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Independence of the Seas

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Independence of the Seas is one of the most popular ships in Royal Caribbean’s awe-inspiring Fleet. Featuring an array of family-friendly activities, from the beloved FlowRider to The Perfect Storm Waterslides and rock climbing wall, there’s something onboard for all ages. Independence of the Seas also offers a tantalising range of restaurants, from Sorrento’s Pizza to the mouth-watering Chops Grille and Izumi; so no matter what you’re craving, you’ll find an eatery for you. Offering fantastic itineraries to the Caribbean and beyond, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable cruise onboard Independence of the Seas.

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Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 2008
Tonnage 154407
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 32
Number Of Decks 14
Number Of Elevators 16
Number Of Pools 3
Number Of Restaurants 14
Formal Nights Yes
Kids Clubs Yes
Maximum Capacity 4375
Crew 1360
Refurbished 2018

Ship Facilities


Independence of the Seas offers an incredible range of dining options, with a choice of menus that will leave you speechless. From the Windjammer Café buffet to the sophisticated à la carte restaurants, every taste will be catered for, and then some.

Families will love Johnny Rockets, an American diner which plates up hamburgers and fries, accompanied with rockin' tunes from the tabletop jukebox. Other options include:

  • Main Restaurant - delight in a wide range of cuisine each night at this main eatery
  • Chop's Grille - indulge in succulent steaks, seafood and more
  • Giovanni's Table - enjoy hearty Italian cuisine at this popular restaurant
  • Izumi - dive into traditional Japanese hibachi and sushi
  • Windjammer Cafe - tantalise your tastebuds with international cuisine throughout the day
  • Sorrento's Pizza - tuck into mouth-watering pizza
  • Fish & Ships - delve into hearty fish and chips

Plus don't forget to head to the ice cream stand for a regular ice cream fix! Choose from a fantastic array of delicious flavours and toppings, perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth.


Aboard Independence of the Seas there’ll never be a dull moment. Whether you’re looking for thrills or to relax and unwind, there’s something onboard for you. The Perfect Storm Waterslides, FlowRider and the rock climbing wall are the ultimate exhilarating activities, whether you’re travelling with your partner, friends or family in tow. Or perhaps you want to take on an escape room. Independence of the Sea’s The Observatorium offers the ultimate puzzle adventure.

There’s also an abundance of entertainment onboard, both in the theatre, where you’ll find shows such as the beloved Grease and throughout the ship, where there are live orchestra performances, guest entertainers and more. At night, there’s even outdoor film nights, if you’re looking for something a little more relaxing. If you’re celebrating an occasion, you can even head for a refreshing glass of bubbly at the Champagne Bar, which is host to live music; the perfect accompaniment! Alternatively, the Vintages Wine Bar is a chic and sophisticated venue where you can sample some of the world’s most delicious grape varieties.


Families are well catered for onboard Independence of the Seas, with a huge variety of family-friendly activities! From the Splashaway Bay waterpark, which boasts a wide range of slides, water cannons and more, to the Sports Court and the Laser Tag: Battle for Planet Z, there’s something for everyone. Kids will also love Adventure Ocean, which offers immersive interactive games and a range of spaces for children aged 6 months to 12 years!

Things to do

Spa and fitness

Independence of the Sea comes packed to the rafters with as many spa facilities as you could wish for. Treat yourself to some TLC and visit the Vitality Fitness Centre & Spa for a host of health and beauty services including revitalising body wraps and invigorating facials. The adult-only solarium is the perfect place for some tranquil peace and quiet. The only question is will you be able to fit all this rest and relaxation into your holiday?

However, if you're feeling guilty about your latest indulgent evening, or simply love to stay active, then head to the state-of-the-art gym, join in one of the many fitness classes on offer or take a jog on the running track.


Innovative, but at the same time filled with traditional cruise ship benefits, Independence of the Seas offers an incredible range of onboard activity options. Enjoy the boutique shopping in the Royal Promenade, with luxury brands including Michael Kors and Ray-Ban, escape to the peace and quiet of the library, or view stunning artworks in the Art Gallery, where regular auctions are held. There are also some brilliant, casual places to spend time - including Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, and Sugar Beach Candy & Ice Cream Store. Whatever your mood, you can rest assured there is always something to do onboard Independence of the Seas, although of course, you can also sit back and do sweet nothing at all.

Read more about what you can do onboard Independence of the Seas on our blog - Top 10 Highlights Onboard Independence of the Seas.

Activities for Couples on Independence of the Seas

Alongside the above activities, there's a variety of activities onboard Anthem of the Seas which are perfect for couples. So if you're on a romantic getaway, you'll have plenty of things to do. Not only can you enjoy a sumptuous treatment for two at the Vitality Spa, but you can indulge in a romantic meal at one of the speciality restaurants onboard, have photos taken to capture your unforgettable cruise in the photography studio or enjoy a tipple in one of the beautiful bars amongst other wonderful activities.

Want to find out about all the incredible suites available, along with information about Royal Caribbean's Royal Genie perk? Check out our blog - Top Royal Caribbean Suites for more information!

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