MS Independence of the Seas
Independence of the Seas docking in Southampton
|Name:||independence of the Seas|
|Operator:||Royal Caribbean International|
|Port of registry:||Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas|
|Builder:||Aker Finnyards, Turku, Finland|
|Cost:||~US$828 million |
|Christened:||April 30, 2008 |
|Maiden voyage:||May 2, 2008 |
|Identification:||Call sign: C6WW4
IMO number: 9349681
MMSI number: 309374000
|Class & type:||Freedom-class cruise ship|
|Length:||338.95 m (1,112.0 ft)|
|Beam:||38.6 m (127 ft) hull
56 m (184 ft) extreme width of superstructure
|Draught:||8.8 m (29 ft)|
|Decks:||15 (passenger); 3 (crew)|
Two ABB Azipods and one Fixipod, 14 MW each
|Speed:||21.6 knots (40.0 km/h; 24.9 mph)
23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph) (maximum)
MS Independence of the Seas is a Freedom-class cruise ship operated by the Royal Caribbean cruise line that entered service in April 2008. The 15-deck ship can accommodate 4,370 passengers and is served by 1,360 crew. She was built in the Aker Finnyards drydock in Turku, Finland, builder of Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas, her sister ships of the Freedom class. At 154,407 gross tons, she joined Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas as the largest cruise ships and passenger vessels yet built. She is 1,112 feet (339 m) long, and typically cruises at 21.6 knots (40.0 km/h; 24.9 mph). The vessel operates from Southampton, England and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Independence of the Seas is the third of the Freedom-class vessel. In October 2009, Oasis of the Seas, the first ship in the Oasis-class, displaced the Freedom-class as the world's largest passenger ships.
Independence of the Seas generally sails from Southampton, England in the Summer months and from Fort Lauderdale in the Winter months. Between 2010 and 2012, Independence of the Seas sailed from Southampton, England year-round.
On 2 May 2013 Independence of the Seas arrived in Southampton following a dry-dock enhancement offering a series of new itineraries including more shorter cruises such as two-night cruises to Le Havre for Paris, and three-night cruises to Le Havre for Paris and Zeebrugge for Bruges. Independence of the Seas will also offer eight night cruises to Norway, 14-night Norway and Cork cruises, various 14-night Mediterranean cruises, and 12-night cruises to the Canary Islands.
Like the other Freedom-class vessels, Independence of the Seas features an interactive water park, the H2O Zone, a dedicated sports pool for volleyball and basketball, and whirlpools which extend from the ship's sides. It houses an internal shopping "street", the Promenade, lined with shops, pubs and wine bars. The Promenade features a "sky bridge" which can be lowered from the ceiling to provide a performance space above the crowds during parades. There is also the two story Alhambra theater, seating 1,200, and a complete conference center. The show cabaret lounge, called the Pyramid Lounge, is themed to ancient Egypt. On a lower level is an ice skating rink named Studio B, which home to a series of professional ice shows and is also available for personal skating. This facility was first featured on the Voyager-class and Independence of the Seas is the eighth ship to feature a rink. The ship also features a range of eating outlets, Wi-Fi and mobile phone connectivity throughout, and flat-screen televisions in all staterooms. Independence of the Seas is also the first Royal Caribbean ship to feature heated, fresh water pools, although the pools are only heated when sailing from the UK. On the Sports Deck, there is a rock climbing wall, a basketball/hockey court, a mini golf course, and a FlowRider for surfing. It also has 3 seating areas around the FlowRider to allow people to watch.
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