The Ship

Independence of the Seas 2018

Royal Caribbean’s NEW Independence of the Seas® is overflowing with more ways to fill your time between all of those Rock ‘n Roll shows you’ll be enjoying out on the Pool Deck, in the Royal Theatre, in Star Lounge or in Studio B. You’ll never run out of things to do or places to treat your taste buds on this ship! Catch a game while enjoying wings at PlaymakersSM Sports Bar & Arcade or feast on made-to-order rolls at Izumi Hibachi & Sushi. Indulge your sweet tooth at Sugar BeachSM or strap in, put on your virtual reality headset and soar high into the sky for gravity-defying fun at Sky Pad℠.

Take a Look @ Indy’s NEW Deck Plans (6 MB PDF)

Ship Highlights

• Playmaker’s Sports Bar & Arcade NEW!
• Fish & Ships NEW!
• Izumi Hibachi & Sushi NEW!
• Laser Tag NEW!
• Sky Pad NEW!
• Escape Room NEW!
• Sugar Beach NEW!
• Schooner Bar
• FlowRider® Surf Simulator
• Cantilevered Whirlpools
• Solarium Pool
• Rock-climbing Wall
• Wi-Fi Internet Access
• Multiple Bars and Lounges
• Vitality at Sea Spa
• Fitness Center
• Casino Royale℠
• 9-hole Miniature Golf Course
• Johnny Rockets® ’50s-style Diner
• Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant
• Chops Grille
• Vintages Wine Bar
• Boleros Latin-themed Lounge
• Sorrento’s Pizza
and more!

The Independence of the Seas from Royal Caribbean is one of the biggest, fastest and most luxurious passenger vessels in service today. It is served by an international crew of 1,440 on 15 decks. With a gross tonnage of 154,407 and 4 bow thrusters, it can truly be said that the rock-themed benefit voyage will be a “heavy” experience. The ship, nearly a quarter of a mile long, cruises at 21.6 knots and this time around we are scheduled for a port stop in George Town, Grand Cayman. Oh yeah!

What Passengers Think

This was our first RLC, we REALLY wanted to do this one because of Uriah Heep and The Circle. The fact that Steppenwolf, Blue Oyster Cult, and Bad Company were on it also just sweetened the pot. It was our first time seeing Todd Rundgren, Gary Hoey, Quiet Riot, Artimus Pyle and Elvin Bishop, who were all great! We caught parts of some of the other bands and unfortunately some not at all. We didn’t leave the ship at all because there just too much GREAT music!
The artist we met were all very nice. Loved the Meet and Greets. And now we have new bands to follow.
My only complaints ( and they wouldn’t stop my husband and I from returning) were the saving of the chairs with towels, and the staff in the buffet room seemed ill equipped to handle the crowds, which were predictable. Also, I thought the buffet room should have had longer daytime hours, that would have helped with tables not available. But we weren’t there for the food or the destination. We were there for the non stop music. Gary Hoey and the All Star Jam was the best surprise, we didn’t move for 3 hours, didn’t want to miss a second of that great show. Gary was a terrific host.
We will be back! Oh and fun swag too!

Beckie Webster, Terrific Beckie Webster, Terrific

This was my 5th RLC out of 6 and will be on the next one in 2019. It is the only way to do a cruise and one of the best ways to have an over the top rock ‘n roll experience. There are three venues with shows going on from 10 am to past 12 midnight – every day! Once you’re done for the night, the convenience of your cabin is just steps away. The RLC lineup speaks for itself. There is so much talent, legends and upcoming rockers, on the ship! The people, your fellow rockers, are all there for the same reason – rock ‘n roll! Don’t be surprised if you run into a few rock stars on the elevator or just hanging out watching a show.

L. Kelly, Best Rock'n Roll Experience L. Kelly, Best Rock'n Roll Experience