Taking entertainment to the skies with new aerial attraction

Ropes Courses, Inc is to help Carnival Cruise Line transform the cruise guest experience on Carnival Sunrise with its Sky Trail in 2019

Taking entertainment to the skies with new aerial attraction
Cruise guests enjoying the SkyRail aerial attraction onboard Carnival Breeze

This article was first published in the Autumn/Winter 2018 issue of International Cruise & Ferry Review. All information was correct at the time of printing, but may since have changed.

Ropes Courses, Inc. (RCI) has been in the business of designing, manufacturing and installing innovative adventure products across the globe since 1989. The company’s premier product, the Sky Trail aerial attraction, has even made its way onto some of the world’s largest cruise ships. 

To date, RCI has manufactured a total of 11 aerial attractions for three of the four largest cruise companies in the world including Norwegian Cruise Line, MSC Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line. The multigenerational Sky Trail attraction is largely favoured by family-oriented operators like Carnival because it offers an authentic, fun-in-the-sun experience that fits perfectly with the spirited, up-for-anything mindset of its guests. Four Carnival vessels already feature Sky Trail and the adventure attraction will be added to Carnival Triumph when she is converted into Carnival Sunrise in March 2019. 

“We introduced the cruise industry’s first-ever ropes course on Carnival Magic back in 2011 and the experience was so well received that we’ve added it to every new Carnival ship since and it will be introduced on Carnival Sunrise when she debuts in 2019,” says Dominic Chancellor, manager of Outer Decks Experience for Carnival Cruise Line. “Carnival is known for its spectacular outdoor spaces and the Sky Trail, combined with such attractions as massive water parks, mini golf and more, distinguishes our shipboard experience from other cruise lines.” 

Carnival Sunrise’s Sky Trail will consist of 12 singular columns and two linear paths of interactive elements designed in a similar circular shape as the aerial attractions installed on other Carnival ships. RCI will engineer the course to account for shipboard conditions and make sure it is able to withstand the wind loads that may arise while the vessel is out at sea. It will also be galvanised and coated in marine-grade paint to prevent corrosion that can occur due to salty ocean spray. The attraction will be suspended on the top deck to offer participants breath-taking views of the ocean 150 feet below. 

“We can accommodate upwards of 500 guests per day on the Sky Trail,” says Chancellor. “It provides a thrilling experience that we know many of our Carnival Sunrise guests will enjoy not only partaking in but watching from below as well.” 

The new attraction is ideal for cruise guests of all ages as it keeps them moving and provides them with an exhilarating and active challenge while they enjoy their cruise. “Sky Trail has been a huge success for us, attracting guests of all ages,” remarks Chancellor.

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Tuesday, January 22, 2019