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Independence of the Seas

 The third member of Royal Caribbean’s Freedom class, Independence of the Seas boasts cruise line firsts with the virtual reality bungee trampoline experience, SkyPad, exhilarating Laser Tag and thrilling Escape Room – perfect for challenging family and friends. There are plenty of Royal Caribbean-favourites still on-board such as the FlowRider and Broadway-style shows at the theatre.

 
  • Launched: 02 May 2008
  • 1112 feet
  • 3634 passengers

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Izumi - Royal Caribbean

Dining

.For main dining and quick eats, Independence boasts a wide range of venues to dine. Windjammer and the British-inspired Fish & Ships are perfect for snack pit-stops and finger food, while the main dining room is a lavish and formal experience, complete with chandelier.

There are a few small restaurants such as Sorrento´s pizzeria situated on the Promenade, beside Ben & Jerry´s ice cream parlour and the sweet-treat haven of Sugar Beach

Speciality restaurants include the Italian-inspired Giovanni´s Table, steakhouse restaurant, Chops Grille, American diner at Johnny Rockets and the unique Izumi for Japanese-style teppanyaki dining.

Interior of an Ocean View stateroom on-board Independence of the Seas

Accommodation

A wide range of comfortable and spacious suites and staterooms are available on-board Independence of the Seas, with something to suit every preference and budget.

If you are looking for a spacious balcony for additional space to relax and greet your ports of call in the morning, or if you´d like to treat yourself to some additional luxury, you will find an accommodation option to suit you. Travelling with the family? There are spacious and luxurious Royal Family Suites and two-bedroom Grand Suites available, as well as Interior, Ocean View and Promenade Family Staterooms.

FlowRider - Royal Caribbean

Leisure

Try your hand at surfing on the FlowRider surf simulator, scale the rock climbing wall, take to the ice rink or take a dip in a choice of swimming pools and whirlpools. The choice if yours!

For the more active and athletic cruiser, there is a fully-equipped gym, full-sized sports court, plus a nine-hole miniature golf course.

Take a time out in the Playmakers Sports Bar, with arcade games, sports quizzes, chicken wings and sliders - perfect for watching your favourite team on-board!

After a fun and active day at sea, if you find that you are missing your family and friends back home, you can always send them an e-postcard from the comfortable internet café.

SkyPad - independence of the Seas

Entertainment

Independence of the Seas offers excellent entertainment with the fantastic Broadway production of Grease – renowned as the best show at sea!

The Pyramid Lounge offers guests a Las Vegas-style theme with a pleasing choice of daily performances or, if you prefer a street dancing party, head down to the Royal Promenade where music and dancing is a must.

The Schooner Bar is the place to be if you want to have a good sing-along with the on-board pianist, and for late-night boogies Studio B is perfect for donning your dancing shoes.

If you´re feeling lucky, join in the fun at Casino Royale for blackjack, poker and plenty of slot machines. /p>

    • Amazing FlowRider surf simulator
    • Outdoor movie screen for family cinema trips
    • Virtual trampoline park at SkyPad
    • Thrilling Laser Tag: Battle for Planet Z
    • Exciting miniature golf course
    • Exclusive Ben & Jerry’s shop
    • Three storeys of dual racer waterslides
    • Award-winning Adventure Ocean Kids Club
    • Exhilarating Escape Room
    • New restaurants; Fish & Ships and Izumi

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Independence of the Seas Cabins

Interior Stateroom - Guaranteed

Interior Stateroom - Guaranteed

Interior Stateroom - Guaranteed

Family Inside Stateroom

Family Inside Stateroom

Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size) and private bathroom.

Interior

Interior

Two twin beds that convert to Royal King and private bathroom. Stateroom: 160 sq. ft

Promenade View Interior

Promenade View Interior

A view of the Royal Promenade with bowed windows, two twin beds that convert to Royal King and private bathroom. Stateroom: 169 sq. ft.

Spacious Promenade View Interior

Spacious Promenade View Interior

Two twin beds that convert to Royal King. Sofa converts to double, two Pullman beds, private bathroom and sitting area. Stateroom: 340 sq. ft.

Accessible Inside

Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size) with open bed frames, wider entry door, turning spaces, sitting area with lowered vanity, closet rods, and safe, and a private bathroom with a wider door, roll-in shower, grab bars, fold-down shower bench, hand-held shower head, raised toilet, and a lowered sink. Following inside staterooms have a Promenade view: 6315 and 6615.

Interior Stateroom

Interior Stateroom

Promenade (Inside)

A view of the Royal Promenade with bowed windows, two twin beds (can convert into queen-size) and private bathroom.

Promenade Family Stateroom

Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size) and private bathroom.

Ocean View - Guaranteed

Ocean View - Guaranteed

Ocean View - Guaranteed

Family Oceanview Stateroom

Family Oceanview Stateroom

Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size), sofa and/or Pullman beds, sitting area and private bathroom.

Large Ocean View

Large Ocean View

Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size), and private bathroom.

Spacious Ocean View

Spacious Ocean View

Two twin beds that convert to Royal King and private bathroom. Stateroom: 211 sq. ft

Ocean View

Ocean View

Two twin beds that convert to Royal King and private bathroom. Stateroom: 180 sq. ft

Spacious Panoramic Ocean View

Spacious Panoramic Ocean View

Two lower twin beds convert to Royal King. Double sofa bed for quad staterooms. Vanity with sitting area, Private bathroom with shower. Floor to Ceiling wrap around panoramic window. Stateroom: 175 sq. ft.

Ultra Spacious Ocean View

Ultra Spacious Ocean View

Two twin beds that convert to Royal King. Sofa converts to double, two Pullman beds, private bathroom and sitting area. Stateroom: 351 sq. ft.

Accessible Outside

Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size) with open bed frames, wider entry door, turning spaces, sitting area with lowered vanity, closet rods, and safe, and a private bathroom with a wider door, roll-in shower, grab bars, fold-down shower bench, hand-held shower head, raised toilet, and a lowered sink.

Ocean View Stateroom

Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size) and private bathroom.

Superior Balcony

Superior Balcony

Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size), sitting area (some with sofa bed), private balcony and private bathroom.

Spacious Ocean View Balcony

Spacious Ocean View Balcony

Two twin beds that convert to Royal King, sitting area, private balcony and private bathroom. Stateroom: 214 sq. ft. Balcony: 42 sq. ft.

Ocean View Balcony

Ocean View Balcony

Two twin beds that convert to Royal King, sitting area, private balcony and private bathroom. Stateroom: 199 sq. ft. Balcony: 53 sq. ft.

Deluxe Balcony

Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size), sitting area (some with sofa bed), private balcony and private bathroom.

Accessible Balcony

Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size) with open bed frames, wider entry door, turning spaces, private balcony, sitting area with lowered vanity, closet rods, and safe, and a private bathroom with a wider door, roll-in shower, grab bars, fold-down shower bench, hand-held shower head, raised toilet, and a lowered sink.

Balcony Stateroom - Guaranteed

Balcony Stateroom - Guaranteed

Suite - Guaranteed

Suite - Guaranteed

Suite - Guaranteed

Villa Suite - 4 Bedroom

Villa Suite - 4 Bedroom

Two master bedrooms with baths. Two additional bedrooms, each with two Pullman beds and two twin beds that convert to Royal King. Two additional bathrooms with showers and a spacious living area with a sofa bed and dining table. Private balcony with dining area, lounge chairs and whirpool. Stateroom: 1,296 sq. ft. Balcony: 845 sq. ft.

Ocean View Panoramic Suite

Ocean View Panoramic Suite

Two twin beds that convert to Royal King. Curtained section with bunk beds. Living area with double sofa bed, vanity and sitting area. One and a half baths with shower. Floor to ceiling wrap around panoramic windows. Stateroom: 406 sq. ft.

