Today we are going to have a look at dining and bars on Independence Of The Seas, this guide will take you through everything you need to know about speciality dining and free restaurants on Independence Of The Seas, how much Speciality Dining costs and what style of food each restaurant offers.
We will also take a little look at room service, because you have to experience balcony or in room food with a movie or sea view at least once during your cruise vacation? And explore the free tea, coffee and ice cream options for your cruise vacation. Because that’s what the kids want to know right, where’s the free ice cream?
As much as you want to just turn up enjoy your cruise holiday, it’s great to have all the information to help you choose your cruise, dining options, free or paid and Royal Caribbean drinks packages. Or is it just me who likes to be that prepared? But also knowing what’s free on your Royal Caribbean Cruise helps you to budget and workout roughly how much money you will spend on board and know if there is a little extra for treats.
Independence Of The Seas, Dining And Drinks Guide 2022
A Few Facts About Independence Of The Seas?
Independence of the Seas was launched in 2008 and last refurbished in 2018. It’s a Freedom Class Ship that holds 4,560 passengers on full capacity with 1,929 cabins and a crew of 1,400.
The ship is 1,112 feet long, 185. feet wide and weighs a whopping 154,407 gross tons. You will find a total of 15 decks, 14 guest decks, 1 service/crew deck with 14 guest elevators. Yes, geeky information, but interesting, also check out our guide for all Royal Caribbean Ships By Size.
Bars On Independence Of The Seas
Independence of the Seas has 17 bars, this also includes the suite lounge, diamond lounge and pool bars. Thus offering a somewhere to stop for a cocktail or soft drink at all times of day and night.
If you check your Crown and Anchor there is always something going on around the ship. Whether its a pop quiz, general knowledge quiz or pre dinner cocktail music you will always find something to suit your mood.
- Vintages Wine Bar
- Schooners, Piano Bar
- Boleros, Latin Themed Bar
- Diamond Club, For Diamond Members
- Suite Lounge, For Suite Guests
- Pool Bar
- Fish And Ships
- Olive Or Twist
- Viking Crown Lounge
- Ale And Anchor, English Pub
- Playmakers Sports Bar
- The Plaza Bar
- Champagne Bar
- Casino Bar
- Sky Lounge
- Star Lounge
- Solarium Bar
How Much Are Drinks Onboard?
These drinks prices are from Independence of the Seas 2021 sailings, and will give you an idea of drinks prices onboard, and help you decide if a Royal Caribbean drinks package is worth the money.
- Bud Light $7.49
- Red Stripe $8.25
- Guinness $7.99
- Strongbow $7.99
- Gin Fizz $13.00
- Lavender Daiquiri $13.00
- John Collins $13.00
- Bombay Saphire $10.99
- Tanqueray $9.99
- Baileys $9.99
- Jack Daniels $9.99
- Pinot Grigio $10.00
- Chardonnay from $9.00
- Coca Cola and Diet Coke $3.50
- Red Bull $4.00
Soda Stations Onboard
If you have a soda, refreshment or deluxe drinks package you don’t even need to go to the bar to get a drink, if you use your souvenir cup you can head to the soda stations on Independence of the Seas for a soft drink refill which offers lots of choice and can be found by Sorrento’s Pizza on Deck 5, and deck 11 aft.
Restaurants On Independence of The Seas
You will find 14 restaurants on Independence of the Seas, 6 which are included in the price of your Royal Caribbean Cruise and 8 that have extra charges or count as speciality dining.
On top of this you can opt for in room dining, or sweets from Sugar Beach (At an extra cost)
Independence Of The Seas Dining Packages
There are several choices for speciality dining packages, here is a guide of what you can expect to pay, but also check out our in depth dining package guide.
- Unlimited Dining Package, £179.90 per adult
- The 3 Night Dining Package, £81.62 per adult
- Chops Plus 1 Dining Package, £61.83 per adult
- Taste Of Royal Lunch, £28.25 per adult
Children are complementary from age of 0-5. You have two options for Children aged 6-12. The dining plan costs half the adult price, however you don’t need to book the package for kids, you can pay as you go, this way children 6-12 pay $10.99 per child to dine and must order from the kid’s menu.
Free Restaurants On Independence of the Seas
Main Dining Room (There are 3 dining rooms, split over deck 3, 4 and 5)
The main dining room offer a huge choice of meals, open every evening on a sea day for lunch and breakfast. With themed nights from around the world the menu never gets dull.
