The Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas was built in 2008. It was renovated in 2018. It's considered a large size ship. Coming in at 1,112 ft long and 185 ft wide, it's roughly the length of 3.1 football fields, as wide as 3.5 tractor trailers, and the same height as a 14-story building.
The Independence of the Seas can hold 3,858 based on double occupancy (two people per room) and more when you take into account 3rd and 4th passengers. When you compare the total tonnage of the ship to the number of passengers, the Independence of the Seas has a space ratio of 40. Depending on the ship, this number can range from 30 to 52 (with a bigger number meaning more space per person) so this ship's space-to-person ratio is about average.
Independence of the Seas
|Passengers (double occupancy)||3,858|
|Passenger to Crew Ratio||2.7|
|Space Ratio (tons of ship per passenger)||40|
The Independence of the Seas is one of three Freedom-class ships currently sailing with Royal Caribbean. The Freedom-class ships were the first to have the FlowRider surf simulator, which is now available across the entire fleet. They are known for their multiple pools and whirlpool options, some cantilevered off the side of the ship. The Independence of the Seas is very similar to its sister-ships; Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas, although each ship may have some differences.
Food is a big part of any cruise, and there will plenty on the Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas. You have 13 different dining options to choose from. Of those options, 4 are complementary, or included with your cruise fare. The other 9 options have an additional fee. Some of those options are a set price and some have a la cart menu pricing. Only 31% of the dining options are included meaning you might spend more while on the ship due to the additional fees.
|Restaurant||Restaurant Type||Cost||Type of Food|
|Ben and Jerry's||Quick serve||A la cart||Dessert|
|Cafe Promenade||Quick serve||Included||Cafe|
|Chef's Table||Sit down||Flat Fee||Foodie|
|Chops Grille||Sit down||Flat fee||Steakhouse|
|Fish & Ships||Quick serve||A la cart||Seafood|
|Giovanni's Table||Sit down||Flat fee||Italian|
|Izumi Hibachi & Sushi||Sit down||Flat fee||Asian|
|Johnny Rockets||Sit down||Flat fee||American|
|Main Dining Room||Sit down||Included||Main dining room|
|Playmakers||Sit down||A la cart||Bar food|
|Sorrento's Pizza||Quick serve||Included||Pizza|
|Vintages Wine Bar||Quick serve||A la cart||Bar food|
In terms of drinks and cocktails, you have a variety of choices. Royal Caribbean serves the Coca-cola family of products. That means Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite and Barqs Root Beer, although the selection can vary by ship. Most Royal Caribbean ships also have Coke Freestyle machines where you can make 100 different flavor combinations.
There are also plenty of bars available on this ship. You can check outrecent bar menus for the Independence of the Seas below.
Nothing beats relaxing by a pool with a nice drink in hand as you feel the fresh sea breeze pass by you. The problem is that with thousands of people on a ship, there's not always room. If you want to spend all day in a pool, a cruise might not be the right choice. You would have a much better bet choosing a resort with a huge pool complex. That being said, a quick dip in the pool can be nice on a hot day.
The Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas has a total of 3 pools and 7 hot tubs.
Tired of loud kids and splashing? 1 of the pools and 2 of the hot tubs are adults only.
Independence of the Seas
|- Pools - General Access||2|
|- Pools - Adults Only||1|
|- Pools - Exclusive||0|
|Total Hot Tubs||7|
|- Hot Tubs - General Access||5|
|- Hot Tubs - Adults Only||2|
|- Hot Tubs - Exclusive||0|
Cruise Coloring and Activity Books for Kids
Get your kids ready for their cruise or keep them entertained while on board with our custom made coloring and activity books. These are the Royal Caribbean editions with places like Studio B and Sorrento's featured.
Cruise Ship Coloring Book for Kids 3-5 - Royal Caribbean Edition
Let's Get Cruising Activity Book for Kids 6-8 - Royal Caribbean Edition
There are quite a few things to do on the Independence of the Seas. These are the main amenities that are available. Some are included in the cost of the cruise, while others have an additional charge.
Independence of the Seas
|Adult Only Relaxation Area||Included|
|Arcade||A la cart|
|Casino||A la cart|
|Escape Room||Flat fee|
|Shows - Broadway play||Included|
|Shows - musical review||Included|
|Spa||A la cart|
Royal Caribbean is a mainstream cruise line. Mainstream cruise lines cater to a variety of guests, hoping to provide something for everyone. These typically cost about $100 - $350 per person per day.
Cruise pricing is dynamic and varies for each specific sailing based on factors such as departure point, ports of call, and time of year.
Another way to gauge the cost of a cruise is to consider how much you'll spend on board. Even though a lot is included in the base cruise fare, you may still spend money on things like spa treatments, specialty dining, drinks, and excursions. In addition, guests can also have to pay for things like gratuities and tips.
Typically guests can expect to spend about 25 - 40% of the cost of the cruise on onboard expenses. In other words, if the cruise fare is $1,000 per person, you might spend between $250 and $400 on extra expenses.
The table below will help you understand what you might spend onboard a Royal Caribbean ship.
|Base Daily Gratuities*|
(Per Person Per Day)
|Tip added to drinks & services||18%|
|Domestic Beer Price||$7.49|
See drink menus
|Drink Package Price||$60-$90|
|Internet Plan||$13 to $27 per device per day|
|*Daily gratuities for a standard cabin. Suites or specialty rooms may have higher rates.|
Royal Caribbean uses dynamic pricing, which means the pricing for many things will vary per sailing. The daily gratuities and tip are consistent across the fleet, but the pricing for the drink package, internet, and excursions will change. The only way to know your price is to consult the Royal Caribbean cruise planner once you're booked.