Royal Suite - 1 Bedroom

Royal Suite - 1 Bedroom

Grand entrance with doorbell. Separate bedroom with king-size bed, and private bathroom with tub, private balcony with whirpool, living room with queen-size sofa bed and baby grand piano. Stateroom: 1,633 sq. ft. Balcony: 249 sq. ft.

Owner's Suite - 1 Bedroom

Owner's Suite - 1 Bedroom

Marble entry with door bell. Queen-size bed, bathroom with tub. Separate living area with a queen-size sofa bed. Stateroom: 622 sq. ft. Balcony: 160 sq. ft.

Grand Suite - 2 Bedroom

Grand Suite - 2 Bedroom

Two bedrooms with two twin beds that convert to Royal King (one room with third and fourth Pullman beds), a private balcony, two bathrooms and living area with double sofa bed. Stateroom: 616 sq. ft. Balcony: 208 sq. ft.

Grand Suite - 1 Bedroom

Grand Suite - 1 Bedroom

Marble entry. Room has two twin beds that convert to Royal King, private balcony, sitting area and private bathroom with tub. Stateroom: 432 sq. ft. Balcony: 89 sq. ft.

Royal Family Suite

Royal Family Suite

Two bedrooms with twin beds that convert to queen-size beds (one room with third and fourth Pullman beds), a private balcony, two bathrooms and living area with double sofa bed.

Junior Suite

Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size), private balcony, sitting area (some with sofa bed) and private bathroom.

Accessible Suite

Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size) with open bed frames, wider entry door, turning spaces, private balcony, sitting area with lowered vanity, closet rods, and safe, and a private bathroom with a wider door, roll-in shower, grab bars, fold-down shower bench, hand-held shower head, raised toilet, and a lowered sink.

Presidential Family Suite with Balcony

Two master bedrooms with baths. Two additional bedrooms, each with two Pullman beds and two twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed. Two additional bathrooms with showers and a spacious living area with a sofa bed and dining table. Private balcony with dining area and lounge chairs.

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Cabin Categories

  • WSSuite - Guaranteed
  • VSVilla Suite - 4 Bedroom
  • VPOcean View Panoramic Suite
  • RSRoyal Suite - 1 Bedroom
  • OSOwner's Suite - 1 Bedroom
  • GTGrand Suite - 2 Bedroom
  • GSGrand Suite - 1 Bedroom
  • FSRoyal Family Suite
  • JSJunior Suite
  • AWAccessible Suite
  • PSPresidential Family Suite with Balcony
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Independence of the Seas Cabins

Interior Stateroom - Guaranteed

Interior Stateroom - Guaranteed

Interior Stateroom - Guaranteed

Family Inside Stateroom

Family Inside Stateroom

Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size) and private bathroom.

Interior

Interior

Two twin beds that convert to Royal King and private bathroom. Stateroom: 160 sq. ft

Promenade View Interior

Promenade View Interior

A view of the Royal Promenade with bowed windows, two twin beds that convert to Royal King and private bathroom. Stateroom: 169 sq. ft.

Spacious Promenade View Interior

Spacious Promenade View Interior

Two twin beds that convert to Royal King. Sofa converts to double, two Pullman beds, private bathroom and sitting area. Stateroom: 340 sq. ft.

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Accessible Inside

Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size) with open bed frames, wider entry door, turning spaces, sitting area with lowered vanity, closet rods, and safe, and a private bathroom with a wider door, roll-in shower, grab bars, fold-down shower bench, hand-held shower head, raised toilet, and a lowered sink. Following inside staterooms have a Promenade view: 6315 and 6615.

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Interior Stateroom

Interior Stateroom

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Promenade (Inside)

A view of the Royal Promenade with bowed windows, two twin beds (can convert into queen-size) and private bathroom.

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Promenade Family Stateroom

Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size) and private bathroom.

Ocean View - Guaranteed

Ocean View - Guaranteed

Ocean View - Guaranteed

Family Oceanview Stateroom

Family Oceanview Stateroom

Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size), sofa and/or Pullman beds, sitting area and private bathroom.

Large Ocean View

Large Ocean View

Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size), and private bathroom.

Spacious Ocean View

Spacious Ocean View

Two twin beds that convert to Royal King and private bathroom. Stateroom: 211 sq. ft

Ocean View

Ocean View

Two twin beds that convert to Royal King and private bathroom. Stateroom: 180 sq. ft

Spacious Panoramic Ocean View

Spacious Panoramic Ocean View

Two lower twin beds convert to Royal King. Double sofa bed for quad staterooms. Vanity with sitting area, Private bathroom with shower. Floor to Ceiling wrap around panoramic window. Stateroom: 175 sq. ft.

Ultra Spacious Ocean View

Ultra Spacious Ocean View

Two twin beds that convert to Royal King. Sofa converts to double, two Pullman beds, private bathroom and sitting area. Stateroom: 351 sq. ft.

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Accessible Outside

Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size) with open bed frames, wider entry door, turning spaces, sitting area with lowered vanity, closet rods, and safe, and a private bathroom with a wider door, roll-in shower, grab bars, fold-down shower bench, hand-held shower head, raised toilet, and a lowered sink.

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Ocean View Stateroom

Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size) and private bathroom.

Superior Balcony

Superior Balcony

Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size), sitting area (some with sofa bed), private balcony and private bathroom.

Spacious Ocean View Balcony

Spacious Ocean View Balcony

Two twin beds that convert to Royal King, sitting area, private balcony and private bathroom. Stateroom: 214 sq. ft. Balcony: 42 sq. ft.

Ocean View Balcony

Ocean View Balcony

Two twin beds that convert to Royal King, sitting area, private balcony and private bathroom. Stateroom: 199 sq. ft. Balcony: 53 sq. ft.

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Deluxe Balcony

Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size), sitting area (some with sofa bed), private balcony and private bathroom.

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Accessible Balcony

Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size) with open bed frames, wider entry door, turning spaces, private balcony, sitting area with lowered vanity, closet rods, and safe, and a private bathroom with a wider door, roll-in shower, grab bars, fold-down shower bench, hand-held shower head, raised toilet, and a lowered sink.

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Balcony Stateroom - Guaranteed

Balcony Stateroom - Guaranteed

Suite - Guaranteed

Suite - Guaranteed

Suite - Guaranteed

Villa Suite - 4 Bedroom

Villa Suite - 4 Bedroom

Two master bedrooms with baths. Two additional bedrooms, each with two Pullman beds and two twin beds that convert to Royal King. Two additional bathrooms with showers and a spacious living area with a sofa bed and dining table. Private balcony with dining area, lounge chairs and whirpool. Stateroom: 1,296 sq. ft. Balcony: 845 sq. ft.

Ocean View Panoramic Suite

Ocean View Panoramic Suite

Two twin beds that convert to Royal King. Curtained section with bunk beds. Living area with double sofa bed, vanity and sitting area. One and a half baths with shower. Floor to ceiling wrap around panoramic windows. Stateroom: 406 sq. ft.

Royal Suite - 1 Bedroom

Royal Suite - 1 Bedroom

Grand entrance with doorbell. Separate bedroom with king-size bed, and private bathroom with tub, private balcony with whirpool, living room with queen-size sofa bed and baby grand piano. Stateroom: 1,633 sq. ft. Balcony: 249 sq. ft.

Owner's Suite - 1 Bedroom

Owner's Suite - 1 Bedroom

Marble entry with door bell. Queen-size bed, bathroom with tub. Separate living area with a queen-size sofa bed. Stateroom: 622 sq. ft. Balcony: 160 sq. ft.

