Carnival Unveils Details On First Coaster At Sea And "Ultimate Playground" Features

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Carnival Cruise Line has revealed that its BOLT roller coaster on upcoming ship Carnival Mardi Gras will feature all-electric, motorcycle-inspired vehicles adorned with metallic red and blue stripes and a yellow lightning bolt. BOLT’s vehicles will also feature a digital speedometer display and speakers with sound effects.

Cameras will be located along the 800-foot-long track, as well as within the vehicle itself, to capture photos of riders as they take in 360-degree views and race 187 feet above the sea, achieving speeds of up to 65 kilometres per hour. 

BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea, will take centre stage in the two-deck "Ultimate Playground," one of six themed zones aboard Mardi Gras, which will debut in AUG 2020.

The announcement was made at the annual International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Conference in Orlando by Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy, who was joined by the line’s Chief Fun Officer Shaquille O’Neal.

“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 Ultimate Playground will span Decks 18-20 and house the largest WaterWorks aqua park in the Carnival fleet, featuring three slides designed for all ages. 


Blue Lightning will offer 312 feet of high-speed twists and turns, while the 229-foot-long Orange Thunder drop-down slide will propel guests into a wet ‘n wild splash zone. Back by popular demand, Carnival’s signature Twister slide encompasses 265 feet of thrills. Other features will include a splash zone for kids with a PowerDrencher tipping bucket and water toys. 


The expanded SportSquare recreation complex features a 600-foot-long suspended ropes course – the longest in the fleet – a nine-hole miniature golf course, a jogging track and outdoor fitness equipment, and a basketball court.


Click here to see a virtual tour of The Ultimate Playground.


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


Currently under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland, Mardi Gras is slated to enter service in Europe on 31AUG, 2020, before repositioning to New York for a series of voyages then shift to Port Canaveral for year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises beginning in OCT 2020.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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