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Independence of the Seas

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Independence of the Seas arrives at her new home in Southampton, amped up with all new experiences and boasting even more extraordinary features after her amazing, family-focused multi-million pound makeover.

Dubbed ‘the ultimate family ship’, Independence of the Seas has an array of stunning new features to delight kids and adults alike. For the first time ever, guests can hop into the Sky Pad, an out-of-this-world new virtual reality bungee trampoline experience, and splash away their days at interactive aqua park, Splashaway Bay, which is bigger and better than ever before.

The reimagined ship also includes a host of other new features:

  • The Perfect Storm, a duo of racing waterslides called Cyclone and Typhoon.
  • Glow-in-the-dark laser tag, an experience in Studio B unlike any other, where friends and family can team up to play “Battle for Planet Z”.
  • Puzzle Break, a new escape room experience where competitors can put their minds to the test, working together to find hidden clues and solve a series of high-tech riddles to unravel a mystery. With only 60 minutes of play, the excitement builds with each tick of the clock.**
  • Breathtakingly beautiful new lounges and Panoramic Oceanview staterooms adds an extra bit of extraordinary to Independence. With stunning wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling views, guests can soak up the feeling of standing on the bridge of the ship and watching the sunset over the coastline, all from the privacy of their own stateroom.
  • Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, enables sports fans to enjoy all the biggest live sporting events over ice-cold beers, wings, sliders and more.
  • Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, the exotic Asian-inspired dining experience gives guests the chance to enjoy fresh sushi and experience skilled chefs cooking tableside on teppanyaki grills.
  • Fish & Ships, a poolside eatery where guests can grab quintessentially British seaside treats.
  • Sugar Beach candy shop, a wondrous world of delicious delights, along with a few exciting surprises.

The icing on the cake is that all this can now be enjoyed by UK holiday makers with the added convenience of sailing from Southampton.

A real gem in Royal Caribbean International’s fleet of 25 ships, her return will not only add innovation, but also investment to the area, as each ship visit is worth an estimated £2million to the local economy – totalling a whopping £44million a year.

Managing Director, Royal Caribbean International UK and Ireland, Ben Bouldin said “Holiday time is precious, and travellers today have higher expectations and more options than ever before. We don’t just want to meet these expectations, but smash them and redefine how to holiday. From our largest yet hibachi restaurant to a virtual reality bungee trampoline experience, Independence of the Seas is set to be the most spectacular ship sailing out of Southampton this coming season.”

Guests will be welcomed onboard for her first new sailing on 15th May 2018 where she will embark on a two-night cruise to Paris from Southampton. Guests can dabble in modern art at the fabulous Musée d’Orsay, explore the Normandy coast, visit glorious Versailles or take in iconic sights such as the Paris Opera, Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower.

Following her inaugural sailing, Independence of the Seas will call at destinations across Europe and the Mediterranean until November 2018.

Independence spans 15 decks, encompasses 154,407 gross registered tons, carries 3,858 guests at double occupancy and features 1,929 staterooms.

**Surcharge applies to Escape Room: The Observatorium

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Suites & Deluxe Suites

The ultimate in luxury! Most offer multiple rooms and balconies and some even offer extras like a baby grand piano.

Available in:

  • Presidential Family Suite
  • Owner’s Suite
  • Royal Suite
  • Royal Family Suite
  • Grand Suite
  • Junior Suite
  • Accessible Suite

All staterooms convert to Royal King bed configuration and have private bath, vanity area, closed-circuit, flat-panel television and phone, electric mini-bar, hair dryers and individually controlled air-conditioning. The Bedding program includes new bed frames, mattresses, sheets, pillows and duvets, for guests added comfort.

Guests staying in Suites will also benefit from a full breakfast, lunch and dinner room service, complimentary Concierge service, priority check-in and priority departure, as well as complimentary luggage valet service.

Balcony Staterooms

Open your private balcony door and breathe in the sea air and fabulous views. Plus with a Balcony Stateroom you get the first exciting look at each new port of call.

Available in:

  • Superior Ocean View
  • Deluxe Ocean View
  • Accessible Ocean View

All Balcony staterooms convert to Royal King bed configuration and have private bath, vanity area, closed-circuit, flat-panel television and phone, electric mini-bar, hair dryers and individually controlled air-conditioning. The Bedding program includes new bed frames, mattresses, sheets, pillows and duvets, for guests added comfort.

Ocean View Staterooms

Take in the stunning scenery and fabulous sunsets from right outside your window.

