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  1. DW and I have cruised twice, both times on Anthem in the past 18 months. We're sailing on Independence of the Seas in February 2019 and I have a few questions: Our set-sail time on both of the Anthem cruises was 3:00 pm, and the cabins were ready by 1:00. Our cruise on Independence has a set-sail time of 4:30 pm. Does this mean the cabins won't be ready until 2:30, or will they be ready earlier? Will the Royal IQ app work on Independence? Is there a charge for the Escape room? Thank you in advance to anyone who can provide any answers.
  2. Updated 8/10/19 --- My hope is to put update this thread every few days or at least once week. To do that, I need cruisers (or others that somehow have 'insider information') to let me know who they come across on sailings. HAPPY CRUISING! What Activity Manager have you come across? Post the name, ship and sailing date to help keep this thread as accurate as possible. ****Adventure OTS – Kelly Leuch, her first assignment as AM. She was GREAT said a cruiser on board with her….how terrific! ****Allure OTS – It has been mentioned to me that Moe was reassigned to Allure instead of going to Coco Cay. Assata Young-Mayers was expected to be taking over on July 14. Looking for a cruiser to confirm who is onboard. ****Anthem OTS – Tresha Robb has posted that she is onboard. I am trying to find out more on this. ****Brilliance OTS – TT has been reported as onboard on the completed sailing 4/20/19 and still onboard for the May 4 – 19 transatlantic sailing. No information on when he started to guess how long he might be onboard. ****Empress OTS – Tanya was on board, as per a cruiser in June. Probably took over from Eric Lopez. ****Enchantment OTS – Saini has been onboard, but could be completing a contract and departing the ship. Who is currently onboard? ****Explorer OTS – Katie (unknown last name, but not to be confused with Katie Turner) took over on June 26 and she is expected to be onboard until the end of October. ****Freedom OTS – Bern has been identified as currently on board. No information on contract timeline. ****Grandeur OTS – Mike Thompson took over from Katrina Blair on 6/13. She is returning to Grandeur on 8/13 after her vacation. *****Harmony – Chris Turdo should have taken over from Mosese on July 28. ****Independence OTS – Katie Turner took over in June for 2 months of vacation coverage. However Alison Hasler has resigned from Royal and I am looking for what is happening currently on Indy. Has Katie Turner remained on board? Has someone else taken over? *****Jewel OTS – Luana from Brazil returned to Jewel in mid May. As of the 7/14 sailing she was still on board. Probably a 4 month contract through sometime in Sept. *****Liberty OTS – Kim is now on Liberty, unsure of start date… ****Majesty OTS – Who has taken over from Mauricio Diaz who departed the ship on 6/15 for vacation. WHO is currently onboard? I have asked Mauricio if he is going to return to MJ when he returns from vacation. *****Mariner OTS – Gemma has taken over from Alex Paul late July for a 4 month contract. *****Navigator OTS – Looking to find out who is onboard now? *****Oasis OTS – Nick is onboard and probably took over mid March. ***** Ovation – Angelle took over on 5/13 and she should be on a regular contract length, so onboard until mid Sept. Aysy should be taking over at that time. *****Quantum – Who is currently onboard. *****Radiance OTS – Sophie is currently onboard on the 7/30 sailing as reported to me, by the CD on the ship, Mark Rous. **** Rhapsody OTS – Who is onboard NOW? **** Serenade OTS – Elizabeth Hackett was on the March 25th sailing. She may have arrived n mid February, and could be on a 4 month contract until June. I do know she is still onboard of 5/30. **** Spectrum OTS – Chinese young lady named Raphael (unsure of spelling). **** Symphony OTS – Hannah has joined the ship late June. Hannah will be on the ship until Sept 21, when Flavio Maeda takes over when he returns from his vacation. ***** Vision OTS – Palo has been identified as onboard, unsure when his contract began. *****Voyager OTS – Kitty has been onboard since May 3, 2019. We don’t know if it is a 2 or 4 month contract.
