Independence of the Seas arrives in Southampton for summer season

Independence of the Seas, one of the Royal Caribbean International fleet, has arrived at her new home in Southampton, amped up with all new experiences and boasting even more extraordinary features after her amazing, multi-million-pound makeover.

Independence of the Seas has an array of stunning new features to delight kids and adults alike.

For the first time ever, guests can hop into the Sky Pad, an out-of-this-world new virtual reality bungee trampoline experience, and splash away their days at interactive aqua park, Splashaway Bay, which is bigger and better than ever before.

The icing on the cake is that all this can now be enjoyed by UK holiday makers with the added convenience of sailing from Southampton.

A real gem in Royal Caribbean International’s fleet of 25 ships, her return will not only add innovation, but also investment to the area, as each ship visit is worth an estimated £2 million to the local economy - totalling a whopping £44million a year.

Managing director, Royal Caribbean International UK & Ireland, Ben Bouldin, said: “Holiday time is precious, and travellers today have higher expectations and more options than ever before.

“We don’t just want to meet these expectations but smash them and redefine how to holiday.

“From our largest yet hibachi restaurant to a virtual reality bungee trampoline experience, Independence of the Seas is set to be the most spectacular ship sailing out of Southampton this coming season.”

Guests will be welcomed onboard for her first new sailing on May 15th where she will embark on a two-night cruise to Paris from Southampton.

Guests can dabble in modern art at the fabulous Musée d’Orsay, explore the Normandy coast, visit glorious Versailles or take in iconic sights such as the Paris Opera, Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower.

Following her inaugural sailing, Independence of the Seas will call at destinations across Europe and the Mediterranean until November 2018.