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  1. Our last TA on Independence from Southampton was a 180 degree shift from sailing in the Caribbean. I would guess 75% were dressed in a Tux or Suit, also saw more Kilts then any time in the past. Last sailing in the Caribbean there were shorts and T'S in the dining room on formal night. Kudos to Brits that get dressed for the occasion.
  2. Hi everyone, Can anyone confirm, is there a sauna and steam room free of charge? If so where is this on the ship? Thanks in advance.
  3. While I do try to give myself a lil wiggle room since I’m on vacation, I try to drink Captain & Coke Zero. They had Coke Zero on my last 2 cruises on Independence. I hope they have it on Adventure in October.
  4. Does anyone have a recent cruise compass for a 5 day cruise that they can post...also what night is lobster night on a 5 night cruise on Independence..thanks
  5. If anybody is interested, I am attaching the 5 night (12/10/18) Independence compasses. It is the Costa Maya, Cozumel itinerary. Indy.pdf
  6. Hi, I would like to know how the Sauna and Steam Room set-up on the Independence. When we were on her last time, these were accessible free of charge. Is this still the case after the re-fit or have they gone the the system on the Oasis Class ships where you have to pay? Thanks for the information.
  7. Does anyone who has been on the Independence recently know what time the main seating dining starts and what time does the Diamond lounge open for drinks...thanks....
  8. I'm from the US and here's my letter: Dear Guest, We are reaching out to let you know that, regrettably, we must cancel our Independence of the Seas September 12, 2020 cruise. We sincerely apologize for the impact to your vacation and understand your disappointment. Please know, when we have to make these difficult decisions, we explore all options. In this case, our main priority was to share this news with you as soon as possible to ensure that we give you as much time to find an alternate sailing. As a cruise line, we constantly look at where we deploy our ships to give guests the most desired destinations and experiences. This led us to keep Independence of the Seas in the Caribbean in 2020, due to her large success there and the evolution of our private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay. Nevertheless, we’re happy to share that the beautiful Anthem of the Seas will be back in Southampton sailing to many extraordinary European destinations! Anthem of the Seas has something for everyone; from thrill-seeking adventures to perfect epicurean delights, this ship offers cutting edge experiences for everyone in your party. And, Allure of the Seas & Explorer of the Seas will also be in Europe sailing out of Barcelona and Rome, respectively. Due to this cancellation, we will process a full refund of all monies paid to the original form of payment, including any non-refundable deposits. We will begin processing refunds today, and depending on your banking institution or method of payment, you should start seeing these refunds by May 17th, 2019 or sooner. Also, to help make up for this inconvenience, we’d like to provide all of our guests with the following compensation offer: A Future Cruise Credit valued at 25% of your cruise fare paid on your cancelled sailing. You can expect to receive your Future Cruise Credit via email by May 13th, 2019 in hopes you’ll come sail with us on another cruise. In addition, if you already booked your air, you’ll be reimbursed for non-refundable airline charges with receipts (up to $200 per guest for Domestic flights and up to $400 per guest for International flights). Please email your airline receipts and booking information to RoyalGuestRelations@rccl.com for review and reimbursement. Click here to view some alternate Anthem of the Seas 2020 itineraries that are most similar to what you originally booked. If you prefer a different itinerary and ship, you’re welcome to select any Royal Caribbean International sailing and use your Future Cruise Credit. And, don’t forget, Independence of the Seas will be sailing out of Southampton this summer, if you want to catch her before she moves to the Caribbean. Click here to view Independence of the Seas 2019 summer itineraries. It’s important to us that you find the best vacation option. We kindly ask that you call us at (800) 256-6649 by May 16th 2019 to advise which sail date you’d like to be rebooked on. Our teams are standing by to assist you with finding the perfect cruise. Lastly, any pre-paid amenities, packages, or shore excursions will be refunded to the original form of payment within 7-10 business days. Thank you for understanding. We hope you find another cruise vacation with us. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or looking to explore, relax, and recharge – we have no doubt your time with us will be nothing short of amazing. We look forward to welcoming you onboard. Sincerely, Here are some helpful answers to questions you may have. Why is my sailing being cancelled? Your sailing is being cancelled because we’re making changes to our 2020 season that require the Independence of the Seas to remain in the Caribbean, instead of sailing to Southampton. Our goal is provide our guests with the best itineraries that take you to exclusive parts of the world and have decided to make these changes for the 2020 season to maximize our capacity in the Caribbean. We are terribly sorry. We know this news is disappointing. We do hope you find an alternate vacation option with us. Do you think you’ll stop operating ships out of the UK? Absolutely not – the UK is a key market for us. Where will Independence of the Seas sail from? Independence of the Seas will continue to sail from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Is it true that Anthem of the Seas will replace Independence of the Seas in Southampton? Anthem of the Seas is actually already sailing out of Southampton next year, so she isn’t replacing Independence of the Seas. And, Allure of the Seas & Explorer of the Seas will also be in Europe sailing out of Barcelona and Rome, respectively. What kind of itineraries will Anthem of the Seas be sailing? She will be sailing Transatlantic, Spain & Portugal, France & Spain, Northern Europe, Italy, plus more! Why aren’t you moving me to an Anthem of the Seas sailing? We want to make sure you find the perfect cruise. So, whether you choose to sail on a similar itinerary on Anthem of the Seas, or you decide you want to do a completely different itinerary, we want it to be your choice. Are any other ships doing European itineraries? Yes, Allure of the Seas will sail out of Barcelona & Explorer of the Seas will sail out of Rome in 2020. What if my reservation had Future Cruise Credits applied? Your FCC will be reinstated and once you are ready to apply it to a new reservation we will be happy to do so. What if my cancelled sailing was a NextCruise booking? NextCruise OBCs applied for Independence cancelled sailings can be reapplied to new bookings.
