Water slides are amazing, despite the fact that they’re over so quickly. And of course they’re extremely exciting as well for kids, and with many cruise lines actively trying to push for more families, creating brand loyalty that could last for a lifetime of repeat bookings, there are more and more cruise ships with fantastic slide options now available to book. Here I’ve selected five of my favourite slides across some of the most fun ships on the ocean right now or coming soon.
Free Fall – Norwegian Breakaway
This is the newest slide on my list (that is already built, anyway) and it’s also the fastest. There are two slides to this, with a free-fall drop (hence the name…) that sends you flying round a sharp bend in a complete flurry of speed and water. This one is seriously quick and a bit nerve-wracking, so you’ll need to be brave to try this one.
Speedway Splash – Carnival Sunshine
This is technically a dual (and a duel) slide, so it counts for two on my list. These slides are designed for pure racing – two slides each exactly the same length that send you hurtling down multiple stories over hundreds of feet in a challenge to beat your competitor. What better way to add to the thrill of the slide itself than the rush of trying to get through it in the quickest time possible to defeat your opponent? Or am I just too competitive?
Vertigo – MSC Preziosa
There’s one reason I love Vertigo, and that is simply that it’s the longest single-body water slide on the ocean. It’s nearly 400 feet long with plenty of exciting turns, twists and thrills and it’s even got added translucent colour sections that give a strobe effect as you fly past.
AquaDunk – Disney Magic (coming soon)
The AquaDunk is part of the renovation plans of the Disney Magic which are due to be completed in September. It will feature a 40 foot drop and a clear section that loops out over the ocean, so for a fleeting few seconds riders will get a glimpse of just pure water in almost every direction. And the best bit? It has a chamber start, so you’ll be stood with a tense wait before the floor just drops out and sends you screaming. This one is going to be fantastic.
By Ian Lewis