Independence of the Seas Statistics & Facts

Independence of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean’s Freedom-class ships. Launched in 2008, she is one of the mid-size ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet.

Independence of the Seas navigating through the ocean

Independence of the Seas Size

Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas has a gross tonnage of 154,407 GT. Not to be confused with weight, gross tonnage is a measure of the internal volume of a ship. It’s the best way to compare ships by size.

Independence of the Seas is 339 metres (1,112 feet) long, which is about the same length as 11 blue whales or 3.1 football fields!

Independence of the Seas has a beam of 56 metres (185 feet). Beam is another word for width, when we’re talking about the size of cruise ships.

There are 15 decks on Independence of the Seas and 9 of these have cabins. These are accessed by a whopping 14 guest elevators, with more elevators that are just for crew members.

Independence of the Seas Occupancy

Independence of the Seas is considered to be large compared to most ships at sea, but is medium-sized when compared to other Royal Caribbean ships. She can accommodate 3,858 based on double occupancy. However, if every bed on the ship is in use, then this ship can accommodate up to 4,560 as well as 1,440 crew members.

Independence of the Seas Speed

You may be wondering how fast Independence of the Seas can go? Well, the top speed is 21.6 knots, which equates to 24.9 miles per hour. However, the ship usually sails much slower than this as the speed is dictated by the itinerary and the weather.

Building Independence of the Seas

Independence of the Seas was built in 2008 in Turku, Finland by the shipbuilder STX Finland. Like many Royal Caribbean ships, she was registered in the Bahamas.

The ship cost $830,000,000 to build. She was Christened by Elizabeth Hill and made her maiden voyage on May 2, 2008.

Independence of the Seas has 2 sister ships in the Freedom Class:

Facilities onboard Independence of the Seas

You’ll find plenty to do onboard Independence of the Seas. Here’s what you can expect to find on board:

Adventure Ocean

Adventure Ocean is the Royal Caribbean kids club, and includes AO Babies and AO Junior for younger guests. Children will love the huge range of activities on offer, and the dedicated spaces just for them.

A kid enjoying in Adventure Ocean


Get your game on at the arcade, where you’ll find a host of different machines suited to all ages. There’s a selection of video games, classic games such as skeeball, and prize games too.

Couple playing at the Arcade

Broadway Shows

Enjoy genuine Broadway shows on your cruise, with the best musicals performed in the theatre. Experience some true classics depending on your ship, including We Will Rock You, Cats, Mamma Mia and Grease – and all included in your fare.

Broadway-Style Entertainment

The live entertainment on Independence of the Seas is stunning, with Broadway-style shows that are packed with incredible live music and incredible visual effects. Get comfy in the on-board theatre and enjoy being whisked away to magical worlds through immersive stories.

Actors and actresses performing on board

Casino Royale

Whether you’re a poker or blackjack player, or you prefer to stick to machines, Casino Royale has it all. Play some games and potentially win some amazing jackpots in a lively, exciting atmosphere.

Men playing at the Casino Royale

Conference Center

The conference facilities on a Royal Caribbean ship can accommodate up to 400 guests, and include facilities for meetings, theater-style events and even trade shows. These rooms can be hired for no additional fee by sailing guests.

Various guests using the conference center

Royal Escape Room

The Royal Escape Room tasks you with solving a series of tasks set by the Royal Society of Puzzles within a 50-minute time limit. Will your team be able to crack the clues and escape the room in time?

The royal escape room


Hop on a surfboard or bodyboard and ride the waves with FlowRider, the only surfing simulator at sea. Included in your fare, this is a thrilling attraction for newbies and experienced surfers too.

Two guests trying out the flowrider

Ice Skating

Strap on a pair of ice skates and head onto the rink. Whether you’re grabbing the sides all the way around, or confident enough to perform figure-eights and elaborate spins, you’ll have a great time skating as a family.

Family ice skating together

Laser Tag

Two teams face off in this glow-in-the-dark laser tag experience that is ideal for guests aged 5 and above. Work together to eliminate the other team, or just go crazy blasting everyone.

Independence of the Seas laser tag

Mini Golf

Enjoy a fun mini golf course on your ship where you can putt around various tricky obstacles. This is included in your fare, so if you have a bad round…just play again!

Outdoor Movie Screen

Cosy up on a lounger, grab the popcorn and enjoy epic entertainment on the outdoor movie screen. Newly-released movies, classic films and live sport events will be shown at various times.

The outdoor movie screen playing a classic film

Rock Climbing Wall

Whether you’re a beginner or a speed-climber, the rock climbing wall is a cool place to hang out and enjoy amazing views. Included in your fare and with no reservation needed, you can scale the wall as many times as you like during your cruise.

A man climbing the wall

Royal Promenade

The hub of the ship, the Royal Promenade is where you’ll board but also where you’ll find a wide range of bars, restaurants and stores. This is a lively part of the ship day and night, where you might even spot a parade or two during your cruise.

