Independence Of The Seas

Independence Of The Seas current position

Independence Of The Seas current location is at Caribbean Sea (coordinates 17.87570 N / -63.62427 W) cruising en route to SXM ANCHOR. The AIS position was reported 5 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Independence Of The Seas

Year built2008  /  Age: 12
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderAker Yards (Turku, STX Finland)
ClassFreedom
Building costUSD 830 million
OwnerRoyal Caribbean Cruises Ltd
OperatorRoyal Caribbean International
Speed23 kn / 43 kph / 26 mph
Length (LOA)338 m / 1109 ft
Beam (width)56 m / 184 ft
Gross Tonnage154407 gt
Passengers3630 - 4356
Crew1360
Passengers-to-space ratio35
Decks15
Cabins1815
Decks with cabins7
Last Refurbishment2018
Sister-shipsFreedom OTS, Liberty OTS
Christened byElizabeth Hill
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Independence Of The Seas Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2020 Dec 10 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $976
2020 Dec 14 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1138
2020 Dec 19 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $769
2020 Dec 24 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $467
2020 Dec 28 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1647
2021 Jan 02 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $639
2021 Jan 11 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $639
2021 Jan 24 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $596
2021 Feb 04 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $369
2021 Feb 13 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $689
2021 Feb 22 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $469
2021 Feb 27 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1300
2021 Mar 04 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $749
2021 Mar 08 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $729
2021 Mar 13 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1338
2021 Mar 18 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $709
2021 Mar 22 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $599
2021 Mar 27 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1109
2021 Apr 01 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $289
2021 Apr 05 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1030
2021 Apr 10 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $960
2021 Apr 19 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Fort Lauderdale $819
2021 Apr 23 3 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Fort Lauderdale $459
2021 Apr 26 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Fort Lauderdale $499
2021 Apr 30 3 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Fort Lauderdale $330
2021 May 03 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Fort Lauderdale $419
2021 May 08 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $799
2021 May 16 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $639
2021 May 22 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $959
2021 May 28 3 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Fort Lauderdale $999
2021 May 30 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $489
2021 Jun 05 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1019
2021 Jun 13 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $679
2021 Jun 19 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $1279
2021 Jun 27 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $869
2021 Jul 03 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1059
2021 Jul 11 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $589
2021 Jul 17 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $1029
2021 Jul 25 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $809
2021 Jul 31 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1149
2021 Aug 08 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $639
2021 Aug 14 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $1169
2021 Aug 22 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $569
2021 Aug 28 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $999
2021 Nov 01 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $370
2021 Nov 05 3 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $329
2021 Nov 08 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $459
2021 Nov 12 3 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $319
2021 Nov 15 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $469
2021 Nov 19 3 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $319
2021 Nov 22 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $479
2021 Nov 26 3 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $368
2021 Nov 29 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $480
2021 Dec 03 3 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $279
2021 Dec 06 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $369
2021 Dec 10 3 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $419
2021 Dec 13 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $759
2021 Dec 17 3 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $449
2021 Dec 20 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $659
2021 Dec 24 3 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $1119
2021 Dec 27 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $1279
2021 Dec 31 3 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $859
2022 Jan 03 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $389
2022 Jan 07 3 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $499
2022 Jan 10 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $579
2022 Jan 22 2 days, round-trip Perfect Day Getaway Cruise Port Canaveral $309
2022 Jan 24 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $389
2022 Jan 28 3 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $689
2022 Jan 31 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $449
2022 Feb 04 3 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $339
2022 Feb 07 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $819
2022 Feb 11 3 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $739
2022 Feb 14 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $1119
2022 Feb 18 3 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $819
2022 Feb 21 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $829
2022 Feb 25 3 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $409
2022 Feb 28 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $589
2022 Mar 04 3 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $589
2022 Mar 07 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $859
2022 Mar 11 3 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $819
2022 Mar 14 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $859
2022 Mar 18 3 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $819
2022 Mar 21 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $819
2022 Mar 25 3 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $439
2022 Mar 28 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $899
2022 Apr 01 3 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $549
2022 Apr 04 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $489
2022 Apr 08 3 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $589
2022 Apr 11 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $449
2022 Apr 18 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $389
2022 Apr 22 3 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $539
2022 Apr 25 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $389
2022 Apr 29 3 days, round-trip Bahamas Perfect Day Cruise Port Canaveral $749

Independence Of The Seas Review

Review of Independence Of The Seas

Launched in 2008, Independence of the Seas is the third and last Freedom-class Royal Caribbean ship, together with Liberty OTS and Freedom OTS.