  3. On our last cruise a 3 night on Independence I used our D+ BOGO and got a 50% discount for the third night and paid a total of $96 in Giovanni's for 2 of us. The service was excellent so I gave $30 in tips.
  4. Hi we're going on a 3 night cruise the end of August sailing from Southampton to bridges and France, taking grandson whose 17 would he be allowed a alcohol drink in the restaurants? What drinks can we take on to the ship? Like wine, beer soft drinks. Anyone know any prices of onboard drinks, glass wine, coke/pepsi , pint larger? Thanks
  5. We stayed in the sweet on Independence. It's an amazing value if you are ok with a Promenade room (which we like). I have a few pictures and a review in my link here if interested:
  6. Hi, we were able to get one of the forward balconies on our upcoming transatlantic sailing on the independence of the seas. I know the cabin might be a bit more rocky, but we wanted it for the forward and sideways view on the ocean. Since there is no longer the noise problem with the fitness area above, we felt lucky to get 1230 Now I have some questions that previous cruisers in these cabins will be able to answer: - can the bridge crew look right into the balcony from their outside bridge stand? - is there a way to fix a hammock on the railing around the balcony? - is the balcony smaller or lager or the same as the balconies on deck 10? Any picture or opinion of the cabin / balcony would greatly be appreciated. Thank you for your help
  7. I have been searching for answers to a few questions that are turning up either no answer or conflicting answers. Can anyone who has been on independence recently tell me: 1) Are there ice skates for toddlers? (My girls wear toddler size 6. They are just turning 3 years old. So, pretty tiny feet.) I’ve heard mixed reports on this. 2) If two people want to do the Observatorium (escape room), will we be forced to share the time with other groups, or are we able to reserve the room for just the two of us? (I assume this depends on demand, but i was surprised I couldn’t find a discussion on this anywhere.) 3) I’ve only been on smaller ships, never one of this size. I hear they don’t rock and sway as much. My husband gets motion sickness and my girls have shown signs of it too. Should we bring Dramamine or sea bands or is that unnecessary on indy? Thanks in advance!
  8. What are the operating hours of the basketball court? My 11 year old & I get up pretty early in the morning, as early as 5am, and would like to take advantage of the courts early to avoid crowds.
  9. If anyone is interested, I'll post a review of this cruise. Only because I had a lot of the questions I'm answering here and searched in vain for these topics prior to the cruise. I realize most of the people on this blog cruise all the time and are well-versed in RCCL - but I assume newcomers could benefit from the info. These are my personal opinions of this cruise only so please take it as such - I understand some may differ. Background: Experienced cruiser on different lines but not constantly. Have cruised RCCL 3 times in the last 4 years. Embarkation Southampton: Extremely fast and smooth, one of the easiest ports ever. Total time maybe 10 minutes. Ditto on Disembarkation (we carry off our own luggage). There's a nice little kiosk outside that sells breakfast sandwiches, crisps and drinks. If you are commuting from London, I highly recommend Silver Fleet transfers. They may be a bit more expensive but the personal service is well worth it. Pick up at your hotel, constant communication and super easy online booking and payment. Bay of Biscay: We had 2 sea days to get down to the Western Med from Southampton and I naively thought they would be warm pool days, especially in August. I was wrong. The passage through this part of the Atlantic is blustery, rainy, windy and sometimes even cold. The waters can be a bit rocky (but nothing requiring dramamine). You can maybe get one afternoon of sun. Perhaps this was unique weather but I don't think so. Not a big deal, and if you live in the British Isles you have no choice, but I might not have chosen this itinerary (coming from the U.S.) had I known. Once in the Med, however, everything was sunny, calm and hot. And wonderful. Shipboard Entertainment: The ice shows were nothing short of spectacular. I can't even believe a cruise line has this kind of talent. They were really phenomenal. On Independence, you can't reserve seats on the Cruise Planner ahead of the cruise. You have to stand in line on the first day (first thing in the morning) to get free tickets - which is not well publicized. I'm on vacation - so no way I'm getting up at the crack of dawn on the first day to stand in line, even if I'd known about it (which I didn't). We were kinda worried, but we appeared