In true rock fashion, the band, responsible for the hit song "She's So Lovely," will be lowered onto the ship by helicopter to perform on its top deck while docked in Southampton. The gig, scheduled for 26 April 2008, will broadcast live on Virgin Radio as part of Tony Hadley's Saturday Night Party Classics show. Attendees will number approximately 2,000, including members of the press, VIP's and invited guests.
Want a chance to win tickets to the event or cruises on the ship? Listen to the station's flagship Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show, which will be highlighting the launch and giving away prizes.
In preparation for the launch, Royal Caribbean International has also created a dedicated Web site for the ship. Take a peek at what's available at the Web site, such as:
Pretty impressive movies featuring the activities and facilities to be found onboard -- such as surfing demonstrations, rock climbing sessions and the onboard H20 water park.
A sign-up area to win tickets for the launch party event on Saturday, 26 April.
Information about the Steve Redgrave Fund and Sport Relief; Olympic gold medalist Sir Steve Redgrave will be onboard for the naming ceremony (30 April) to host a charity auction for the cause.
A countdown to the ship's official launch (it's currently 43 days away!)
Independence of the Seas sails its first cruise, a four-night trip to Cork, Ireland, on 2 May 2008 from Southampton.
--by Kelly Ranson, Associate Editor