Three Unique Cruise Ship Attractions

If you’re the type of person with a huge bucket list which only seems to grow the more you travel, you’ve probably already considered cruising. What better way to fit as many destinations and landmarks as possible into one holiday without having to pack your bags and catch a flight every single day?

Unique Cruise Ship Attractions: Central Park on the Oasis of the Seas
Central Park on the Oasis of the Seas is the only green park at sea: Photo by Wilson via Flickr / CC 2.0

Before you head off to the next big must-see iconic monument or have a go at the top-rated activity you’ve just got to try, take a few minutes to browse the deck plans of your cruise liner – there might very well be a few unique cruise ship attractions or features on deck!

With such amazing technology readily available at our fingertips, if you are looking for unique cruise ship attractions it can be tricky for cruise liners to have one-of-a-kind features, but there are at least three ships which have managed this feat perfectly.

Unique Cruise Ship Attractions: SVEDKA Ice Bar
SVEDKA Ice Bar on the Norwegian Epic: Photo by Gary via Flickr / CC 2.0

3 Unique Cruise Ship Attractions

SVEDKA Ice Bar on the Norwegian Epic

Inspired by the original ice hotels in Scandinavia, the SVEDKA Ice Bar on the Norwegian Epic is one of only 14 ice bars in the world and is the only one you’ll find at sea. After you’ve slipped on your fur-lined coat, you’ll be prepared to enter the unique bar where everything, including the floor, walls, sculptures and chairs, are made from solid ice. The drinks served up in this bar are out of this world – ranging from the punchy Northern Lights (citron vodka, Cointreau and blue curacao) to the lip-smacking Nordic Apple Juice (vodka, sour apple schnapps, midori and splash of fresh sour). They all need to have a high alcohol content in order to stand the below freezing temperatures, so take it easy!

Unique Cruise Ship Attractions: Zip lining on the Oasis of the Seas
Zip lining on the Oasis of the Seas: Photo by Michael via Flickr / CC 2.0

Zip lines on the Oasis of the Seas

If you thought zip lining was pretty extreme, wait until you do it on a cruise ship. Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas boasts the only at-sea zip lining course, which rises nine decks into the sky and stretches on for 25m from start to finish. Better still, zip lining is already included in the price of the cruise, so as long as you’re at least 132cm tall and weigh between 34kg and 125kg, you’ll be able to soar through the sky for free.  Although the zip lining experience only lasts around ten seconds, how many people can say they’ve been zip lining at sea?

Unique Cruise Ship Attractions: Minnie Mouse as Mona Lisa
Minnie Mouse as Mona Lisa forms part of the Enchanted Artwork on the Disney Dream: Photo by Ricky via Flickr / CC 2.0

Enchanted Art on the Disney Dream

It’s not surprising that Disney would be the cruise line to come up with an exclusive on board game unlike anything you’ll find anywhere else. This detective game – which is equally fun for adults and kids alike – starts with a simple-looking card which acts as a high-tech device. This device lets you peak behind virtual canvases and discover clues which will lead you to answers you’ll need to find out who stole the lost artwork or kidnapped puppies in question. There are six potential villains and features are totally randomised, so you’re sure of a different experience each time you play.

About Nicola Quinn


Nicola is a travel and food writer living in the Canary Islands who loves exploring far-off places, pushing herself to the limit and trying local eats wherever she goes.

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