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SHIPS AT THE SHOW C R U I S E


INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS


ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL CLIA VISIT DAY:


SATURDAY, MAY 27


BRIEFLY: Launched in 2008, Independence of the Seas is known as Royal Caribbean International’s ‘British ship’ as it spent each summer sailing from Southampton. It skipped a


year in 2015 but was back in the UK in 2016. It has taken


part in the Clia Conference twice before, in 2011 and 2012. This time it is


one of two ships agents can visit on an optional day (May 27) after the main programme has finished.


WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: Agents who have never been on Independence of the Seas, and those who haven’t seen it since 2012, have a lot to catch up on. This is a big ship and quite a few new features were added during a $7 million makeover in April 2013 including a baby and toddler nursery and digital way- finding system to help passengers get around the ship.


AT A GLANCE lAgents who visited Independence back in 2012 will recall the Italian restaurant Portofino. This has been replaced by Giovanni’s Table, which offers family-style dining. There is also a new Cupcake Cupboard where passengers can buy freshly made cakes.


lThe large screen by the pool was added in the refit and shows films by day and after dark. Even newer on the entertainment front, a production of the musical Grease is being performed in the theatre.


lTours will visit the dining rooms, Chops Grille speciality restaurant and some of the accommodation. There are inside and outside cabins, rooms with balconies and suites. Look out for the inside cabins on deck six that have a view over the Royal Promenade.


l Stroll down the Royal Promenade – a ‘street’ lined with bars, shop and cafes that cuts through the centre of the ship. This is used for evening dance parties.


KEY SELLING POINTS lWhat with its two-bedroom suites, Adventure Ocean kids’ and teen club and activities including a FlowRider surf wave, climbing wall, H2O Zone and ice-skating rink, this is an ideal ship for families.


lThe ship is based in Southampton this summer so clients can go on holiday to the Mediterranean, Norwegian fjords, Canary Islands, and France and Spain without having to fly.


lThe ship has numerous places to eat and drink, few dress codes and a party atmosphere.


INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS IN NUMBERS


TONNAGE: 154,407 PASSENGERS: 3,634 CREW: 1,360


SPACE RATIO: 42.4 PASSENGER/CREW RATIO: 2.6:1


26 | Travel Weekly Cruise | May 2017


travelweekly.co.uk/cruise


MICHEL VERDURE


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