Independence Of The Seas

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Royal Caribbean International today announced that the line's third and final Freedom-class ship will be named Independence of the Seas.

The ship, currently under construction at Aker Yards in Turku, Finland, is set to make her debut in May 2008. She will follow Liberty of the Seas, which makes her entrance into New York City harbor May 3, 2007.

"Independence of the Seas will have all of the signature elements of her sister ships, Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas, making the Freedom-class ships the most innovative and forward-looking class of ships in the cruise industry," said Adam Goldstein, president for Royal Caribbean International. "Her name reflects the all-encompassing mindset behind Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas, where guests have the freedom to create their own unique adventure by choosing multiple onboard options, from active pursuits such as rock climbing, surfing or ice skating; to more relaxing experiences, such as spa treatments, fine dining or world-class entertainment."

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4 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE

Independence of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
Departing Date: November 12, 2015
Departing From: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Royal Caribbean International
Ports of Call: Fort Lauderdale, Florida | Cozumel, Mexico | Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Interior

$241

Oceanview

$310

Balcony

$439

Suite

$611

  • Itinerary
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Itinerary: 4 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE

Itinerary
Location
Arrival
Departure
Thu Nov 12, 2015 Fort Lauderdale, Florida -- 4:30 pm
Fri Nov 13, 2015 Cruising -- --
Sat Nov 14, 2015 Cozumel, Mexico 7:30 am 6:00 pm
Sun Nov 15, 2015 Cruising -- --
Mon Nov 16, 2015 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 7:00 am --

Note: Cruise itinerary is subject to change. Please verify ports and times with the cruiseline directly.

Independence Of The Seas Facilities / On Board Activities

Dining / Dinner Entertainment / Recreation Gratuity Policies
No. of Dinner Sittings:
2

Usual Dinner Hours:
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Special Diet:
Low-fat,Low-cholesterol,Vegetarian,Diabetic

Dress Code:
Varies: Casual to Formal
Bars/Lounges/ Night Clubs
Casino
Ice Rink
Pools - Outdoor
Sports Deck
Whirlpools
Waiter
$3.00 Per Person/per day

Asst. Waiter
$2.00 Per Person/per day

Cabin Steward
$3.50 Per Person/per day
Services Health and Beauty Athletic/Exercise Facilities
Barber Shop
Beauty Salon
Handicapped Accommodations - 14
Laundry/Ironing/Dry Cleaning Service
Postal Service
Shore Excursion Desk
Massage Room
Medical Center
Sauna/Steam Rooms
9 Hole Golf Putting Course
Fitness Center
Rock Climbing Wall

Independence Of The Seas Onboard Experience

Royal Caribbean CruisesThe third of what are now called the Vision-class ships, also including Legend, Splendour, Enchantment, Rhapsody, and Vision of the Seas. These ships are all nearly identical with many things in common, the only difference being that each iteration gets a little bigger and carries more passengers. The all have the distinctive Royal Caribbean "Centrum", seven decks high on these ships, atop of which one finds the Viking Crown Lounge. The decor is light and contemporary, and mostly in good shape because the Royal Caribbean keeps it that way, though it isn't unusual to see some wear and tear in pockets.


Independence Of The Seas Things to Do

Entertainment:
Royal Caribbean CruisesRoyal Caribbean is one of the few cruise lines to offer "name" performers, and comedians. Lounge performers are also seasoned and polished.
 
Fitness:
The gym's awfully small for a ship this size. The main pool on Sun Deck is adjacent to the Solarium, a stunning glass- enclosed second pool with whirlpools and comfortable lounge chairs. In the "ShipShape" fitness center, you'll find a spa operated by Steiner's of London (they of the notoriously pushy staff). A rock-climbing wall has also been added to Vision.
 
