Overview

Independence of the Seas has become very popular with British cruise passengers as the ship has been sailing year-round from Southampton since she launched in Spring 2008. On board you will find a wealth of warm and inviting bars and lounges, plus theatres and cinemas, swimming pools and even an ice-skating rink. There are also lots of fantastic dining venues available, offering a wide variety of cuisine from freshly made pizza and classic burgers, to speciality steak and Italian fine dining.

Ship Fast Facts

Ship Class: Freedom Class
Ship size: Large Resort Ship
Gross tonnage: 154,407
Entered Service: April 2008
Refurbished: April 2013
Aimed at: Families and couples
Length: 339m (1,112ft)
Beam (width): 56m (185ft)
Cabins: 1,817
Passengers: 3,634 double occupancy (4,375 maximum occupancy)
Crew: 1,360

Entertainment

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.

Health and Fitness

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.

Trivia

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!

Children's Facilities

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.

Facilities

Dining

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

Entertainment

13 Bars including
- The Viking Crown Lounge
- Dog & Badger Pub
- Boleros
- Schooner Bar
Theatre
Casino
Nightclub
Outdoor movie screen
Show Lounge

Relaxation

Adults-only Solarium
Vitality Spa
Beauty salon
3 Swimming pools
6 Whirlpools

Fitness

Fitness Centre
Gym
Jogging track
Sports court
Rock climbing wall

Other

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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Independence Of The Seas Dining

Main Dining

Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth Dining Rooms - Fixed Seating Dining

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.

King Lear Dining Room - My Time Dining

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.

Signature Dining

Giovanni's Table - Speciality Italian Restaurant

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 - Speciality Steak Restaurant

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 - 50's-style American Diner

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.

Alternative Dining

Windjammer Cafe - Self-service Buffet Restaurant

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.

Jade Restaurant - Asian-themed Restaurant

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

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.

Ben & Jerry's - Ice Cream Shop

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 - Casual Cafe

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 Cupcake Cupboard - Cake Shop

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.

Room Service - 24 hour In-Cabin Dining

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.

Independence Of The Seas Cabins

Select a cabin onboard Independence Of The Seas to view amenities. With a range of cabins, we hope to have something to suit your needs.


Accessible Inside Cabin
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  • AZ
  • Accessible Inside Cabin Approx. 256 - 266 square feet


Accessible Inside Promenade View

Accessible Inside Promenade View cabins will have a Bay window overlooking the Royal Promenade.

What's included

  • Two twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed
  • En suite bathroom with oversized door and roll-in shower, hand rails, fold-down shower seat and lower vanity sink
  • Sitting area with sofa and table

Extras

  • Daily cabin steward service
  • Luxury bed linens and pillows
  • 24 hour room service
Inside Guarantee Cabin
×
  • Z
  • Inside Guarantee Cabin Approx. 160 - 169 square feet


Guarantee Cabin

You will receive a minimum grade Q. Your specific cabin grade and number will be automatically assigned prior to sailing. Please note this grade is a special reduced price and does not include any of the current promotions.

What's included

  • Two twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Sitting area with sofa and table

Extras

  • Daily cabin steward service
  • Luxury bed linens and pillows
  • 24 hour room service
Inside Cabin
×
  • K
  • L
  • M
  • N
  • Q
  • Inside Cabin Approx. 160 square feet


What's included

  • Two twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Sitting area with sofa and table

Extras

  • Daily cabin steward service
  • Luxury bed linens and pillows
  • 24 hour room service
Inside Cabin (Promenade View)
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  • PR
  • Inside Cabin (Promenade View) Approx. 169 square feet


What's included

  • Two twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Sitting area with sofa and table
  • Bay window overlooking the Royal Promenade

Extras

  • Daily cabin steward service
  • Luxury bed linens and pillows
  • 24 hour room service
Family Inside Cabin
×
  • FI
  • Family Inside Cabin Approx. 323 square feet


What's included

  • Two twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Separate bedroom area with one upper twin and one lower twin
  • Sitting area with table, chair and sofa that converts to a double sofa bed

