Independence of the Seas

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Independence of the seas is one of royal Caribbean’s freedom class ships and is sister ship to freedom of the seas and liberty of the seas, Independence was built at the Aker shipyards in Finland at a cost of $828 million and came into service in 2008.

The ship was named in a ceremony held in Southampton England by Elizabeth hill from Derbyshire, Mrs. Hill who runs a charity for youth at risk earned the privilege of christening the ship after winning a national competition.

On board the ship there are four cabin types to choose from these are interior, outside, and suites each type has a good choice of options, a typical interior cabin is equipped with a Sitting area, Two twin beds or one Royal King bed, Luxurious bedding, TV, telephone and safe, Private bathroom with shower, vanity area and hair dryer, Room service available, while top of the range suites  include extra touches such as private balconies and a personalised concierge service.

The ship offers plenty of dining options and food is served in the main dining room, but if you prefer a change from the traditional dining there are plenty of speciality restaurants available for a small extra charge, the ship has plenty of casual dining venues where you can get a light snack, such as a panini or a sandwich, or head over to the all american diner johnny rockets for a burger followed by a trip to the ben & jerry's ice cream parlour.

As you would expect from a royal Caribbean ship, Independence
of the seas offers plenty of entertainment, you can choose to relax at the spa and fitness centre, or if you are feeling more energetic theres a rock climbing wall, jogging track, boxing ring, or try your hand at surfing on the flowrider wave simulator other facilities on the ship include video arcade,  internet centre, three pools and six whirlpools, beauty salon, ice skating rink, miniature golf, sports court, art gallery and much much more.

For Younger guests theres a babies and tots nursery catering for children up to the age of 36 months, and plenty of activity programes for older children, the ship also has a dedicated lounge and nightclub for teens only.





Onboard Entertainment and Facilities


Pools tick-icon whirlpools tick-icon
Flowrider  tick-icon  Rock wall  tick-icon 
Restaurants & Bars  tick-icon  Shops  tick-icon 
Fast Food  tick-icon  Room Service  tick-icon 
Nightclub or Disco  tick-icon  Lounge  tick-icon 
Theater  tick-icon Cafe's  tick-icon
Casino  tick-icon  Piano Bar  tick-icon 
Pursers desk  tick-icon  Excursion desk  tick-icon 
Library  tick-icon  Photo shop  tick-icon 
Card room  tick-icon  Medical room  tick-icon 
Laundry room  tick-icon Sauna/steam room  tick-icon
Gym  tick-icon Childrens activity clubs  tick-icon
Babysitting service  tick-icon Video games room  tick-icon
Sports facilities  tick-icon Outdoor movie theater  tick-icon



Ship Specifications

  • Size: Huge
  • Length: 1,112 feet
  • Beam: 184 feet
  • Speed: 21.6 knots
  • Tonnage: 154,407
  • Decks: 15
  • Crew: 1,360
  • Passengers: 4,370
  • Maiden Voyage: May 2, 2008
  • Christened: April 30, 2008
  • Godmother: Elizabeth Hill

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Infamous Captain's

Captain E.J. Smith - captain of the RMS Titanic died when the ship hit an iceburg and sank in 1912.

Captain Joseph Hazelwood

- was the negligent captain of the Exxon Valdez during its 1989 oil spill.

Edward Teach (Blackbeard) - was the notorious English pirate captain of the Queen anne's Revenge, killed in battle 1718

Francesco Schettino - Captain of the Costa Concordia at the time when she ran aground and partially sank on the night of 13 January 2012 near Isola del Giglio, Tuscany, Italy.

David Lewry - was the Captain of the herald of free enterprise car ferry which capsized on the 6 March 1987 after leaving the Belgian port of Zeebrugge with her bow doors still open, causing the deaths of 193 people.

Mauro Balomaga - was the captain of the MV Rena container ship that  ran aground near Tauranga, New Zealand On 5 October 2011 resulting in an oil spill and 88 of her containers to fall in to the sea,the captain was jailed for 7 months for his part in the disaster.

Captain James Hook - is a fictional character from the popular novel and movie peter pan,  known for wearing a hook after his right hand was eaten by a crocodile.