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Independence of the Seas
Meet Independence of the Seas, a marvel of maritime engineering, packed with all the phenomenal onboard experiences you'd expect from our Freedom class of ships including the FlowRider surf simulator, a rock climbing wall, ice-skating rink, cantilevered whirlpools, Royal Promenade, mini golf course, and much more. Sit back and watch Broadways smash hit, Grease the Musical. It's your most incredible vacation yet!
Independence of the Seas Facts
- Occupancy: 3,634
- Gross Tonnage: 160,000
- Length: 1,112 ft
- Max Beam: 183.4 ft
- Draft: 28 ft
- Cruising Speed: 21.6 knots
- Entered Service: April 2008
- Refurbished: May 2013
From the delicious cuisine in the main dining room to the casual convenience of the Windjammer Cafe, we have the dining experience you're looking for.
Dining on our cruise ships is as exciting as every other aspect of life onboard. There are so many different dishes and enticing atmospheres to experience you won't know where to start: pasta at Portofino, classic burgers from Johnny Rockets, gourmet five-course meals in the main dining room
In addition, all of our cruise ships offer low-fat ShipShape Day Spa menus, kids' menus, and, if you arrange in advance, kosher menus.
Main Dining Room
Our elegant main dining rooms are a great place to start the morning off right or finish off a fabulous day with a five-course meal.
Enjoy spectacular buffets and incredible views. The casual convenience of the Windjammer Cafe and the wide variety of meals and snacks available make this restaurant a guest favorite.
Grab a slice of pizza or a quick sandwich, or enjoy the popular favorites, Seattle's Best Coffee> and on some ships, Ben & Jerry's> ice cream. You'll find Cafe Promenade in the middle of the action on the Royal Promenade.
With so much to do all day, you may just forget to eat. Not a problem. Our room service is complimentary for all guests and is available 24 hours a day.
From sunrise to sunset and around every corner, there's something exciting for you to do on a Royal Caribbean International cruise vacation. Onboard, try the rock-climbing wall, or work out with one of our fitness trainers. How about a swim or a relaxing massage? Better yet, try your luck at Caribbean Stud Poker, attend an art auction, or turn it out dancing in a nightclub. There are even supervised activities for kids. And on land, we offer Shore & Land Excursions for everything from glacier trekking in Alaska to swimming with dolphins in Bermuda. Best of all, every experience is delivered with our unique Gold Anchor Service.
Sports & Fitness
Don't wait 'til you get to your destination. Get your endorphin rush onboard on our Sports Deck. We offer so many sport and fitness choices that you'll break a sweat just trying to choose what to do next. Play basketball or volleyball on our Sports Deck. Climb our signature rock wall. Take a spinning class. Work out with one of our fitness trainers or enjoy a yoga class with an ocean view.
Pamper yourself with a rejuvenating massage, facial or pedicure.
With so much to do onboard, plus countless adventures on land, remember to take time for yourself. After all, it's your vacation! So why not indulge a little and head to the ShipShape> Day Spa.
Treat yourself to a pedicure or facial, or go for something you've never tried before, like a seaweed wrap or aroma stone therapy massage. Let us soothe your body, smooth your skin and send your mind to a sensory heaven. You may even surprise yourself. What seems fun and extravagant, is actually a pathway to your own personal well-being.
Enjoy the excitement of a winning hand at poker or a slot machine paying off. Try your luck in our Las Vegas-style casinos.
There's nothing like the sound of cards being shuffled, chips being stacked and slot machines paying off. We consider our Casino RoyaleSM to be a little bit of Vegas, a little bit of Monte Carlo and a lot of Royal Caribbean fun. We've got games for all levels of players. There are onboard lessons for novice players and tournaments for the more advanced. Casino Royale is open whenever you are sailing, so stop in and try your luck!
Shops & Galleries
Whether you want to buy a T-shirt for your niece or a sculpture for your art collection, we have all kinds of shops and galleries, even art auctions, onboard.
Our cruise ships visit some of the most exciting shopping destinations and museums in the world. But you don't have to leave the ship to shop or see some of the world's finest artwork. We have a wide selection of shops onboard. Plus art galleries, art auctions, and a chance to explore some other activities, like wine tastings.
Fun isn't just for adults at Royal Caribbean. We offer exciting programs for guests of all ages, starting at just 6 months old! And you can feel confident leaving your children, over three years of age, with us because every member of our staff holds a college degree in education or other related field, or has qualified experience in working with children.
From 6-36 months of age, our tiniest guests and their parents are invited to participate in the Fisher-Price Aqua Babies and Aqua Tots Programs. Developed by Fisher-Price exclusively for Royal Caribbean International, these activities are hosted by trained youth staff. A parent or caregiver MUST accompany children during activity sessions.
Kids from 3-17 may take part in our complimentary Adventure Ocean> Youth Program. Adventure Ocean was specially designed to blend educational activities with just plain fun. To participate in our Adventure Ocean programs, children must be three years of age and potty-trained (diaper and pull-up free).
Aqua Babies Ages 6-18 Months
Parents and babies enjoy special themes each day involving music, toys and learning activities.
