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Which Royal Caribbean ships have water slides?

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16Apr2021

Among the many fun activities you can do on a cruise ship, water slides are a fan favorite.  So which ships offer a wet plummet onboard?

Until recently, Royal Caribbean did not offer water slides, but they have been adding water slides to their ships steadily.

If having a water slide on your cruise is important to you, here is a guide to which ships offer slides.

Types of water slides

Royal Caribbean offers a few different types of water slides across its fleet.

Over the years, Royal Caribbean has experimented with new slides in addition to rolling out tried and true favorites.

The Perfect Storm

The most common combination of water slides on any Royal Caribbean ship is what the cruise line calls The Perfect Storm.

Two racer slides, Cyclone and Typhoon, offer a fast ride side-by-side to a water splash down.

Supercell is the name of the large bowl shaped slide, where you enter large saucer section to see how many times you can go around before exiting down to the end.

Tidal Wave

Tidal Wave is the first boomerang-style slide, and allows you to go on a raft up a near vertical wall to achieve a feeling of near weightlessness, before sliding back down for a giant splash.

Blaster

Royal Caribbean's first aqua coaster, The Blaster, is the longest water slide at sea.  

You ride in a raft down more than 800 feet of dips, turns and straightaways, with some portions even extending over the side of the ship.

Riptide

A headfirst mat slide, Riptide takes you on an exhilarating journey down translucent tubes with views (if you can keep your eyes open).

Kids slides

There are a few different types of water slides specifically for younger children available on some Royal Caribbean ships.

Splashaway Bay is Royal Caribbean's aqua park, and offers usually two kids of water slides for kids.

One is a short slide that goes directly down, and the other is an enclosed tube slide that swirls around a couple times.

On Royal Caribbean's Radiance Class ships, there is a single water slide for children on the back of the ship. This is an open air slide that swirls around before the exit.

Royal Caribbean ships with water slides

All water slides on Royal Caribbean's cruise ships are complimentary to use when they are open.

Water slides have set hours published in the Cruise Compass, and are usually open during most of the day.

Adventure of the Seas

  • Perfect Storm (Cyclone and Typhoon)
  • Splashaway Bay

Brilliance of the Seas

  • Kids water slide

Freedom of the Seas

  • Perfect Storm (Cyclone and Typhoon)
  • Splashaway Bay

Harmony of the Seas

  • Perfect Storm (Cyclone, Typhoon & Supercell)
  • Splashaway Bay

Independence of the Seas

  • Perfect Storm (Cyclone and Typhoon)
  • Splashaway Bay

Jewel of the Seas

  • Kids water slide

Liberty of the Seas

  • Perfect Storm (Cyclone and Typhoon)
  • Tidal Wave
  • Splashaway Bay

Mariner of the Seas

  • Perfect Storm (Cyclone and Typhoon)
  • Splashaway Bay

Navigator of the Seas

  • Blaster
  • Riptide

Oasis of the Seas

  • Perfect Storm (Cyclone, Typhoon & Supercell)
  • Splashaway Bay

Radiance of the Seas

  • Kids water slide

Serenade of the Seas

  • Kids water slide

Symphony of the Seas

  • Perfect Storm (Cyclone, Typhoon & Supercell)
  • Splashaway Bay

Perfect Day at Cococay

Royal Caribbean's private island in The Bahamas offers a few different water slide options to enjoy.

At CocoCay, you will find complimentary water slides that anyone can enjoy, as well as water slides that cost extra.

Complimentary slides

There are two areas where kids can enjoy water slides for no additional cost at Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Splashaway Bay and Captain Jill's Galleon both have small slides that are suitable for most ages.

These slides are generally best for younger children.  

Thrill Waterpark

The water slides that will get your attention quickly are all located in Thrill Waterpark.

Thrill Waterpark has a per-person cost for access to all the slides throughout the day. Royal Caribbean sells day passes for access to the water park. Only full day passes are available, with no half day passes offered any longer.