History - construction and ownership

Royal Caribbean International (RCI) is a US company, trademarked brand, and subsidiary owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL, shipowner). RCI was established in 1968 and currently has over 1/5 of the worldwide cruise market. RCI also has RCCL's largest fleet as both numbers of vessels and GT tonnage (ship sizes and capacities). All Royal Caribbean liners have names ending with "of the Seas".

Independence Of The Seas cruise ship (Royal Caribbean)

The 154,407-ton, 3,634-passenger Independence of the Seas underwent a US$7 million upgrade in April 2013 as part of Royal Caribbean's bigger USD 300 million investment in the fleet. The new features included an Italian trattoria named Giovanni's Table, a cupcake shop and Royal Babies and Tots Nursery. The ship also got new digital signage, Wi-Fi throughout and a large poolside movie screen. An excellent addition is a digital wayfinding system, especially for first-time-cruisers who get lost on enormous ships like this one. They offer directions and maps to everywhere on the Independence using a board with a keypad on which passengers can enter their room numbers and find their way to the stateroom. There are also features displaying the menus for restaurants, entertainment options, and other facilities. The large quick responsive touch screen helps in navigation around the ship.

Cruise itinerary program

Independence of the Seas itinerary program is based on Western Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Feature port destinations include Belize, Jamaica, Haiti, and Cozumel Mexico.

Cabins

Independence Of The Seas has a total of 1815 cabins (of which 120 Suites, 724 Balcony rooms, 515 adjoining) in 28 grades. Most Independence of the Seas staterooms is 185-200-sq.foot balcony rooms and 160-sq.foot insides (557). 32 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Independence of the Seas are the Royal Suites (1360 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

The three tiers of Independence's main dining room (Romeo and Juliet, Anthony and Cleopatra and Macbeth) offer assigned-seating dining with two sittings at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.), as well as My Time Dining, in which guests pick a preferred mealtime between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., but are able to change reservations on a daily basis. Those who opt for My Time Dining have to pre-pay gratuities. The Windjammer Cafe, ship's lido buffet, offers flexibility and variety - best for families with kids. The Windjammer has one very long self-service line of cold and hot items, plus stations for salads, fresh sandwiches, pizza, carved meats, and petite desserts. An omelet station features made-to-order eggs in the mornings; in the afternoons, guests can try the area that specializes in Asian food and goes off the beaten path with changing fare including Vietnamese and Indonesian specialties.

Follows the complete list of Independence of the Seas restaurants and food bars.

  • Romeo and Juliet Restaurant (652-seat aft Dining Room, level 1; features DreamWorks characters theme breakfast)
  • During ship's 2018 "Royal Amplified" refurbishment, RCI added fleet's first "Fish and Ships" - poolside specialty restaurant (aft-portside on Lido Deck) offering a-la-carte priced seafood - including freshly battered cod, calamari, crispy hand-cut fries, cold brews. "Fish and Ships" replaced pool deck's Squeeze Bar.
  • Izumi (Asian/Japanese restaurant)
  • Anthony and Cleopatra Restaurant; Othello Restaurant (aft Dining Rooms, part of Romeo and Juliet)
  • Macbeth Restaurant (500-seat aft Dining Room, level 2)
  • King Lear Restaurant (883-seat aft Dining Room, level 3)
  • Windjammer Cafe Lido buffet restaurant (774-seat, offers Early Breakfast at 6:30 a.m., Breakfast between 7:00-11:30 a.m., Lunch 11.30-3:30 p.m. and Dinner 6.30-9:00 p.m.)
  • Chops Grille (104-seat specialty restaurant; reservations recommended)
  • Giovanni’s Table (Italian specialty restaurant, reservations recommended)
  • Johnny Rockets Restaurant (84-seat burger bar)
  • Sorrento’s Pizzeria (79-seat complimentary restaurant)
  • WipeOut Bar (20-seat complimentary burger bar)
  • Sugar Beach Candy and Ice Cream Store.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Independence of the Seas has much to offer for children and youngsters - from kid-oriented amusement and enrichment to recreational options which range from surfing and body boarding to ice skating - which is a great choice for family cruisers. However, travelers are still going to find lots of zones for more mature pursuits. The fitness, boasting even a boxing ring, is great and always busy. Adults-only spots beyond bars and the casino range from the Solarium pool and boutique dining venues (that have a set age limit of fifteen) to a rather racy late-night comedy show. Independence of the Seas features the DreamWorks Experience - a themed programming in partnership with the Walt Disney Company. This new entertainment program is aimed at families and offers movies-themed DreamWorks activities on select RCI ships within the fleet. The list of special activities includes characters meet and greets (of course, plus photo ops).

