Are cruise ships just little theme parks on the sea? With abundant entertainment, themed food and events, and even a smattering of water rides, many ships could make a case. Starting in 2020, Carnival Cruise will make the strongest case yet by adding to one of its ships the king of all theme park attractions — a roller coaster.
Launching with the new ship Mardi Gras in 2020 out of Port Canaveral, Maurer Rides' Bolt: Ultimate Sea Coaster will send passengers flying above the ship's top deck for high-speed views of the ocean. Bolt will run on 800 feet of track at a maximum height of 187 feet above the sea level and a top speed of “nearly 40 mph.”
"BOLT begins with an action-packed launch where riders can achieve race car-like levels of acceleration and culminates with a high-powered hair-pin turn around Carnival’s iconic funnel," the cruise line said in a press release. Let's look:
"Riders’ speeds are posted after the race, and just like land-based roller coasters, guests have their photo taken during the ride for a memorable keepsake," the cruise line said. But here's an intriguing element to this thrill ride: "And since guests choose their own speed, each ride is unique."
Riders get to choose how fast to go? Now that adds a twist that might make this an excellent attraction for beginning coaster fans who want just a taste of speed, but maybe not too much. Beyond that, the video shows a stacked rail, with single-file seating on a track that will emphasize lateral movement. Will it be a fun ride?
We might have to do some, uh, research to answer that question. A lot of research.
The Disney Cruise Line has led the way with cruise ship thrill rides up until now, with its two AquaDuck water coasters on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. But for roller coaster fans, soon they will have a true alternative, with Bolt on Carnival's Mardi Gras.Tweet
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