You don’t have to get off the ship to enjoy a little adventure and adrenaline in your cruise! Lying by the pool is all well and good, but sometimes a holiday can get too sedentary, and you need to spice things up. Various cruise lines are outdoing themselves - and each other - with amazing activities and amusement facilities that cater to competitive friends and energetic cruise enthusiasts.
The following are a few of our favourite wild onboard activities. Thrillseekers, this might be the list that helps you choose your cruise!
RipCord by iFly (Royal Caribbean)
In this fantastic vertical wind tunnel, cruisers can experience the thrills of skydiving without having to actually jump out of a plane - something which is hard to do while on a ship in the middle of the ocean! It’s an incredible simulation of the real thing and will have you floating on air in complete safety, with all instructions and gear provided and instructors on hand.
RipCord by iFly is available on Quantum-Class ships. This includes the big and beautiful Ovation of the Seas, so you can try an onboard skydiving simulation on cruise itineraries Down Under.
Walking the Plank (Norwegian Cruise Line)
Get a taste of the pirate life aboard the Norwegian Breakaway-class ships, where cruise passengers can walk the gangplank. Said plank is a very narrow board that extends several metres from the side of the ship, and it is rumoured to induce toe-curling amounts of adrenaline as you inch your way out above the waves and then back again.
Are there sharks waiting? We can’t say - but you’ll be glad to know that you aren’t required (or allowed!) to jump off. Should you fall, you won’t go far as all participants are safely strapped into a harness.
This onboard attraction has it all: views, excitement, a leg-day workout and a chance for some healthy competition. The SkyRide entails a pair of “go-mobiles” suspended from a track high above the deck, which completes a circuit offering incredible vistas over the seas and shore.
The go-mobiles are pedal-powered, and the track takes several minutes to complete for most riders - but of course, it depends on how fast you get your legs moving. Race your riding partner or take a leisurely trip around the track. You will be safely strapped into your seat, and have a handbrake if you need to stop.
Edge Adventure Park (P&O)
On each of P&O Australia’s five ships there is an exciting adventure park - part high ropes course, part obstacle course. Edge is a collection of activities that you can sign on for (these cost extra), and each is more adrenaline-inducing than the last.
Options include rock climbing, a cargo net race, a bow ladder climb, an abseil, a flying fox, slackline surfing, a plank walk, high ropes and more. Many of these will give you an entirely new perspective on the ship and its surrounds - and all are conducted with appropriate safety equipment. Cruising with kids? Check the height requirements for each activity.
Go Karts (Norwegian Cruise Line)
NCL’s Norwegian Bliss comes with an amazing and innovative new adventure activity: a competitive go kart track which spans two decks and is longer than any previous race track at sea. This is the perfect pastime for groups of families and friends, encouraging a bit of rivalry which will surely provide something to chat about at the bar later in the evening.
Imagine zooming around hairpin bends high above the ocean - it’s a thrill ride for sure, and one in which you have complete control.
Ultimate Abyss (Royal Caribbean)
The very name of this slide ride is a little fright-inducing, and the look of it may terrify you. Found on the Harmony of the Seas and the Symphony of the Seas, it is a ten-storey high slide - in fact, a pair of slides - which twirl at an alarmingly steep incline down to a deck many feet below. Riders can race each other down, and experience the lights and sounds of the Abyss all the way to the end.
This isn’t a waterslide but a dry slide so you can do it any time. Riders are given a mat to protect their skin on the way down and ensure a quick and thrilling trip to the bottom.
This isn’t a fast-paced or physically demanding activity, but it’s not for the faint of heart. The Regal, Majestic and Royal Princesses have a cantilevered glass walkway, 60 feet long and more than 120 feet above the ocean, where you can walk if you dare.
The SeaWalk is enclosed, so you’re protected from the elements despite them being very much visually exposed from all angles! If you’re afraid of heights, this might be a bit too much, but it’s a fantastic challenge - and it does provide some spectacular views of the decks and the waves.
If one of these takes your fancy, head over and take a look at our wide range of cruise deals - your exciting and wild cruise holiday awaits! What’s your favourite onboard adventure?