From water slides to laser tag: New footage shows the stunning features on Independence of the Seas being put to the ultimate test… by 100 kids (who were given free reign of the ship)

  • Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas has had a multi-million pound refit with new attractions for kids
  • A group of 100 children armed with GoPros were allowed to run wild and try out some of the new features 
  • Among the new attractions are water slides, laser tag, a bungee jump, climbing wall and a basketball court

One of Royal Caribbean’s most popular cruise ships – Independence of the Seas – has undergone a multi-million pound makeover and is now decked out with attractions perfect for children, from water slides to laser tag. 

And new footage has emerged of 100 youngsters operating in a parent-free zone and being given free reign to put the stunning features to the ultimate test.

The pack were unleashed onboard in order to film their experiences on GoPros.

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New footage has emerged showing 100 youngsters putting the stunning features on Independence of the Seas to the ultimate test. This part shows one child trying out a water slide

The children were also armed with Go-Pros so they could film a kid’s-eye-view of their time on the ship. Pictured is one youngster going down a water slide 

Independence of the Seas’ top deck now features a colourful playground, complete with water flumes and swimming pools

Independence has undergone a multi-million pound makeover and is now decked out with attractions perfect for children. Pictured is one young girl on a surfing pool 

Independence of the Seas arrived at her new home in Southampton on May 12, amped up with all of the new experiences, including a water playground 

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    Independence of the Seas’ top deck now features a colourful playground, complete with water flumes, swimming pools, a rock climbing wall and surf simulator. 

    The footage shows the kids having the time of their lives as they explore it all.

    Inside the 3,858-passenger boat, a state-of-the-art laser tag facility has been installed along with an escape room to test brain power.

    Inside the 3,858-passenger boat, a state-of-the-art laser tag facility has been installed along with an escape room to test brain power

    Children can also have a go on Sky Pad, the world’s first VR bungee trampoline experience

    Up, up and away: This gigantic climbing wall provides adrenalin-fuelled fun for the ship’s guests 

    But the pièce de résistance is the Sky Pad, which is a virtual reality bungee trampoline experience that apparently ‘opens up a universe of possibility’.

    To fuel of these activities a large ice cream and candy store has been added along with a fish-and-chip-themed restaurant.

    Independence of the Seas arrived at her new home in Southampton on May 12, amped up with all of the new experiences.

    To fuel activities, a large ice cream and candy store has been added along with a fish-and-chip-themed restaurant

    Commenting on the ship’s transformation, Royal Caribbean’s managing director Ben Bouldin said: ‘Holiday time is precious, and travellers today have higher expectations and more options than ever before.

    ‘We don’t just want to meet these expectations, but smash them and redefine how to holiday.

    ‘From our largest yet hibachi restaurant to a virtual reality bungee trampoline experience, Independence of the Seas is set to be the most spectacular ship sailing out of Southampton this coming season.’

    Following her inaugural sailing, Independence of the Seas will call at destinations across Europe and the Mediterranean until November 2018

    Independence spans 15 decks, encompasses 154,407 gross registered tons and features 1,929 staterooms 

    The first guests were welcomed onboard for her first new sailing last week when she embarked on a two-night cruise to Paris from Southampton.

    Following her inaugural sailing, Independence of the Seas will call at destinations across Europe and the Mediterranean until November 2018.

    Independence spans 15 decks, encompasses 154,407 gross registered tons and features 1,929 staterooms.

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