Independence of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International
In Service – 2008 to Present
Independence of the Seas
Type: Cruise Ship GRT: 154407 Length: 1112 ft Beam: 127 ft
Speed: 21 knots
Registry: Bahamas Passengers: 3600 Crew: 1360
Shipyard: Kvaerner Masa-Yards
About Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean International is a brand with an incredible history and unlimited potential. The cruise line not only sets new standards by the size of the ships, but also by its degree of innovation. Especially the entertainment programm on their vessels is a new invention. The ships are convincing due to a variety of sport offers and leisure activities for every age group. Particularly the outdoor area offers great experiences with ice rinks or zip lines. However not only the big vessels, but also the smaller ones offer plenty options to have fun in a relaxed atmosphere. In the different restaurants you expect tasty dishes combined with an attentive service. On board, all age groups feel at home. Due to the company’s heritage a basic knowledge in English is recommended. Another thing to take into considerations is that the additional costs are higher than on German ships.
In spring 2008, the “Freedom of the Seas” and “Liberty of the Seas” got a new sister: The “Independence of the Seas” will cruise the oceans as the third ship in the “Freedom” class, the largest passengers ships ever built.
Atmosphere on Board
The “Independence” offers separate areas for all age groups, so that all voyagers that are fascinated by this colossal ship can feel well on board. There is a huge, closed area for kids and teens, a wonderful area with a tropical landscape beside the pool which also serves those seeking tranquility. A large part of the guests on board this ship comes from the United States, but the ship is also popular with many Euopeans.
In general, the atmosphere is easy and relaxed. On some evenings, formal attire is expected in the main dining room.
The additional expenses correspond to the standard that you can find on most American ships; a bottle of wine in the restaurant or at the bars costs 22 US-$ and above. You should also plan to pay a service charge of about 11 US-$ per person per day, which is distributed among the service personnel.
All cabins are very spacious, modern and comfortably fitted. Many cabins have their own balcony. As with the ships of the “Voyager” class, there are even cabins with a view on the shopping promenade of the ship.
There are different possibilities for enjoying the fine food on board. The main restaurant spans three decks and is decorated classical and stylish. The intimate “Portofino” restaurant offers delicious specialties of the Italian cuisine. Reservations can be made on board for an additional charge. The “Johnny Rockets” is a Diner in 50s style. Tasty burgers and hearty American fast food are cooked fresh to order here.
No matter if you like it rather quiet, or if you would like to celebrate in the disco: From piano music to shows in Broadway style to the huge disco, all souls on board can find their favorite place. Regularly, there will be held art auctions on board, and you will have infomation venues about the ports of call.
Sports and Wellness
The Spa is one of the largest at sea. It offers a spacious fitness area with a splendid ocean view, a pool with a relaxation area (“Solarium”), numerous fitness courses like Aerobics and Pilates (partly for a fee) as well as a sauna (separated by gender). The Spa offers a lot of treatments (for a fee).
Two more pools and a few whirlpools on deck invite you to swim and bathe.
The Independence of the Seas is the ultimate of the seven seas. You can surf on board in a special surf simulator, bathe in two whirlpools that hang 30 meters above the sea, romp about in the “Aqua Park” or climb the huge climbing wall – the ship becomes the destination. The service is professional and friendly, and you get a good value for your money. In any case, this ship is a real adventure!