Royal Caribbean International has announced a revitalisation 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 revitalisation programme.
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 among 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 programme.
Beginning in May 2011 with the revitalisation of Radiance of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International’s revitalisation programme 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 May 2nd 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.