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Independence of the Seas

Updated and refitted with a tonne of new features in 2018, Independence of the Seas remains one of the most popular Royal Caribbean ships. Independence comes complete with a state of the art Flowrider — a real wave surfing simulator — plus a rock climbing wall, the Royal Promenade, a sports court and an adult-only solarium. She also boasts extensive Wi-Fi capabilities and connectivity for mobile phones as well as flat-screen TVs in every stateroom.

As well as this, passengers will find an outdoor movie screen, giving guests the opportunity to enjoy movies under the stars with special seating and popcorn. Another feature is the popular Oasis-class Cupcake Cupboard, bringing all your favourite tasty treats to the Royal Promenade. The little ones can make the most of a modern nursery, perfect for parents to take some time out with the youngest members of the family. The Vintages bar and other public areas boast floor to ceiling windows allowing a bright, light environment and wonderful views. Staterooms are fresh and modern, and it's possible to stay in a Panoramic Stateroom, which enables guests to have a fantastic view of the surrounding seas in their own room.

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Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 02/05/2008
Tonnage 158000
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 32
Number Of Decks 15
Number Of Elevators 16
Number Of Pools 3
Number Of Restaurants 5
Formal Nights Yes
Kids Clubs Yes
Maximum Capacity 3634
Crew 1360
Refurbished 01/05/2018

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 24-hour snack buffets 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
  • Chop's Grille
  • Giovanni's Table
  • Izumi
  • Windjammer
  • Sorrento's Pizza
  • Fish & Ships

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

From the majestic 1350 seat theatre to trivia at Schooner Bar, there's entertainment on every scale. Also worth checking out is the traditional pub, the Dog and Badger, and the funky karaoke bar 'On Air Club'. From cold beers, to elegant cocktails, there's a lounge aboard this ship to suit your taste.

The cinema screens some fantastic films - both old and new - and the theatre showcases a variety of Broadway-style productions, including hit music 'Grease'. As well as this you, can even find the occasional bit of cabaret onboard.

For an evening of sophistication, head for Champagne Bar for live music to accompany your nightcap, or why not take part in one of the fantastic wine tasting events that are hosted in Vintages Wine Bar? Before you retire to your cabin, and if you fancy a flutter, check out the ship's casino where you might hit the jackpot.

Children won't want to leave the Splash Away Bay water park, which boasts a range of slides, water cannons, a jungle-gym, and the well-loved drench bucket. For older guests, there is a dedicated sports pool, an enlarged outdoor rock climbing wall, full-sized basketball court, the FlowRider surfing simulator, and a sports court which can play host to many activities such as dodgeball and football. You'll also find a Trampoline Bungee Dome in which guests have the option to don a virtual-reality headset, and play in a virtual space world.

Spa and fitness

Being such an impressive vessel, the 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 piece a 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.

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