NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINES
For a high-sea adventure that twists, turns and topples, Norwegian Cruise Line exceeds even the wildest expectations of tiny adrenaline seekers. Aboard the Breakaway Class ships, five multi-level water slides in candy-coloured splendour take centre stage, daring passengers to test their bravery on vertical drops and dizzying spirals.
The Free Fall is the most extreme of the Aqua Park’s attractions, taking the crown as the fastest water slide at sea as passengers plunge down the tube at an exhilarating speed. Its younger sibling, The Whip, is gentler by comparison but wet and wild in its own right, featuring side-by-side twister slides that make for the ultimate battle between friends.
Norwegian’s other vessels are by no means more ordinary. On a ship christened Norwegian Epic, a reputation for all things impressive must be upheld. Fortunately, the colossal checkered bowl slide that is The Epic Plunge does just that, as daring souls are sucked into its vortex.
Royal Caribbean already has an outstanding reputation among children as a floating wonderland, and this will only improve in May 2016 when Harmony of the Seas makes its maiden voyage. On board will be the first Splashaway Bay at sea, a vibrant waterscape where passengers play side-by-side armed with water cannons.
On her journey through the Mediterranean stopping at Barcelona, Provence, Florence and Naples, the ship will officially earn the title of possessing the tallest water slide at sea, ominously known as the Ultimate Abyss. This 10-storey super ride begins in the Pool and Sports Zone and delivers guests safely to the Boardwalk neighborhood below, before they test their might on the The Perfect Storm and the Supercell, all equally thrilling.
Those that have travelled aboard the existing Freedom Class and a selection of Oasis, Quantum and Voyager Class ships will have already encountered Royal Caribbean’s unique aqua attractions. The Flowrider, for instance, is a surf simulator that gives passengers the opportunity to live out their deep-barrelled fantasies.