at show times and had no trouble getting in and getting good seats after the ticket-holders were let in. Grease was also really, really great (no tickets required for this one) and very professional. The rest of the shows were mediocre at best. The lounge bands were ok. Pulse was the best and liveliest with a varied repertoire. Vibes had a great lead singer but they looked half asleep most of the time. Refurbishment: The best refurb was the addition of the giant sports bar next to the casino. Lots of big screen TVs, open seating, bar food, games, etc. A very good change to all those old-fashioned lounge bars. We don't do flow rider, rock climbing or slides - but I thought the addition of a virtual reality trampoline ball that can hold only 3 to 4 at a time was a waste. What a long wait for so few at a time. Adding a lot of new inside cabins just compounded the crowding problem (more on that later). Adding hand-washing stations before the Windjammer was very good - they are fast and easy. A couple of RCCl staff near the stations sing and joke and play with the kids and remind you to wash (great idea). Coming Next (if you want): Food, ports of call and more
  10. Dear Lovetravel114, I sailed 14-night, 29 June 2019 Independence sailing in 9708, a 2 bed GS on deck 9. The following photos are from that sailing. It is very different from 6416 and 6716 in the video. I think may be a result of those cabins origins as the 4 bedroom Presidential suite which was then convert into 2, 2-bedroom suites. The decor and presentation of the suite in the video is definitely a step up from the current 9708 even though the cabins are the same grade. Even the entry door into the cabin in the video which seems to be same as the one used for the Royal Suite is different. I know some may not agree, but having sailed in other suites on other lines (Celebrity, Cunard, NCL) since our first sailing on Independence in 2009 in a standard GS, this one left us underwhelmed although the amount of space we had, was very nice for the 4 of us and we did enjoy our holiday. You will find that the crew do respond quickly if you have any issues so don't hesitate to tell them or the concierge. The food and champagne shown in the video was not offered on our sailing although we did get the bottle of Evian. The cans of coke in the inside bedroom was because we are reciprocal Diamonds due to Elite status with Celebrity and you get a boarding gift. We did get some postage stamp sized nibbles on about 3 occasions which I think coincide with formal night With both cabins, you will have plenty of room for your family and I would suggest that you ask them to open the partition between the balconies so you can all use it as it was originally intended with the bar and the Jacuzzi. Word of caution. Although 9708 comes with 2 "fridges" they are not fridges but cool boxes and do not maintain temperature so a glass of orange I placed in one, went "off" in a couple of days, so check if any fridges in your cabins are real fridges or not. Tips for your family. Pool Towels Sorry if you know this already. Don't check out the blue pool towels on the pool deck which are logged against your seapass and if you don't return them they will charge you $25 each at the end of the cruise. Instead, in the Suite Lounge there are pool towels next to the concierge desk. Get all the towels you want and you don't need to check them out. I dropped them off at the towel desk, but also left them behind and got new ones the next day. I also kept some in the cabin for use on the balcony. Suite Lounge There are food servings throughout the day but especially the lunch time spread is handy. It is the only place I found were we could help yourself to strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. Also bananas are there which only seemed to be available in the morning in Windjammer. Even though we had the deluxe beverage package, I would go the the coffee machine in the lounge because I found the coffee preferable to that available at the Promenade Cafe. Again in the evening. Most but not all evenings, we would go for cocktails. "Captain" Kirk will hopefully be on duty and is a star. He makes some serious nightly 'medicine', I can attest to the power of them to get you off to sleep. If you are brave ask him to make you the Devil's Eye or AMF, you won't forget the experience if you finish them. We mainly gave him free rein to surprise us each evening and he never disapponted us. Sorry we forgot to take photos of the seating area in the cabin. Master Bedroom Master bathroom 2nd Bedroom - inside, no windows, for 4 occupants with 2 Pullman beds Shower Room Balcony It was wet every morning I think from the window washing of the Windjammer. The rattan furniture is comfortable. Balcony - decking needs pressure washing
