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Swirl your way to some serious fun on one of these 10 cruise ship waterslides.

Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line

Swirl your way to some serious fun on one of these 10 cruise ship waterslides.

10 best waterslides on a cruise ship

Swoosh your way to thrills & spills on your next family vacation

When you want to let loose and have some fun on a big cruise ship, one surefire way is to head to the top of the waterslide. There you'll find other thrill seekers ready to whirl down down down to a watery crescendo. 

We've rounded up 10 of the best waterslides on a cruise ship:

 

Kids will have fun swooshing down the Aquaduck Tube Curve water slide on Disney Dream — and you'll enjoy the transparency.
Courtesy of Disney Cruise LineKids will have fun swooshing down the Aquaduck Tube Curve water slide on Disney Dream — and you'll enjoy the transparency.

AquaDuck

 

Disney Cruise Line

 
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Probably the most elaborate waterslide on a cruise ship today is the AquaDuck aboard Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. Not only is it a single or tandem raft slide, it’s also a full-blown water coaster with exciting dips and turns cantilevered out over the side of the ship leading to uphill sections before a leisurely return to the deck below.

 

The AquaDunk waterslide on Disney Magic features a three-story free-fall  where the floor drops out followed by a speedy descent.
Courtesy of Disney Cruise LineThe AquaDunk waterslide on Disney Magic features a three-story free-fall where the floor drops out followed by a speedy descent.

AquaDunk

 

Disney Cruise Line

 
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Like the AquaDuck, the similarly named AquaDunk tells the story of Donald being subjected to the waterslide experimentation of his mischievous nephews – Huey, Dewey and Louie. Only this time on Disney Magic, the raft variety has been replaced with a free-fall one where the floor drops out from under riders before a speedy descent. The three-story body slide sends you through a tube that extends 20 feet over the side of the ship, so be warned!

 

Hit the Aqua Racer on Norwegian Escape for a totally tube experience.
Don and Heidi Bucolo / Special to CruiseableHit the Aqua Racer on Norwegian Escape for a totally tube experience.

Aqua Racer

 

Norwegian Cruise Line

 
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As raft waterslides go, most only accommodate one set of riders at a time. However, the Aqua Racer on Norwegian Escape can accept two as the tube widens out in sections to see if one rider might pass the other. All the while, a translucent portion overlooks the ocean below while illuminated colored patterns activate the rest.

 

Enjoy a swift drop slide experience inside Norwegian Breakaway's Aqua Park, home to several multi-story slides and pools.
Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise LineEnjoy a swift drop slide experience inside Norwegian Breakaway's Aqua Park, home to several multi-story slides and pools.

Free Fall

 

Norwegian Cruise Line

 
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Also on Norwegian Escape, as well as Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, are two side-by-side Free Fall waterslides, somewhat similar to the AquaDunk on Disney Magic. Except this time there is so much momentum gained that riders are catapulted uphill for a portion of the loop before finishing off in a dramatic trough splashdown.

 

The Green Thunder waterslide on Carnival Legend, Carnival Pride and Carnival Spirit offers a short but thrilling ride.
Courtesy of Carnival Cruise LineGo for a short, thrilling ride on the Green Thunder waterslide on Carnival Legend, Carnival Pride or Carnival Spirit.

Green Thunder

 

Carnival Cruise Line

 
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The last free-fall variety on this list is Carnival’s Green Thunder on the Carnival Legend, Carnival Pride and Carnival Spirit, which is nearly identical to the AquaDunk on Disney, making it a thrilling but quick seven-second or so ride.

 

Kids big and small will enjoy the waterslides on Carnival Vista.
Rick Diaz / Courtesy of Carnival Cruise LineKids big and small will enjoy the waterslides on Carnival Vista.

Kaleid-O-Slide

 

Carnival Cruise Line

 
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Unique to Carnival is the Kaleid-O-Slide aboard Carnival Vista. This raft waterslide features an enclosed section with translucent colored stripes that are illuminated by the sun and create a chromatic strobing effect as riders approach a final open-air stretch before coming to the finish line.

 

Here's what MSC Seaside's innovative waterslide will look like when she launches in late 2017 (digital rendering).
Courtesy of MSC CrusiesHere's what MSC Seaside's waterslide will look like when she launches in late 2017 (digital rendering).

Slideboarding

 

MSC Cruises

 
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MSC Seaside is scheduled to debut in late November, but there's already buzz about its upcoming 367-foot Slideboarding waterslide, which will combine a board riders sit in with video game-like controllers and music. As riders traverse the wet path, lighting effects will prompt them to respond with the onboard buttons, and scores will be ranked upon each guest's arrival below. The ship will feature five waterslides in all: two high-speed racing slides with clear loops that extend over one side of the ship; Aquatube, an innertube slide; a flume slide for families, and the Slideboarding tube.

 

Tidal Wave

 

Royal Caribbean International

 
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As dramatic waterslides go, Royal Caribbean International features the Tidal Wave as part of its Perfect Storm trio aboard Liberty of the Seas. This raft slide starts out in a tube that slingshots riders down a fast descent prior to opening up to a half-pipe-like structure that boomerangs riders up and down the sides before leveling off. This type of waterslide has been at water parks on land for years, but Liberty of the Seas is the only cruise ship to have one.

 

You'll get a thrill from the 100-foot drop inside the Ultimate Abyss on Harmony of the Seas.
Courtesy of Royal Caribbean International You'll get a thrill from the 100-foot drop inside the Ultimate Abyss on Harmony of the Seas.

Ultimate Abyss

 

Royal Caribbean International

 
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While not technically a waterslide — there's no water — the Ultimate Abyss aboard Harmony of the Seas must be included as an impressive addition on a cruise ship. This dry slide has riders sit in burlap bags to avoid rug burn as they spiral swiftly down an astounding 10 decks from the FlowRiders above to the Boardwalk district below.

 

MSC Preziosa's winding waterslide swoops over Doremi Castle and a kid-centric aqua park.
Courtesy of MSC CruisesMSC Preziosa's winding waterslide swoops over Doremi Castle and a kid-centric aqua park.

Vertigo

 

MSC Cruises

 

10One final entry aboard MSC Preziosa is what MSC Cruises touts as the longest single-rider body waterslide at sea. It measures 394 feet long and 42 feet high, complete with a translucent 30-foot pass suspended over the side of the ship for even more thrills.

How about you? Have your favorite waterslide for slipping and sliding?

Jason Leppert
A San Diego-based cruise expert who's been on more than 85 sailings, I'm the founding editor of PopularCruising.com and a staff writer for TravelPulse.

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