May 10th, 2018 by Jordan Bailey
Prepare to embark on a whole world of extra excitement aboard the newly enhanced Independence of the Seas. One of the UK’s most loved cruise ships, “Indy” will once again sail from Southampton in 2018 and 2019 after a multi-million pound makeover. This time round, Independence of the Seas is packed full of new exciting and extraordinary activities onboard that will guarantee epic thrills and tranquil chills. We’ve listed some of Independence of the Seas new features and some of the most exciting reasons to book a cruise on Royal Caribbean International’s newly enhanced Independence of the Seas.
Sky Pad is a brand new bungee trampoline experience. This out-of-this-world adventure uses virtual reality technology to give a whole universe of gravity-defying fun! Dodge asteroids, bounce along the surface of the moon, or fly around in space. The fun to be had is out of this world!
Families will have a blast at the new Laser Tag at Studio B. Team up and blast out in an epic battle for Planet Z, the last remaining planet in the far-flung galaxy. Only one team can win, but this glow-in-the-dark battleground will brighten everyone’s day.
Whether you hit the high notes with the cast of the Broadway hit Grease or bask in the glory of the talented Studio B ice skaters. Prepare to be wowed by the glitz, glamour, and diverse range of entertainment offerings aboard Independence of the Seas.
The Perfect Storm will be the perfect way to cool down on a summer holiday to the Mediterranean. Make a splash on one of the two new wet and wild water slides. With twists, turns and translucent panels offering remarkable views, there’s so much fun to be had racing to the bottom of the Cyclone and Typhoon water slides!
Nibble away on succulent chicken wings during a game at Playmakers Sports Bar, or delve into seaside classics at the poolside snack bar Fish & Ships. Delicious dishes are just a mouthful away aboard Independence of the Seas.
Unleash gallons of fun at the Splashaway Bay family friendly water park. Cool off with a soaking under the giant drench bucket, dart amongst water fountains and canons, or make a splash on the slide.
Embark on a time travelling escape room adventure solving riddles and unlocking puzzles to save a world-class professor from his space mission mishaps.
Those with a sweet tooth will fall in love with the tempting treats available at Sugar Beach. Indulge in candy, sweets, lollipops and ice cream. Mmm, what a delicious thought!
Explore the world of exotic Japanese flavours at Royal Caribbean’s popular fleet-wide restaurant Izumi. With hibachi chefs showcasing world-class teriyaki skills, this sensory journey looks just as incredible as it tastes.
With wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling views, the new Panoramic Staterooms on Independence of the Seas will let you soak up the stunning ocean vista from sunrise to sunset all from the comfort of your bed.
For more information about Royal Caribbean International or to book onboard Independence of the Seas, speak to our friendly travel team on 0800 368 9059.
January 18th, 2018 by Jordan Bailey
When it comes to the cruise industry, Royal Caribbean International are one of the pioneers. With a fleet of outstanding ships designed to WOW guests, Royal Caribbean International is the perfect cruise line to bust those misconceived thoughts that cruising is only for old people.
Royal Caribbean is constantly evolving its product offering. Ever since the cruise line was founded back in the 60s, innovation has been a strong focus. The futuristic Viking Crown Lounge perched around the funnel, has become an iconic symbol of Royal Caribbean’s innovative thinking. Did you know that Royal Caribbean were also the pioneers of the very first multi-storey atrium? This now common feature on cruise ships was introduced on Sovereign of the Seas in 1988 – the largest cruise ship in the world at the time. Today, Royal Caribbean still pushes the boundaries of what’s possible.
Royal Caribbean has some of the largest cruise ships in the world. Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, and Harmony of the Seas are part of the Oasis class of ships – officially the largest passenger ships in the world. In fact, out of the top 10 largest cruise ships in the world, 7 of them are Royal Caribbean ships. Royal Caribbean don’t just have mega cruise ships. It’s fleet currently consists of 24 stunning vessels. The smallest of the fleet, Empress of the Seas, carries less than 2,000 guests and almost half of Royal Caribbean’s ships are less than 100,000 GT, so there really is a Royal Caribbean ship perfect for everyone.
