First-Ever Roller Coaster At Sea To Offer One-Of-A-Kind Thrills Aboard New Mardi Gras Ship
Get ready to ride! In another cruise industry first, Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras will feature the first-ever roller coaster at sea when it debuts in 2020, providing an unforgettable and unique open-air thrill ride on the line’s newest and most innovative ship!
Built by Munich-based Maurer Rides, BOLT: Ultimate Sea Coaster is a heart-pounding rush of adrenaline offering nearly 800 feet of exhilarating twists, turns and drops with riders reaching speeds of nearly 40 miles per hour.
Taking cruise industry innovation to new heights, BOLT is an all-electric roller coaster that allows two riders in a motorcycle-like vehicle to race along a track 187 feet above sea level, enabling guests to experience the sea in an exciting new way with breathtaking 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 are posted after the race, and just like land-based roller coasters, guests have their photo taken during the ride for a memorable keepsake. And best of all, since guests choose their own speed, each ride is unique!
Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said that BOLT is the cornerstone of innovations and features being designed for the new Mardi Gras ship, which will 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, Florida, which will also feature a new state-of-the-art terminal. Itinerary information will be revealed early next month on our website with additional details about Mardi Gras’ groundbreaking features announced throughout the year.
But thats not all! 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!
Bolt aka the “Spike Coaster” is a very unique coaster, as this installation will be only the third of it’s type in the world. This video, from the 2016 IAAPA Expo, provides a unique in-depth look at these new type of coasters.
Ironically, we are writing this article while on a carnival cruise right now! Although the “Dream” we are on does not have a coaster, It does have some awesome water slides!
We can’t wait to see this new coaster in action! This will definitely be one of the most sought after cruise ships in 2020!
To book your next cruise, visit the official Carnival Cruise Line website by clicking here.
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