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Five Fabulous Features Found On Modern Day Cruise Ships

The cruise operators that we work with are proud of the fact that they are always pushing the boundaries of the industry in search of new ways to make their ships more exciting and appealing than ever. Not only does this mean improving the comfort for their guests and offering brand new destinations towards which passengers can sail off into the sunset; it also involves creating fantastic features which set their ships apart from the competition.

Often this includes using brand new technology, or creating something which most of us thought just wasn’t possible aboard a cruise liner in the middle of a vast ocean. Here are just a few of these amazing features that really do have to be seen to be believed.

Gyroscopic Pool Table – Royal Caribbean; Radiance Class Ships

Royal caribbean's pool table

Previously, the one frustrating thing about trying to shoot some pool whilst sailing the open waves was the fact that the balls would often move or not run true due to the movement of the ship. However, underperforming players can no longer blame a missed pot on the ups and downs of the vessel as this gyroscopic pool table, found on board all Royal Caribbean Radiance Class ships, actually moves in time with the metronomic rocking.

The self-righting baize will constantly keep the balls on a level pitch; ensuring they are always in the perfect position to be sunk into the pocket. Or not, as the case may be.

Free Fall Waterslide – Norwegian Cruise Lines; Breakaway and Getaway

NCL's Aqua Park

Many cruise ships have been able to recreate mini waterparks on board, but if you are after pure thrills then you’re sure to find them with NCL. The Aqua Parks on board the Norwegian Breakaway and the Norwegian Getaway ships include the Free Fall slide as the main event, the fastest water ride on the water.

The slide sends you down a vertical drop and is undoubtedly the quickest way to get from the top to the bottom of the ship.

The Lawn Club – Celebrity Cruises; Solstice, Silhouette and Reflection

Celebrity's Lawn Club

Feeling lush green grass under your fingertips may not be a new experience for many of us, but few can say that they have done this whilst sailing the seas. However, Celebrity Solstice, Silhouette and Reflection have their very own Lawn Club where guests can do just that.

This half-acre expanse of greenery is not only the perfect place to relax in a delightful country club setting, but the attached grill also gives you the chance to cook a meal for the rest of your table.

Outdoor Movie Theatre – Princess Cruises; Regal Princess

Princess Cruises' Movie Theatre

The Regal Princess is the newest ship from Princess Cruises and includes a range of great features that will entice any guest that steps aboard. Along with an interactive light and sound show which is performed on the top deck, accompanied by impressive water fountains, and the extensive sports facilities on board, there is also the top deck movie theatre.

This space offers cruisers the chance to view brand new films or live sporting events whilst sat beneath a starry sky and chewing on freshly made popcorn. Other Princess ships do feature similar theatres, but the screen on the Regal Princess has been increased by thirty per cent to enhance viewings.

The North Star – Royal Caribbean; Quantum of the Seas

Royal caribbean's North Star

Leading the way in boundary-pushing within the cruise industry, it is no surprise to see Royal Caribbean on this list twice. And this last feature is possibly the most impressive of all. The North Star is an extending arm that protrudes from the top of the ship with a capsule attached to the end, similar to the ones found on the London Eye.

Guests can step inside this suspended glass ball and be lifted to three hundred feet above sea level; allowing you to experience three hundred and sixty degree, breath-taking views of the surrounding landscapes. This, of course, includes the beautiful destinations you will visit.

Fred.\ Cruises can offer trips aboard all of these ships so that you can experience some of these excellent features for yourself. Whether you are looking for a family cruise or a hassle-free cruise from the UK, our team of experts are on hand to make your dreams a reality.