The exact cost of admission to Thrill Waterpark varies from sailing to sailing, so you will need to consult the Cruise Planner website for exact pricing.

Daredevil’s Tower 

The big thrills are at Daredevil's Tower, where you will find seven slides to choose from, including twin Dueling Demons drop slides and the duo of Manta Raycers; the high-speed, fully vertical Screeching Serpent; the coiling Green Mamba; and the 135-foot-tall Daredevil’s Peak – the tallest waterslide in North America.

There are also a few smaller slides as well.

Family Tower

If you want to experience slides together, the Family Tower offers slides perfect to be shared.

Six multi-rider slides area available, including The Twister, a winding tube slide for two sharing a raft; The Slingshot, a zero-gravity slide for four; and the four-lane Splash Speedway racing slides.

Adventure Pool

For younger kids, Adventure Pool offers an obstacle course of lily pads, a rock-climbing wall and swing ropes to bounce, climb and swing to their heart’s content.

Labadee

Labadee, Royal Caribbean's private destination in Haiti, does not have a water park, but does have a single slide you can purchase rides on to enjoy during your day.

The Dragon's Splash Waterslide is an almost 300-foot slide that drops you into an 18-foot splash zone.  

The cost is $24 for one ride.

Water slides tips & advice

  • Water slides are open on embarkation day, so bring your bathing suit in your carry-on luggage so you can take advantage of lower lines.
  • Want to go faster on any of these slides? Bating suit materials and rash guards slow you down, so the less material in contact with the slide, the faster you will go.
  • At Perfect Day at CocoCay, life guards will ask you to remove rash guards when going down slides on Daredevil's Peak.
  • When your ship is in port is a great time to enjoy the water slides with less of a wait.
  • Many times there are multiple lines for slides, but guests can stand together blocking the way. Politely ask to move past them if you do not see the end of your line.

Royal Caribbean water slides: Everything you need to know

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23May2018

In recent years, Royal Caribbean has begun offering water slides on select Royal Caribbean ships and that has a lot of families excited to race down them.

If you are wondering which Royal Caribbean ships offer water slides and what types of slides are offered, here is an overview of everything you need to know.

Which ships have water slides?

While Royal Caribbean has been adding water slides to existing and new new ships, much of the fleet still does not have them yet.  Here is a list of which Royal Caribbean ships do offer water slides onboard.

  • Liberty of the Seas
  • Adventure of the Seas
  • Harmony of the Seas
  • Symphony of the Seas
  • Independence of the Seas
  • Mariner of the Seas
  • Navigator of the Seas
  • Oasis of the Seas
  • Freedom of the Seas

Royal Caribbean's Radiance Class ships offer a single water slide for children on the back of the ship that is meant for younger kids. This includes

  • Radiance of the Seas
  • Serenade of the Seas
  • Brilliance of the Seas
  • Jewel of the Seas

Majesty of the Seas does not have a full water slide, but its Splashaway Bay area (children's aquatic park) has a small water slide for kids to enjoy.

Types of water slides on Royal Caribbean

The most common type of water slide is something Royal Caribbean refers to as The Perfect Storm slides.  This is typically two racer water slides that intertwine and offer a fast-paced plunge down.

In addition to the racer slides, Harmony of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas offer a champagne bowl slide known as "Supercell".  This slide starts off as a typical water slide, but guests enter a large bowl area, where they can loop around a few times before exiting the slide.

Liberty of the Seas is the only ship in the fleet to offer the Tidal Wave slide, which is a boomerang style raft slide.

Navigator of the Seas also has a unique assortment of water slides.

The Blaster, the cruise line’s first-ever aqua coaster and the longest waterslide at sea, is a two-person raft that propels riders through more than 800 feet of hills, drops and straightaways, which includes extending over the side of the ship for a rush of ocean air.

Riptide offers a headfirst plunge down the industry’s only headfirst mat racer and reach an exhilarating finish through a translucent tube with endless ocean views.

