Rainbow Cruiser

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Not to be confused with Rainbow Cruise.
Rainbow Cruiser
Rainbow Ride Star 1
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 an 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 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. The Power Star for the first mission, Cruiser Crossing the Rainbow, is on the ship's bow. In the DS version, the Star is on the very end of the bowsprit, and a red block containing a Power Flower is near the stern. If the player climbs to the top of the ship's mast, they will receive a 1-UP Mushroom. Another 1-UP Mushroom can be found on the tip of the bowsprit, though it is simply on the bow in the DS version. The player can use the cannon to reach a platform with a Chuckya and a yellow block containing the Power Star for the sixth mission, Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

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

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

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 of its appearance in the Super Smash Bros. series.


  1. ^ M. Arakawa. Super Mario 64 Player's Guide. Pages 119 and 120.