Announced today, Royal Caribbean International is bringing the Freedom-class ship Independence of the Seas back to Port Everglades in Florida for the winter 2012-13 season. That gives vacationers a choice of three Freedom-class ships for the 2012-13 Caribbean season, now open for booking.
“Independence of the Seas has helped solidify Royal Caribbean’s position as the most innovative cruise line in Europe, where she will continue to sail in the summer, and is now offering new Caribbean adventures for the ship’s devotees” said Betsy O’Rourke, senior vice president of Marketing, Royal Caribbean International.
Offering a variety of Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries sailing from Port Canaveral aboard Freedom of the Seas and Port Everglades aboard Independence and Liberty of the Seas
154,407 ton Independence of the Seas will sail a trans-Atlantic voyage from Southampton, U.K. on November 22, 2012 then homeport at Port Everglades through March 2013. The ship will sail one three-night Bahamas cruise before alternating eight-night Eastern Caribbean and six-night Western Caribbean itineraries.
“The most innovative cruise ships along with exciting itineraries in one of the world’s most idyllic destinations, plus friendly and engaging Gold Anchor Service from every staff and crew, are all part of the Royal Advantage that we are delivering to guests from around world” added O’Rourke.
In the Eastern Caribbean, guests on 3,634-guest Independence of the Seas will sail to San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, and Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s private beach destination on the northern coast of Haiti. In the Western Caribbean, Independence will call at new port Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Labadee. Also, a special six-night Western Caribbean itinerary, calling at Grand Cayman, and Cozumel and Costa Maya in Mexico, will sail on January 13, 2013. Independence of the Seas will then return to the U.K. in April 2013 to offer Mediterranean and Europe cruises throughout the summer.
Independence of the Seas features all the trademark amenities of the Freedom-class ships, such as a FlowRider surf simulator; the H20 Zone kids’ aqua park with sprinklers, water cannons and a pool for toddlers; cantilevered whirlpools suspended 112 ft. above the ocean in the adults-only Solarium pool zone; a full-size boxing ring and more.
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