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Independence of the Seas

Independence of the Seas

launched 2008

tonnage 160,000

length 1,112 m

crew 1,360

capacity 3,634

Meet Independence of the Seas, the third in the spectacular Freedom class of ships. Seasonally ported in Southampton, England for part of the year and Fort Lauderdale, Florida the rest of the year, this ship offers all of the amazing onboard experiences you’d expect from the Freedom Class of ships, while cruising to your choice of destinations in Europe or the Caribbean. Enjoy a European cruise on the Independence of the Seas.

Fish & Chips

IT’S CRUNCH TIME
Find yourself reeled in to Fish & Ships℠, a seaside seafood spot that’s just steps away from the pool. No need to travel to England for a basket of freshly battered cod and crispy hand-cut fries. You can get the British classic right here, plus calamari and even a frosty pint of ale – without even having to change out of your flip-flops.

 

Izumi Hibachi & Sushi

A FAR EAST FEAST
From sushi to sashimi and tableside cooking preparation, Izumi Hibachi & Sushi offers an exotic Asian-inspired dining experience. You’ll enjoy a wide variety of hot and cold appetizers, entrees, desserts and you can watch it all come together as an expert chef works right at your table. All made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation.

 

CHOPS GRILLE

A CUT ABOVE THE REST
For over a decade, the chefs at Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant. Now, they give you a fresh twist on a favourite, with a revamped menu that brings contemporary flair to traditional steakhouse offerings. Most intriguing: our exceptional prime meat. This prime beef is joined by Maine lobster, grilled branzino and other succulent dishes paired with addictive side dishes and irresistible desserts.

JOHNNY ROCKETS

MEET YOU AT THE DINER, DADDY-O
Founded on the belief that “everyone deserves a place where they can escape from today’s complicated world and experience the uncomplicated goodness of classic Americana,” Johnny Rockets® has been serving up delicious American fare to diners around the world since 1986. Its menu features fresh, never frozen, made-to-order hamburgers, sides, shakes and desserts. So, no matter where you are onboard or in the world, you’re always surrounded by good food and simple pleasures at Johnny Rockets.

Main Dining Room

ELEGANT INDULGENCE
Sweeping, multi-level ambience, world-class cuisine and the most attentive staff at sea – welcome to our Main Dining Room. Each morning choose from continental and American breakfast favourites, served at your table from professional waiting staff. On sea days, stop in for lunch and enjoy specialities that span the globe, from classic burgers to sophisticated dishes from all over the world. Dinner is an unforgettable affair featuring extraordinary personal service from your dedicated waiting staff in a fantastic experience and a new menu each evening – think dishes like sautéed Maryland-style crab cake, baked French onion soup and braised beef short rib.

Giovanni’s Table

AL DENTE INDULGENCE
Rustic Italian dishes are served with contemporary flair at Giovanni’s Table, a Royal Caribbean® favourite. This casual trattoria serves up a seemingly endless selection of Italian classics, like Gnocchi Al Gorgonzola, Melanzane alla Parmigiana, Risotto, Bolognese and many more. From the mouth-watering fresh pasta to the carefully-braised meats and stews, you can tour all of Italy without ever leaving the ship.

WINDJAMMER

THROW YOUR APPETITE TO THE WIND
At Windjammer Marketplace, you’ll get to explore the world dish by dish. Start your day with a sampling of delicious breakfast offerings, including all of your breakfast favourites, indulgent fresh pastries, juices and much more. At lunch time, choose from a wide variety of signature specialities – like fresh-pressed paninis, pastas, salads, soups, sandwiches, hearty dishes and various carving stations. And you can cap it all off with something sweet from the dessert station. For dinner, you’ll get to choose from stations piled high with tantalising dishes from around the world, featuring favourites such as freshly grilled steaks, roast chicken and seafood dishes. Don’t forget about the decadently sweet delights, including a chocolate fountain – all part of a menu that changes daily.

SOORENTO’S

A SLICE OF PARADISE
Looking for an authentic New York pizzeria experience… at sea? Then head to Sorrento’s for fully loaded pizzas straight from the oven. Try a different creation every day – from chorizo to Hawaiian to Pizza Florentine, with classic cheese and pepperoni always on call – or have one custom made with your favourite ingredients. Sorrento’s is just one of many casual-service dining options that cater to a wide variety of tastes and preferences, offering something for everyone at no additional cost. And with Sorrento’s serving up freshly baked pizzas, this is already one of our most popular restaurants – because any way you slice it, who doesn’t love pizza?

 

24 Hour Room Service

KNOCK KNOCK, IT’S NOSHES
If you’re craving convenience, pick up the phone and dial up delicious in-room dining any time – day or night. Enjoy breakfast in bed with a fresh omelette or a steaming stack of pancakes. Or a delectable dinner in the comfort of your stateroom after a long day of adventure onboard and ashore. You can treat your taste buds without having to set foot outside your door. Fees may apply, but continental breakfast, when served, is always complimentary.