  11. Ben & Jerry "Sweet" is only Liberty, Freedom, and Independence. It is room 6305.
  12. Updated 8/8/19 --- My hope is to put update this thread every few days or at least once week. To do that, I need cruisers (or others that somehow have 'insider information') to let me know who they come across on sailings. HAPPY CRUISING! What Activity Manager have you come across? Post the name, ship and sailing date to help keep this thread as accurate as possible. ****Adventure OTS – Kelly Leuch, her first assignment as AM. She was GREAT said a cruiser on board with her….how terrific! ****Allure OTS – It has been mentioned to me that Moe was reassigned to Allure instead of going to Coco Cay. Assata Young-Mayers was expected to be taking over on July 14. Looking for a cruiser to confirm who is onboard. ****Anthem OTS – Tresha Robb has posted that she is onboard. I am trying to find out more on this. ****Brilliance OTS – TT has been reported as onboard on the completed sailing 4/20/19 and still onboard for the May 4 – 19 transatlantic sailing. No information on when he started to guess how long he might be onboard. ****Empress OTS – Tanya was on board, as per a cruiser in June. Probably took over from Eric Lopez. ****Enchantment OTS – Saini has been onboard, but could be completing a contract and departing the ship. Who is currently onboard? ****Explorer OTS – Katie (unknown last name, but not to be confused with Katie Turner) took over on June 26 and she is expected to be onboard until the end of October. ****Freedom OTS – Bern has been identified as currently on board. No information on contract timeline. ****Grandeur OTS – Mike Thompson took over from Katrina Blair on 6/13. She is returning to Grandeur on 8/13 after her vacation. *****Harmony – Chris Turdo should have taken over from Mosese on July 28. ****Independence OTS – Katie Turner has taken over to cover Allison Hasler’s vacation in June. Alison Hasler is expected to return in August. *****Jewel OTS – Luana from Brazil returned to Jewel in mid May. As of the 7/14 sailing she was still on board. Probably a 4 month contract through sometime in Sept. *****Liberty OTS – Kim is now on Liberty, unsure of start date… ****Majesty OTS – Who has taken over from Mauricio Diaz who departed the ship on 6/15 for vacation. WHO is currently onboard? I have asked Mauricio if he is going to return to MJ when he returns from vacation. *****Mariner OTS – Gemma has taken over from Alex Paul late July for a 4 month contract. *****Navigator OTS – Looking to find out who is onboard now? *****Oasis OTS – Nick is onboard and probably took over mid March. ***** Ovation – Angelle took over on 5/13 and she should be on a regular contract length, so onboard until mid Sept. Aysy should be taking over at that time. *****Quantum – Who is currently onboard. *****Radiance OTS – Sophie is currently onboard on the 7/30 sailing as reported to me, by the CD on the ship, Mark Rous. **** Rhapsody OTS – Who is onboard NOW? **** Serenade OTS – Elizabeth Hackett was on the March 25th sailing. She may have arrived n mid February, and could be on a 4 month contract until June. I do know she is still onboard of 5/30. **** Spectrum OTS – Chinese young lady named Raphael (unsure of spelling). **** Symphony OTS – Hannah has joined the ship late June. Hannah will be on the ship until Sept 21, when Flavio Maeda takes over when he returns from his vacation. ***** Vision OTS – Palo has been identified as onboard, unsure when his contract began. *****Voyager OTS – Kitty has been onboard since May 3, 2019. We don’t know if it is a 2 or 4 month contract.
  13. We will be in 9640 on Independence in March. Thank you for this video and review of the room!
  14. Thanks for all your replies we have been on Arcadia Azure and Aurora do find them a bit lacking in sea days unless your into dancing, quizzes Saying that we have only done short cruises 1 x 3( soon be 2x 3) and 2 x 7 night ones . Do like the chilled out feeling and the britishness, . I know my grandchildren will love Independence of the seas, was planning on deciding after this cruise which to book for next year but Independence is not an option now ( one of our group will not fly) I am I bit surprised p o don't have more for kids to do out of the kids clubs I would want to spend time with my kids
  15. Had a bad sea day weather wise on Independence a few years ago and they opened the main show venue for movies. Who doesn't like drinking umbrella cocktails while watching movies? It was nice and the movie wasn't too bad either (it was a current one as well.)
