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Independence of the Seas, Royal Caribbean

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Ship Stats and Features
Maximum Capacity: 3634
Year Entered Service: 02/05/2008
Beam (Ship Width): 184 ft
Draught(Ship Depth): 28 ft
Length: 1112 ft
Tonnage: 158000
Crew: 1360
Cruising Speed: 22 kts
Number of Decks: 28
Number of Lifts: 16
Number of Pools: 3
Number of restaurants: 5
Formal nights: Yes
Adult Only: No
Kids Club: Yes

Homeporting in Southampton, a cruise onboard Independence of the Seas is both an exciting and convenient way to experience the Mediterranean and Canaries without flying.

Independence of the Seas, one of the most popular Royal Caribbean ships, is a vessel packed to the brim with spectacular features — a true masterpiece. She 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. 

After her multi-million dollar refurbishment, Independence of the Seas gained an array of upgrades and new features. Among her additions was a brand new outdoor movie screen, giving guests the opportunity to enjoy movies under the stars with special seating and popcorn. The popular Oasis-class Cupcake Cupboard was added, bringing the 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 were all upgraded, and now boast floor to ceiling windows allowing a bright, light environment and wonderful views. Staterooms were also enhanced, and there are now Panoramic Staterooms which enable guests to have a fantastic view of the surrounding seas in their own room.

With cruises to the Mediterranean, Canaries and the Caribbean, you can chase the sun on this incredible ship all year round.  

Cuisine and Dining on Independence of the Seas

The 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. Or, another popular venue is Izumi, an innovative Asian-inspired restaurant serving truly special cuisine such as octopus, sashimi, and shrimp wonton soup.

Entertainment on Independence of the Seas

From the majestic 1350 seat theatre to the 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 onboard this ship to suit your taste.

The theatre showcases a variety of Broadway-style productions, including hit music 'Grease', and you can even find the occasional bit of cabaret onboard. Why not take part in one of the fantastic wine tasting events that are hosted in Vintages Wine Bar? For an evening of sophistication, head for Champagne Bar for live music to accompany your nightcap. If you fancy a flutter, check out the ship's casino, or merely relax on deck and take in the sunshine.

You can enjoy as much or as little entertainment as suits your mood while sailing onboard Independence of the Seas.

Spa & Fitness on Independence of the Seas

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 youself 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 in? 

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.

Recreation on Independence of the Seas

The Independence of the Seas is unprecedented in terms of the facilities she offers. Innovative but at the same time filled with traditional cruise ship benefits. 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, trampolining on the top deck, and a sports court which can play host to many activities such as dodgeball and football.

Another fantastic option for families is the escape room - test yourself and work together to solve all the clues! 

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. Whatever your mood, you can rest assured there is always something to do onboard Independence of the Seas — of course, you can also sit back and do sweet nothing at all.

Customer Reviews

We arrived on board the ship , went to our cabin, & found it wasn't cleaned properly,very dusty ,crumbs in drawers & h...read more
6 out of 66 out of 66 out of 66 out of 66 out of 66 out of 6 - Mrs Susan Mitchell
Our first ever cruise & not our last , sailed 3/6/17 booked again for following year on same ship , from stepping off coach...read more
6 out of 66 out of 66 out of 66 out of 66 out of 66 out of 6 - Juliefreeth

Average Customer Review:   5.15094339622642 out of 65.15094339622642 out of 65.15094339622642 out of 65.15094339622642 out of 65.15094339622642 out of 65.15094339622642 out of 6  (159 Independence of the Seas Reviews)

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