Independence of the Seas
Independence of the Seas was built at our shipyard in Finland and delivered to Royal Caribbean in 2008. It stood alongside the other luxury vessels in the Freedom Class as the largest cruise ship in the world until 2009.
The Freedom Class marks a step-up from the Voyager Class and features three cruise ships: Freedom of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas and Independence of the Seas. All three vessels were considered greater and more innovative than their predecessors. They were around 30 metres larger than all three luxury liners in the Voyager Class, accommodating over 1,000 more passengers with a greater gross tonnage than all other cruise ships at the time. And they even outclassed all three vessels with a huge selection of highlights, such as the Royal Promenade for expansive shopping experiences on four floors, and a theatre with seating for almost 1,500 people. Further highlights in this class include the “Flowrider” surfing simulator, an ice rink, a three-dimensional climbing wall, and a water park with interactive geysers, water cannons and waterfalls.
The Freedom Class was followed by the Oasis Class, which marked a further evolution. The vessels in this fleet were even larger than Freedom of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas and Independence of the Seas.