Royal Caribbean unveils longest waterslide at sea - Cruise International

Royal Caribbean unveils longest waterslide at sea

By Liz Jarvis | 24 Jan 2019

Royal Caribbean unveils The Blaster, the longest waterslide at sea, for the revamped Navigator of the Seas

Royal Caribbean has revealed plans to install the world’s longest waterslide at sea on its ship Navigator of the Seas as part of a $155 million makeover.

“Each Royal Caribbean ship brings a new adventure uniquely designed to deliver on our guests’ preferences from A to Z,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International.

“Every detail matters and we’ve mapped out an unmatched combination of innovative features and experiences for this top-to-bottom transformation of Navigator of the Seas.”

The Blaster will propel a two-person raft through more than 800 feet of hills, drops and straightaways including a section that extends over the side of the ship for a unique seaborne thrill.

The Blaster is just one of the extraordinary additions guest can expect from Navigator of the Seas’ $155 million makeover when the ship relaunches on 24 February 2019.

Other innovations include The Blaster’s counterpart, Riptide, which will plunge riders headfirst down the cruise industry’s very first mat racer, finishing with an exhilarating home stretch through a translucent tube offering breath taking ocean views.

Last year, Royal Caribbean let 100 ten-year-olds loose on the newly amped-up Independence of the Seas to road test her extraordinary new features, including Sky Pad, the virtual reality bungee trampoline experience.

Navigator of the Seas’ multi-million dollar makeover also includes To Dry For, the first standalone blow dry bar at sea; Planet Z, glow-in-the-dark laser tag; The Observatorium, Royal Caribbean’s escape room; The Limit and Coconut two-level signature cocktail bar; El Local Fresh, which will serve tasty Mexican street food; The Bamboo Room, the cruise line’s Polynesian-themed watering hole; Rustic Italian dishes at Jamie’s Italian; drinks and pastries from Starbucks.


Navigator of the Seas will be the first in the Royal Caribbean fleet to visit Perfect Day at CocoCay, the debut destination in the cruise line’s recently announced private island collection, opening in May 2019.

With a $200 million investment, the family-focused island destination will feature Thrill Waterpark with 13 jaw-dropping slides, like Daredevil’s Peak – the tallest waterslide in North America; Oasis Lagoon, the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool; Up, Up and Away, the helium balloon that floats up to 450 feet in the air for the highest vantage point in The Bahamas; Chill Island for some R&R on the beach; and the action-packed South Beach with sports, paddle-boarding, glass-bottom kayaking and more.