Cobh, Ireland

Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Ireland Mini Cruise – 28th May 2019

The Emerald Isle is so close yet even though it's on the doorstop, it's easy to overlook when you're looking for a short break.

So grab this opportunity sailing on Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas to Cobh (Cork) with two relaxing sea days to boot too.

About this cruise

Head to Southampton on Tuesday 28th May 2019 where Independence of the Seas will await. The ship was extensively refit in 2018 to add new features such as virtual reality trampolining, laser tag, and an escape room. The new kids splash park will be a hit on this sailing, especially if the warm June weather shows up a few days early.

Unlike shorter mini cruise itineraries, this particular one boasts more sea days (two of those) than ports of call (one of those), leading to a relaxed pace - just what you want on holiday.

Wednesday is spent at sea, so you'll have the day to do as you please on the ship. Try out the new Izumi restaurant, take on the high-tech fun, or try your hand at some of the classic features on the ship, such as the rock climbing wall. Enjoy the live entertainment and shows throughout the ship. Head to the pool deck to soak up the rays or splurge on a balcony cabin to enjoy a tranquil private outdoor space to watch the waves go by.

You'll spend Thursday docked in Cobh (Cork) in Ireland. You'll love the world famous Irish hospitality regardless of whether you choose to book an optional excursion to kiss the Blarney Stone or decide to go on a pub tour. Other popular activities include visiting the House of Waterford Crystal or taking a boat ride along the spectacular Irish coastline. You're here all day and it would be wise to spend as much time as you can exploring this beautiful part of the country.

Friday is another sea day, so it's up to you whether you opt to relax and unwind in the spa or whether you enjoy the full-on entertainment.

Tried and tested

I sailed on Independence of the Seas before the 2018 refit. Here's my take on a family cruise aboard the ship and here's a look at my inside cabin. I also stayed in this wacky cabin on another trip.

Before you know it, Saturday arrives as the ship glides into the docks at Southampton where the cruise draws to an end.

The itinerary may be sparse but what it lacks in ports of call, it makes up for in opportunities to relax and unwind. And if you find that unwinding too dull, there's plenty of action around this large cruise ship to keep you busy!

(Photo credit to Andrew Leach)

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The Route

The itinerary for this mini cruise is:

1Tuesday 28th May 2019Southampton4.30pm
2Wednesday 29th May 2019At seaAll day
3Thursday 30th May 2019Cobh7am to 9pm
4Friday 31st May 2019At seaAll day
5Saturday 1st June 2019Southampton5.30am

Why choose this taster cruise?

  • 4 nights on Royal Caribbean's family-friendly ship, Independence of the Seas
  • Departs on Tuesday 28th May 2019
  • Sail round-trip from Southampton
  • Visit Cobh (Cork) in Ireland, and enjoy two relaxing days at sea

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So you know, the map above shows point-to-point lines which may cross land. Don't worry, your cruise ship will not sprout legs and run across dry land. Instead it's water all the way! Mapping is approximate, and the scheduled times are estimates. Your trip is subject to change as, occasionally, operators have to alter itineraries due to bad weather or unforeseen events.

The Price


On Wednesday 17th April 2019, I found a starting price from £599 per person based on two sharing the cheapest cabin (usually this is an inside cabin). 6 days prior it started from £649 per person, a saving of £50 per person.


What's that per night?

Want to compare this short break to a hotel stay? A starting price of 'from £599 per person' equates to 'from £149.75 per person per night'.

Here's a trend line showing the movement of the lead-in price for this cruise. I aim to check prices daily and this graph shows only those readings. I love geeky stuff like this and thought it might be handy when planning when to book your next cruise.

In my last 42 checks, the cheapest I have seen this cruise start at is from £379 per person, and the highest I've seen it go is from £649 per person.


Are there any extras?

This price normally includes some meals but excludes drinks, gratuities, optional shore excursions, and any applicable flights and transfers (if needed and if excluded). If you want a cabin or suite with a view, these come at a premium (if available).

Cruise prices are based on supply and demand so the more spare cabins there are closer to the sail date, the cheaper the prices often become. After all, no cruise line likes sailing with empty cabins and this cruise sails in 1 month.

I regularly check for price changes by hand, but as they can occur rapidly, please use the link below to get the latest prices.

Remember, prices were correct when I last checked, but may have since changed. Prices are usually based on two adults sharing the cheapest available cabin.

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