5 Cruise Ships For Those Seeking Adventure At Sea

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.

Our rough approximation of where MSC Seaside's zip line will be.

Our rough approximation of where MSC Seaside’s zip line will be.

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.

Crystal Esprit in the background with her private submersible in the foreground.

Crystal Esprit in the background with her private submersible in the foreground.

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.

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Carnival Vista’s SkyRide.

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.

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A guest takes flight aboard Anthem 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.

Mike of Cruise Currents and avid cruiser Marissa Ciolino traverse the ropes course aboard Norwegian Escape.

Mike of Cruise Currents and avid cruiser Marissa Ciolino traverse the ropes course aboard Norwegian Escape.

How daring of a cruiser are you? Share which of these experiences you’re dying to try in our comments below.

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Mike Faust

Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.