Independence of the Seas

 

Onboard the Independence of the Seas

Costco Member Reviews

4.4 of 5 stars4.4/5 (1028 Reviews)

Ship Rating

3.5/5

Independence of the Seas® offers all of the amazing onboard experiences you'd expect from their Freedom-class ships. Launch yourself into a virtual world on a new bungee trampoline experience — Sky Pad. Order up batter fried goodness at the new poolside Fish & Ships seafood spot. Ditch the winter blahs for an amped up ship teeming with oohs and ahhs.

Onboard Activities

Activities & Services (included in cruise)

Sky Pad℠

  • Card Room
  • Disco/Nightclub
  • Movies
  • Theater/Show Lounge
  • Fitness Center
  • Sauna/Steam Room
  • Ice Skating
  • Miniature Golf
  • Pool - Children's
  • Pool - Outdoor
  • Pool - Indoor
  • Rock-Climbing Wall
  • Sports Facilities
  • Water Park Arena
  • Whirlpool/Jacuzzi
  • FlowRider® surf simulator
  • Sky Pad℠
  • Golf Simulator
  • Boxing Ring
  • Laser Tag
  • Art Gallery
  • Bars/Lounges
  • Library
  • Children's Indoor Play Area
  • Children's Outdoor Play Area
  • Educational Classes
  • Educational Programs
  • Organized Age Specific Activities
  • Teen Center or Disco
  • Teen Programs
  • Business Center
  • Concierge Desk
  • Conference Center
  • Duty-Free Shops/Boutiques
  • Elevators
  • Safe Deposit Boxes

Activities & Services (available for an extra fee)

Full-Service Spa

  • Casino
  • Game Arcade
  • Beauty Salon
  • Fitness Classes
  • Full-Service Spa
  • Spa Services/Massage
  • Educational Programs
  • Internet Center
  • Dry Cleaning/ Laundry Service
  • Infirmary/Medical Center
  • Wedding/Vow Renewal

Costco Travel makes every effort to verify the accuracy of all information provided. Additional fees for amenities or services may be charged by the cruise line. Amenities or services may be discontinued or revised by the cruise line without notice. Staterooms designated as wheelchair-accessible do not necessarily meet ADA requirements. Costco Travel is not responsible for inaccuracies or provider modifications.

Dining

Main Dining Room

Main Dining

Main Dining Room: Sweeping, multi-level ambience, world-class cuisine and extraordinary personal service from a dedicated wait staff. Royal Caribbean’s main dining room serves exceptional, multi-course meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Izumi

Specialty Dining

Ben & Jerry's®: Vermont's Finest Ice Cream hits the high seas. Grab scoops served up with a smile, or indulge in a sundae, shake or smoothie. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Chops Grille℠: In Royal Caribbean 's signature steakhouse, savor five incredible courses paired with wine from one of California's most iconic wineries, the Wagner family vineyards, renowned for fine pinot noir and chardonnay and revered for their Caymus cabernet. From smoked duck salad to the crème brulee, learn how each wine was selected to enhance your enjoyment of the dish. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Chef's Table: A once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience – join up to 14 guests in an exclusive enclave to savor a five-course, gourmet menu specially prepared and presented by the Chef de Cuisine. Every course pairs with a wine chosen to enhance your enjoyment of the dish. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Cupcake Cupboard: Sprinkle some sweetness into your cruise at this adorable 1940s-style shop featuring fresh-baked gourmet cupcakes, plus private decorating parties and cupcake design classes. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Fish & Ships℠: Order up batter-fried favorites at Fish & Ships℠ — the new seafood spot that’s just within splashing distance of the pool. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Giovanni's Table: A casual Italian trattoria with indoor and al fresco seating, Giovanni's Table offers rustic dishes with a contemporary flair, including toasted herb foccacia, pastas, braised meat dishes and stews, served family-style. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Izumi: The traditional Japanese dishes at Izumi will impress you with pure, delicate flavors, freshness of ingredients and impeccable presentation. Choose from sushi rolls, sashimi, hot rock (ishi-yaki) plates, and more. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Johnny Rockets®: Get the family together for good old-fashioned hamburgers and fries at Johnny Rockets—complete with authentic 1950s décor, a menu filled with all-American favorites and a jukebox at every table. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Windjammer Café

Casual Dining

Café Promenade: The multi-level Royal Promenade is the heart of our ships – and the best spot for people watching. Pick a table with a view at Café Promenade, serving Starbucks or illy coffee, snacks, pastries and sandwiches throughout the day and into the night – so you can enjoy the action when you please.

Sorrento's Pizza: For an authentic New York pizzeria experience, head to Sorrento's for fully-loaded pies right out of the oven. Sample rotating creations from chorizo to Hawaiian to Pizza Florentine – with classic cheese and pepperoni always on call.

Windjammer Café: A culinary destination loaded with an array of delicious food for every meal and snack time – all with spectacular views and a comfortable, casual atmosphere. Browse multiple serving stations featuring pastas, omelettes made-to-order, global cuisine, salads, soups, sandwiches, meat-carving, and tons of tantalizing desserts.

Room Service: Room service is available 24-hours a day (a convenience charge applies to each order placed).


Times, costs and other specifics are outside the control of Costco Travel. All information is at the sole discretion of the cruise line and is subject to change without notice. Dining time and table size preferences are submitted to the cruise line on a first-come, first-served request basis and are confirmed aboard ship. Questions, concerns and/or special needs regarding dining arrangements must be addressed with the maitre d' hotel aboard ship. Every effort is made to accommodate travelers' preferences; however, Costco Travel cannot guarantee dining arrangements. In specialty restaurants, space is limited and reservations are recommended. A cover charge and dress code may apply.

