Cruise Tips / 6 Cruise Amusement Rides for Thrill Seekers

Here's a look at 6 amusement ride-worthy cruises!

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By: Ilona Kauremszky

Gone are the days when a cruise meant getting you from one exotic cruise locale to the next.

Fun amusement rides on board a fleet of ships have become a strong cruise booking component especially for families and adrenaline junkies.

There are many bells and whistles to get cruisers pumped for a big sail.

Here’s a look at 6 amusement ride-worthy cruises:

1. Joy Speedway

The ultimate joy ride this go-kart track-at-sea, for the moment, is available on the only cruise line in the world (Norwegian Cruise line) to offer this unique experience. Picture electric carts that go head-to-head on a bendy track located on a thrilling two-level race track at the top of the ship. A fast track with sharp corners the Joy Speedway is a speed demon’s dream ride. Vessel: Norwegian Joy

2. A Perfect Storm


In this dual racer slide combo it’s all about Typhoon and Cyclone. The water slide names are aptly used to describe the thrilling ride attraction on board the world’s largest cruise ship. Grab a buddy and plunge through three stories of twisting, turning thrills. Height and weight restrictions apply. Vessel: Harmony of the Seas

3. Ultimate Abyss

There’s nothing that will beat this adrenaline rush gravity-defying booster. Once you take the plunge 10 stories into the mysteries of the deep on the tallest slide at sea you’ll know. Height and weight restrictions apply. No reservations required. Vessel: Harmony of the Seas

4. Bolt


Inspired by race car mania once this new ship launches speed demons beware. On board Carnival’s largest vessel watch for a 2-person motorcycle-style roller coaster ride known as Bolt. Riders get ready to be bolted in this sea coaster to be whisked above the ocean along an 800-foot track circling the iconic Carnival funnel. You’ll don sporty shades, a race jacket and clock in 40 mph with views 187 feet above sea level. (The height is the same as the Eiffel Tower’s first floor). Vessel: Carnival Mardi Gras

5. iFLY


When this skydiving attraction debuted a few years ago there was a big buzz in the air. Finally, a ship that offers flying albeit through a simulator. Still iFLY was the first ever wind tunnel installation on a cruise ship. Ride lovers continue to get suited up. They enter a vertical wind tunnel with wind speeds that can top over 100 mph for this indoor skydiving that bellows high above the sea. It’s like a cushion of air. Watch riders float. Killer views. No parachute required. Vessel: Royal Caribbean Quantum class ships like Ovation of the Seas

6. AquaDuck Water Coaster


High above the high seas roller coaster fans get swooped up and swept through a riveting ride that blasts guests around the ship’s top deck. In this shipboard water coaster that stretches 765 feet long and spans four decks high it’s all about the twists, turns, and drops. The water coaster ride is wet’n’wild and makes a blast for the entire family. Vessels: Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy  

Ilona Kauremszky
Travel Writer
Ilona Kauremszky is an award-winning travel writer and former syndicated weekly travel columnist who regularly pens stories for trade, consumer and digital platforms. For ShipsAhoy.com, the bonafide cruise enthusiast interviews cruise influencers, reports trends and spotlights the latest in cruise news.

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