Carnival Cruise Line reveals Bolt rollercoaster for Mardi Gras

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Carnival Cruise Line has revealed new details on its Bolt rollercoaster, which will be the centrepiece of a new open-air recreation area on Mardi Gras, set to debut in August 2020.

The reveal was made during the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Conference in Orlando, Florida, by Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy and the cruise line’s chief fun officer, Shaquille O’Neal. Carnival partnered with Maurer Rides to showcase Bolt at IAAPA.

Bolt’s all-electric, motorcycle-inspired vehicles will be decorated with metallic red and blue stripes and a yellow lightning bolt. The vehicle will also feature a digital speedometer display and speakers with new sound effects that will activate to enhance the riders’ experience.

Cameras along the 800ft (243m)-long track, and within the vehicle itself, will record keepsake photos for passengers as they race 187ft (56,9m) above the sea experiencing drops, dips and hairpin turns at speeds of up to 40mph (64km/h). Guests will control the speed of their rollercoaster vehicles.

“Whether guests want to get an adrenaline rush or take it slow and enjoy the breathtaking views, Bolt will have it all,” said Duffy. “Combining the most talented designers, technicians and attractions professionals in the industry, we’ve taken fun to a whole new level with this amazing onboard experience that is also a true game-changer in our industry.”

The Bolt rollercoaster will be a central feature of the Ultimate Playground, one of Mardi Gras’ six themed zones, spanning Decks 18-20. It will also house the largest WaterWorks aqua park in the Carnival fleet, featuring three slides designed for all ages.

Further details on Mardi Gras’ features and themed zones will be announced in the coming months.

Mardi Gras is currently under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland, and slated to enter service in Europe on 31 August 2020. The ship will then be repositioned to New York for a series of voyages and later shift to Port Canaveral for year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises beginning in October 2020.

Image: Carnival Cruise Line

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