Extras

  • Daily cabin steward service
  • Luxury bed linens and pillows
  • 24 hour room service
Family Inside Cabin (Promenade View)
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  • FP
  • Family Inside Cabin (Promenade View) Approx. 340 square feet


What's included

  • Two twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Separate bedroom area with one upper twin and one lower twin
  • Sitting area with table, chair and sofa that converts to a double sofa bed
  • Bay windows overlooking the Royal Promenade

Extras

  • Daily cabin steward service
  • Luxury bed linens and pillows
  • 24 hour room service
Accessible Outside Cabin
×
  • AY
  • Accessible Outside Cabin Approx. 315 square feet


What's included

  • Two twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed
  • En suite bathroom with oversized door and roll-in shower, hand rails, fold-down shower seat and lower vanity sink
  • Sitting area with sofa and table
  • Large porthole window

Extras

  • Daily cabin steward service
  • Luxury bed linens and pillows
  • 24 hour room service
Outside Guarantee Cabin
×
  • Y
  • Outside Guarantee Cabin Approx. 180 - 211 square feet


Guarantee Cabin

You will receive a minimum grade I. Your specific cabin grade and number will be automatically assigned prior to sailing. Please note this grade is a special reduced price and does not include any of the current promotions.

What's included

  • Two twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Sitting area with sofa and table
  • Large porthole window

Extras

  • Daily cabin steward service
  • Luxury bed linens and pillows
  • 24 hour room service
Outside Cabin
×
  • G
  • H
  • I
  • Outside Cabin Approx. 180 square feet


What's included

  • Two twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Sitting area with sofa and table
  • Large porthole window

Extras

  • Daily cabin steward service
  • Luxury bed linens and pillows
  • 24 hour room service
Large Outside Cabin
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  • F
  • Large Outside Cabin Approx. 211 square feet


What's included

  • Two twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Sitting area with sofa and table
  • Large porthole window

Extras

  • Daily cabin steward service
  • Luxury bed linens and pillows
  • 24 hour room service
Family Outside Cabin
×
  • FO
  • Family Outside Cabin Approx. 358 square feet


What's included

  • Two twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Separate bedroom area with one upper twin and one lower twin
  • Sitting area with table, chair and sofa that converts to a double sofa bed
  • Large porthole windows

Extras

  • Daily cabin steward service
  • Luxury bed linens and pillows
  • 24 hour room service
Accessible Balcony Cabin
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  • AX
  • Accessible Balcony Cabin Approx. 339 square feet including balcony


What's included

  • Floor to ceiling sliding glass balcony door
  • Private balcony with access ramp, table and chairs
  • Two twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed
  • En suite bathroom with oversized door and roll-in shower, hand rails, fold-down shower seat and lower vanity sink
  • Sitting area with sofa and table

Extras

  • Daily cabin steward service
  • Luxury bed linens and pillows
  • 24 hour room service
Balcony Guarantee Cabin
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  • X
  • Balcony Guarantee Cabin Approx. 253 - 256 square feet including balcony


Guarantee Cabin

You will receive a minimum grade E2. Your specific cabin grade and number will be automatically assigned prior to sailing.Please note this grade is a special reduced price and does not include any of the current promotions.

What's included

  • Floor to ceiling sliding glass balcony door
  • Private balcony with table and chairs
  • Two twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Sitting area with sofa and table

Extras

  • Daily cabin steward service
  • Luxury bed linens and pillows
  • 24 hour room service
Deluxe Balcony Cabin
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  • E1
  • E2
  • E3
  • Deluxe Balcony Cabin Approx. 253 square feet including balcony


What's included

  • Floor to ceiling sliding glass balcony door
  • Private balcony with table and chairs
  • Two twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Sitting area with sofa and table

Extras

  • Daily cabin steward service
  • Luxury bed linens and pillows
  • 24 hour room service
Superior Balcony Cabin
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  • D1
  • D2
  • D3
  • Superior Balcony Cabin Approx. 256 square feet including balcony


What's included

  • Floor to ceiling sliding glass balcony door
  • Private balcony with table and chairs
  • Two twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Sitting area with sofa and table

