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  1. Yes they put inside cabins there on deck 10 on Freedom and Independence and made a SL in the VCL on the opposite side to the DL.
  2. They are changing the Concierge name to Suite Lounge on all new builds and on the amps on Independence and Freedom etc. I like to call in for a coffee or 2 during the day as my coffee is a Cappuccino with a double espresso added when I make my own so a good reason I like to call in to either DL or CL Coffee in the Windjammer and Cafe Promenade is not very nice.
  3. 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.
  4. How many formal nights do the 5 night Western Caribbean Independence of the Seas sailing have for the February 3, 2020 sailing? Do they serve lobster on the formal night? This is my first 5 night cruise, as I have always sailed 7+ on Royal. Thanks
  5. I didn't see this topic posted, so apologize if this is a duplicate. I received an email this morning letting me know that the cruise I'm booked on has now been chartered. We were on the January 16th sailing to Grand Cayman and Coco Cay out of Fort Lauderdale. They did give me options, but nothing with Coco Cay, which is why we booked that one in the first place. Still, we chose one of the options that was price protected and will stop in Grand Cayman and Cozumel instead. Bummer, but we had such a deal and not a lot of flexibility on dates, and Cozumel is fun. I did a quick search and here's what the charter is. http://www.capitaljazz.com/supercruise/2021/
  6. In October when we were on Explorer CL was on Deck 9. DL was on Deck 14 in the VCL. The amp hasn't happened because of covid19. When Independence had her amp the DL stayed where it was in the VCL with an outside seating area and the SL was at the left side of the VCL where Izumi on Explorer is currently.
  7. Yeah, so the only replacement to my 7 night Independence of the Seas cruise (Coco Cay, St Thomas and St Martin) is a 5 night cruise on the Mariner (Labadee and Bahamas). Per RCI. What a joke. That's definitely not an even exchange. The fair exchange would have been 7 nights on the Oasis at the same exact time a year from now, same itinerary and length of the cruise as Indy. But no, all they can do is 5 nights on the Mariner, NOT the same itinerary and it costs less right now than the Indy cruise. I knew it was too good to be true - I am actually losing money on this cruise.
  8. The Barricade Boys on Independence last year were great.
  9. I'm trying to plan a trip and can't find a deck plan that includes locations of these staff rooms - I know how frustrating it can be to be awakened at 3am to discover the staff doing loads of bedding across from your room. Is there any site that shows this detail?? All I can find is an occasional break, shown as a white space, between cabins but there can't possibly be THAT many laundry rooms per deck. thanks!
  10. We are just the opposite, wife and I are both in late 60's. After a dozen or so cruises on Monarch through Independence we are hooked on Oasis class. One Caribbean and 3 transatlantic crossings. We just had our Nov TA on Allure cancelled and did the L&S to Harmony TA 2021.Only smaller ship we will book in the future will be Ovation sailing Alaska. To each their own.. happy cruising. PS Richard Fein says cruising will resume at 70% capacity when sailing starts.
  11. Rock the Boat on the Anthem in 2015 and The Royal Swedes on the Independence in 2017 and Spectrum in 2019 have been my favourites 😊😊 Ah good times.
  12. Just booked Independence of the Seas for mid April. We have been loyal to royal for many years but have never done a back to back and we are wondering what is involved. We will stay in the same cabin so we will not have to switch cabins or worry about moving luggage. Thanks in advance for any info!
  13. Just got notification that our cruise has been cancelled due to a 'charter', whatever that means. We are going Oct 17 instead, same itinerary. Has anyone else had this happen, and what exactly does it mean? Thanks.
  14. 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!
  15. Think the only thing that seems to be a bit off is the Gibraltar ones, independence has been on there for the next few years (including 2021) and there hasn’t been a second ship out of Southampton
  16. Is ice skating still available on independence of the seas?
  17. I am looking at the Deck plans for the Indy and do not see Cafe Promenade. Is it gone? If so, is there somewhere else on board to get specialty coffees and somewhere for light snacks other than Sorrento's late night? Thank you.
  18. Just a few questions: 1. Can you purchase a drink package while on the ship? 2. What is the average charge for an alcoholic beverage.. i.e. beer, Martini, etc.? If anyone has a list of these, it would be appreciated. 3. The All inclusive Dinner package they offer for $95.: does it included all the restaurants and eating establishments on the ship? 4. Can you still take a bottle of wine per person in your carryon? 5. Since the re-fitting of this ship, do the showers have a door? Any help would be appreciated.....
  19. I am going on my 40th birthday cruise in March and I wanted to ask if Izumi was worth the price. I have been on 4 previous cruises but never to Izumi, but love the Hibachi experience. On Independence, do they have the hibachi or just the flat rock experience and do you think it is worth the price? $45/pp out of the gate plus extra for sushi purchases? Any help/prior experiences would be appreciated. Thanks!!
  20. I cruised from Norfolk with around 4000 other sailors on a mega ship, the USS Independence, and 400 men on the USS Belknap many years ago. Baltimore was 2 hrs. south for us, Norfolk is 5 hrs. I would fly to Florida before I drive that distance. It might be OK for folks in Virginia and southern states.
  21. Hello! I was recently on the Independence of the Seas and I stayed in room 6528 which was a spacious balcony room. Honestly, I could only slightly tell the difference between the spacious and the regular balcony room. I posted a YouTube video of a room tour. Feel free to check it out if you’d like!
  22. Question for anyone who has sailed on Independence since she recently moved back from the UK. Does the menu in the MDR still reflect the British fare offered for UK sailings? If so, can you give a review? My husband is a fairly picky eater (he had radiation and chemo that affected his taste and ability to swallow), so we are considering the unlimited dining package for our sailing this Saturday. Thanks!
  23. Are there two formal nights on the Independence of the Seas during a five night cruise? Thank You.
  24. I realize they are different classes, but curious how similar (or different) are these two ships?
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