On 12 May 2018 Independence of the Seas, one of the Royal Caribbean International fleet, arrived at her new home in Southampton, following a multi-million pound makeover.

Independence of the Seas has numerous new features including the Sky Pad, a new virtual reality bungee trampoline experience, and am interactive aqua park, Splashaway Bay, which is bigger than before.

The refitted ship also includes a host of other new features: he Perfect Storm, two racing waterslides called Cyclone and Typhoon; Glow-in-the-dark laser tag; Puzzle Break, a new escape room experience where competitors can put their minds to the test; new lounges and Panoramic Oceanview staterooms; Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade; Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, an Asian-inspired dining experience; Fish & Ships, a poolside eatery; and Sugar Beach candy shop.

The ship will be sailing from Southampton and is one of Royal Caribbean International’s fleet of 25 ships. Her return will bring investment to the area, as each ship visit is worth an estimated £2 million to the local economy, totalling £44 million a year.

Managing Director, Royal Caribbean International UK and Ireland, Ben Bouldin said “Holiday time is precious, and travellers today have higher expectations and more options than ever before. We don’t just want to meet these expectations, but smash them and redefine how to holiday. From our largest yet hibachi restaurant to a virtual reality bungee trampoline experience, Independence of the Seas is set to be the most spectacular ship sailing out of Southampton this coming season.”

Guests will be welcomed on board for her first new sailing on 15 May 2018 when she will embark on a two-night cruise to Paris from Southampton. Guests can visit the Musée d’Orsay, explore the Normandy coast, visit Versailles or take in sights such as the Paris Opera, Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower.

Following her inaugural sailing, Independence of the Seas will call at destinations across Europe and the Mediterranean until November 2018.

Independence spans 15 decks, encompasses 154,407 gross registered tons, carries 3,858 guests at double occupancy and features 1,929 staterooms.

Royal Caribbean International is an award-winning global cruise brand with a 49-year legacy of innovation and introducing industry “firsts” never before seen at sea. The cruise line features an expansive array of features and amenities.

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