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  1. 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!
  2. Hello fellow cruisers. As seen in my signature, we are about annual cruisers usually on Royal Caribbean. We typically sail on Oasis class ships. We have sailed Oasis once, Allure twice and Harmony once including Star Class last year which was very nice. We are tentatively booked on Symphony of the Seas on March 30, 2019 out of Miami. Sailing with me are my wife, 16 year old son and 16 year old exchange student from Barcelona. Airfare from Detroit to Miami, Fort Lauderdale or West Palm Beach is insanely expensive and it is making me look at other cruises. One alternative is Harmony of the Seas on March 29th for 9 nights which is cheaper by about $500 per person compared to 7 nights on Symphony. Airfare is maybe slightly cheaper but still crazy high. Another alternative is the renovated Independence of the Seas for 5 nights. Really cheap. Similar airfare. I am now looking at the Anthem of the Seas from New Jersey on March 30, 2019. Prices are great. Airfare is half of flying to Florida. I don't like the itinerary of Port Canaveral and the Bahamas but I don't care too much for the Caribbean islands either since we have been to most already and we would likely not get off the ship at some of the ports. So that leaves us with the Anthem and if we will like it compared to the Oasis class ships that we love. We have loved the entertainment, water shows, slides for kids, ice shows, etc. I worry a little about east coast weather. Also weather sailing down the Atlantic. For those that have faced a similar dilemma and/or have sailed the Anthem and an Oasis class ship and would share their experiences, I would be so grateful. Thank you in advance.
  3. Anyone know the cruise terminal number that independence uses at port Everglades?
  4. Is the Independence scheduled to be in port this early 3:37am Monday November 26?
  5. Heard that you need tickets for the ice skating show on Independence. How does it work? Where do you get tickets? Is it first come first served for selecting your show? It's a big ship so hope we don't have to spend hour(s) in line to get tickets.
  6. Hi all we have an inside booked for a mini cruise on independence. We're thinking of switching to prom view deck 8. I was in a promenade deck 8 on adventure years ago and never noticed noise from the promenade, I'm more bother d of you hear noise from the connecting door/cabin! They only have interconnected cabins left, anybody been in one of these? Thanks!
  7. Has anyone done the Chef's Table on Independence of the Seas? Where do they have it on the ship? Anything else you could tell me would be appreciated. I've done it on the Oasis, where it was done on the upper level of the Concierge Lounge and on the Harmony where they held it in a partitioned room off of the Solarium Bistro. While the location on the Oasis made for a very nice evening where you could hear what the Chef's was saying, the Harmony of the Seas experience was much different. It was loud and not everyone could hear the Chef. I've signed up on the Independence but don't know where they do it. Thanks in advance!!
  8. Hi Fellow cruisers: Can anyone advise on Grand Suites on the Indy. 1. Are Breakfast & lunch offered in specialty restaurants? 2. Is there a special suite lunch provided? 3. When should we expect and E mail from the Conceige? 4. Do they still have the dvd players in the console? Thanks in advance for any comments. Bob
  9. Its not been working since Saturday and is still showing the view of Port Everglades from mid afternoon?
  10. Hi cruisers! For those of you who don't know me - I'm Chris from Liverpool, and I work in the duty free shops onboard Independence Of The Seas! I'll be joining the ship on December 1st to start my new contract, and I'll be on the ship for at least 6 months! That means 5 months in the Caribbean, and 1 month in Europe! Let me know if any of you guys will be cruising on the ship, and do say hello if you see me in the shops. We should get a photo together! I plan to post content everyday on my social medias throughout this contract - so make sure to follow my ship life and see everything I get up to, both on and off the ship! I want to give you guys a true insight into what living/working on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship is really like. My Instagram is 'ChrisWongVlogs' and my Facebook page is also 'ChrisWongVlogs' Also, ask me any cruise related questions, and I will do my best to find the answers for you when I am onboard. I can't wait to meet some of you guys!
  11. Can anyone confirm if the Independence still has the baby splash area where chi,drew in swim diapers can go? Looks like they underwent a refurb last year and the water area was changed. Thank you!
