Rainbow Cruiser

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Not to be confused with Rainbow Cruise.
Rainbow Cruiser
Squared screenshot of the Rainbow Cruiser from Super Mario 64.
The Rainbow Cruiser in Super Mario 64
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)

The Rainbow Cruiser[1] is a six-winged airship that appears in Rainbow Ride in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS. It can be reached by riding the magic carpet to the right of the course's starting point, then riding the carpet to the right of the spinning platforms, and then riding the carpet to the left at the end of the second carpet's path. Once at the Rainbow Cruiser, the player must jump over platforms and Falling Blocks to climb onto it. A heavy wind blows through the ship, pushing the player to its stern. Two Bob-ombs (one replaced by a Goomba in the DS version) and a Lakitu are on the deck, and a cannon is on the stern. The Power Star for the first mission, Cruiser Crossing the Rainbow, is on the ship's bow. A 1-UP Mushroom can be found on the tip of the bowsprit. In the DS version, the Star and 1-UP Mushroom have switched spots, with the Star on the very end of the bowsprit and the 1-UP Mushroom simply on the bow. Also in the DS version, a red block containing a Power Flower is near the stern. In the center of the Rainbow Cruiser is the ship's mast, which spawns another 1-UP Mushroom when climbed to the top. The player must talk to the Bob-omb Buddy at the top of the maze directly ahead of the player's starting point on the spinning platforms to be able to use the cannon. Once the cannon is opened, the player can use it to reach a platform with a Chuckya and a yellow block containing the Power Star for the sixth mission, Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

In Mario Party, a ship resembling the Rainbow Cruiser houses the board Luigi's Engine Room.

In the Super Smash Bros. series, the Rainbow Cruiser appears on the stage Rainbow Cruise, which is based on Rainbow Ride.

In Super Princess Peach, several of the levels of Toad Shot are set aboard the Rainbow Cruiser, with the ship using a design similar to that in its appearance in the Super Smash Bros. series.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Italian Aeronave[2]


  1. ^ M. Arakawa. Super Mario 64 Player's Guide. Pages 119 and 120.
  2. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 90