A cruise with Royal Caribbean will be filled with WOW moments. First time cruisers will be blown away by the facilities on offer. From ice skating rinks and surf simulators, to robotic bartenders, bumper cars, and sky diving, there’s so many activities onboard for families to enjoy and create lasting memories together. It’s not just facilities that will amaze. Royal Caribbean excel at entertainment. On selected ships, guests can enjoy full musical productions of Grease, Hairspray, We Will Rock You, Cats, and Saturday Night Fever.
Royal Caribbean offers a variety of sailings to all corners of the world. Independence of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas sail from Southampton, and over the years, ‘Indy’ has gained a loyal following with UK cruisers and is one of Britain’s most popular cruise ships with its family friendly activities and spacious accommodation. Speak to one of our friendly sales team on 0800 368 9059 to book a cruise or discover more about Royal Caribbean International.
December 29th, 2017 by Jordan Bailey
With the new year, comes new cruise ships. Here are the top new ships set to launch in 2018, and what an amazing line up it is!
Carnival Horizon (March 2018)
After the successful launch of Carnival Vista in 2016, Carnival’s latest ship Carnival Horizon will bring all the fun to Europe and the Caribbean sailing from Barcelona and New York. From the SkyRide – a suspended cycling track with the best views out to sea – to making a splash at the Dr Suess Water Park, all ages will have a blast on this brand new ship.
Symphony of the Seas (March 2018)
Symphony of the Seas is the fourth in Royal Caribbean International’s ever-popular Oasis class. It will become the new largest cruise ship when it launches in March out of Barcelona, taking the title from its older sister, Harmony of the Seas which launched in 2016. From a ten-storey slide for the ultimate adrenaline rush, to robotic bartenders, a vintage carousel, and a park with hundreds of plants and trees, Symphony of the Seas will be the ultimate cruise ship.
Norwegian Bliss (April 2018)
Following an inaugural cruise from Southampton and a transit of the Panama Canal in April and May, Norwegian Bliss is set to debut in Alaska from June. With improved energy efficiency to meet Alaska’s environmental regulations, a giant panoramic lounge, and a go kart track and water park on top deck, Norwegian Bliss is sure to be the hottest ship sailing in Alaska.
MSC Seaview (June 2018)
MSC Seaview is the second of two identical next generation cruise ships for MSC Cruises. Featuring racing zip lines, a Miami Beach condo inspired aft pool area, and spacious outdoor space and interiors, MSC Seaview is set to change the way of cruise ship design.
Scenic Eclipse (August 2018)
Leaders in river cruising and land tours, Scenic Eclipse – the first luxury discovery yacht – is Scenic’s foray into the ocean cruise sector. This six star ship includes return flights, butler service for every guest, spacious all-verandah accommodation, complimentary beverages, a focus on wellness, expert local guides, and zodiac excursions, this is truly the ultimate all inclusive luxury package.
Nieuw Statendam (December 2018)
Holland America Line’s newest Pinnacle-class ship, Nieuw Statendam will combine classic style with contemporary appointments, engaging new experiences, and carefully crafted itineraries. Cruise the Caribbean, relax in elegant comfort, and delve deeper onboard and ashore.
Celebrity Edge (December 2018)
Celebrity Edge will change everything when she launches in December. From the incredible multi-purpose Magic Carpet that moves from the top deck down to sea level, the Infinite Veranda staterooms that bring the outdoors inside, to the 3-deck-tall Eden lounge with giant panoramic windows, this revolutionary new ship will sail the Caribbean and Europe.
November 30th, 2017 by Jordan Bailey
A cruise is the perfect type of holiday to choose for all the family to enjoy. On cruise there is something for everyone, from children clubs and play parks for the little ones, to rock climbing walls and unlimited ice cream for the teens, to adult-only retreats, spas, and fantastic entertainment. Choosing not just the right cruise line for your family needs, but also the right ships is important. Here are 5 top cruise ships we recommend for that dream family holiday…
Symphony of the Seas
The largest cruise ship in the world launches in 2018. Symphony of the Seas is filled with fun activities and amazing experiences. Sailing in the Mediterranean from Barcelona during summer 2018, the ship will then reposition to Miami for the winter months. There’s everything you could ever think of on this behemoth. From ice skating and rock climbing, to a zip line, traditional wooden carousel, Hairspray The Musical, and a robotic bartender. This truly is the ultimate cruise ship for families.