  12. Bit of a specific question I'm afraid! My other half and I are planning our honeymoon for late September/early to mid-October 2019, and we'd love to include a cruise as part of it. I realise we may have left it a bit late, but does anyone have tips on the best way to book room 6305 on Royal Caribbean's Liberty, Freedom or Independence of the Seas? We've got a bit of a couples 'thing' with cows, so the Ben and Jerry Sweet would be perfect to incorporate into our honeymoon if we can. I've heard it's a promenade view interior room when searching through room availability - can anyone confirm? Is the best way to just manually search through all of the sailings from these three ships for these dates, or would anyone recommend a specific way/ travel agent to use to check for availability? We don't mind too much where the sailing is/for how long, it's just the room would be a perfect fit. Thank you!
  13. I cannot seem to find the board/forum just of Indepence of the Seas' postings. Where would I find it now? Also does anyone know which nights are the formal nights on the Indy?
  14. We will be sailing on the Independence in less than 40 days. We are considering a dining package. I have read so many different reports about the ultimate dining packages. We are taking the trip in celebration of our 20th anniversary, completing my master's degree, and a high school graduation. There are 4 of us, 2 children (ages 17 and 12.) We have sailed many times and many ships/brands (RCCL, Costa, Disney, Carnival. We want this to be special and we are foodies. Can anyone one answer a few questions to help me plan? Can we use the ultimate dining package to attend the Galley Brunch? Cupcake Decorating Class? If not, can I purchase 5-night dining package and these two be included? Is Johnny Rockets included in the Ultimate Dining Package? Does this include milkshakes? When adding a dining package online, do I reserve a spot for our 12-year-old or wait until we board? I have read different posts about this. The fine print says something about paying for the dining package and then they apply the overage as OBC. Since the boat is just coming back to Ft. Lauderdale, does anyone have the 5 night daily itineraries? How am I suppose to plan meals if I am not sure about showtimes? Are showtimes always at the same time? Is there a formal night on a 5-night cruise? Is lobster served on 5-night cruises? Crazy question, does the hibachi at Izumi serve white sauce or yum yum sauce? Our ports of call are Labadee and Falmouth. I would love any recommendations for these 2 ports. Thanks in advance for any info.
  15. Hello, We are taking out two teenagers on a cruise for spring break- the week before Easter in April. I am looking at 4 day on Mariner or 5 day on Independence. The ships seem pretty comparable to me, however, I have read several times that Independence seems more crowded. During a busy spring break week I am sure both ships will be full of kids. Do you think we would be better off on Mariner? Or will it be so crowded it won't even matter? Independence has the advantage of one more night but I'd trade that if the experience on Mariner would be better.
  16. We will be cruising Thanksgiving and need to know the best place to park and the cost per day. Also what are the menus for this four day cruise? Thank you for any information that you can give us. It's really appreciated.
  17. Can anyone advise if Grands were refurbished at last drydock in the spring? Bob & Nancy The Villages , Florida
  18. HI cruisers: Can anyone advise the my time deck on Indy. Have they moved to Deck three or on deck 5? Thanks in Advance
  19. Hi. I have looked but unable to find this info..... I have a break in my schedule that allows for a quick trip in January. I was looking at Independence OTS. There is a 5 night sailing on Jan 12 and then a 6 night on Jan 25. There is nothing between those 2 dates. I also could not find a Meet/Mingle Roll call which implies there is no sailing? That time frame and ship would be ideal for me so I am just curious why nothing listed. maybe a charter or something else? Thanks for any info. Looks like I might book Brilliance. thanks.
