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Independence of the Seas detained by Norwegian officials

Posted by RCI fans on May 22, 2014 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Independence of the Seas has been detained by Norwegian officials in Ålesund.

Royal Caribbean had failed to pay pilot and security fees for several cruises in 2013, amounting to NOK 600,000 ($101,000) These fees should have been paid in October.

Cruise lines use shipping agents to manage their administrative tasks. It is these companies who pay port authorities on behalf of cruise lines.

As a result the Norwegian port authority detained the vessel, until payment was made.

The captain contacted Royal Caribbean immediately and within an hour, payment was made.

The ship has now been released by authorities.

Passenger missing from Independence of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on January 1, 2014 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

A passenger has gone missing on board Independence of the Seas off the coast of the Cayman Islands.

A 65-year old man, from Canada, was reported missing on Tuesday morning by his wife, shortly before the ship was due to dock in Grand Cayman.

A full search of the ship took place and playback of CCTV footage has found no results. Search operations by the coast guard, were also conducted until the evening without success.

According to the police, the mans wife sai they went to bed at around 1am on Tuesday, but when she woke up at 8am, he was not there.

The Freedom-class vessel is on a 6-night cruise from Fort Laurderdale , which departed on Sunday. 

This is the second passenger in the last week to go missing from a Royal Caribbean ship. On Saturday, a man jumped overboard on Adventure of the Seas near San Juan.

Anthem mysteriously disappears from Le Havre schedule

Posted by RCI fans on September 9, 2013 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Last week we reported that Anthem of the Seas appeared on the Le Havre cruise schedule, leading us to believe she would be based in Southampton.

Before (Showing Anthem of the Seas)

After (Showing Independence of the Seas)

Anthem of the Seas has since been removed from the list and replaced back to Independence of the Seas.

It is unknown if the site was asked by Royal Caribbean to change the listing.

Anthem of the Seas to replace Independence in Southampton

Posted by RCI fans on September 2, 2013 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

We first reported that Independence of the Seas may leave Southampton after 2014 back in September 2012, but more substancial evidence has been found.

The port of Le Havre cruise schedule, shows Anthem of the Seas as making 6 calls into the French port in 2015. 

These cruises all start and finish in Southampton, suggesting that she will be home ported there until November 2015, where she will make a transatlantic crossing to America for the winter season. 

It looks like Independence of the Seas will say goodbye to Southampton, where she has been home ported since her maiden voyage in 2008 after November 2014. She is not listed as making any calls into Le Havre after 2014.

Adventure of the Seas looks set to stay in Southampton for the first half of 2015 at least. 

It is still unknown where Independence of the Seas will be based.

The schedule also lists Serenade of the Seas as making a call into Le Havre from Zeebrugge destined for Southampton in May 2015. 

Independence to receive refit in April 2013

Posted by RCI fans on January 24, 2013 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)

As part of Royal Caribbean's Revitalization program, Independence of the Seas will receive her refit in April 2013. 

The refit will be slightly less extensive than that of the work we have seen on the Vision and Radiance class ships. However, there will still be quite a hefty price tag, $7 million infact. 

Her refurbishment will take two weeks, where she will begin her summer season in Southampton on 2nd May. She will be offering some new shorter sailings such as Le Havre and Zeebrugge.



Independence of the Seas will receive;


  • An outdoor movie screen
  • Cupcake Cupboard
  • Digital Signage Waypoints
  • Improved Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Tots nursery
  • New 'Giovanni’s Table' specialty restaurant

Europe strikes change Independence Itinerary

Posted by RCI fans on November 13, 2012 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean has changed Independence of the Seas' itinerary due to a scheduled strike in Greece, Portugal and Spain starting November 14th.



Independence of the Seas was scheduled to call at Lisbon on November 14th, however the ship will now dock at Lanzarote instead.

"We were aware of the upcoming strikes and proactively made changes to some itineraries," Cynthia Martinez, director of global corporate communications for RCCL, told Cruise Critic.

Celebrity Constellation, has also had to change its scheduled call at Vigo, Spain, on November 14 and instead spend the day at sea. The ship will then visit Portugal on November 15 and stop in Vigo on November 16.

The general strikes are expected to last three days and disrupt air travel as well as public transportation.

Independence of the Seas to leave Southampton in 2014?

Posted by RCI fans on September 17, 2012 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

There has been recent specualtion that Independence of the Seas, may no longer cruise out of Southampton for the 2014 cruise season.

Adventure of the Seas is planned to stay in the UK, however Independence could possibly cruise the Caribbean year round instead. 

If rumours are correct, then the 154,000 GT Independence of the Seas, which has cruised out of the port since its maiden voyage in 2008, may possibly be replaced by one of the Oasis class vessels or even one of the closely guarded Project Sunshine ships, which are due for completion in the fall of 2014 and spring of 2015. 

There has been no official comment on the matter by Royal Caribbean as of yet, so we will have to wait to see if these speculations are indeed true.

Independence of the Seas to get the Royal Advantage

Posted by RCI fans on June 15, 2012 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Independence of the Seas will be getting the 'Royal Advantage' says Royal Caribbean.


The work on Independence of the Seas will be "a less extensive upgrade" compared to the work we have seen on the Vision class ships and Radiance of the Seas. The upgrade is currently due to take place in March 2013.


The Royal Advantage upgrades began in May 2011 with the revitalization of Radiance of the Seas. After the Radiance of the Seas, Splendour of the Seas followed in November 2011. Royal Caribbean continued with their plan this year with improvements to Rhapsody of the Seas in March, and Grandeur of the Seas. Work on Serenade of the Seas is scheduled for November and by 2013, the Vision Class ships will begin, starting with Legend of the Seas in January. She will be followed by Vision of the Seas in March, Brilliance of the Seas in May, and Navigator of the Seas in November.


By 2014 the remaining ships will be the Voyager class. Adventure of the Seas, in January, the Voyager of the Seas in April, and the Explorer of the Seas in November.