Top things for Children: Adventure Ocean youth club, Splashaway Bay water park, traditional carousel, mini golf, AquaTheatre
Top things for Teens: Starbucks,The Living Room teen lounge, basketball, Ultimate Abyss slide, Flowrider surf simulator
Top things for Adults: Solarium, Central Park, Rising Tide Bar, Bionic Bar, Vitality at Sea Spa
Also why not try: Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas
Norwegian Escape is one of Norwegian Cruise Line’s largest ships. There are plenty of things to do onboard.
Top things for Children: Splash Academy youth club, video arcade, family slide, mini golf, aqua park
Top things for Teens: Aqua Racer, ropes course, Entourage teen lounge, Dolce Gelato, hot tub
Top things for Adults: Headliners Comedy Club, Spice H20, 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar, Food Republic, The Supper Club
Also why not try: Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway
Independence of the Seas
Independence of the Seas is one of the most popular cruise ships sailing from the UK. Set sail for fun from Southampton and enjoy all the wonderful activities onboard. In early 2018, Independence of the Seas will receive an extensive makeover, which will add many new features, such as waterslides, laser tag, and a trampoline park.
Top things for Children: Trampoline park, Splashaway Bay, Adventure Ocean youth club, Sugar Beach Candy & Ice Cream Store, waterslides
Top things for Teens: Laser tag, Studio B ice rink, Fish & Ships, Escape Room, rock climbing wall
Top things for Adults: Solarium, Vitality at Sea Spa, Chops Grille, Casino Royale, cantilevered whirlpool
Also why not try: Freedom of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas
P&O Cruises flagship Britannia is a family friendly ship based out of Southampton. P&O is the most popular cruise line in the UK, and Britannia – the largest cruise ship built specifically for the UK – caters to all ages.
Top things for Children: The Reef youth club, children’s play area, deck games
Top things for Teens: Pizzeria, The Studio cinema, Lido Pool, Arena sports court, ice cream parlour
Top things for Adults: The Retreat, The Cookery Club, Oasis Spa, The Glass House, Limelight Club
Also why not try: Azura, Ventura
The newest ship in the MSC Cruises fleet has just launched. MSC Seaside is a revolutionary new cruise ship which will offer Caribbean cruises from Miami. The ship has been designed to maximise deck space, and with a wide promenade deck, plenty of sun lounging space, and a Miami beach condo inspired aft pool area, this is the perfect ship for relaxing in the sunny climates of the Caribbean.
Top things for Children: Arcade games, bowling, Doremiland, Forest Aquaventure Park, Club Logo
Top things for Teens: F1 simulator, zip line, poolside movie screen, XD cinema, Infinity Bridge
Top things for Adults: MSC Aurea Spa, South Beach Pool, Champagne Bar, Sports Bar, Waterfront Boardwalk
Also why not try: MSC Seaview
As you can see, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on a cruise. These are just five family cruise ships to enjoy, but there are plenty more ships and amazing activities we haven’t mentioned. Speak to one of our friendly sales team today on 0800 368 9059 to book your next family cruise!
October 18th, 2017 by Jordan Bailey
Royal Caribbean International has just revealed three brand new sailings aboard it’s newest ship Symphony of the Seas launching in 2018.
The largest cruise ship in the world is set to debut earlier than expected, allowing for three new sailings to be offered.
The first cruise on Symphony of the Seas will now be a 5-night ‘Pre-Opening’ sailing on 31st March 2018 from Barcelona visiting Naples and Civitavecchia. Two 7-night Western Mediterranean cruises will depart 7th and 14th April 2018 from Barcelona, visiting Palma de Mallorca, Marseilles, La Spezia, Civitavecchia, and Naples.
On the ‘Pre-Opening’ sailing, you’ll have the opportunity to catch exclusive entertainment, access final full-dress rehearsals of Hairspray, sample new food and amp up your adrenaline with thrills like the tallest slide at sea – all before anyone else. Regular entertainment programming will begin on the 21st April.
Whilst almost all of the dining venues should be 100% ready – workers may be putting the finishing touches on some of them. Selected venues such as Hooked Seafood may feature a special tasting menu of regular menu favourites.