  16. Can anyone tell me when they have the laser tag court open on the 4 day western caribbean? I looked in old cruise compasses, but couldn't find out. Thanks!
  17. I know breakfast is available from Room Service, the MDR, and the Windjammer. Are there any other venues on Independence to get breakfast? Thanks.
  18. Updated 8/7/19 --- My hope is to put update this thread every few days or at least once week. To do that, I need cruisers (or others that somehow have 'insider information') to let me know who they come across on sailings. HAPPY CRUISING! What Activity Manager have you come across? Post the name, ship and sailing date to help keep this thread as accurate as possible. ****Adventure OTS – Kelly Leuch, her first assignment as AM. She was GREAT said a cruiser on board with her….how terrific! ****Allure OTS – It has been mentioned to me that Moe was reassigned to Allure instead of going to Coco Cay. Assata Young-Mayers was expected to be taking over on July 14. Looking for a cruiser to confirm who is onboard. ****Anthem OTS – Tresha Robb has posted that she is onboard. I am trying to find out more on this. ****Brilliance OTS – TT has been reported as onboard on the completed sailing 4/20/19 and still onboard for the May 4 – 19 transatlantic sailing. No information on when he started to guess how long he might be onboard. ****Empress OTS –Eric Lopez onboard…unsure of when his contract completes. ****Enchantment OTS – Saini has been onboard, but could be completing a contract and departing the ship. Who is currently onboard? Gemma Frances will report to EN after the completion of her vacation at the end of July. ****Explorer OTS – Katie (unknown last name, but not to be confused with Katie Turner) took over on June 26 and she is expected to be onboard until the end of October. ****Freedom OTS – Jerry Kubli is currently onboard. No timeline for contract period. ****Grandeur OTS – Mike Thompson took over from Katrina Blair on 6/13. She is returning to Grandeur on 8/13 after her vacation. *****Harmony – Chris Turdo should have taken over from Mosese on July 28. ****Independence OTS – Katie Turner has taken over to cover Allison Hasler’s vacation in June. Alison Hasler is expected to return in August. *****Jewel OTS – Luana from Brazil returned to Jewel in mid May. As of the 7/14 sailing she was still on board. Probably a 4 month contract through sometime in Sept. *****Liberty OTS – Kim is now on Liberty, unsure of start date… ****Majesty OTS – Who has taken over from Mauricio Diaz who departed the ship on 6/15 for vacation. WHO is currently onboard? I have asked Mauricio if he is going to return to MJ when he returns from vacation. *****Mariner OTS – Gemma has taken over from Alex Paul late July for a 4 month contract. *****Navigator OTS – Looking to find out who is onboard now? *****Oasis OTS – Nick is onboard and probably took over mid March. ***** Ovation – Angelle took over on 5/13 and she should be on a regular contract length, so onboard until mid Sept. Aysy should be taking over at that time. *****Quantum – Who is currently onboard. *****Radiance OTS – Sophie is currently onboard on the 7/30 sailing as reported to me, by the CD on the ship, Mark Rous. **** Rhapsody OTS – Who is onboard NOW? **** Serenade OTS – Elizabeth Hackett was on the March 25th sailing. She may have arrived n mid February, and could be on a 4 month contract until June. I do know she is still onboard of 5/30. **** Spectrum OTS – Chinese young lady named Raphael (unsure of spelling). **** Symphony OTS – Hannah has joined the ship late June. Hannah will be on the ship until Sept 21, when Flavio Maeda takes over when he returns from his vacation. ***** Vision OTS – Palo has been identified as onboard, unsure when his contract began. *****Voyager OTS – Kitty has been onboard since May 3, 2019. We don’t know if it is a 2 or 4 month contract.
  19. Hi all! Just curious - what sorts of things can be found at the Windjammer for dinner? For example, I sailed on the Harmony last year - at dinner time there was a pasta station, mongolian station, etc. Anything like that?