Grand Suite - 2 Bedroom

Grand Suite - 2 Bedroom

Two bedrooms with two twin beds that convert to Royal King (one room with third and fourth Pullman beds), a private balcony, two bathrooms and living area with double sofa bed. Stateroom: 616 sq. ft. Balcony: 208 sq. ft.

Grand Suite - 1 Bedroom

Grand Suite - 1 Bedroom

Marble entry. Room has two twin beds that convert to Royal King, private balcony, sitting area and private bathroom with tub. Stateroom: 432 sq. ft. Balcony: 89 sq. ft.

Royal Family Suite

Royal Family Suite

Two bedrooms with twin beds that convert to queen-size beds (one room with third and fourth Pullman beds), a private balcony, two bathrooms and living area with double sofa bed.

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Junior Suite

Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size), private balcony, sitting area (some with sofa bed) and private bathroom.

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Accessible Suite

Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size) with open bed frames, wider entry door, turning spaces, private balcony, sitting area with lowered vanity, closet rods, and safe, and a private bathroom with a wider door, roll-in shower, grab bars, fold-down shower bench, hand-held shower head, raised toilet, and a lowered sink.

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Presidential Family Suite with Balcony

Two master bedrooms with baths. Two additional bedrooms, each with two Pullman beds and two twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed. Two additional bathrooms with showers and a spacious living area with a sofa bed and dining table. Private balcony with dining area and lounge chairs.

Select Deck

Cabin Categories

  • WSSuite - Guaranteed
  • VSVilla Suite - 4 Bedroom
  • VPOcean View Panoramic Suite
  • RSRoyal Suite - 1 Bedroom
  • OSOwner's Suite - 1 Bedroom
  • GTGrand Suite - 2 Bedroom
  • GSGrand Suite - 1 Bedroom
  • FSRoyal Family Suite
  • JSJunior Suite
  • AWAccessible Suite
  • PSPresidential Family Suite with Balcony
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itineraries-iconIndependence of the Seas Itineraries

Departure Date Itinerary Embarkation port Nights Prices from
19 October 2019 France, Spain & Portugal
Southampton 7
£889pp view
26 October 2019 Caribbean Transatlantic
Southampton 14
£1039pp view
09 November 2019 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 7
£1569pp view
05 December 2019 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 4
£899pp view
14 December 2019 Western Carribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£1169pp view
19 December 2019 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 4
£1049pp view
23 December 2019 Western Caribbean Holiday
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£1549pp view
28 December 2019 Western Caribbean New Year
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£1919pp view
02 January 2020 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£1289pp view
11 January 2020 Western Carribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£1089pp view
24 January 2020 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
03 February 2020 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£1219pp view
13 February 2020 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 4
£919pp view
17 February 2020 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£1319pp view
22 February 2020 Western Carribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£1029pp view
02 March 2020 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£979pp view
07 March 2020 Western Carribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£1049pp view
12 March 2020 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 4
£949pp view
16 March 2020 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£1129pp view
21 March 2020 Western Carribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£1069pp view
26 March 2020 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 4
£889pp view
04 April 2020 Western Carribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£1569pp view
09 April 2020 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 4
£1099pp view
13 April 2020 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£1529pp view
18 April 2020 Western Carribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£1169pp view
23 April 2020 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 4
£989pp view
27 April 2020 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£1499pp view
02 May 2020 Western Caribbean & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
07 May 2020 Bahamas & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 4
£1069pp view
11 May 2020 Western Caribbean & Perfect
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
16 May 2020 Perfect Day Weekend
Ft. Lauderdale 2
£939pp view
18 May 2020 Bahamas & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 4
CALL view
22 May 2020 Bahamas & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 3
£1149pp view
25 May 2020 Bahamas & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 4
CALL view
29 May 2020 Bahamas & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 3
CALL view
01 June 2020 Bahamas & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 4
£1169pp view
05 June 2020 Bahamas & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 3
CALL view
08 June 2020 Bahamas & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 4
CALL view
12 June 2020 Bahamas & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 3
£1099pp view
15 June 2020 Bahamas & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 4
£1249pp view
19 June 2020 Bahamas & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 3
£1179pp view
22 June 2020 Bahamas & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 3
CALL view
22 June 2020 Bahamas & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 4
£1299pp view
26 June 2020 Bahamas & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 3
£1189pp view
26 June 2020 Bahamas & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 3
CALL view
29 June 2020 Bahamas & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 4
CALL view
03 July 2020 Bahamas & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 3
CALL view
06 July 2020 Western Caribbean & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
11 July 2020 Western Caribbean & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£1659pp view
16 July 2020 Bahamas & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 4
CALL view
20 July 2020 Western Caribbean & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
20 July 2020 Western Caribbean & Perfect Day
5
CALL view
25 July 2020 Western Caribbean & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
30 July 2020 Bahamas & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 4
CALL view
03 August 2020 Western Caribbean & Perfect
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£1529pp view
08 August 2020 Western Caribbean & Perfect
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£1949pp view
13 August 2020 Bahamas & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 4
CALL view
17 August 2020 Western Caribbean & Perfect
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
17 August 2020 Western Caribbean & Perfect
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
22 August 2020 Western Caribbean & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
27 August 2020 Bahamas & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 4
CALL view
31 August 2020 Western Caribbean & Perfect
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
05 September 2020 Western Caribbean & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
10 September 2020 Bahamas & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 4
£1549pp view
14 September 2020 Western Caribbean & Perfect
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£1619pp view
19 September 2020 Western Caribbean & Perfect
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£1639pp view
24 September 2020 Bahamas & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 4
£1599pp view
28 September 2020 Western Caribbean & Perfect
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£1619pp view
03 October 2020 Western Caribbean & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£1669pp view
08 October 2020 Bahamas & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 4
£1569pp view
12 October 2020 Western Caribbean & Perfect
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£1639pp view
17 October 2020 Western Caribbean & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£1689pp view
22 October 2020 Bahamas & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 4
CALL view
26 October 2020 Western Caribbean & Perfect
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
31 October 2020 Western Caribbean & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
05 November 2020 Bahamas & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 4
£1469pp view
09 November 2020 Western Caribbean & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£1489pp view
09 November 2020 Western Caribbean & Perfect Day
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
14 November 2020 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 7
£1339pp view
21 November 2020 Western Carribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
26 November 2020 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 4
CALL view
30 November 2020 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
05 December 2020 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£1699pp view
10 December 2020 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 4
£1299pp view
14 December 2020 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£1619pp view
14 December 2020 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
19 December 2020 Western Carribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£1599pp view
24 December 2020 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 4
£1769pp view
28 December 2020 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
02 January 2021 Western Carribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
£1789pp view
07 January 2021 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 4
CALL view
11 January 2021 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
16 January 2021 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
21 January 2021 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 4
CALL view
25 January 2021 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
30 January 2021 Western Carribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
04 February 2021 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 4
CALL view
08 February 2021 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
13 February 2021 Western Carribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
13 February 2021 Western Carribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
18 February 2021 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 4
CALL view
22 February 2021 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
27 February 2021 Western Carribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
27 February 2021 Western Carribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
04 March 2021 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 4
CALL view
08 March 2021 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
13 March 2021 Western Carribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
18 March 2021 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 4
CALL view
22 March 2021 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
27 March 2021 Western Carribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
01 April 2021 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 4
CALL view
05 April 2021 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
10 April 2021 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 5
CALL view
15 April 2021 Western Caribbean
Ft. Lauderdale 4
CALL view

Independence of the Seas Reviews

Lorraine Brantley

star rating

What an amazing ship! Upon entering my Balcony Stateroom I must admit I was afraid to look down at first as she is enormous. After an hour or so I was brave enough to take a peek, and the view was amazing. Feeling on top of the world springs to mind?

