Second At-Sea Adventure Park Under Construction


Yes, aerial adventures can be found just about anywhere. Carnival Cruise Line is currently constructing a new 3,960 cruise ship that will feature Experiential System Inc.’s (ESI) second aerial adventure park at sea. The new course will be larger than the first one ESI built for Carnival Sunshine, which debuted in 2013.

CarnSunSportsSquareTwo decks on the new ship will feature SportSquare areas, offering an array of activities for guests, including ESI’s SkyCourse adventure park. The steel-frame SkyCourse will have 12 platforms and 22 elements installed 30 feet above the deck, and will employ ESI’s dual-track continuous belay system.



skyrideAnother novelty: the SportSquare areas will host elevated SkyRide monorail bike tracks, also a new feature for the cruise industry. Manufactured by Minnesota’s SkyRide Technologies, SkyRide suspends recumbent bikes from two 800-foot monorails, and cyclists pedal the bikes along the rails 33 feet above the deck—and 150 feet above sea level—while securely strapped in.

The new ship will spend its first season in Europe. In December 2016, it will shift to Miami, Fla., where it will offer six- and eight-night Caribbean cruises.

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Troy Hawks contributes to Adventure Park Insider, Ski Area Management, and a variety of other publications and websites. He has held editorial positions at business magazines serving outdoor sports and recreation as well as manufacturing and textiles. Most recently he was communications manager for the National Ski Areas Association and editor of the NSAA Journal. He also serves as a communications consultant for several clients. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, he now lives in Denver, Colo.

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