Built as a cruise passenger vessel under yard No 1354 by Aker Finnyard, Abo, Finland for Independence of the Seas Inc., (Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.) Nassau, Bahamas.
02 April 2005 building contract signed.
23 March 2006 laid down.
14 September 2007 floated out as the INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS, one of the Freedom class of Royal Caribbean Cruises.
Tonnage 154,407 grt, 127,545 nrt, 10,500 dwt. Dim. 338.72 x 39.03 x 11.7m., length bpp. 303.17m, draught 8.8m.
Powered by six Wärtsilä 12V46C diesel engines, 75,600 kW, propulsion by three ABB Azipod podded electric propulsion units, two of them azimuthing and the central one being fixed. Fitted out with eight bow thrusters, one each side of the hull four thrusters. Service speed 21.5 knots.
Accommodation for 4370 passengers and 1,360 crew.
17 April 2008 completed.
MS INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS is a Freedom-class cruise ship operated by the Royal Caribbean cruise line that entered service in April 2008. The 15-deck ship can accommodate 4,370 passengers and is served by 1,360 crew. She was built in the Aker Finnyards drydock in Turku, Finland, builder of FREEDOM OF THE SEAS and LIBERTY OF THE SEAS, her sister ships of the Freedom class. At 154,407 gross tons, she joined FREEDOM OF THE SEAS and LIBERTY OF THE SEAS as the largest cruise ships and passenger vessels yet built. She is 1,112 feet (339 m) long, and typically cruises at 21.6 knots (40.0 km/h; 24.9 mph). The vessel operates from Southampton, England and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS is the third of the Freedom-class vessel. In October 2009, OASIS OF THE SEAS, the first ship in the Oasis-class, displaced the Freedom-class as the world's largest passenger ships.
INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS generally sails from Southampton, England in the summer months and from Fort Lauderdale in the winter months. Between 2010 and 2012, INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS sailed from Southampton, England year-round.
On 2 May 2013 INDEPENDENCE arrived in Southampton following a dry-dock enhancement offering a series of new itineraries including more shorter cruises such as two-night cruises to Le Havre for Paris, and three-night cruises to Le Havre for Paris and Zeebrugge for Bruges. INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS will also offer eight night cruises to Norway, 14-night Norway and Cork cruises, various 14-night Mediterranean cruises, and 12-night cruises to the Canary Islands.
Like the other Freedom-class vessels, INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS features an interactive water park, the H2O Zone, a dedicated sports pool for volleyball and basketball, and whirlpools which extend from the ship's sides. It houses an internal shopping "street", the Promenade, lined with shops, pubs and wine bars. The Promenade features a "sky bridge" which can be lowered from the ceiling to provide a performance space above the crowds during parades. There is also the two story Alhambra theatre, seating 1,200, and a complete conference centre. The show cabaret lounge, called the Pyramid Lounge, is themed to ancient Egypt. On a lower level is an ice skating rink named Studio B, which home to a series of professional ice shows and is also available for personal skating. This facility was first featured on the Voyager-class and INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS is the eighth ship to feature a rink. The ship also features a range of eating outlets, Wi-Fi and mobile phone connectivity throughout, and flat-screen televisions in all staterooms. INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS is also the first Royal Caribbean ship to feature heated, fresh water pools, although the pools are only heated when sailing from the UK. On the Sports Deck, there is a rock climbing wall, a basketball/hockey court, a mini golf course, and a FlowRider for surfing. It also has 3 seating areas around the FlowRider to allow people to watch.
2014 In service, same name and owners, IMO No 9584712.
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Source: Norske Veritas. http://wikipedia.org./wiki/MS_Independence_of_the_Seas and various other web-sites.