Independence of the Seas has an impressive guest capacity of over 3,600, a length of 1,112ft and a gross tonnage of 160,000. Her maiden voyage was the 2nd May 2008 and she cruises at a comfortable speed of 21 knots/35mph. She offers a whole world of family friendly facilities just waiting to be discovered…
The main dining room is set upon three levels, each with a different name; Galileo, Isaac and Leonardo. If you fancy something a little more casual then there are plenty of options to choose from. For sandwiches, snacks and buffet food The Promenade Café, Jade Restaurant or Windjammer Café are the places to go. Chops Grille and Island grille is where you’ll find steaks, burgers and seafood. Johnny Rockets is the on-board 1950s restaurant with traditional American food and Sorrento’s has a selection of take-away pizza. Latte-tides is the on-board coffee shop with a selection of pastries and cakes. If you fancy some ice-cream then there is always Ben and Jerry’s and for the finest Italian cuisine then head down to Portofino for some tasty dishes.
There are lots of leisure activities to keep you entertained all day long aboard Independence of the Seas. You can go for surf on the brand new Flowrider, attempt to climb up the rock climbing wall, skate around the ice rink or take a dip in their various swimming pools and whirl pools. Catering for the athletic you’ll find a gym, full size sports court and full sized boxing ring, plus a 9-hole miniature golf course. If you are missing your family and friends at home you can always send them an e-postcard in the internet cafe. Amongst the many things to do, there is also; wine tastings and classes, casino and card game lessons, napkin folding, towel folding, fruit & vegetable carving, foreign language classes, learn to salsa dance and learn to swing dance!
The Pyramid Lounge offers guests a Las Vegas style theme with daily performances, or if you prefer a street dancing party then head down to the Royal Promenade for a nightly themed fancy dress party. The Schooner Bar is where you can have a good sing along with the on-board pianist, or boogie down to the Labyrinth where you can dance the night away at the disco. There are daily performances of ice-skating shows or if you prefer to just sit and listen to music then Cloud Nine and the Champagne Bar are the perfect place to have a quiet drink and relax. Casino Royale is perfect for anyone who fancies a bit of a gamble, with beginners lessons and tournaments for the more advanced, slot machines and all-round entertainment.
Independence of the seas has a fantastic day spa which includes; a large aerobics room, shipshape fitness centre, treatment rooms, and men’s and women’s sauna/steam rooms and relaxation areas. YSPA is a workshop specially catered to the teens aged 13-17. They offer mother and daughter massages, father and son workouts, self-tanning treatments and much, much more.
When it comes to keeping the kids entertained, you don’t have to worry about a thing with the on board activity programme perfectly tailored to children of any age. There are kids clubs available from 6 months to 17 years of age, each with an age appropriate programme. Challengers Arcade is where you will find non-stop fun for the teens, there are a variety of activities on-board including; backstage tours, arts and craft workshops, dance lessons, jewellery making, ice carving lessons, cooking demonstrations, playing the keyboard or even partake in a hip-hop dance lesson. There are plenty of shows, parties and discos all dedicated to families.
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