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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.

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2 hours ago, JLTSKFL said:

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.

We have sailed on Independence several times from Southampton England.

Music is played in the Viking Crown Lounge on deck 14 and certain nights on the Royal Promenade on deck 5.

It is a family friendly ship with slides and kids clubs.

I would not call it a party ship in the Carnival way.

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We started out our cruising on Carnival in the 90s but haven't been back for years (mostly because they don't have many ships outside the US). I love RCL but still fondly remember the fun atmosphere on Carnival, loved the sailaway parties. RCL do have 'parties' but not quite the same, they always seem to have a set time period and cut them short too early sometimes. We were on Indy last year for a 7 night, the silent disco was held up in the VCL one night and was great. Other nights it was quiet up there.I'm not really a fan of the party events in the promenade.

I've only done a short cruise on Indy out of Southampton and it did have more of a party atmosphere so would think you will find the same.

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if you want  a 'club' style atmosphere, the stick with Carnival.   Royal's is much more family friendly in that their activities do not run to  the   wild dance party style.  

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Haven't been on Indy since the refurb, was on twice before, and have been on other ships that have had similar changes. From my experiences on those ships the 'club' still exists up in Viking and I have seen it packed and going until 4.  The crowds in the club can vary greatly from sailing to sailing and even night to night.  I would look for a Thursday 4 night as the weekend crowds have partied harder than the weekday crowds in my experience.  

 

As for the club being removed because of lack of use, it's true, but not because nobody went.  That space was dead for 18+ hours a day most days and that space is now used for cabins and a specialty restaurant.  

 

Never had an issue finding a place to hang out.  There are at least a half a dozen places that are good hangout spots, if one is too crowded, just move on to another.

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