Carnival to Debut First Cruise Ship Roller Coaster

by Kerry Tice
Carnival to Debut First Cruise Ship Roller Coaster

The thrill ride will reach speeds of nearly 40 miles per hour. Photo: Carnival


Carnival’s newest ship, Mardi Gras, set to debut in 2020, will offer the first roller coaster at sea.

The electric roller coaster, dubbed BOLT: Ultimate Sea Coaster and developed by Munich-based Maurer Rides, will feature nearly 800 feet of twists, turns and drops with riders reaching speeds of nearly 40 miles per hour.

The thrill ride will allow for two riders in a motorcycle-like vehicle to race along a track 187 feet above sea level, while guests take in 360-degree views.

BOLT begins with an action-packed launch where riders can achieve race car-like levels of acceleration and culminates with a high-powered hair-pin turn around Carnival’s iconic funnel.  Riders’ speeds will be posted after the race, and guests may have their photo taken during the ride for a memorable keepsake. And since guests choose their own speed, each ride is unique.

Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said BOLT is the cornerstone of innovations and features being designed for Mardi Gras, which they consider to be “the ultimate playground at sea for fun seekers of all ages.”

“Mardi Gras will be our most innovative ship ever with some truly special features and attractions, highlighted by BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea,” said Duffy. “BOLT will continue the tradition of Carnival providing exciting new ways for our guests to ‘Choose Fun.’  We are so thrilled to introduce this one-of-a-kind, game-changing, exhilarating attraction – our guests are going to love it!”

Mardi Gras will be based in Port Canaveral and itinerary information will be revealed early next month, with additional details about Mardi Gras’ groundbreaking features to be announced throughout the year.

A second XL-class ship will start construction in 2020 and be delivered in 2022 to mark the 50th anniversary of Carnival Cruise Line’s founding.

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