Watch our 2019 Independence of the Seas vlog. We sailed on a 14 Night Transatlantic from Fort Lauderdale to Southampton. We called at Puerto Rico, Labadee, St Maarten and St Thomas.
Independence of the Seas is a popular Royal Caribbean Freedom-class ship. The ship received a multi-million pound makeover in 2018 and included new Staterooms, dining, entertainment.
Independence of the Seas:
Transatlantic Vlog Episodes
Episode 1: London to Miami
We began our cruise vlog in at the Bloc Hotel in Gatwick Airport where we spent the evening before our flight to Miami with Norwegian Air Lines. Once we land in Miami we relax in our hotel – the Guild Downtown Miami.
Episode 2: Miami
Day two in Miami we explore Ocean drive and south beach. Later we visited Wynwood Walls and enjoyed doughnuts at The Salty Doughnut.
Episode 3: Boarding Day
We started the day with a Cuban Coffee at Juan Valdez Café. We then drove to Fort Lauderdale to board Independence of the Seas. That evening we dine at Giovanni’s Table – a Speciality Restaurant on Independence of the Seas.
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Episode 4: Sea Day
It’s our first sea day on Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the seas. We vlog our first full day starting the day with breakfast in the Main Dining Room. Later we watch the spectacular ice show in Studio B.
Episode 5: Labadee
Our first port of call is Labadee, Haiti. Labadee is Royal Caribbean’s private resort and features white sandy beaches, an alpine coaster and Dragon’s Breath Flight Line – the world’s longest zip line over water.
Episode 6: San Juan
Our second port of call is San Juan, Puerto Rico. The weather may be raining but we didn’t let that stop us. We discovered the birthplace of the Piña colada and visit the historic Castillo San Felipe del Morro San Juan.
Episode 7: St Thomas
Day seven we arrive at the gorgeous island of St Thomas, US Virgin Islands. St. Thomas is known for its beautiful beaches and snorkelling spots. We spend the day at the white sandy Coki Beach located adjacent to the Coral World Ocean Park. Later in the afternoon we visit the World Famous Mountain Top and enjoy a Bushwacker cocktail.
Episode 8: St Maarten
Our final port of call is the island of St Maarten. The island of St Maarten is divided into two halves. The French and the Dutch Side. We visit Maho Beach – famous for its proximity to the island’s airport. Aircraft on their final approach landing at the airport fly only a short distance above tourists heads.
Episode 9: Transatlantic Crossing pt. 1
Our first vlog of 8 sea days. We take time to enjoy the ship’s facilities including Greece: The Musical and dine at Johnny Rockets on board Independence of the Seas.
Episode 10: Transatlantic Crossing pt. 2
Our second vlog of 8 sea days. We start with the Atlantic Crossing Ceremony, play a round of golf at the Independence Dunes and dine at Chops Grille steakhouse.
Episode 11: Arriving in the UK
The final part of our Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas vlog. We try the Flowrider Surf Simulator, Laser Tag and the play the Escape Room: The Observatorium. We enjoy lunch at Fish and Ships and dine at Izumi Japanese Teppanyaki.