Additional amenities include Complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, Supervised Youth program, Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry.

Independence Of The Seas cruise ship (Royal Caribbean)

Follows the complete list of Independence of the Seas lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • Alhambra Theatre (1320-seat, features grand production shows with dance, acrobatics, comedy, and games)
  • Studio B Lounge (indoor ice-skating rink; also serves as a spot for ice shows, cooking demos, game parties)
  • Photo Gallery and Shop; Art Gallery
  • On Air Club (140-seat karaoke and sports bar); The Centrum (7-deck social hub, offers aerial acrobatics entertainment); Pyramid Lounge; Next Cruise Lounge; Concierge Club (suite and past guests only); Seven Hearts (card room); Diamond Club and Lounge; Viking Crown Lounge and Bar
  • The Raven Gothic Bar; On Air Club (140-seat sports bar); Schooner Bar (112-seat piano bar); Boleros Lounge and Bar (77-seat Latin bar); Connoisseur Cigar Club and Bar; Dog and Badger English Pub; Vintages Bar (wine bar); Ben and Jerry’s Bar (ice cream parlor); Cupcake Cupboard Shop (bakery); Cafe Promenade (24-hour; serves snacks and drinks, as well as Starbucks specialty coffee); Champagne Bar; Sky Bar; The Plaza Bar; Olive or Twist Lounge and Martini Bar; Cloud 9 (24-seat sports bar)
  • Casino Royale (447-seat)
  • Royal Caribbean Online center (Internet computers room; 24-hour)
  • Royal Promenade Boutiques (perfumes, jewelry, duty-free alcohol, general store, logo/souvenirs); SeaTrek (shop for diving equipment)
  • Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center; 7 jacuzzis (2 are cantilevered); 3 pools
  • Solarium lounge (includes Cafe Bar, pool bar and adults only pool area)
  • Outdoor movie screen
  • Challengers Video Games Arcade; Fuel Teen Disco club; The Living Room; Royal Babies and Tots Nursery
  • H2O Zone Water Park; Adventure Beach; Adventure Ocean kids lounge area, water slides, escape rooms, laser tag, trampoline park
  • Sports Court (golf simulator, table tennis, basketball court); Jogging Track; Rock-climbing Wall; Independence Dunes Mini Golf Course; FlowRider (surf simulator, complimentary)
  • Skylight Wedding Chapel (40-seat, used for religious services).

Independence Of The Seas (deckplan changes refurbishment 2018)

During refurbishment 2018 to the ship were added:

  • RCI’s signature "Perfect Storm" waterslides (“Cyclone” and “Typhoon” / high-speed racing slides.), FlowRider (surfing simulator), Sky Pad (bungee trampoline with optional virtual reality headset). laser tag ("Battle for Planet Z" / glow-in-the-dark gaming room in the Studio B complex). The new water park and the duo of waterslides (called "Perfect Storm") were first introduced on the ships Liberty of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas (Oasis-class).
  • “Slashaway Bay” kids aqua park / interactive water play area with cannons and geysers (replaced the Outdoor Youth Area “back deck”).
  • Escape Room (by Puzzle Break) provides adventure game experiences (team building exercises) for a group of players who solve a series of puzzles by using clues, hints and group strategy. The team is given a set time limit to solve the puzzle (secret plot hidden within the room).

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Independence is the last of Royal Caribbean's Freedom-class liners, with sisterships Freedom and Liberty. The ship was built in 2008 at Aker Finnyards Shipyard (Turku, Finland). Aker Finnyards was later acquired by STX Europe (a division of the multinational STX Holding / South Korea). Ship's godmother was Elizabeth Hill from Baslow (Derbyshire, England-UK). She was married to a British farmer and won the ship naming contest after her 12-year-old daughter sent her application in a contest with ~1700 competitors. Richard D Fain (Chairman and CEO of RCCL) and Sir Steve Redgrave (one of Royal Caribbean's main charity partners) were members of the jury. The jury assessed the charity activities of all contestants. Elizabeth Hill was elected for her Gamelea Countryside Training Trust that helps young people with physical or social problems to integrate into society. The naming ceremony was on April 30, 2008, held in Port Southampton (UK).

In 2008, Independence OTS was the world's biggest passenger liner. The inaugural cruise (maiden voyage) was a 4-day itinerary from Southampton to Cork Ireland (departure May 2, 2008). On May 6, the ship started an 11-day Canary Islands cruise from Southampton.