Aqua Tots Ages 18-36 Months
Delightful themes for parents and toddlers to share reinforce early learning and natural curiosity.
Aquanauts Ages 3-5 Years
Potty-trained kids from 3-5 years of age can play games, color, even become Certified Jr. Adventure Scientists.
Explorers Ages 6-8 Years
Kids 6-8 years of age can join parties, compete for prizes, make kites and masks, even learn to make gummy candies.
Voyagers Ages 9-11 Years
Kids 9-11 years of age can take a backstage tour, play List-o-Rama and even learn a new sport like Gagaball.
Navigators Ages 12-14 Years
Navigators 12-14 years of age can play games and sports, join parties and contests They can also hang out at Fuel, our teen-only club; The Living Room, a teen lounge; and The Back Deck, a private outdoor area for teens.
Guests Ages 15-17 Years
Teens 15-17 years of age can play games and sports, join parties and contests. They can also hang out at Fuel, our teen-only club; The Living Room, a teen lounge; and The Back Deck, a private outdoor area for teens.
The gorgeous view isn't the only thing that will dazzle you onboard our cruise ships. See a contemporary musical stage production or catch a live band. Or be part of the fun with ballroom dancing lessons, ice-skating, or miniature golf. Then you can write home to tell everyone about it from our Internet Cafe.
With the glamour of Broadway-style musical productions, hilarious comedians, live musicians, cooking and wine classes, even professional ice-skating shows on some ships, you'll never be bored.
Bars, Lounges & Clubs
Dance to Latin grooves, cheer your home team at a sports bar or meet new friends at an intimate wine bar. The party never stops onboard our cruise ships.
The excitement onboard the cruise ship doesn't stop when the sun goes down. Dance the night away to hot Latin rhythms, watch a live band play your favorite song, laugh with a comedian, or enjoy a cocktail with some new friends in our bars, lounges and discos.
Relax and enjoy the warm atmosphere of our signature Royal Caribbean, nautical-themed bar. The Schooner Bar often features live piano music at night. Pull up a seat and sing along.
You'll think you've popped across the pond as you lift a pint of ale in our authentic English pub, The Crown & Kettle. Sample the wide variety of imported beers and ales.
Dance the night away in our discos and nightclubs. Every ship features its own unique nightclub where you can dance to the tunes spun by our popular DJs. Some ships have teen discos as well.
For a more intimate experience, visit one of our themed lounges for live music, entertainment and panoramic views of the sea.
- Main Dining Room with complimentary, multi-course dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner
- More complimentary options including Windjammer Cafe, Jade Sushi and Asian-fusion cuisine, Sorrento's Pizza, Cafe Promenade for coffee and pastries/snacks, and room service*
- Specialty restaurant Chops Grille steakhouse, where for one low cover charge you can choose any items off the menu from appetizer to dessert*
- Casual dining and snacks at Johnny Rockets and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream*
- NEW The Cupcake Cupboard, a vintage-style gourmet bakery with 30 types of cupcakes
- NEW Giovanni's Table Italian restaurant
*Late night service charge applies to room service orders between midnight and 5:00 a.m. Additional charges apply for specialty dining venues. Specialty beverages, beer, wine and soda are charged separately and are offered at current bar menu prices.
Entertainment & Shopping
- NEW Slick back your hair and pack your poodle skirts. Summer lovin' is in the air on Harmony of the Seas, with Broadway's hit Grease, The Musical coming to the high seas for the first time ever.
- Complimentary Broadway-style entertainment in the Main Theater
- Complimentary ice-skating shows in Studio B
- 10,258 square foot Vegas-style Casino Royale with 273 slots and 13 tables
- 22 bars, clubs, and lounges that never have a cover, including Boleros Latin-themed lounge, Dog & Badger English Pub, and Vintages wine bar
- Variety of name-brand, duty-free shopping on the Royal Promenade including jewelry, perfumes, apparel and shopping for teens and kids
Kids & Families
- Complimentary Adventure Ocean Youth Program
- Royal Babies & Royal Tots program
- Teen lounge areas and disco
- H2O Zone kids' water park
- Family-friendly activities including games, contests, enrichment classes and lectures
- NEW Royal Babies & Tots Nursery
Rest & Relaxation
- Vitality Spa with extensive treatment menu including medi-spa and acupuncture
- 4 pools including the Solarium, an adults-only retreat*
- 6 whirlpools, two of them cantilevered whirlpools overlooking the ocean
- State-of-the-art Fitness Center, with classes including yoga and tai chi
- Library and Card Room
- NEW Poolside, outdoor movie screen
- Concierge Club and Diamond Lounge**
*During inclement weather and select hours, the ship may permit the Solarium Pool to be used by persons under age 16 provided they are directly supervised by a parent or guardian.
**Concierge Club reserved for Diamond Plus and Pinnacle Crown & Anchor Society members, and select suite guests. Diamond Lounge available for Diamond and above tier level members.
Action & Adventure
- FlowRider surf simulator
- Rock-climbing wall
- Ice-skating rink
- Mini-golf course
- Full-sized basketball court