Carnival Cruise Line’s Bolt roller coaster is Santa-approved

Santa Claus recently took a break from the North Pole to test ride Bolt, the very first roller coaster at sea onboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras.

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“Never in my wildest dreams would I think a rollercoaster could be on a cruise ship. It’s something we’ll be talking about at the North Pole for a long time,” said jolly St. Nick himself.

The fully electric coaster features 800 feet of track. It reaches speeds of 40 miles per hour and heights of 187 feet above the water. It also seats two passengers side by side on motorcycle-like vehicles.

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The Carnival Mardi Gras debuts with its innovative Bolt coaster in 2021 at Port Canaveral, Fla. The date of its inaugural voyage has been delayed multiple times as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

For more information about Carnival’s Mardi Gras and to learn more about the first coaster at sea, visit


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