The one where Carnival ‘Thrillseekers’ broke a world record…

Sydney’s Cronulla Park was taken over by ‘Thrillseekers’ attempting to slide over 25 kilometres to achieve the longest distance travelled on a slip and slide in one hour on Sunday.

Part of Carnival Cruise Lines’ competition to name the new ‘Thrill Slide’ that will feature onboard Carnival Spirit, the first to take on the slide was Ironman Mark Simpson.

“There were scores of Aussies lining up to stake their claim on a world record title. From seasoned swimmers to slip and slide fanatics, it was fantastic to see so many different people lining up bright and early in the morning to take part,” Mr Simpson said.

Guinness World Records supported the attempt and is currently verifying the record.

“It was obvious that the Carnival Cruise Lines’ team was well trained, perfectly prepared and totally enthusiastic about smashing this grueling record today,” Guinness World Records’ Australian representative Chris Sheedy said.

Fans have been submitting their suggestions for the name of what will be the world’s steepest and fastest Thrill Slide at sea via the company’s Facebook page.

Names entered into the competition include ‘Sea Serpent’, ‘Man Overboard’ and ‘Mighty Aqua’ with the winner receiving a trip to the U.S.A to be one of the first to experience the ‘Thrill Slide’ and cruise on Carnival Spirit before she hits Aussie shores.

“Our goal was to design the world’s most thrilling-yet-fun waterslide at sea. My team has tested hundreds of waterslides over the past year to identify the key elements that make a great waterslide. We’ve conducted research with waterslide aficionados of all ages and nationalities to hone in on the optimal ride experience,” Carnival Cruise Lines’ Chief Thrill Slide-Tester Caroline Lombardi said.

In development for over a year, Ms Lombardi shares that the 55 metre slide will offer  a unique, “unforgettable, adrenaline-pumping” experience.

Carnival Spirit arrives in Australia on 17 October 2012.

Originally published for e-Travel Blackboard.

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