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Independence of the Seas

Cruising to Europe and the Med from Southampton all year round

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 all year round.

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

And the 427sq ft Royal Promenade shopping street running the length of the ship has undergone a number of enhancements to the existing onboard shops.

Key updates made in 2011 include:

  • Perfume and Cosmetics shop re-branded and refurbished as ‘Desire’ offering costume jewellery and handbags
  • The General Store has become The Gift Box shop selling general gifts and souvenirs
  • Fashion Boutique is now the Duty Free Emporium featuring a host of tax-free items including designer sunglasses and prestigious alcohol brands
  • Get Out There store is now known as Season and offers the latest in fashion attire and accessories
  • Logo is the refurbished as The Perfume House selling fragrances, cosmetics and beauty products

  • Independence of the Seas of Royal Caribbean cuises

    Vital statistics

    Operated by Royal Caribbean International
    Built at Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Finland
    Entered service: 2008
    Makeover: 2011, April 2013
    Cost: $590 million
    Registered: The Bahamas
    Gross tonnage: 158,000 tons
    Passengers: 3,634
    Passenger decks: 15
    Lifts: 14
    Crew: 1,397
    Cabins: 1,817 including

    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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