Independence of the Seas gains RCI investment

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We spent a few weeks on board Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas just over a year ago and what an amazing cruise ship she is, with some nice extras when compared to many other ships, which include ice shows as well as normal theatre entertainment.

Royal Caribbean show that they won’t stand still and let a ship age on its own, and this week we’ve heard that some more innovative features will be added to the Independence of the Seas in a refit that is part of the cruise lines $300 million investment programme. Those of our readers that have been on board Independence of the Seas know how much fun a cruise can be on a much bigger ship, which the bigger size allows for some amazing parties and sports activities.

The Independence of the Seas is scheduled for some revitalisation in April this year and will include the addition of an Italian trattoria, The Cupcake Cupboard, a giant outdoor cinema screen, an improved digital way finding system, and a new baby and toddler nursery.

In 2012 Royal Caribbean refurbished five ships that included Enchantment of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas, Grandeur of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, and Rhapsody of the Seas. The Independence of the Seas has sailed from Southampton for around 5 years now, and thanks to its size and modern features it’s one of the most popular cruise ships based in Southampton.

The summer cruise season will start on 2 May for Independence of the Seas, which will be after the refurbishment said to cost $7 million. We will include a gallery in an article today that shows some photos we took while on board Independence of the Seas recently, so keep connected to our Facebook, Google+, or Twitter pages.

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