If you still have the notion that cruises are for shuffleboarding seniors and bingo-playing retirees, think again. First of all, plenty of “seasoned citizens” are as active and adventurous as any generation. Second of all, the latest cruise ships have gone overboard with innovative bells, whistles, attractions and amenities that get hearts of all ages beating faster. Rest assured, these ships have lots of opportunities for relaxation and low-key recreation, if that’s what you’re after. But if you are in the mood to get out of your comfort zone, push your limits or try something outrageous, some of the thrills on the high seas will astound you. Check out these 12 ultimate adrenaline rushes to experience on a cruise. Yesterday’s Love Boat never had it so good.
1. Defy Gravity
Have you ever had one of those epic flying dreams? Well, you can make it a reality while you’re sailing over the ocean. Royal Caribbean’s mega-ships Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas both offer groundbreaking skydive simulators for their passengers to lift off right on deck. RipCord by iFly puts passengers in a glass wind tunnel so they can experience what it feels like to float on air. A little instruction, and you’re airborne. Are you up for it?