The cruise ship was extensively drydock refurbished in April 2013. RCCL invested $7 million in renovations and upgrades, the list of which included adding the huge poolside movie screen, digital signage, ship-wide Wi-Fi coverage, nursery for toddlers, cupcake shop, Giovanni's Table (trattoria).

Just like all RCI ships, Independence offers a lot of entertainments for kids and teens. Among best "fun hits" on the ship are the surfing simulator, and all the "ice skating" and "rock-climbing" activities. For adults, there is plenty of space for sports activities (modern fitness center, and even a boxing ring), many bars and lounges, the adult-only Solarium area.

Independence OTS refurbishment 2018 review

Ship's drydock 2018 refurbishment (April 4 - May 4, in Freeport Bahamas) resulted in the following deckplan changes (complete list, reviewed deck by deck):

  • (Decks 3 and 4) Alhambra Theatre was completely renovated and renamed to "Royal Theater".
  • "The Raven" nightclub ((Deck 3 / lower level 1 of 2) was replaced with staterooms, while the upper level (Deck 4) was replaced with Izumi (Japanese restaurant at a fee, with Teppanyaki table-side grills).
  • 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.
  • (Deck 3) "On Air Club" was replaced with staterooms.
  • (Deck 3) Art Gallery was reduced in size for adding new staterooms.
  • "Romeo and Juliet" restaurant (Deck 3 aft), "Macbeth" restaurant (Deck 4 aft) and "King Lear" restaurant (Deck 5 aft) were renamed to "Dining Room".
  • (Deck 5) The Pyramid Lounge was renamed to "Star Lounge" and reduced in size.
  • (Deck 5) "Connoisseur Club" was transformed into "Library - RC Online" (Internet computers room) and increased in size.
  • (Deck 5) "God and Badger Pub" was renamed to "Ale and Anchor Pub" and reduced in size.
  • (Deck 5) "Cupcake Cupboard" (food bar) was replaced with the "Sugar Beach" shop (candy store).
  • On Deck 6 were added 1 Inside Cabin (#6137 / forward), 4 Inside Cabins (aft, replacing "Business Center" and "Loyalty Desk) and 2 Villa Suites (replacing the aft 4-Bedroom Family Suite).
  • On Deck 7 were added 1 Inside Cabin (#7139 / forward) and 4 Inside Cabins (aft, replacing the Library / moved to Deck 5).
  • On Deck 8 were added 6 Inside Cabins (8127, 8129, 8131, 8133, 8315, and 8237 / forward) and 4 Inside Cabins (aft, replacing the RC Online / moved to Deck 5).
  • On Deck 9 was added 1 Inside Cabin (#9237 / forward).
  • On Deck 10 the Concierge Lounge was replaced by 4 Inside Cabins.
  • On Deck 11 (forward-starboard) were added all 6 Spa Staterooms, taking some space from the Vitality Center. Also here the H2O Zone (kids aqua park / outdoor playground) was replaced with the new Splashaway Bay (water park). "Squeeze Bar" was replaced with "Fish and Ships", and the "Seatrek Dive Shop" was renamed "PADI". The "Splashaway Bay" is an interactive water park with waterslides (Cyclone, Typhoon, Boomerang), water cannons and geysers, pools, a drench bucket.
  • On Deck 12 (forward) were added all 44 Spa Staterooms (incl category "Panoramic Ocean View"), taking space from the Vitality Center.
  • On Deck 13, the "Independence Dunes" (mini-golf course / aft-portside) was replaced with waterslides ("The Perfect Storm"), "Sky Pad" (bungee trampoline with optional virtual reality headset) and FlowRider (surf simulator).
  • On Deck 14 (forward-portside) the multi-purpose rooms "Cloud Nine" and "Seven Hearts" were replaced by exclusive "Suite Lounge".
  • On Deck 15, the "Skylight Chapel" (wedding room) was replaced with "Escape Room". The Escape Room provides adventure game experiences (team building exercises) for a group of players who solve a series of puzzles by using clues, hints and group strategy. The team is given a set time limit to solve the puzzle (secret plot hidden within the room).

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Independence OTS refurbishment 2013 review

The list of deckplan changes after ship's drydock 2013 included:

  • “Giovanni’s Table” (Italian cuisine restaurant) was added on Lido deck 11. There was also added RCI's signature "Royal Babies & Tots Nursery" (babysitting facility). Also on Lido deck was installed RCI's signature Jumbotron movie screen (poolside outdoor theater).
  • “Cupcake Cupboard” (bakery shop) was added on Promenade deck 5.

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