Extras

  • Daily cabin steward service
  • Luxury bed linens and pillows
  • 24 hour room service
Accessible Suite With Balcony
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  • AW
  • Accessible Suite With Balcony Approx. 489 square feet including balcony


What's included

  • Floor to ceiling sliding glass balcony door
  • Private balcony with access ramp, table and chairs
  • Two twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed
  • En suite bathroom with oversized door and roll-in shower, hand rails, fold-down shower seat and lower vanity sink
  • Sitting area with table, chairs and sofa

Extras

  • Daily cabin steward service
  • Luxury bed linens and pillows
  • 24 hour room service
Suite With Balcony Guarantee
×
  • W
  • Suite With Balcony Guarantee Approx. 385 square feet including balcony


Guarantee Cabin

You will receive a minimum grade JS. Your specific cabin grade and number will be automatically assigned prior to sailing. Please note this grade is a special reduced price and does not include any of the current promotions.

What's included

  • Floor to ceiling sliding glass balcony door
  • Private balcony with table and chairs
  • Two twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed
  • En suite bathroom with bath
  • Sitting area with table, chairs and sofa

Extras

  • Daily cabin steward service
  • Luxury bed linens and pillows
  • 24 hour room service
Junior Suite With Balcony
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  • JS
  • Junior Suite With Balcony Approx. 385 square feet including balcony


What's included

  • Floor to ceiling sliding glass balcony doors
  • Two twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed
  • En suite bathroom with bath
  • Sitting area with table, chairs and sofa

Extras

  • Daily cabin steward service
  • Luxury bed linens and pillows
  • 24 hour room service
Grand Suite With Balcony
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  • GS
  • Grand Suite With Balcony Approx. 521 square feet including balcony


What's included

  • Floor to ceiling sliding glass balcony doors
  • Large private balcony with table and chairs
  • Two twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed
  • En suite bathroom with shower and dual vanity sinks
  • Additional wardrobe and storage space
  • Living area with dry mini bar, chairs, table and sofa

Extras

  • Priority check-in and embarkation
  • Complimentary Concierge service
  • Daily cabin steward service
  • Luxury bed linens and pillows
  • Full in-suite breakfast, lunch and dinner menus from the dining room
  • Private breakfast and lunch seating in the speciality restaurants
  • 24 hour room service with full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu
  • Reserved seating in the theatre for shows (where available)
  • VIP pool deck seating (where available)
  • Complimentary use of luxury bathrobes
  • Complimentary ironing service for formal nights
  • Complimentary luggage service
  • Priority tender service (where available)
  • Priority disembarkation with exclusive departure lounge including continental breakfast
Royal Family Suite With Balcony
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  • FS
  • Royal Family Suite With Balcony Approx. 857 square feet including balcony


What's included

  • Floor to ceiling sliding glass balcony doors
  • Large private balcony with dining area, table and chairs
  • Master bedroom with two twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed
  • En suite bathroom with bath
  • Second bedroom with two twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed and two upper twin beds
  • Second en suite bathroom with shower
  • Additional wardrobe and storage space
  • Dining area with table and chairs
  • Living area with chairs, table and sofa that converts to a double sofa bed

Extras

  • Priority check-in and embarkation
  • Complimentary Concierge service
  • Daily cabin steward service
  • Luxury bed linens and pillows
  • Full in-suite breakfast, lunch and dinner menus from the dining room
  • Private breakfast and lunch seating in the speciality restaurants
  • 24 hour room service with full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu
  • Reserved seating in the theatre for shows (where available)
  • VIP pool deck seating (where available)
  • Complimentary use of luxury bathrobes
  • Complimentary ironing service for formal nights
  • Complimentary luggage service
  • Priority tender service (where available)
  • Priority disembarkation with exclusive departure lounge including continental breakfast
Owners Suite With Balcony
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  • OS
  • Owners Suite With Balcony Approx. 782 square feet including balcony