  9. And YES the baby in the photos is staying home..... 👍🐍Just like the other question, family going on Feb 13 Independence to Cozumel and back, so that is a closed loop cruise, 6 kids 26 - 28 getting off the boat renting RTV’s etc. (yes, I and hubby are staying ON the boat, LOL). Do we need passports... I hate to ask a similar question, but it would be lovely for the poor kids did not have spend the extra. $ , they will never use a passport again They all work so hard , and of course, have bills beyond belief, I am paying for their cruise, they are really good kids, I am blessed....Thank you friends....
  10. Can anyone who has been on Indy lately tell me if the water slides are appropriate for children (5 1/2 years old) or are they too fast? Thanks!
  11. Anybody know who the Concierge will be in the Suites lounge on D14. When we were on last year it was Mihee. She was good and welcomed us with a big hug as she had taken over from Jackie.
  12. Does anyone know if the Independence has a by one get one Chops deal on the first night of a 5 night Caribbean cruise??? We sail 4/29/19...thanks..we are Pinnacle if that makes any difference.....
  13. rotation on Enchantment Adventure OTS - Capt Krzyszthof Szymkarczuk (started rotation 7-20-19) Adventure OTS - Capt Shawn McDuff Allure OTS - Capt Ron Holmes (started rotation 6-9-19) Allure OTS - Capt Tore Grimstad Anthem OTS - Capt Henrik Loft Sørensen (started rotation 6-10-19) Anthem OTS - Capt Felix Srecko Ban Brilliance OTS - Capt Ole-Johan Gronhaug (started rotation 6-19-19) Brilliance OTS - Capt Ante Cavala Empress OTS - Capt Diego Lombardic (started rotation 6-3-19) Empress OTS - Capt Carl Graucob Enchantment OTS - Capt Toni Tomljanovic (started rotation 8-2-19) Enchantment OTS - Capt Nils-Petter Hoeydal Explorer OTS - Capt Malvin Bardsnes (started rotation 6-30-19) Explorer OTS - Capt Kjetil Gjerstad Freedom OTS - Capt Frank Martinsen (started rotation 6-2-19) Freedom OTS - Capt Thomas Busto Grandeur OTS - Capt Thordur Thorsson (started rotation 7-6-19) Grandeur OTS - Capt Patrik Jukes Harmony OTS - Capt Gus Andersson (started rotation 6-2-19) Harmony OTS - Capt Johnny Faevelen Independence OTS - Capt Iv Vidos (started rotation 6-6-19) Independence OTS - Capt Teo Strazicic Jewel OTS - Capt Anders Ingebrigtsen (started rotation 6-16-19) Jewel OTS - Capt Trym Selvag Liberty OTS - Capt Dustin Catelsky (started rotation 6-2-19) Liberty OTS - Capt James MacDonald Majesty OTS - Capt Per Kristoffersen (started rotation 7-6-19) Majesty OTS - Capt Daniel Budzelewskiis Mariner OTS - Capt Toni Calne (started rotation 6-3-19) Mariner OTS - Capt Tobias Oster Navigator OTS - Capt Mattias Persson (started rotation 5-31-19) Navigator OTS - Capt Angel Oviol Oasis OTS - Capt Claus Andersen (started rotation 5-26-19) Oasis OTS - Capt Göran Peterson Ovation OTS - Capt Sverre Ryan (started rotation 7-12-19) Ovation OTS - Capt Henrik W Loy Quantum OTS - Capt Erik Standahl (started rotation 6-28-19) Quantum OTS - Capt Sindre Borsheim Radiance OTS - Capt Marek Slaby (started rotation 5-31-19) Radiance OTS - Capt Espen Been Rhapsody OTS - Capt Kjell Nordmo (started rotation 6-1-19) Rhapsody OTS - Capt Trond Holm Serenade OTS - Capt Aris Medina (started rotation 6-2-19) Serenade OTS - Capt Stig Nilsen Spectrum OTS - Capt Flemming Nielsen (started rotation 6-27-19) Spectrum OTS - Capt Charles Teige Symphony OTS - Capt Rob Hempstead (started rotation 7-21-19) Symphony OTS - Capt Rick Sullivan Vision OTS - Capt Juan Luis Caranti (started rotation 6-15-19) Vision OTS - Capt Michael Lindberg Voyager OTS - Capt Pehr Pehrsson (started rotation 7-28-19) Voyager OTS - Capt Huimin Wu
  14. In the next seven months, I will earn an Oasis and Majesty that I need. I am also working on a trade for Rhapsody. Those 3 will get me to 23 . What I will still need are the Empress, Independence, Legend, Quantum, Sovereign, Spectrum and Splendour. .