In front of the royal promenade

Running Track

If you want to keep up your fitness routine while on your cruise, the running track is the ideal place. Enjoy amazing views across the ocean as you complete every lap of the track, passing many of the ship’s best features.

2 lanes of Running Track

Sky Pad

The Sky Pad is a bungee trampoline, where you can bounce to your heart’s content and enjoy amazing views. There’s even a VR headset you can wear to make the experience even more unique and immersive.

An aeriel view of Sky Pad


Exclusively for adult guests, the Solarium is an indoor and outdoor venue designed with pure relaxation in mind. Relax in the quiet pools, grab a cocktail and sit in a lounge space, or enjoy the cascading lagoons on some ships as you let stresses melt away.

Couple at Solarium on Royal Caribbean cruise ship

Splashaway Bay

This kid-friendly splashpark is the perfect place for younger guests to burn off some energy. There are plenty of pools, whirlpools, fountains and water cannons, along with colourful low-intensity waterslides that are ideal for kids.

Independence of the Seas splashaway bay

Sports Court

The sports court is an outdoor area that hosts various different sporting activities during your cruise, aimed at the whole family. Games include basketball, volleyball and other court sports, with tournaments often arranged during your cruise.

Guests playing Volleyball

Studio B

Studio B is a fun venue that doubles up as both a live entertainment theatre and a TV studio ideal for family game shows. The retractable floor also reveals the ice rink for shows and for your own use during downtime too.

Independence of the Seas studio B

The Perfect Storm

Feeling adventurous, and seeking a thrill? The Perfect Storm is a collection of some of the fastest waterslides at sea, including dual-racing slides and the first boomerang-style and head-first mat racer slides at sea.

Two young ladies getting ready to slide down the pool

Vitality at Sea Fitness & Spa / Spa

At the Vitality Spa, guests can enjoy a range of treatments designed to help them relax and recharge. From beauty treatments such as facials and body wraps, to soothing massages and bathing rituals, there is something for everyone – including a range of services aimed at teens and tweens.

The Vitality at Sea Fitness & Spa / Spa lobby

Places to eat on Independence of the Seas

Independence of the Seas has a huge selection of restaurants, cafes and snack bars where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a quick bite to eat. Some of these are included in your cruise fare and some have an extra charge.

Here are all of your dining options onboard Independence of the Seas :

Ben & Jerry’s

Cool off on a warm sea day with a trip to Ben & Jerry’s, serving a range of their popular ice cream flavours. Grab yourself a cup or get a milkshake or ice cream float from this popular booth with a host of extra toppings also available. Charges apply.

Cafe Promenade

Cafe Promenade is an included dining venue serving a selection of deli treats and tasty breakfast items. Grab a croissandwich in the morning, or a packed wrap for lunch. There are some great sweet items here as well, with menu options rotating daily.

In front Cafe Promenade

Chef’s Table

If you want a formal, gourmet dining experience then Chef’s Table is ideal. You’ll be served five stunning courses during this white-tablecloth dinner in an exclusive setting, with every course perfectly paired with a different wine by the ship’s onboard sommelier.

Elegant looking long table at the Chef's table

Chops Grille

The Chops Grille steakhouse is an iconic Royal Caribbean restaurant, known for its excellent selection of steak, fish and other meat dishes. This speciality restaurant is smart casual and offers a lighter menu for lunch alongside its main dinner selections.

A delicious dessert served by Chops Grille

Fish & Ships

If you want that classic British dining experience, this casual venue is the ideal spot situated just next to the pool. From freshly battered cod and sausages to deep-fried calamari and, of course, hand-cut chips and mushy peas, you’ll love to sample your favourites in a newspaper-lined tray.

Cruise guests buying at Fish & Ships

Giovanni’s Table

Experience an elevated Italian dining experience at this smart casual venue that serves a mix of classic and contemporary dishes. Sample the incredible house focacia, try an anitpasti platter, or save all your room for the hearty, flavour-rich main courses.

Inside Giovanni's Table


Izumi is a smart casual speciality restaurant that specialises in Asian cuisine, specifically focussing on Japanese classics such as sushi and sishimi. Over four courses (including two mains) you’ll discover some amazing flavours whether you dine at lunch or dinner.

Trying sushi for the first time at Izumi

Johnny Rockets

Enjoy Royal Caribbean’s classic take on the American diner with Johnny Rockets, a casual speciality restaurant serving all your favourite burgers, sandwiches and fries. Don’t forget the hand-spun shakes and malts to go with them, too.

Johnny Rockets signage

Main/Traditional Dining

If you choose Traditional Dining, you’ll be given a set dining time for the Main Dining Room every night. You’ll also likely have the same waiter throughout your cruise, who will learn all your favourites and make meal times even more special.

