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World's Longest Water Slide At Sea Includes Section Which Hangs Over Ship's Edge

World's Longest Water Slide At Sea Includes Section Which Hangs Over Ship's Edge

There's a high chance that if you're under the age of 50 then you've never really thought about going on a cruise before. However, the opening of the world's largest water slide at sea might just make you think twice.

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Royal Caribbean International announced plans to install 'The Blaster' in January and now the release of GoPro footage has given us an insight into the twists and turns it has to offer.

The 800ft 'aqua-coaster', which opened to the public last month, flings two person rafts (with two people on them) through a series of dips and bends, culminating in a ride along the edge of the ship in an open air tube.

There's even a clear section that juts out over the edge of the ship - so look down at this point if you want to see aquatic animals/be sick.

The slide hangs over the edge of the Navigator of the Seas. Credit: Royal Caribbean
The slide hangs over the edge of the Navigator of the Seas. Credit: Royal Caribbean

The Blaster is just part of a $115 (£86) million makeover of the ship. The Riptide has also been introduced, the cruise industry's first 'mat racer' which takes riders through a translucent tube with panoramic ocean views.

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Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, said the revamp was 'unmatched' and 'innovative'.

He said: "Each Royal Caribbean ship brings a new adventure uniquely designed to deliver on our guests' preferences from A to Z.

"Every detail matters and we've mapped out an unmatched combination of innovative features and experiences for this top-to-bottom transformation of Navigator of the Seas."

You may be thinking $115 million on a couple of slides seems like a lot of money. Well, hold your horses, because there's plenty of extra additions to cater to those who are more thrill-averse.

A whole host of new features have been introduced as part of the revamp. Credit: Royal Caribbean
A whole host of new features have been introduced as part of the revamp. Credit: Royal Caribbean

These include:

- To Dry For, the first standalone blow dry bar at sea (and you thought the biggest water slide at sea was quite the coup)

- Planet Z glow in the dark laser tag

- The Observatorium, Royal Caribbean's escape room

- The Lime and Coconut two-level signature cocktail bar

- Tasty Mexican street food at El Loco Fresh

- The Bamboo Room, the cruise line's Polynesian-themed watering hole

- Jamie's Italian

- Starbucks

It's almost as though they've overheard the countless people who say they don't want to go on a cruise because they think they might get bored - how can one get bored with slides, glow in the dark laser tag and garlic bread all on their doorstep?

Featured Image Credit: Royal Caribbean

Topics: News, holidays, Interesting, travel

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.

 

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