Available in:

  • Family Ocean View
  • Large Ocean View
  • Ocean View
  • Accessible Outside

All Ocean View staterooms convert to Royal King bed configuration and have private bath, vanity area, closed-circuit, flat-panel television and phone, electric mini-bar, hair dryers and individually controlled air-conditioning. The Bedding program includes new bed frames, mattresses, sheets, pillows and duvets, for guests added comfort.

Interior Staterooms

Comfort and little luxuries are the order of the day in the cosy and affordable Interior Staterooms.

Available in:

  • Interior
  • Promenade Family Interior
  • Interior Promenade
  • Accessible Interior

All staterooms convert to Royal King bed configuration and have private bath, vanity area, closed-circuit, flat-panel television and phone, electric mini-bar, hair dryers and individually controlled air-conditioning. The Bedding program includes new bed frames, mattresses, sheets, pillows and duvets, for guests added comfort.

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Whether you’re looking for a quick snack, a family dinner or a gourmet dining experience, you can have it all – and more besides – at an incredible variety of restaurants, cafés and bars onboard Independence of the Seas®.

Take your taste buds on a delicious journey, with mouth-watering flavours from around the world at a variety of fantastic restaurants.

Main Dining Rooms

Experience: complimentary

Food: classic

The vast, three deck high main dining room is spread across decks 3, 4 and 5. Deck 3, Romeo and Juliet, offers open seating for daytime meals, with Macbeth, deck 4, and King Lear, deck 5 open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All three levels offer the same menu, with two sittings or flexible dining allowing you to eat when you want. Tables seat 4-12.

Johnny Rocket's

Experience: cover

Food: american

1950s style diner, offering fast, friendly service. A traditional burger joint serving a range of hamburgers, hotdogs, milkshakes and sodas, indoor and outdoor seating is available, with jukeboxes adding to the ambiance.

Giovanni's Table

Experience: cover

Food: italian

Savour great Italian home cooking in this family-friendly restaurant specialising in the traditional dishes of Tuscany.

Chop's Grille

Experience: cover

Food: surf_turf

A high-end grill where you’ll find filet mignon and mesquite-grilled salmon on a menu that changes daily There’s no better place for a special occasion – great steaks and seafood are the speciality.


Experience: snacks

Food: tapas

Developed with Robert Mondavi, Beringer Blass Wine Estates and Niebaum-Coppola, Vintages brings you amazing wines from some of the world’s finest vineyard with delicious tapas.


Experience: cover

Food: japanese

Don’t miss Izumi, the exotic Asian-inspired dining experience where chefs cook tableside on real Teppanyaki.

Fish & Ships

Experience: cover

Food: casual

Say hello to a tasty treat from home at Fish & Ships, the all-new eatery within splashing distance of Splashaway Bay water park.

Sorrento's Pizza

Experience: complimentary

Food: pizzeria

Whole or by the slice, there’s nothing quite like New York-style pizza , cooked in an authentic wood-fired oven and topped with a delicious selection of fresh ingredients

Windjammer Cafe

Experience: complimentary

Food: cafe

Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it at Windjammer , where dishes from around the world are served up for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Sugar Beach Candy & Ice Cream

Experience: snacks

Food: ice_cream

Sugar Beach is a dreamland filled with all your favourite sweets and confectionary, including rich and creamy homemade ice cream.

    Ben & Jerry's

    Experience: snacks

    Food: ice_cream

    Treat yourself to a scoop (or two) of decadent ice cream, in a range of classic and cult flavours that everyone will enjoy.

      Independence of the Seas® offers countless amazing ways to enjoy yourself, from spectacular stage performances and incredible shopping opportunities, to the magnificent outdoor cinema screen and the vibrant atmosphere of the Royal Promenade. It’s all onboard, and it’s all waiting for you.

      From fast-paced fun to blissful relaxation, there’s an incredible range of activities for guests of all ages onboard Independence of the Seas®.

      The Theatre

      Spanning two decks, this Broadway-style performance space offers contemporary and Broadway-inspired shows, headline musicals and live comedy. Enjoy Broadway-style musical spectaculars at the fantastic onboard theatre, where colourful, lively performances will take your breath away.

      Dog & Badger Pub

      Sample some authentic British ale at this cosy, traditional pub.

      Champagne Bar

      Enjoy a little bit of luxury with a glass of premium bubbly in elegant surroundings, with live music in the evenings to accompany your nightcap.

      On Air Club

      Warm up your vocal cords and take to the stage at this fun and funky karaoke bar.

      Schooner Bar

      Enjoy your drink with a side of trivia at one of the regular quiz nights held in this relaxed venue.


