Beat the heat with these five cool pool activities at sea

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The mind often wanders during those really warm days, with the obvious focus being on how to best cool down, whether that is enjoying an icy treat, cool drink or lying around the pool. Cruise lines have you well catered with many of the biggest ships offering a n

umber of pools, some with waterslides, tipping buckets, themed characters for the kids to play with and plenty of space to just float on top of the water.

Whether experiencing a particularly warm day today or if one is forecast to reach you soon, take a look at some of the coolest pool options available at sea.

1. Royal Caribbean

Explorer of the Seas' pool deck only features misters not showers.

Usually found on the top deck towards the middle of the ship, often you can find both a shallow wading pool for the little ones and a deeper section to jump right in. A good idea is to keep some thongs (or flip flops) handy by the edge of the pool so that when you decide to climb out, the pool deck isn’t too hot to walk on.

2. Disney Cruise Line

Available on each of the line’s four ships, the Mickey Pool is a central hangout often popular on those hot days in the Caribbean or Europe, where the Disney ships can often be found. Unmistakable on the bottom of the pool is an image of Disney icon Mickey Mouse. For the youngest kids, they can also enjoy Nemo’s Reef and splash with Dory and the gang from the popular aquatic animated movie franchise.

3. P&O Cruises

A serene Adults Only retreat, The Oasis, is on P&O Cruises ships

Several pools are available to help passengers keep their body temperature under control, however for the times when parents or adults wish to break away from the noise, The Oasis at the rear of the ship provides an escape, with no kids permitted. The soothing retreat is available on all P&O Cruises ships, with a slight difference on Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden being a selection of cabanas and hanging chairs for something different in which to relax.

4. Norwegian Cruise Line

The new Aqua Park on Norwegian Escape offers several water slides.

Sure, it delays the rush of hitting the water just a little longer, but riding a water slide is a great way to heighten the anticipation, with a variety of water slides taking passengers around and around, and even out over the edge of the ship itself.

5. Carnival Cruise Line

Speaking of water slides, one of Australia’s favourites – Green Thunder – is available on both of the line’s ships sailing in Australia. Riders start their experience standing vertically before the platform beneath their feet drops away suddenly, plummeting the rider through the green tube and to a splash-filled stop below. It’s all over in a matter of seconds, but that’s ok – you can always head back up and do it again. And again.

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