Royal Caribbean International is set to revitalise Independence of the Seas in April, ready for its summer schedule.


A new baby and toddler nursery, an enhanced digital way finding system and a giant outdoor cinema screen are just a few of the new features that guests will experience on the revamped ship from May.


For guests with a sweet tooth, the refreshed ship will also see the introduction of The Cupcake Cupboard, featuring freshly-baked gourmet cupcakes and bespoke culinary parties and design classes. The ship will also benefit from the addition of Giovanni’s Table, an Italian trattoria featuring Italian classics served family-style.


The 3,634-guest Independence of the Seas is just one of many ships in the line's fleet that is receiving a major upgrade as part of a US$300million investment programme and, following a two-week long, $7million refurbishment, the vessel will arrive in Southampton on May 2 to commence its summer season, offering a series of new itineraries including more shorter sailings such as two-night cruises to Le Havre for Paris and three-night cruises to Le Havre for Paris and Zeebrugge for Bruges.


The ship will also offer eight-night cruises to Norway, 14-night Norway and Cork cruises, various 14-night Mediterranean cruises, and 12-night Canary Islands cruises as part of its 2013 season, as well as a new call to Ibiza on a 14-night Spanish Mediterranean cruise.


Prices for a two-night taster cruise to Le Havre for Paris leads in at £249 per person for accommodation with a private balcony based on May 2 departure, while a six-night Norway cruise from Southampton featuring ports of call in Oslo, Kristiansand and Stavanger costs from £599 per person, based on two sharing an inside stateroom and departing on May 26.


Selected cruises booked before February 28 include additional offers as part of the company's 'Unbeatable Sale', including up to $1,000 on-board spending money per stateroom for cruises of more than 11-nights and when booking deluxe accommodation. 


For more information visit www.cruisingpower.co.uk or call 0844-493 2061.

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