What’s New on the Independence of the Seas?


What’s new on the Independence of the Seas? Royal Carribean’s Independence of the Seas has just come out of dry dock after a fabulous new refurbishment and update. The Independence of the Seas is a Freedom class ship and went in to service in 2008. It is lovely to see some great additions to this already magnificent ship. Read on for some of the remarkable things they have added to make it more cruise family friendly. But before your read on bookmark our Drinks Package and Royal Caribbean Cruise Formal Night Guides.

Check out the latest innovations on Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas

The New Playmaker Bar and Arcade

From the moment you step onboard the new Playmaker bar and arcade is an obvious addition. The Playmaker has a huge bar and seating area along with screens to watch the big game. The bar is buzzing and a hive of entertainment , the menu is a typical sports bar menu and they even have a chicken wings eating challenge. 

Playmakers Bar and arcade on Independence of the seas.

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Some new restaurants thrown in with your old favourites.

On the pool deck you can now find the new Fish and Chips bar which serves battered fish and even mushy peas. You can also find the new Izumi restaurant serving sushi and sashimi in place of the nightclub. There are still the old favourite restaurants too such as Sorrentos for pizza and your good old american Johnny Rockets. Do not worry the new dance floor can be found in Studio B late night.

Fish and chips bar on Independence of the seas.

Splashaway bay

Splashaway bay is also all new and updated with a host of slides for the little children. Waterfalls and water cannons add to the fun and there is even a bucket that fills up and soaks you. Mini deckchairs are dotted about just for little ones around the pool area as well as plenty of beds for grown ups! Don’t forget the ice-cream machines are not far away either.

There is a minimum height requirement of 42” and a maximum height requirement of 45” for the yellow slide.

Kids Splashaway Bay on Independence of the Seas.

Ride out the Perfect Storm onboard the Independence of the Seas

The perfect storm was also a great adjustment to the Independence. Two huge three story slides take you on a journey across the ship. The Typhoon and the Cyclone are dual racer slides with a real adrenaline rush.

Pefect Storm Slide Independence of the sea

The Skypad is the place to bungee jump in to the stars

The Skypad is a totally unique experience onboard the Independence of the Sea. You are strapped in on a bungee trampoline with a virtual reality head set. You can launch in to space or even crush candy in a virtual reality world. Children as young as 5 can jump but to wear a headset they have to be 7.

The Skypad Bungee on Independence of the seas. What’s new on the Independence of the Seas?

A new vibe

We loved all of the pockets of newly refurbished places onboard.  The pools have new chairs and tables with plush new seating areas. New bars stools and even comfy cushions where you can snuggle up outside and watch a film on deck.

Pool bar seating area on the Independence of the Seas

New kids facilities onboard

The children have new climbing frames and cool places to hangout. There are swinging chairs and also hammocks around the ship and the kids club is still as good as ever. The outside space is packed with fun, The independence still has the sports court and the old favourite Flowrider.

Kids play area on Independence of the seas.

Crazy Golf or Laser tag?

The new Crazy golf dunes on the Independence has been updated inline with the new larger ships. In this fun area  you can grab a golf putt with your family and stroll through past lighthouses as well as palm trees. Additionally they have added the new Laser tag, The battle for Planet Z! Grab your glow in the dark Laser gear for a battle in a far flung galaxy. Children have to be 40″ or 5 years old to take part in laser tag.

Crazy Golf on Independence of the seas.

Puzzle Quest The Observatorium

Perhaps one of the most amazing new experiences onboard the newly updated Independence of the Seas is the new Puzzle break out room, The observatorium. Book your slot for you and your guests and see if you can escape out of this locked puzzle room. Up to 10 people can take part at any one time and it requires great skill to unlock clues inside this room. The walls are also adorned with books, charts and interesting artefacts, you just have to find the ones that actually are the keys to your escape.

Escape room The Observatorium on Independence of the seas.

A cocktail or two?

Not only have all the public spaces been updated but the bar list has been updated too. Most cocktails are $14 this is covered in the drinks package along with other spirits. There are new and fun drinks on the menu furthermore there are still plenty of Soda machines for the children.

Schooner Bar menu Independence of the seas

I hope you enjoyed, What’s new on the Independence of the Seas? The new updates to the Independence of the Seas bring it in line with some of the amazing things found on the Oasis Class ships. Booking can be made on Royal Caribbeans website. The Independence is currently sailing out of Southampton and there are many itineraries to choose from.

Donna x

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  • Donna Vallance

    Donna loves cruising with her husband and two teenage boys. Having cruised with the children from a young age she feels it is the perfect way to experience the world safely. Her boys are social butterfly’s and love meeting other children their own age whilst onboard some of the most extraordinary floating ships. She also writes over at Like Love Do, a travel memoir of her trips, from London to far off beaches. She has an eye for the unusual and like to go off of the beaten track just to find the perfect photo. With a passion for photography and exploring cruising has become the perfect holiday choice.

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1 thought on “What’s New on the Independence of the Seas?”

  1. This looks like a perfect ship for families, I would like to do the virtual reality trampolining!


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