Thrills at Sea
Cruise ships are amping up the adrenalin and offering guests heart-thumping activities on board. Jasmine O’Donoghue dives into some of the latest thrills taking to the sea.
Pacific Dawn is the first in the fleet to feature P&O’s waterpark and waterslides — Disco Diver and Super Slider. The rides lay claim to being the longest slides on an Australian ship, both measuring around 80m. One slide is transparent, so spectators can watch as guests shoot through the twists and turns, while the other is multi-coloured with music pumping through it. When Pacific Explorer joins the fleet this month, she will also feature two waterslides, one with LED lights and sound effects and the second with heart-racing twists and turns.
All five of P&O Cruises’ ships are fitted with the P&O Edge Adventure Park, providing up to 19 activities. Guests can zoom down the zip line, race to the top of the ship in a cargo net race and abseil down the 10m aft funnel. There’s the opportunity to leap and tumble on the Bungee Tramp, practise tight rope walking without the heights on Slackline Surfing and battle it out in a game of Laser Tag. Those who are hungry for heights can walk the plank, scale to the top of the outdoor movie screen, climb the ship’s bow, ascend to the purpose-built crow’s nest and complete a three metre high obstacle course.
Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Horizon, set to debut on 02 April, 2018 in Europe will be first in the fleet to feature the Dr. Seuss WaterWorks. Located on Deck 12, the water park will offer two themed slides. The more adventurous can shoot down more than 137m of twists and turns on The Cat in the Hat enclosed raft ride, while the Fun Things Slide encompasses 65m of all-ages fun with polka dots and special lighting effects. The park will also include a 568L tipping bucket patterned after The Cat’s hat, along with a splash zone with dozens of water spray toys. Also set to be on Horizon and already up and running on Carnival Vista is Skyride, an open-air, twin-track bike course suspended high above the ship’s top deck.
Aussie passengers who don’t want to stray too far from home to get their adrenalin rush can ride the steepest and fastest waterslide at sea — Green Thunder — on both Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend. The top deck water park Carnival WaterWorks also features Carnival’s Twister Waterslide and a Splash Zone including mini racing slides and a giant tipping bucket.
Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean has jam packed Ovation of the Seas with an array of fun activities, including the first skydiving experience at sea. RipCord by iFLY offer thrill seekers the experience of skydiving in a seven-metre-tall glass flight chamber overlooking the FlowRider surf simulator and adjacent to the Rock Climbing Wall. Passengers can get a birds-eye view of their surroundings on North Star, which rises more than 90m above the ocean and rotates over the sides of the ship.
The action doesn’t stop there, with Ovation home to the largest indoor active space at sea, SeaPlex, which has bumper cars, a circus school with a flying trapeze, roller skating and a full-sized sports court. An ice-skating rink is also available locally on Explorer of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line’s brand new Norwegian Joy comes equipped with a Ferrari branded competitive racetrack. Located on the top deck of the ship, up to 10 passengers at a time can zip around the two-level track in an electric go-cart. Guests staying in The Haven and Concierge Class receive a number of complimentary rides as part of the benefits of their room class.
The vessel also features an open-air laser tag course, simulator rides, bumper cars and two multi-story waterslides. Norwegian Joy is Norwegian Cruise Line’s first purpose-built ship to be customised for the Chinese market. The cruise line took delivery of Norwegian Joy on 27 April and the ship then sailed to China. Norwegian Jewel, which will make her debut down under in November, is fitted with a basketball/volleyball/tennis court and a public splash deck.