One thing about this ship is that even though she is big, sometimes you wonder where everybody is. There are so many different choices from dining to drinking to gambling and shopping that not one place was ever “overcrowded”. The Royal Promenade is a hub of activity, parades taking place throughout your Cruise and a highlight with Royal Caribbean. Its so easy to forget you are on a Cruise, feels more like a lively city.

The adventure Ocean will keep all the children amused and entertained from dusk til dawn, giving the adults time to relax, safe in the knowledge that they are as safe as houses.

Food comes in abundance, everything from sugar free to vegetarian, certainly no-one would leave feeling hungry. What better way to burn off those calories than a dance in the open air night club with a blanket of stars twinkling down.

Time for another Cruise I think.

Rick Brennan

star rating

I have just returned from 2 weeks holiday on the Independence of the Sea. On the whole I loved the cruise and we had a fantastic time. We had a superb balcony cabin which was at the back of the ship and had a large spacious balcony for us to sit out on. The balcony was slightly shaded over, but it was also very safe with an active 5 year old, as there was a small decked area between our balcony and the end of ship going out to sea so it took away any worries we had.

We spent most of the time around the H2O Zone, which again with the little one was great. There was a shortage of sunbeds on the days as sea but on the days the ship was in port we did not have a problem.

Our little boy spent some time in the kiddies club and really enjoyed it. But we also spent family time in the pool, playing mini-golf, ballgames or table tennis and watching the flow-rider (none of us were brave enough to have a go ourselves!!).

In the evening we watch amazing shows both in the main theatre and at the ice rink and on the first and last nights enjoyed sitting on the promenade area of the ship and watching the processions go by.

We had booked my-time dining which was great as we could eat at what ever time we wanted. Most days we booked our table in the morning and never had a problem with getting the time we wanted. A couple of times we did just turn up and the most we then had to wait was 10 minutes. All the food we tried was fantastic and the steak in the Chops Grill was among the best I have eaten. We also ate in the Jonny Rockets restaurant one night after a long day ashore and this was a really good family fun night.

Top tips; in case you didnt know tea and coffee is free at several locations around the ship as is ice cream by the pool. The Windjammer restaurant offered one of the best buffets I have ever seen and there was also free flavoured water available here.

Just a couple of minor issues; I did think there was an excessive amount of video games to walk through to get to the kiddies club and at $1 a go it would be quite easy to run up a large bill, we limited our son to 1 or 2 goes a day but some of his friends spent along time in here and it was hard to keep saying no. I believe the ship is going into get a refurbished next year and it was looking a little tatty around the edge. The flow rider was taped up on one side and the Jacuzzi in the adult solarium was also dirty around the edges.

We all made some really good friends and have taken away many memories to last forever and I cant wait to start planning next years cruise already.

Robin Henderson

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After recently returning from a cruise on-board the Independence of the Seas, I thought it was essential that I shared my excellent experience with the rest of the world. Not only was this my first ever cruise holiday it was the best holiday I have ever been on. What I loved the most about this enormous ship was the amount of activities on-board for us to do. As a young couple going on our first ever cruise we was kind of sceptical about what would keep us entertained throughout. But this wasnt a problem on this ship as we had a new activity to try each and every day. Whether it be surfing the waves on the Flo-Rider or being a little less active in the Spa. Playing on the Nintendo Wii in one of the bars on-board or relaxing in the Jacuzzi looking out to sea.

We settled for an inside cabin to try and keep costs low, and was worried that we may feel a little claustrophobic but that wasnt a problem as all we needed to do was flick on the television to get a view from the deck. We could have an ocean-view stateroom without the price tag so I definitely recommend this for people who dont want to pay as much.

As we was trying to keep costs down we didnt spend many days on-shore and we really wanted to make the most of our money and experience everything the ship had to offer. The only problem with this was that it was very quiet on-board on days in port and some of the shops and activities shut up until we set sail again. However it was great to get the best spot around the pool for a little quiet reading as most of the other guests were ashore.

The food on-board was amazing, the main restaurant where we had our meal most night was next to none and although they had a different menu each night, whenever I fancied something a little different the chef was always happy to make it for me. We did go to “Chops Grille” one night as it was my birthday during the cruise, there was a small supplement of $30 per person but it was definitely worth it. A little quieter than the main dining room and we booked a table for two which was good as it give us a little privacy for that special occasion and again the food was incredible, if there was no supplement in this restaurant I could have eaten their speciality steak every single night.

Overall I really enjoyed my holiday on-board the Independence of the Seas, it was more than I could have wished for in a holiday and was the perfect birthday. If I was to change anything it would be the wear and tear around the ship as it was clearly tired and could do with a touch up, for example the cutlery and plates were, although very clean, well-used. However I would not let this stop me returning again. Although I havent been on any of Royal Caribbeans other ships I would highly recommend any of them even if it was just for the service from all of the employees on-board who were always going above and beyond to make our holiday exceptional. Even though we already pre-paid our gratuities at the time of booking after being advised this was the best way we still felt the staff deserved more and actually tipped them a little with the envelopes we was given at the end of our cruise.

Colleen Leak

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My family and myself have never been cruising before and we didn’t know if we would like it or not and didn’t like the idea of being on a cruise ship for 7-14 days if we didn’t like it. Our cruise concierge recommended we maybe try a mini cruise from Southampton to see if we would like it.

What a great idea!

We booked our car parking at Southampton cruise port before we travelled and it was so straight forward and easy. No flights, No delays, No mad airports!

We booked 2 outside cabins on board the Independence of the Seas departing from Southampton. We travelled to Bruges and Paris. Not really exciting destinations but it was perfect for us as it wasn’t too far and was within are time frame.

We loved the size of the ship with all of its entertainment on board, broad way style shows, excellent restaurants, friendly staff, and comfortable cabins. This was a perfect insight to cruising with out spending a fortune and to see if we would like it or not. ….. WE LOVED IT!!

It was that good we have not booked for the Celebrity Eclipse for next Summer. Cant wait this is us hooked now on cruising

Darina Bowman

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We’ve just come back from our first cruise as a family and we were really impressed with Royal Caribbean. The Independence of the Seas was absolutely amazing and there was always something to do. Our children are very active so they loved all the different games in the kids clubs and loved splashing about in the pools.

We really enjoyed some quiet time as well, and I have to say the children’s entertainers were out of this world!

It was a special treat for us but it’s certainly a holiday that we will look to do again, and again!

Elaine Elvin

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I have just come back from my hen do on the fabulous Independence Of The Seas! When my friends & I compared the cost of a nice spa break over the weekend and of course a girly night out it was so comparable to the 2 night sampler on offer that we booked it and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made! There was so much to do! We sampled the majority of the bars, we had free time in the spa using the hot tubs/ whirl pools and sauna, we got glammed up and went to Casino Royale just for the atmosphere really, not nessecarily to gamble! We had a right laugh ice skating and then as part of the hen do dares my chief bridesmaid had to tackle the Flow Rider! I’d never have thought of this idea as a hen do but it was absolutely fantastic!

Lorraine Allen

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The holiday was originally a time for the family to bond and spend some quality time together but with so much to do for the kids, it actually turns out we didn’t see much of them, which was great for them and even better for us. There was My Family Time Dining available, which meant that after 45 minutes the kids were whisked away to the Adventure Ocean kids club and we were left to eat our meals in peace. It was just such a relief to know the kids were safe and happy and doing their own thing rather than being stuck with their parents! During the day they had so much to be getting on with as well, they didn’t have time to think about being bored. They took part in all sorts of activities like the Flowrider Surf Simulator and ice skating in the skating rink. They even challenged themselves and climbed the rock climbing wall. We were glad to get rid of them for a few hours every day but still felt safe in the knowledge that they were well looked after.

