There’s no mistaking the fact that Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class ships have been getting a lot of press lately! Those ships are the biggest on the ocean, and they’re absolutely tricked out. While it’s all well and good that they’re getting so much attention, it’s perhaps leading some people to forget about the other gems in Royal Caribbean’s line.
We’re, of course, talking about the Freedom-class ships, of which the Independence of the Seas is a part. Before the Oasis-class ships came out, these were the biggest and baddest ships in Royal Caribbean’s line. While they may no longer be the biggest, you can bet that they’re every bit as bad as they used to be. In fact, some might say that they’re even badder! That’s because Royal Caribbean has kept up with the updates, ensuring that she’s ships are every bit as modern as the other ones rolling off the assembly line.
But, what makes the Independence of the Seas so cool, and why should you consider booking your next cruise aboard her? That’s exactly what we’re going to be showing you in the 22 amazing pictures that follow. Let’s go!
1. Caribbean Classic
The Independence of the Seas made her debut for Royal Caribbean in 2008, and she’s been delighting passengers ever since.
2. Get Together
As with the other ships in her class, the main gathering point for passengers below decks is the Royal Promenade, which offers all kinds of shops.
3. The Calling Card
There, you’ll find a classic car cordoned off in front of one of the shops, restaurants or bars. This is the calling card of the Freedom Class line.
4. Ye Olde Pub
Like other Freedom Class ships, the Royal Promenade features its own English-style pub. This one is called The Dog and Badger.
5. A Little Bubbly
If you want to class things up with your libations, though, then you’ll want to head to the Champagne Bar, which is at the back of the Royal Promenade.
6. Drinks with a View
If you leave the Royal Promenade, you’ll find other places to visit. For example, we recommend enjoying a cocktail at the Olive or Twist. The views there are tremendous.
7. Adults Only
If you’re vacationing as a couple or don’t have any children in tow, then you’ll appreciate the adults-only Solarium pool, which is located forward.
8. Cantilevered Whirlpools
One of the features that make the Freedom Class ships stand out are their cantilevered whirlpools, which are located in the Solarium area.
9. More Activity
Of course, if you’re not shy around activity, you can always enjoy the buzz (and sun) of the Main Pool Area.
10. Kid Time
If you do have small children in tow, then they’re sure to delight in the sprinklers and waterfalls of the kid-centric H2O Zone.
11. Surf’s Up, Bro!
Like the other Freedom Class ships, Independence of the Seas was recently outfitted with its own FlowRider surfing simulator. It’s totally tubular!
12. Up! Up! Up!
So long as you’re not afraid of heights, you’re sure to have plenty of fun on the Independence of the Sea’s rock climbing wall.
Need to cool off? Well then that’s exactly what Studio B, the ship’s ice skating rink, is there for! You can even catch a show there.
14. The Big Show
When you want to catch the big-time Broadway-style productions that Royal Caribbean puts on, though, you’ll want to check the Alhambra Theater.
15. The Name’s Bond, James Bond
Want to feel like an international man or woman of mystery while you’re on vacation? Then be sure to swing by the ship’s Casino Royale.
The Independence of the Sea abounds in solid dining options; we recommend grabbing a slice at Sorrentos when you’re feeling a tad hungry.
17. The Big Meal
Or, if you need something heavier than that, then Chops Grille is there to provide you with all the meat and potatoes you can handle!
18. A Sweet Treat
What’s a meal without dessert? Why, it’s no meal at all! That’s why we recommend capping off your dinner with a trip to the Cupcake Cupboard.
19. Unwinding Time
When you’ve got some downtime and you really want to get into the vacationing swing, then we recommend a trip to the Independence of the Sea’s tremendous spa.
20. Dancing and Dancing
And when you’re in the mood to party, then all you need to do is head over to Labyrinth, the ship’s Gothic-themed disco club.
21. Treat Yourself
Want to have the best experience possible aboard the Independence of the Seas? Then a stay in the Royal Suite is just what the doctor ordered.
22. The Old Is New
While the Oasis-class ships are grabbing the headlines, you shouldn’t forget about the Freedom Class ones. They’re every bit as fun, and some might say even better.