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  1. We sail on Indy on Saturday Canary Cruise from Southampton, its been a long while since we have been on RCI can you help me with a few questions Is there a kettle and tea making facilities in the stateroom. How many formal nights will there be (12 night cruise). How many wear DJ's don't want to look out of place when i wear mine! What complimentary shower gel and shampoo etc is provided What sockets are provided in stateroom. Are most night in dining room casual dress code i assume chinos or smart jeans are ok, and smart polo shirts are ok with no motifs. Is it very easy to swap when on board from early dinning to any time dinning. Do you have to book climbing wall, flow rider and laser game. We have a prepaid drinks package, can you advise how the wine and port works with dinner. How does the coffee and cake work work with the drinks package. On boarding day are there any dinning rooms open for lunch or do we have to use the 'Bun Fight Area'. Do they have late buffet in the casinos like NCL Wheres the best place for a snack late at night like fish and chips or spicy chicken wings like NCL. Can you self disembark on arrival back at Southampton. Do they do a 'Mudslide Cocktail' at the bars. Thanks in advance
  2. I have never sailed on Independence before, can you tell me what kind of shows they put on and do you need reservations for them. On the Allure you needed reservations.
  3. Hi were going on a 3 night cruise on Independence of the seas at the end Aug looked on the app and can't see a showing of Grease, on there does that mean it won't be on those 3 days ? Thanks
  4. Been on both and loved both. Independence is a bit bigger, but not by a huge amount. Independence has Sorrentos as a separate restaurant. Adventure has pizza at Cafe Promenade. Independence has Sky Pad and Laser Tag. Adventure does not (not sure what is coming after dry dock). Independence has Grease. Adventure has standard production shows. Independence has a separate section for the kids slides. Adventure has it on the end of the main pool area. Independence probably felt a bit more crowded. If I am rating them, I would rate Indy a bit higher, but that's mostly because it has Grease and I liked their other production show Once Upon a Time...but I do love both. For DH, the Voyager class due to the perfect size is his favorite class so he would probably vote Adventure.
  5. My question is pertaining to Lift & Switch. We're currently booked for 5 nights on Independence Dec 19. There isn't anything similar yet for Dec 2021 (can only go when school is out). What are the odds that something similar would be added before the August 1 ending of Lift & Switch? We have a NRD and have paid about 50% of the total cost. Thank you for any help/suggestions.
  6. 1. I feel like such an idiot. For whatever reason, I didn't even put Miami in the search. I just put PE since that's where I've usually sailed from. (I live in Hollywood, FL so it's 15 minutes up the road) 2. I just called, got right thru and guess what....the Symphony of the Seas sailing would qualify! This would have been my 3rd time on Independence. It's just the ship that always works with our school schedule. But being on Symphony will be amazing plus it goes to Cocoa Cay. 3. Thank you so very, very much for taking the time to search that and reply. Sometimes I feel nervous posting because the replies aren't always friendly. But for those of us that don't cruise often, you frequent cruisers can be lifelines to us. Thank you so very, very much.
  7. Tipping is such an American thing. It is not customary in many countries. I tip according to the custom of the country I'm in. When on a cruise ship I pay my cruise fare and expect Royal Caribbean to pay its employees. For the amount I am paying I expect consistently good service and if I don't receive it the ship's management shall hear from me. On my first cruise (Vision) I "went with the program" and prepaid gratuities. After that, I did it my way and did not pay any gratuities at all. I did not prepay gratuities. The first day onboard (Rhapsody and Independence) I notified Guest Services I was not going to pay gratuities at all. The desk agent asked why and I said it was not my custom. On my next to last day onboard I called to make sure I had not been charged gratuities. I experienced no change in the level of service from day one to the end of the cruise. I was polite to all employees and I received good service, no different from what I receive in the US when I tip. I'm not trying to change anyone's opinion. It is your money, spend it as you wish. Likewise, it's my money and I'll decide how and when to spend it.
