Water Slides

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 (beginning February 2019)

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.

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 is in the midst of upgrading its private island in the Bahamas, including the addition of a major waterpark that will offer slides.

A number of water slides will be added to CocoCay, including 13 slides in total (with five kid-size water slides).  It will be the most slides found in any waterpark in the Caribbean.

Key features of the Thrill Waterpark will 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.

Thrill Waterpark is scheduled to open in April 2019, but the exact schedule is subject to change.

Pricing has not been announced yet for any of the upgrades coming to Perfect Day at CocoCay, but the Thrill Waterpark is expected to have an additional charge.

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.