A rendering of MSC Seaside. The Miami-to-Caribbean cruise is expected to set sail November 2017.
MSC Cruises A rendering of MSC Seaside. The Miami-to-Caribbean cruise is expected to set sail November 2017.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based MSC Cruises, the the largest privately-owned cruise company in the world, announced that the first of its next generation “Seaside” class of ships will boast the most interactive and originally-designed aqua park at sea.

Beginning in November of 2017, MSC Seaside will sail year-round from Miami to the Caribbean. Onboard entertainment offerings include a video game/waterslide hybrid, a cruise-ship industry first.

Here are the highlights:

Credit: Paul Romein

Guests race down a two-story, 367-foot slide on a tech-equipped raft that includes an embedded game controller with colored buttons. The goal: Match the color of the flashing strobe lights seen on various sections of the slide with the colored buttons on the raft. It’s like Guitar Hero, only wetter. The arcade-style action gets competitive as riders rack up points in a quest for scoreboard supremacy.

Duelling High-Speed AquaTubes
Guests race against each other through a combined 525 feet of twists, turns and drops on slides that momentarily send them overboard. The slides extend over the sides of the ship so that riders can spiral above the sea.

AquaPlay and AquaSpray
A tot-friendly section of the aqua park features an active and colorful water play structure. The AquaPlay area will be complete with tipping buckets, various spray cannons, solid stream jets, a raintree and a mini-slide. In addition, various interactive AquaSpray activities, such as jets, falls, forts and more will be found throughout the water park.

Adventure Trail
A ropes course  allows guests to cross-cross between soaring towers, rope bridges, climbs, crawl-throughs and slides while trying to dodge water-spray cannons fired by friends and family below.

The attractions are designed by WhiteWater West Industries. This isn’t the Richmond, B.C.-based company’s maiden voyage. It has FlowRiders are on nine Royal Caribbean cruise ships and waterslides on Carnival, Disney and Norweigan cruise lines.