Following a massive $155 million renovation, the cruise ship Carnival Sunshine set sail in May with a new waterpark designed and installed by Polin Waterparks and Pool Systems (Turkey). The ship's massive new WaterWorks waterpark sports a racing theme and covers 1, 500 square meters (16, 145 square feet).
WaterWorks includes three spectacular slides and an aqua play structure with 40 different interactive water features. Among them is the PowerDrencher, a 300 gallon drenching bucket – the signature feature of the SplashZone kids' water-paly area, which also includes twin slides called mini-racers .
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Sleek, Fun, Unique Features
Most guests will be excited about the options for older kids and adults. The main feature is the Speedway Splash, comprised of two enclosed Aquatube slides that allow riders to race along a 72m (235ft) path. Polin has designed a unique traffic light system that will determine the start of each race. The system will also display each rider's time on a scoreboard at the end to identify a winner.
A third Aquatube will be a record-breaker for the cruise line. The nearly 102m (334ft) enclosed Twister slide will be the longest waterslide on any Carnival cruise ship.
Special Offerings Set These Slides Apart
Polin has long been a pioneer in waterslide manufacturing technologies. Those technologies are what make the Carnival Sunshine's WaterWorks slides so attractive and appealing.
These unique offerings include:
Resin Transfer Molding (RTM).
RTM technology has only recently been used in the manufacture of waterslide attractions. RTM is the leading growth technology in fiberglass production. Polin's innovation is what led to the application and advancement of this technology in waterslides. The primary advantage of RTM is that it allowed Polin to create each of the WaterWork's slide components with both a shiny, appealing interior and exterior. The technique also allows for stronger yet lighter waterslides that are easier to install. The brightness and smoothness of the outer surface facilitate its usage. Since the surface is smooth, it doesn't get dirty quickly and is easier to clean. To sum it up, WaterWorks' slides are superior waterslides not only aesthetically but also physically.
Translucent RTM Waterslides.
Polin's RTM offerings on the cruise ship include translucent slides that provide an enriched visual experience for both riders and those watching from the sidelines. The translucent slides in Waterworks are popular due to their ability to keep even those not riding them entertained. They have a shiny, glassy finish that creates a good look.
Natural Light Effects (NLE).
Riders who zip through the slides on Carnival Sunshine will experience a journey enhanced with Polin's patented Natural Light Effects technology. During daytime hours, each slide will come alive with colors. NLE System can be briefly summarized as light effects inside the tunnel waterslides that are created by sunlight. Translucent stripes allow natural daylight to go through the slide and create an attractive colorful effect inside the tunnel when combined with water flow. These natural effects take different forms depending on the status of the daylight throughout the day. This is truly a dynamic experience. When one looks at the slide from outside, colorful stripes can be seen on the outer surface.
Special Pattern Effects (SPE).
Using a special manufacturing technology, Polin applies Special Pattern Effects on the outer surface of a ride for an aesthetically superior look. Specifically for Waterworks, Polin applied the racing theme that is featured in the black and white coloring on the Sunshine's Speedway Splash racing slides. The one-of-a-kind black and white patterns are all gel coated, meaning they are not painted afterwards. Therefore, they last as long as the waterslide itself.
Prior to its groundbreaking renovation, the Carnival Sunshine originally sailed as Carnival Destiny, which entered service in 1996 as largest passenger ship ever constructed. Carnival Sunshine entered service May 5 in Europe following a complete transformation from bow to stern. While Carnival Destiny previously featured only one waterslide, that older model was removed and replaced with a three-story adults-only lounge. Guests will discover the new waterpark at the opposite end of the ship with a much wider variety of aquatic attractions. Carnival Sunshine is spending the summer in the Med before repositioning this fall to New Orleans, operating seven-day Caribbean itineraries.
For more on Carnival Cruise lines, visit its website at: www.carnival.com.