 

BEN & JERRY’S

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

Cafe Promenade

IN A STREET FOOD MOOD
When it comes to sharing a little leisure time with family and friends, there’s no better place than Café Promenade. Simply pick a table with a view, get a cup of coffee, grab a little something to eat, then sit back and relax. Whether you’re in search of snacks, pastries or sandwiches throughout the day and into the night – or just looking to quench your thirst with a great selection of drinks – you’ll find it at Café Promenade.

 

Sugar Beach

A SWEET TREAT
Treat your sweet tooth to every type of sweet under the sun – plus a few sugar-coated surprises. Sugar Beach℠ is stocked to maximum candy capacity with all your favourite confections.

 

Chef’s Table

AS VIP AS CAN BE
If you enjoy gourmet fare paired with the finest of wines, dining at Chef’s Table is an absolute must. Located in an intimate, exclusive spot onboard, this private epicurean experience for a limited number of guests treats you to a five-course, upgraded menu and wine tasting. Dinner at Chef’s Table is both experiential and educational, as the Chef de Cuisine specially prepares and presents each course, while explaining their cooking techniques, ingredients and flavours. Then, a sommelier pairs every course with wine chosen to enhance your enjoyment of the dish.

Extra Dimensional

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 SkyPadSM. Bounce over craters or compete in zero-gravity games — this brand-new bungee trampoline experience opens up a universe of possibility. Images of Independence of the Seas® reflect current design concepts and may include artistic renderings and/or images of existing Freedom and Voyager Class ships. All ship features, experiences, and itineraries are subject to change without notice.

Laser Tag

In a far-flung galaxy in a distant future, two forces are set to collide in Battle for Planet ZSM. It’s a glow-in-the-dark face off for control of the last planet for light years around — and there can only be one winner. Choose your side, grab your laser blaster, and gear up for a stellar time in Studio B.

Ice Shows

You can’t help but gasp when you see one of the incredible ice shows onboard Indpendence of the Seas. With glittering costumes, amazing lighting and some of the world’s best ice dancers, it’s an unforgettable experience.

Sugar Beach

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

Luxury Fashion

Browse for somethng special to take home at one of the fabulous onboard fashion boutiques, where you can buy luxury products from designers including Micheal Kors, Pandora, Tag, Ralph Lauren, Fossil, Ray-Ban, Ted Baker and Guess.

Ale & Anchor

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

Pool Bar

SPLISHY. SPLASHY. FROZEN DAIQUIRI. How about a drink as colourful as the Caribbean sunset? You don’t have to stray too far from your poolside lounge to enjoy a frozen Mojito, exotic Mai Tai, Virgin Daiquiri, cool imported pilsner and many more.

English Pub

PINTS AND POURS FOR EVERY SHORE As lively as London, this is a brilliant spot to grab a pint. And you’ve got lots to choose from. The impressive beer list runs from ales to lagers, with UK-themed cocktails and an inspired collection of spirits as well. Come for the British racing decor and stay for the live music.

Champagne Bar

Enjoy a little bit of luxury with a glass of premium bubbly in elegant surroundings.

Playmaker’s Sports Bar

SCORE AN INCREDIBLE TIME It’s always game on at Playmakers℠ Sports Bar & Arcade, where you can catch your home team live on dozens of screens or face off against your friends. With a menu of game day favorites and icy-cold draughts on tap, anything you order is a winner. Like the signature Playmakers Burger, the buffalo wings, or the four-scoop Touchdown Sundae

Schooner Bar

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

Boleros

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

Vintages Wine Bar

Choose from an amazing selection of wines from around the world and find your favourite at one of the fantastic tasting events.

Outdoor Movies

ENJOY POOLSIDE SCREENINGS AT OUR FABULOUS OUTDOOR SCREEN 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 our spectacular open-air, poolside cinema screen.

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.

Game on!

ENJOY SOME VIDEO-GAME NOSTALGIA AT THIS FANTASTIC ARCADE Filled with old classics and new favourites, the young and the young at heart will have a ball at this onboard arcade – the coolest place to hang out and make new friends!

Vitality Spa

Indulge in some blissful treatments including invigorating facials, relaxing massages and revitalizing body wraps, as well as a host of health and beauty services.

Gym

Keep fit through your holiday at our fully equipped, state of the art gym.

Fitness Classes

From yoga and pilates to spinning and boot camp, our amazing fitness classes will help clear your body and mind.

Solarium

Exclusively for adults, this tranquil solarium is the perfect place to take time out for yourself- sunbathe, swim or simply relax with a book.

Whirlpool

Sit back, relax and let the bubbles soothe you in one of our amazing cantilevered whirlpools, which offer amazing views out to sea.

Basketball Court

Slam dunk your way to victory on this full-sized, outdoor basketball court.

Running Track

A great way to keep fit onboard and enjoy amazing views of the ship and out to sea – the running track winds all the way around the top deck.

Sports Court

Work up a sweat with a game of football or basketball on this full-sized outdoor sports court.

Royal Babies

Little ones from 6- 18 months will enjoy learning as they play alongside their parents or guardians, with fun packed games and activities that will have you smiling just as much as them. Ships sailing from the UK do not provide babysitting

Royal Tots

Kids aged 18- 36 months will learn new skills and have the time of their lives in this enriching environment, where games such as Fun on the Farm and Pirates and Princesses will keep them engulfed.

