- Cruise ships feature some surprising thrill-seeking attractions.
- Royal Caribbean‘s SeaPlex features bumper cars and a trapeze school.
- Norwegian Cruise Line has Go Kart race tracks.
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Cruise ships offer more than just swimming pools and musicals. Thrill-seeking passengers can also whiz around Go Kart tracks at 30 miles an hour, simulate skydiving, and descend 10-story slides.
Here are 12 surprising attractions that you didn’t know you could find on cruise ships.
Royal Caribbean’s The Anthem of the Seas was the first cruise ship to offer bumper cars beginning in 2015.
Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas introduced the first skydiving simulator on a cruise ship in 2016. Reservations are required, but there’s no extra fee with the exception of voyages to China.
Walking the plank
On Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway and Breakaway Plus Class ships, passengers can “walk the plank” on a thin board extending eight feet out over the side of the ship – while harnessed, of course.
Several cruise lines have started offering escape rooms on their voyages.
Many Royal Caribbean ships offer simulated surfing on board through the Flowrider, a surf simulator that creates waves with powerful streams of water.
Royal Caribbean’s trapeze school inside the ship’s SeaPlex activity space is included in the cruise fare.
Go Karts racetracks
The North Star observation deck
A cross between a bicycle and a zip line, Carnival’s SkyRide takes passengers 150 feet above the ship’s top deck on an 800-foot-long track where they can pedal up to 18 miles per hour. It’s available on all Carnival Vista packages.
Only two cruise ships in the world have planetariums: Cunard Cruise Line’s Queen Mary 2 and Viking Ocean Cruise’s Orion.
Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas offers the tallest slide on a cruise ship, a 10-story slide called Ultimate Abyss. Riders can experience an average G-force of 1.46.
Notably, Ultimate Abyss is not a water slide. But Royal Caribbean also hosts the longest water slide on a cruise ship, an 800-foot monstrosity called The Blaster.
On Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, a zip line 10 deck levels up is included in the price of the cruise, no reservations necessary.
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