Top 10 Cruise Pools
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. Regent Seven Seas
Making its maiden voyage on the 20 July 2016, the Seven Seas Explorer will be the most luxurious ship from the Regent Seven Seas fleet. Located on a private outdoor deck and part of the lavish Canyon Ranch SpaClub will be an inviting teak-deck terrace with an infinity-edge plunge pool. The pool serves as a dramatic focal point as it contours to the stern of the ship. Guests will be treated to incredible sea views as they bathe in the therapeutic waters of the pool.
2. P&O Australia
If you’re looking for a unique pool experience, be sure to hop aboard P&O Australia's newest two ships, Pacific Aria & Pacific Eden. The Lido Pool Deck is fully climate controlled with a retractable steel and glass roof, allowing you to enjoy the pool regardless of the weather! With more of a resort style feel, the pool deck is filled with cozy cabanas and comfortable day beds for you to relax by during the day and enjoy live music & drink cocktails at night!
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.
4. 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.
5. Azamara Club Cruises
At night, Azamara Club Cruises’ Quest 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.
6. 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.
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?
8. Oceania Cruises
Oceania Mariner's sun deck is an incredible spectacle with a large heated pool and three whirlpool spas. There are plenty of comfortable, cushion topped lounges and day beds inviting you to lounge poolside while you sip your favorite cocktail.
9. Norwegian Cruise Lines
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.
10. Viking Cruises
Debuting in 2015 and 2016 is Viking Cruises’ newest ocean 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.