Adventure Ocean

With three distinct age groups- Aquanauts (3-5 years), Explorers (6-8years) and Voyagers (9-11 years), kids of all ages will have countless adventures at our award winning clubs, including science experiments, theatre workshops, scavenger hunts and much more. Please note all children must be 100% potty trained and nappy free.

Teen Dream

EXCLUSIVE AREAS AND AMAZING ACTIVITIES DESIGNED ESPECIALLY FOR TEENAGERS 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. GAME ON! ENJOY SOME VIDEO-GAME NOSTALGIA AT THIS FANTASTIC ARCADE

Royal Promenade

This bustling thoroughfare is the beating heart of the ship, where you can shop ‘til you drop at a choice of fantastic designer boutiques, stop for delicious cocktails and enjoy a bite to eat or simply soak up the incredible atmosphere. And by night, the Royal Promenade comes alive with late night music, dancing and a whole lot of fun.

Art Auctions

ART AND SOUL Calling all art aficionados — get in on the action at the boldest art auction at sea. The excitement begins with a complimentary champagne toast at the Art Gallery, where you’ll get to browse pieces from a collection expertly curated by the Park West Gallery Art team. Then soak up the electricity in the room as the bidding ramps up to a fast and furious frenzy. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or a curious first-timer, our onboard art auctions are a great way to add some thrills to your day and take home a masterpiece you’ll treasure forever.

Learn a Language

CIAO, HOLA, SALUT! Immerse yourself in the language of the locals with foreign language lessons onboard. Learn greetings, phrases and questions so you can enjoy chatting with the local residents.

Guest Lecturers

TOPICAL TALKS From stargazing to meditation, and a ton of topics in between, you’ll hear experts from different fields give insights and offer new perspectives during our Guest Lecture series. Fees may apply.

Dance Classes

SHALL WE DANCE? Salsa, hip hop, swing or ballroom. Learn the latest moves from instructors and bring your newfound skills to your favourite Royal Caribbean dance floor.

Wine Tasting

A VINTAGE JOURNEY This is how aficionados are made. Join us for a deep dive into vintages and varieties during an exciting wine tasting class featuring some of the most famous vineyards in the world. Some of the wines offered are so exclusive, they are only found onboard Royal Caribbean® ships. You may discover a delicious California cab, Australian shiraz or Argentinian Malbec. Sip, swirl and become a connoisseur as you learn about one of the world’s most distinguished wineries during an event that takes your palate on a voyage of discovery. Ask your maître d’ for more details.

Art Collection

BRING HOME A MASTERPIECE Park West Gallery, the largest art dealer in the world, brings you their unparalleled arts programming during your vacation. Join the Park West Art Team, for a toast at their onboard events as they introduce you to contemporary and classic artists you’ll never forget. You can browse the ship’s gallery to find the perfect work of art to take home or explore Park West’s E-Gallery featuring over 10,000 available works from their archives. Let us show you just how exciting art can be!

Culinary Classics

CHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP Come home ready to rock the kitchen. Onboard culinary classes invite you to watch seasoned chefs create culinary masterpieces right before your eyes. Get the tips and techniques to create your own gourmet starters, main courses and desserts. Culinary classes have an additional cost and vary by itinerary.

Special Diets

We make every effort to accommodate our guests’ dietary requirements whenever possible. We can accommodate dietary needs such as: Food allergies, Gluten-free, Kosher, Low-fat, and Low-sodium.Lactose-free/soy milk, ensure, and kosher meals are available at no extra charge. All you have to do is notify us at least 45 days prior to sailing (90 days for European/South American Itineraries).

Special Requirements

Any guest with a condition that may affect fitness to travel, or any other special need, is asked to provide full details by filling in the appropriate form at the time of booking, and may be asked to submit a doctor’s certificate. The Company can refuse the booking or the carriage of any guest who is deemed to be unfit for travel or whose condition may constitute a danger to themselves, the vessel, aircraft and/ or other Guest on the grounds of safety.
Any specific transport and/on lodging and/or assistance needs must be communicated at the time the reservation.
Our guests who are pregnant and have exceeded their 24th week are also not invited to sail. This is due to the lack of medical equipment needed to accommodate their needs.

Disabled Facilities

Onboard have accessible cabins for all our guests. We also have wheelchair availability, hearing and visual aids. Guests with hearing impairments can opt for TDD systems kits to be in their cabins. Guests with visual impairments are advised to travel with a Carer – we also allow healthy and travel-safe guide dogs on board.
We ask our guests with specific requirements to inform travel agents before booking so we can prepare accommodations.

Dress Code

Shore Excursions
Casual wear is advised

Informal Evening wear
Ladies: Seasonal Dresses
Gentlemen: Light weight jackets, Shirt

Formal Evening wear
Ladies: Cocktails Dresses
Gentlemen: Dinner Jacket
* Extra clothing such as coats and shawls are advised to bring for warmth.

Gala Evening and Party wear
Semi Formal dress code is advised for Ladies and Gentlemen.

Religious Sites
Modest clothing is advised
(Covered Knees/ Shoulders/ No low cut tops

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