Carnival Cruise Line has released new details about BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea that will debut on the Carnival’s new ship Mardi Gras in August 2020.
What is BOLT?
BOLT will be the centrepiece of an open-air recreation area called the Ultimate Playground.
BOLT will be an all-electric roller coaster with motorcycle-inspired vehicles pained with metallic red and blue stripes and an eye-catching yellow lightning bolt. Each vehicle and multiple points along the track will be fitted with cameras take to document the rider’s experience.
There are no details yet detailing if BOLT will be free to ride or if it will incur a fee.
How fast will the BOLT roller coaster be?
The BOLT coaster will be 800-foot-long and 187 feet above the sea with drops, dips and hairpin turns. Riders can choose their own speed with each car reaching a maximum of 40 miles per hour.
Christine Duffy, Carnival Cruise Line President, said; “Whether guests want to get an adrenaline rush or take it slow and enjoy the breath-taking views, BOLT will have it all,”
More Details About Ultimate Playground
BOLT will be located in the Ultimate Playground area onboard Mardi Gras. This is one of six themed zones, spanning Decks 18-20 and home to the WaterWorks, the largest waterpark in the Carnival fleet.
WaterWorks will feature featuring three unique heart-racing slides; Blue Lightning, Orange Thunder and Twister.
Blue Lightning, will be 312 feet long and feature high-speed twists and turns. Orange Thunder will 229-foot-long drop-down slide will propel guests into a wet ‘n wild splash zone. Finally, Carnival’s signature Twister slide will be 265 feet of thrills for the young and young at heart.
The WaterWorks will also include a splash-tastic zone just for kids with a 150-gallon PowerDrencher tipping bucket and numerous water toys.
In addition to the WaterWorks, a recreation complex called SportSquare will feature the longest suspended ropes course at sea, a nine-hole miniature golf course, outdoor fitness equipment, a jogging track and a basketball court.
Mardi Gras is currently under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland. The ship is set to enter service on 31st August 2020. She will sail European itineraries before repositioning to New York and then onto Port Canaveral for year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises beginning in October 2020.