Royal Caribbean International continues to bring the cruise line’s most innovative features and popular venues, first introduced on Oasis-class ships, to its fleet with the recently announced revitalization of Independence of the Seas scheduled to take place in April 2013.
A new baby and toddler nursery, an enhanced digital way finding system and a giant outdoor cinema screen are just a few of the new features awaiting guests on Independence of the Seas when it emerges in May as part of the cruise line’s extensive revitalization program. For guests with a sweet tooth, the refreshed ship will also see the introduction of The Cupcake Cupboard. Featuring freshly-baked gourmet cupcakes and bespoke culinary parties and design classes, the new addition will be a hit with foodies. The ship also will enjoy the addition of Giovanni’s Table, an Italian trattoria featuring Italian classics served family-style.
Based in Southampton since 2008 and one of the most popular ships amongst UK holidaymakers, the 3,634-guest Independence of the Seas is just one of many ships in the Royal Caribbean International fleet that is receiving a major upgrade as part of a $300 million investment program. Beginning in May 2011 with the revitalization of Radiance of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International’s revitalization program is being undertaken with an aim to bring features from the redefining Oasis-class ships to the remainder of the fleet. In 2012 five ships underwent a complete transformation including Rhapsody of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Grandeur of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas and Enchantment of the Seas.
Following a two-week long, US$7 million refurbishment, Independence of the Seas will arrive in Southampton on 2 May 2013 to begin its summer season, offering a series of new itineraries including more shorter sailings 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 Canary Islands cruises as part of its 2013 season. Independence of the Seas will also include a new call to Ibiza on a 14-night Spanish Mediterranean cruise.
Header photo and article courtesy of Royal Caribbean. Cupcake cupboard photo: Mike Faust.