I’d seen the Independence in Southampton a few times but after experiencing it for myself it is a whole other story than just looking up in awe at her sheer size. Being on-board and experiencing everything hands on is something I just can’t describe. To really take it all in, you just have to experience it for yourself.

She even has a Starbucks onboard…my favourite coffee! That was an instant winner for me and I was told by one of the friendly staff that it is a new feature on all Royal Caribbean ships now. We had lunch in the buffet restaurant Windjammer on a number of occasions and even ordered food into our cabin from the complimentary room service that was available. We had food coming out of ears! There was even a Ben and Jerry’s Icecream Parlour…something for the kids and for me! There was just so much choice for places to eat, it was hard to choose sometimes. We didn’t know whether to just dine in the main restaurant or go somewhere different like the Jade Restaurant or Johnny Rockets. There was something for everyone, and it was the choice of food and things to do that really captured our attention. The kids had the best holiday of their lives and are begging to go on another cruise already. They came away having had so much fun and made new friends who they are going to stay in touch with. My favourite aspect of the whole thing had to be the Broadway style theatre with their amazing shows, and of course the Vitality spa where I treated myself to a manicure, a haircut and blow dry and a massage. Lady of luxury!

Natalie Dean

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WOW!!! What a size of ship. We knew she was big however didn’t expect her to be as big as she was. We loved the fact we could wander around the ship (which was at full capacity) yet it was never overcrowded anywhere. We went for a promande oceanview cabin which overlooks Royal Promenade. Cabin was a really nice size and we had the bay window where we could people watch or watch the street parties or even parades.

There was so many different choices for dining. We usually ate in the main restaurant but did enjoy every now and again going up to Johnny Rockets which is the 50s diner. We opted for the soft drinks package which we could use anywhere on the ship. Staff were always very courteous and friendly.

We would often spend our sea days up at the pool and in the cantelievered whirlpools or watching people attempt surfing (we weren’t brave enough).

Overall we had a fantastic time and will definitely be back!!

Donald Jones

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We did a cruise with Royal Caribbean on Independence of the seas. What a fantastic ship. Loads to do, and kept the kids occupied all day. We booked an outside cabin, which was fine, but next time we are having a balcony. Weather was great, staff were fantastic and the general service on board was excellent. Definitely going with them again.

Mandy Brewster

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Had a great time on board Independence of the Sea’s. The staff on board were excellent & anything we needed they made sure we got. Excellent for kids & that was great for me because I never saw them they were always at the clubs or the waterpark.J There are so many activities to try, we loved Ice skating & surfing never thought I would try them especially whilst at sea!

The food was great & I would definitely recommend “Portifinos” for a nice evening without the kid’s . I would recommend pre paying the gratuities so you can have My Time Dining & then take advantage of the Family My Time dining where they will take your children whilst you eat alone! I normally go for cruises that look after the children more than me & hubby but the Independence is definitely a ship for everyone & cant wait to get back on it!

Lynn McShane

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I have never cruised before and decided on the Royal Caribbean Independence for my first cruise I travelled as a single parent with 3 children under 14. I think we've been spoilt on our first cruise! I thought the price was reasonable but the value for money completely exceeded my expectations. It was the best holiday we've had. I was worried being a single parent on board but there was so much for them to do. Kids clubs and activities. We did loads as a family but I also got the time to have a couple of spa treatments which I never expected. The staff were amazing and the kids loved every minute. I can't imagine we will ever do a land based holiday again. Royal Caribbean have totally hooked us on cruising and I booked my next on board! The destinations were a bonus but its the Independence that made it a holiday!

Marcia Pickford

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We’ve just returned from an amazing holiday on Independence of the Seas. We expected a lot going on, on board, especially after reading up on the ship, but nothing prepared us for such an incredible choice! The children were always entertained, and loved the rock climbing wall!

We had time to relax while they were off doing allsorts of sports and activities, so this made a lovely change for us.

We were never without some scrumptious food, and again, the kids had such a great choice so no tea time worries! We’re looking at the Oasis of the seas now, so lets see if that ship can top this one…it looks likely!

Gillian Walters

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My family and myself have just returned from the Independence of the Seas and would like to share our experience with you.

We cruised from Southampton for a 2 week cruise during the Summer and we had a FANTASTIC time!! We treated ourselves to a balcony cabin which was lovely as we had the fresh sea breeze coming in on the days at sea. We sat on our balcony coming into port with our coffees and watched the world go by.

Our kids loved the H2O zone where they played they until the hearts were content. Such a great idea to have a mini water park on board. They also went to the children’s clubs a couple of times and I would rate them very highly as they were very high tech and had everything for the kids.

We booked a couple of shore excursions with Royal Caribbean and others we done by ourselves. The ones we booked with the cruise company were quite good value for your money, it just really depends on what activity you are looking to do. I would advise to book these before you go as they will guarantee your place on your preferred excursion.

We thought the dining was great with different venues to choose from and the service I could not fault as they were always asking was everything ok especially for the kids!

The skating show in Studio B is a must see with all the family – AMAZING! They must practise every waking hour as it was just perfect.

Thank you very much for directing us to this cruise as we loved it that much we want to try the Allure or Oasis which has been recommended by other fellow cruisers.

Graeme Thomas

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We booked this cruise for 14 of us to celebrate our 30th Wedding anniversary . The Presidential suite across the back of the ship proved great value as we only paid the full price for the first 2 adults everyone else paid £599 there were 4 bedrooms our dining room hot tubs and even our own dining room. The entertainment onboard was the best of Florida or Las Vegas with the Main Street Parade leaving us amazed . We also loved the Dancing on Ice with very athletic Canadian and Russian dancers we even had a try ourselves one morning. If you want a fun party week or celebration it takes a lot of beating

Gregory Bertie

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Our first ever cruise! We debated over a cruise or a hotel based holiday for months and finally decided on the Royal Caribbean Independence of the seas, departing from Southampton. I was nervous as I didn’t know if we would enjoy cruising.

From start to finish the cruise was perfect! The kids loved the fact that they could join the kids club use the H2O zone which they absolutely loved. This meant that we could really enjoy our holiday knowing the kids were happy!

Then on an evening we all came together to watch some amazing family entertainment.

Perfect trip for families and great value for money!

Gill Frampton

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A fantastic ship which has excellent facilities for all the family. The Royal promenade was full of amazing shops and cafes. We had an interior cabin which was very comfortable and gave us more than enough space. The H20 zone was fantastic and kept the kids entertained all day as well as the rock climbing wall if you were feeling energetic. The theatres and shows had brilliant performances and the Spa and fitness centre were excellent. They had Lots of different dining venues and our favourite was Johnny Rockets..the American style café. This was a fantastic cruise and would definitely recommend this to any family

Isobel Jones

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We had a great family holiday on board the Independence of the Seas. We loved the My Family Time dining. The children were entertained whilst we enjoyed our evening meal with our friends which was perfect. We can definitely recommend this for any family. The rivalry between the boys from the rock climbing wall was quickly forgotten in the evening when they could get away from us for a while. The activities organised for the kids was great! We were worried they would be board on a ship, especially when we had days at sea but they were thoroughly entertained and exhausted each evening.

We are looking to go on a larger Royal Caribbean ship next year. We are eyeing up Oasis of the Seas as the kids (and my husband) are keen to have a go on the zipline on board! As for me, I’m keen to get back to sipping a Summer Breeze or 2! Absolute bliss.

