Carnival's Mardi Gras breaks out with cruise ship roller-coaster first

BOLT riders race along a track 187 feet above sea level, finishing with a hairpin turn around the funnel BOLT riders race along a track 187 feet above sea level, finishing with a hairpin turn around the funnel

It's been dreamed about for years as the ultimate crazy thing to have on a cruise ship, and now somebody is finally doing it—a roller-coaster. Carnival Cruise Line's 2020 newbuild Mardi Gras will feature a track that loops around the funnel and out over the sea.

Speeds of nearly 40 mph

Built by Munich-based Maurer Rides, BOLT: Ultimate Sea Coaster is a heart-pounding rush of adrenaline with nearly 800 feet of exhilarating twists, turns and drops with riders reaching speeds of nearly 40 mph.

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, 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 hairpin turn around the funnel. Speeds are posted after the race and, just like land-based roller coasters, participants have their photo taken during the ride for a memorable keepsake. Riders choose their own speed.

Port Canaveral home

Mardi Gras will sail from the newly built Cruise Terminal 3 at Port Canaveral.

Itinerary information will be revealed early next month with additional details about Mardi Gras features announced throughout the year.

Construction of a second XL-class ship is scheduled to start in 2020 at Meyer Turku for delivery in 2022 to mark the 50th anniversary of Carnival Cruise Line’s founding.

Posted 13 December 2018

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Anne Kalosh

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