Staterooms

Staterooms feature modern appointments and private bath. Inside staterooms overlooking the Royal Promenade are also available.

Spacious Promenade View interior (Category: 1Q)

Category: 1Q

Spacious Interior (Category: 1R)

Category: 1R

Promenade View Interior (Category: 2T)

Category: 2T

Connecting Promenade Interior (Category: CP)

Category: CP

Interior (Category: 1V)

Category: 1V

Interior (Category: 2V)

Category: 2V

Interior (Category: 3V)

Category: 3V

Interior (Category: 4V)

Category: 4V

Guarantee - Inside (Category: ZI)

Category: ZI
This category can be booked for a special rate, guaranteed to you. Please note that the category is not associated at the time of booking with a specific stateroom, deck, bedding configuration or other particular settings. The assignment of an actual cabin will be performed during your check-in. The cabin can be anywhere on the ship.

Features a large round window, sitting area and private bath.

Ultra Spacious Ocean View (Category: 1K)

Category: 1K

Spacious Panoramic Ocean View (Category: 1L)

Category: 1L

Spacious Ocean View (Category: 3M)

Category: 3M

Spacious Ocean View (Category: 4M)

Category: 4M

Ocean View (Category: 1N)

Category: 1N

Ocean View (Category: 2N)

Category: 2N

Ocean View (Category: 3N)

Category: 3N

Ocean View (Category: 4N)

Category: 4N

Guarantee - Oceanview (Category: YO)

Category: YO
This category can be booked for a special rate, guaranteed to you. Please note that the category is not associated at the time of booking with a specific stateroom, deck, bedding configuration or other particular settings. The assignment of an actual cabin will be performed during your check-in. The cabin can be anywhere on the ship.

Features balcony with floor-to-ceiling windows, sitting area and private bath.

Spacious Ocean View Balcony (Category: 1B)

Category: 1B

Spacious Ocean View Balcony (Category: 2B)

Category: 2B

Spacious Ocean View Balcony (Category: 3B)

Category: 3B

Spacious Ocean View Balcony (Category: 4B)

Category: 4B

Connecting Ocean View Balcony (Category: CB)

Category: CB

Ocean View Balcony (Category: 1D)

Category: 1D

Ocean View Balcony (Category: 2D)

Category: 2D

Ocean View Balcony (Category: 4D)

Category: 4D

Ocean View Balcony (Category: 5D)

Category: 5D

Guarantee - Balcony (Category: XB)

Category: XB
This category can be booked for a special rate, guaranteed to you. Please note that the category is not associated at the time of booking with a specific stateroom, deck, bedding configuration or other particular settings. The assignment of an actual cabin will be performed during your check-in. The cabin can be anywhere on the ship.

Comfortable suites feature balcony with floor to ceiling windows, sitting area with sofa and private bath.

Royal Suite - 1 Bedroom (Category: RS)

Category: RS
Separate bedroom with king-size bed; Living room with queen-size sofa bed; Private bathroom; Private balcony; Balcony: 377 sq.ft.

Owner's Suite - 1 Bedroom (Category: OS)

Category: OS
Queen-size bed; Private bathroom; Separate living area with a queen-size sofa bed; Private balcony; Balcony: 209 sq.ft.

Grand Suite - 2 Bedrooms (Category: GT)

Category: GT

Grand Suite - 1 Bedroom (Category: GS)

Category: GS
Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size bed); Sitting area (some with sofa bed); Private bathroom; Private balcony; Balcony: 126 sq.ft.

Junior Suite (Category: J3)

Category: J3
Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size bed); Sitting area (some with sofa bed); Private bathroom; Private balcony; Balcony: 101 sq.ft.

Junior Suite (Category: J4)

Category: J4
Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size bed); Sitting area (some with sofa bed); Private bathroom; Private balcony; Balcony: 101 sq.ft.

Ocean View Panoramic Suite (No Balcony) (Category: VP)

Category: VP

Guarantee - Suite (Category: WS)

Category: WS
This category can be booked for a special rate, guaranteed to you. Please note that the category is not associated at the time of booking with a specific stateroom, deck, bedding configuration or other particular settings. The assignment of an actual cabin will be performed during your check-in. The cabin can be anywhere on the ship.

Deck Plan

Cruise Ship
Deck 15
Key to Symbols
SymbolDescription
Stateroom for occupancy 5 and upStateroom for occupancy 5 and up
Stateroom for occupancy up to 4Stateroom for occupancy up to 4
Accessible stateroomAccessible stateroom
Stateroom has an obstructed viewStateroom has an obstructed view
Stateroom for occupancy up to 3Stateroom for occupancy up to 3

Ship Facts

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  • Ship Name: Independence of the Seas
  • Year Built: 2008
  • Year Refurbished: 2018
  • Year Entered Present Fleet: 2008
  • Ship Class: Freedom
  • Maximum Capacity: 4,560
  • Number of Passenger Decks: 14
  • Number of Crew: 1,440
  • Officers' Nationality: Norwegian
  • Ocean-View without Balcony: 289
  • Ocean-View with Balcony: 724
  • Total Inside Staterooms: 790
  • Tonnage (GRT): 154,407
  • Capacity Based on Double Occupancy: 3,858
  • Country of Registry: The Bahamas
  • Total Staterooms: 1,930
  • Suites with Balcony: 126
  • Crew/Hotel Staff Nationality: International
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