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Spending a Day Onboard Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of being invited on board the newly renovated Independence of the Seas cruise ship, one of the world’s largest and most exciting vessels.

Royal Caribbean invited a number of lifestyle and family influencers to come and see for ourselves what makes this ship so special during its turnaround day in Southampton.

Cruising with Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas is guaranteed to be a special experience as it has has just undergone a multi-million pound upgrade. The ship has become more family-friendly than ever, with so many of its exciting new features having been designed and incorporated with kids in mind.

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

First Impressions

Approaching Southampton’s cruise terminal, it was the ship’s size that really gets you. Nothing can prepare you for the feeling of being dwarfed by such a huge structure. Inside, it really is a big floating hotel. It feels opulent, with lots of glass and a warm rich colour palette.

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Families

This ship is without doubt one of the most family friend ships I have ever been on. There were so many activities for kids of all ages to keep them entertained from dawn until dusk. This below is the super huge arcades game room!

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Pool Deck

Up on top deck is Splashaway Bay, dominating the central part of the ship. The perfect place for kids of all ages to play, there are so many slides, hot hubs, big pools, small pools and even a giant drench bucket. Definitely no shortage of water themed fun up there! Or sun loungers!

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Perfect Storm waterslides are another new feature on board the Independence of the Seas. Occupying a huge section at the back of the ship, these colourful slides look epic and impressive both close up and from outside the ship!

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Other exciting features

Another new feature on the ship is laser tag. A longtime favourite for kids, this 2.0 version is set in an inflatable glow-in-the-dark maze and is the perfect rainy day activity.. should you ever get one on board!

Skypad, a bungee trampolining experience using a VR headset, is one of the brand new features on the ship that really sets this ship apart as well as a huge crazy golf course, the Independence Dunes!

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Dining

As with most Royal Caribbean ships, the Independence of the Seas has a number of brilliant restaurants. We ate in the steak house at Chops Grille but there are a number of other options including Sushi in Izumi, American food at Johnny Rockets, pizza at Sorrento’s pizza and then the main buffet at Windjammer’s.

There is also the main dining room as well as selection of eateries along The Royal Promendade. You can find out more about the dining options whilst cruising with Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas here.

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Spa and Wellness

The ship has so many fitness and wellness offerings, many of which are outside. The seriously impressive climbing wall looked like a real challenge, and was located right by the full size basketball court.

There is also a full spa and wellness centre, offering treatments and chill out zones to really enhance your holiday on board.

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

The Promenade and Evening Entertainment

The bustling centre of the ship was really impressive and like nothing I have seen on a ship before. Lined with shops, boutiques and cafes, it was very cool (And patriotic!).

The evening shows on board cruise ships is one the most important aspects to me. The Independence of the Seas has plenty of bars and lounge areas, which is fantastic as I love to enjoy shows and live music experiences that I wouldn’t tend to on land. The theatre was magnificent and it was a shame we were not staying on board until the evening!

There is also the casino, if you’re so inclined!

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Rooms

Unfortunately we didn’t get to view a room as guests were coming onboard. But as you can see, they are spectacular and well appointed, offering everything you could need in your stateroom.

Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Credit: Royal Caribbean UK

Itineraries

The beautiful Independence of the Seas sails predominantly on European, Mediterranean and Caribbean routes. Find out more about the destinations here.

Final thoughts on cruising with Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas

This beautiful ship made for a wonderful day exploring all of its onboard features and dining. Its itineraries look fantastic and with its multi million pound renovation, a holiday onboard the Independence of the Seas would be dreamy.

Find out more about the ship here.

I hope this post has been useful for anyone considering sailing onboard Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas.

Feel free to ask any further questions regarding cruising or the ship in the comments section below.

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Cruising with Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

Credit: Royal Caribbean UK

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26 Comments

  1. July 12, 2018 / 5:36 pm

    Holy cow, it’s like a floating city! Seriously, as I looked at your pictures and read your descriptions, I would sometimes forget that this was a cruise ship, especially with the mini golf. I’ve actually only been on a cruise once, but loved it. I would definitely love to cruise with Independence of the Seas!