For more information about these new sailings, call our friendly sales team on 0800 368 9059.
October 12th, 2017 by Jordan Bailey
Symphony of the Seas will be the largest ship in the world when she launches in spring 2018, and by the looks of it, the most fun too!
Royal Caribbean is to introduce new family suites. The Ultimate Family Suite will be a two-storey space, with a private slide, chill-out space, 3D cinema, and games tables.
As part of the announcement, Royal Caribbean also unveiled new dining options. El Loco Fresh will be a new venue for guests to satisfy their cravings for freshly-made Mexican favourites, like burritos, tacos, and salsa. Hooked Seafood will offer fresh seafood, and raw bar favourites, in a laidback atmosphere.
Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade is a venue dedicated to sporting events, and table top games, and fun arcade machines. For those with a sweet tooth, the Sugar Beach Candy & Ice Cream store is the one stop shop for homemade ice cream and confectionery.
Hairspray will return to the seas, after first launching on Oasis of the Seas in 2009. One of the best-loved musicals will once again be entertaining cruise guests, this time on the latest and greatest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas. An original Royal Caribbean production called Flight, will take to the stage in 2018, starting in the distant future with a flight to Mars, and travelling right back to the Wright Brothers’ monumental first flight. The latest AquaTheatre spectacular, called Hiro, will be loaded with action-packed stunts, high-flying feats, and amazing acrobatics. Following on from the ice show ‘1887: A Journey In Time’, which debuted on Harmony of the Seas, ‘1977: Adventure Through Time’ will focus on a time-travelling hero trying to recover Her Majesty’s Crown Jewels from a mysterious thief. Also in Studio B will be a laser tag course, where it’s Robots V Aliens.
Symphony of the Seas launches in April 2018, and will offer cruises in the Mediterranean from Barcelona and Civitavecchia. In October, the ship will then sail to Miami to make the Caribbean her home.
September 27th, 2017 by Jordan Bailey
Updated November 7th 2017
One of Britain’s most popular cruise ships, Royal Caribbean International’s Independence of the Seas is to get a multi-million pound makeover in 2018.
Independence of the Seas has well and truly won the hearts of British cruise passengers, since she made her UK debut in 2008. The 4,000-passenger ship introduced the UK to many amazing cruise firsts, such as an ice-skating rink, rock-climbing wall, Flowrider surf simulator, and a shopping promenade. Now 10 years later, Independence of the Seas will WOW guests even more.
Independence of the Seas has always been a fantastic family ship, perfect for those taking a cruise for the first time. When the ship emerges from a multi-million pound refurbishment in April 2018, little cruisers will have gallons of fun at the new Splashaway Bay water park. Replacing, the current H20 Zone, this bigger and better interactive aqua park features slides, water cannons, fountains, pools and a giant drench bucket! There will also be wild waterslides that spiral over the ship! If you’re not jumping up and down by now, you soon will do. Independence of the Seas will be home to a trampoline park on top deck. For those with a quest for adventure, the new laser tag complex will be an unforgettable experience to light up afternoons at sea, or tease your brain in the challenging and exhilarating escape room. Sushi fans will love the new Izumi restaurant, serving Asian-inspired food, and high-flying hibachi where chefs cook tableside on teppanyaki grills. Guests will be able to enjoy a British classic – fish and chips at Fish & Ships. Score an amazing time at Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade and then dive into sweet treats at the Sugar Beach Candy & Ice Cream Store. Wake up in style with the most impressive views, rivalled only by the Captain on the bridge, in one of the new Panoramic Ocean View staterooms. These new staterooms will feature stunning floor-to-ceiling windows which look out over the bow of the ship.
On top of all these amazing new features, you can also enjoy everything else you’d expect from a Royal Caribbean International cruise, such as amazing dining options and spectacular entertainment – including a full-scale production of Grease The Musical!
There truly has never been a better time to cruise aboard Independence of the Seas than in 2018.
At Ocean World Travel, we’ve been cruise specialists for over 20 years. We can find you the best possible prices, with exclusive savings, and excellent customer service. Call 0800 368 9059 or contact us for more information about Royal Caribbean cruises or to book your next cruise.
