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Ed Grieser

Age: 17

Occupation:Student

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Independence Of The Seas

Sailing Date: 04-4-2009

Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean

This was my family's first cruise and it was a great start to our cruising experience. We flew in the night before to Ft. Lauderdale to avoid the hectic rush the day of departure that we heard of from our friends at home, which really helped. We took the complimentary shuttle to the Everglades Port and checked in. The check in for the cruise seemed to go smoother than most airports I've been in. We boarded the ship and were amazed. We bought the Coca-Cola package within our first 2 minutes of being on the ship. The coke package was definitely worth it. The whole week went absolutely flawless. And departing the ship at the end went smoothly. The whole crew had everything planned and were very organized.

The food was amazing. Sorrentos was the best pizza and they had very good side dishes that made for a good midnight snack. The windjammer had something for everyone. And the dining room food was better than I expected. Our waiter would bring us and extra dish just becuase! The desserts were very good, too.

We had an exterior state room on deck 2. We had the nicest stateroom attendant. She was always checking in and willing to get us anything we needed. The room itself was very comfortable. Nice flat panel TV, desk and sofa. The bathroom was small but you can't expect a huge hotel size bathroom on a cruise. There was a good amount of closet space and a safe to put your valuables in. I strongly recommend using the safe to put your cell phone in (since you wont be using it) and other things. Even though you're on a ship, things can still go "missing" (or stolen).

The activities onboard were endless. There were definitely too many to fit in. The shows at center stage were very nice and the ice show was well put together. At the time of our cruise, Graham Seymore was our Cruise Director and was he funny! The various shows he put on during the week were great! The sports area is fully equipped with a basketball court, rock wall and flowrider. There was always something to do, and always nothing to do. You can do as little or as much as you want. So if your looking to relax, relax. Don't ware yourself out! It's vacation!

A good, inexpensive way to enjoy the port of call that you're at, is to just jump in a taxi and go to a local beach. If you go to the excursions desk on the Promenade they will be more than glad to tell you the best beaches.




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