      This Latin-themed bar serves up the best mojitos at sea, an amazing selection of tequilas and some of the hottest beats onboard!

      Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade

      Watch your team dominate the pitch or make your own legendary plays in the arcade. When it’s time to refuel, you’ll love our Playmaker burger, along with ice cold beer on tap.

      Open Air Cinema

      Whether it’s poolside on a sunny day while enjoying a cocktail, or wrapped up at night under the stars, enjoy blockbuster movies and major sporting events with a twist at the spectacular open-air, poolside cinema screen.

      Sky Pad

      Spring into an extraordinary virtual world on the new bungee trampoline experience, Sky PadSM.

      Strap in, put on your virtual reality headset and soar high into the sky for gravity-defying fun at Sky PadSM. Bounce over craters or compete in zero-gravity games — this brand-new bungee trampoline experience opens up a universe of possibility.

      Casino Royale

      Take a chance at this Vegas-style venue, where Blackjack, Roulette and Texas Hold'em are just a few of the exciting games on offer.

      Viking Crown Lounge

      A Royal Caribbean signature. Perched high above the ocean, this comfortable lounge offers spectacular vistas by day and turns into a lively dance club at night.

      Diamond Club

      Diamond, Diamond Plus, and Pinnacle Club Crown & Anchor® Society members enjoy access to this lounge, created to serve these loyal guests with concierge access, complimentary continental breakfast, and evening drinks.

      Art Gallery

      Original art is displayed in the onboard art gallery as well as throughout the ship. To purchase something for your own collection, visit an onboard art auction.

      The Raven

      A two-story Gothic nightclub with a bar on each of its two levels, is the place to be. With a large dance floor, enjoy the live DJ programming in the evenings. During the day, dance classes, game shows, quiz games can be hosted here.


      Developed with Robert Mondavi, Beringer Blass Wine Estates and Niebaum-Coppola, Vintages brings you amazing wines from some of the world’s finest vineyard with delicious tapas.

        Laser Tag

        Light up your afternoon with an unforgettable game of Laser Tag.

          Enrichment programs, or ‘Explorer Academy’ classes cover a wide range of topics.

          Classes include:

          • Wine tasting - learn about wines from around the world
          • Casino tuition - from poker to blackjack, learn how to play some of the casino's most popular games
          • Dance and fitness - including yoga, pilates, ice skating and dance
          • Language
          • Cookery - try your hand at cupcake decoration

          Treat yourself to some TLC onboard Independence of the Seas®, with an incredible selection of health and wellness options, from luxurious spa treatments to high energy workouts.

          Fitness Centre

          A fully equipped gym and fitness centre, including free weights, weight machines and cardiovascular machines. Classes include yoga and pilates, as well as spinning and boot camp, guaranteed to help clear your body and mind.

          Vitality Spa

          A range of services and relaxation treatments are available from the Vitality Spa & fitness Centre. The salon, located within the spa area, offers haircuts, styling, manicures, pedicures and teeth whitening. Visit Vitality Spa for massages, reflexology, facials, bodywraps and acupuncture.

          Health, fitness and beauty demonstrations and seminars run by qualified professionals run during most voyages. The Vitality Wellness Programme offers a holistic approach to well being, with seminars, expert advise, healthy menu options, fitness programmes and spa.


          Passengers can also enjoy the ship's fantastic sporting facilities, which include: an ice rink, a golf simulator, a boxing ring, a running track, as well as basketball and volleyball courts.

          Rock Climbing Wall

          Ever thought about climbing a rock wall 200ft above sea level? With the ship's onboard rock wall this can become a reality. Passengers who take on the challenge will experience some of the best views at sea.


          Pumping out over 60,000 gallons of water a minute, the innovative Flowrider surf simulator allows you to go surfing and boogie boarding anywhere in the world. A variety of lessons are available, so whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro you can enjoy the unique thrill of the Flowrider.

          Pools & Whirlpools

          Swim along or bask in the sun by the side of the pool – there are several to choose from. Or, if you’d rather escape it all, chill-out in the tranquil poolside Solarium area instead.

          Challenge yourself, or other guests, in a variety of water sports, from pool volleyball and floating golf to pole jousting. And when the sports pool isn’t being used for organised activities, get your blood pumping by swimming laps.

          Or why not sit back, relax and let the bubbles soothe you in one of the amazing cantilevered whirlpools, which offer amazing views out to sea.

          Adult-Only Solarium

            With a wealth of amazing features especially for kids and teens, plus fantastic entertainment and activities that families can enjoy together, it’s easy to see why Independence of the Seas® was voted the best cruise ship for families in the Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards in 2015.

