The spectacularly popular MSC leads the fleet in the race to secure the most exciting water park at sea, recently unveiling plans for its Seaside class of ships due to break boundaries in November 2017. The largest ship to ever leave the Fincantieri shipyard will sail year-round from Miami to the Caribbean, boasting the most interactive aquatic park in cruising history.
The qualifying features include five water slides, one of which combines the usual spills and thrills with gaming technology. Slideboarding will involve guests plummeting through a two-storey, 112metre slide on a raft that contains an embedded game controller which guests can use to test their speed and responsiveness against a buddy.
Not all of the forthcoming water park’s slides will take passengers to a virtual reality, however, with some relying on the traditional method of towering heights to inspire excitement. The Adventure Trail, which is to connect directly to the park, will feature bridges suspended between towers, climbing equipment and slides, all with the best views of whichever exotic locale the ship happens to be anchored in.
In the meantime, cruisers can get their fix aboard MSC Preziosa, featuring Vertigo, the 120-metre slide that arches beyond the side of the ship, at which point the safety of the slide gives way to a nine-metre transparent panel with views to the depths of the ocean! November 2015 will bring the arrival of Norwegian Escape, bringing with it the Aqua Racer, the newest tandem water slide at sea.