Royal Caribbean International announced plans to deploy Independence of the Seas - the third in its new Freedom class of ships - in the United Kingdom, when she debuts in May 2008. Sharing the title of the largest, most innovative cruise ship in the
world with sister ships, Freedom of the Seas and the soon-to-be-launched
Liberty of the Seas, Independence of the Seas will be the largest ship ever
to be home-ported in Europe.
Currently under construction in Aker Yards
in Turku, Finland,
Independence of the Seas will be delivered to Royal Caribbean in May 2008
and will feature the line's signature innovations including the
FlowRider(R) surf simulator, the H2O Zone water park, an ice-skating rink,
a rock-climbing wall and a boxing ring. The 3,634-guest cruise ship will
sail the 2008 summer season from Southampton, United Kingdom.