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TexCruise 01-16-2009 05:56 PM

Well, we head out early in the morning for Ft Lauderdale and will board Independence Sunday. We're really looking forward to this cruise.

Hope all of you have a great weekend and I'll try to check in before we sail

Dave 01-16-2009 06:35 PM


Have a great cruise! Bon voyage and we look forward to a full report from you!

Bill McGarr 01-16-2009 07:26 PM

Wish I was going. This cold weather sucks. Have a great cruise

Dwayne 01-16-2009 08:55 PM

Best wishes for a great cruise! Voyage

Please bring some warm weather back with you.


Sonny V 01-16-2009 10:41 PM

Let me know if I should just stay home or not when you return.

TexCruise 01-18-2009 05:37 AM

Good morning! We had a great evening in FLL as we met with several other of our cruise mates last night for dinner.

We're staying at the Courtyard by Marriott on Seabreeze. Great location on the beach but a little noisy until 3 a.m.

We watched seven ships leave out yesterday and there are at least 5 in port from best I can see from our room this morning.

Have a great one!

TexCruise 01-25-2009 07:10 AM

Well folks....we're back

We had an outstanding cruise. Independence is a beautiful ship. The crew was outstanding!

We used My Time Dining but only ate in the DR twice. They seemed a little dis-organized and overwhelmed at times. Only one person was seating guests but she was also setting up the tables. Bless her heart...she was overworked. Once seated though, everything was great. Be sure to get reservations!


Windjammer was also very good and we enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and the informal time with friends. The staff in there was great.

The weather was very cool. The highest temps we heard was 72-75 degrees.

The only problems we experienced was traffic getting to the ship.....WOW! With six ships in that day it was a little .....crazy. Also, once inside the terminal, it really got backed up due to 2 folks that decided to stay onboard, hide, sleep in or whatever and they could not clear the ship until they got them off. Disembarkation was also a little hectic but, we managed. I'm sure some of these problems are because they are trying to change things up for Oasis...we'll see. These were little things and did not take away from our wonderful cruise.

Dave 01-25-2009 07:24 AM

Welcome back and thanks for the report. I'm glad to hear you had a good time, and you get to do it all over again in 3 weeks!

jack2007 01-25-2009 07:58 AM


Originally posted by TexCruise:
We had an outstanding cruise. Independence is a beautiful ship. The crew was outstanding!
Says it's great that you had such a brilliant cruise.

penny3333 01-26-2009 07:38 AM

Welcome back and Bon Voyage! Glad to hear you had a good cruise in all, sorry the temps weren't too good. May the next one be picture perfect weather!

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