It's a whole lotta fun on board 2011's cruise ships

Sunday 18 September 2011 14:42

US cruise line Carnival Cruises has released details of the attractions that will feature on board its latest cruise liner, the Carnival Magic, when it debuts next May.

The 3,690-passenger vessel is the newest "fun ship" from Carnival, which says that it will contain several firsts for both the cruise line and the industry.

An on-board pub, complete with home-brew beer is one of the concepts, along with the first ropes course at sea, a net course suspended above deck that offers guests (with the stomach for it) views of the sea 150 feet (45m) below.

Another attraction is the on-board WaterWorks aqua park, which features a "Twister" spiral slide and a splash park complete with 500-gallon (1,890 liter) "dump bucket" which is aimed at youngsters and families.

Echoing the open-air promenade features found on the Oasis of the Seas, which debuted last year from Royal Caribbean, Carnival Magic will also feature a half mile (0.8 km) promenade which encircles a deck so that guests can stretch their legs.

The 130,000-ton ship is set to be one of the largest to launch next year, despite holding fewer passengers than the 128,000-ton Disney Dream, which is set to make its maiden voyage in January.

Disney Dream features the four-storey high-speed log ride "Aquaduck," which sounds pretty fun itself, extending 16 feet (nearly 5 meters) off the edge of the ship at one point, before a sharp turn back to safety.

She will also offer fun-loving guests "Goofy's Sports Deck", "Nemo's Reef" and the "Donald Pool."

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