For Kids:
In addition to separate play areas for kids aged three to 12, there is also a teen lounge that converts to a disco, making Vision an excellent choice for families with children of many different vintages. The "Adventure Ocean" youth program has age-specific facilities and programs supervised by youth counselors for Aquanauts (age 3-5, must be toilet trained), Explorers (age 6-8), Voyagers (age 9-11), Navigators (age 12-14) and Teens (age 15-17). The program runs year-round in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Bahamas, Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska. Parents can leave their children at Adventure Ocean while they take shore excursions. For this purpose, the facilities open 30 minutes ahead of morning shore excursion departures. Otherwise, organized activities are offered from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with group babysitting from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. for a fee. Teen centers are now open past 2 a.m. Teens will find their own private coffee house and disco.

A new program for infants and toddlers 6 months to 3 years, in partnership with toy maker Fisher-Price, offers 45-minute playgroups for children accompanied by an adult, involving storytelling, creative arts, music and a variety of Fisher-Price learning toys and games. Aqua Babies are six months to 18 months old while Aqua Tots are 18 months to three years old.

Private babysitting is offered from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., provided sitters are available, for children from one year old. The rate is usually between $8.00 and $10 per hour depending on the number of children in the family. Cash payment is made directly to the sitter. Arrange through Guest Services at least 24 hours in advance.


Independence Of The Seas Dining / Dinner

Cuisine:
Breakfast in the Windjammer Lido cafe includes cooked to order omelets, or scrambled eggs at the buffet, but fried eggs are not available. Lunch in the Lido is equally pleasing albeit a simple selection. More interesting is the afternoon tea bread pudding or cobbler along with sandwiches, cakes, cookies and ice cream. Overall, passenger satisfaction ratings for the dining room meals are good, as well as for the Windjammer buffets for lunch and and afternoon teas. The option for a late night snack seems to vary on a nightly basis.
 
Service:
It's obvious that the multinational staff and crew enjoy watching their passengers enjoy themselves. They're uniformly cheerful, knowledgeable, and eager to help. The wait staff in every restaurant is noticeably solicitous and conscientious.

Cabin service staff is efficient but unobtrusive. The purser's desk is notably responsive, especially in view of how much troubleshooting they must have to do on a ship this size. Room service, though, can be pretty slow.

Tipping:
Royal Caribbean suggests a per person per day gratuity of $3.50 for the stateroom attendant ($5.75 if sailing in a suite); $3.50 for the waiter; $2.50 for the Assistant Waiter; .75 Head Waiter. These gratuities may be paid in cash or charged to your onboard account. For children sailing as third or fourth passenger in the stateroom, tipping is at the parents' discretion.

A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to all beverage tabs. Gratuities for room service, spa, casino and other staff are at your discretion.
 
Attire:
There are two formal nights per cruise. Maybe it's this ship's particularly festive reputation that induced most men to don tuxedos for formal nights, even though a dark suit would work fine. In general, though, this ship offers so much to do that you're likely to see fellow passengers dressed every which way.


Independence Of The Seas Ambience

Decor:
Royal Caribbean CruisesAll of the ships of the class have public rooms full of large expanses of glass to let in glorious sunshine and sea views. She was hailed in her day as a large ship that still preserved the sense of being at sea. Today, she's an older ship, and actually considered small, but still elegant and classy enough to attract a younger clientele looking for sea escapes and action at night.
 
Public Areas:
You'll find the Champagne Terrace at the bottom of the the Centrum, where live palm trees and a string embellish the ambiance of brass, marble & glass. This is also the shopping area, where three large duty-free stores offer plenty of browse time. There are light woods and marble set fountains throughout the ship, which along with the live foliage and open expanses of outside windows, give the entire ship a feeling of aliveness.

High atop the Centrum, on deck 11, is the ever popular Viking Crown Lounge, perfect for watching the scenery go by (a near 360 degree field of vision near the very top of the ship) in Alaska or the Panama Canal. It is also the place to be at night when it becomes the ship's late-night disco. There's more dancing in the evening in the Anchor's Aweigh Lounge, albeit at a less frenetic pace, while another popular bar is the nautically-inclined Schooner's. Vegas-style floor shows are presented in the That's Entertainment Theatre with generally good sight lines from all seats. And as if all that is not enough, Casino Royale has all the table games and slots a non-professional gambler could ever need.

