Independence of the Seas ship stats

  • Price:

    $$$$
  • Size:

    L
  • Total Passengers:

    3,634
  • Total Crew:

    1,360
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio:

    2.67
  • Built:

    Apr 2008
  • Refurbished:

    Apr 2013
  • Number of Decks:

    14
  • Total Cabins:

    1,827
  • Cabin Categories:

    28
  • Gross Tonnage:

    160,000
  • Length:

    1,112
  • Beam:

    127

Independence of the Seas overview

By Cruiseline.com - Updated Mar. 9, 2020

Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas is all about high-energy thrills. Over the years, Royal Caribbean has redefined cruising and revolutionized the onboard experience. Like many of the fleet’s ships, Independence of the Seas caters to active travelers and families on the go with activities like dual-racing waterslides, surf simulators, laser tag, and rock climbing. Still, this Freedom-class vessel is more than just a thrill-seekers’ domain. With restaurants featuring bold, global flavors and a number of daily entertainment options including Broadway at Sea and ice-skating shows, there’s something to satisfy all kinds of travelers.

In 2018, Independence of the Seas received enhancements through Royal Caribbean’s multimillion-dollar Royal Amplified program and now boasts some of the most innovative activities at sea. Updates included several waterslides, a Puzzle Break escape room, and SkyPad: a virtual reality experience that is also the first-ever trampoline park at sea. Independence also added new cabins including panoramic-view staterooms with floor-to-ceiling glass walls and a kids-only waterpark. The modernization also added several restaurants, including Izumi and Fish & Ships, plus a fully stocked candy shop.

Depending on the season, Independence of the Seas’ cruises sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, or Southampton, England to destinations in the western Caribbean and Europe. From Florida, the ship travels to several western Caribbean destinations including Cozumel, Puerto Costa Maya, Jamaica, and Labadee, Haiti, Royal Caribbean’s top-rated private destination. From England, Independence starts the summer cruise season with voyages to the Mediterranean. Itineraries there vary, but ports of call may include Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, and the United Kingdom. The ship also offers several transatlantic cruises as it moves between continents.

Independence of the Seas ship highlights

  • Adults-only Solarium
  • Broadway at Sea productions, including Grease
  • Surf simulators and dual-racing waterslides
  • Full-service Vitality at Sea spa
  • Specialty dining including the Fish & Ships poolside restaurant
  • SkyPad virtual reality bungee/trampoline experience
  • Puzzle Break escape room
  • Kid-friendly Splashaway Bay
  • Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade
  • Sugar Beach candy shop
  • Johnny Rockets and Ben & Jerry’s
  • Royal Caribbean's award-winning Adventure Ocean childcare program

Before you book

Why sail on Independence of the Seas: This ship was designed for adventurous travelers. Its onboard amenities have multigenerational appeal, making this the ideal cruise ship for families and travelers who want to stay active on sea days.

You should know: Independence of the Seas is known for keeping cruisers busy. Because it can accommodate over 3,500 passengers, the ship’s hot spots, including its main swimming pool and adults-only Solarium, are often crowded during peak times, and noise from its pulse-pounding amenities may disturb those trying to relax. This ship likely won't appeal to travelers seeking a tranquil, traditional at-sea experience.

Independence of the Seas ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.5
  • Children's Programs 3.9
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.3
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 3.8
  • Entertainment 4.3
  • Food and Dining 4.1
  • Onboard Activities 4.2
  • Service and Staff 4.5
  • Ship Quality 4.6

Independence of the Seas cabins

1827 cabins and 28 cabin categories.

Inside Cabin

Inside

4.4
(210 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 195 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $99/night
Oceanview Cabin

Oceanview

4.3
(72 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 189 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $114/night
Balcony Cabin

Balcony

4.5
(196 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 192 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $144/night
Suite Cabin

Suite

4.6
(43 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 741 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $247/night

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Independence of the Seas dining

Portofino

Portofino

5.0
(1 Review)
Ben and Jerry's

Ben and Jerry's

4.6
(7 Reviews)
Sorrentos Pizza

Sorrentos Pizza

4.5
(11 Reviews)
Chop's Grille

Chop's Grille

4.4
(10 Reviews)

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Independence of the Seas onboard activities

Alhambra Theater

Alhambra Theater

5.0
(6 Reviews)
H20 Zone

H20 Zone

5.0
(1 Review)
Library

Library

5.0
(1 Review)
Schooner Bar

Schooner Bar

4.9
(10 Reviews)

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Never use again by michaelhosto

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Independence of the Seas / Destination: Caribbean - Western

My Google Review ..... Dealing with was like that icky feeling you get when leaving a sleezy car dealer. Had I looked here and seen all of the other 1 star reviews I would have used Vacations to Go again. We just returned from a cruise on RCCL Independent of the Seas and would like to spit on . They really messed up our vacation and they did it on purpose. Because rep Denise X. intentionally lied to us about our cruise booking we ended up sharing our balcony stateroom with our youngest kid. We are really P.O.'d at . We spent a lot of time planning this cruise and went over the details with agent over and over. We bought a balcony stateroom for 2 adults and an inside stateroom for our 3 kids across the hall. She insisted that the inside stateroom accommodated 3 kids. When we arrived and saw the inside it was clear she was wrong and RCCL front desk manager told us that if she was an experienced cruise travel agent then it's difficult for RCCL manager to see how she could have done it on accident. My advice use Vacations To Go.com We have done 10 cruises with them and won't be using ever again.

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Great Cruise by jason23499986

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Independence of the Seas / Destination: Caribbean - Western

This was our 5th cruise with Royal Caribbean and as always the ship was clean.The wait staff and bartenders were outstanding.Would highly recommend this cruise

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The worst vacation I've ever experienced by QmoeD

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Independence of the Seas / Destination: Caribbean - Western

They ruined my anniversary, changed our destination and was rude when we asked for reconciliation.

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627 Independence of the Seas tips

EatSleepCruise
Aug 20, 2014

$6 blackjack on the afternoon in you are in Labadee. Tables open at 3pm. The casino was dead. At Labadee lunch is from 11:30am to 1:30pm, go early. Food runs out, fellow passengers get a little irritated, and the workers deal with this everyday, so they are indifferent

MTN
Dec 04, 2014

Book a day at Palm Court Plantation & restaurant for $11 and swim there all day. There is a nice restaurant & it overlooks the water (you can see the cruise ship from there). I would definitely hang out there on my next visit to St. Kitts. Another cruiser said food was good. A paradise to relax.

GACruiser530152
Mar 05, 2013

"Vintages Bar" has a nice wine sampler. You get three glass of one ounce each, of the particular wine category you choose, reds, whites, etc.

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