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Cruise News & Reviews


12 January 2016
Author: Terry Hutson
 

 

THE ULTIMATE ABYSS, TALLEST WATER SLIDE AFLOAT

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Talking about adventures, Royal Caribbean has unveiled the Ultimate Abyss, said to be the tallest slide at sea.

The Ultimate Abyss will initiate the bravest of guests and challenge them into proving their courage from onboard the HARMONY OF THE SEAS when the huge ship enters service in May this year.

Towering more than 150 feet (nearly 46 metres) above sea level, overlooking the AquaTheater at the aft of the ship, the pair of side-by-side slides will release adrenalin-seeking travellers into a chilling 100 foot (32m) drop that twists and turns in a serpentine-like movement as they slide nine miles an hour 14.5km/h), approximately, from the Pool and Sports Zone on Deck 16 to the Boardwalk on Deck 6 below.

The Ultimate Abyss is designed to incite and maintain a sense of heart-pumping anticipation.

Launching onto the ride from a glass platform, guests can take one last look at the Boardwalk 10 decks below before climbing onto a customised mat and taking the plunge into the depths of the daunting slides. Spontaneous audio effects within each tunnel create a multi-sensory thrill for daring guests willing to test their mettle while traversing 216 feet through the one-of-a-kind slide duo. The Ultimate Abyss is made up of two separate cylinders, a reflection of one another, each with a diameter of approximately 2.6 feet and constructed of stainless steel.

Harmony of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship, will span 16 guest decks, encompass 227,000 gross registered tons, carry 5,497 guests at double occupancy, and feature 2,747 staterooms. The Oasis class is an architectural marvel touting Royal Caribbean's exclusive seven neighborhood concept, including Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone. For more information about Harmony of the Seas, please visit RoyalCaribbean.com/HarmonyoftheSeas.

Royal Caribbean International is an award-winning global cruise brand with a 46-year legacy of innovation and introducing industry 'firsts' never before seen at sea. The cruise line features an expansive and unmatched array of features and amenities only found on Royal Caribbean including, jaw-dropping, Broadway-style entertainment and industry-acclaimed programming that appeals to families and adventurous vacationers alike. Onboard, guests are catered to with the cruise line's friendly and engaging Gold Anchor Service by every staff and crew member. Royal Caribbean has been voted 'Best Cruise Line Overall' for 13 consecutive years in the Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards.

The cruise line sails 23 of the world's most innovative cruise ships to the most popular destinations in Bermuda and the Caribbean, Europe, Canada and New England, Alaska, South America, Asia, and Australia and New Zealand.

Now watch this short video clip of the Ultimate Abyss.


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