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      July 20, 2018 / 9:59 am

      Hi Rachelle, I know it’s soo huge!! You actually really do forget you’re at sea!

  2. July 13, 2018 / 9:43 am

    You all are looking gorgeous, and enjoying this beautiful places. We planning for some similar adventure next month too. I enjoy your blog and all girls are beautiful.

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      July 20, 2018 / 9:59 am

      Hi Chirag, thank you!! Have fun planning your trip!

  3. July 14, 2018 / 3:27 am

    My brother was supposed to book Royal Carribbean in this October but changed to other cruise instead. Royal Carribean always has good reputation and well-known for it world class cruise ship experience. I can totally understand after reading your post. Look at the pictures, guess you guys are having so much fun!!

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      July 20, 2018 / 10:00 am

      Yes, it really is! Hope he has a wonderful cruise either way!! 🙂

  4. July 14, 2018 / 6:46 am

    Fab pictures. The interior looks so grand and the water slides look so fun! Now I want to go on a cruise like this.

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      July 20, 2018 / 10:00 am

      Thanks Katie! Definitely look into it 🙂

  5. Marquita
    July 14, 2018 / 3:03 pm

    Oh my gosh! This cruise ship is beautiful! I love the pool area with all the water slides. And I love how they have a variety of eating options. Looks like a great way to sail!

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      July 20, 2018 / 10:03 am

      Definitely! It’s amazing what they put on ships 🙂

  6. July 14, 2018 / 3:14 pm

    My family has talked about doing an extended family cruise; this looks super fun and especially since there is something for everyone!

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      July 20, 2018 / 10:03 am

      Absolutely. No chance of getting bored! 🙂

  7. July 15, 2018 / 4:38 am

    I’m absolutely sold! My husband keeps saying he wants to do a cruise and this just sells it. It looks like SO MUCH fun!!!! I didn’t know they could have all of this stuff!!!

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      July 20, 2018 / 10:02 am

      Awesome news!!! It is so fun, definitely look into going soon 🙂

  8. July 15, 2018 / 2:01 pm

    I have never been on Royal Caribbean before but I can’t wait to try it out. All these pictures makes me want to start planning a cruise. I am thinking about taking another cruise next year so i will check out their prices.

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      July 20, 2018 / 10:03 am

      Awesome, hope you get to try RCCL!

  9. July 16, 2018 / 6:27 am

    I’ve heard others rave about Royal Caribbean for those who had experienced the cruise. The service and activities offered were all great. I haven’t had the opportunity to do cruise yet, so this will definitely be a cool experience!

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      July 20, 2018 / 10:02 am

      Definitely, hope you get the chance to do a cruise at some point!

  10. July 16, 2018 / 10:49 am

    Royal Caribbean make such incredible ships. I always thought of cruising as a bit of a boring hotel on the sea, only just bearable in order to get to your next port, but that is soooo not the case these days!

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      July 20, 2018 / 10:01 am

      Hi Emily, Yes they are really are, it’s amazing what they can put on ships these days!

  11. July 16, 2018 / 11:19 am

    This looks incredible! I’ve always been skeptical about cruise ships but this looks like it would be a great time 🙂

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      July 20, 2018 / 10:02 am

      Definitely 🙂

  12. Elizabeth O
    July 16, 2018 / 1:37 pm

    Wow this ship looks like the epitome of luxury! It looks and sounds like you had the most incredible time indeed.

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      July 20, 2018 / 10:01 am

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Yes it was awesome, we loved the interiors!

  13. July 17, 2018 / 3:57 pm

    Oh my goodness. That looks crazy. I am so stuck on Disney, but my kids and husband a ready to move on. I am so sad. But this ship looks like the perfect replacement, even better. Your pictures are fantastic and you have totally sold me on this ship. I am now in search of…
    Thank you.

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      July 20, 2018 / 10:01 am

      Oooh maybe you’ll have to branch out the one time. Thanks for your kind words!

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