What's included

  • Marble entrance way with doorbell
  • Floor to ceiling sliding glass balcony doors
  • Large private balcony with table and chairs
  • Bedroom area with two twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed
  • En suite bathroom with bath and separate shower
  • Additional wardrobe and storage space
  • Living area with table and chairs, and sofa

Extras

  • Priority check-in and embarkation
  • Complimentary Concierge service
  • Daily cabin steward service
  • Luxury bed linens and pillows
  • Full in-suite breakfast, lunch and dinner menus from the dining room
  • Private breakfast and lunch seating in the speciality restaurants
  • 24 hour room service with full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu
  • Reserved seating in the theatre for shows (where available)
  • VIP pool deck seating (where available)
  • Complimentary use of luxury bathrobes
  • Complimentary ironing service for formal nights
  • Complimentary luggage service
  • Priority tender service (where available)
  • Priority disembarkation with exclusive departure lounge including continental breakfast
Presidential Family Suite With Balcony
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  • PS
  • Presidential Family Suite With Balcony Approx. 2,014 square feet including balcony


What's included

  • Floor to ceiling sliding glass balcony doors
  • Private balcony with whirlpool, bar, dining area and loungers
  • Two master bedrooms with two twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed
  • Two en suite bathrooms with bath and separate shower
  • Two additional bedrooms with two twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed and two upper twin beds
  • Two additional en suite bathrooms with shower
  • Additional wardrobe and storage space
  • Dining area with table and chairs
  • Living area with entertainment centre, table, chairs and sofa that converts to a double sofa bed

Extras

  • Priority check-in and embarkation
  • Complimentary Concierge service
  • Daily cabin steward service
  • Luxury bed linens and pillows
  • Full in-suite breakfast, lunch and dinner menus from the dining room
  • Private breakfast and lunch seating in the speciality restaurants
  • 24 hour room service with full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu
  • Reserved seating in the theatre for shows (where available)
  • VIP pool deck seating (where available)
  • Complimentary use of luxury bathrobes
  • Complimentary ironing service for formal nights
  • Complimentary luggage service
  • Priority tender service (where available)
  • Priority disembarkation with exclusive departure lounge including continental breakfast
Royal Suite With Balcony
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  • RS
  • Royal Suite With Balcony Approx. 1,890 square feet including balcony


What's included

  • Grand entrance way with door bell
  • Floor to ceiling sliding glass balcony doors
  • Large private balcony with table and chairs and whirlpool
  • Master bedroom with king-size bed
  • En suite bathroom with whirlpool bath, separate shower and dual vanity sinks
  • Additional wardrobe and storage space
  • Dining area with dining table and chairs
  • Living area with entertainment centre, self-playing baby grand piano, dry bar, chairs, table and sofa

Extras

  • Priority check-in and embarkation
  • Complimentary Concierge service
  • Daily cabin steward service
  • Luxury bed linens and pillows
  • Full in-suite breakfast, lunch and dinner menus from the dining room
  • Private breakfast and lunch seating in the speciality restaurants
  • 24 hour room service with full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu
  • Reserved seating in the theatre for shows (where available)
  • VIP pool deck seating (where available)
  • Complimentary use of luxury bathrobes
  • Complimentary ironing service for formal nights
  • Complimentary luggage service
  • Priority tender service (where available)
  • Priority disembarkation with exclusive departure lounge including continental breakfast

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Independence Of The Seas Decks

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Cabin Key

Stateroom categories

F
Large Outside Cabin
K
Inside Cabin
G
Outside Cabin
D1
Superior Balcony Cabin
E1
Deluxe Balcony Cabin
E2
Deluxe Balcony Cabin
FO
Family Outside Cabin
L
Inside Cabin
D2
Superior Balcony Cabin
FS
Royal Family Suite With Balcony
M
Inside Cabin
JS
Junior Suite With Balcony
AZ
Accessible Inside Cabin
W
Suite With Balcony Guarantee
X
Balcony Guarantee Cabin
Y
Outside Guarantee Cabin
Z
Inside Guarantee Cabin
E3
Deluxe Balcony Cabin

Room Types

Additional bed is a sofa bed
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Additional bed is an upper berth bed
Additional beds are upper berths
3rd/4th beds are a sofa bed and an upper berth
Additional beds are upper berths
Interconnecting cabins
Cabin has an obstructed view
Accessible cabin

