Independence of the Seas
Independence of the Seas docking in Southampton, England
|Name:||Independence of the Seas|
|Operator:||Royal Caribbean International|
|Route:||Caribbean, Mediterranean, Canary Islands|
|Builder:||Aker Finnyards Turku Shipyard, Finland|
|Cost:||~US$828 million |
|Christened:||April 30, 2008 |
|Maiden voyage:||May 2, 2008 |
|Class and type:||Freedom-class cruise ship|
|Length:||338.95 m (1,112.0 ft)|
|Draught:||8.8 m (29 ft)|
|Decks:||15 (passenger); 4 (crew)|
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 Turku Shipyard, Finland. At 154,407 GT, she joined Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas as the largest cruise ships and passenger vessels then built. She is 1,112 feet (339 m) long, and typically cruises at 21.6 knots (40.0 km/h; 24.9 mph).
Independence of the Seas is the third of the Freedom-class vessels. In October 2009, Oasis of the Seas, the first ship in the Oasis class, displaced the Freedom class as the world's largest passenger ship.
Areas of operation
Independence of the Seas has operated from ports in Europe and North America.
Independence of the Seas facilities include an interactive water park, a dedicated water area for small children, and whirlpools which extend from the ship's sides. There is also a two story theater, seating 1,200, an ice skating rink and a complete conference center. On the Sports Deck, there is a rock climbing wall, the first ever trampolines at sea, a basketball/football court, water slides, and a FlowRider for surfing.
The ship underwent an extensive dry dock refurbishment in April 2018: additional cabins were added, as well as the first trampoline park at sea, laser tag, water slides and a Puzzle Break Escape Room. This ship is also home to the annual 70000 Tons of Metal music festival.
On 22 May 2014, the ship was arrested by port authorities in Alesund, Norway for nonpayment of fees. The captain notified Royal Caribbean, which transferred NOK600,000 to cover port fees in less than an hour. The ship was then allowed to depart.
On December 11, 2017, 332 of 5,547 passengers on board Independence of the Seas became sick with a gastrointestinal illness (believed to be norovirus-related) after the ship had departed Fort Lauderdale, Florida for a five-night Caribbean cruise. Royal Caribbean initiated a deep-cleaning of the vessel after its return to port.
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