MS Independence of the Seas

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Independence of the Seas off Ruissalo, Turku, Finland
Name: Independence of the Seas
Operator: Royal Caribbean International
Port of registry: Template:BAH, Nassau
Builder: Aker Finnyards, Turku, Finland
Cost: ~US$828 million [1]
Christened: April 30, 2008 [2]
Maiden voyage: May 2, 2008 [3]
In service: 2008-present
Identification: IMO number: 9349681
Status: Active service as of 2010
Notes: [4]
General characteristics
Class and type: Freedom-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 154,407 GT (gross tonnage)
Length: 338.92 m (1,111.9 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)
Propulsion: Diesel-electric (kW)/3 pods (1 fixed, 2 azimuthing) 14MW each
Speed: 21.6 kn (40.0 km/h; 24.9 mph)
23 kn (43 km/h; 26 mph) maximum
Capacity: 4,370 passengers
Crew: 1,360 crew
Notes: [4]

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 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,[4] she joined Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas as the largest cruise ships and passenger vessels ever built (at the time of construction). She is 1,112 feet (339m) long, and typically cruises at 21.6 knots (40 km/h). The vessel operates from Southampton, England,.[2] all year round on European itineraries starting April 2010.

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.


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, with a "bridge" which can be lowered from the ceiling void to provide a performance space above the crowds. There is also the three story Alhambra theatre, seating 1,200, and a complete conference centre. The show cabaret lounge is based on an ancient Egyptian theme, known as the Pyramid Lounge. On a lower level is an ice skating rink named Studio B, 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 the rink on Independence of the Seas is the sixth to feature on a ship. The ship also features a range of eating outlets, a rock climbing wall, 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. 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 2 seating areas around the FlowRider to allow people to watch.

Independence of the Seas in Cobh, Ireland


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