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Review: Independence of the Seas

Cruise - Ocean Cruise

Too big for us

  • By SilverTraveller Trish_7

    1 review

  • September 2017
  • Your husband, wife or partner
  • Special occasion
  • Balcony
  • Southampton

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Not having had a holiday for seventeen years we booked a cruise to Rome, Pisa, Florence, Gibraltar, Lisbon, Malaga and Provence this year. However, this turned out to be good and not so good.

Our cabin, the food, service, trips, etc were amazing, but we felt the boat was much too large, with so many people, and it was always noisy. Didn’t know that when we booked. So we used to go on the top deck and find sunbeds, where it tended to be a little quieter. We had to pay quite a lot to use phone/internet access.

Although we received an information sheet of activities each morning, it turned out to be the same every day with hardly any variations.

I had a bad fall in the gym and still have bruised knees, which a few days later was followed by a water infection with me on tablets from the ship’s dr.

A couple of nights they had a special group on, but by the time we’d finished dinner it was fully seated and we were turned away.

When we went on the Rome trip a lunch was included, but the next day Michael had the runs.

However, to crown it all, on leaving, we decided to take our own luggage off the boat which meant we could leave at 5.30am and get a good start through any traffic on the way home, BUT when we reached the car park our battery was flat so we had to call the RAC and it cost us £94 for a new one, and gave us a delayed start.

So it was certainly memorable, and the trips were unforgettable.

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Other Members' Thoughts - 4 Comment(s)

  • SueC
    almost 3 years ago
    I'm sorry you had so many mishaps but thank you for passing on your thoughts on the cruise. I've often wondered if I'd find a big ship overwhelming and noisy and you've confirmed that for me. I hope you'll not be discouraged from travelling again - and that you don't have to wait another seventeen years for your next holiday!
  • HMJ
    almost 3 years ago
    I hate thought of big ships too so I really enjoyed my Variety Cruise with a maximum of 50 people, it was easy to find peace and quiet - https://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/blog/cruise-small-ship-cruising/variety-cruises-antiquity-to-byzantium-part-1

    If you want to experience a little ship within a big ship, the Yacht Club on MSC is good.
  • OldGuysRule
    almost 3 years ago
    Smaller ships are often better. We like the Thomson ones, smaller and friendly, but older ships.
  • Flowerpowerlife
    almost 3 years ago
    We too have tried this ship and found that we preferred the more intimate cruise ships - Celebrity is still our favorite, with Cunard a close second.