There is a library as well as The Crown and Anchor Study, with computer assisted visual aids to show the ship's position and more information from the bridge. Nearby is a card room and conference center.
 
Cabins:
Grandeur's cabins are cleverly designed to make them feel larger than they actually are; even the smallest feature a small sitting area, and there's a lot more storage space than you'd have any right to expect. Inside cabins start at a tiny 135 sq.ft up to 172 sq.ft. while Oceanview staterooms measure 154 sq. ft.. Family Ocean View Staterooms (237 sq.ft.) can accommodate up to six people. Standard amenities include TV with pay-per-view movies, CNN, safe, lighted vanity, individual temperature control, hair dryer; bathrooms have showers and medicine cabinets; minibars and tubs are found in the highest category stateroom.

Superior Oceanview with private balcony are 195 sq. feet plus a 41 sq.ft. balcony. The five categories of suites include the Junior Suite (241 sq. ft. 64 sq.ft. balcony) and the Royal Family Suite, accommodating up to eight people, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms (463 sq. ft., balcony 55 sq. ft.).

Deck Plans: Independence Of The Seas

Deck Plans
Room Category Legend

AW  Accessible Suite
AX  Accessible Veranda Stateroom
AY  Accessible Oceanview Stateroom
AZ  Accessible Interior Stateroom
D1  Superior Oceanview Stateroom
D1  Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony
D2  Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony
D3  Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony
E1  Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom
E1  Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony
E2  Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony
E3  Deluxe Oceanview with Balcony (Some Accessible)
F  Large Oceanview Stateroom
FI  Family Inside Stateroom
FO  Family Oceanview Stateroom
FO  Family Oceanview Stateroom
FP  Promenade Family Stateroom
FP  Promenade Family Stateroom
FS  Royal Family Suite
G  Oceanview Stateroom
GS  Grand Suite
H  Oceanview Stateroom
I  Oceanview Stateroom
I  Oceanview Stateroom
JS  Junior Suite
K  Interior Stateroom
L  Interior Stateroom
M  Interior Stateroom
N  Interior Stateroom
OS  Owner's Suite
PR  Promenade Stateroom
PR  Promenade Stateroom
PS  Presidential Family Suite
Q  Interior Stateroom
RS  Royal Suite
W  Junior Suite
X  Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom
Y  Ocean View Stateroom
Z  Interior Stateroom


Deck Two
Royal Independence Of The Seas Deck Plans

Staterooms: Independence Of The Seas

Royal Caribbean International - Independence Of The Seas : Accessible Interior Stateroom
Accessible Interior Stateroom
Our accessible staterooms are designed for guests with mobility disabilities and other disabilities that require the use of the accessible features of the staterooms. Accessible staterooms range from 159 square feet to 298 square feet, offer a five-foot turning radius in sleeping areas, bathrooms and sitting areas for easy maneuverability.
Royal Caribbean International - Independence Of The Seas : Accessible Oceanview Stateroom
Accessible Oceanview Stateroom
Our accessible staterooms are designed for guests with mobility disabilities and other disabilities that require the use of the accessible features of the staterooms. Accessible staterooms range from 159 square feet to 298 square feet, offer a five-foot turning radius in sleeping areas, bathrooms and sitting areas for easy maneuverability.
Royal Caribbean International - Independence Of The Seas : Accessible Suite
Accessible Suite
(424 sq. ft., balcony 65 sq. ft.) Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size) with open bed frames, wider entry door, turning spaces, private balcony, sitting area with lowered vanity, closet rods, and safe, and a private bathroom with a wider door, roll-in shower, grab bars, fold-down shower bench, hand-held shower head, raised toilet, and a lowered sink.
Royal Caribbean International - Independence Of The Seas : Accessible Veranda Stateroom
Accessible Veranda Stateroom
(256 sq. ft.)Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size) with open bed frames, wider entry door, turning spaces, private balcony, sitting area with lowered vanity, closet rods, and safe, and a private bathroom with a wider door, roll-in shower, grab bars, fold-down shower bench, hand-held shower head, raised toilet, and a lowered sink.
Royal Caribbean International - Independence Of The Seas : Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom
Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom

Royal Caribbean International - Independence Of The Seas : Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony
Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, sitting area (some with sofa bed), private balcony and private bathroom. Rates vary from deck to deck.
Royal Caribbean International - Independence Of The Seas : Deluxe Oceanview with Balcony (Some Accessible)
Deluxe Oceanview with Balcony (Some Accessible)
Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size), sitting area (some with sofa bed), private balcony and private bathroom.
Royal Caribbean International - Independence Of The Seas : Family Inside Stateroom
Family Inside Stateroom
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, and private bathroom. Stateroom can accommodate up to 6 guests.
Royal Caribbean International - Independence Of The Seas : Family Oceanview Stateroom
Family Oceanview Stateroom
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, sofa and/or Pullman beds, sitting area and private bathroom. Stateroom can accommodate up to 6 guests.
Royal Caribbean International - Independence Of The Seas : Grand Suite
Grand Suite
Two twin beds (can convert into Royal King), private balcony, sitting area (some with sofa bed) and private bathroom.
Royal Caribbean International - Independence Of The Seas : Interior Stateroom
Interior Stateroom
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, and private bathroom.
Royal Caribbean International - Independence Of The Seas : Junior Suite
Junior Suite
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, private balcony, sitting area (some with sofa bed) and private bathroom.
Royal Caribbean International - Independence Of The Seas : Large Oceanview Stateroom
Large Oceanview Stateroom
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, and private bathroom.
Royal Caribbean International - Independence Of The Seas : Ocean View Stateroom
Ocean View Stateroom
Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size) and private bathroom. (159 sq. ft.)
Royal Caribbean International - Independence Of The Seas : Oceanview Stateroom
Oceanview Stateroom
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, and private bathroom.
Royal Caribbean International - Independence Of The Seas : Owner's Suite
Owner's Suite
Queen-size bed, private balcony, private bathroom and a separate living area with a queen-size sofa bed.
Royal Caribbean International - Independence Of The Seas : Presidential Family Suite
Presidential Family Suite
Two master bedrooms with baths. Two additional bedrooms, each with two Pullman beds and two twin beds that convert to a Royal King. Two additional bathrooms with showers and a spacious living area with a sofa bed and dining table. Private balcony with dining area and lounge chairs. Stateroom can accommodate up to 14 guests.
Royal Caribbean International - Independence Of The Seas : Promenade Family Stateroom
Promenade Family Stateroom
(300 sq. ft.) Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size) and private bathroom.
Royal Caribbean International - Independence Of The Seas : Promenade Stateroom
Promenade Stateroom
A view of the Royal Promenade with bowed windows, two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, and private bathroom.
Royal Caribbean International - Independence Of The Seas : Royal Family Suite
Royal Family Suite
Two bedrooms with two twin beds that convert to a Royal King,(one room with third and fourth Pullman beds), a private balcony, two bathrooms and living area with double sofa bed.
Royal Caribbean International - Independence Of The Seas : Royal Suite
Royal Suite
Separate bedroom with king-size bed, private balcony, living room with queen-size sofa bed and private bathroom.
Royal Caribbean International - Independence Of The Seas : Superior Oceanview Stateroom
Superior Oceanview Stateroom

Royal Caribbean International - Independence Of The Seas : Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony
Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, sitting area (some with sofa bed), private balcony and private bathroom. Rates vary from deck to deck.