Ian Bassey

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Fantastic ship! I travelled with my 2 children and I was worried that there wouldn’t be a lot for them do as I we had a lot of days at sea. This wasn’t the case, They had a fantastic time I didn’t really see them during the day as they were of playing in the kids clubs and doing activities onboard. This gave me time to relax knowing that they were safe onboard. I would recommend this ship for anyone with families. Fantastic

Howard Huskisson

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Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas, our first cruise as a family and it was fantastic our children 7 and 10 had a good time and we hardly saw them as they did not want to leave the kids zone which meant we could relax and enjoy ourselves as well. A great way to go on holiday. And good value for money.

Jean Brewster

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Well what can I say!!!!

Once on-board after a speedy checkin at Southampton I was greeted by friendly staff on-board helping me find my way to my cabin and I can tell you, you need help to find it initially this ship is more of a floating City.

Once we found the cabin which surprisingly didn’t take long at all, it was off to have a wander around. Firstly it was up to the top deck, I was wrong to think this would be a long walk as I was whisked there by one of the many glass lifts. What a view. Looking down on Southampton I could only imagine the views that will come in the other ports.

So onwards we went sailing away from the UK. A little bit more discovery to be had on-board. We found the pools easy enough and the large kiddies area which had everything from a child friendly chill out zone, full basketball court, surfing machine to a good size arcade.

Then onto the Spa with everything your wife could possibly want and a large gym if you want to keep the pounds off whilst your on holiday.

Time to head back to the promenade, this area is a very large space full of shops, bars and even an ice cream parlour.

Back to the cabin to change for the evening. We found this to be very spacious, plenty of room to walk around and you could defiantly swing several cats around it if you wished to do so. (although I don’t think you will be allowed on board with them)

Once ready it was back to the promenade most people where dressed to impress on their first night abroad. After a couple of drinks at the little pub it was onto the main dining room (Macbeth). This is a 3 tier large yet intimate setting. It was described best as a scene from Beauty and the beast. Elegant, traditional and it makes you smile from ear to ear. As does the fine food and polite waiters.

So what next a spot of ice skating or a west end musical. We left the skating until the following day.

After a fine show it was time to get into the cosy beds and dream about what else was going to stun us in the coming days on board this fantastic ship.

Arriving at new destinations, meeting new people or just watching the world go by in the many quiet spots on the ship. Whilst I thought of this I realised, I had actually paid for all of this already.

I can’t think of any better way to enjoy a holiday.

Kelly Brown

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My husband and I went on Independence for a wedding anniversary break in May. When we turned up at Southampton we were In awe at the sheer size of her, she is huge!

When we stepped on board it was like stepping into a huge resort. The middle of the ship and the main " hub " is built in he style of a mainstreet in America lined with shops, bars and cafes it is really impressive. There really is something for everyone on the ship from ice skating shows which were really good, to West End style theatre shows and comedians we took in a show one evening and we were really impressed.

The main dining room is just off the "mainstreet" and is three decks high and based on the theme of Shakespeare's most famous plays with each floor being given a name like Macbeth etc the food was excellent we chose to do the freedom dining which worked for us as we do like a Pre dinner drink in the champagne bar before we dine! The only thing I would say is that the tables are a little crammed in a bit too close to each other but other than that the service was excellent, one evening my husband couldn't decide between the fillet steak or the seabass and the waiter brought him both to try!! The specialty Italian restaurant is worth a visit to and with only a $25 cover charge not too expensive, they served us a fantastic seafood linguine in here which was to die for!

The bar on the top deck of the ship really was fantastic, to be sat there in the evening in front of a floor to ceiling glass window with a glass of cold Sauvignon Blanc in your hand, watching the sunset over the sea as you depart from port ready for your next port of call was truly mesmerising and a wonderful way to start or end your evening, highly recommended!

This really is a ship that caters for everybody it is fantastic for families with an amazing kids arcade area and kids "hang out", to quiet areas around the ship like the library where you can sit with a good book in peace and quiet.

I didn't know what to expect of the pool area as I had visions of lines of people all crammed next to each other but I was surprised the was loads I'd deck space and the splash zone was fantastic Great for adults and kids! And the added bonus of a chilled out adults only pool is great for those not travelling with children.

The flow rider area was a surfers delight with everybody taking there hand at surfing, it was funny to watch the experts and the novices even more so!! There is a huge basket ball court and rock climbing wall so there was something to do all the time if you wanted it, and the johnny rockets burger restaurant just below Built in the style of a 1950s American diner was a favourite with everybody.

All in all there is so many things on board to satisfy everyone I would be here all day if I went through them all, but we had a great time and we would definitely return with our children

Jessica Gibson

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Independence of the Seas was a truly unique experience! Having only ever cruised on smaller ships, I was a little hesitant about agreeing to book this as the sheer size of the ship would be enough to put any one off. Having travelled on her now I can now say I feel completely different and my opinion has been changed forever. It felt like a home away from home.

The facilities on-board are first class, there is something to do for everyone, my personal favourite was the Mini Golf course and being situated on the top deck this was a perfect way to catch the sunshine without sunbathing (I’m not a sunbather).

The rooms too are a good standard and are comfortable, I think they are slightly dated but didn’t let this effect my holiday as there is so much to on-board you actually didn’t spend that much time in your room. We booked an Inside stateroom for the first time, it was perfect for the two of us, it felt spacious and you didn’t notice the lack of natural light that you would normally get from a outside room, I wouldn’t hesitate to book one of these again.

Being a real foodie I can be quite particular about what I eat, however the meals on-board were superb! We ate in the main dining room every night and occasionally went to the buffet restaurant, both were to a high standard and I had no complaints! If you did fancy something different or were celebrating a special occasion on-board there were plenty of other options to choose from, I recommend booking these in advance as they can fill up quite quickly!

Our holiday ended on such a high, the ship host a parade which runs down the Royal Promenade this really gets everyone together and the atmosphere is electric, again I recommend getting there quite early if you want to get a seat as it gets incredibly busy.

Can’t wait to see the ship again next year when its had it’s makeover and I can definitely say I will be recommending this to all my friends and family!

Lisa Bell

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We booked the Independence of the Seas ages ago and were really looking forward to it. Two weeks around the med, Perfect. Anyway, we got to the ship and were on board within about half an hour – off to a good start. The only thing that grates on me about cruising is when other people moan about the price of drinks etc. on board. Well, you can get drinks packages if you want to pickle your liver all day so stop moaning. The cabin was really nice, good size with plenty of storage. We had a smashing holiday even although the weather was a bit bluster on a couple of the days. But one thing I did notice and it’s a point not a complaint. In years gone by, the dining room would often have really good steaks and even Lobster on special nights. Not any more. You can still get these but you have to pay for them at the speciality dining areas. A bit of a shame. Never mind, not long till we get our next one booked.

Lorraine Brantley

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What an amazing ship! Upon entering my Balcony Stateroom I must admit I was afraid to look down at first as she is enormous. After an hour or so I was brave enough to take a peek, and the view was amazing. Feeling on top of the world springs to mind?

One thing about this ship is that even though she is big, sometimes you wonder where everybody is. There are so many different choices from dining to drinking to gambling and shopping that not one place was ever “overcrowded”. The Royal Promenade is a hub of activity, parades taking place throughout your Cruise and a highlight with Royal Caribbean. Its so easy to forget you are on a Cruise, feels more like a lively city.

The adventure Ocean will keep all the children amused and entertained from dusk til dawn, giving the adults time to relax, safe in the knowledge that they are as safe as houses.