  8. Hi were going on a 3 night on Independence of the seas end August from Southampton just a couple of ? Do they have a kettle? Do they have tea bags , coffee in rooms? What plug sockets do the have is it US ones? Our first time on RC. Thanks
  9. My fiancé and I have decided for our honeymoon for the Independence of the Seas Oceanview Balcony. I am really nervous to book because I want to make sure that room 8564 has sliding balcony doors for the view. I searched and searched online and can’t find the answer. If anyone has stayed in this room and can answer and/or has any insight we would greatly appreciate it!!!! Thank you! 😀
  10. I am sailing this weekend on Independence of the seas to celebrate my dad's 70's birthday with my family of 4 incl 2 small kids, my parents and a brother, total 7 of us. We had cruises with other cruise lines but all first time with RCCL. I have done some research but couldn't find all the answers and would like to get some help. Your comments on any of following will be greatly appreciated! 1. We are staying in suites and just got a message from concierge as a reply of my question, if there are any specific nights that MDR is recommended over specialty restaurants (because my parents are not huge fan of buffet and probably will go either specialty restaurant of MDR for dinners). The concierge recommended MDR on formal nights which is 3, 10 and 13th day. I was wondering if there is any difference in themes or ambiance on each formal nights or is it pretty much the same? Any other nights do you recommend to stay in MDR ? 2. I am trying to arrange celebration dinner in one of the specialty restaurants or on chef's table (I guess it is table in MDR?) Which one would you recommend and do they do birthday cakes or anything for the special occasion? 3. Concierge said that there are reserved seats in the shows for suite and diamond/pinnacle guests and advised to arrive 15mins before the show. Is it usually competitive or easy to get a seat? I wonder how early I should arrive to get a seat safely. I guess it is full ship on this sailing as in the middle of school hols. 4. Concierge confirmed that there are no bed guards available. I am planning to put my 2 kids(4 and 8) in the king bed to share or one each in single beds, but little bit worried about 4 yrs old as I will be sleeping in different room. I have fordable bed guard at home, would it be worth to carry it? Thank you!
  11. Thanks. When DH and I were on Independence a year ago Dec, we had to book a session in the cruise planner, so I wasn't sure if Mariner had done the same since we were on it two years ago. Good point though...with this covid stuff, they may change it to reservations only to control the crowds.
  12. My fiancé and I are looking to book a JS Balcony room for our honeymoon and we have narrowed it down to 2 balconies. I thought we were going with 9638, but I just found that the piano from the suite above may be loud. Any insight on 9638 or 9264 would greatly be appreciated. Also, do all JS Balconies have 2 lounger chairs? thank you, thank you 😀
  13. Hi all, We will be sailing in March on Independence of the Seas in cabin 9640 which is the center hump balcony cabin on the port side. Anyone have any thoughts they can share about this cabin? I think Liberty and Freedom of the Seas are the same class of ship for anyone who has sailed on her sister ships. Thanks!
  14. Hi Everyone I am wondering about the Diamond Lounge. Sailing in April 2020 on Independence and will have just turned Diamond. Is there food ? Drinks ? Open all day ? Thanks for any information or comments. ☀️🌴
  15. Follow along with me, on this, our first trip across the pond. For the next two weeks, plus, we are getting our first exposure to England, Spain, France, and Italy. It it is a good sign when you look out your window, and see your ship waiting for you.
  16. our first 3 cruises we stayed in normal cabins. then we took a 5 day thanksgiving cruise on the independence of the seas ans we had s grand suite. then when we went on the harmony of the seas we stayed in an owners suite. as we moved to different type of cabins we increased our tipping. in 2021 we are going on the symphony of the seas, we are taking a long time friend of my wife, so we went big, we booked a 2 bedroom aqua suite, so our tipping will be way more then “normal”.
  17. Hi, please can anyone tell me what storage there is for the 3rd and 4th person in the lounge ? I can see pictures of the wardrobe and drawers for the master bedroom but I can’t find any details of what storage there is in the lounge area. Just thinking i may have to bring a clothes rail for my kids. On other sailings there has always been a double wardrobe in the lounge but I can’t see anything from the pictures on line. Also so does anyone know of what the benefits are staying in this suite or are they the same as staying in other suites. If if anyone has any pictures I’d really appreciate it. Many thanks
  18. Have not received a refund yet but did call today to inquire. I had refundable deposits on a b2b this summer but I cancelled on March 23, a week before final payment due. I phoned today and did talk with someone fairly quickly. They said that my refund was processed on April 11 but was rejected by my Bank. The refund was now "Stuck". She put me on hold and I was told that the supervisor was going to process the refund right away. I assume they gave the XT personal computer that RCL accounting systems run on a kick or took out the floppy disk and reinserted it ! More concerned about a credit we received last year because of the Independence being moved from Europe to Florida. Initial expiry was July 31st this year for it to be used. We used on our cancelled trips this summer. The credit is still valid but we have to sail by Dec. 31st this year. I think its unlikely we will cruise again this year (wife is a teacher) as summer is best time.
