Carnival Cruise Lines to Debut “Bolt,” The First Roller Coaster At Sea
The cruise industry is always looking for that “next” innovation, and Carnival Cruise Lines has announced an industry first. When it debuts in 2020, Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras will feature the first-ever roller coaster at sea, 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. Based on the above video, it appears that BOLT will be a Maurer “Spike” Coaster.
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.
The coaster 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. Guests will be able to choose their own speed, making each ride unique.
Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said that BOLT is the cornerstone of innovations and features being designed for Mardi Gras, 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, about an hour from Central Florida’s theme parks. The port will also feature a new state-of-the-art terminal. Itinerary information will be revealed early next month with additional details about Mardi Gras’ groundbreaking features 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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All Photos and Video Used in the Post are via Carnival Cruise Lines.