The entertainment offerings onboard cruise ships are so exciting that at the rate things are going, cruise ships will no longer dock at ports of call because of the attractiveness of their facilities. With entertainment that appeals to couples, parents, children and families of all kinds, there’s so much to do on deck. Here are five vessels that currently have, or will have soon enough, unique recreational performances on board that exceed passenger expectations.
Anthem of the Seas: Parachute Jump Simulator
The innovations of the Quantum class of Royal Caribbean are endless: the Anthem of the Seas is equipped with the very first skydiving simulator at sea, RipCord by iFLY. Thrill-seekers will wear uniforms, protective helmets and safety goggles before attending an information session and throwing themselves into the void of a 23-foot high vertical tunnel, defying all the laws of gravity.
Norwegian Bliss: Race Track
Following the astonishing popularity of the race track on the Norwegian Joy in China, the Bliss will be the first North American liner to be equipped with a two-story runway. The competition track, the longest ever seen at sea, will measure nearly 1,000 feet. It will include four speed settings to accommodate novice drivers, middlemen and experts, reaching 48 kilometres per hour with a turbo boost every lap.
Disney Magic: AquaDunk
Disney Magic is home to a dizzying water slide that simulates a three-story drop in a clear tube, stretching some 20 feet to the side of the ship, 150 feet above the sea. Unlike the water slide found on the Disney Fantasy, and Disney Dream, there’s no raft on this slide, so you literally enter a capsule and down you go!
Carnival Vista: SkyRide
How many times in a lifetime will you have the opportunity to pedal 150 feet above the sea? This is possible on the Carnival Vista thanks to the SkyRide. The bike is attached to an 800-foot long module suspended in the air, which moves just like a normal bicycle would—you do the pedalling, and you can reach speeds of up to 30 kilometres an hour.
Symphony of the Seas: Ultimate Abyss
Starting in April, the Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas will open the doors of its Ultimate Abyss theme park. Challenging existing standards, the park will feature the longest 10-story high sea slide and 27 degrees of vertical drop, 45 metres above the sea. This new edition of the attraction promises to be even more terrifying than its predecessor.