Review: Independence of the Seas
Cruise - Ocean Cruise
Cruising with a scooter.
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We didn't get Delhi belly once and this is a first for me as I'm very vulnerable and always come down with an iffy tummy sometime during my breaks, this never happened and I was delighted. The hand gel was stringently handed out at the Windjammer and even on some occasions at the King Lear, which I thought was strange, but didn't complain about it because it was obviously working. I did think I'd played an own goal as every time I sat on the balcony or looked out I felt queasy, thankfully it didn't last lol. Once the rocking had stopped I forgot about it and felt great. I do believe I have my sea legs now! Now on to the food…. The food was NOT disgusting as some reviews I've read have stated, not by a long chalk. But neither was it Michelin star either. I was disappointed to see the day before beef used the next day as a curry. OK it's what you do at home I suppose but not what I want to see on my vacation. Also the pastry topping on pies was pre formed cut little squares, again a cut back and it shows. The steak was ok, it was tender but a weird texture, it wasn't like steak fresh off a grill it seemed like it was in a bag steak? I don't know for sure but there was something odd about it but it wasn't unpleasant. Just not what I was expecting. Other than that the food was nice and fresh and plenty of it. The desserts were the usual hotel catering mousses and cakes and pies, edible and fine but only one got my vote and that was the coffee cream pie… delicious. The only one none of us liked was the banana crumble, it was done in a sickly sweet raspberry (like an ice cream sauce topping) and was beyond sweet. Anyway too much food and fruit but no complaints really. We also tried room service a few times and after a half hour wait it was always delivered with a smile.
There was a self serve coffee and tea station by the pools that was free, I saw a juice station but don't know if that was free as I never used it. It seemed mad to pay for any drinks especially as the Windjammer was right by the pools and you could go in and get drinks all the time, so long as you covered up the beach wear and were not dripping wet. I found all the staff were very helpful to me as I can't have ice in my drinks and can't have them too cold so it was never a problem for them to pour me out a fresh drink without ice. The water from the tap in the cabin needs ice in it if you like a cold drink, but for me it was a perfect temperature but I suspect it will be too warmish for you. Although we didn't have any ice in our cabin I think your steward can get it for you.
It was also cheaper to have cola/soda than bottled water from the mini bar. We like our tea and coffee so we took milk from the breakfast buffet and put it in the mini bar for ourselves, if we ran short we would just order it on room service.
Well the ships compass tells me that Bobby Crush is on tonight in the theatre… so we won't be going then! LOL! We went to the ice show and it was good. I have seen better but they were still good, it beats watching corrie and er Bobby Crush….
Right we've talked about the food and the swimming pools now to tackle the crew I found all the crew to be absolutely fantastic, they were there to offer help even before you knew you needed it. I cannot fault them. We had some mini bar issues and it was sorted without any quibble, then one day my DD was given a freshly squeezed orange juice drink in the Windjammer and didn't realise that she would be charged for it so we told Guest Relations that we thought it was not very good to trick people in to buying the drink and that it should be made clear that it is a chargeable item BEFORE handing it to someone. They agreed and she was reimbursed, she is too nice to complain and wouldn't have ever said anything and that's probably what they were banking on…. lots of people not saying anything. Shame I was on the ship then wasn't it….. But to be fair to them it was taken off and no argument.
Got to make a special mention about Jerome from Mauritius, seeings as if I go over and knock on his door he's told me I will be welcomed and get rum lol. He was a star in the Windjammer. Next up is Wilmer from Colombia and Rodney from the Philippines, who likes to sing so if you find him in the King Lear serving get him to sing. Wilmer is 34 but he only looks 20 so whatever he takes I want some! He told us that he has two months off soon to go home and that he hates the long haul flight back home, he has to travel from London to Miami and then on from Miami to Colombia. It is interesting to talk to the staff and find out about their cultures. They really all were lovely what more can I say.
Well we got gussied up this time for the Formal Night and had no odd looks, I know people like to dress up on holiday and that's good, I don't knock them for it but equally I wouldn't knock those who choose not to dress up either. Some of the ladies looked stunning, one woman had bright orangey red hair with two blonde streaks at the front and it looked sensational, others bathed in their perfume it seemed…. less is more is my motto. Also the black and white night was good, to see how the people dressed for that. I didn't know about it but others obviously old hands at this knew about it.
DD whizzed about on her scooter and found parts of the ship that probably shouldn't have been found! DF was thankful though because he never managed to get himself orientated at all… which is a bit of a worry, him being ex RAF and all lol…. and was in the war…. Anyway he got his granddaughter to take him to certain bars and then come and fetch him after a couple of hours so he could find his way back lol. One time he did have to ask someone if the ship was swaying or was it him lol. (He's 90 so we cut him some slack lol) Oh and by the way, he never once used that scooter I hired for him. Lots of people were staggered that he is 90 as he does only look about 70, when asked how he did it his reply was "Plenty of brandy and no smoking" So there you are!
One evening he got chatted up by an Australian woman, very pleasant she was, she is 81 and doesn't look it either. He had to give her his phone number and address and she also wanted his cabin number! Anyway they met up a couple more times lol. He got lots of ribbing for being 90 and pulling a bird.
DD went in to the casino and kept winning money, she laughs and says she has no idea how she did it lol. But that it hardly cost her anything, at least she is smart enough to walk away when she's winning.
Next we'll talk about the ports we did.
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