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Independence of the Seas

Independence of the Seas® is the third of her kind in the Freedom class of ships, calling both Southampton, England and Fort Lauderdale, Florida home for part of the year. As you might expect from a member of the Freedom family, she’s versatile in activities and heavy on the holiday fun.

About Independence of the Seas

Sailing with Independence of the Seas, you’ll forget you’re onboard a ship. That’s because she comes packed with a lot more than your average vessel. You can scrabble your way up the rock wall, catch a wave on the surf simulator Flowrider® or sharpen your skating skates at the ice rink. And there’s an equal number of ways to slow things down as there are to get active. Independence of the Seas comes ready for all your relaxation needs with a spa, comfy loungers and the peaceful solarium.

When it comes to gourmet dining, Independence of the Seas knows exactly what to do. In addition to the elegant main dining room, this ship features a la carte bites at an Italian trattoria, the American diner Johnny Rockets and a sushi spot, not to mention room-service, which runs 24 hours a day. And let’s not forget the casual Windjammer restaurant, where it’s all buffet, all the time.

Even when you aren’t docked in lush destinations like the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, you’ll never get bored on Independence of the Seas. There’s stakes to be raised at the Casino Royale® and standing ovations to give at the ship’s theatre. And if you’re cruising as a family, the kids will have no trouble keeping busy in the arcade or at the mini golf course. All that’s left to do is set sail.

Unique Features

The ship's magnificent Ice Rink is an industry innovation and was the first to appear onboard a cruise ship. As well as allowing passenger's to take ice skating lessons, the rink also provides some fantastic ice shows.

Thrill seekers can also take advantage of the impressive rock climbing wall and the innovative FlowRider surf simulator. Pumping out over 60,000 gallons of water per minute, this onboard surf park simulator allows you to boogie board by yourself, or take a surfing lesson.


See What's Inside

Enjoy a comfortable, feel at home accommodation onboard Independence of the Seas, no matter where you are in the world. Their at-sea accommodation is designed with a special focus on comfort and convenience, from interior rooms to suites, there is a room to suit everyone needs.


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.

  • Junior Suite with Balcony: 297 square feet (balcony 94 square feet), sleeps 2-3
  • Grand Suite with Balcony: 401 square feet (balcony 107 square feet), sleeps 2-3
  • Owner’s Suite with Balcony: 401 square feet (balcony 107 square feet), sleeps 4
  • Royal Suite with Balcony: 1,358 square feet (balcony 313 square feet), sleeps 4
  • Royal Family Suite with Balcony: 587 square feet (balcony 270 square feet), sleeps 4-6
  • Presidential Family Suite with Balcony: 1,209 square feet (balcony 805 square feet), sleeps 16

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. 

  • Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony: 199 square feet (balcony 65 square feet), sleeps 2-3
  • Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony: 184 square feet (balcony 66 square feet), sleeps 2-3

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.

  • Ocean View Stateroom: 160 Square Feet, Sleeps 2
  • Large Ocean View: 160 Square Feet, Sleeps 4
  • Family Oceanview: 190-405 Square Feet, Sleeps 6
  • Panoramic Ocean View: 180 Square Feet, Sleeps 4

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.

  • Interior Stateroom: 150 Square Feet, Sleeps 2
  • Interior Promenade Stateroom: 160 Square Feet, Sleeps 2
  • Promenade Family Interior Stateroom: 327 Square Feet, Sleeps 2-4

Deck 2

  • Ocean View Staterooms
  • Family Ocean View Staterooms
  • Interior Staterooms
  • Family Interior Staterooms
  • Alhambra Theatre
  • Studio B & Ice Rink
  • Conference Centre

Deck 3

  • Ocean View Staterooms
  • Interior Staterooms
  • Alhambra Theatre
  • Centrum
  • The Raven
  • Studio B 
  • On Air Club
  • Art Gallery
  • Romeo & Juliet Dining Room

