Royal Caribbean is including the first-ever shipboard surf park aboard the Freedom of the Seas.
Created by WaveLoch, the 32-foot-wide by 40-foot-long FlowRider generates a thin sheet of water that flows over the ride surface, creating a wave-like shape. Riders surf or body board against the waterflow of 30,000 gallons per minute, carving turns and trying tricks.
"There's no greater feeling of freedom than challenging yourself to expand your limits," said Adam Goldstein of Royal Caribbean. "We know the FlowRider will add to our guests' excitement with an adrenaline-pumping, unforgettable new experience."
Adventurous guests can try stand-up surfing, known as flowboarding, or opt for body boarding. The design features a tensioned-fabric surface that provides a cushion to absorb the impact of falls.
The FlowRider will be surrounded by plenty of space for spectators to cheer on their friends, family and fellow cruisers.
An adjacent sports bar will feature flat-screen TVs with a live feed of the surf park action, while a sports boutique will offer surfing gear and wear.
The new surf park is the fourth aqua environment to be announced for Freedom of the Seas. The ship also will feature a Solarium with two cantilevered whirlpools extending twelve feet past the sides of the ship, a main pool area with two pools, including one dedicated to team sports and lap swimming, and a water park featuring interactive sculpture fountains, ground geysers, a cascading waterfall, and a circular pool with current.
Wave Loch manufacturers simulated surfing attractions.
Royal Carribean's Freedom of the Seas will be the largest cruise ship in the world when she debuts in May 2006.