Cruise ships are getting more adventurous, with plenty of on-board features for thrill-seekers. Here are some of the best

Royal Caribbean’s rock-climbing wall


  • “Want a high-octane rush? The Plank on Norwegian Breakaway,from Norwegian Cruise Line, is a steel beam that juts out from the dizzying high ropes course and leaves you teetering 150ft above the sea.
  • Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class ships feature the FlowRider, a surfing simulator that pumps out 60,000 gallons of water a minute, providing fun even if you just want to lie down on a body board. There’s also the Zip Line that sends you soaring nine decks above the crowds on the Boardwalk and a rock climbing wall 200ft above the sea. And when Quantum of the Seas launches next year, the mega-ship will feature an on-board sky diving simulator.
  • “You think that maybe you will be able to wave at the people on Lido deck below but all you can see are the inside of your eye lids and all you can hear are your own screams echoing all the way.” Carnival Cruise Director John Heald on Carnival Sunshine’s new Twister slide.
  • MSC Preziosafrom MSC Cruises, features Vertigo, a waterslide almost 400ft long which shoots over the side of the ship. A nine-metre long section of the slide is transparent and offers unparalleled views as it juts out across the ocean – if you’re brave enough to keep your eyes open!

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