December 13, 2018 – Carnival Cruise Line announced their newest and most innovative ship, Mardi Gras, will feature the first-ever roller coaster at sea when it debuts in 2020. Bolt: Ultimate Sea Coaster is a Maurer Rides Spike Coaster featuring nearly 800 feet (244m) of exhilarating twists, turns and drops with riders reaching speeds of nearly 40 mph (64 km/h). The all-electric coaster allows two riders in a motorcycle-like vehicle to race 187 feet (57m) 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 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,” said president of Carnival Cruise Line Christine 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!”
The Mardi Gras will be based in Port Canaveral, Florida, in a brand new terminal. The ship’s first itinerary information will be released early next month.
Maurer’s first Spike Coaster, Sky Dragster, opened at Skyline Park in Germany in 2017 with the second, Superbike Race, set to open at Mirabilandia in Italy in 2019.
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