As mentioned earlier, Radiance Class ships offer a small water slide for younger children that includes a small splash area at the end.

Water slide restrictions

In order to ride any of Royal Caribbean's water slides, there are a few restrictions you should be aware of to ensure you can ride.

The Tidal Wave slide on Liberty of the Seas has a max per passenger weight of 250 pounds, and a combined raft weight of 450 pounds.  Guests need to be at least 100 pounds and 52 inches tall to ride.

The Perfect Storm water slides require guests to be 48 inches tall to ride.  There are weight maximums as well, which seem to vary depending on the ship.  On Liberty of the Seas, guests may weigh a maximum of 300 pounds. On Adventure of the Seas, guests may not weigh more than 250 and 220 pounds (depending on the slide).

Splashaway Bay's water slides require kids to be at least 42 inches to ride.

On Radiance Class ships, children under the height 46 inches must be accompanied by an adult.

Royal Caribbean water slide cost

Guests may enjoy all of the water slides across Royal Caribbean's fleet of ships without any additional cost.

Labadee

Labadee, Royal Caribbean's private destination in Haiti, offers guests the opportunity to race down the Dragon's Splash Waterslide.  It features a 300-foot slide that drops you into a 18-foot splash zone.

This slide has an additional cost to it, where you can purchase a single ride down the slide or an all day pass.

Perfect Day at CocoCay

Royal Caribbean's Perfect Day at CocoCay includes Thrill Waterpark, where for an additional fee, guests can enjoy a wide variety of water slides.

There are 13 slides in total (with five kid-size water slides), which is the most slides found in any waterpark in the Caribbean.

Key features of the Thrill Waterpark include:

  • Daredevil’s Tower – Guests will push their limits on seven exhilarating slides, including twin Dueling Demons drop slides and the duo of Manta Raycers; the high-speed, fully vertical Screeching Serpent; the coiling Green Mamba; and the 135-foot-tall Daredevil’s Peak – the tallest waterslide in North America.
  • Family Tower – Adventurous squads will share the thrill with six multi-rider slides, including The Twister, a winding tube slide for two sharing a raft; The Slingshot, a zero-gravity slide for four; and the four-lane Splash Speedway racing slides.

Water slides tips and tricks

Try to ride them in the morning or evening

Lines for the water slides are to be expected, but you can beat the crowds if you are flexible in your time. Check the Cruise Compass for exact times of operation, but try to ride the water slides in the morning when they first open and/or in the evening when many guests are having dinner.

Both of these times will result in much shorter lines.  The late-morning and afternoon are the peak times for the water slides, so expect a longer wait if you want to ride during those times.

How to go fast(er)

On the racer slides, if you have a need for speed, here is how to go down the fastest.

The secret to going down the racer slides the fastest is to wear as little clothing as possible. Clothing means friction between you and the slide. Rash guards, t-shirts and "ornate" bathing suits are all the kind of swim wear that will slow you down.

Regardless of what you may think of them, Speedo swimsuits for men are the ideal bathing suit for attaining top speed on the racer water slides.

Of course, be sure to cross your arms and and legs to get maximum velocity.

Photo tour of water slides on Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas

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08Feb2017

Royal Caribbean completed a major revitalization of Adventure of the Seas in late 2016, spending $61 million to add some great new features for guests to enjoy. Among the many changes and additions, the new dual racer water slides are something guests of all ages have become excited to try for themselves.

The water slides were added to the aft of the ship and are named Cyclone and Typhoon.  Similar to the racing water slides that were added to Liberty of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas, the water slides on Adventure of the Seas offer guests a thrill ride experience onboard their ship.

Guests have the choice between riding the blue or yellow slide. To add to the thrill on the ride down, part of the slide is made of clear tubing and actually goes over the side of the ship.

Adventure of the Seas is the first Voyager class ship in Royal Caribbean's fleet to receive water slides.