(1 p.m. EDT) -- Carnival Horizon, Carnival Cruise Line's next new ship, will feature the line's first Dr. Seuss-themed WaterWorks water park when it launches in Europe next April. Located on Deck 12, the whimsically designed water park will feature two water sides and a splash zone for smaller children.
"Our ships are designed as the ultimate seagoing playgrounds and Carnival Horizon will take this concept to the next level with the spectacular Dr. Seuss WaterWorks, which promises fun for guests of all ages," said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
The 450-foot-long Cat in the Hat slide will feature an enclosed raft slide that twists and turns on its way to splash down. The entrance to the slide will be through The Cat's famous red and white hat, and the slide will feature the same color pattern in alternating translucent and opaque sections. Named for the mischievous Thing 1 and Thing 2 will be the 213-foot-long Fun Things slide, an enclosed body slide with polka dots and special lighting effects.
The Dr. Seuss WaterWorks will also feature a 150-gallon tipping drenching bucket patterned after The Cat's hat, along with a kiddie splash zone with dozens of water spray toys.
The entire design of the WaterWorks will draw on Dr. Seuss' crazy cast of characters with larger-than-life statues of The Cat in the Hat holding an inner tube, The Grinch sporting a surf board, and Thing 1 and Thing 2 hanging out on their namesake slide.
Slated for delivery at the start of April 2018, Carnival Horizon will be the second ship in Carnival's Vista class of vessels and is expected to feature many of the same attractions as Carnival Vista, including the SkyRide, IMAX movie theater and the ship's popular Family Harbor and Havana Cabana staterooms. The 3,936-passenger ship will debut in Europe with a series of four Mediterranean sailings before repositioning to New York for a series of sailings, and finally on to Miami where it will run six- and eight-night Caribbean sailings year-round.
--By Dori Saltzman, Senior Editor