Your journey commences! Enjoy the convenience of home pick-up or opt for pick-up at Southampton Central or Airport, with complimentary parking also available. Our destination is Southampton's cruise terminal, where you'll board The Royal Caribbean, Independence of the Sea's cruise ship. The Ship is thoughtfully designed to provide all the features and amenities of a classic cruise liner whilst also taking Accessibility into consideration.
Embrace the thrill of the day as you acquaint yourself with the magnificent Independence of the Sea's cruise ship while we sail towards the Iberian Peninsula. Delight in the awe-inspiring sea views and immerse yourself in the remarkable amenities offered aboard the vessel. All the time the Limitless team will be on hand to help and assist.
Today, following breakfast, the Limitless Team will assist you in disembarking at your first destination, Bilbao—the unofficial capital of Basque country in Spain's northwest. Bilbao seamlessly blends the old and the new, with the city's transformation sparked by the inauguration of the Guggenheim in 1997. Traversing historic avenues like the Siete Calles, Casco Viejo's medieval quarter, modern trams weave through a city adorned with boutiques, bakeries, and outdoor cafés. Futuristic structures like the titanium-clad Guggenheim Museum and Gran Hotel Domine overlook the Nervion River, showcasing Bilbao's unique charm, making it a must-visit on a Spain cruise.
After a thrilling day yesterday, indulge in the ship's amenities as you sail to your next destination. With abundant offerings, boredom is a rarity. Featuring 12 restaurants, Independence of the Seas caters to various tastes, from fish and chips to high-end cuisine. After a delightful meal, bask in the warming sea air on deck with a cocktail, soaking up the sun.
Day Five brings a delightful visit to Lisbon, Portugal's vibrant capital, beloved by Limitless travellers. Cruise along the Tagus River for iconic views of landmarks like Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries. Explore specific districts—Baixa, Bairro Alto, and Alfama—each with its unique charm. Baixa offers bustling streets, while Alfama boasts medieval and Moorish-style buildings. Note that Alfama's cobblestone streets may pose challenges. Despite this, Lisbon's allure may make leaving a difficult task, with its rich offerings awaiting exploration.
Awaken to another day embraced by the vast ocean aboard the Independence of the Seas. Immerse yourself in a world of diverse entertainment venues. Royal Caribbean stands as the pioneer and sole cruise line featuring on-board ice-skating rinks. Experience complimentary ice spectaculars showcasing breathtaking jumps, lifts, and spins executed by skilled professional skaters. If live skate acts aren't your preference, venture to the theatre for West End shows, live music performances, and a plethora of other captivating experiences.
A new day, a new island awaits. Las Palmas stands out as one of the most sought-after destinations in the Canary Islands, particularly cherished by those who relish year-round sunshine. The Cruise Terminal, conveniently located just 100 meters from the city centre, is easily accessible with the assistance of our dedicated care team. Established in 1478, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria proudly showcases a rich historical and cultural legacy, much of which is nestled in the Vegueta district—the town's oldest quarter, recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990. For those inclined towards the beach, Playa de las Canteras is also within convenient reach.
Tenerife offers a genuine slice of paradise. Immerse yourself in its culinary delights, witness tranquil sunsets painted in hues of pink, orange, and yellow, and capture the beauty with your underwater camera. While the island boasts countless adventurous experiences, it also offers serene and idyllic settings with glistening waters and powdery-soft sands.
Santa Cruz, Tenerife's cruise port, has evolved from a humble fishing village into a splendid city adorned with classy bars, restaurants, diverse shops, elegant architecture, and intriguing museums. As you dock in Tenerife, the excitement begins just beyond the port gates, where a cafe-lined boulevard leads to the Plaza de España, the heart of the port's primary shopping area. Keep an eye out for great deals on electrical goods and discounted CDs, a specialty of Tenerife. If you prefer museums and galleries, explore the Museo de Bellas Artes, housing works by Bruegel, or delve into the island's history, topography, flora, and fauna at the Museo de la Naturaleza y El Hombre.
On the ninth day, the ship docks in Madeira, the largest and most populous island of the Madeira Archipelago, a Portuguese territory. This island, perched atop a massive submerged volcano rising approximately 6 km (3.7 mi) from the Atlantic Ocean floor, boasts a uniquely striking landscape. Madeira offers an abundance of fresh seafood, including the delicious filete de espada—swordfish filet prepared in the Madeiran style, featuring a sauce of passion fruit and banana. For those with a preference for savory over sweet, the smoky espetada madeirense is a must-try, featuring beef cubes on a skewer cooked over wood or charcoal. And, satisfying your sweet tooth, don't miss the opportunity to taste bolo de mel de cana, the local honey cake.
After three adventurous days on land, today beckons relaxation on board. Treat yourself to "me time" at the indulgent onboard spa, the Vitality℠ Spa. With top-notch products from Elemis®, bliss®, La Thérapie, and Ionithermie, it offers a cutting-edge spa experience at sea. Enjoy massages, wraps, facials, acupuncture, or medi-spa treatments for wrinkle-smoothing, lifting, and toning. Enhance your smile with tooth whitening or refine your appearance at the salon with expert hair and nail services. Rejuvenate and pamper yourself amidst the ocean's serenity.
Today marks your arrival at your final port, A Coruña.
A Coruña's Transatlantic Quay, nestled on the northwestern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, holds the unique distinction of being the closest European port to New York. This picturesque amalgamation of historical and modern elements unfolds along its two-mile coastline, adorned with inviting beaches. The old town, centred around Maria Pita Square, enchants with shops, bars, and restaurants, complemented by engaging attractions like the interactive House of Mankind, an aquarium, and a planetarium. As the primary Atlantic gateway to the ruggedly scenic Galicia, A Coruña serves as a portal to Santiago de Compostela, a globally renowned pilgrimage site featuring a Romanesque cathedral.T
Day 12 marks your last full day on board, and we want it to be filled with joy. Double-check your bucket list – a pool dip, perhaps? Make reservations at that specialty restaurant you've been eyeing all week. Most importantly, relish every moment, have a great time, and share adventure stories with fellow Limitless guests.
After your last breakfast, we’ll help you check-out. Your bags will be taken down by the ships crew and our care team will be on-hand to assist you. From here you will join the transfers back to the pick-up points, relaxed, rejuvenated and ready for your next Limitless adventure. We can’t wait to see you again!