Royal Caribbean International’s Independence of the Seas has today arrived in Southampton ahead of its ex-UK season.
The ship has been refitted with a host of new features including the Sky Pad, a virtual reality bungee trampoline experience; and Splashaway Bay, an interactive aqua park.
Also new is The Perfect Storm, a duo of racing waterslides called Cyclone and Typhoon; Puzzle Break, an escape room experience; glow-in-the-dark laser tag in Studio B; as well as new restaurants Izumi Hibachi & Sushi and Fish & Ships.
The 3,858-guest vessel, which first entered service in 2008, will embark on a two-night cruise to Paris from Southampton on May 15, following a pre-inaugural sailing this weekend.
It will call at destinations across Europe and the Mediterranean until November 2018.
Ben Bouldin, the company’s UK and Ireland director, said: “Holiday time is precious, and travellers today have higher expectations and more options than ever before. We don’t just want to meet these expectations, but smash them and redefine how to holiday.
“From our largest yet hibachi restaurant to a virtual reality bungee trampoline experience, Independence of the Seas is set to be the most spectacular ship sailing out of Southampton this coming season.”