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  • Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands

Ride Status


Opening Date

May 1, 1982

Top Ride Speed

34 mph / 55 km/h

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Maximum Height

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April 26, 2016

Halve Maen

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Excitement and sensation on the world’s biggest swinging ship, situated in a picturesque Dutch harbour. You won’t need strong sea legs but a strong stomach might come in useful.

Do you dare to board?

At first, the Halve Maen swinging ship bobs gently on the waves. But later... Whoa! You appear to have hit some towering waves. It feels like the ship might go over the top at any second. Fortunately, you survive... Until the next wave. Aaaaaagh! It’s as if you’re swinging a full 180°. It’s so high! Hold on tight and hope for a safe trip.

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Ride Rating


Awesome Level: 95% - 2 votes
Unique Factor: 95% - 2 votes
Rider Comfort: 95% - 2 votes
Themed Queue: 80% - 2 votes
Theming & Story: 95% - 2 votes

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Ride Reviews

  • The best swing-ship I've ever done. It's high and very steep. Unfortunately, my stomach won't let me ride this ship more than one time a day (when I was young, I used to go 5 times in a row, but I guess those days are gone). This ship is beautifully themed. It's a pity the story behind this ride isn't very known (it was on the cassette tapes the Efteling used to have in the 80's). In this story, Lowie the Wind wants to marry Madelief, but Madelief is in love with Teun de Schipper who has just bought the ship De Halve Maen. When Teun takes his ship out to sea, Lowie causes a heavy storm so he can marry Madelief. But Teun manages to sail his ship through the storm and Lowie gives up. Madelief and Teun live happily ever after :)

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