  15. On Indy at the moment- Captain Iv still on- spoke to a member of staff who isn’t sure if Captain Teo is coming back on Independence- they think he is moving on.
  16. During the May 2018 refurbishment of Independence of the Seas 6 staterooms were added to Deck 11. These were carved out from part of the Spa area I believe. I am booking junior suite 1106 and would like information about this cabin or the other two junior suites beside it and cannot find anything about it online. Has anybody here been in one of these deck 11 junior suites or seen any info or videos online about them?
  17. Looking at booking a 4 day cruise with DH end of the year. We're looking at either Independence, Brilliance or I won't (yet) dismiss Majesty. Looking at Thurs departure so we're a bit limited. Independence is 4 night out of FLL and stops at Cozumel. We actually did this same cruise last December. We can get a balcony room for a decent price. Brilliance is 4 night out of Tampa and stops at Cozumel. We've never been on this ship (or Radiance class). The downside is that an ocean view on this cruise costs what a balcony costs on Independence. (And likewise, a balcony on this cruise costs what a Junior Suite costs on Indy). Also it leaves the week before Christmas so not sure if that impacts flights in a positive or negative way. Majesty is a 5 night cruise out of FLL and stops at Cozumel and Costa Maya. No balcony rooms so we'd either book an ocean view (which is tiny) or a Junior Suite is a bit more than we want to pay for a short (bonus) cruise. I'm hesitant on this ship since it's so small. I know it's a bit subjective, but thoughts?
  18. Just got an e-mail from RCCL. Seems our USCG wants to conduct a "routine inspection" . They adjusted boarding time to 12:00 to 3:30. Not sure what it was before. They asked that people arrive no earlier than noon now. We were reserved to check in 11:30 before. Do we just up that a half hour?
  19. 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
  20. That's great,I meant hope you had a great time. We were on Independence of the seas and went to Zeebrugge at the end of May
  21. On Independence in May we booked on board and our Giovanni's bill showed no gratuity added. I always give $10 minimum cash tip regardless because the service deserves it.
  22. Just please keep in mind that you are on a ship with thousands of strangers. Just because folks are on vacation does not make it a safe environment. We have done many many cuises with our daughter and we have all had loads of fun BUT you cannot give children that age independence on a ship and assume they will be safe. There are all of the same crimes as there are in cities.
  23. Hi were going on Independence of the seas for 3 nights end Aug , have no onboard spending. If we link our Halifax clarity card to our account and are billed in usd I'm I correct in thinking we would get conversion charges? Also if we are people from another cabin onto our card does the final statement have the cabin numbers on it ? So we can sort who spent what?I Thanks
  24. Independence of the Seas & Liberty of the Seas
  25. My first experience in a Diamond Lounge set the rest up for failure. On Independence, (Dec 2017) they had Iced cucumber water each day, with selections of fruit. I basically hung out in the Viking Crown, just outside the lounge reading and hydrating all day. It was one of the most relaxing 5 days I have ever had. Now that I think about it, I do not think I stepped foot in there during cocktail hours. I have not seen cucumber water, or a fruit selection during the day like I saw on Independence, on any other ship I have sailed since. 😞
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