Thursday, 25 May 2017

Independence of the Seas Mediterranean Cruise Highlights

Independence of the Seas anchored off the coast of Villfrance-sur-Mer

If you're wondering what you can expect from a Mediterranean cruise onboard Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas, I've put together a list of my favourite moments from my two week adventure from Southampton.

The main dining room onboard Independence of the Seas

First of all, the food! For fourteen days I spent many evenings in the sumptuous main dining room enjoying scrumptious three course dinners.

Dinner in the Macbeth Dining Room - Independence of the Seas
Park Guell with a view over Barcelona

There's some awesome view points over Barcelona from Park G├╝ell and if you look closely, you can even see the ship! You can get here by local taxi, it takes between 20-30 minutes for around €12-15 each way.

The running track onboard Independence of the Seas
Cruise Ship sun loungers
Independence of the Seas sports court with rock climbing wall

One of my favourite spots to catch some rays was at the very back of the ship that was often sheltered from the cool sea breeze. This area was near the Sports Court and Flow Rider where you can play mini golf, go rock climbing or take part in a tournament.

Port of Villfranche-sur-Mer
Shore excursions from Villfranche to Nice
Nice and Saint Paul-de-Vence shore excursion

The coach drive through Nice from Villfranche-sur-Mer was another memorable moment, the scenes were jaw dropping as we approached the Promenade des Anglais where the sea turns a bright turquoise. This was part of a shore excursion to medieval hill top village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence which you can read about by clicking here.

Pyramid Lounge Independence of the Seas
Royal Caribbean's Grease Musical Production
Rock Britannia Party Royal Promenade

The entertainment onboard Independence of the Seas has always been superb, particularly the Grease Musical production and guest performance from Darren Day and The Zoots. I also spent some evenings at The Pyramid Lounge with live music from The Royal Swedes, or down at the Karaoke Bar and Boleros for the salsa music.

Sunset onboard a cruise ship
Sorrentos Pizzeria onboard Independence of the Seas
Cafe Promenade Hot Chocolate Independence of the Seas
The Royal Promenade Independence of the Seas

One thing you're almost guaranteed on a cruise is a brilliant sunrise and sunset and I saw my fair share over the two weeks. Before retiring to bed I liked stopping off at Sorrentos for Pizza or Cafe Promenande for a hot chocolate as they're both open 24 hours a day.

Malaga Cathedral

We stopped off in Malaga on the Costa del Sol and marvelled at the city's stunning Cathedral after exploring Gibralfaro castle. We returned to the ship in time for afternoon snacks - the cakes are seriously good, so light and creamy!

Afternoon Snacks Independence of the Seas
The H2O Zone onboard Independence of the Seas
H2O Zone Cruise Ship Pool Area

The pool deck is split into three areas, the H20 zone for children, a main pool area with a large cinema screen and the quieter Solarium for adults. I cruised with family so the H20 zone was our go-to place when the sun was shining - plus it helps it's right next to Sprinkles, the frozen yoghurt machine.

Cadiz Cathedral
Playa de la Caleta beach in Cadiz

I'm always so amazed by the deep blue sky in Cadiz, most likely from it being almost entirely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. This tightly knit city is crammed with character and I love strolling around to La Caleta beach through the local parks.

Independence of the Seas tender boat in Villfranche-sur-Mer

After Cadiz we had two relaxing sea days on our way back to Southampton. You can view my other ship tours and videos by clicking here or explore my European ports of call guides.

If you're interested in booking a cruise in the near future, read this 'Ultimate Guide to Cruise Freebies, Discounts and Upgrades' article that I contributed to over on the Cruise 1st blog. 
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