70000TONS OF METAL 2016 will be hosted on board the Independence of the Seas, the newer sister ship of the Liberty of the Seas. This luxurious cruise liner offers everything you could dream of having on your floating Heavy Metal Paradise including our 4 Stages: The ALHAMBRA THEATER is a five-storied concert hall in which we remove part of the (very comfortable) seating; The more intimate Egyptian themed PYRAMID lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in STUDIO B, the ice skating rink which provides an arena-like atmosphere, and last but not least our jewel: The POOL DECK stage: The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage structure to sail the Open Seas, surrounded by several bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the POOL DECK stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

No matter what you’re in the mood for, there’s always something exciting happening on board. Have a drink at one of the many bars, clubs, and lounges that never charge cover, including the Labyrinth which is a Gothic themed nightclub and Dog & Badger English style pub. Play poker, slots, or black jack at Casino Royale®. Pamper yourself at the day spa which features more than 100 treatments or get your blood pumping at the all-inclusive fitness center which features cardio machines that look out to the beautiful Caribbean sea, free weights, and specialized exercise equipment. Try one of the many sports facilities that include a surf simulator, full sized basketball court, rock-climbing wall, golf simulator, mini-golf course and a full-sized boxing ring!

There is a variety of food choices in several restaurants, ranging from formal à la carte dining rooms, endless buffets at the Windjammer, pizza around the clock at Sorrento’s, a sushi-bar, grills, our premium steak-house (Chops Grille), fine Italian dining (Giovanni’s Table) and even 24 hour room service in your private cabin!

If you’re in the mood to relax, go all the way to the top and enjoy the views. If you decide to come with the whole family, there is even a kindergarten where your kids can have fun while you go hang out with your favorite artists in one of the numerous hot tubs on the Pool Deck!


Ship Facts:

  • Name: Independence of the Seas
  • Operator: Royal Caribbean International
  • Port of registry: Bahamas
  • Godmother: Elizabeth Hill
  • Maiden Voyage: May 2, 2008

General Characteristics:

  • Gross Tonnage: 154,407 tons
  • Length: 1,112 ft (338.91 m)
  • Beam: 185 ft
  • Draft: 28 ft (8.53 m)
  • Cruising Speed: 21.6 knots
  • Passengers: 3648 (double occupancy)
  • Ship Crew: 1,300 (average)

To see the deck plans, please click here.


The Independence of the Seas



The Atrium



Open Air Stage On The Pool Deck



The Sports Deck


Independence of the Seas and Royal Caribbean International are registered Trademarks of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.