10 Activities You Can do Onboard the Independence of the Seas

10 Activities You Can do Onboard the Independence of the Seas

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

Escape Room

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..

Splashaway Bay

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.

Sky Pad

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.

Lazer Tag

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.

Rock Climbing

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.

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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.

Royal Theatre

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.

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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.

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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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  1. 9th July 2018 / 6:43 pm

    Having an escape room on board a cruise ship is such a cool idea! I spent a day on a ship a while back, and was so impressed at the amount there is to do there. And the food was surprisingly fantastic too!

    • Jodie Louise
      9th July 2018 / 8:08 pm

      I know right?! The escape room was such an unexpected find too. I’m still not convinced I want to take a cruise due to the amount of people on board but you certainly wouldn’t get bored!

  2. 10th July 2018 / 8:42 pm

    The more I see, the more I want to go on a cruiseship! It sounds like so much fun, and there seems to be plenty to do whilst on board xx

    • Jodie Louise
      10th July 2018 / 8:49 pm

      I was so surprised at how many things there were to do on the ship!

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