Food comes in abundance, everything from sugar free to vegetarian, certainly no-one would leave feeling hungry. What better way to burn off those calories than a dance in the open air night club with a blanket of stars twinkling down.

Time for another Cruise I think.

Rick Brennan

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I have just returned from 2 weeks holiday on the Independence of the Sea. On the whole I loved the cruise and we had a fantastic time. We had a superb balcony cabin which was at the back of the ship and had a large spacious balcony for us to sit out on. The balcony was slightly shaded over, but it was also very safe with an active 5 year old, as there was a small decked area between our balcony and the end of ship going out to sea so it took away any worries we had.

We spent most of the time around the H2O Zone, which again with the little one was great. There was a shortage of sunbeds on the days as sea but on the days the ship was in port we did not have a problem.

Our little boy spent some time in the kiddies club and really enjoyed it. But we also spent family time in the pool, playing mini-golf, ballgames or table tennis and watching the flow-rider (none of us were brave enough to have a go ourselves!!).

In the evening we watch amazing shows both in the main theatre and at the ice rink and on the first and last nights enjoyed sitting on the promenade area of the ship and watching the processions go by.

We had booked my-time dining which was great as we could eat at what ever time we wanted. Most days we booked our table in the morning and never had a problem with getting the time we wanted. A couple of times we did just turn up and the most we then had to wait was 10 minutes. All the food we tried was fantastic and the steak in the Chops Grill was among the best I have eaten. We also ate in the Jonny Rockets restaurant one night after a long day ashore and this was a really good family fun night.

Top tips; in case you didnt know tea and coffee is free at several locations around the ship as is ice cream by the pool. The Windjammer restaurant offered one of the best buffets I have ever seen and there was also free flavoured water available here.

Just a couple of minor issues; I did think there was an excessive amount of video games to walk through to get to the kiddies club and at $1 a go it would be quite easy to run up a large bill, we limited our son to 1 or 2 goes a day but some of his friends spent along time in here and it was hard to keep saying no. I believe the ship is going into get a refurbished next year and it was looking a little tatty around the edge. The flow rider was taped up on one side and the Jacuzzi in the adult solarium was also dirty around the edges.

We all made some really good friends and have taken away many memories to last forever and I cant wait to start planning next years cruise already.

Robin Henderson

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After recently returning from a cruise on-board the Independence of the Seas, I thought it was essential that I shared my excellent experience with the rest of the world. Not only was this my first ever cruise holiday it was the best holiday I have ever been on. What I loved the most about this enormous ship was the amount of activities on-board for us to do. As a young couple going on our first ever cruise we was kind of sceptical about what would keep us entertained throughout. But this wasnt a problem on this ship as we had a new activity to try each and every day. Whether it be surfing the waves on the Flo-Rider or being a little less active in the Spa. Playing on the Nintendo Wii in one of the bars on-board or relaxing in the Jacuzzi looking out to sea.

We settled for an inside cabin to try and keep costs low, and was worried that we may feel a little claustrophobic but that wasnt a problem as all we needed to do was flick on the television to get a view from the deck. We could have an ocean-view stateroom without the price tag so I definitely recommend this for people who dont want to pay as much.

As we was trying to keep costs down we didnt spend many days on-shore and we really wanted to make the most of our money and experience everything the ship had to offer. The only problem with this was that it was very quiet on-board on days in port and some of the shops and activities shut up until we set sail again. However it was great to get the best spot around the pool for a little quiet reading as most of the other guests were ashore.

The food on-board was amazing, the main restaurant where we had our meal most night was next to none and although they had a different menu each night, whenever I fancied something a little different the chef was always happy to make it for me. We did go to “Chops Grille” one night as it was my birthday during the cruise, there was a small supplement of $30 per person but it was definitely worth it. A little quieter than the main dining room and we booked a table for two which was good as it give us a little privacy for that special occasion and again the food was incredible, if there was no supplement in this restaurant I could have eaten their speciality steak every single night.

Overall I really enjoyed my holiday on-board the Independence of the Seas, it was more than I could have wished for in a holiday and was the perfect birthday. If I was to change anything it would be the wear and tear around the ship as it was clearly tired and could do with a touch up, for example the cutlery and plates were, although very clean, well-used. However I would not let this stop me returning again. Although I havent been on any of Royal Caribbeans other ships I would highly recommend any of them even if it was just for the service from all of the employees on-board who were always going above and beyond to make our holiday exceptional. Even though we already pre-paid our gratuities at the time of booking after being advised this was the best way we still felt the staff deserved more and actually tipped them a little with the envelopes we was given at the end of our cruise.

Colleen Leak

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My family and myself have never been cruising before and we didn’t know if we would like it or not and didn’t like the idea of being on a cruise ship for 7-14 days if we didn’t like it. Our cruise concierge recommended we maybe try a mini cruise from Southampton to see if we would like it.

What a great idea!

We booked our car parking at Southampton cruise port before we travelled and it was so straight forward and easy. No flights, No delays, No mad airports!

We booked 2 outside cabins on board the Independence of the Seas departing from Southampton. We travelled to Bruges and Paris. Not really exciting destinations but it was perfect for us as it wasn’t too far and was within are time frame.

We loved the size of the ship with all of its entertainment on board, broad way style shows, excellent restaurants, friendly staff, and comfortable cabins. This was a perfect insight to cruising with out spending a fortune and to see if we would like it or not. ….. WE LOVED IT!!

It was that good we have not booked for the Celebrity Eclipse for next Summer. Cant wait this is us hooked now on cruising

Darina Bowman

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We’ve just come back from our first cruise as a family and we were really impressed with Royal Caribbean. The Independence of the Seas was absolutely amazing and there was always something to do. Our children are very active so they loved all the different games in the kids clubs and loved splashing about in the pools.

We really enjoyed some quiet time as well, and I have to say the children’s entertainers were out of this world!

It was a special treat for us but it’s certainly a holiday that we will look to do again, and again!

Elaine Elvin

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I have just come back from my hen do on the fabulous Independence Of The Seas! When my friends & I compared the cost of a nice spa break over the weekend and of course a girly night out it was so comparable to the 2 night sampler on offer that we booked it and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made! There was so much to do! We sampled the majority of the bars, we had free time in the spa using the hot tubs/ whirl pools and sauna, we got glammed up and went to Casino Royale just for the atmosphere really, not nessecarily to gamble! We had a right laugh ice skating and then as part of the hen do dares my chief bridesmaid had to tackle the Flow Rider! I’d never have thought of this idea as a hen do but it was absolutely fantastic!

Lorraine Allen

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The holiday was originally a time for the family to bond and spend some quality time together but with so much to do for the kids, it actually turns out we didn’t see much of them, which was great for them and even better for us. There was My Family Time Dining available, which meant that after 45 minutes the kids were whisked away to the Adventure Ocean kids club and we were left to eat our meals in peace. It was just such a relief to know the kids were safe and happy and doing their own thing rather than being stuck with their parents! During the day they had so much to be getting on with as well, they didn’t have time to think about being bored. They took part in all sorts of activities like the Flowrider Surf Simulator and ice skating in the skating rink. They even challenged themselves and climbed the rock climbing wall. We were glad to get rid of them for a few hours every day but still felt safe in the knowledge that they were well looked after.

I’d seen the Independence in Southampton a few times but after experiencing it for myself it is a whole other story than just looking up in awe at her sheer size. Being on-board and experiencing everything hands on is something I just can’t describe. To really take it all in, you just have to experience it for yourself.

