If you were to ask me which cruise line would be the first to bring a rollercoaster to sea, I would have immediately guessed Carnival Cruise Line. It was only a matter of time before the Fun Ships received the thrill of a coaster.
Coming in 2020, on Carnival’s biggest ship-t0-date, a world of firsts will be on the Mardi Gras, including BOLT™: Ultimate Sea Coaster™. Munich-based Maurer Rides built the coaster to nearly 800 feet, with turns and drops that will send riders to speeds nearly 40 miles per hour.
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 since guests choose their own speed, each ride is unique.
“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. 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!”
– Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line
Mardi Gras will be based in Port Canaveral, Fla., which will feature a new state-of-the-art terminal. Itinerary information will be revealed early next month with additional details including those about their rollercoaster at sea!