P&O Cruises Australia is promoting what the line says is the "world's largest adventure park at sea," onboard the Pacific Jewel. Among the most unusual of the 20 shipboard activities of P&O Edge are a Segway obstacle course and laser tag.
The 1,950-passenger ship also has been equipped with a ropes course, high-rope swings, a rock-climbing wall, a bungee trampoline, a zip line and a tall ladder that takes passengers to the top of the ship's bow, among other attractions.
During a press event in Sydney, Canadian stuntwoman Janene Carleton, who has doubled for Angelina Jolie in movies, tried out some of the more challenging activities.
On the P&O Edge website, the cruise line rates the activities in terms of the adrenaline rush they provide — a 262-foot zip line across the top deck gets a top rush rating of 5; a "Titanic Moment," where you stretch your arms off the ship's bow (while wearing a harness), is rated a 4.
Prices for the activities range from $19 AUD to $59 AUD (or about $18 to $55) with multiactivity package options available.
The P&O Edge activities will roll out on the Pacific Pearl and Pacific Dawn next year, the line said.
Fran Golden is the Experience Cruise expert blogger and a contributing editor of Porthole Magazine. She is the co-author of Frommer's Alaska Cruises and Ports of Call. Golden is serving as Guest Editor of The Cruise Log while USA TODAY Cruise Editor Gene Sloan is away.
By Fran Golden, USA Today
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