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Independence of the Seas arrives 2 weeks early

THE world’s largest cruise ship, Independence of the Seas, is to make her dramatic entrance into Southampton Water two weeks earlier than first scheduled.

Work is so advanced on the vast ship, pictured right, that the builder’s yard in Finland will be able to officially hand the vessel over to Royal Caribbean International at the end of April after the vessel completes an exhaustive series of sea trials.

It will be on Friday, April 25 that the huge cruise ship will arrive in the city for a summer long series of voyages including two extra cruises which have been added to the programme due to the vessel’s early arrival.

Southampton sightseers will have a grandstand view of the ship, which will accommodate around 4,300 passengers, as her home berth will be the City Cruise Terminal in the Western Docks, next door to Mayflower Park.

With just 15 weeks until delivery, the latest addition to Royal Caribbean International’s fleet initially took to the seas last week having reached 85 per cent of her total construction.

An army of more than 1,700 workers, enduring the freezing Finish winter weather with temperatures several degrees below zero, has been working putting the final touches to the ship’s main dining room, theatre and upper deck pool area.

Jo Rzymowska, managing director of Royal Caribbean International, UK and Ireland, said: “The completion of Independence of the Seas will be a milestone for Royal Caribbean International as she will be the first newbuild ship to homeport outside of the United States.” The two additional cruises will be a four-night voyage to Cork in Ireland leaving Southampton on Friday, May 2 while on the following Tuesday, Independence of the Seas will depart for an 11-night sailing to the Canary Islands.


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