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Independence of the Seas

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Independence of the Seas offers innovative amenities and a huge selection of entertainment and dining venues. Launch yourself into a virtual world on the Sky Pad, a VR bungee trampoline experience unparalleled by any other ship. Battle for Planet Z offers glow in the dark laser tag fun and the FlowRider surf simulator lets you catch some waves from the comfort of the deck. For an even bigger thrill, head over to The Perfect Storm dueling waterslides with a friend or family member and see who can race to the finish first. Along with the main dining room, the ship’s eateries include favorites like Izumi sushi and Fish and Ships, the seafood spot that’s within splashing distance of the pool. When it’s time for dessert, treat your sweet tooth to every fun flavor over at Sugar Beach. Family fun can be had around every corner, with an escape room, live entertainment, an arcade, a fitness center, a sports court, outdoor movie nights, a rock climbing wall and more. For some alone time, drop the kids off at the fully staffed, award winning Adventure Ocean and head over to the Solarium, an adults-only retreat with a crystal canopy and several pools. You can also pamper yourself with top of the line treatments at the spa or check out the roaring nightlife in one of the many bars and lounges. Every cabin contains a flat screen TV, sofa and private bath, and WiFi capability is available throughout the ship. Independence of the Seas
Ship Statistics
Year Built 2008
Refurbished 2018
Tonnage 160,000 tons
Registry Bahamas
Length 1,112 feet
Beam 185 feet
Passenger Capacity 4,375
Crew Size 1,360
Total Inside Cabins 733
Total Outside Cabins 1,084
Cabins & Suites w/ verandas 844
Suites 120
Maximum Occupancy per room 8
Age Restrictions One person must be 21 or older
Dinner Seatings 2
Seating Assignments
in Main Dining Room
Dining Hours 6:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
Dining Room Dress Code Dining
Tipping Expected? Yes
Tipping Guidelines
Royal Caribbean will automatically add $14.50 per day, per guest ($17.50 per day, per guest for suites) to your onboard account. These amounts can be adjusted onboard. A 18% tip is added to all beverage orders.
Onboard Currency US Dollar
Services & Amenities
Bars/Lounges 12
Beauty Salon/Barber Shop Yes
Casino Yes
Chapel Yes
Disco/Dancing Yes
Elevators Yes
Hot Tub 5
Cell Phone Service Yes
Internet Center Yes
Wireless Internet Access
Note: Available in certain areas
Laundromats (self service) No
Laundry/Dry Cleaning Yes
Library Yes
Movie Theatre Yes
Outdoor Movie Screen Yes
Onboard Weddings Yes
Shops Yes
Showroom Yes
Spa Yes
Video Arcade Yes
Fitness & Sports Facilities
Basketball Court Yes
Fitness Center Yes
Golf Driving Net No
Golf Simulator Yes
Ice Skating Rink Yes
Jogging Track Yes
Mini-Golf Course Yes
Rock Climbing Wall Yes
Swimming Pool 3
Tennis Court No
Water Slide No
Water Sports Platform No
Cabin Features & Amenities
24-Hour Room Service Yes
Hair Dryer Yes
Safe Yes
Telephone Yes
Television Yes
Kids Facilities
Note: Group sitting by the Adventure Ocean Youth staff for children between the ages of 3-11 between the hours of 10 PM to 2 AM for $7.00 USD/hour. No in-stateroom private sitting services.
Children's Playroom Yes
Kiddie Pool Yes
Supervised Youth Program Yes
Teen Center Yes
Water Playground/Splash Park Yes
Special Needs & Requests
Adjoining Cabins
     (private connecting doors)
Kosher Meals Yes
Single Occupancy Cabins No
Single Share Program No
Wheelchair-Accessible Cabins 32