Royal Caribbean is renowned for offering cruises that are popular with families and young couples, with each ship offering a plethora of amenities that collectively give the line a fresh and dynamic persona. So, after making a real impression on British cruisers, many holiday-makers will be jubilant to know that Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas has returned to Southampton for a series of roundtrip Mediterranean sailings out of the UK.
Independence of the Seas is the line's third and most modern Freedom-class ship and we can guarantee that no passenger will ever run out of things to do on board. This week, we take a look at everything that you can enjoy on board this majestic vessel on a cruise out of the UK.
If you're heading on a cruise to the Mediterranean, you will undoubtedly be looking to soak up the sun as much as possible on the top deck. While there are plenty of sun loungers on which to do this and plenty of pools in which to cool off, the top deck of Independence of the Seas offers a range of distinctively unique amenities. Thrill seekers can ride the waves on the back of the ship on the unique Flow Rider surfing simulator and rise to the highest point on the ship via the rock climbing wall. In addition to this, passengers can also keep fit during their time on board by heading to the basketball court or completing a lap around the running track.
While the thrill-seekers are having the time of their lives on board, there are also plenty of opportunities to sit back and relax. The top deck brings the best of indoors, outdoors - with feature films often shown throughout the day on a giant screen to enhance your session in the whirlpool.
Children and teenagers can enjoy making friends in the respective clubs on board - that, in turn, provides a window for you to enjoy a heightened level of relaxation. The Vitality Spa is your tranquil paradise, offering a range of manicures, pedicures and massage treatments that will enlighten the senses. Additionally, passengers can make use of their own exclusive part of the ship in the Solarium, which offers the perfect place to sunbathe, swim or get stuck into a great book.
Day or night, Independence of the Seas introduces a wide range of dining options to suit all tastes. During the day, passengers can enjoy a burger with a delicious milkshake in the 1950's American diner-styled Johnny Rockets. Round off an excellent day on shore with a meal in the Italian-inspired Giovanni's Table, or enjoy succulent meat and fresh seafood in Chops Grille. Alternatively, if you want to please everyone in the family, the buffet-service Windjammer restaurant offers plenty of variety.
Across the fleet, Royal Caribbean is highly acclaimed for the quality of its theatrical productions and passengers on board Independence of the Seas will not be disappointed. Since July 2016, the onboard theatre has played host to Broadway hit musical, Grease, with passengers able to enjoy classics including “Summer Nights” and “Greased Lightning”. Alternatively, passengers can also head to the Royal Promenade for a spot of retail therapy or an evening cocktail in one of the many lounges.