Cruising in style, comfort and fun – that’s what the Independence of the Seas cruise ship can bring you. With various amenities packed in the ships 15 decks, able to carry 4,370, the ship both sails the European waters and the Caribbean area.
From the Freedom family of the Royal Caribbean International, the ship offers a lot of Royal Caribbean signature features such as the FlowRider, a rock climbing wall and the Royal Promenade.
Guests are sure to love the Independence of the Seas ship’s cuisine. The Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth & King Lear Dining Rooms offer its three-level dining with the best in-dining experience. If you like steaks, then you might want to head on over to Chops Grille. For Italian lovers, then a slice of tiramisu might just suit your fancy at the Portofino. Or if you want something Oriental or Asian, the Jade Restaurant has its doors open for you.
If you are craving for burgers and fries, then bring the family to the 1950s-style Johnny Rockets or to the casual Windjammer Café. If shopping in the Royal Promenade makes you tired, then grab a bite at the Café Promenade or perhaps a slice of pizza in Sorrento’s. And if your kids want something cool, then bring them over to Ben & Jerry’s – right on the deck of the Independence of the Seas.
Entertainment and Nightlife
The Alhambra Theatre gives you great shows. You might even catch your favorite musical in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Moreover, the Independence of the Seas has a handful of lounges and bars where you can bond with your family and new friends. And don’t worry about your teenagers – they have their own Fuel Teen Disco and the Living Room.
Should you want to try your luck, you can check out the Casino Royale with 306 slot machines and 19 gaming tables. And if you want to unwind after a long day, you can always have a long, idyllic massage in the Spa.
Like other Royal Caribbean Ships, the Independence of the Seas features Interior Staterooms for 2 people, the Royal Suite with Balcony with a king-sized bed and a queen-sized sofa bed, to the Presidential Suite which accommodates up to 14 guests with its separate bathrooms.
Here’s a list of the ship’s available rooms for a quick reference (according to size):
- Royal Suite with Balcony
- Presidential Family Suite with Balcony
- Owner’s Suite with Balcony
- Royal Family Suite with Balcony
- Grand Suite with Balcony
- Interior Family Stateroom
- Junior Suite with Balcony
- Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony
- Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony
- Family Oceanview Stateroom
- Large Oceanview Stateroom
- Oceanview Stateroom
- Interior Stateroom
- Promenade Stateroom
Each stateroom has its own two twin beds, convertible to a queen-sized bed, WiFi internet connectivity, minisafe, private bathroom, hairdryers and flat-screen TVs.
If you want to relax or exercise, the ship offers its jogging tracks, basketball & volleyball courts, or its fitness center. If you feel like skating, visit Studio B for some ice skating, or maybe try the 40-foot wave simulator for a quick surf lesson on the Flowrider. You can also take a dip in the swimming pools, or try that rock climbing wall and challenge your muscles to bring you to the top.
Typically Royal Caribbean Cruises include meals, a limited amount of beverages, onboard daily activities and entertainment, and 24-hour room service. Travelers should not typically expect gratuities, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and other specialty treatments to be covered. However, in some cases it may be possible to book your trip with a travel agent that will offer double daily credit or prepaid gratuities. Thus it is worth spending the time to investigate cruise discount offers in advance.
The typical recommendations by Royal Caribbean is to tip approximately $10 per person per day unless you are in a suite (then $12 per person per day is recommended). A 15% beverage gratuity must also be considered.