Carnival’s Newest Ship, Mardi Gras Features First-Ever Roller Coaster at Sea

Carnival Cruise Line has announced it will debut a new attraction that is the first of its kind- the first ever roller coaster on a cruise ship! Carnival’s newest ship, Mardi Gras, will house the very first roller coaster at sea.

An announcement was made that the ship, which is slated to arrive in Port Canaveral in 2020, will host the Bolt: Ultimate Sea Roller Coaster. This attraction will feature 800 feet of exciting twists and turns reaching speeds up to 40 miles per hour.

The roller coaster was designed by Maurer Rides, a German designer, and is unique to the specific design of the cruise line. Passengers on the ride will be seated in motorcycle-style electric powered vehicles. They will be able to choose their speed before starting the course, which gives the ride an even more unique aspect. The design is called the Spike Coaster. Unlike other roller coasters, it does not rely on gravity and kinetic energy for movement. Instead, it relies solely on the track, which means that the cart can accelerate at any point of the track, even if the cart is traveling uphill, which is unusual compared to other roller coasters.

The ride will take a path that circles the red ship funnel. Each cart will allow two riders, and the track will include two cars, with only one riding at a time. After ride is complete, speeds will be posted so that the riders can see just how fast they were going.

This ride has taken the place of the SkyRide attraction that is found on the Carnival’s Vista ships. Because of the design of the SkyRide attraction and the fact that salt buildup from the sea could alter the track, leading to delays, Carnival wished to create a new attraction to avoid similar problems. It is also anticipated that the speed of the ride will lead to a quicker turnaround for riders than with the SkyRide.

The Mardi Gras will be Carnival’s largest ship, weighing 180,000 gross-tons. It is 1,130 feet in length and has a capacity to hold 6,500 passengers. It is planned to dock at the newly-renovated Terminal 3 at Port Canaveral in 2020 for its debut.


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