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  1. 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?
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  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. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. Hi! Did a search but no luck. Are there USB ports on Indy in cabins?
  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. Does anyone have a cruise compass for this ship for the 4 day to Cozumel out of Fort Lauderdale? Please and thank you!
  10. We are first time cruisers, and we'll be on Independence this April. My daughter will be 17, but her friend traveling with us will be 18. She really wants to check out the teen area, but we're not sure if they'll let her friend in. Any idea on how this might work out? Thanks!
  11. I know breakfast is available from Room Service, the MDR, and the Windjammer. Are there any other venues on Independence to get breakfast? Thanks.
  12. HI I have a few questions about the package. Can I visit the same restaurant twice and I was wondering if "IZUMI HIBACHI EXPERIENCE" is also included in a 3 night package? Thank you
  13. Hi, Currently on the Independence of the Seas and need to stay connected to the kids and work (unfortunately). Here is my experience so far: Paid for one connection but am sharing it with 5 devices (iPhone, MacBook, Samsung Tab, S9, and Windows laptop). I can return the TP-Link AC750 Wireless Wi-Fi Travel Router (TL-WR902AC) to Amazon. VPNs are blocked overall (NordVPN, mine of choice) in fact any web pages that mention VPN are blocked also Even when using "obfuscated mode" to circumvent blocking they still blocked NordVPN Using another VPN from a well-known network is working fine ( I can mention the name if needed after we get off the boat) Windows 10 hotspot does work well except it likes to timeout when no clients are connected It seems there is no way to disable the timeout only to lengthen it Verizon wifi calling is terrible with the S9 even with changing the network settings to prefer wifi it still wanted to use cellular putting the phone in airplane mode and then turning on wifi gave me the dreaded "Unable to make calls in Airplane mode. To allow calls, Airplane mode will be turned off." a reboot of the phone and turning off and on the wifi (on the phone) enabled it to be able to make calls even with wifi on some calls don't go through and I have reboot the S9 again like I'm using Windows 3.1 - iPhone wifi calling is also terrible in this setup Lastly the call quality was like before Sprint made the pin drop in 87 (horrible) with intermittent dropouts, i.e. people not hearing me. This is with both the Verizon S9 and the AT&T iPhone. Next test is to try Whatsapp and Viber to see if they can do any better in this setup. My connection speeds are 2M down/ 1.25M up consistently. (I am toying with the idea of purchasing a second connection to get 4M down) This post is to help people like me that need to be able to work on the cruise and harass their landlubber kids but want to save the Wifi charges for the suite charge or drink package instead. Ask me anything!
  14. I have an upcoming 4-night cruise on Independence of the Seas. I was looking around in Royal's app, and saw that the MDR menus are posted. It lists lobster tail on the menu for Night 4, though it also lists 5 nights of menus for this 4 night cruise. Can anyone confirm if lobster tail is actually served in the MDR on a 4-night Indy itinerary (out of FL, not the UK)? Or is this just another case of RCI not having accurate info on their online tools? Thanks in advance!
  15. Is the Independence delayed leaving Fort Lauderdale today the 17th? Just drove past it at like 6:30 pm.
  16. Am going on RC Independence of the Seas in July to the med. I thought we'd have to choose between early or late dining slots but on the website I appear to be able to book specific times for each day. How can I find out what times the shows will start? We'd like to eat earlier on those days but probably later on days where there isn't any evening entertainment that we fancy.
  17. Sailing in April anyone have a copy of the papers?
  18. We will be sailing the IOS in less than two weeks and have a question. Are Diamond lounge guests permitted to take glasses of wine from the lounge to the dining room? We sailed the Anthem OTS last month and we were allowed to do so on that ship. (On the Anthem, we boarded the sailing with our permitted two bottles of wine carried from home and ended up taking the same bottles back home with us at the end of the cruise due to the "wine to dinner" rules practiced on the Anthem. Our Independence carry-on luggage will be a bit less heavy if the IOTS rules are the same as the AOTS!!)) Thanks in advance to someone who can answer our question.
