Independence of the Seas joins the ranks of Royal Caribbean’s fleet as the third Freedom-class ship offering innovative amenities and a huge selection of entertainment and dining venues. Features such as an interactive water park with FlowRider surf simulator, cantilevered whirlpools that extend 12 feet beyond sides of ship and a full-size Everlast boxing ring are just a few of the exciting additions in store for guests. Stroll down the Royal Promenade for shopping, themed bars and lounges and restaurants. Engage in a little friendly competition on the nine-hole miniature golf course, scale the rock-climbing wall or spend a few pampering hours in the day spa. Along with the main dining room, the ship’s eateries include specialty restaurants such as Sorrento’s Pizzeria, Johnny Rockets ’50s-style diner, Portofino Italian Restaurant and Chops Grille, plus Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. A variety of themed bars and lounges -- Boleros Latin club, Schooner Bar, Vintages wine bar and the elegant Champagne Bar, just to name a few -- provide hours of entertainment, or you can tempt lady luck in the dazzling casino or watch a spectacular musical stage production in the five-story Alhambra Theatre. Every cabin contains a flat-screen TV, sofa and private bath, and Wi-Fi capability is available throughout the ship.