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Top 9 Things To Do On The Amplified Independence Of The Seas

If you’re looking for unforgettable onboard activities, you’ll love the Amplified Independence of the Seas. Here’s a guide to the top things to do onboard this cruise ship.

By Amanda Mesa | Published on  December 16, 2021


The first Freedom Class ship to be Amplified, Independence of the Seas has become a guest favorite thanks to all kinds of new onboard activities, delicious restaurants and bars, and entertainment and nightlife that keep the thrills going strong after every adventure-packed day onboard. Whether you’re trying to plan the ultimate family vacation with your kids, craving a romantic couple’s getaway, or looking to live it up with your besties on an unforgettable island hop, you’ll find endless ways to maximize all your sea days on this top-rated Amplified cruise ship. To help you make the perfect itinerary for your time at sea, we’ve rounded up some of the top things to do onboard

1. Go For A White-knuckle Ride On The Perfect Storm Waterslides

If you love chasing thrills, The Perfect Storm waterslides should top your list of things to do onboard the Amplified Independence of the Seas. These two dueling racers — named Typhoon and Cyclone — will send you on a high-speed adrenaline-amping ride filled with hair-raising twists, turns, and translucent stretches that offer captivating sea views. Want to fuel your competitive fire? Grab a buddy and race them to the bottom. 

2. Join An Epic Glow-In-The-Dark Laser Tag Battle

We’re the only cruise line that offers glow-in-the-dark laser tag onboard select cruise ships, and Independence of the Seas is one of them. You’ll be assigned a team — robots or aliens — before suiting up for an epic laser tag faceoff unlike any other. This is Battle for Planet Z, where the fate of your team rests your ability to claim the last planet for light years around. One of the best free things to do onboard, this action-packed experience is completely family friendly. 

3. Try Not To Wipe Out On The Flowrider*

Freedom of the Seas was the very first ship to get a FlowRider*. Since then, this 40-foot-long surf simulator has become one of the most popular attractions across the fleet. If you’re cruising on Independence of the Seas, you can discover for yourself what all the hype is about. Brush up on your surfing skills with a hang-ten session on this must-try complimentary onboard activity, or watch from the stadium seating as others try not to wipe out. 

4. Join A Late-Night Singalong At Schooner Bar

Delicious cocktails and a warm, inviting atmosphere aren’t the only things you’ll find at Schooner Bar. This iconic lounge is best known for lively musical performances by guest pianists that take place every night. Check your Cruise Compass for show times and arrive ready to belt out your favorite piano bar ballads while you sip expertly made gin and tonics, gimlets and Manhattans. If you’re looking for a great night out, Schooner Bar should definitely make it onto your itinerary for the evening. 

5. Watch A Dazzling Show At The Ice Skating Rink

During the daytime, Studio B sets the stage for epic glow-in-the-dark laser tag battles. But at night, this versatile space transforms into a glittering ice rink where we host some of our most captivating original productions. Watch as a team of world class figure skaters show off incredible moves and choreography on the ice while wearing stunning costumes. If you’re into show-stopping entertainment, you definitely won’t want to miss an ice show onboard the Amplified Independence of the Seas. 

6. Kick Back And Relax In The Solarium

If you’re craving chill vibes and plenty of sunshine, head to the Solarium at the front of the ship. This adults-only retreat has lots of comfy areas designed just for laid-back lounging, lagoon-like swimming pools and whirlpools that are perfect for a refreshing dip, and a bar where you can sip your favorite wines, beers and mixed drinks. Consider it the ultimate getaway while you’re on your getaway.

7. Savor Far East Flavors At Izumi Hibachi & Sushi

Calling all foodies — this is the right ship for you. It’s home to Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, one of the fleet’s most popular specialty restaurants and the perfect spot to dial up date night or a family dinner. The menu has all sorts of amazing sushi rolls and izakaya-style appetizers — plus teppanyaki favorites prepared right at your table by a talented chef.

8. Spend A Night On The Dancefloor At Boleros

One of the best places for nightlife onboard the Amplified Independence of the Seas is Boleros. This Latin-themed club features a live six-piece band specializing in salsa, merengue, bachata and cumbia hits. The mojitos at the bar are legendary, and so are the dance parties that take place here after the sun goes down — so grab a partner or hit the floor solo and show off your best moves.  

9. Watch All Your Favorite Teams At Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade

Added to Independence of the Seas during its Amplification, Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade is a sports fan’s paradise. You can watch all your favorite teams live across dozens of screens, or challenge your friends to classic games in the arcade. The food here is also incredible — the menu spotlights game-day favorites like burgers, wings and an extensive selection of brews on tap.    

No matter what kind of vacation experience you’re looking for, the Amplified Independence of the Seas has plenty of onboard activities to fill every sea day — and night — with can’t-miss adventures. From top deck surf lessons on the FlowRider* to fun-filled evenings at Schooner Bar and Boleros, this cruise ship delivers on bold experiences.


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