World’s first cruise roller coaster coming to Carnival Cruise Line in 2020

by Brittani Tuttle

Get ready for big thrills on the high seas! Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras will feature the first-ever cruise roller coaster when it debuts in 2020.

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Guests aboard Carnival’s Mardi Gras will be able to ride a roller coaster on the high seas in 2020.

Named “Bolt: Ultimate Sea Coaster,” this new experience will offer nearly 800 feet of twists, turns, and drops, sending riders up to speeds of nearly 40 miles per hour.

Bolt will be an all-electric roller coaster that allows two riders in a motorcycle-like vehicle to race along a track set 187 feet above sea level. This will give guests a unique 360-degree view of the sea around them.

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A digital rendering of Bolt: Ultimate Sea Coaster.

Bolt kicks off with a launch with racecar-like levels of acceleration and a high-powered hair-pin turn around Carnival’s iconic funnel. Rider’s speeds are posted after the race, and just like any other coaster, guests have their photo taken during the experience. Since guests can choose their own speed on the coaster, each ride will be 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 Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “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!”

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Mardi Gras will be based in Port Canaveral, Fla. with a new state-of-the-art terminal. Itinerary details will be revealed next month with more details about the ship’s features. 

To learn more about Carnival Cruise Line, visit Carnival.com.

Check out our video of a rendering of Bolt: Ultimate Sea Coaster below:


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