We traveled on the Freedom of the Seas in Jan 2010. We would like to take an 8 day cruise on the Independence this January. I am not finding any reviews of the ship sailing in the Caribbean. Has any one been on both ships and if so, how do they compare??
As Queen of Diamonds has already said, these two ships are basically identical. They are both in the Freedom-class of ship and only a few minor differences can be found between the three. For the most part, if you read reviews on one, it's pretty much the same for all. The only difference would be caused by the crew, which changes on a regular basis. So you could actually go on the same ship twice and get two entirely different experiences because the crew changed. Keep in mind that opinions are like bellybuttons - everyone has one! But what one person loves, another will hate - and people are more than apt to write something negative before they write something positive - just the nature of the beast.
We've been on 10 RCCL cruises (if my memory serves me right) and for the most part 8 of them have been pretty much the same experience with 2 of them resulting in a slightly less than expected experience (the ship was in need of refurbishment and it showed - plus the crew wasn't up to par).
So one person could write a great review one month and you could go on the same ship the next month and have a completely opposite experience.
As for a lack of review about the Independence, as was stated, up until this year, it's been Europe, so not a great deal of Americans have sailed on her. I think you'll see this change over the next 6 months.
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Thank you all very much. I was just getting the pre paying jitters. I know that people have posted a difference between Allure and Oasis so I was just worried there would be a big difference between Freedom and Independence. We loved Freedom, but we also loved the Radiance(twice) and the Explorer. Thanks for your calm advice Pete!!!
DW and I have been on the Freedom twice and will be on the Independence in December for an 8 day cruise. We are looking forward to this cruise because it the first time on this ship. As stated before, what one person dislikes another will like. We like cruising and we are looking forward to an awesome experience.