Independence of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)


Independence of the Seas, completed two weeks ahead of schedule is a ship that is always eager to explore the world. The third in a line of Freedom Class Cruise ships operated by Royal Caribbean, these huge ships were once Queens of the seas. Their contemporary design and modern cruise life-style, plus sheer magnitude made the Freedom Class cruise ships not just the largest, but the most sought after cruise ships in the industry. With the introduction of the Oasis Class, the Freedom Class ships did lose their title, yet still today, the Freedom Class ships remain as popular as ever with cruisers.

Independence of the Seas invites all cruise passenger types aboard, although the emphasis is on family cruises with many modern conveniences, entertainment and facilities catering for the travelling family. Despite the size of the ship, the atmosphere and ambience retains some level of intimacy as Independence of the Seas absorbs her 4000+ guests with ease and passengers enjoy the perfect blend of traditional cruising with “big ship” contemporary attitude that Royal Caribbean have become famous for.

Dining onboard Independence of the Seas offers a huge variety of daily menus and themed menus in the many eateries and lounge areas. The level of service provided by Royal Caribbean crew members is always first class, with chefs able to cater for those passengers with speciality diets.


Independence of the Seas is 230ft longer than the Titanic. Unlike the Titanic, Independence of the Seas has constant contact with Ice, in fact she produces some 35 tonnes of ice onboard each day while cruising.

Ship info

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
Status: In service
Ship size: Resort Ship
Ship class: Freedom
Sister ships:
Passengers: 4,375
Staterooms: 181
Total crew: 1,360
Ship length: 339.0 m
Ship beam: 38.6 m
Ship draft: 8.8 m
Tonnage: 154,407
No. of decks: 15
Elevators: 14
Service speed: 21.6 knots
Onboard currency: US Dollar
Registry port: Nassau (Bahamas)
IMO number: 9349681
Call sign: C6WW4

Build details

Shipyard: Aker Finnyards, Turku, Finland
Build date: 2008
Build cost: Approx £534 million GBP
Entered service: April 2008


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