First Sky Trail® aboard a MSC cruise ship: Meraviglia
ALLEGAN, MI – Ropes Courses, Inc. has manufactured Sky Trail® ropes courses for 3 out of the 4 largest cruise companies in the world including Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Corporation and most recently, MSC Cruises.
MSC Cruises began working with Ropes Courses, Inc.’s partner, WhiteWater West Industries Ltd., on the purchase of a Sky Trail® Expedition ropes course in 2015. The course was fully designed, engineered and fabricated at Ropes Courses, Inc.’s plant in Allegan, Michigan before it’s 2017 installation on the brand new MSC Meraviglia cruise ship.
The lead ship of MSC’s new Vista generation vessels whose name means “wonder” sailed its maiden voyage from Le Havre, France on June 3, 2017 to Genoa, Italy. Meraviglia stands 19 decks high, measures more than 1,000 feet in length and weighs an impressive 171,598 tons.
The Sky Trail® Expedition is named ‘Himalayan Bridge’ and is made up of 12 poles and 2 linear paths of elements that can support 30 participants at any given time. The course is suspended over a portion of the Polar Aqua Park and rear sundeck. It’s linear design and circular system entices participants to traverse through each of the 12 elements before returning to the starting point. Participants balance on elements nearly 200 feet above sea level for the ultimate wow experience aboard a cruise ship.
“We’re very excited to have played a part in such a magnificent ocean vessel. It’s a tremendous feeling to know Sky Trail® ropes courses can deliver thrills to families across the world in a variety of environments, including the MSC Meraviglia,” remarked Marissa Ticknor, Ropes Courses, Inc. Sales Manager.
Meraviglia has an impressive amount of additional offerings for its guests including a water park, sportplex, a 4D cinema, a Cirque du Soleil show Amphitheatre, race car simulators, and bowling alley.
She will sail initially in the western Mediterranean this summer with stops in France, Italy, Malta and Spain before embarking to parts of Northern Europe in 2018 and America in 2019.