Carnival Cruise Line has revealed further details about the first roller coaster at sea and Ultimate Playground slides which will be featured on the new Mardi Gras in 2020.
New Mardi Gras Roller Coaster Details
With less than a year to go until Carnival’s largest ever cruise debuts the cruise line has just revealed even more details about the Bolt roller coaster which will feature onboard along with features at the Ultimate Playground zone.
The announcement was made during an event in Orlando with president Christine Duffy, Cheif Fun Officer Shaquille O’Neal and Munich-based Maurer Rides who designed the first roller coaster at sea.
Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy said:
“Whether guests want to get an adrenaline rush or take it slow and enjoy the breathtaking views, BOLT will have it all.”
“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 roller coaster will feature an all-electric motorcycle-inspired vehicle that will be able to hold two people. They will be adorned with metallic red and blue stripes and an eye-catching yellow lightning bolt. There will be a digital speedometer display and speakers that will blast out sound effects during the thrilling ride located on the very top deck of the mega-ship.
Guests can choose their own speed of up to 40 MPH with a full-on roller coaster experience. there will be twists, drops, dips and a hairpin turn which is the fastest part of the ride. Guests will be able to enjoy 360-degree views on the 800-foot-long track which will be 187 feet above sea level.
Bolt will be located in the Ultimate Playground which one of six themed zones on the Carnival Mardi Gras ship. The area spans on decks 18-20 and will be the central area for the largest WaterWorks aqua park in the fleet. The Ultimate Playground will feature three different racing slides designed for all ages.
The Blue Lightning slide will provide 312 feet of high-speed twists and turns, the Orange Thunder slide will offer a 229-foot-long drop-down experience into the splash zone. Then finally Carnival’s signature Twister slide will be 265 feet of thrills for any guest. Also nearby will be a splash-tastic zone for the kids including a 150-gallon tipping bucket.
Mardi Gras will have an expanded SportSqaure complex including a 600-foot-long suspended ropes course which is the longest in the fleet. Popular favorites such as a mini-golf course, jogging track, and outdoor fitness equipment and a basketball court will also be open for passengers to enjoy.
Carnival Mardi Gras is currently under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland and will debut on August 31 out of Copenhagen with a 9-day cruise. The 180,000 gross ton vessel will reposition to New York for a series of voyages before finally being based out of the new Carnival terminal at Port Canaveral starting in October 2020. She will sail year-round week-long Caribbean cruises.