Water Slide Guide


Cruises are all about having fun, so what better way to start your adventure than to make a splash in one of the many waterslides and pools on offer?

There are plenty of cruise lines out there which are packed full of fun and incredible pool activities to keep you entertained, from luxurious and tranquil pools to adrenaline-fuelled waterslides.

So if you’re looking for something a little different with your next cruise, why not take a look at our waterslide and pool guide to find a cruise line which will cater to your needs?


There’s nothing quite like the feeling of hurtling down the slide at incredible speeds, with the wind flowing through your hair and immense sea views all around. To ensure you have nothing but fun whilst using the slides on your cruise ship, here’s a few safety tips:

Don’t run or dive - The surface area around Lido Deck can get slippery, especially if you have bare feet so it’s best to avoid running – just remember it’s not a race and you’ll get your turn eventually. Diving is also prohibited in most cruise ship pools. This is due the depth and size of the pools and also your sense of balance which can be impaired if the ship is experiencing rough weather.

Remove unnecessary items - The last thing you want to do is lose your most beloved piece of jewellery or misplace your wallet when you leave it on a lounger to take a dip in the pool. Remove the likelihood of this happening by leaving your valuables in the safe in your cabin.

Young children should be accompanied by an adult - Children under ten should have an adult with them while using the pool and waterslide facilities.

Streamline for speed (and safety) - Keep your arms tucked in and your legs together, you’ll be able to travel faster and keep yourself from banging or knocking your limbs whilst in transit down the slide.


If you’re the type of cruiser whose idea of entertainment goes beyond sitting at the bar or catching some rays on the deck, then you’ll want to take a closer look at some of these adrenaline-pumping waterslides.

Here are five cruise lines that will make you feel like a kid again:

1. Speedway Splash, Carnival Cruise Lines (Carnival Sunshine)

With most cruise lines, the two tallest structures tend to be the funnel and communications mast, but the Carnival Sunshine has a challenger in the shape of its Speedway Splash water slide. Clambering four stories above deck ten, this 334-foot-long slide takes those who are brave enough on the ride of a lifetime over the sea and back down onto deck again with startling speed. Not one for the feint-hearted!

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2. Green Thunder, Carnival Cruise Lines (Carnival Spirit)

Be prepared for a lightning-fast slide experience on this green monster aboard the Carnival Spirit. As one of the fastest, steepest and most exciting waterslides at sea, you can guarantee to have the experience of a lifetime as you reach speeds you never before imagined possible on a slide!

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3. Epic Plunge, Norwegian Cruise Line (Norwegian Epic)

Sitting majestically at four stories above the pool deck on the Norwegian Epic and at over 200 feet long, the Epic Plunge certainly lives up to its name. Riders plummet down the enclosed tube on a rubber ring before being launched out into a giant bowl that looks like something Willy Wonka would use in his chocolate factory. After much swirling and splashing around, you’re eventually sucked through another hole in the centre of the bowl which drops out into a pool of water for a nice, cushioned landing.

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4. Free Fall, Norwegian Cruise Line (Norwegian Breakaway / Norwegian Getaway)

If you like to test your bravery with some of the biggest and best waterpark rides, then look no further than Norwegian Breakaway’s Free Fall waterslide because it’s the fastest waterslide at sea. This heart-stopping ride pits two brave souls against one another, side-by-side, where they wait for a trap door to open before plunging into the watery depths below.

The Norwegian Breakaway and the Norwegian Getaway ships have the largest water parks in the entire fleet, including five multi-story waterslides, two swimming pools and four hot tubs, giving you more water fun than ever before!

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5. Vertigo, MSC Cruises (MSC Preziosa)

At 390-foot-long the Vertigo slide is not for the faint-hearted, as those who are brave enough to challenge it travel at speeds of up to 13 mph.

Sitting majestically atop Deck 18, riders are taken on a twisting, turning journey that’s filled with moments of madness, as several portions are lined with colour bands that create a strobe effect as your travel through the tunnel at dizzying speed.

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