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5 Cruises with Crazy Cool Amenities You Need to See to Believe

Start packing your finest cruise outfits and gear, because these souped-up spring break cruises are about to redefine relaxing vacation.

IMAX theater

If you’re looking for great date night ideas, there’s no reason to stand in line on the ground back home to see a new release in IMAX format. The Carnival Vista has a three-deck-high IMAX screen that shows first-run movies, documentaries, and other fun flicks in case you find yourself looking for a break from all the sun and fun. Use these cruise expert travel tips to book the right cruise for you.

Salt rooms

Scenic is the only river cruise line to offer therapeutic salt lounges on its ships traveling French routes, and they’re far more luxurious than you’d think. Each salt lounge is essentially a therapeutic salt cave on board, complete with lounge chairs, low lights, privacy curtains, relaxing music, and a hand-made salt brick environment that’s humidity and temperature-controlled. Negatively charged salt ions are said to bear a high kinetic energy that improves healing, respiration, and immune system function. Here are more ways to be healthy while taking a cruise.

Personal submarines

Yes, personal submarines are even available on some spring break cruises, like the Crystal Esprit voyage in the West Indies through April, and then the Mediterranean starting in May. A pilot and two guests sit upright on regular seating in a pressure-controlled cabin that dives down to depths of up to 300 meters (over 950 feet). Temperature and humidity are maintained at comfortable levels for the duration of each 30-minute dive. And just in case you tend toward motion sickness, here’s how to manage it.

Race cars on the ocean? You bet!

Norwegian Bliss is the first North American-based ship inviting guests to take a thrilling, competitive ride in electric race cars—all while they’re cruising the oceans to wonderful and exotic destinations. Up to 10 drivers at a time can race to the finish line, where photos capture the action for social media bragging and permanent memories. Don’t miss the advice cruise lines won’t tell you—but you’ll want to know.

Not just your typical games

MSC Cruises has all the bells and whistles you’d hope for on spring break cruises like kids and teen clubs, water activities, and loads of dining options, but they also have something called slide-boarding on their Seaside ship, which combines interactive gaming, lights, music, and a 367-foot water slide to give vacation revelers the best vacation selfies of all time.

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