  19. We're going on Independence of the seas in August from Southampton who do you use for car car parking only 3 nights not sure with terminal. With PO have used CPS but they don't do RC. We're looking at staying in Premier inn Southampton Quay the night before so didn't want to have to travel to park the car any recommendations please Thanks
  20. Looking to book interior cabins on Independence of the seas any pictures are showing a sofa in the rooms but it doesn't say they have a sofa were looking at grades 3V and 4V on deck 7. For 2 people and the 4 persons which shows Pullman beds. Any video I see shows a sofa Thanks
  21. Has anyone any experience of an ocean view cabin on deck 2 that is also a connecting cabin?
  22. Does anyone who has sailed the Independence of the Seas know where the muster station is for deck 10 Aft? My SetSail Pass has my muster drill station as D30. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance
  23. Have attached two 5 day Compasses. One from Nov. and one from Dec. 10th. Bob Independence of the Seas 5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise Compass - December 10, 2018 | Royal Caribbean Blog.webloc Independence of the Seas 5-night Western Caribbean Cruise Compass - November 17, 2018.webloc
  24. We just returned and I wanted to weigh in on a couple of things that I scoured these boards for before I went. * It was NOT too crowded. There were a lot of people but this ship is huge and laid out really well. Never had trouble getting a chair at the pool - maybe not exactly poolside, though that was possible into the 10am hour - but tons of chairs on the deck above overlooking the pool. We were able to easily get into every show we wanted to see by showing up 15 minutes before. Once the show started, latecomers were sometimes without a seat. Even the Quest - which people waited in line for over 30 minutes to get into the venue for - had seats left in it when the game started. * No problems getting drinks even though we had the drink package. Bars had enough bartenders and I never waited long for a server in the venues. The most time consuming thing is how many buttons the bartender has to push to make a "sale" on their register. I counted 9 different taps on the screen that had to be made for each drink I ordered. The good thing is that since my last trip a few years ago there were no receipts printed out to sign. This made things go faster though it also made it more difficult to add an extra gratuity if you wanted. * Playmakers Sports Bar is really cool. Fun "cheap" tip - there are a few arcade games that you can pay to play but also a lonely foosball machine that was free to play. My young adult kids got a kick out of playing it. * The VOOM internet worked really well. There were 6 of us. I got a three device plan and we just took turns logging off and on. Tip: you have to actually log out by entering something like "logout.com" in your browser. Then someone else can use the code they give you to log on with their device. If I had to do it over, I would just get it for everyone because our texting worked with it. I don't understand these things but we were all on airplane mode but when logged in could text each other or even people at home. I didn't think that would be possible - I had planned on using Facebook messenger but didn't need to. * I don't like the new way they do the Quest. It was more fun with smaller teams vs. dividing up the venue by section. But I guess they had to rein it in somehow. * The ice skating rink was great both to skate on and to watch the ice show. This show did fill up * Skylab was cool to try but not worth the pain that dang harness causes! * Service and food was very good to excellent. Lobster was available for a charge every night but it was a free entree item on the 4th night. * Sorrentos pizza is great! * I wish RCCL would consider a dedicated comedy club like Carnival. The shows are good enough but we really enjoyed the comedian on the last night (couldn't stay up for the one on the first night) and would have gone every night if is was offered. * We flew in the day of (which I have never done) because of my kids finals schedules. It worked out fine though I did take out $6000 worth of travel insurance for $200 because I was so anxious about possible bad weather in December. I wouldn't do it that way again if I didn't have to but it did work fine....just a tiring day. * Both Labadee and Falmouth were good. Labadee is beautiful though disconcerting because you know there is a different world beyond the RCCL gates. We did a walking tour and had an amazing and knowledge guide that gave us the history of Haiti. We also walked up to Dragon Lookout which I had never read about on here. It was a very beautiful view totally worth the short climb. We did a walking tour in Jamaica too (my son is a history major) and that guide was also knowledgeable. It was more authentic as you got to walk around the actual city and view both the good and the bad of it. Overall, had a blast with my husband and our young adult kids. Didn't feel nickeled and dimed as much this time with the flo rider, rock wall, skylab, skating, watching sports in the sports bar, and of course that rogue foosball table all being free. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
  25. If anybody is interested, I am attaching the 5 night (12/10/18) Independence compasses. It is the Costa Maya, Cozumel itinerary. Indy.pdf
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