            H20 Zone

            H2O Zone is a watery paradise that kids young and old will love, with wacky sculptures, water cannons and fountains to explore while mum and dad relax poolside.

            Royal Babies & Tots

            Join your child in the fun of Royal Babies (6-18 months) or Royal Tots (18-36 months) interactive playgroup sessions including music, toys and learning activities, developed by early childhood experts at Fisher-Price. Each 45-minute session offers activities that make playtime learning time as well. Please note, a parent or caregiver must accompany children.

            If you fancy a bit of time to yourself, make use of the colourful Royal Babies & Tots Nursery. The littlest guests (aged 6-36 months) are cared for by trained professionals, while enjoying specially designed programs. Daytime and evening drop-off is offered; hourly fee of $6 in the daytime and $8 during the evening applies, and you can book onboard.

            Adventure Ocean

            With three distinct age groups – Aquanauts (3-5 years), Explorers (6-8 years) and Voyagers (9-11 years), kids of all ages will have countless adventures at their award-winning clubs, including science experiments, theatre workshops, scavenger hunts and much more.


            Enjoy the magic of Bubbling Potions, uncover the dinosaur-sized secrets of Jurassic Jr, and take over the ship with the Pirate Party Parade. Parents of three-year olds can opt for pagers so Adventure Ocean staff can stay in touch.


            Space Mud, Fossil Fever and Meteorology Madness. Hands-on science gets young minds churning – along with explorations of arts with Adventure Art and Adventure Theatre. Round out the night with dancing through the decades and ice cream for all.


            For 9 to 11 year olds there’s a range of cool and educational activities including science experiments, backstage tours and new sports like Gagaball.

            Teen Dream

            Older kids from 12-14 and 15-17 will love the special teen zones onboard, where they can hang out, make friends and enjoy fantastic activities like sports tournaments, pool parties, movie nights and more.

            12-14 Years

            Get active with rock climbing competitions, dodgeball and Dance Dance Revolution, then take it down a notch at BBQs and movie nights. Plus, the chance to let your star shine with open mic nights, talent shows and Scratch DJ Academy.

            15-17 Years

            Join new friends at theme nights, pool parties and teen dinners. Test your skills on the karaoke stage, on the Wii or at the basketball court and see who takes home the glory.

            Special Dietary Requirements

            Special meals can be provided on all ships, when requested in advance, however not all requests are guaranteed. Requests must be submitted no later than 60 days prior to sailing.

            A wide range of vegetarian and gluten free meals are available onboard as standard.

            Disabled Facilities

            Wheelchair accessible staterooms are available on request. These can include electric entrance doors and accessible shower facilities. Priority and assisted boarding is also available on request.

            The ship has ramps and lifts on most decks, and hoists are available on request at certain pools and jacuzzis. Please note that passengers must provide their own wheelchairs/scooters or hire from an outside vendor.

            Dress Code

            There are three distinct types of evening on board: casual, smart casual and formal. Suggested guidelines for these nights are:
            Casual: Polo shirts and trousers for men, sundresses or trousers for women.

            Smart Casual: Jacket and shirt for men, dresses or trouser suits for women.

            Formal: Suits and ties or tuxedos for men, cocktail dresses or trouser suits for women.

            There are however certain restaurants onboard which maintain a casual dress code throughout the cruise. On a typical 14 night cruise, 8 nights will be casual, 3 nights will be smart casual and 3 nights will be formal, however this depends upon individual cruise itineraries.

            Internet Access

            Wi-Fi is available onboard at a basic rate of USD 0.85 per minute. Alternatively passengers can choose from one of our pre-paid packages.

            An internet cafe is also available onboard, providing passengers with computer and internet access.

            Smoking & E-cigarette Policy

            Smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas, this includes electronic cigarettes/ e-cigarettes.

            Age Restrictions

            For sailings that depart from a port in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South America and Asia, the minimum age for purchase and consumption of alcohol is 18. , For any sailing which commences outside of the above stated areas, the minimum drinking age is 21. Therefore any ships departing from or calling at a port in North America the minimum drinking age will be 21.

            Passengers who wish to use the spa, casino and adult nightclub must be 18 years or over. Those wishing to use the solarium and whirlpools must be 16 years or over. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult when attending the theatre.


            Recommended gratuities for guests in a Grand suite or above, is advised to be $14.25 per guest per day. For guests in a Junior suite or a Stateroom it is advised to be $12.00 per guest per day.

            A 15 % gratuity will automatically be added to bar bill or wine bills and for services in the Spa or Salon.

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