Spectacular thrills on new cruise ships entertain and educate passengers

The simple thrill of getting onboard of a large cruise ship and enjoying the food and entertainment during the trip is not enough for all passengers. As competition is driving cruise companies to invent more exciting activities during the hours on the sea, passengers may choose if they want to race go-karts, take a dive in a submarine, or shoot travel partners with infrared guns.

Jamaica port, photo by Norwegian Cruise Line Bloomberg collected the best new cruise thrills that will be introduced in 2018.

Race track

The Norwegian Bliss, a new cruise ship operated by Norwegian Cruise Line has a go-kart race track on its top deck. The vehicles are electric so they are not making too much noise. The track is long, considering it is on a ship: it is about 300 meters / 1000 feet long.

Underwater Drones

Cruise line Hurtigruten AS is renowned for its fjord cruises along the long coast of Norway all the way up north to Lapland. In addition to cruises, the company has special trips – expeditions. It will be using BluEye Robotics underwater drones on its expedition ships. The 530-passenger MS Roald Amundsen is going to head to Antarctica in October 2018 with drones that can dive down to 150 meters. The drones are equipped with wide-angle video cameras adapted for low-light conditions. Images will be streamed in real time to screens on the ship. A perfect opportunity to see what whales and penguins are doing when we don’t see them above the surface.

Helicopters and Submarines

Australian company Scenic is introducing a new cruise ship called Scenic Eclipse but it is also known as a discovery yacht because it is designed for exploring seas. The 228-passenger ship starts sailing in the Mediterranean in August 2018, allowing passengers view Italy’s active volcanoes by helicopter, and later, the Arctic Ocean on a submarine. A vacation starts at around $5,000 per person per week.
Antartica cruise with helicopter, photo by Scenic

Driverless electric shuttle buses

Royal Caribbean International is collaborating with Navya SAS to make Arma, an electric autonomous shuttle ready for passengers by the end of 2018. The cruise company will use these driverless buses that can carry 15 people for transporting cruise passengers and crew around ports.

War games

Royal Caribbean’s new cruise ship Symphony of the Seas that starts sailing in March 2018, can carry a total of 5535 passengers. At the moment, it is the largest in the world. It has an ice skating rink that will be converted into an indoor laser tag battle area for scheduled hours a day.

The Norwegian Bliss will feature an open-air laser tag area on its top deck (20th), which has been designed to resemble an abandoned space station.

Underwater Lounges

New Ponant yachts sailing in the Mediterranean waters, Le Laperouse and Le Champlain, come with underwater lounges. They have been built into the hull of these two ships. In the lounge, it is possible to view sea life while staying safely inside the ship. Cameras broadcast underwater images from the sea as well.

Magic Carpet

Celebrity Edge cruise ship that will sail in the Caribbean in 2018 will have a deck known as the Magic Carpet. The glass deck looks like it hovers over the edge of the ship and moves up and down. It will be used as a restaurant and a cocktail lounge.

An in-suite slide and playground

A duplex suite on the Symphony of the Seas has plenty of entertainment for children: a slide that connects the two floors of the suite, a full-height Lego wall, an air hockey table, and a video-game corner with a popcorn machine. A whirlpool awaits guests at a private deck and 24/7 butler service takes care of everything else. The price: about $40,000 a week for up to eight passengers, and it is the low season price.

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