  20. I though I’d add here of my experience of my recent cruise onboard the new renovated Independence of the Seas between the 2-16th June. I’ll start off by saying it was the sixth cruise with RCI, once onboard the Voyager and the fifth on the Indy. Each time I’ve been I’d recommend RCI to everyone, but not anymore the Independence I’m afraid, the refurbishment with the additional rooms which brings another 500 passengers onboard to 4150 is just too much. So many places were overcrowded, most people are aware what mayhem the Windjammer is at peak times, but the whole ship seemed like that this cruise. One problem is the main dining rooms, with the additional tables added it’s difficult to manoeuvre between the chairs and tables, something a lot of waiting staff were telling passengers. The usual problem with sun beds was just made more problematic on sunny days, and on a day at sea when it was windy and overcast (sailing between Madeira and La Coruña) with everyone being inside queuing for a speciality coffee took 40 minutes. We also found the main dining room experience slightly tarnished as the wait between courses was some days up to 30 mins, I don’t think the waiters can deal with the additional tables when it’s full. One place we never see anywhere near busy was Fish n Ships, infact I only saw a few people eating there. I can’t see that staying to be honest, when you take into account how much a simple fish and chip dinner costs. Additional problems on board we encountered were a galley brunch we had ordered before cruising on the last day was changed to two days earlier, not a problem you’d think. Trouble being our stateroom attendant put the notification in our room the evening AFTER the event. A refund was issued and a complimentary Chops Grille was given, but we’d missed the brunch which we had done before on previous cruises and enjoyed. The last problem onboard I found was our main dining room waiter, a week into the cruise he mentioned the guest satisfaction survey we’d receive after our cruise and how vital it was to him that we scored him well. Now, I don’t mind him telling us that once, but that evening he spent each course asking if he’d score a 10 from us which slightly annoyed me. The following evening and the one thereafter was the same, with him even telling my daughter to make sure we give him a 10 score, that was enough for me and we only dined again there on the last formal night, he really did sour the whole evening experiences for us. I will add the other waiter was an absolute pleasure to know, polite, funny and a credit to RCI. Now on to the plus points. The new additions, the water slides, laser tag and skypad are superb. Great fun for us all and really do add to the cruise, we spent many hours enjoying these activities. The escape room was also a great hour spent, I’d never done one before and really enjoyed it and got to make some new friends while playing it. Managed to escape with 9 minutes left. We also dined at Izumi, and what a superb night that was. Atmosphere, food and the whole experience was one of the best, chef Elvis was a pleasure to meet, definitely worth the additional cost for the meal. We also tried Johnny Rockets, a good time with some nice food, although the additional cost doesn’t seem warranted in my opinion. The tours we did with RCI were handles well and ran very well as usual, booked four but one trip was cancelled which was disappointing, other days at port we did our thing which we find more enjoyable. If you ever go to Madeira go on a catamaran dolphin and whale watching, a three trip and a reasonable price and a fantastic experience seeing turtles, whales and dolphins up close. It was the highlight of the cruise, as was Lanzarote, albeit an exhausting one, hired bicycles just outside the port and followed the path 8 miles to the next town. Beautiful weather and scenery, and stopped for a lovely lunch by the beach and tried out the jet skis, another great experience. Overall we had a great holiday again with RCI, but it’s the first time I've finished a cruise and not wanted to go back immediately, certainly not on the Independence. I’ll have to overcome my fear of flying and cruise on another ship, or consider the Navigator which sails from Southampton, I’d love to see Norway some time. I’ve waffled on far too long now, so if you’ve got this far thank you for reading. Take care and happy cruising to you all.
  21. i see where they changed the Labyrinth dance club to Izumi. That sounds great and can't wait to try it but does anyone know where you can go now late night to dance on board?? We cruise with a bunch of kids aged 21 -25 who loved hanging out there every night ..... now they are wondering where they are going to be going to go dancing late each night??!! :D Has anyone been on the Indy since it has been refurbished and has any ideas??
  22. Hi fellow cruisers. We are in a grand suite on Independence for jan. 25th and this will be our 70th cruise but our first in a Grand. We are sailing Oasis next week and Nov. 25th and have always booked a mini but since it is our 49th anniversary and a great price decided to try the Grand in Jan. Can anyone advise on the pre procedure from the suite concierge. Read that they will contact you in advance. will we be able to book bogo reservations for specialty in advance? Thanks in advance for any info you can share. Bob & Nancy, The villages, florida
  23. My parents may sail with us over Spring Break on the Independence and we don't gamble so I never pay any attention to casinos! They go to Las Vegas 1-2 times/year and mostly just play blackjack (dad) and slots (mom). I'm assuming they'll find what they want here? Any tips for them?
  24. I have just booked a Grand Suite for a girls trip in February. I know one of the perks is breakfast in a specialty restaurant...is this complimentary? Are all specialty restaurants complimentary when in a suite? Is there anything else that is recommended to take advantage of while in a suite? Thank you!
  25. Just upgraded to a Junior Suite on IOS for $250 more than the balcony I had booked. Which I consider a win. My question is about the three JSs on deck eleven. I believe there are also two interior state rooms and a panoramic ocean view. I just want to know if the cabins are extremely noisy because of their proximity to the pool deck. I enjoy a good party but I also enjoy an afternoon nap. Thanks for your input. Happy cruising.
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