Dozens of tables and chairs waiting to accommodate guests

My Family Time Dining

With My Family Time Dining, you get the best of family time dinner while also being able to relax. Your kids will complete their meals within 45 minutes, before they are escorted to the Adventure Ocean kids club while you enjoy the rest of your meal.

A long table for a big family dinner

My Time Dining

With My Time Dining, you can choose when you take dinner, and you don’t need to make a reservation (although you may have to wait for a table). You’ll need to pre-pay your gratuities if you want this extra flexibility.

A beautiful round table with chairs for a group of guests

Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade

Playmakers is the resident Royal Caribbean sports bar. Here you’ll be able to watch a range of sports on the big screens whilst you drink a beer or try the range of lighter bites on offer, and enjoy some of the table games provided too.

Delicious burger served by Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade

Room Service

Whether you want a late-night snack or just a lazy morning in your stateroom, the room service menu has you covered. There are various hot and cold food items and drinks you can choose to have delivered to you.

A couple enjoying the fantastic food from room service


This casual pizza restaurant serves all your favourites along with some unique pies packed with amazing ingredients. Head here for lunch or dinner, or with late opening you can grab a slice to round off your night.

In front of Sorrento's

Sugar Beach

Sugar Beach is more than just an ice cream parlor – it’s stocked with hundreds of sweet options. Whether creating your own incredible sundae or just adding a few extra treats to your ice cream cup, you’ll be in sugar heaven.

Candies being packed in Sugar Beach

Windjammer Cafe

The Windjammer Cafe is the buffet restaurant on the ship. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can help yourself to a fantastic selection of hot and cold foods in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.

Beside the buffet area of Windjammer Cafe

Bars & Lounges Onboard Independence of the Seas

There’s no shortage of places to relax and enjoy a drink onboard Independence of the Seas. You’ll find lots of bars and lounges including outdoor pool bars, cocktail bars and live music venues.

Here are the places you can enjoy a drink on Independence of the Seas:

Ale & Anchor Pub

A traditional British-style pub, this bar offers some great craft beers and other British favourites including Newcastle Brown Ale, Strongbow and more. At night, enjoy a fun singalong with a live musician.


Samba and salsa the night away at Boleros, the Latin club with a live six-piece band. As well as late night dancing, you’ll also be able to enjoy some wonderful cocktails here including caipirinhas and mojitos.

Boleros onboard Independence of the Seas

Champagne Bar

Despite the name, you won’t just find Champagne at the Champagne Bar, but also a wide range of proseccos, cava, cremant and more. This upmarket venue is the ideal place to try some new bubblies as part of an elegant evening.

Customers and waiters inside Champagne Bar

Diamond Club

The Diamond Club is an exclusive venue for the use of Diamond, Diamond Plus and Pinnacle Club guests only. Here you can enjoy a calm atmosphere with cocktails (complimentary during the early evening) whilst making reservations for the rest of your cruise.

The interior of Diamond Club

English Pub

The English Pub on-board your ship is an ideal place to grab a traditional beer or ale, or sample a UK-themed cocktail such as a James Bond Martini. Pop-up music performances keep the lively atmosphere going throughout the evening.

The English Pub menu

The Plaza Bar

The Plaza Bar is a casual venue that opens from 7am and serves a great selection of drinks for your morning pick-me-up. Choose from an extensive coffee menu or grab a freshly-squeezed juice if you prefer something colder.

Tables and chairs of The Plaza Bar

Schooner Bar

This friendly, relaxing piano bar is the ideal place to unwind at the end of the night. Grab a seat next to the ship’s mast, or next to a porthole and enjoy the view, while the singalong kicks in.

Two ladies enjoying a drink at Schooner Bar

Secondary Lounge

The Secondary Lounge is a large space with ultra-luxurious chairs where you can unwind with a drink and take in a fun, relaxing atmosphere. Decorated in a modern style, you can sit back and enjoy good music and even better company.

Star Lounge

The Star Lounge is a multi-use lounge that hosts a number of events on-board, including themed parties, quizzes and karaoke nights. It’s a spacious venue with its own bar and lots of comfy seating.

Suite Lounge

Reserved for the exclusive use of guests in a Grand Suite or above, this lounge is the ideal place to unwind away from the crowds. A fantastic wine and spirits menu and stunning views makes this a great spot for a daytime drink or a late-evening nightcap.

Suite lounge with its overlooking ocean view

Viking Crown Lounge

The Viking Crown Lounge offers stunning views with its floor-to-ceiling windows, making it a great spot to watch the sunset. At night, live music kicks in and the dance floor starts to fill up.

Inside the Viking Crown Lounge


Whether you’re a wine enthusiast or you want to take your first step into trying new flavours, Vintages is a classy wine bar with an incredible selection. The staff are experts and can offer some fantastic recommendations if you’re not sure what to try.

Bar table of Vintages