Thursday 24 May 2018

Taking the Piste: Royal Caribbean announces world's first cruise ship with ski slope

Piste of the Seas

Royal Caribbean's Piste of the Seas
Royal Caribbean's Piste of the Seas
Celebrity Cruises' 'Island X'
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

What better way to celebrate the first day of a new month than with a jaw-dropping, future-of-cruise announcement?

Cruise lines are constantly outdoing themselves in the race to be biggest and best, with parks, waterslides and even robot bartenders now de rigueur at sea.

But Royal Caribbean has outdone itself with today's announcement - a "fifth Oasis Class ship" dubbed - wait for it - 'Piste of the Seas'.

The mega-ship, boasting "the world's first ski resort at sea" is set to launch in 2021, the company says - a perfect fit for those torn between a cruise or ski break.

"A first of its kind, the ship will accommodate a full-size ski resort complete with five real snow runs, a lift and après-ski restaurants, bars and spa," we're told.

Mount Mast, they're calling it.

And once you've ascended this pioneering ski slope at sea, you'll have your pick of runs - from green to black - with onboard instructors to give expert guidance.

"Our ships push the boundaries of innovation, and Piste of the Seas provides a best of both worlds solution for customers who love their annual ski break but dream of a cruise to sunnier climes,” says Ben Bouldin of Royal Caribbean.

Celebrity Cruises' 'Island X'
Celebrity Cruises' 'Island X'

But... erm, isn't snow in danger of melting in the sunny Med?

“A total of 25 snow cannons will be required to keep the temperature of the piste below two degrees Celsius and the snow level deep enough to ski on,” Bouldin says.

Meanwhile, Celebrity Cruises, which recently unveiled the designs for its forthcoming Celebrity Edge class of ships, has startling news from the Caribbean.

Celebrity Escape, currently sailing with crew only on board, has discovered a previously unknown island (above) 720 nautical miles southwest of Bermuda.

“Celebrity Escape is very much a pioneer ship that tests and explores new experiences, but this is the first time that we have found a whole new destination," captain Yilo Apradfolos has revealed, sharing his delight at a surprising discovery.

The island has baffled scientists and Bermuda Triangle fanatics.

“We need our guests’ help in finding a suitable name," Apradfolos adds. "Anyone can submit their ideas via social media using the hashtag #IslandX."

Cruise fans may want to double check the announcements on April 2.

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