They are calling it The Ultimate Abyss – and with good reason.
Royal Caribbean claims the water slide on Harmony of the Seas is the tallest at sea.
Other lines like Carnival, Norwegian, MSC, Disney and many more have added these adrenaline-pumping attractions on their ships. But the Ultimate Abyss drops a staggering 100 feet from the top of Harmony of the Seas.
It is just one of the attractions at Splashaway Bay, a new interactive water park on the new Quantum-class ship.
While the water park is limited to children, the slides are open to adults.
The Ultimate Abyss is 10 storeys high, starting in the Pool and Sports Zone at the ship’s aft and winding its way down to the Boardwalk neighbourhood below.
It is one of four white-knuckle, adrenalin pumping water slides at the park with the Supercell, Typhoon and Cyclone making up the rest of the rides.
These three slides create The Perfect Storm, which is positioned five decks above the lush open-air Central Park in the centre of the ship.
Harmony of the Seas will debut in May 2016, calling at Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca in Spain, Provence in France and Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples in Italy.
Cruise Passenger has found four more water slides which will make your heart race … or stop.
Green Thunder – Carnival Legend, Carnival Cruise Lines
This slide is the steepest and fastest on the high seas. It was part of the line’s $7 million refurbishment to the ship. Those who dare climb several flights of stairs to the top where they then prepare to drop 34 feet.
But if it is a little too daring, you can always check out the Legend’s Splash Park which also includes a PowerDrencher Tipping bucket.
Aqua Duck – Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, Disney Cruise Line
The slide is on Deck 12 and is known as the “aqua coaster”. The roller coaster-like slide is full of twists and drops. As you ride through the 765-foot course, you can quickly take in the views high above the ocean … until the raft drops into the lazy river at the end.
The ships also have themed splash zones for the little cruisers aged eight years and younger – Nemo’s Reef on Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy and AquaLab, also on Disney Fantasy, have water jets, fountains, and mini-water slides.
Vertigo – MSC Preziosa, MSC Cruises
The Vertigo slide is 390 feet long and sits on top of Deck 18. Brave riders travel down the side of the ship at the speed of 20km/h. Inside the slide are several bands of colours that change when the sun shines through.
If you want something a little bit more relaxing, the MSC Divina contains an infinity style Garden Pool.
Free Fall – Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Cruise Line
With the largest water parks on the fleet, these ships are destined for thrill seekers. Standing above the free fall, the anticipation hits as you wait for the trap door to vanish from underneath your feet. Passengers are able to watch the action below through the see through tubes.
On a less heart-pumping level, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway have Nickelodeon-themed aqua parks for toddlers. They feature life-sized characters, such as SpongeBob SquarePants, along with water squirters and shallow splash pools.
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