Royal Caribbean International | Independence of the Seas

Regularly considered as Royal Caribbean’s most popular ship to every sail from the UK, Independence of the Seas makes her home at Southampton throughout the Spring and Summer months, bringing with her a host of amazing features thanks to a recent multi-million pound makeover which has revitalised her, ensuring new cruisers and regular guests alike have new adventures to explore.

An Independence of the Seas holiday is fantastic value for money, with thrilling activities, fun-packed kids-clubs, entertainment, cuisine from all over the world  not to mention a fantastic selection of bars and restaurants.

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Top Independence of the Seas sailings

Northern Europe

18 May 2019 | 7 nights

France & Spain

24 August 2019 | 6 nights

Norwegian Fjords

17 May 2020 | 7 nights

Italian Mediterranean

25 July 2020 | 14 nights

Key facts:



Inaugural Date:
May 2008


Cruise speed:

29 ft


What's Onboard:

Sky PadHop into the Sky Pad for an out-of-this-world bungee trampoline experience. Strap in, put on your virtual reality headset and get transported to another time, place, or planet. Whether you’re smashing candies in a sugar-coated world or travelling light years into the future, your virtual adventure will launch you high into the stratosphere and let your imagination soar.

Climbing Wall

The view alone is worth every step. Climb forty feet above deck on Royal Caribbean’s signature Rock Climbing Wall, where everyone from beginners to speed climbers can strap in and go vertical. With no reservation required at this complimentary activity, you could visit the view again and again.


The surf’s always up on the 40-foot-long FlowRider surf simulator. Grab your board and get ready, 30,000 gallons of rushing awesome are headed your way. Carve like a pro — or just try to stay upright — while friends cheer you on from the stadium seating.


Experience Broadway at sea with musical spectaculars in the fantastic onboard theatre, where lively & colourful performances will take your breath away. The hit musical Grease will take to the stage on Independence of the Seas with a first-at-sea production.


Take your tastebuds on holiday with mouth-watering sensations from around the world including:

Chops Grill – With the first dry-aged steaks at sea, this signature Royal Caribbean restaurant serves up mouth-watering cuts of meat alongside fresh seafood, delicious sides and tempting desserts.

Johnny Rockets – Enjoy an authentic American diner experience at this fun-packed family restaurant, where you can enjoy hamburgers and fries to a rockin’ 50’s soundtrack.

Main Dining Room – Treat yourself to exceptional dining in an elegant setting, with superb, multi-course meals and impeccable Royal Caribbean service.

Giovanni’s Table – Experience a taste of Tuscany at this trattoria-style venue, where fresh Italian ingredients are served up in rustic dishes bursting with flavour.

Windjammer – Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it at Windjammer , where dishes from around the world are served up for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Sorrento’s – Whole or by the slice, there’s nothing quite like New York-style pizza , cooked in an authentic wood-fired oven and topped with a delicious selection of fresh ingredients

24-hour room service – Order delicious food delivered directly to your stateroom whenever you’re feeling peckish – day or night (charges apply).

Ben & Jerry’s – Treat yourself to a scoop (or two) of decadent ice cream, in a range of classic and cult flavours that everyone will enjoy.

Cafe Promenade – Grab a table at this 24-hour pavement-style café and enjoy a spot of people watching along with fresh sandwiches, pastries, desserts and more.

Royal Caribbean Bars

From a real ale at a cosy English pub to a classic glass of champagne in elegant surroundings, there are a host of fabulous bars to enjoy onboard Independence of the Seas® – cheers!

Ale & Anchor – Sample some authentic British ale at this cosy, traditional pub.

Champagne Bar – Enjoy a little bit of luxury with a glass of premium bubbly in elegant surroundings.

Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade – Watch your team dominate the pitch or make your own legendary plays in the arcade. When it’s time to refuel, you’ll love our Playmaker burger, along with ice cold beer on tap.

Schooner Bar – Enjoy your drink with a side of trivia at one of the regular quiz nights held in this relaxed venue.

Boleros – This Latin-themed bar serves up the best mojitos at sea, an amazing selection of tequilas and some of the hottest beats onboard!

Vintages Wine Bar – Choose from an amazing selection of wines from around the world and find your favourite at one of the fantastic tasting events.