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Posted on Jul 23, 2012 in Photography, travel | 2 comments

PhotoBlog : Royal Caribbean International – Independence of The Seas

PhotoBlog : Royal Caribbean International – Independence of The Seas

When you spend a fair amount of your leisure time watching Extreme Engineering on Discovery Big Stuff, it is a particular treat to be able to spend a couple of weeks inside a very large and impressive piece of engineering. Sure, there’s food, entertainment and relaxation but that’s not really the cool bit is it? Big engineering is great, big ships are great and the Royal Caribbean Freedom Class ship are definitely big and definitely great. I don’t really have wide open mouth moments much these days, but I did when I first walked onto this thing.

As a result, I’ve broken my own rule about how many images to have in a single post, apologies if this took a while to load. Hopefully it was worth it.

The Ship

The Independence of The Seas

The Independence of The Seas

Here is the whole thing. Docked at Toulon. Big innit?

Independence Of The Seas - Bow Close-up

Note size of people leaving the belly of the beast.

Inside

As much as the ship looks colossal from the outside, it manages to be even more impressive and give a bigger sense of scale inside. You get quite a lot of “is this really on a ship” moments.

Independence of The Seas - Interior Lifts

Looking up the lift shaft

Somewhere up here is Deck 12. The glass lift seen on the right is quite a fun ride.

 

Another View Upward

Another View Upward

Independence of the Seas - Royal Promenade

Independence of the Seas – Royal Promenade

Running along the ship between lifts on Deck 5 is the Royal Promenade. Here you’ll find pubs, bars, shops, ice cream parlours, cafes and a very weird feeling that you’re not actually on a ship.

Independence of the Seas - Royal Promenade Artwork

Independence of the Seas – Royal Promenade Artwork

Independence of the Seas - Alhambra Theatre

Independence of the Seas – Alhambra Theatre

The 1400 seat Alhambra Theatre. I watched the Wimbledon final in here. Really very surreal.

On Deck

View from Deck 4

View from Deck 4

Parts of Deck 4 extend out beyond the hull so you can get this intrepid view looking forward.

Sunbathing on Deck 12

Sunbathing on Deck 12

Sunbathing on Deck 12  you’re fairly safe from onlookers from land as you’re above most of the buildings. In this case, the good people of Ajaccio.

Deck 11 Jacuzzi

Deck 11 Jacuzzi

In fact, you can spy on the good people of Ajaccio from the jacuzzi on deck 11 that sits out above the waves.

The H20 Zone

The H20 Zone

The pool facilities for the young ‘uns are excellent and sun-shy parents can sit happily in the shade under deck 12 reading very interesting books about entropy.

Pools on Deck 11

Pools on Deck 11

There are plenty of pools to swim in. Obviously, not where you’d go if your book was just getting interesting.

Sunset from Deck 12

Sunset from Deck 12

This is the roof of the deck 11 jacuzzi you can see above illuminated by a Mediterranean sunset.

Deck 11/12 At Night

Deck 11/12 At Night

We didn’t spend much time on deck at night, something I missed from our previous cruise. But it does light up nice.

I Can See The Ship From Here

Being as big as it is, you can be reassured you’re not lost by spotting the ship as you wander round the various ports of call.

Independence of The Seas Docked In Vigo

Independence of The Seas Docked In Vigo

In Vigo, the ship proves conclusively that it is indeed bigger than a shopping centre.

Seen from Inside

Seen from Inside

And remains visible when you’re in the shopping centre.

Independence of the Seas Balconies

Independence of the Seas Balconies

When you’re a fan of the odd abstract compression, you really can’t resist.

Independence of the Seas Hiding in Cadiz

Independence of the Seas Hiding in Cadiz

Part of the Urban Landscape

Part of the Urban Landscape

Still in Cadiz, you can see how easily a ship of this size fits into an urban landscape.

Independence of the Seas Passes Under 25 de Abril Bridge in Lisbon

Independence of the Seas Passes Under 25 de Abril Bridge in Lisbon

But being that size, passing under the 25 de Abril bridge in Lisbon is quite tight.

I Can See The Ship From Here

I Can See The Ship From Here

Through The Round Window

Through The Round Window – Cadiz

And finally, a view of Cadiz from our Cabin ( no, I’m not calling them staterooms ).

2 Comments

  1. Cracking photoblog. What a ship, shown off in all its glory with some lovely shots.

    Especially the ‘looking up’ ones.

  2. We have just returned from the Italian med sailing – left 30th June, and your pictures have made me smile – thanks!

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