have cruised Royal before, in case that makes a difference. We like to board early, and our hotel shuttles start at 9, will we be able to board that early? Do they tell you a time to board as opposed to whenever you show up? What is the check in like - inside/outside? Chairs? Any info/suggestions you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
  14. Does anyone have a review or pics of this room?
  15. Hey All, Any tips on Balcony room location or floor, CAT 2D. Looks like I can choose 6, 7, 8. Haven't sailed on RCCL in 19 years. Thanks,
  16. This may just be wishful thinking/daydreaming but I am thinking about a 3 night solo cruise and I am deciding between Independence, Navigator, or Mariner. Same itinerary, flights cost about the same, price difference on the cruise is negligible, so the only real difference is the ship. I am sort of ruling out Mariner because it is farther from the airport but if it is somehow overwhelmingly a better choice... I will consider it. I probably won't leave the ship in Nassau but will explore Coco Cay. Anyone care to weigh in? Or should I pin pictures of the ships to the dart board and let the darts decide? #firstworldproblems #haventseenthesunindays #socoldhere
  17. Good Morning, I read the review about the unlimited dining package experience on the harmony, which was very helpful. I am booked on the independence, and the email I received from the concierge stated that Izumi hibachi was not included, (only 35.00 credit for sushi/ala carte). This of course contradicts what I have read in other reviews. Of course there is no great verbiage from royal as it relates to what is or is not included, and it is no shock that different ships are doing different things. So my question is... Has anyone recently sailed on the Indy with the unlimited dining package, and what was your experience? thanks in advance.
  18. Is it me or does the Anthem of the seas pool deck seem smaller than Independence of the seas?
  19. Tried to search but didn't find much on this. My family and I are staying in the Royal Suite in May and I was looking for people's experiences on this room. We have been in suites on Oasis Class ships and know there are different perks then other ships. What interests me is being escorted on the ship. Do they take us from the waiting area of the terminal just take to the gangway or directly to our room or dining venue (we will be arriving at the terminal around 10:30)? There is no free wifi correct? (Kind of a bummer and don't understand why). Did you feel like you got even more personalized attention then the other suites would get? Also, is there any activities that are in the room for young kids? My daughters are 4 and 5; thinking of like coloring books, jigsaw puzzles or cards. If not, can we ask for stuff like that. Finally, the suite seating for the Windjammer is in the specialty restaurants, but can you still use the buffet or only the table served menu for the restaurant and is it for breakfast and lunch or only breakfast. Thank you in advance for all you help.
  20. Hi! We leave soon on Indy. My husband is a bigger guy (6’1”, 400lbs). He’s worried about fitting in the chairs at the show, dinner, etc. Anyone else have experience with this and willing to share your experience? thanks in advance!
  21. Hello. I have 80 sailings on Carnival, but zero on RCL. I'm looking at an RCL cruise this spring on the Independence. I recently read on here that it had the night club removed during the retrofit, and it was likely because 'nobody was ever in it.' I also read that finding space in any of the bars and lounges is difficult, even more so after the retrofit and removal of amenities in favor of more cabins. Can anyone give some feedback on this? Also, 'the nightclub was always empty' does not sound good. I'm used to ship passengers staying up until 2-4 AM, half in the casino and bar, and half in the club. What is the crowd like on Independence 4 or 5 day? Is it all couples and/or people that go to bed by 10? Or will there be a party crowd? Thanks to any who respond. Your input is appreciated.
  22. How many formal nights do the 5 night Western Caribbean Independence of the Seas sailing have for the February 3, 2020 sailing? Do they serve lobster on the formal night? This is my first 5 night cruise, as I have always sailed 7+ on Royal. Thanks
  23. I didn't see this topic posted, so apologize if this is a duplicate. I received an email this morning letting me know that the cruise I'm booked on has now been chartered. We were on the January 16th sailing to Grand Cayman and Coco Cay out of Fort Lauderdale. They did give me options, but nothing with Coco Cay, which is why we booked that one in the first place. Still, we chose one of the options that was price protected and will stop in Grand Cayman and Cozumel instead. Bummer, but we had such a deal and not a lot of flexibility on dates, and Cozumel is fun. I did a quick search and here's what the charter is. http://www.capitaljazz.com/supercruise/2021/
  24. I'm trying to plan a trip and can't find a deck plan that includes locations of these staff rooms - I know how frustrating it can be to be awakened at 3am to discover the staff doing loads of bedding across from your room. Is there any site that shows this detail?? All I can find is an occasional break, shown as a white space, between cabins but there can't possibly be THAT many laundry rooms per deck. thanks!
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