Carnival Cruise Line has announced that its new Mardi Grascruise ship will feature the first-ever roller coaster at sea when it debuts in 2020.
Built by Munich-based Maurer Rides, the rollercoaster – branded as BOLT™: Ultimate Sea Coaster™ – will offer 800 feet of twists, turns and drops with riders reaching speeds of almost 40 miles per hour.
“Mardi Graswill be our most innovative ship ever with some truly special features and attractions – highlighted by BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea,” says Carnival Cruise Line president, Christine Duffy.
“We are thrilled to be introducing this one-of-a-kind, game-changing, exhilarating attraction – our guests are going to love it!”
“It will be 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 through breath-taking 360-degree views.”
The ride begins with a fast launch where riders can achieve race car-like levels of acceleration – and culminates with a high-powered hair-pin turn around the ship's funnel.
Mardi Graswill be based in Port Canaveral, Florida at a new state-of-the-art terminal.
A second similar XL-class ship will start construction in 2020 and be delivered in 2022 to mark the 50th anniversary of Carnival Cruise Line’s founding.