Do you fancy speeding across the top deck of a cruise ship in a mini-racing car Lewis Hamilton style or whizzing around the funnel in a heart-pounding roller-coaster? How about plunging down the longest water slide at sea or bouncing about on trampolines that catapult you into a brightly coloured candy-filled virtual world? These are just some of the mouth-watering temptations currently debuting on new cruise ships which are trying to woo families with an increasing roll-call of thrills.
Even just a few short years ago, who would have believed that you could find such exciting crowd-pleasers at sea, but cruise companies are increasingly tearing up the rule book when it comes to the latest innovative twists. Not all new draws are confined to decks either. Families can take their pick from adrenaline-filled excursions and kiddie-friendly treasure hunts aimed at keeping all ages occupied, and even explore new resort islands packed with fun diversions.
MSC Cruises’ newest ship, MSC Bellissima, which debuted in March, promises one of the most exhilarating water parks at sea with water slides including a champagne bowl and two racing tubes. There’s also an aqua play water spray area. The cruise line’s exclusive tie-up with Cirque du Soleil means there are two original new shows.