Spending your day sunbathing on a cruise ship is so last year. Today, many cruise ship companies have stepped up their game to make your stay something to remember. Here are some of the most luxurious activities found on cruise ships.
Yes, you read that right. Royal Caribbean’s Quantum class ships have revealed the first-ever skydiving simulator while at sea. If you don’t have a fear of heights, you can attend an informational session and learn to dive into a 23-foot-high, glass-enclosed window tunnel which feels like you’re skydiving. With flight suit and goggles in tack, you’ll be soaring high while on board. With views of the ocean, it is definitely something to try, especially on a cruise ship.
These days, you don’t even have to be in the ocean to catch some waves. On Royal Caribbean’s Quantum, Oasis and Freedom class ships, you can experience hanging 10 on the FlowRider, a surf simulator that creates waves on a platform. Even though the waves are not real, you can still wipe out and plenty of people will be watching.
Ride down a crazy water coaster on the decks of both the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy cruise lines. Named the AquaDuck, this coaster has twists and turns for 765 feet over and around the deck of the ships. On the Disney Magic cruise ship, riders are three stories above the deck and coast through a trap door into a tube that shoots out 20 feet over the ship’s side.
Aboard the Costa Cruises and Carnival Breeze Cruises, you can enjoy not only a 3D movie experience, but also a 4D one. 4D Entertainment allows you to literally feel the movie with pumped-in smells, seats that shake, liquid that is squirted over the audience and visuals that pop off the screen.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. allows you to feel like you’re in New York City’s Central Park, with trees, flowers and tons of greenery. The urban playground also features restaurants and shops that are on Fifth Avenue. Passengers on these ships can have picnics and lay on the grass, just like at the real Central Park. On other celebrity cruise lines, passengers can even grill at the Lawn Club Grill and enjoy private cabanas.
Who needs human bartenders when you have robot ones that will make your alcoholic beverage perfect? Aboard Royal Caribbean’s Quantam of the Seas, you can experience the Bionic Bar, which features two robots mixing and serving your drinks. Guests order their drinks from a tablet device at their table and watch the robot bartenders go to work!
Have you ever wanted to drag race going 200 mph? Well, now you can—while at sea! The MSC Cruises’ Fantasia class ships allow passengers to feel like a racecar driver in their Formula 1 simulator. Passengers pretend they are on a real track that has the car doing bumps and whines like the real deal. Everything is projected on a screen, and cars are equipped with gadgets, buttons and real sounds.