Cruise ships are always looking for the newest cool thing to entice passengers to come on board and Carnival Cruise line is at it again. They’ve just announced their giant new ship, the Mardi Gras, will have a deck-top roller coaster. The ship is currently being built and will arrive in 2020 and it’ll have the first roller coaster on a cruise ship.
It’s called BOLT: Ultimate Sea Coaster and it’s going to be 800-feet long, with twists, turns, and drops sending riders around at speeds of nearly 40 miles per hour. BOLT will be an all-electric coaster and while it won’t be as big or fast as the coasters we’re used to on land, the track will be 187-feet above sea level, so that adds a level of thrill you can’t get on land.
Guests will ride in vehicles that look like motorcycles and will be able to control their speed up there, so they can savor the views from the top. Carnival Cruise Lines president Christine Duffy says safety is their number one priority and explains that wind and weather may cause the ride to close at times, but BOLT has been designed to be a roller coaster at sea, so it’s built for the job. The only question is, are you brave enough to try it?