Top 10 Water Parks at Sea

by Heidi Sarna

Top 10 Water Parks at Sea

by Heidi Sarna

With spiraling water rides and whimsical spray grounds, cruise ship water parks — and slides — have reached new heights that cruisers can slip, spin, and free-fall from. Here are the best and wettest of the lot:

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Norwegian Epic's Epic Plunge / Norwegian Cruise Line / Susan Seubert
Harmony of the Seas' Splashaway Bay
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Splashaway Bay

Found on: Harmony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International 

When the world’s biggest ship debuts in June 2016, it will offer a water park that's only suitable for its (mega) size. The highlight? The thrill-inducing Ultimate Abyss that spirals a harrowing 100 feet from Deck 16 to Deck 5. The ship will also have a trio of five-story slides rightly dubbed the Perfect Storm, and younger kids will have a spray-ground to splash around in.

Found on: Harmony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International 

When the world’s biggest ship debuts in June 2016, it will offer a water park that's only suitable for its (mega) size. The highlight? The thrill-inducing Ultimate Abyss that spirals a harrowing 100 feet from Deck 16 to Deck 5. The ship will also have a trio of five-story slides rightly dubbed the Perfect Storm, and younger kids will have a spray-ground to splash around in.

Norwegian Escape's Aqua Park
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Aqua Park

Found on: Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Cruise Line

Who says water parks are just for kids? This playground offers excitement for cruisers of all ages. Adults can twist and turn side by side on the tandem Aqua Racer or free-fall into a tube slide that shoots through a loop. The sprawling kids' space is full of surprises too, with spraying cannons and buckets that dump water on unsuspecting children.  

 

Found on: Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Cruise Line

Who says water parks are just for kids? This playground offers excitement for cruisers of all ages. Adults can twist and turn side by side on the tandem Aqua Racer or free-fall into a tube slide that shoots through a loop. The sprawling kids' space is full of surprises too, with spraying cannons and buckets that dump water on unsuspecting children.  

 

Disney's AquaDuck
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AquaDuck and Nemo's Reef

Found on: Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, Disney Cruise Line

If your eyes are open on AquaDuck — a daring four-deck-high flume ride — you won't want to look down. The most unforgettable part of the 765-foot-long track is the transparent section that whizzes you — two at a time on an inflatable raft —13 feet out over the ocean. For the younger set, the "Finding Nemo"-themed water play area promises hours of soaking wet fun with a replica of an ocean reef, complete with water-squirting fish. 

 

Found on: Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, Disney Cruise Line

If your eyes are open on AquaDuck — a daring four-deck-high flume ride — you won't want to look down. The most unforgettable part of the 765-foot-long track is the transparent section that whizzes you — two at a time on an inflatable raft —13 feet out over the ocean. For the younger set, the "Finding Nemo"-themed water play area promises hours of soaking wet fun with a replica of an ocean reef, complete with water-squirting fish. 

 

Norwegian Breakaway's Free Fall
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Free Fall

Found on: Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Cruise Line

Cruisers assume an arms-crossed position as they wait for the capsule to close and the floor to drop, sending them free-falling at top speed down through a loop. Needless to say, the ride is not for the faint of heart. 

 

Found on: Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Cruise Line

Cruisers assume an arms-crossed position as they wait for the capsule to close and the floor to drop, sending them free-falling at top speed down through a loop. Needless to say, the ride is not for the faint of heart. 

 

Royal Caribbean's H20 Zone
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H2O Zone Water Park

Found on: Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, Royal Caribbean

This generous expanse of a water park is a forest of colorful creatures and shapes catering to young cruisers who love running through sprinklers, wading in water, and making a splash in a variety of pools.

 

Found on: Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, Royal Caribbean

This generous expanse of a water park is a forest of colorful creatures and shapes catering to young cruisers who love running through sprinklers, wading in water, and making a splash in a variety of pools.

 

Norwegian Epic's Epic Plunge
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Epic Plunge

Found on: Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Cruise Line

The most exciting of Norwegian Epic’s three slides is the big, bad Epic Plunge. Grab an inner tube and zoom down a corkscrew tunnel into a large open bowl. There, you'll go for a few fast spins before being flushed down into the final bit of the tube.

 

Found on: Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Cruise Line

The most exciting of Norwegian Epic’s three slides is the big, bad Epic Plunge. Grab an inner tube and zoom down a corkscrew tunnel into a large open bowl. There, you'll go for a few fast spins before being flushed down into the final bit of the tube.

 

MSC Preziosa's Vertigo
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Vertigo

Found on: MSC Preziosa, MSC Cruises

This crazy water slide stretches for what seems to go on forever (in reality, it's about 400 feet long). It starts at an elevation of 42 feet and sends passengers on a dizzying downward ride through a tube, including a a 30-foot transparent stretch that hovers — gasp! — over the side of the ship.

 

Found on: MSC Preziosa, MSC Cruises

This crazy water slide stretches for what seems to go on forever (in reality, it's about 400 feet long). It starts at an elevation of 42 feet and sends passengers on a dizzying downward ride through a tube, including a a 30-foot transparent stretch that hovers — gasp! — over the side of the ship.

 

Carnival Sunshine's Speedway Splash
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Speedway Splash

Found on: Carnival Sunshine, Carnival Cruise Line

This water park will send your senses into overdrive, with so many components you may not know where to start. Besides a 334-foot-long Twister, there's a pair of 235-foot-long slides. And there’s even more: a splash park with a total of 40 interactive water features to drench you to the core.

 

Found on: Carnival Sunshine, Carnival Cruise Line

This water park will send your senses into overdrive, with so many components you may not know where to start. Besides a 334-foot-long Twister, there's a pair of 235-foot-long slides. And there’s even more: a splash park with a total of 40 interactive water features to drench you to the core.

 

Carnival Breeze's Twister at WaterWorks
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WaterWorks

Found on: Carnival Breeze, Carnival Cruise Line

Mom and Dad can perch with a drink on a nearby bench while their offspring run in and out of climbing frames and under a huge, 300-gallon tipping bucket. Meanwhile, older kids and fun-loving adults of any age can take turns zipping down Carnival Breeze’s two oversize water slides, including the 312-foot Twister.

 

Found on: Carnival Breeze, Carnival Cruise Line

Mom and Dad can perch with a drink on a nearby bench while their offspring run in and out of climbing frames and under a huge, 300-gallon tipping bucket. Meanwhile, older kids and fun-loving adults of any age can take turns zipping down Carnival Breeze’s two oversize water slides, including the 312-foot Twister.

 

Carnival Vista's Kaleid-O-Slide
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Kaleid-O-Slide

Found on: Carnival Vista, Carnival Cruise Line

When Carnival Vista debuts in 2016, its Kaleid-O-Slide will be an attention-grabber among the many attractions on board. Riders will be sent on a winding journey on one- or two-person rafts through a 455-foot-long psychedelic-colored tube.

Found on: Carnival Vista, Carnival Cruise Line

When Carnival Vista debuts in 2016, its Kaleid-O-Slide will be an attention-grabber among the many attractions on board. Riders will be sent on a winding journey on one- or two-person rafts through a 455-foot-long psychedelic-colored tube.

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