Independence of the Seas

The UK’s favourite ship is coming back to Southampton in 2017 and 2018 with a host of amazing features and sailing to incredible destinations across the world – from Europe to the Caribbean.

You won’t believe what’s sailing your way on Independence of the Seas®. Our guests’ favourite ship will be back in 2018.

You know her, you love her and she will be even better than ever before. We recently announced some of the stunning new features: two waterslides, Splashaway Bay water park, an Escape Room, a Trampoline Bungee Dome and Izumi, the Japanese dining experience.


Guests can spring into an extraordinary virtual world on the new bungee trampoline experience, Sky Pad, grab a British classic at the all-new new Fish & Ships, score an amazing time at Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade and then dive into sweet delights at Sugar Beach Candy & Ice Cream Store.

  • Lloyds No9349681
  • Size large
  • Style resort
  • Type ocean
  • Year of launch 2008
  • Year of last refit 2018
  • Gross tonnage 154407t
  • Length 338.9m
  • Width 56.4m
  • Speed 21kts
  • Decks 11
  • Language en
  • Currency US Dollar ($)
  • No. of passengers 3634
  • No. of crew 1365
  • No. of cabins 1817
  • -wheelchair access 32
Unique Features

Guests can spring into an extraordinary virtual world on the new bungee trampoline experience, Sky Pad.

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Recommended gratuities for guests in a Grand suite or above, is advised to be $14.25 per guest per day. For guests in a Junior suite or a Stateroom it is advised to be $12.00 per guest per day.

A 15 % gratuity will automatically be added to bar bill or wine bills and for services in the Spa or Salon.

Designated areas only

Enjoy a comfortable, feel at home accommodation onboard Independence of the Seas, no matter where you are in the world. Our at-sea accommodation is designed with a special focus on comfort and convenience, from interior rooms to suites, there is a room to suit everyone needs.


Whether you're looking for a quick snack, a family dinner or a gourmet dining experience, you can have it all – and more besides – at an incredible variety of restaurants, cafés and bars onboard Independence of the Seas®.

Take your taste buds on a delicious journey, with mouth-watering flavours from around the world at a variety of fantastic restaurants.


Independence of the Seas® offers countless amazing ways to enjoy yourself, from spectacular stage performances and incredible shopping opportunities, to the magnificent outdoor cinema screen and the vibrant atmosphere of the Royal Promenade. It’s all onboard, and it’s all waiting for you.

From fast-paced fun to blissful relaxation, there’s an incredible range of activities for guests of all ages onboard Independence of the Seas®.

Health and fitness

Treat yourself to some TLC onboard Independence of the Seas®, with an incredible selection of health and wellness options, from luxurious spa treatments to high energy workouts.

Kids and Teens

With a wealth of amazing features especially for kids and teens, plus fantastic entertainment and activities that families can enjoy together, it’s easy to see why Independence of the Seas® was voted the best cruise ship for families in the Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards in 2015.


Enrichment programs, or ‘Explorer Academy’ classes cover a wide range of topics.

Classes include:

  • Wine tasting - learn about wines from around the world
  • Casino tuition - from poker to blackjack, learn how to play some of the casino's most popular games
  • Dance and fitness - including yoga, pilates, ice skating and dance
  • Language
  • Cookery - try your hand at cupcake decoration

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