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Independence of the Seas

Independence of the Seas® was voted the number one cruise ship for families in the 2015 Cruise Critic Cruisers Choice Awards, and once you get onboard it’s easy to see why! Passengers have the chance to try surfing with the thrilling FlowRider, or take it easy in the above-the-sea whirlpools. 

With an ice rink, mini golf course, the Royal Promenade, an enormous array of restaurants and bars, activities and entertainment that everyone will love, dedicated kids’ and teens’ clubs and accommodation especially designed for families – there’s something to keep everyone happy!

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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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From Italian home cooking to burgers and milkshakes, fine dining to self-service buffets; a wide choice of main and speciality restaurants are available, with traditional two sittings as well as flexible and casual dining options to suit.

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.

Cupcake Cupboard

Experience: snacks

Food: bakery

Stroll along the Royal Promenade and indulge in a tasty treat at Cupcake Cupboard, a charming 40s-style shop with a new flavour showcased every day.

Ben & Jerry's

Experience: complimentary

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.

Cafe Promenade

Experience: complimentary

Food: cafe

Grab a table at this 24-hour pavement-style café and enjoy a spot of people watching along with fresh sandwiches, pastries, desserts and more.

Squeeze Juice

Experience: complimentary

Food: cafe

Start the day right with a delicious, freshly made smoothie at this casual café.

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.

From dazzling theatre productions are thrilling ice shows, to live comedy and glitzy champagne bars, there's plenty to keep passengers entertained. Whether you want to enjoy the unbelievable views of The Viking Crown Lounge or try your luck in the exciting casino, there will never be a dull day onboard.

The Alhambra 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!


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

Treat yourself to something extra special – or pick up a present for that special someone – at the exquisite jewellery shop onboard Independence of the Seas.

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.

Studio B & Centre Ice Rink

Ice-skating at sea? Yes really! Visit the onboard ice rink – where you can take lessons or take to the ice in style. Studio B is a multipurpose studio complex filled with activity all day long.

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.

Seven Hearts

The Seven Hearts card room is a great place to meet for Bridge and other games.

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.

The ship features a fantastic array of health and fitness facilities including a spa, a fitness centre, an ice rink and much more.

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.

Royal Caribbean International's cruise ships offer a wide range of options for the whole family, as well as a great range of just-for-kids options.

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.


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.

Barbie Premium Experience

Barbie fans will love this amazing experience, with staterooms decorated in Barbie fashions, exclusive themed activities like exclusive parties, dance classes and film screenings, and lots of little extras that will make their holiday onboard Independence of the Seas truly unforgettable.

Pets at Sea

Kids will love creating their very own cuddly cruiser at this interactive experience, where they can design, dress and name their own stuffed animal to take home.

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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