One of the most beautiful things about traveling via cruise ship is that you can completely tailor the experience to what you want. Are you looking for reserved, quiet evenings? Easy. Do you want lots of time off the ship, exploring different cities? Done and done. Or, are you a different type of traveler, one who wants to get their adrenaline pumping with fast-paced, crazy activities? If that’s the case, there’s more than enough out there for you. As the cruise industry gets bigger, the ceiling for what is considered too crazy to be on a ship just keeps rising and rising, and frankly, we love it. Here’s our picks for three of the coolest and most exciting activities you can do while sailing the seven seas.
Norwegian Cruise Line may not be the first that jumps to mind when you think of over-the-top activities, but their ships Bliss and Joy are out to change that perception. Both of them sport bonafide race tracks that you can get onto burn some rubber. The carts have four speed settings and can go up to 30 miles per hour. Oh, and they have a one-use turbo boost that you can use to gain an advantage on the other racers. And you’ll need it: the race track was designed to be competitive, with a timing system and a pit area for spectators to cheer on their favorite racers. We wonder if you’ll even notice the fact that the ocean is whipping past you….
Well, not actually, but kinda. On Royal Caribbean ships, there is the option to try out Ripcord by iFLY. It’s a skydiving simulator, letting you experience the exact feeling of skydiving without actually…skydiving! It’s a completely safe version of the activity we all know and love (or all know and are terrified of). You never get too far off the ground, but extreme winds keep you levitating in the air and feeling like you’re falling through the sky. You’re observed by an instructor the whole time, but it’s definitely still enough to get your heart racing. Plus, it’s free for everyone to try the first time! What’s not to like?
Ride a rollercoaster
Okay, this one is kinda cheating, but we love it too much to not include it. Carnival’s new Mardi Gras ship doesn’t deploy until later this year, but the BOLT rollercoaster aboard it is already one of the most exciting cruise developments of 2020. There’s never been a rollercoaster on a cruise before (trust me, you would’ve heard about it) and BOLT looks like it will be truly groundbreaking. The whole track will be about 800 feet long, and you’ll be able to reach speeds of around 40 miles per hour on the coaster itself, which will definitely feel pretty dang fast when you’re 187 feet above the sea.
While these kinds of activities aren’t for everyone, they’re the type of thing that can really make a trip into a memory you’ll never forget. Next time you book a cruise, pay close attention to the different ways you can pass time while on board. Maybe you’ll find a love of skydiving deep inside you! If not, that’s cool too, but it’s always exciting to try something new!