Carnival Cruise Lines have announced they will be opening a new world’s first rollercoaster. The first rollercoaster at sea. The new ride is currently set to debut aboard the Madris Gras Cruise Liner in 2020.
Called “Bolt” this new all electric coaster is going to be a Maurer Rides Spike Model. Spike Coasters are unique in the fact that they are entirely self powered and the speed of the coaster can be almost entirely controlled by the rider. They also suspend the complex interaction between potential and kinetic energy that usually help to define traditional coaster layouts. 100% traction allows for acceleration exceeding 1g including uphill and when the train is in a vertical position.
“Mardi Gras will be our most innovative ship ever with some truly special features and attractions, highlighted by BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea,” said Christine Duffy, the president of Carnival Cruise Line. “BOLT will continue the tradition of Carnival providing exciting new ways for our guests to ‘Choose Fun.’ We are so thrilled to introduce this one-of-a-kind, game-changing, exhilarating attraction – our guests are going to love it!”
Carnival have already put a description of the ride on their website:
“Bolt: the fastest — and first! — rollercoaster at sea. Four riders strap in and zoom their motorcycle-style speed machines around an open-air course high, high above sea level. You know how on most rollercoasters… actually, never mind. Forget other coasters because this all-electric thrill ride puts you in the driver’s seat. That means you actually get to control how fast you go, so hit the gas and try for the fastest time, go for the biggest thrill — plus some amazing 360° ocean views! And for the folks who choose to chill: go light on the pedal, and this just might be the coaster for you!”
Although this is certainly an interesting concept it is yet to be seen just how thrilling the Maurer Spike coasters can be. Time will tell and we can’t wait to see more about this unique attraction when the Carnival Mardi Gras sets sail in a couple of years time.