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Independence of the Seas

New features will make Independence of the Seas even more extraordinary in summer 2018

Independence of the Seas, the third in Royal Caribbean's Freedom class of ships, was launched in 2008 and has become a popular holiday option for those wishing to cruise from Southampton to Europe and the Mediterranean.

New features will make Independence of the Seas even more extraordinary when she sets sail in summer 2018 following a multi-million pound makeover.

Independence will boast lots of new and exciting activities like the interactive aqua park Splashaway Bay, which will be bigger and better than ever before and will feature wild waterslides, water cannons, fountains, pools and the infamous drench bucket.

Independence of the Seas of Royal Caribbean cuises

Extending the speciality dining onboard, Izumi, the exotic Asian-inspired dining experience, will be introduced to give guests the chance to enjoy fresh sushi and experience high-flying hibachi chefs cooking tableside on Teppanyaki grills.

New lounges and Panoramic Ocean View staterooms will feature wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling views so that 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.

Sailing from Southampton after her makeover, Independence will have an all-improved Ice Rink, as well as a revamped theatre ready to wow with the much-loved Broadway show, Grease.

Features including an Escape Room, top deck trampolines, and a laser tag arena, are also part of the makeover plans.

Onboard highlights include a FlowRider surf simulator, rock climbing wall, ice skating rink and H2O Zone waterpark. And new Oasis-class features introduced in an April 2013 makeover included the Cupcake Cupboard and a giant outdoor cinema screen.

At the same time the Royal Promenade shopping street running the length of the ship underwent a number of enhancements to the existing onboard shops.

Vital statistics

Operated by Royal Caribbean International
Built at Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Finland
Entered service: 2008; Refurbished: 2011, 2013
Makeover: 2011, April 2013
Cost: $59m
Registered: The Bahamas
Gross tonnage: 158,000 tons
Passengers: 3,634
Passenger decks: 15
Lifts: 14
Crew: 1,397
Cabins: 1,817 including
:: 1,084 outside
:: 842 with balconies
:: 733 inside
:: 31 with wheelchair access
Length: 1,112ft
Width: 184ft
Draught: 28ft
Engines: diesel-electric


Three main dining rooms (two sittings), themed bars and lounges, casino, library, two outdoor swimming pools, fitness centre, steam room, youth and children’s facilities, flat screen TVs in every stateroom, wifi capability, rock climbing wall, flowrider, ice skating rink.

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