Oct. 10, 2018 – Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world’s largest leisure travel company, today recognized Rainforest Adventures’ Rockland Estate eco-park attraction in St. Maarten – featuring the world’s steepest zipline – for receiving the “Innovative Shorex of the Year” Seatrade Cruise Award for its main attraction, The Flying Dutchman. The award, which recognizes an innovative shore excursion over the past 12 months, was recently accepted by Cherinah Franken, product development assistant of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, on behalf of Rainforest Adventures’ Rockland Estate at Seatrade Cruise Med 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.
With financing from Carnival Corporation and built by Rainforest Adventures, Rockland Estate in St. Maarten is a one-of-a-kind attraction expected to quickly become one of the most popular in the Caribbean. In April Carnival Corporation celebrated the official grand opening of the St. Maarten shore excursion, which features the world’s steepest zip line, a mountain chair lift with breathtaking views and a heart-racing tube ride, as well as a museum that showcases the rich history and culture of St. Maarten and its people. Guests from eight of Carnival Corporation’s brands with itineraries visiting the island have the opportunity to experience the new shore excursion, also recently named by USA Today 10Best as a top Caribbean attraction.
“We are proud to be part of the Rockland Estate development, and it is rewarding to everyone involved that this new attraction is being recognized by industry thought-leaders for providing exciting vacation experiences for visitors to the island,” said David Candib, vice president of development and operations for the global port and destination development group at Carnival Corporation. “St. Maarten continues to be a favorite destination of guests across our eight cruise line brands that visit the island, and this award salutes all of the talented people who worked so hard to develop and build such an amazing attraction. Most importantly, the Rockland Estate eco-park provides a truly memorable experience that can be enjoyed by our guests and everyone who visits the island.”
Now in the 12th edition, the Seatrade Cruise Awards celebrate the best of international cruise industry success, ambition and innovation. Industry award categories are judged by an independent panel of thought-leaders and experts from the international cruise industry.