Independence Of The Seas Reviews


Mr C Fagan 16/07/2017


Mr C Fagan 16/07/2017

Cabin Rating : 3
Generate was tidy and clean but is need of refurb

Dining Rating : 4
Service was good and food was good

Entertainment Rating : 3
Hard one to judge some of the shares outstanding others wear below par

Ship Rating : 3
Just found the two geared up to take as much money as possible love with you compared with other cruise lines


Mrs K Waldron 15/07/2017

Cabin Rating : 5
bed very comfortable cabin kept very clean by our steward

Dining Rating : 5
Entertainment Rating : 3
the groups got a bit boring

Ship Rating : 5
brilliant ship ice show my best thing


Mr C Fagan 14/07/2017

Cabin Rating : 4
It was smaller than those cabins but well designed kept clean and tidy but could do with updating bed was comfortable too big restricted movement down the sides he had to climb over the ends for toilet break etc

Dining Rating : 4
Tables of high standard

Entertainment Rating : 3
Found this hard to judge as has Greece was absolutely brilliant but the other shows seem to lack enthusiasm

Ship Rating : 3
Royal Caribbean seemed obsessed with taking your hard earned cash at every opportunity they had


Mr R Hamlin 10/07/2017

Cabin Rating : 5
Good inside cabin, only time I spend in it is sleeping so fit for purpose. Good powerful shower and good condition for age.

Dining Rating : 3
Buffet was well stocked but the food in the main dining room was bland and tastless so we gave up on it after three days. First time we have had to do that, Royal Caribbean seem to be just going for very dull food options. Also dress code on formal night was not enforced so people turned up to the main dining room in anything they wanted which just made the formal aspect pointless. Buffet 4 stars Main dining 2 Stars.

Entertainment Rating : 2
Usual stuff of show tunes and bad comedy. Not my thing but some people liked it so all good.

Ship Rating : 3
Clean and tidy, staff were great but why have a shopping centre in the middle of a ship!? Made it feel like you were in your local indoor shopping mall which is not what you want on holiday. Gym was well equipped but only 4 treadmills you could run on and loads you could walk on..... Diamond benefits are really though.


Mr R Fagan 10/07/2017

Cabin Rating : 3
Lovely sheets, bathroom big enough. Plenty of storage but not enough sockets, particularly nothing by bed and therefore unable to plug CPAP machine in unless we slept at the wrong end

Dining Rating : 4
Dining room staff very friendly but got fed up with keep being told how helpful they were. Service incredibly slow so missed evening entertainment, however when asked they did manage to get us through quickly BU T again told us how brilliant they were

Entertainment Rating : 4
Grease was brilliant as was storybook, Tenors of rock superb Hypnotist boring and samey

Ship Rating : 2
Like a holiday camp on water


Miss S Lewis 04/07/2017

Cabin Rating : 5
cabin was comfortable, enough space for us. Cabin steward very friendly & efficient.

Dining Rating : 5
Dining staff very polite, friendly & efficient. Food was very nice.

Entertainment Rating : 4
Ship Rating : 5
Independance is a lovely ship. All areas were kept clean & tidy.


Mrs R Ince 06/06/2017

Cabin Rating : 4
There were 4 people staying in cabin 7630 (2 adults and 2 children) and we found it spacious enough. The bed was massive and one of the comfiest i've slept in. The was plenty of storage for clothes. Maybe could have done with another shelf in the wardrobe, but that's been picky. Balcony was ok size. Decor was dated, but no problem at all. Bathroom looking tired. Overall a great cabin and would book it again.

Dining Rating : 4
The quality of the food in the main dining room was just ok. We ate there 5 nights out of 7 (including the 2 formal nights). The staff were very friendly and would always been polite and do what they could to accommodate a request. The main buffet area (The Windjammer) was surprisingly good. Abit manic at times, but always found a quiet place to eat. Sorrentos pizza was good, (and great at 10pm at night !) Breakfast in the Windjammer was the best out of all the breakfast choices.

