The brand new Tidal Wave water slide on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas remains closed to guests, despite the ship returning to service following a dry dock nearly a month ago.
The Tidal Wave is the first Boomerang style slide at sea, but has never opened to guests in the voyages since the ship resumed sailings.
At a Captain's Corner talk event on Liberty of the Seas this week, the ship's Chief Engineer commented that their team discovered the variation of guest weight, and the position a person may take on the tube you ride on, makes a wide range of operation. In order to ensure that it is strong enough for all, there is a good chance that people will hit the top of the slide with some regularity. Not hard, but still make contact.
Royal Caribbean has had to design padding for the areas where guests may impact the slide, and that is being built currently.
The Chief Engineer indicated they hope some pieces of this new padding waiting in Galveston, when the ship returns there on Sunday.
After all padding parts are delivered, the team will install and paint them. The Chief Engineer estimated that he doesn't see the Tidal Wave running for a few more sailings yet.
The new hair-raising slide features a steep drop that propels riders up a near vertical wall for a moment of weightlessness and into free fall.
Special thanks to Royal Caribbean Blog reader Paul Crow for conveying the update to us.
Guests have the choice between riding the green or orange slide.
Royal Caribbean Blog reader Chris Bowers reported there was an LED light in the green slide and it was a "fast ride." He also noted that if you have a choice, he preferred gren because it had great visuals.
Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas has undergone an extensive new revitalization in dry dock. Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the construction of new features such as The Perfect Storm water slides, the Splashaway Bay waterpark and new dining options at the Sabor Mexican restaurant, Giovanni's Italian cuisine, and more.
There are multiple reports that unfortunately an eight year old boy drowned in a pool on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas yesterday.
Cruise Critic and Cruise Law News are reporting guests aboard Liberty of the Seas were notified that the child was spotted in the pool by another guest, at which point he was pulled from the pool and the ship's medical team performed CPR for more than 60 minutes to no avail.
In the letter to guests, Royal Caribbean stated, "We extend our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends. I ask that you join us in keeping the child's family in our thoughts and prayers.".
Royal Caribbean is also adding 26 new Panoramic Ocean View staterooms, featuring floor-to-ceiling glass walls, providing guests with breathtaking, unobstructed views as well as an additional 53 staterooms throughout the ship.
Liberty of the Seas will sail seven-night Western Caribbean itineraries every Sunday from Galveston starting from November 2015 , visiting exciting warm weather getaways in the Caribbean including: Belize City, Belize; Cozumel, Mexico; Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico; and Roatan, Honduras.
Are you excited for these new additions coming to Liberty of the Seas? Tell us in the comments!