Other Dates: Independence Of The Seas

Date
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Itinerary Name
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Outside From
Select
October 28, 2014 --- 4 Night West Mediterranean Cruise $N/A $N/A
October 28, 2014 --- 4 Night West Mediterranean Cruise $N/A $N/A
November 1, 2014 --- 14 Night Transatlantic Cruise $509 $713
November 1, 2014 --- 14 Night Transatlantic Cruise $539 $742
November 22, 2014 --- 8 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $599 $649
November 22, 2014 --- 8 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $647 $703
November 30, 2014 --- 6 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $329 $359
November 30, 2014 --- 6 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $352 $384
December 6, 2014 --- 8 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $644 $719
December 14, 2014 --- 6 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $382 $412
December 14, 2014 --- 6 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $419 $464
December 20, 2014 --- 8 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $1012 $1102
December 20, 2014 --- 8 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $1064 $1132
December 28, 2014 --- 6 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $937 $1402
January 3, 2015 --- 8 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $652 $749
January 3, 2015 --- 8 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $704 $779
January 11, 2015 --- 6 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $404 $599
January 11, 2015 --- 6 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $449 $629
January 17, 2015 --- 8 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $584 $629
January 17, 2015 --- 8 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $614 $637
January 25, 2015 --- 6 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $479 $569
January 25, 2015 --- 6 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $524 $607
January 31, 2015 --- 8 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $502 $629
February 8, 2015 --- 6 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $434 $554
February 8, 2015 --- 6 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $457 $607
March 14, 2015 --- 8 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $749 $982
March 14, 2015 --- 8 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $764 $989
March 22, 2015 --- 6 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $517 $614
March 28, 2015 --- 8 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $719 $794
April 5, 2015 --- 6 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $742 $824
April 5, 2015 --- 6 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $772 $854
April 11, 2015 --- 8 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $779 $899
April 11, 2015 --- 8 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $809 $937
April 19, 2015 --- 6 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $554 $682
May 3, 2015 --- 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $637 $825
May 3, 2015 --- 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $682 $892
May 10, 2015 --- 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $674 $802
May 17, 2015 --- 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $657 $749
May 24, 2015 --- 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $734 $877
May 24, 2015 --- 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $794 $952
May 31, 2015 --- 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $780 $927
May 31, 2015 --- 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $842 $1004
June 7, 2015 --- 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $914 $1078
June 7, 2015 --- 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $989 $1162
June 14, 2015 --- 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $941 $1121
June 14, 2015 --- 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $1019 $1214
June 21, 2015 --- 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $978 $1071
June 21, 2015 --- 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $1067 $1154
July 5, 2015 --- 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $957 $1109
July 12, 2015 --- 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $950 $1125
July 26, 2015 --- 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $929 $1057
July 26, 2015 --- 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $1004 $1147
August 2, 2015 --- 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $917 $1085
August 9, 2015 --- 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $839 $987
August 9, 2015 --- 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $899 $1072
August 16, 2015 --- 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $817 $1034
August 23, 2015 --- 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $918 $967
August 23, 2015 --- 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $982 $1049
August 30, 2015 --- 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $629 $736
August 30, 2015 --- 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $689 $794
September 6, 2015 --- 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $569 $727
September 13, 2015 --- 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $599 $689
September 20, 2015 --- 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $581 $713
September 20, 2015 --- 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $622 $764
September 27, 2015 --- 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $590 $700
October 4, 2015 --- 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $584 $646
October 11, 2015 --- 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $639 $743
October 11, 2015 --- 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $697 $809
October 18, 2015 --- 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $567 $657
October 25, 2015 --- 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise $600 $714
November 1, 2015 --- 6 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $505 $596
November 7, 2015 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $344 $430
November 7, 2015 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $387 $482
November 16, 2015 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $313 $382
November 21, 2015 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $370 $456
November 21, 2015 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $422 $517
November 30, 2015 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $283 $352
November 30, 2015 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $318 $396
December 10, 2015 --- 4 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $241 $310
December 10, 2015 --- 4 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $275 $353
December 19, 2015 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $559 $646
December 19, 2015 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $629 $724
December 24, 2015 --- 4 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $577 $680
December 28, 2015 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $806 $941
December 28, 2015 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $907 $1057
January 25, 2016 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $327 $396
March 3, 2016 --- 4 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $301 $387
March 3, 2016 --- 4 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $335 $439
March 21, 2016 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $473 $542
March 21, 2016 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $534 $611
April 4, 2016 --- 5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise $372 $455

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