In a cruise industry first, Carnival Cruise Line's Mardi Gras will present the first-ever deck-top roller coaster at sea in 2020, providing an extraordinary ride on the line's newest and most innovative ship.
The open-air thrill ride was built by Munich-based Maurer Rides and has been called BOLT: Ultimate Sea Coaster, boasting not only to be the first roller coaster at sea but also the fastest. It is everything an adrenaline junkie seeks and more, with almost 800 feet of exhilarating twists, turns and drops with riders reaching speeds of nearly 40 miles per hour.
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, spearheading cruise industry innovation to dizzying heights. Thrill-seekers will experience the sea in a whole new way while enjoying breathtaking 360-degree views.
The BOLT ride launches with an action-packed scenario where riders can achieve ultimate levels of acceleration rising in a crescendo with a dynamic hair-pin turn around Carnival's iconic funnel. Riders' speeds are posted after the race, and just like land-based roller coasters, they have their photo taken during the ride to keep as a souvenir. Riders can also pick their own speed, making each ride unique.
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Soar over the ocean on BOLT™️, the first ever roller coaster 🎢 at sea. We're taking innovation to new heights on Mardi Gras 🛳! Strap in cruisers, 2020 is gearing up to be the ride of a lifetime! #ChooseFun #CarnivalMardiGras pic.twitter.com/p86zUgQH6c— Carnival Cruise Line (@CarnivalCruise) December 13, 2018
Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, who rode a prototype of the attraction assembled by its manufacturer, Maurer Rides, 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," Duffy told USA Today. "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!"
Duffy said Carnival's design team has worked closely with the ride's manufacturer and the ship's builder to ensure the attraction will be safe and reliable atop a cruise ship. "Certainly it has been tested and studied," Duffy said. "Safety is the No. 1 priority for us."
Mardi Gras will be based in Port Canaveral, Florida, the cruise, cargo, and naval port which will feature a new state-of-the-art terminal. Itinerary information will be revealed early next month with additional details about Mardi Gras' groundbreaking components announced throughout the year.