Review of Independence Of The Seas deck 4 (Casino-Lounge)
Royal Theater (balcony level 3)
Schooner Bar (capacity 112 seats) is the RCI’s signature piano bar for classy cocktails, live music, trivia games. Decor is nautically-themed, with dark wood, marble, sails, decorative rope netting. There is a grand piano for live performances and sing-alongs in the evenings. Trivia quizzes and Sudoku contests are also part of the evening entertainment.
*(drydock 2018 refurbishment) "The Raven" was a 2-level disco-nightclub-bar (Gothic-themed, capacity 218 seats) with large dance floor, 2 full-service bars (on each level), live DJ programming in the evenings. During the day, here were hosted dance classes, game shows, quiz games. In 2018 the disco's upper level was replaced with Izumi.
*Izumi Japanese Cuisine (menu) is the RCI’s signature pan-Asian cuisine specialty restaurant with mostly traditional Japanese dishes (sushi-teppanyaki-hibachi, tableside cooking). The restaurant is a la carte priced and open for Lunch (seadays only, between 12-1:30 pm) and Dinner (between 6-9:30 pm). Reservations are required. The restaurant is comprised of a sushi bar (sushi/sashimi) and another section with 2 hibachi stations. The menu includes sushi rolls, signature rolls, sashimi (2- or 5-piece, also combo platter), sukiyaki, yakimeshi, ishiyaki (grill / chicken, beef), wakame salad (seaweed), pan-fried gyoza dumplings, hot/cold appetizers, premium seafood (tuna, shrimp, lobster, eel, crab), desserts (ice cream, pancake, caramel flan, dessert sampler) and specialty drinks (cocktails, beer, sake selection). Edamame soybeans and miso soup are complimentary. Izumi has Teppanyaki menu (for iron griddle-cooked food) and Omakase menu (Chef’s choice).
Casino Royale (capacity 447 seats) is a Vegas-style gambling casino with all 300 slot machines and 20 gaming tables, VIP poker room (for high-stake players), a full-service Casino Bar. The Casino staff also provides complimentary gambling lessons. Regularly, here are hosted gambling tournaments. The list of available games includes poker (machines) and table games (Craps, Roulette, Black Jack 21, Caribbean Stud Poker). Slot machines accept real quarters, so getting tokens from the cashier desk is optional. The lounge area is served by the Casino Bar. The lounge area is furnished with tables, plush chairs, sofas. Casino Royale is a smoking-allowed area, but also has a small non-smoking section.
*(drydock 2018 refurbishment) Photo Gallery was moved from Deck 4 to Deck 3. On Deck 4, replacing the Photo Gallery were added "Playmakers Sports Bar" and Arcade Room.
"Playmakers Sports Bar" (capacity 140 seats) is a themed bar with large TVs for live sporting events (including NFL games, football, hockey, championships). The bar serves drinks (nonalcoholic, beers, spirits) and light snacks. The sports bar offers Nintendo bowling and karaoke, and is also used for Explorer Academy workshops.
Arcade Room (Video Arcade for kids and adults) is at surcharge US$1,25 per game. It has popular arcade machines and foosball tables (air hockey) and hosts daily gaming competitions. Among the favorites are classics (like Pacman, Galaga), music and dance (like DDR X, Guitar Hero), racers (like H2 Overdrive, Fast And Furious, Sega R-Tuned), family games (like NickToons Nitro, Sega Rally 3).
Boleros (capacity 77 seats) is the RCI’s Latin-themed lounge-bar-nightclub. The lounge has comfortable seating, large dance floor, stage for Latin band music performances (salsa and merengue) in the evenings. The cocktails menu has an extensive list of mojitos, margaritas, premium tequilas and rums. After 10 pm, the Boleros Lounge transforms into a disco nightclub with DJ programming.
Centrum is the ship’s Atrium (lobby level) located midship. This is an open-floor design area spanning several decks above and surrounded by lounges, bars and shops. The Atrium is the ship’s main social hub and features panoramic glass elevators, original artworks, live entertainment. On the Atrium’s lobby level are also held Fine Art Auctions. The Centrum’s daily entertainment includes aerial shows (acrobatic performances), live band music, giant LED screens.
Main Dining Room (mid-level 2 of 3, formerly "Macbeth Restaurant", capacity 655 seats) is an aft-located complimentary restaurant open for Dinner only, with 2 fixed seatings - at 6 and 8:30 pm.