A few years ago, when we were cruising the Mexican Riviera on the Carnival Spirit, I shot this video of people going down the ship's newest attraction... the Green Thunder waterslide.
The Green Thunder slide had just been added to the ship... and at that time, no other cruise ship had anything like it. Instead of the traditional twister-slide design of most cruise ship waterslides, this one starts off with a straight-down vertical drop.
You get in to a chamber, they close the door around you, and then the floor drops out from under you and you fall straight down. Scariest two seconds of your life! It's funny to see people's reactions when that floor drops out from under them.
After that initial drop, it turns in to a normal curvy waterslide and before you know it, you've splashed down in to the end of the ride. It's the craziest, scariest, and most-fun waterslide at sea!
I shot this video with my Canon T2i Digital Rebel, during a 9-day Mexican Riviera cruise in March, 2012.
The "Green Thunder" slide was not originally installed on to the Carnival Spirit when the ship made her maiden voyage in 2001... it was added as an upgrade during dry dock in January of 2012.
The Carnival Spirit is currently based in Australia, offering cruises to New Zealand and the South Pacific islands.
After the success of the Green Thunder slide on the Carnival Spirit, Carnival added one to the Carnival Legend. Carnival's competitors took note, too... there are now two similar vertical drop slides on the Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway.
Several people have commented that they thought the ride would end with the people dropping out in to the ocean beside the ship. I think that's such a funny idea that I created an alternate version of the video with that suggested new ending. Take a look at youtu.be/SWu4Qy8CVUE