  20. Got off of Independence of the Seas yesterday – 5 nights western Caribbean (Cozumel & Costa Maya) Feb. 4 – Feb. 9, 2019. Please feel free to ask any questions. Background: Just 2 of us – my DW and myself, mid-50s from Connecticut. This was our third cruise, all on RCI. Our first 2 cruises were both on Anthem of the Seas (5 nights to Bermuda in Sept. 2017 and 7 nights to Port Canaveral / Nassau in Oct./Nov. 2018). We chose this cruise as a relatively quick escape in warmer climates and on a different ship. We flew to Fort Lauderdale the day before and stayed at the Courtyard Marriott. We took an Uber from the airport to the hotel (I didn’t feel like waiting for the hotel’s shuttle), and took the free hotel shuttle to the port the morning of the cruise. Embarkation: We arrived at the port around 11:30 and were quickly checked in (it helps to be a gold member). Boarding started at noon and we boarded at 12:30 (again, it helps to have gold status) and it was right up to one of the pool-side bars. Cabins were ready at 1:30. The previous cruise was the annual 70000 Tons of Metal cruise, so it took the crew a little longer to get everything ready (and I think they were a little worn out, but they still did a great job all cruise). Cabin: Balcony cabin on deck 9 aft/port. Cabin was fine – in fact it seemed slightly larger than what we’ve had on Anthem (both the cabin and balcony). Only 2 power outlets to charge things which we made do with, but Anthem is much better with additional outlets plus USB ports. Our steward Lennox was terrific and made the best towel animal we’ve seen – DW called it Oscar the orangutan – he was hanging from a hanger with was hanging on the half curtain in front of the bed. Dining & Bars: We had breakfast every day in the Windjammer which was fine – the usual for RCI. Consistency seemed to be a problem. First morning I got an eggs florentine which was ice cold. The remaining mornings I made my own version of eggs benedict by grabbing a toasted muffin or bagel and putting my own fried eggs on – all of which was hot and delicious. The scrambled eggs were delicious as well. One morning my orange juice (they pour it for you, unlike Anthem which was self-serve) was hot – I think they poured it into a glass that had just come out of the dishwasher. From then on it was ice-water every morning. We didn’t typically have lunch, but did have a few mid-day snacks of pizza at Sorrento’s. The pizza was decent – better than on Anthem (full disclaimer – I grew up eating Sally’s & Pepe’s in New Haven, so my standards for pizza are pretty high). We had dinner 4 of the 5 nights in the main dining room using My Time dining (7:30 each night). Because we booked these nights/times in advance, we had the same table and wait staff, and they were terrific (waiter Ionut and assistant waiter Yehven). Ionut would take the time each night to engage in some small conversation and made us feel very welcome, and both remembered our names after the first night. Overall the food was quite good and got better each night. All of the appetizers and desserts were excellent and the entrees were pretty decent except the first night when my prime rib was rubbery and drowned in a thick, brown gravy and DW’s strip steak was overcooked and seasoned very poorly (one end was extremely salty and the other end had no salt). We both had the spaghetti bolognese (on different nights) and it was excellent. The one night we didn’t eat in the MDR we ate at Chops. We had eaten at Chops on Anthem and had a terrific meal, so we thought we’d try it on Indy. It was just as good if not better. The waitress was great (I can’t remember her name, just that she’s Russian). And all of the food was excellent, including the steaks (we both had filets) being prepared perfectly. Clearly RCI knows what they’re doing with their steakhouse. We had the deluxe drink package and probably broke even. All of the bars were terrific and we never had to wait for service. The Olive Twist on deck 14 is a hidden gem. We had pre-dinner drinks there almost every night and there were only a few people there. It’s got a great view. Sadly the bartender there didn’t know how to mix drinks – I had the worst whiskey sour and worst gin & tonic I’ve ever had at this bar. All other bars and drinks were good, including the drinks of the day. Activities & Shows: We didn’t do too many of the activities. We would have done the escape room, but not for $20 per person (on Anthem there was no charge for the escape room – I didn’t understand why there was a charge on Indy). We did play 9 holes of mini-golf which was fun (my guess is the mini-golf