For delicious pizza, with a choice of toppings.
The Windjammer is Royal Caribbean’s famous buffet restaurant, offering more choice than you can ever image for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Watch out for the desserts, they are divine.
The Café Promenade is open around the clock for quick snacks, fresh sandwiches, pastries, fruit, cakes and coffee. There is always something delicious for a tasty snacks.
Speciality Dining On The Independence of the Seas And 2021 Prices
Please note, you need to add 18% service charge onto speciality dining. These prices are from Speciality Dining Venues on Independence Of The Seas 2021 sailings.
Offering Teppanyaki from $45.99 and extras such as rainbow rolls at $14 and sushi selections from $14.
Offering a wonderful selection of sushi and Asian dishes at a variety of prices, as a guide crispy shrimp rolls, $13.00, beef teriyaki $17.00 and sesame balls $5.00
Johnny Rockets is a wonderful 1950s themed American Diner, offering delicious burgers and shakes with a twist and a song, and costs $9.95pp.
Fish And Ships
The perfect fish and chip bar at sea service fish and chips for $7.00, Calamari and chips for $5.00 and sausage and chips for $4.00
Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade
Playmakers sports bar is a themed bar that offers tasty snack dishes to share, individual prices such a 2 pulled pork sliders for $7, steak topped fries $3, 24 wings for $14, burger $9.
A steakhouse offering a delicious choice or steak, lobster and a selection of alternative mains. Chops Grill costs $21.99 (lunch), $49.99, (dinner) $10 dining charge for children 6 to 12 years old with kids menu
The chef’s table offers a five-course private dining experience with wine pairings and costs $85 for dinner. The chef prepares and presents each course, while explaining cooking techniques, ingredients, and flavors, and a sommelier pairs every course with wine.
Giovanni’s Table is a casual trattoria serving delicious Italian classics, costing $19.99 for lunch and $39.99 for dinner. There is a $10 dining charge for children 6 to 12 years old with the kids menu.
What’s The Difference Between Free Dining And Speciality Dining?
Apart from the obvious, that one set of restaurants on Independence are free of charge and specialty dining isn’t, speciality dining on Independence of the Seas offers an upscale dining experience.
However, whilst speciality dining is unique and truly amazing, I wouldn’t book it for my entire cruise. The dining rooms included in the price of a Royal Caribbean Cruise is fabulous, the waiters work so hard to make your dining experience special, they are accommodating with children, lively and cheerful and can’t do enough for you.
Room Service Prices On Independence Of The Seas
Room service is available for guests around the clock on Independence of the Seas with the exception of the first day of your cruise, when room service is available from 5.30 pm, and the final evening, when service ends at 12am.
Continental breakfast is complimentary. All other orders have a $7.95 service charge plus 18% gratuity.
Room Service Hours Independence Of The Seas
- Breakfast 6am – 11am
- All Day 11am – 6am
The menus below are sample Royal Caribbean room service menus, however I have checked this against Independence of the Seas current sailing and it’s almost identical.
Can You Get Free Ice Cream On Independence Of The Seas?
Yes, you will find an artic zone serving soft serve ice cream and or Frozen Yoghurt on deck 11, where you can enjoy unlimited ice cream. Ice cream is also served the the Windjammer and main dining rooms free of charge.
However if you want all the flavours head to Ben and Jerry’s on deck 5 where for an extra charge you can grab a scoop or two.
Where Can You Get Free Coffee And Tea On Independence Of The Seas?
Coffee and tea is served in the restaurants, and Windjammer on Independence Of The Seas and you have a choice of free tea and coffee of can pay extra in the restaurants for speciality coffees.
The cafe promenade on deck 5 is the best place to head for free tea and coffee and a coffee station throughout the day. It’s also a idea to take a flask mug, then you can get a takeout, there are paper cups, however I do like to pour a coffee and go for a wander, a flask mug keeps it warm. Also check out the room service menus for tea and coffee.
There are often tea and coffee facilities in your cabin too, however this depends on the sailing.
There is so much food available on Independence of the Seas, it would be impossible to go hungry. If you are looking for quick dining, the healthy dining options on the menu every day to help you stay fit on your cruise or speciality dining you are never going to struggle for a variety of food options.
Also you have the choice to splurge and do all the fine dining, or indeed, not spend a penny and still enjoy glorious food, sweet treats and snacks. There are meal and snack options available around the clock and something to suit everyone, whether you have a sweet or savory tooth.