Welcome to the next instalment of The Cruise Diaries, this time we're talking about the ship, more specifically the Independence of the Seas.
It's my favourite of the three Royal Caribbean ships I've been on. It's big enough that you aren't tripping over people, has plenty of amazing places to eat and drink and there's always something going on for everyone. If you want a day party then there's music by the pools or a quiet one you can head to the solarium.
Sadly, this ship is heading over to America and the Caribbean in 2020 and won't be sailing from Southampton again. I guess that just means we'll be doing a Carribean cruise instead... Can't complain.
The rooms are for the most part really good. They're well set out and enough space to feel like you aren't getting under each other's feet. They were brilliant when the ship first launched but I feel like they could do with a refresh. In the past few years, Royal Caribbean has added new cabins with all new decor which look amazing! I think updating the original ones is necessary now.
A lovely feature and one I don't know if you'd get with most holidays is that if you have a special occasion you're celebrating you end up with your room decorated. It came out that we were away for my parents 25th Wedding Anniversary and this was the room we came back to on that day. It's these little touches that really make a holiday.
The rest of the ship is simply beautiful. These are perhaps two of my favourite features, the chandelier ans the view of the main pool.
No matter what floor you're on for dinner you get a view of the chandelier. The entire dining rooms are beautiful and look to have recently had a refresh of the decor. There are plenty of other places for meals and snacks across the ship. Another amazing one is Playmakers who do the most insane fries. They have pool tables, games and all sorts. A very good spot for a drink.
When it comes to views the pools are definitely a sight to behold. There are three areas, the kids, the main pools and the adults-only solarium. Destination wise the solarium was my favourite. Either for lounging with a book or sunbathing on the side of the pool. I went a slightly darker shade of beige, it's quite impressive.
Speaking of food... there are so many places to eat. I'm going to to a fully dedicated post on this part of the holiday but I had to give them a quick mention here too.
The main dining room, which is where that seafood pastry item is from is included within the price of the holiday. The only extra charges are certain foods like Surf and Turf and your drinks. This year we had the best food we've ever had and menus that were difficult to choose from, there were just so many things that sounded amazing.
Then there are the speciality restaurants that have a cover charge. My favourite is definitely Izumi Sushi and Hibachi restaurant. Their sushi is unreal. There's also Chops Grille, a steak restaurant and Giovanni's Table an Italian.
You certainly won't go hungry.
Have you been on a cruise?
What did you think?
Thank you for reading,