MSC Seaside with the longest zip line at sea
While zip lines aren’t new to the sea, MSC Cruises is looking to take this already thrilling experience to the next level. When MSC Seaside debuts in December 2017, she’ll debut the longest zip line at sea – a full 425 feet long, stretching from the top of the ship’s funnel all the way to her stern. Not only will the zip line provide for a thrilling experience, guests will have a fantastic vantage point of the deep blue ocean spreading from all sides of the MSC Seaside.
Where you’ll find her sailing: To the Caribbean from Miami, beginning in December 2017.
Crystal Esprit with a private (and not yellow) submarine
On a mission to offer the most interesting cruise experience at sea, Crystal Cruises’ new yacht, Crystal Esprit, recently debuted with a private submersible craft. Yes, a submarine. Guests sailing aboard the 62 guest yacht will have the chance to dive approximately 1,000 feet below the surface and explore the ocean world in underwater tours lasting around 30 minutes.
Where you’ll find her sailing: Around the world.
Carnival Vista with bicycles in the sky
Carnival’s newest and largest ship adds a new feature not seen at sea: bicycling in the sky. Known as SkyRide, guests climb into a suspended “bicycle” and zip around the suspended track over SportSquare, either racing your fellow shipmate or taking it slow and easy, absorbing the incredible views from above.
Where you’ll find her sailing: Throughout the Mediterranean until November and to the Caribbean from Miami, beginning in November 2016.
Anthem of the Seas with skydiving at sea
Anthem of the Seas, the second of Royal Caribbean’s new fleet of “smartships,” offers a number of thrilling at sea experiences, including bumper cars, a circus academy, and NorthStar, however, my top adventure pick goes to RipCord by iFly, Anthem of the Seas’ own skydiving simulator. After a short briefing, guests climb into a contained wind tunnel with an instructor and “skydive.” Guests can first try their skills at “skydiving,” and later with lessons, can try their hands at some true tricks and dives.
Where you’ll find her sailing: To the Caribbean and Bermuda from Bayonne, New Jersey.
*RipCord by iFly can also be found aboard Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas.
Norwegian Esape with the largest ropes course at sea
Norwegian Cruise Line’s largest cruise ship, Norwegian Escape, offers a larger than life jungle gym for her guests. Towering three levels above her stern, Norwegian Escape’s ropes course features numerous suspended tightropes, lily pads, climbing nets, and zip lines, challenging guests to climb higher and further. And for those daring enough, step out onto The Plank, an actual plank extending from the side of the ship, 172 feet above the sea.
Where you’ll find her sailing: To the Caribbean from Miami.
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