  19. We have done a Oasis sailing in the Caribbean and would guess 15% are formal with another 60% of adults dressed nicely. Kids are hit and miss. Totally different in the Med or on a Oasis class TA. Lots of formal wear from Europeans as well as a dozen or more in Kilts. Westbound TA on Allure, Symphony and Independence had a lot of formal dress, Eastbound TA on Oasis very different, same as a Caribbean cruise. One big difference on a Oasis Class TA is they sail with many more older adults and sail with 1500 or so fewer kids.
  20. https://help.royalcaribbean.co.uk/hc/en-gb/sections/360004499552-Independence-of-the-Seas-2020-changes-to-sailings I've just spotted this on one of the UK TA sites and have found this on the RCL UK site. Looks like only Anthem will be sailing from Southampton next year. Sorry if it's already been posted but couldn't see anything on here.
  21. True, they even redeployed Independence from Europe just to serve CocoCay due to the increased demand
  22. I think I may have misunderstood the CWC policy and made an error. I always book refundable deposits, but only non refundable was available for a sailing on the Mariner on August 17. I thought I had nothing to lose, so I booked this for only nine days after we would return from the August 3 Independence IF it sails. I would hate to miss the Indy (in part because it was comped), but in the event that the next cancellation date is after August 3 but before August 17, we would still have a cruise. If the Indy sails, I intended to move the deposit from the Mariner to a 2021 cruise. Now, rereading the CWC policy, it looks like I would have to move that deposit before final payment date of June 3. Is that correct? We have joked about being so desperate for a cruise that we would go on both cruises if the opportunity arose, but it looks like that would really be the best choice if I did misunderstand about non refundable deposits.
  23. Quick question. We’re sailing at the end of Nov and wonder if anyone knows what time the hot tubs close in the Solarium (if they close at all) ? We know they definitely close down the pools at a certain time but not sure about the hot tubs. Thank you!
  24. Hi all We’ve been on the Independence of the Seas now for 6 days of a 14 night Western Mediterranean cruise. I thought that I would offer my impression of the cruise so far. We have cruised RCCL and Celebrity many time before but unfortunately, due to illness, we have not been able to cruise for the last three years. Ok, so embarkation was a breeze. I was concerned about this because we had about 70kg of medical supplies as well as luggage to get onto the ship. After much liaising with RCCL Special Services we were met outside the terminal in Southampton by a porter who unloaded the luggage from the car and took it straight to our stateroom. The time was 10.10am. I then parked the car and went to check in. I had completed our set sail passes online and had expedited check in which was a breeze. A quick scan of the Royal app on our phones, a few questions and straight through security and into the lounge to wait for boarding to commence. By 10.35am we were in the Schooner Bar. Well done to all involved for such a smooth boarding process. After a quick drink in Schooner we went to Guest Relations to ask if we could make sure our medical supplies had arrived in the room. Usually you can’t go to the stateroom until 1pm but they allowed us to go early to check everything. All had been delivered so now time to relax and enjoy the next 14 nights and days. Neither Tracy or myself are big drinkers but the drink package was included in our cruise fare, I won’t say it was free because we all know that you get nothing for free. The first evening of the cruise was crowded. Two things stood out, after the late seating dinner had finished you could not get a seat in any of the bars, and there was a distinct lack of bar servers. This may be because there is the impression that the Brits will go to the bar if they want a drink, which I suppose is not wrong, but if you are trying to encourage people to go to the bar for there drinks it might be a good idea to remove the seating from around the bar so people can get to it. Personally, I prefer to be served my drink when I am on a cruise so maybe I’m not a ‘typical Brit’. The other thing that we discovered was that our stateroom was directly over the Pub!!!! This is by no means a criticism of Royal Caribbean, I should have done my research first. Let’s just say that if you don’t anticipate being out until around 12.30am then try to avoid the rooms over the Pub. The second day was the first sea day and as the ship was crossing the Bay of Biscay it wasn’t really outside pool/Sunbathing weather. Everyone was inside. Once again the bars were full and finding a seat was difficult. Not only that but there was a distinct lack of drink menus in any of the bars. There are now drinks men’s on most tables but the bar servers are still missing. Perhaps they abandoned ship before the started its season in Southampton knowing what some Brits are like with tipping!!! We’re going to dinner now, I’ll update tomorrow. Any questions? Ask away.
  25. If I understand correctly, the work done on Mariner and Independence preceded the full "amplification" that has been inflicted on, e.g., Navigator that resulted in removal of the excellent fitness center and locker room facilities and replacement of these with a small, poorly designed fitness center (low ceilings, and other complaints I've read on CC) with no actual locker room facilities, let alone steam/sauna facilities. Explorer, like some of the sister ships, lost part of the fitness center and had the inside whirlpool removed in a reconfiguration, but the nice locker rooms with free steam/sauna facilities remained at that point.
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