RIDES OF YOUR LIFE
Extreme new thrills get your heart racing at sea
Love a good theme park? No need to trek all the way to Disneyland or Universal, since cruise ships are upping the stakes as destinations in themselves for thrillseekers, and they’re coming to a port near you. We’re talking thrills and spills with waterparks, go-kart tracks, simulated surfing and rock-climbing walls.
Expect extreme highs and lows; there are pods that take guests high above sea level and over the side on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum-class ships, as well as the RipCord by iFLY feature, where guests can show off their skydiving technique. And what’s best described as an underwater helicopter on-board Crystal Cruises Crystal Esprit is a submersible sub which takes two guests and a captain in a small glass capsule for an underwater excursion.
Here are more action-packed onboard activities for adrenaline adventure-lovers.
A NEW WATERPARK
Set to relaunch in February 2019, Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas is undergoing a $US115 million overhaul and will offer even more thrills than before. Most exciting is the new aqua coaster, The Blaster, set to be the longest slide at sea.
The difference between this aqua coaster and a regular waterslide is the water can propel thrillseekers in both directions by using water jets to propel riders uphill. Guests hop on a THE BLASTER two-person raft that will push them through 244m of hills, drops and straightaways, which includes extending over the side of the ship.
You can also plunge headfirst through a translucent tube on the new Riptide waterslide, or try the FlowRider surf simulator and rockclimbing wall. And there will be glowin-the-dark laser tag. ROYALCARIBBEAN.COM.AU/
TAKE THE SKYRIDE
First introduced on Carnival Vista and a multi winner of Best Cruise Ship Feature in cruise ship awards, SkyRide could be the closest approximation to a rollercoaster at sea. Located on the top deck, riders are suspended 45m high above deck along a 244m track. Once strapped in, you can relax and enjoy the scenery or pedal hard for a thrill ride. Two riders in separate bikes can compete against each other for added fun. There’s a dip for an extra burst and should you want to really take it easy, you can put on the brakes.
The ride is also on the new Carnival Horizon and will be coming soon to Carnival Panorama, set to launch in 2019 from Long Beach, US. While SkyRide isn’t for those who fear heights, the views are sublime. CARNIVAL.COM/ONBOARD/SKYRIDE
Anyone sailing on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Joy or Norwegian Bliss should head to the top deck to check out the new go-kart racetrack, the longest racetrack at sea. The twolevel electric track has four different speed settings – with the top speed being 48km/h – so learner youngsters to petrolheads are all catered to.
You’ll zoom around at your own pace for eight laps. It’s no ride in the park – there are hairpin turns and the very distinct possibility of smashing into barriers and fellow drivers; don’t worry, helmets are provided.
Also new is an open-air laser tag course where players zap each other in an area themed to look like an abandoned space station. For more thrills, Ocean Loops is a free-fall water slide that shoots riders out the side of the ship and up over two loops. NCL.COM GO-KARTS
Get ready for blast-off on the longest slide at sea aboard Navigator of the Seas; speed around hair-raising turns on Norwegian Cruise Line’s new gokart racetrack, the longest racetrack at sea.