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Cruise ship attractions for a wild vacation at sea

If your idea of relaxation is cruising the Caribbean with a cocktail in hand, there is no shortage of ships for you to choose from. Cruising is a huge part of the tourism industry in the region, and a great way to get a taste of multiple islands in all in a single trip. From mega-ships that hold thousands of passengers to ultra-personal service, these floating hotels have everything you need for the ultimate vacation in paradise. In order to stay afloat (pun intended), cruise lines are having to come up with bigger and better attractions to draw new cruisers to their ships. These are just a few of the most interesting things to see on the sea.

  1. Real Grass

    Even though you’re headed to an island for soft sand, real plants on a cruise ship are a bit of a novelty. The occasional potted palm may appear on most cruises, but on ships like the Celebrity Equinox, an entire lawn is set up on the top deck, perfect for a game of croquet or an impromptu picnic.

    Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas ships both feature a “Central Park”, boasting more than 12,000 live trees, plants, flowers and grasses.

  2. ‘Out There’ Views


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    Aboard Royal Caribbean’s newest Quantum Class of ships, a robotic arm with an enclosed pod extends guests more than 300 feet above sea level for a 360-degree view. Offering fantastic photo opportunities, the North Star experience is one of the most sought-after cruise ship attractions at sea.

  3. See Stars


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    The ocean has limited light pollution from cities, but for a truly “out of this world” experience, Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 has the only planetarium at sea. Sit beneath a giant dome and watch the night sky come alive – even if it’s cloudy out – with one of three different shows.

  4. Fly High


    If you’ve ever wanted to see the Caribbean “as the crow flies”, Royal Caribbean is the cruise line for you. Put on a “flight suit” and experience weightlessness in the Ripcord iFly attraction, a sky-diving simulator at sea on their Quantum Class ships. Many Royal Caribbean ships also include intra-ship zip lining adventures, allowing the young and the young at heart to feel like Peter Pan for a day.

  5. Waterworks

    Want to give the whole family a waterpark vacation at sea? The Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream ships both feature the AquaDuck, a 765-foot waterslide that just screams fun. Ridden in a tandem inner-tube, the AquaDuck takes guests 12 feet away from the vessel and more than 150 above the sea in a wet and wild tour of the ship.