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.


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