Up atop Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas sits a scary looking fish – a scary fish with a tall and even scarier slide. For those brave enough to make the trek forward, The Ultimate Abyss awaits.
Dramatic storytelling intro aside, the Ultimate Abyss is the first slide of it’s kind at sea – a dry slide spanning 10 decks of Harmony’s aft, tricked out with psychedelic lighting effects from top to bottom. And is it fast? Oh, why yes, it is. If you’re like me, upon first glance, you expect the slide to be thrilling, but you may not yet truly appreciate the speed and insanity that is the Ultimate Abyss. As you climb the stairs and reach the top, before you get to the fun part, you’re given a short safety briefing to inform you of the proper sliding technique. For me, I really only paid half attention, thinking to myself, “It’s a mat with handles, how hard can this be?” Only moments later would I regret not having paid closer attention.
So, channeling my inner (only slightly) younger self, I sat down on the mat and loosely grabbed the strap ahead of me as I began my journey into the d
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