She even has a Starbucks onboard…my favourite coffee! That was an instant winner for me and I was told by one of the friendly staff that it is a new feature on all Royal Caribbean ships now. We had lunch in the buffet restaurant Windjammer on a number of occasions and even ordered food into our cabin from the complimentary room service that was available. We had food coming out of ears! There was even a Ben and Jerry’s Icecream Parlour…something for the kids and for me! There was just so much choice for places to eat, it was hard to choose sometimes. We didn’t know whether to just dine in the main restaurant or go somewhere different like the Jade Restaurant or Johnny Rockets. There was something for everyone, and it was the choice of food and things to do that really captured our attention. The kids had the best holiday of their lives and are begging to go on another cruise already. They came away having had so much fun and made new friends who they are going to stay in touch with. My favourite aspect of the whole thing had to be the Broadway style theatre with their amazing shows, and of course the Vitality spa where I treated myself to a manicure, a haircut and blow dry and a massage. Lady of luxury!

Natalie Dean

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WOW!!! What a size of ship. We knew she was big however didn’t expect her to be as big as she was. We loved the fact we could wander around the ship (which was at full capacity) yet it was never overcrowded anywhere. We went for a promande oceanview cabin which overlooks Royal Promenade. Cabin was a really nice size and we had the bay window where we could people watch or watch the street parties or even parades.

There was so many different choices for dining. We usually ate in the main restaurant but did enjoy every now and again going up to Johnny Rockets which is the 50s diner. We opted for the soft drinks package which we could use anywhere on the ship. Staff were always very courteous and friendly.

We would often spend our sea days up at the pool and in the cantelievered whirlpools or watching people attempt surfing (we weren’t brave enough).

Overall we had a fantastic time and will definitely be back!!

Donald Jones

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We did a cruise with Royal Caribbean on Independence of the seas. What a fantastic ship. Loads to do, and kept the kids occupied all day. We booked an outside cabin, which was fine, but next time we are having a balcony. Weather was great, staff were fantastic and the general service on board was excellent. Definitely going with them again.

Mandy Brewster

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Had a great time on board Independence of the Sea’s. The staff on board were excellent & anything we needed they made sure we got. Excellent for kids & that was great for me because I never saw them they were always at the clubs or the waterpark.J There are so many activities to try, we loved Ice skating & surfing never thought I would try them especially whilst at sea!

The food was great & I would definitely recommend “Portifinos” for a nice evening without the kid’s . I would recommend pre paying the gratuities so you can have My Time Dining & then take advantage of the Family My Time dining where they will take your children whilst you eat alone! I normally go for cruises that look after the children more than me & hubby but the Independence is definitely a ship for everyone & cant wait to get back on it!

Lynn McShane

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I have never cruised before and decided on the Royal Caribbean Independence for my first cruise I travelled as a single parent with 3 children under 14. I think we've been spoilt on our first cruise! I thought the price was reasonable but the value for money completely exceeded my expectations. It was the best holiday we've had. I was worried being a single parent on board but there was so much for them to do. Kids clubs and activities. We did loads as a family but I also got the time to have a couple of spa treatments which I never expected. The staff were amazing and the kids loved every minute. I can't imagine we will ever do a land based holiday again. Royal Caribbean have totally hooked us on cruising and I booked my next on board! The destinations were a bonus but its the Independence that made it a holiday!

Marcia Pickford

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We’ve just returned from an amazing holiday on Independence of the Seas. We expected a lot going on, on board, especially after reading up on the ship, but nothing prepared us for such an incredible choice! The children were always entertained, and loved the rock climbing wall!

We had time to relax while they were off doing allsorts of sports and activities, so this made a lovely change for us.

We were never without some scrumptious food, and again, the kids had such a great choice so no tea time worries! We’re looking at the Oasis of the seas now, so lets see if that ship can top this one…it looks likely!

Gillian Walters

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My family and myself have just returned from the Independence of the Seas and would like to share our experience with you.

We cruised from Southampton for a 2 week cruise during the Summer and we had a FANTASTIC time!! We treated ourselves to a balcony cabin which was lovely as we had the fresh sea breeze coming in on the days at sea. We sat on our balcony coming into port with our coffees and watched the world go by.

Our kids loved the H2O zone where they played they until the hearts were content. Such a great idea to have a mini water park on board. They also went to the children’s clubs a couple of times and I would rate them very highly as they were very high tech and had everything for the kids.

We booked a couple of shore excursions with Royal Caribbean and others we done by ourselves. The ones we booked with the cruise company were quite good value for your money, it just really depends on what activity you are looking to do. I would advise to book these before you go as they will guarantee your place on your preferred excursion.

We thought the dining was great with different venues to choose from and the service I could not fault as they were always asking was everything ok especially for the kids!

The skating show in Studio B is a must see with all the family – AMAZING! They must practise every waking hour as it was just perfect.

Thank you very much for directing us to this cruise as we loved it that much we want to try the Allure or Oasis which has been recommended by other fellow cruisers.

Graeme Thomas

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We booked this cruise for 14 of us to celebrate our 30th Wedding anniversary . The Presidential suite across the back of the ship proved great value as we only paid the full price for the first 2 adults everyone else paid £599 there were 4 bedrooms our dining room hot tubs and even our own dining room. The entertainment onboard was the best of Florida or Las Vegas with the Main Street Parade leaving us amazed . We also loved the Dancing on Ice with very athletic Canadian and Russian dancers we even had a try ourselves one morning. If you want a fun party week or celebration it takes a lot of beating

Gregory Bertie

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Our first ever cruise! We debated over a cruise or a hotel based holiday for months and finally decided on the Royal Caribbean Independence of the seas, departing from Southampton. I was nervous as I didn’t know if we would enjoy cruising.

From start to finish the cruise was perfect! The kids loved the fact that they could join the kids club use the H2O zone which they absolutely loved. This meant that we could really enjoy our holiday knowing the kids were happy!

Then on an evening we all came together to watch some amazing family entertainment.

Perfect trip for families and great value for money!

Gill Frampton

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A fantastic ship which has excellent facilities for all the family. The Royal promenade was full of amazing shops and cafes. We had an interior cabin which was very comfortable and gave us more than enough space. The H20 zone was fantastic and kept the kids entertained all day as well as the rock climbing wall if you were feeling energetic. The theatres and shows had brilliant performances and the Spa and fitness centre were excellent. They had Lots of different dining venues and our favourite was Johnny Rockets..the American style café. This was a fantastic cruise and would definitely recommend this to any family

Isobel Jones

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We had a great family holiday on board the Independence of the Seas. We loved the My Family Time dining. The children were entertained whilst we enjoyed our evening meal with our friends which was perfect. We can definitely recommend this for any family. The rivalry between the boys from the rock climbing wall was quickly forgotten in the evening when they could get away from us for a while. The activities organised for the kids was great! We were worried they would be board on a ship, especially when we had days at sea but they were thoroughly entertained and exhausted each evening.

We are looking to go on a larger Royal Caribbean ship next year. We are eyeing up Oasis of the Seas as the kids (and my husband) are keen to have a go on the zipline on board! As for me, I’m keen to get back to sipping a Summer Breeze or 2! Absolute bliss.

Ian Bassey

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Fantastic ship! I travelled with my 2 children and I was worried that there wouldn’t be a lot for them do as I we had a lot of days at sea. This wasn’t the case, They had a fantastic time I didn’t really see them during the day as they were of playing in the kids clubs and doing activities onboard. This gave me time to relax knowing that they were safe onboard. I would recommend this ship for anyone with families. Fantastic

Howard Huskisson

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Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas, our first cruise as a family and it was fantastic our children 7 and 10 had a good time and we hardly saw them as they did not want to leave the kids zone which meant we could relax and enjoy ourselves as well. A great way to go on holiday. And good value for money.

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