Suggested attire varies where you’re at onboard, the occasion and time of day, but it’s important to remember that you’re on vacation, so you can have fun.
During the day around the Pool Deck and other casual settings onboard casual attire is recommended, items like shorts, sundresses, jeans and blouses are suitable.
For the evening smart casual is recommended and items like collared shirts, dress, sports coats and pantsuits are great for a night out.
Depending on the length of your cruise, there will be at least one formal night. For cruises that are 3-5 nights, there will be one formal night and for 6 and 7- night cruises there will be two formal nights. Attire recommended for formal nights is relative to black-tie and cocktail wear like suits and ties, cocktail dresses, tuxedos and evening gowns.
Fitness / Recreation
Guests can keep up with their active lifestyles with the Vitality at Sea Fitness Center, Sports Court, fitness classes and rock-climbing wall, all available onboard.
Fitness classes available are Yoga, Pilates, spinning and sculpting. The Sports Court includes equipment for basketball and volleyball.
Independence of the Seas provides fun for every type of traveler and interest. For those seeking time by the water they can enjoy The FlowRider, The Perfect Storm waterslide, Splashaway Bay and pools, whirlpools and pool parties!
For guests seeking some thrills and adventure they can enjoy ice skating, Laser Tag: Battle for Planet Z and Sky Pad!
For guests that enjoy night life, top favorites include the Casino, live bands, live ice-skating shows, themed parties, themed bars and lounges, and culinary and dance classes and wine tastings.
Gratuity / Tipping
Gratuities for your stateroom attendants, dining staff and other hotel team service members will be automatically charged to your stateroom account based on the number of guests and stateroom accommodation you choose. Gratuities apply to guests of all ages. Should you wish to recognize a staff member for exceptional service, you may do so by cash or credit card.
For guests staying in a Junior Suite or a category below, $14.50 USD per person per day will be applied to your SeaPass account and for guests staying in Grand Suites and above, $17.50 USD per person per day will be applied.
Guests can unwind and rejuvenate at the Vitality at Sea Spa where they choose from a wide selection of services including massages, wraps, facials, acupuncture, and medi-spa treatments.
Onboard guests can find Swiss timepieces, fine jewelry, liquor and souvenirs.
Onboard Independence of the Seas, guests can find every kind of dining experience imaginable from casual to specialty restaurants.
Some restaurants featured onboard include Fish and Ships, which features seafood classics, Izumi, which features Asian-inspired sushi and dishes, Giovanni’s Table, which features the best of Italian cuisine, The Main Dining Room, which features a variety of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
For guests 21 years of age and older they may enjoy modern and contemporary bars including, Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, English Pub, Schooner Bar and Boleros!
There’s nothing like the sound of cards being shuffled, chips being stacked, and slot machines paying off. Casino Royale is a little bit of Vegas, a little bit of Monte Carlo, and a lot of Royal Caribbean fun. Games are available for all levels of players. There are onboard lessons for novice players and tournaments for the more advanced. Casino Royale is open whenever you are sailing, so stop in and try your luck.
There are plenty of fun activities and amenities for kids of all ages onboard. The Adventure Ocean Youth Program is a great way for kids to meet other kids within their age range and participate in educational and entertaining games like science experiments, arts & crafts, sports tournaments and video games. The clubs are organized as:
Aquanauts group: 3 – 5 years of age
Explorer’s program: 6 - 8 years of age
Voyager’s group: 9 -11 years of age
These programs are included during the day and after 10 pm, services are available for a nominal fee.