Adventure on the high seas: Cruise ships feature aqua parks, rope courses

MSC Cruises's MSC Seaside will feature slideboarding and an aqua park. (MSC Cruises)

MSC Cruises's MSC Seaside will feature slideboarding and an aqua park. (MSC Cruises)

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, Last Updated: 10:35 AM ET

The next-generation ship from MSC Cruises is being billed as the most interactive aqua park at sea, with one of its headline features a gaming water slide.

New details have been released on the MSC Seaside set to debut in November 2017 and sail year-round from Miami to the Caribbean.

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Designed for warm weather, the ship's biggest selling point will be the aqua park that will span two decks and include five water attractions including Slideboarding, a two-storey, 367-foot (about 111 meters) slide that challenges riders to match the colors of the flashing strobe lights projected inside the tube with corresponding buttons on the raft.

With a capacity of 4,140 guests, the Seaside will be the largest cruise vessel built by Italian shipmaker Fincantieri.

On the Duelling High-Speed Aquatubes, guests race against other riders through 525 feet (about 160 meters) of twists, turns and drops on slides that extend over the side of the ship for a dizzying views of the sea below.

And the Adventure Trail is built as a ropes course, where guests climb, crawl and slide through the trail while trying to dodge the fire of water spray cannons from their friends and family below.

In other cruise news, Holland America Line also announced a music-themed cruise program for their next ship ms Koningsdam.

'Billboard Onboard' will debut as part of the Music Walk complex and include nightly performances by live musicians (pianists, musicians and a DJ).

The interactive music experience will also include singalongs and music trivia games.

Currently under construction in Italy, the ms Koningsdam will set sail in April 2016.


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