Carnival Cruise Line has announced that its newest ship, the 133,500-tonne Carnival Horizon, will be the first in its fleet to feature Dr. Seuss WaterWorks, a vibrant water park inspired by the whimsical world and words of the legendary children’s author.
Dr. Seuss WaterWorks builds upon the line’s distinction as the family cruise leader carrying nearly 800,000 kids a year, as well as the incredible success of the fleetwide Seuss at Sea program, an exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises that features immersive onboard Dr. Seuss-themed youth, family, dining and entertainment experiences.
Located on Deck 12 of the 3934-passenger Carnival Horizon – which will debut in Europe in April 2018 – Dr. Seuss WaterWorks will offer two distinctly different slides, each promising their own ‘splash-tastic’ fun.
Inspired by everyone’s favourite feline, The Cat in the Hat slide will feature an enclosed raft slide offering 137 metres of heart-racing twists and turns. The entrance resembles The Cat’s famous red and white hat with the distinctive colour pattern carried throughout the slide in alternating translucent and opaque sections.
The Fun Things slide is sure to be equally fun, featuring an enclosed body slide with whimsical polka dots and special lighting effects. Named after the mischievous duo Thing 1 and Thing 2, it offers 65 metres of exhilarating all-ages fun. Dr. Seuss WaterWorks will also include a tipping bucket patterned after The Cat’s hat, along with a splash zone with dozens of water spray toys. Larger-than-life images of famous Dr. Seuss characters will greet visitors as they enter the park, with memorable Dr. Seuss phrases displayed on clear partitions around the park.
“Our ships are designed as the ultimate seagoing playgrounds and Carnival Horizon will take this concept to the next level with the spectacular Dr. Seuss WaterWorks which promises fun for guests of all ages,” Carnival President Christine Duffy said. “Dr. Seuss is an iconic American brand and we’re delighted to expand our partnership with this incredible top-deck water attraction for our guests.”
Dr. Seuss Enterprises President Susan Brandt said the company was excited to build on its relationship with Carnival by introducing its first ever water park. “Dr. Seuss is all about family fun and togetherness and we can’t wait to see our characters come to life in this colourful and exciting space,” Ms Brandt said.
Dr. Seuss WaterWorks is just one of several family-friendly features on Carnival Horizon which will feature the groundbreaking bike-ride-in-the-sky attraction called SkyRide, an IMAX Theatre and the SportSquare outdoor recreation area with a suspended ropes course. Carnival Horizon will also feature the Dr. Seuss Bookville family reading and play venue and popular Seuss at Sea activities like The Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with The Cat in the Hat and Friends and the Seuss-a-palooza Parade and Story Time.
Carnival Horizon is scheduled to make its maiden voyage on April 2, 2018, with a 13-day Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona – the first of four roundtrip departures from this port before the ship repositions to the US.