The Best Waterparks at Sea

Disney Cruise Line introduces a cruise industry innovation on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream— the shipboard water coaster, AquaDuck. Guests aboard the ship can get swept away on the exhilarating flume ride that features twists, turns, drops, acceleration and river rapids. Stretching 765 feet in length and spanning four decks in height, AquaDuck uses powerful water blasters to propel guests around the perimeter of the ship’s top deck. (Kent Phillips, photographer) - Image Courtesy of Disney Cruises
Disney Cruise Line introduces a cruise industry innovation on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream— the shipboard water coaster, AquaDuck. (Kent Phillips, photographer) – Image Courtesy of Disney Cruises

Waterparks: they’ve long been a popular form of family entertainment.  And now, cruising families will be pleased to find that those at sea are now some of the best waterparks…anywhere!

Read on for our cruise line waterpark picks:

Carnival Waterworks-Carnival’s shipboard waterpark offers multiple waterslides including the Twister waterslide which is hundreds of feet long and side by side racing slides. There are other interactive water features including the PowerDrencher and the Drainpipe.  These are sure to entertain the entire family while onboard. (Available on the Carnival Breeze, Carnival Dream, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Fascination, Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration, Carnival Magic, Carnival Sensation and Carnival Sunshine)

Aboard the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream you will find the AquaDuck. This is a 765 feet water coaster-4 decks high, ending in a lazy river.  Aboard the Disney Fantasy you will also find the AquaLab which features interactive water stations that kids will enjoy.

Onboard the new MSC Preziosa you will find the Vertigo Waterslide and the Doremi Castle Aqua Park. The Vertigo waterslide is 390 feet long full of twists, strobe lights, and at one point takes you out over the edge of the ship for a glimpse of the sea below.

The new Norwegian Breakaway offers a waterpark that includes 5 multi-story slides, 2 swimming pools, 4 hot tubs, and interactive water features so everyone can find a way to enjoy the water.  The Norwegian Epic also offers an impressive waterpark as well with 3 multi-story waterslides, 2 pools, a kids’ pool, and 5 hot tubs.

Royal Caribbean features their FlowRider offering a simulated surfing experience.  Royal Caribbean ships also have an interactive water park, the H2O Zone, which features tons of interactive water activities.  If your Royal Caribbean cruise includes a stop on their private island, Labadee, you can enjoy the Arawak Aqua Park while ashore there. It features waterslides, water toys and interactive water activities.

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