Following a multi-million dollar makeover, the Independence of the Seas has a whole host of new extraordinary activities which are sure to appeal, whatever your age or interests and whether you want fast-paced fun or blissful relaxation. The ship also boasts an incredible variety of restaurants, cafes and bars, spectacular entertainment as well as a superb range of comfortable, feel-at-home accommodation.
Duration: 10 nights cruise & stay tour
Price from: £1799pp
Solo traveller price from: £1999pp
Fort Lauderdale 2 nights
Independence of the Seas 7 nights
Fort Lauderdale 1 night
Day 1: Fly to Fort Lauderdale on the east coast of Florida. On arrival make your way to your hotel.
Day 2 Fort Lauderdale: Hang out on the beautiful beaches, take a stroll along the seafront promenade and don’t miss the shops and restaurants in trendy Las Olas Boulevard, a great place for people watching.
Day 3 Fort Lauderdale/Cruise: Morning at leisure to relax or perhaps take a stroll along the beach before making your way to Port Everglades cruise terminal to board Independence of the Seas. The ship sets sail at 4.30pm for the enchanting Caribbean islands.
Day 4 Nassau, The Bahamas: Step ashore and you’ll find yourself surrounded by swaying palms, white sand beaches and the crystal-clear turquoise waters that make the Bahamas so famous. Be sure to explore the bustling straw markets or enjoy shopping at Festival Place, which sits right on the wharf, with more than 40 vendors selling artisanal items.
Day 5 At sea: A chance to sit back, put your feet up and soak up the sunshine as you laze poolside. If you’re feeling energetic, it’s a great opportunity to explore some of the amazing activities on offer. Try out the rock climbing wall, the FlowRider, try out the Perfect Storm waterslide or strap in and put on your virtual reality headset for gravity-defying fun at SkyPadSM.
Day 6 Falmouth, Jamaica: Relax to the reggae rhythms in laid back Jamaica, with its stunning mix of lush mountains, tropical rainforests and idyllic, reef-fringed beaches. Take a guided walk round Falmouth – once an important port for the sugar and rum trade - or plunge into the cool cascades of the Dunn’s River Falls. Horse ride on the beach, hike in the Blue Mountains or sip a Red Stripe on the sand – it’s what dream holidays are all about.
Day 7 George Town, Grand Cayman: Snorkel among tropical fish and colourful coral at Coral Gardens Reef or get up close to amazing stingrays. Parasail above the clear blue waters and glistening sands or see shipwrecks and spectacular marine life from a glass bottomed boat. Encounter endangered Green Sea Turtles at the Cayman Turtle Farm or send a postcard home from Hell, a striking outcrop of black limestone in West Bay.
Day 8 Cozumel, Mexico: Drive your own mini submarine, snorkel on world famous reefs or see the colourful underwater world by glass bottomed boat in lovely Cozumel, on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. There are fascinating Mayan ruins to explore too and abundant wildlife, including brightly-hued tropical birds. Look out for dolphins, manatees and sea turtles in the lovely lagoon and underwater caverns of the Chankanaab eco-park.
Day 9 At sea: Treat yourself to some TLC at the Vitality Fitness Centre & Spa, where blissful treatments and relaxing massages await you. Make time to take a spin around the fantastic ice rink or work up a sweat with a game of basketball on the sports court.
Day 10 Cruise/Fort Lauderdale: Disembark and make your way to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or perhaps take trip along the Intracoastal Waterway to ogle at the yachts and smart houses in Millionaire’s Row.
Day 11 Fort Lauderdale: At leisure before you make your way to the airport for your onward journey. Alternatively why not extend your holiday in Fort Lauderdale. Miami or in the Florida Keys?
Departures: 12 Nov 20.
Accommodation: 2 nights before your cruise and 1 night after your cruise at Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale; 7nights in an inside stateroom onboard Independence of the Seas.
Meals: Room only in Fort Lauderdale. Full board on cruise.
Cruise & stay price: Includes international flights and accommodation as shown above.