25 October 2016
Take a cruise around Europe aboard Independence of the Seas and enjoy all the facilities that this great modern ship has to offer. This imaginative 12 day cruise begins and ends in Southampton and ports of call include Spain, Portugal, Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Maderia. On this magnificent Royal Caribbean Line ship everything is possible . . . if you have ever fancied surfing, now’s your chance, with the amazing FlowRider or if you would prefer to take it easy then soak up the rays and the view in the above-the-sea whirlpools. And with an incredible H2O Zone water park and Royal promenade, with its enticing shops and cafes, you might not want to get off!
The fun begins when you join the Independence of the Seas in Southampton. After checking out your luxury cabin it is time to explore this state of the art cruise ship. Visit the restaurants and plan your dining options, book your tours and begin to familiarise yourself with life on a ship that will be home for the next 12 days.
The first of four memorable sea days. There is so much to see and do on board the Independence of the Seas it is worth planning each day carefully. You have probably got plenty of energy at the start of your holiday so try getting wet in the H2O Zone, or get your skates on and hit the ice rink. You can also try the climbing wall, get in the boxing ring or go surfing on FlowRider whenever you need another shot of adrenaline.
Your first port of call is lovely Vigo in Spain. The city itself is well worth exploring but probably the best option today is to take a short trip up the coast to Santiago de Compostela, the famous pilgrimage destination, and watch the stunning spectacle of the daily mass at the catholic cathedral.
Today the Independence of the Seas leaves the Atlantic Ocean and glides up river to the beautiful city of Lisbon, capital of Portugal. You have a full day docked here with plenty of time to explore the city on foot or on one of a number of carefully planned excursions. Lisbon is a compact city and a great way to see the picturesque old town is by taking a trolley bus ride.
There are top class shows and entertainment on all Royal Caribbean ships so there is never a dull moment while at sea. Challenge the family to a round of mini golf, go to see a show, or do a little shopping as you wander down the Royal Promenade. And you can let kids loose in Adventure Ocean anytime.
Today the Independence of the Seas docks at the first of its two destinations in the Canary Islands. While in Las Palmas you can shop, soak up the sun on the beach, go dolphin or whale watching or take a camel ride through the dunes. And Puerto Rico, the island's most popular resort, has all the water sports you could imagine.
After an evening sailing the Independence of the Seas docks at Tenerife today. Plenty of excursion options on this island and you may want to take a memorable trip up the volcano that dominates the island's landscape. While on Tenerife it is also well worth checking out Pyramid Park, where you will see some truly extraordinary constructions.
The capital of the island of Madeira is one of the cleanest and picturesque cities you will visit. Funchal today is very different from its fennel growing, pirate days of old. It is a modern, cosmopolitan, rejuvenated city, well known for its many top class restaurants and warm all year round climate. It is nestled in a great natural amphitheatre, facing the Atlantic with a backdrop of dramatic mountains. Located in the stunning south of Madeira, on it’s sunniest coast, it is a lush, green and relaxed city by day and the nightlife is vibrant and varied.
Another memorable day at sea. Immerse yourself in the vortex of indulgence in one of the ship's whirlpools, stretching right out over the sea. Have yourself some me time in the spa, or get your daily workout at the fitness centre. In contrast, you can take part in deck games, attend lectures and enjoy all sorts of entertainment from dawn to dusk.
Today the ship arrives back in Spain docking at the port of La Coruna, a city surrounded by the ocean that has been the point of departure for different peoples and cultures which for more than 2,000 years have left their legacy of legends, myths and history. The city is also a busy commercial port of the Atlantic and this a great place to go shopping for souvenirs.
Make the most of today as it is your last one at sea. Time to try out some of the on board entertainment that you have so far been unable to squeeze in, have a last pampering in the spa, try a new dining option, take in a show or simply relax with a good book and soak up the sun as you head back to England.
Today your relaxing cruise down the coast of Spain and Portugal and around the Canary Islands comes to an end when the Independence of the seas docks early at Southampton. But before leaving and beginning the journey home, check out all the other cruises available with Royal Caribbean and plan your next luxury trip.
Inside Stateroom fr £1099pp
Oceanview Stateroom fr £1120pp
Balcony Stateroom fr £1317pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated