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Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines' Brochure cutaway drawing of Independence of the Seas (2008)

Entering service in May 2008, Independence of the Seas was the 3rd ship in the "Freedom-class", an extension of the highly successful "Voyager-class" introduced in 1999 with Voyager of the Seas. Built in Finland, the three "Freedom-class" ships were the largest cruise ships in the World until the even bigger Oasis of the Seas arrived in December 2009.

However, when the brand-new Freedom of the Seas, then the largest cruise ship in the World, arrived in Southampton in June 2006, I was there to see her!

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Sightseers gather in Mayflower Park to see
Freedom of the Seas
A World
of Wonder
Freedom of the Seas
at the City Cruise Terminal
The ship's overhanging Promenade Deck

With a maximum capacity of 4,370 passengers and 1,360 crew, the "Freedom-class" ships boast a 1,200-seat theatre, an ice-skating rink, a basketball/hockey Court, a mini-golf course and the "Flo-Rider", a surfing simulator, as well as the Company's trademark rock-climbing Wall behind the funnel, a main restaurant spanning 3 decks and 6 alternative dining venues providing a range of choice from fast-food to gourmet cuisine.
(right) Freedom of the Seas takes a late turn around the harbour
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