Cape Town - What happens when you combine cruiseliner luxury with extreme sport? An incredible but nerve-wracking display of guts and glory - that's what!
Recent footage that has now gone viral on Instagram shows the vertigo-inducing moment a professional athlete plunges off the diving board of a moving cruise ship.
With utter poise and gracefulness one can only expect from an acrobat, Cesilie Carlton, a 35-year-old American high diver, can be seen standing on the 17-metre-high platform as the fast-moving ocean churns past below her, before leaping off and performing several somersaults into the pool underneath.
The impressive and frankly terrifying video was shot aboard the Harmony of the Seas cruise ship by her colleague, fellow diver Sydney Brown.
"Would you jump?" Brown captioned the video of Carlton, who is currently also an adrenaline-junkie Red Bull cliff diver.
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Her incredible dive on board the Harmony of the Seas has gained more than 203 000 views on Instagram since being posted last week.
World's largest cruise ship
The cruise ship - the largest passenger liner in the world with a capacity for 5 479 guests - boasts a 2 100-strong crew, of which 20 are performers at the AquaTheater seen in the video. Performers typically stay on the ship for six to nine months at a time, putting on regular shows for their spectators.
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The cruise ship set sail for the first time ever from France in May last year. At 66 metres, it is the widest cruise ship ever built, while its 362-metre length makes it 50 metres longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower.
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