August 16th, 2017 by Jordan Bailey
Royal Caribbean International’s latest cruise ship will be called Spectrum of the Seas and construction on the new ship has begun at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
“Today is a very special day in the development of our new Quantum Ultra ship, Spectrum of the Seas,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “Spectrum will be another giant leap forward in vessel design and guest experiences that will provide travellers with ample opportunities to create unforgettable memories.”
Set to debut in 2019, Spectrum of the Seas will be the next evolution of the cruise line’s groundbreaking and high-tech Quantum class of ships. The revolutionary Quantum Ultra ship will specifically be designed for guests in China and the Asia-Pacific region, and will feature cutting-edge and unprecedented experiences and amenities.
August 9th, 2017 by Jordan Bailey
Our teen cruise expert Arran Godfrey is back again, this time to discuss the top ten activities that can be found aboard Royal Caribbean International ships…
Hello, my name is Arran Godfrey and I am 14 years old. I have been on over 100 cruises and I would like to talk to you today about the activities I like most on Royal Caribbean cruise ships. There’s a stereotype that cruising is for old people. I think cruising isn’t just for adults to enjoy, but for everyone to enjoy and I would love to give as many children as possible the opportunity to experience what a cruise is like, so hopefully I can convince you to take your children on a cruise so that they get the chance to experience the holiday of a lifetime!
These are a young cruiser’s favourite, which is why there are pools on pretty much all cruise ships. Not only do young cruisers love them, but so do adults, therefore this is an amazing family activity and experience, and there are plenty of pools onboard each ship so be sure to try them all out!
Rock climbing is a cool feature found on all Royal Caribbean ships and it is a great activity for adventurous children. It is a very different experience, reaching the top of the wall and looking around and seeing just the sea. It is an amazing place to have a climbing wall and young cruisers, like myself, will love this one!
Mini golf is a family favourite on land and an even better family favourite out at sea! It is a great way to enjoy an activity as a family where everyone will enjoy it. Young cruisers will love this feature because it’s what they can do on land but out at sea – a whole new experience.
A new thing to Royal Caribbean cruise ships are water slides, and let’s face it, who doesn’t love a waterslide? Some even extend over the side of the ship. Waterslides truly are the key to unlocking children’s happiness and what better way to do it than on a cruise?
On certain ships there is a DreamWorks parade where you can meet DreamWorks characters, like Shrek, and Po from Kung Fu Panda! I remember when I used to go and meet my favourite characters and this was where so many of my memories were made onboard cruise ships and your young cruisers will love this experience too!
Yes, you can surf in the middle of the sea! The more modern Royal Caribbean ships have a surf simulator, called the Flowrider. Surfing is great for older children and young adults, as well as adults. It is so much fun to be pretty much standing on water until you fall over!
This is the ultimate family playground with water. Let your young cruisers roam free in this imaginative onboard water park, or go and join them and enjoy yourself with them, whichever way it goes, there is no way you can miss this one!
This amazing skydiving simulator is an amazing experience for all children and adults, and is available on Quantum class ships. If you have ever wondered what skydiving is like then why not try out this cool simulator. I would recommend this experience to young adults and adults who are feeling up to something a bit more different and great fun as you feel like you are flying!
The North Star is a glass observation capsule and a once in a lifetime opportunity! You get a unique view of the sea from up high and looking down over the ship. This is an amazing family experience especially for young cruisers as they can be wowed by this amazing new activity!
Seaplex is where it all happens on board Royal Caribbean’s Quantum class. You can roller skate, learn acrobatics, do loads of different sports, have a go on the dodgems, or take on other players all over the world with Xbox Live!
So as you can see, there is plenty for activities aboard Royal Caribbean ships for young cruisers to enjoy and experience! Take a chance and let your children experience a cruise, it will be filled with amazing family time! I want the younger generation to experience cruises and to stop the stereotype that cruising is boring and for old people!
June 9th, 2017 by Matthew Bayford
Royal Caribbean are running a 5 day sale that starts today! This offer will end on Tuesday 13 June 2017 and is applicable to sailings between 1 July 2017 - 31 December 2018 only.
Not only are the prices up to 20% off but you can also get double on board spend of up to $2000!
Call our friendly sales team to grab yourself a bargain today!
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