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Onboard Obsession: The Thrill of Go-Karting on a Mega Cruise Ship

Eighteen decks above the cold Atlantic Ocean, I pulled on a balaclava and helmet and did something I hadn’t done in decades: stepped into a go-kart.

The last time I was behind the wheel of a go-kart was about 25 years prior, at a Six Flags amusement park. This time I was somewhere far more exciting-cruising between Iceland and Ireland on the Norwegian Prima.

The Norwegian Prima takes go-karting at sea to a whole other level-literally. Instead of two decks like other Norwegian ships, the Norwegian Prima’s 1,400-foot go-kart track is spread over the ship’s top three decks. And that third deck makes a huge difference.

The first time I accelerated up the hill to the track’s third deck, I was scared of flying off the top of the ship. Having lived in walkable cities for more than a decade, I rarely drive nowadays, let alone in miniature race cars on moving ships in the middle of the ocean. Read more…

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