Entertainment Rating : 5
We watched all the main shows and I have to say 'Grease' was fantastic. I even told the cruise director 'Joff', how fantastic it was. The ice skating show 'Strings' was brilliant.

Ship Rating : 4
The Flow rider was really good and our family used it several times. The kids club was way too busy. We queued for ages to get in and gave up. We did several of the quizzes which we all enjoyed. Again Joff the cruise director and his team were brilliant.


Mr J Kilmister 06/06/2017

Cabin Rating : 4
Bigger than expected, nice clean and tidy

Dining Rating : 4
Good food, times for breakfast were not ideal as non-buffet was closed by 9am.

Entertainment Rating : 4
Ice show was good as was the Grease musical.

Ship Rating : 4
Splash park and swimming were the best. Also enjoyed mini golf and rock climbing.


Mr D Berry 06/06/2017

Cabin Rating : 5
Good amenities with coffee and tea making in room, and ideal size for two people

Dining Rating : 5
Main dining and buffet all had high quality food, but in the main dining room the waiters very efficient and friendly which made enjoyable dining.

Entertainment Rating : 5
Greese is one of the best theatre shows which was performed fantastic by the entertainment crew as was all the shows 5 STAR.

Ship Rating : 5
Great ship with plenty to do, will definitely book independence again.


Miss I Steponaityte 30/05/2017

Cabin Rating : 4
Dining Rating : 3
Service was very good, the food average.

Entertainment Rating : 5
Ship Rating : 4

Mr D Playle 18/05/2017

Cabin Rating : 5
Great service from our steward Antonius

Dining Rating : 3
Windjammer restaraunt not large enough for 3900 passengers on this cruise.Food not as good as our previous 20+ cruises.

Entertainment Rating : 4
The 2 ice shows we,re 5*

Ship Rating : 4
Outdoor space great and plenty of chairs but indoor spaceverylimitedfor the cooler days.


Mr F Carter 18/05/2017

Cabin Rating : 5
It was very spacious. Very clean and comfortable. The balcony was awesome and we loved it. The cabin was close to all the amenities such as the promenade, theatre and restaurants.

Dining Rating : 1
Unfortunately the food was mediocre. Often cold and over cooked. Most mealtimes were spoiled because finding a vacant seat was almost impossible some days. When you could find a seat getting your meal was total chaos at times. People everywhere you turned, bumping into one another all the time. Mealtimes in the self service restaurant was very stressful. Also the placement of foods was odd. The meat and potatoes in one place but veg in an entirely different place so you were crossing from one area to another. Not an experience we would want again.

Entertainment Rating : 4
The shows were very good. Especially Darren Day and the Ice shows.

Ship Rating : 2
To overcrowded. Not enough night time entertainment. Some areas of the ship were shabby and in need of an upgrade. Would not go on the ship again.


Mr T Harris 01/05/2017

Cabin Rating : 4
Standard balcony cabin, quite satisfactory but lacked amenity items provided by other cruise lines.

Dining Rating : 4
Some issues with our allocated table, but food quite OK and service good. Much better dining room on deck 5 rather than 3 & 4.

Entertainment Rating : 2
RCI used to be the best, but no longer. Very average and cast quite disappointing.

Ship Rating : 2
Long in the tooth, needs refit, carpets looked dirty and furniture worn and scuffed. Dreadful casino where smoking is permitted, literally stank so badly, we and many passengers we spoke to, avoided walking through. Smell always drifted through into Schooner bar and made this another place to avoid. RCI seem to give priority over everything to Park West art auctions, blocking out lounge and seating space on a regular basis. Will never go on this ship again!


Mr P Stacey 06/11/2016

Cabin Rating : 4
Great space but a little tired. Walk in wardrobe was very large but too big for a 4 night cruise

Dining Rating : 3
Restaurant food was exceptional and the service second to none however windjammers was below par food with hoards of people elbowing women and children out the way to get more.

Entertainment Rating : 3
The shows like grease were fantastic but the flow rider and climbing wall were tired, dirty and manned by people who looked miserable and didn't want to work there.

Ship Rating : 2

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