Carnival is set to feature the first rollercoaster at sea when it launches it's latest ship Carnival Mardi Gras in 2020. Nicknamed "BOLT Ultimate Sea Coaster", the all electric roller coaster will take two riders in a motorcycle like vehicle along a 50m track above the ocean.
Photos released from Carnival show the rollercoaster travelling around Carnival's distinctive red, white and blue funnel.
The rollercoaster experience follows other cruise lines introducing crazy new features to lure thrill seekers and provide new entertainment zones. NCL recently launched an onboard racetrack on Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Joy, Celebrity unveiled its Celebrity Edge, while Royal Caribbean has had the iFLy (Skydiving Simulator), Flowrider (Surfing Simulator) and North Star (Observation Capsule) for a number of years.
Mardi Gras will be based out of Florida in their new state of the art terminal in Port Canaveral. The ship will be the first of two "XL Class" categories, with a second vessel set to be launched in 2022.
Carnival Cruise Line President, Christine Dufy said the rollercoaster will enable “guests to experience the sea in an exciting new way with breathtaking 360° views.” and position Mardi Gras as the “ultimate playground at sea”.
While this is exciting news for Carnival International, Australia and New Zealand cruisers look like having to wait a while to see a ship with such features.