Meet Independence of the Seas®, a marvel of maritime engineering, packed with all the phenomenal onboard experiences you’d expect from our Freedom class of ships—including the FlowRider® surf simulator, a rock climbing wall, cantilevered whirlpools, Royal Promenade, mini golf course, and much more. The newly renovated Independence Of the Seas features brand new activities, food options and amenities for your enjoyment. These include gravity defining fun with the Sky Pad, new water slides, an escape room, Playmakers Sports Bar and Arcade, Fish and Ships and more. It’s your most incredible vacation yet with all your favorite cruisers traveling from around the world to experience a once-in-a-time-lifetime authentic reggae and Jamaican experience.
Join your fellow cruisers and favorite artists for a friendly competition during our annual Football Tournament (Soccer) – held BOTH days at sea! Sign up is based on first come/first serve each year. Check our social media pages for announcements!
Join Universal Empress, Nadine McNeil, for an inspiring yoga experience aboard this year’s WTJRC. Classes will be scheduled daily, starting DAY 2. All levels welcome! For more information about Nadine, visit: www.universalempress.com visit: www.universalempress.com
Your fitness favorite, Kamila McDonald, hosts “Kamp Kamila” each day at sea! Get ready to sweat on the decks with high-intensity workouts to sweet reggae, dancehall and soca beats. To learn more about Kamilla, visit: kampkamilafitness.com
WTJRC is bringing back the Domino Tournament! Games will be played in Jamaican cut throat style with 10 games of 4 players each. Scoring based on first player to 6 with 20 winners counted in total. Held each day at sea. Sign up is based on first come/first serve basis. Check our social media pages for announcements!
“All White Night” takes place on NIGHT 2 and is always a beautiful night to remember. Bring your bright whites for a special festive evening.
“Rep Your Country Night” celebrates life from all over the world! We know some of you travel far and wide to join us aboard WTJRC. Celebrate your roots on NIGHT 4 wearing your country’s colors or anything that represents where you’re from!
WTJRC features several movies each year about Jamaican culture. Check the schedule for more details.
WTJRC is asking for your help! Every year we request each cruiser bring a children’s book to be donated to The Jamaica Library Service (JLS) in Ocho Rios. Drop off your books onboard anytime Night 1 or 2 at the official WTJRC cruise kiosk, located on the Promenade, Deck 5 or the Merch Store (Deck 5). Fiction or nonfiction reading books for children aged 4 – 16, in new or slightly worn condition preferred.
For all you creative cruisers, the Door Decorating Contest will commence NIGHT 1 and we expect nothing but the best! WTJRC judges select 2 winners, announced on our days at sea. The prize? A special WTJRC Merch Pack and your door featured on our social media pages!
WTJRC Live Art Auction is back with author and artist, Abba Yahudah – held daily on Deck 11. Don’t miss your opportunity to take home a beautiful, original painting from our adventure at sea! Bids accepted only during live painting session. Winner is announced the last evening on the ship. All proceeds are donated to the Jamaica Library Service, Ocho Rios. To learn more about Abba Yahudah, visit abbayahudah.com
JAMROCK RADIO, produced by the award-winning Playmaker Group, and instrumental in black music radio across the world for over 25 years hosts this exclusive WTJRC on-board radio station. Select DJ’s from Jamaica, New York, LA and the UK, amongst others, will come together to entertain cruisers on the high seas! The station will host live broadcasts and highlights from the main stage performances, in addition to an “Up Close & Personal” series with some of the star artists performing on the ship. Cruisers can tune in direct from the privacy of their own room, around the ship or live at the station.
Don’t miss WTJRC’s ANNUAL “Sound Clash at Sea” to see some of your favorite Sound Systems in this epic battle of beats. Check our social media pages and email newsletter for this year’s participants!
With a pledge of “love to all human beings” the Nyabinghi Rastafari are a very special part of WTJRC. Gathering on the top deck each morning at dawn, they welcome the new day with a powerful performance of sacred drumming and chanting. We highly encourage you to see this especially uplifting experience!
Enjoy mini golf. Score prime waves on the FlowRider® surf simulator. Play 3-on-3 with an ocean view at the Sports Court. Race to the finish line in two high-speed waterslides in The Perfect Storm℠. Hop into the Sky Pad℠ for a virtual bungee trampoline experience. Climb forty feet above deck on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. There’s something on the Independence of the Seas for everyone!
Discover the Solarium, a relaxing indoor-outdoor retreat, perfectly positioned at the front of the ship on Deck 11. The crystal canopy area presents fantastic views while you enjoy swimming pools, whirlpools and lounge area.
Enjoy the 10,258 square foot Vegas-style Casino Royale® with 273 slots and 13 tables and a variety of name-brand, duty-free shopping on the Royal Promenade including jewelry, perfumes, apparel and shopping in the Promenade.