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Why choose Independence of the Seas?

One of the largest cruise ships afloat, the Independence of the seas can comfortably carry close to 5,000 passengers in comfort on cruises around the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and around northern Europe. There are eleven decks of comfortable accommodation, entertainment, indulgence and fabulous food. The scale and selection of on board entertainment such as The Children’s Club, The Video Arcade and The Adventure Ocean Youth Programme makes it perfect for a family holiday. Another big advantage of this British brand is that, until the end of October, all voyages on the ship depart from and return to the UK.

Cruise ships and facilities

There are 1817 cabins on board the Independence of the Seas, 842 of them with balconies and 242 with ocean views. The interior cabins overlook the Royal Promenade atrium at the heart of the ship. All cabins are of a good size with storage space and twin beds that can be converted to a queen sized double. 

Built in 2008, there are plenty of organised activities to take part in, from the golf simulator, climbing wall, basketball court and boxing ring, to the flow rider surf simulator and waterpark with interactive fountains. For the more sedentary who just want to relax, passengers can sit by one of the ship’s three pools, soak themselves in one of its six jacuzzis, or soak up the sun instead on the generous amount of deck space. 

As well as the grand main dining room, alternative dining options include the Chops Grille, the Portofino Italian restaurant, or Jade Oriental restaurant. Quick options include grabbing a quick treat at the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream parlour or a mouthful at the cupcake cupboard. Room service is also available. 

For evening entertainment the first stop has to be the impressive five-deck Alhambra Theatre, which stages Broadway style productions and comedy, with dancing music cabaret and ice shows presented in Studio B. Also on board is a TV studio, a piano bar, conference centre and the Viking Crown Lounge. However lively or refined you want your evening to be, there’s somewhere on the ship that will suit. 

Conclusion There are many advantages to taking a cruise on the Independence of the Seas but the main one has to be the choice that a ship of its size offers. However active or indulgent you want your cruise to be, there is something on board to suit your taste while you tour some of the most exciting and beautiful places on the planet.

Make it a fun-fueled journey to remember onboard Royal Caribbean International’s Independence of the Seas.


The Independence of the Seas caters for an active crowd who enjoy keeping fit when they’re away. There’s golf, swimming, jogging, ice skating and fitness classes galore and lots of fun new activities to try. If you prefer a slower pace of cruise holiday you can escape to the Solarium, a gorgeous adults only pool and tropical garden complete with hammocks for dozing. The ship is every bit as lively at night with two theatres presenting a mixed programme of Broadway style shows and cabaret. There’s lots of lively bars and lounges, especially around the main promenade area.


The Independence of the Seas provides a huge choice of cabin accommodation, there’s interior cabins, exterior rooms, ocean views, balcony staterooms and a glamorous array of suites available. Of her 1,800 staterooms around half have private balconies. In typical cruise holiday fashion the décor is simple and uses a classic colour palette of clean white with aquamarine highlights and most rooms have twin beds that join to create a comfy queen.


What you eat and drink during cruise holidays is just as important as the ports you visit and the cuisine onboard Independence of the Seas is nothing short of spectacular. Enjoy five course blowouts in the main dining room, have a home cooked Italian courtesy of Portofini or demolish a slice of pizza poolside from Sorrento’s. Windjammers is a masterclass for other cruise operators on how to do cruise holiday buffets. It’s filled with fresh, mouthwatering hot and cold dishes and has been clearly divided into stations, making it much easier and faster to find what you want.

Suites/Deluxe Staterooms

The ultimate in luxury! Most offer multiple rooms and balconies and some even offer extras like complimentary concierge service or a baby grand piano. 

✔ Private balcony 
✔ Luxurious bedding 
✔ TV, telephone, minibar and safe 
✔ Private bathroom with bath, vanity area and hair dryer 
✔ Full breakfast, lunch and dinner room service† 
✔ Complimentary Concierge service* 
✔ Priority check-in* 
✔ Priority departure* 
✔ Complimentary luggage valet service* 

Balcony Suites

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. 

✔ Private balcony 
✔ Sitting area with sofa bed* 
✔ Two twin beds or one Royal King bed 
✔ Luxurious bedding 
✔ TV, telephone and safe 
✔ Private bathroom with shower, vanity area and hair dryer 
✔ Room service available 24 hours a day 

Outside Staterooms

Take in the stunning scenery and fabulous sunsets from right outside your window. 

✔ View of the ocean 
✔ Sitting area 
✔ Two twin beds or one Royal King bed 
✔ Luxurious bedding 
✔ TV, telephone and safe 
✔ Private bathroom with shower, vanity area and hair dryer 
✔ Room service available 24 hours a day 

Interior Staterooms

Comfort and little luxuries are the order of the day in our cosy and affordable Interior Staterooms. 

✔ Sitting area 
✔ Two twin beds or one Royal King bed 
✔ Luxurious bedding 
✔ TV, telephone, kettle and safe 
✔ Private bathroom with shower, vanity area and hair dryer 
✔ Room service available


Maximum Capacity:    3634
Year Entered Service:    02/05/2008
Beam (Ship Width):    184 ft
Draught(Ship Depth):    28 ft
Length:    1112 ft
Tonnage:    158000
Crew:    1360
Cruising Speed:    22 kts
Number of Decks:    28
Number of Lifts:    16
Number of Pools:    3
Number of restaurants:    5
Formal nights:    Yes
Adult Only:    No
Kids Club:    Yes

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