Royal Caribbean International is revamping Independence of the Seas ahead of its fifth summer operating out of Southampton.

The $7 million work to the vessel is due to take place in April before Independence of the Seas arrives in Southampton on  May 2 to start summer sailings.

The 3,634-passenger ship is one of many in the fleet to be upgraded as part of a $300 million investment.

A new baby and toddler nursery will be introduced together with a large outdoor cinema screen. The Cupcake Cupboard, offering freshly-baked cupcakes, culinary parties and design classes, is being added together with Italian trattoria Giovanni’s Table.

New itineraries include more short cruises such as two-night breaks to Le Havre for Paris and three-night cruises to Le Havre for Paris and Zeebrugge for Bruges.

Independence of the Seas will also run eight-night cruises to Norway, 14-night Norway and Cork cruises, 14-night Mediterranean cruises and 12-night Canary Islands sailings. 

The ship will include a new call to Ibiza on a 14-night Spanish Mediterranean cruise.

Five Royal Caribbean ships were transformed last year including Rhapsody of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Grandeur of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas and Enchantment of the Seas.