|Ship Class:||Freedom Class|
|Ship size:||Large Resort Ship|
|Entered Service:||April 2008|
|Aimed at:||Families and couples|
|Beam (width):||56m (185ft)|
|Passengers:||3,634 double occupancy (4,375 maximum occupancy)|
With so much choice available on board, you can choose to do as much or as little with your time as you like. During the day there are several swimming pools with lots of room for sunbathing or just relaxing in the sun with a good book. On the Royal Promenade you can stroll around the shops and bars, or while away a few hours in the library and cyber cafe. Studio B is the on board ice-skating rink where you can learn how to ice-skate, or catch one of the amazing ice shows that are performed by the ships' professional skaters. In the evening, the ship comes alive with theatre, dancing and fantastic music. There are lots of bars and lounges to enjoy pre and post dinner cocktails, such as the Dog and Badger pub and Boleros, which also has live Latin-themed music throughout the evening. The Alhambra Theatre spans three decks and hosts fantastic production shows and musicals, and the Pyramid Lounge hosts up-and-coming comedians and cabaret acts.
For the ultimate pampering experience head to the Vitality Spa, where you can be treated to an array of relaxing treatments. There are several treatment rooms, offering many traditional and modern therapies, such as aromatherapy, massage and facials, plus saunas and steam rooms. Attached to the spa is the adults-only Solarium, which features a swimming pool and loungers, plus two cantilevered whirlpools which have beautiful views as they hang over the edge of the ship. The Fitness Centre has a state-of-the-art gym with all the latest fitness equipment, plus an exercise room where you can take part in fitness classes like spinning and aerobics. Outdoors there are full-sized sports courts for basketball and volleyball, plus a jogging track, miniature golf course and a golf simulator. You can also scale the heights of the 43-foot high rock climbing wall and try your hand at surfing on the Flowrider surf simulator.
Independence of the Seas is so big that she is wider than the White House, as long as 37 double decker buses end-to-end, can hold the same number of passengers as 9 jumbo jets and if stood bow-to-stern she would be taller than the Eiffel Tower and the Burj Al Arab hotel!
Independence of the Seas is extremely family-friendly, so children of all ages will find plenty to do to keep them entertained. There are dedicated children's clubs available every day which are run by the Adventure Ocean youth team, and the activities and facilities cater for children aged 6 months to 17 years of age. The clubs are split in to several age groups so toddlers can enjoy playgroup-style sessions, whilst young children can take part in fancy dress, face painting, playtime and craft making. Older children can enjoy educational activities as well as sports, video games and movies, and teenagers have their own area where they can listen to music and watch movies with their friends, as well as their own nightclub for parties and dinners. The H2O Zone is a family water park that has lots of water sprinklers, fountains and jets, as well as paddling and splash pools for the children to use.
10 Restaurants - International fine dining - Self-service buffet - American diner - Pizzeria - Speciality Steak and seafood restaurant - Asian-themed buffet restaurant - Speciality Italian restaurant - Casual cafe - Cake shop - Ice cream shop
13 Bars including - The Viking Crown Lounge - Dog & Badger Pub - Boleros - Schooner Bar Theatre Casino Nightclub Outdoor movie screen Show Lounge
Adults-only Solarium Vitality Spa Beauty salon 3 Swimming pools 6 Whirlpools
Fitness Centre Gym Jogging track Sports court Rock climbing wall
Children's area H2O Water park Ice-skating rink Karaoke bar Flowrider surf machine Duty-free shops Library Mini golf course Internet cafe Wedding chapel
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Both of these dining rooms are used for fixed seating dining with waiter service, and they are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast is usually available from 7.30am to 9.30am and lunch is usually available from midday until 2pm, both with open seating.
In the evening, dinner is available at two fixed times of 6pm for first sitting and 8.30pm for second sitting, and you will have the same table for the duration of your cruise.
The King Lear dining room is used for the more flexible My Time Dining, where there is no fixed time for dinner. The restaurant is open between 6pm and 9.30pm, and you can arrive at any time to be seated. If you want to eat at a set time then you can speak to the maitre d' who will reserve a table for you at your requested time each evening.
Giovanni's Table was added to Independence of the Seas during her 2013 refurbishment. The family-friendly restaurant features some of the best Italian food at sea and has a relaxed atmosphere with distinctive Tuscan decor. The menu features a wide variety of classic Italian dishes, as well as some new and more modern alternatives.
Giovanni's Table has a cover charge of approx. $15 per person for lunch and approx. $20 per person for dinner. As it is a speciality restaurant, you will need to book a table in advance.
Chops Grille is one of the most popular speciality restaurants in the fleet, offering a tempting choice of prime steak cuts. There are also other meat choices, such as lamb and pork, as well as seafood and fish. The restaurant is open for dinner between 6pm and 9.30pm, and there is a cover charge of approx. $30 per person. As it is a speciality restaurant, you will need to make a reservation in advance.
Johnny Rockets is a popular chain of restaurants in the USA, and the restaurant on Independence of the Seas is just as well-loved! The restaurant is designed in the style of a 50's American diner with chequered tiles and jukeboxes, and serves up delicious burgers, fries and milkshakes. The restaurant opens for lunch and dinner, and has a cover charge of approx. $4.95 per person.
The Windjammer Cafe is a popular family restaurant because there are no fixed dining times, so you can eat at a time that suits you. The restaurant is open all day and night, serving a fantastic selection of hot and cold food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including an omelette station and a carvery. In addition to main meals, the Windjammer Cafe is also a great place to go if you fancy a tempting afternoon or late night snack - you'll find no shortage of cookies, cakes and desserts on offer! Self-service coffee, tea, water and juice machines are also available at all times.
The Jade Restaurant is located at the entrance to the Windjammer Cafe and offers buffet-style Asian cuisine in a slightly more formal setting. The restaurant opens for dinner between 6pm and 9.30pm, although there is open seating so you can choose what time and where you eat. There is a fantastic choice of Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Malaysian dishes to choose from, as well as a sushi chef who will prepare the sushi to your own tastes and requirements.
Sorrento's Pizzeria is always a popular dining choice thanks to its relaxed Italian atmosphere. There is always plenty of different toppings to choose from, as well as daily specials, and all of the pizzas are freshly made. Sorrento's is usually open throughout the day until late at night, so it's a great place to grab a quick bite to eat.
Located on the Royal Promenade, the Ben & Jerry's ice cream shop is a firm favourite with adults and children alike. The shop has all the most popular flavours, such as Cookie Dough and Phish Food, and you can choose to mix and match your scoops in sundaes, cones, and shakes. The shop is generally open throughout the afternoon and has a la carte prices.
Cafe Promenade is open virtually 24 hours a day, serving a range of hot and cold food including sandwiches, pastries, salads and pizza. There are also plenty of delicious snacks like crepes, cakes and desserts, all washed down with a cup of speciality tea or coffee.
The hugely popular Cupcake Cupboard was introduced to Independence of the Seas during her 2013 refurbishment. It is designed around a 1940's-style cake shop, with freshly-made cupcakes available every day in an assortment of flavours, including Red Velvet, Chocolate Fudge, and White Chocolate. You can also book cake parties and decorating classes where you can learn how to decorate your own cakes. Classes/parties have to be booked in advance and prices are a la carte.
If you fancy a lazy breakfast in bed, or a pre-dinner supper, you can order room service directly to your cabin. The extensive menu features a wide variety of main meal and snack options, plus soft drinks and alcoholic drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day with a cover charge of $3.95 between midnight and 5am, and normal bar prices will apply for soft and alcoholic drinks.
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