Top 10 Cruise Pools

Posted November 12th, 2015

Does your idea of a great pool involve clean water and a dive board? If so, be prepared to be knocked out of your flippers! Cruise lines have stepped up their sailing game when it comes to creating bigger and better recreational centres and world-winning restaurants – and their pools are no exception. Take a look at the top 10 cruise pools you could dive into on your next holiday.

1. Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival Cruise Lines treat their passengers to an unforgettable pool and waterpark experience with their Carnival Legend and Carnival Spirit cruise ships. Those seeking thrills will scream their throats raw on the 95-metre-long Twister waterslide, which whips riders around numerous corners and twists before plunging them into a pool below. The Green Thunder is another slide of epic proportions, where daring passengers travel speeds of up to 65 km/h during a free-fall.

Those seeking much needed relaxation won’t miss out on bells and whistles either, with both ships housing a number of family-friendly pools. Soak up the sun and catch a sea breeze, or go for an ice-cream after a refreshing dip.

2. Disney Cruise Line

Just like Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Line won’t disappoint those seeking adrenaline rushes. The AquaDuck is a popular waterslide, where riders travel off the side of the ship and back again. Magical pools are also located throughout the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy ships, with an AquaLab section boasting plenty of kid-friendly features. Adults needing an escape will love stopping by Quiet Cove Pool, where they can sit back and relax in a 1-metre-deep main pool.

3. Crystal Cruises

Relax and rejuvenate on Crystal Serenity’s sun-kissed teak deck before sliding into its stylish Seahorse Pool. Time it just right so you can watch the setting as you wade about in beautifully temperate waters. If there’s a book you’ve been meaning to read, get to it by stretching out on one of the many deck chairs and pods.

Crystal Serenity at Sunset

4. Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line has something for every member of the family. Norwegian Epic in particular is home to the breath-taking (quite literally) Epic Plunge, which has riders travel through 60 metres of tubing before funnelling through a large bowl. The ship’s Aqua Park comprises of two large pools and five hot tubs, creating the perfect balance between thrills and tranquillity.

The Epic Plunge on Norwegian Epic

5. Royal Caribbean International 

Both budding and more experienced surfers will love Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. Each ship is home to a 12-metre FlowRider that simulates ocean waves – a perfect ode to the expanse of sea around you. A kids’ pool and other ambient pools are ideal for playing or relaxing in too. AquaTheatre is another on-board marvel; once night falls, the various pools transform into spectacular stages for aerial and acrobatic brilliance.


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6. Seabourn

The Seabourn Odyssey, Sojourn and Quest cruise ships are all decked out with aquatic attractions such as whirlpools, pools, hot tubs and the perfect amount of lounges for relaxation. Why not try a different pool for each day of the week?

7. Azamara Club Cruises

At night, Azamara Club CruisesQuest and Journey evolve into incredible spectacles as they host poolside buffets and parties. Live music and colourful lighting and décor set the scene for an ocean celebration. If you need a breather from dancing up the deck, dip your feet into the pool before getting back to it.

8. Holland America Line

If you’re looking for a unique pool experience, be sure to hop aboard Holland America Line’s Oosterdam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam and Eurodam and treat yourself to a thermal suite package. The Greenhouse Spa and Salon have hydro pools where cruisers can relax in bubbling minerals and seawater as they travel to exotic destinations.

9. Princess Cruises

Who said you can’t swim laps as you watch your favourite movie? Princess Cruises is well-known for its ‘Movies Under the Stars’ poolside screens, which showcase sporting events, concerts and popular Hollywood movies. Each screen is more than 300 square feet large, while a 69,000-watt sound system ensures that passengers can hear all the action, even if the ship is moving at full steam.

10. Viking Cruises

Debuting in 2015 and 2016 is Viking Cruises’ newest ships, Viking Sea, Viking Star and Viking Sky. Passengers will be able to completely appreciate the view of the ocean and ports with glass-panelled infinity pools that creep out over the ship’s stern.

If you’re ready to dive into a spectacular cruise experience, call one of our friendly consultants on
1300 954 661. Your next ocean – and poolside – adventure awaits!


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