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On Board Independence of the Seas Part 2

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Here’s some more photo’s taken in and around the Royal Caribbean Freedom class ship, Independence of the Seas during my two week holiday from the 4th May to 18th May 2013.

Whirl pool

Whirl pool

Royal PromenadeRoyal Promenade

Birds eye view

Birds eye view

Birds eye view

Birds eye view

Skylight Chapel

Skylight Chapel

Karaoke bar

Karaoke bar

Gym

Gym

Gym

Gym

Studio

Studio

Johnny Rockets

Johnny Rockets

Arcade

Arcade

Library

Library

Service desk

Service desk

Casino

Casino

Casino

Casino

Night club

Night club

nightclub decor

nightclub decor

nightclub decor

nightclub decor

club Seating area

club Seating area

 

 

Dance floor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

club decorNight club model/decor

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Independence of the Seas – Spain and Canary Island Cruise

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Independence of the Seas

Independence of the Seas

Myself and friends Heidi and Debbie boarded the ship around 12ish on 4th May, just in time for lunch. The security checks were quick and stress free so we had plenty of time to find our state-room and explore the ship a little before we left Southampton. We were greeted by friendly and very cheerful staff so we knew from the beginning that we were going to be looked after very well. The ship departed at 3:30pm and we made sure we were up on deck to wave goodbye to the small crowd that had gathered to see us off.

The ship itself was amazing, we couldn’t comprehend the size until we saw it in real life. In total it has 15 floors… the 15th being the skylight chapel where small wedding ceremonies can take place. Each floor is maintained to a high standard and their level of cleanliness was impeccable. The care of their customers was obviously (from what I had observed) of up most importance and I couldn’t fault that.

Our inside stateroom was tiny which was something that I wasn’t expecting. The three of us were constantly bumping into each other so it was a good job that most of the time we were either roaming the ship or out on excursions when docked. There was lots to see and do both on and off the ship. We were confused about our sleeping arrangements until someone had to explain to us that bunks can be pulled down from the ceiling which we found rather amusing.

Inside stateroom

Inside stateroom

inside stateroom 2

inside stateroom 2

In my next post I shall include photos of in and around the ship.

 

I’m Back

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Well I’m back from my cruise with Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas and I can honestly say I had an amazing time. Unfortunately because the wifi was a little too pricey I was unable to blog throughout the trip so that put a stop to my holiday diary idea. But I’m still going to give you an insight into my 14 night stay on the ship and post photo’s of all the destinations we stopped at along the way. I took so many photo’s so I’ll be sorting them into a number of different posts over the coming days. I will keep my writing to a minimum as there is just too much to say but the photo’s are pretty self explanatory. If you would like to know more about the destinations I shall be providing links with all the information (if I can find it).

Compliments go out to all the staff and crew on board the ship that provided us with a fantastic service and helped make our stay a comfortable and happy one. I would without a doubt cruise with Royal Caribbean again. I’m not looking forward to returning to work tomorrow and getting back into a normal routine. I’ve already woken up in the middle of the night wondering where on earth I was, I thought I was still on the ship and couldn’t seem to recognise my own bedroom. I can’t wait to start sharing my adventures with you all so stay tuned 🙂

My 2012 Highlights

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2012 has been yet another great year for me overall and I’m extremely grateful for that. I have had great fun with many good friends along the way. I have managed to do a little travelling with Spain and Barcelona being my main holiday this year which included lots of great excursions. Disneyland Paris was somewhere I’ve always wanted to go and it certainly made me feel like a kid again… everyone needs a little magic in their lives. My long weekend to Devon was a welcomed break from the norm and left me feeling refreshed.

I attended three fantastic conventions with this year being my first experience of conventions too. Bitten 3 weekend, the Entertainment Media show and the London Film and Comic con all had some brilliant guests. Other highlights included seeing Michael McIntyre at the o2, The Harry Potter studio tour and the amazing annual West End Live which I will no doubt be at again next year.

Obviously my brother’s wedding has to be one of the biggest highlights of this year. It was a lovely occasion and one that I will remember for a long time to come. Meeting the coolest couple on YouTube Charles and Ali Trippy at the Contiki meetup in London with my niece was exciting and I hope to meet more of the YouTubers that I watch next year. Seeing one of my favourite bands Evanescence was long-awaited and I’m pleased to say that I have actually finally seen them live.

I tried my hand at poetry and really enjoyed it so I plan to submit more poetry into any online magazines that will accept them and see where I get. I completely failed on my other blogs for reviews and art but I’ve decided to just add everything I do to this blog in the future. Oh, and that book I bought back in January is still unfinished… what am I like!

Wicked and Wild

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Wow! has it really been that long since I last posted? Yet again, there really isn’t any excuse for it so lets crack on. I’m currently listening to Lady Antebellum on my new MP3 player, I decided against getting an overpriced iPod and steered towards the Sony Walkman which seems to do the job well enough for me so now I have something to listen to when travelling to Spain and sitting around the pool.

Apart from the events which have consisted of the consuming of much alcohol I have enjoyed my first ever trip to the musical ‘Wicked’. I was impressed by the amazing set and Matt Willis’s performance of  Fiyero. Considering I was expecting to see Rachel Tucker as the main role of Elphaba I was pleasantly surprised by understudy Nikki Davis-Jones.

Friday night was a little wild. It started with the much-anticipated Lostprophets gig at the Brixton 02 Academy which didn’t disappoint but went far too quick. We moved onto the after show party at Jamm (not the most impressive venue) where the boys were DJing. I must admit, not all the songs they chose to play were to my taste but I was happy they played a couple of tracks by the Prodigy. One band that played there that night stood out for me, a female fronted metal band called ‘Orestea’, the lead singer had awesome blue hair. We left shortly after Lostprophets did. The night went downhill from there when we entered a crappy nightclub in Clapham which cost £10 to get in, we danced to a lot of cheese and I had my drink spilt all over me and whoever was standing nearby by some dude who thought he was the bees knees, needless to say that my friend Mandy stepped in and gave him a mouth full… to be honest, I think I had had a few too many to even care. We still managed to get in around 4 in the morning though so it can’t have been that bad 😛

I have 5 more sleeps until Disneyland Paris and I’m planning on taking many photo’s, some of which I shall post on here, so until then it’s over and out.