course was installed during last year’s rehab as it was in excellent shape and seemed new). The water slides looked like great fun – always a small line but it never seemed like a long wait and everyone came out with a big smile on their face. We saw Grease and it was excellent (almost as good as We Will Rock You on Anthem). We also saw the ice-skating show which was amazing – Olympic and national champions from around the world doing amazing things on a very small rink (about a quarter the size of a hockey rink). Cruise director Daniel and the activities director (I can’t remember her name either, just that she’s from Scotland) were great. We saw them at the Love & Marriage show, belly-flop competition, lip-sync competition, and Quest game show and all were a lot of fun, thanks in large part to them. Ports: This was our first time in Mexico. We didn’t do any excursions. For both ports, we just walked around. In Cozumel we walked the immediate area off the ship, and then headed down to Sting Ray beach. I’d read other reviews that said to watch out for all of the shop keepers who get right in your face to sell you something and those reviews were dead on. In Costa Maya we just walked around the immediate port area with all of the shops and stuff. We did see the swim-with-dolphins attraction which was great – everyone looked to be having an amazing time. We also went into the aviary which was great fun. They give you a little plastic cup with bird seed and sunflower seeds to feed the birds, and the birds are not shy about landing on you and eating. It was very neat. And when in Mexico… we had a Mexican beer at the Mexican cantina just to say we did it. Disembarkation: As usual with RCI, this was easy. We stayed in our cabin on the balcony until we had to vacate at 8:30. We were scheduled to disembark at 9:45, but walked off at 9:15. Luggage was waiting for us, and clearing customs took only a couple of minutes – we were in a taxi heading to the airport by 9:30.
  21. I'm going to taking a cruise in March 2019 on the Independence of the Seas. I wanted to know if anyone has any information on the ship and if it as a steam room or sauna in the spa. Also, I will be staying in cabin 1688. It is on the deck 10 in AFT port side. Any additional insight on the room would also be appreciated. Thanx Trepidatiously_Cruising
  22. Thanks, you obviously know this is the anniversary of Hiroshima, and maybe that its Jamaican Independence Day. But I was born in 1962, so Jamaica and I share the actual year. Also, I was born the day after Marilyn Monroe died.
  23. So since we are sailing on the Independence, how about a little Independence Day fireworks. This video is one I took on June 30th, in a little town in Western Pennsylvania. The grand finale was sponsored by a company with a Royal Caribbean connection. Can anyone guess what it is?
  24. How early can you drop off your bags at the port? I'll be sailing on the independence in Nov and we land around 8am so will probably be at the port around 8-9am. Thanks.
  25. Hi everyone! So we boarded Indy yesterday with The Key but I didnt get to post til now. We stayed at Hilton Garden Inn at Airport/cruiseport. They provide a free shuttle from Ft. Lauderdale airport and they picked us up within 15 minutes. The ride to the hotel was about 15 minutes and we enjoyed the pool and breakfast while we waited for our room. They have a shuttle to the cruise port but its $10 per person and they pack a ton of people on board. We opted for a $12 Uber and split the cost. Typically I like to get to the ship by 11:30 but we ran late. We got out of our uber at 11:55 and followed signs for The Key which directed us to the Suite, Diamond, etc line. It was far shorter than the other line. We whisked right through the line and through bag check. We then went to get our seapass cards and were thrilled that there was a bypass line just for The Key and no one else was in it. We went directly to a window and got paper boarding passes. We were told they would have our seapass cards on our door with Key information. From there we walked directly on the ship with our bags. As soon as we entered the inside doors of deck 4 there was a sign for The Key luggage drop off. We gave him our bags and they took them directly to our cabin. From there we went up to Chops. We were seated immediately. It was about half full, plenty of space and service remained wonderful. It was a limited menu but very good. From the time we arrived to enjoying a glass of wine at Chops only 31 minutes had lapsed. The Key has been great so far!
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