Recently I got my first chance to step foot on a cruise ship, not only that but I got to step foot on the newly refurbished Independence of the Seas. During a turnaround day for the ship we were invited to go on and get to know more about the cruise ship especially the brand new features. This was something I already knew a little about as our local news did a program on it when it was relaunched back in May 2018. Despite this I was hugely surprised about some of the things you can do onboard the Independence of the Seas. I also hadn’t comprehended just how big this vast ship was until I actually stepped onboard.
10 Activities You Can do Onboard the Independence of the Seas
This is one of the activities I’m most surprised that you can do on a cruise ship. I found out just how amazing escape rooms are last year and if I was staying on the ship it would certainly be the first place I’d be dragging my friends to play. Their escape room is set on a time traveller who is lost in space and needs rescuing..
This is the perfect place to spend your time when the weather is glorious and you want to soak up those rays. Splashaway Bay is mostly for kids but any big kids among us will enjoy it too, with water canons and the unmissable drench bucket. Also all around Splashaway Bay are hot tubs, little pools and sun loungers to ensure you make the most of being on the top deck.
The Sky Pad is a brand-new feature on the ship and is a bungee trampoline experience which can be teamed with a virtual reality headset to maximise the fun. Any ship that has a trampoline sounds like my kind of ship. This is certainly another feature for kids and big kids alike. I’ve also seen some amazing shots of the sky pad lit up in the dark.
The Perfect Storm Waterslides
In my opinion this was one of the most exciting and impressive refurbished parts of the Independence of the Seas. Impressive because even from a distance these Perfect Storm Waterslides look amazing and colourful. Up close they are even more impressive with clear slides allowing you to see the view from the ship. I can only imagine how amazing it is when at sea.
This is another new part of the Independence of the Seas, and just like the escape room it is a place I’d be grabbing my friends and heading straight to. I can imagine this is a great activity for when the sun has gone down or if you happened to have a miserable day onboard where you can’t sunbathe on deck.
This is a feature that has been on the ship for a while but one that had us all echo a chorus of ‘wow’. The wall is very high and perfectly tucked into the ship. It has several parts to the wall meaning there is space for plenty of the guests onboard to climb at once.
High street of shops including the new Sugar Beach Candy & Ice Cream Store
This was another feature that surprised me, I had no idea that the ship would have it’s own ‘high street’. The Royal Promenade really put into perspective for me just how big the ship is. There were several shops and cafes along the row including the new Sugar Beach Candy and Ice Cream store. I was also amazed that there were rooms above this section which looked over the promenade.
I have to say I was blown away by the size of this theatre on the ship. How can something so large be onboard a cruise ship? This is another feature that has been refurbished during the ships make over. I can just imagine how awesome it would be to spend a night here watching the performance and hopefully eating some popcorn.
Independence Dunes Mini Golf
Just when I thought there couldn’t be any more activities onboard I heard there was a golf course! I didn’t dare try this out because let’s be honest the ball would have ended up in the ocean but seriously there are so many activities you can take part in on the Independence of the Seas.
Playmakers Sports Bar and Arcade
This final activity is a new part of the ship and fits the American theme of many of the other new parts of the ship. Located just off the Royal Promenade this is not just a sports bar but somewhere you can play a round of pool or other arcade games.
Another American themed restaurant onboard is Chops Grille where we dinned on massive steaks during our visit.
This is certainly not an endless list of activities but it was a few of those that wowed me and a few others that are brand new. You can find out more about any activity listed and others here.
Is there anything on this list that you’d love to try?
This post is in collaboration with Royal Caribbean who invited us on board for a turnaround day experience, however, all cruising obsessions are my own.
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