NOR­WE­GIAN CRUISE LINES

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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

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.

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