Newer ships are also introducing fantastic new water features, such as the one-of-a-kind AquaDuck Water Coaster on Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream. The ride starts on Deck 16 with a thrilling drop and a loop that extends 13 feet over the side of the ship. The thrills continue through more turns, drops and rapids before the riders splash down on deck 12. This ship also features Donald’s Pool for family fun, Mickey’s Pool for young children and Nemo’s Reef for toddlers. There’s also a Quiet Cove area just for adults, with a pool and a swim-up bar.
The Aqua Park water park on Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Epic features three multi-level slides that range in excitement level from mild to wild. One is a smooth ride, though it does zip right through the ship’s rock climbing wall. For the more adventurous, another slide twists and turns its way down three decks. For true thrill seekers, the Epic Plunge uses centrifugal force to spin riders around before they splash down. The Aqua Park also includes two main pools, five whirlpools, a wading pool and a Splash and Play Zone for the little ones. NCL’s Breakaway, now under construction, promises an even larger water park.
Several Princess ships also have pool areas with sliding glass roofs, a terrific feature in inclement weather. In June 2013, Princess will introduce its largest top deck pool ever on the new Royal Princess. Each evening, the pool will become the setting for a water and light show, followed by the line’s signature “Movies Under the Stars” on a large, high-definition screen.
Whether you want your ship’s pool deck to be a place to show off your cannonball dive or a soothing retreat, talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert. She can help you find a ship with the perfect pool deck for you.
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