Deck 4

  • Alhambra Theatre
  • Schooner Bar
  • The Raven
  • Casino Royale
  • Photo Gallery & Shop
  • Boleros Lounge
  • Macbeth Dining Room

Deck 5

  • Pyramid Lounge
  • Connoisseur Club
  • Promenade Shops
  • Sorrento's
  • Dog & Badger Pub
  • Vintages
  • Royal Promenade
  • Ice Cream Parlor
  • Cafe Promenade
  • Cupcake Cupboard
  • Seasons
  • Next Cruise
  • Shore Excursions
  • Champagne Bar
  • Guest Services
  • King Lear Dining Room

Deck 6

  • Presidential Family Suite
  • Ocean View Staterooms
  • Interior Staterooms
  • Promenade Staterooms
  • Royal Promenade
  • Business Services

Deck 7

  • Junior Suite
  • Balcony Staterooms
  • Ocean View Staterooms
  • Interior Staterooms
  • Royal Promenade
  • Library

Deck 8

  • Royal Family Suite
  • Balcony Staterooms
  • Ocean View Staterooms
  • Interior Staterooms
  • Promenade Staterooms
  • Royal Promenade
  • RC Online

Deck 9

  • Royal Family Suite
  • Balcony Staterooms
  • Ocean View Staterooms
  • Interior Staterooms

Deck 10

  • Royal Suite
  • Owner's Suite
  • Grand suite
  • Junior Suite
  • Ocean View Staterooms
  • Balcony staterooms
  • Interior Staterooms
  • Concierge Club

Deck 11

  • Vitality At Sea - Spa and Fitness Centre
  • Solarium
  • Whirpools
  • Pool Bar
  • Main Pool
  • Sport Pool
  • Movie Screen
  • H20 Zone
  • Squeeze Juice Bar
  • Seatrek Dive Shop
  • Chop's Grille
  • Giovanni's Table
  • The Plaza Bar
  • Windjammer Cafe

Deck 12

  • Vitality At Sea - Spa and Fitness Centre
  • Bar
  • Jogging Track
  • Nursery
  • The Living Room
  • Video Arcade
  • Adventure Ocean
  • Fuel Teen Club

Deck 13

  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Sports Court
  • Golf Simulator
  • Independence Dunes
  • Wipe Out
  • Flowrider

Deck 14

  • Olive Or Twist
  • Cloud Nine
  • Seven Hearts
  • Viking Crown Lounge
  • Diamond Club

Deck 15

  • Skylight Chapel

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

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.

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Cuisine: Classic

Johnny Rocket's

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.

  • Experience: Cover
  • Cuisine: American

Giovanni's Table

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

  • Experience: Cover
  • Cuisine: Italian

Chop's Grille

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: Cover
  • Cuisine: Surf_turf

Vintages

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: Snacks
  • Cuisine: Tapas

Cupcake Cupboard

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.

  • Experience: Snacks
  • Cuisine: Bakery

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.

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Cuisine: Ice_cream

Cafe Promenade

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.

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Cuisine: Cafe

Squeeze Juice

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

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Cuisine: Cafe

Sorrento's

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

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Cuisine: Pizzeria

Windjammer 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.

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Cuisine: Cafe

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.

Boleros

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

Shopping

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 Centrum

The Centrum is a seven-story atrium surrounded by bars, lounges and unique shops which offer an array of merchandise ranging from perfume and jewellery to liquor and cruise wear. It’s best compared to the lobby of a grand hotel.

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.

Sports

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.

Flowrider

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.

Aquanauts

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.

Explorers

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.

Voyagers

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.

Teens

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.

Ship Specifications

Launched:
2008
Refitted:
2013
Tonnage:
154,407
Language:
en
Length:
339m (1,112ft)
Width:
56m (185ft)
Speed:
21 knots
Decks:
11
Crew:
1,365
Cabins:
1,817
Occupancy:
3,634
Currency:
USD