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RCCL Independence of the Seas is back

21st May 2018 - 2:15pm

Bernie and Dominic Burke (Travel Centres) with Carmel Hayes (Strand Travel).

Bernie and Dominic Burke (Travel Centres) with Carmel Hayes (Strand Travel).

Jacinta Mc Glynn (Senior Reporter Travelbiz) sailed away for a year and a day (well, 2 days actually) on Royal Caribbean’s magnificent vessel Independence of the Seas. This leviathan of the ocean departed the port in Southampton with a motley crew of media and travel agents to traverse the English Channel and showcase her amazing facilities on board. A colossus of maritime ingenuity, Independence of the Seas has undergone a whopping $100 million refurbishment and it shows.


Royal Caribbean has augmented her fleet’s cachet because Independence of the Seas is a floating fantasy. Facilities are phenomenal. Sky Pad bungee jumping virtual reality experience; Perfect Storm that is 3 storeys of twisting thrills with racer slides Typhoon and Cyclone; Laser Tag; Splashaway Bay waterpark; Escape Room; Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade and swimming pools galore means guests on board don’t have a second to swab the decks. Evening entertainment is party central with Broadway shows, bars and speciality restaurants. A culinary tour of the vast galley kitchens threw up staggering statistics of 10.000 eggs consumption per day and the serving of approx. 25.000 meals – step away from the buffet! The eco-friendly policy on board was heartening too with the drive to eliminate plastic by 2020. Stroll the Royal Promenade for upmarket shopping and people watching or spoil yer little self with pampering in the spa. You know you’re worth it, Cormac Meehan! Jim was voted King of Karaoke and Mark was in charge of all other entertainment. Calling cruise control. Jennifer, it was a right royal experience. Magnificent. Hello sailor! A life on the briny for me.

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Bernie and Dominic Burke (Travel Centres) with Carmel Hayes (Strand Travel).
Jenny Callister (Head of sales RCCL)
RCCL Independence of the Seas is back.
Jacinta’s State Room
Deck eight has all you need
Piano Man to entertain the trade.
Emma Mc Hugh and Mary T Toye (Atlantic Travel Letterkenny) - keeping the Donegal flag flying!
On board street party in full flow.
RCCL Independence of the Seas is back.
RCCL Independence of the Seas is back.
Queen of the seas Jacinta Mc Glynn (Travelbiz)
Cormac Meehan (Meehan Travel), Susan Jackson (Aiken PR) and Paul Clements (N.I Travel News)
Emma Mc Hugh (Atlantic Travel), Deirdre Sweeney (Sunway), Bernie Burke (Travel Centres) and Jennifer Callister (RCCL)

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