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Carnival announces roller coaster on new cruise ship

Posted at 8:11 AM, Dec 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-14 08:12:46-05

MIAMI (AP) — Carnival Cruise Line has announced plans to launch the first cruise ship with a roller coaster on board.

Carnival announced Thursday that BOLT will circle the top of a new ship, Mardi Gras, when it sets sail in 2020.

The all-electric coaster will allow two riders at a time to race along nearly 800 feet (244 meters) of track, 187 feet (57 meters) above sea level. The coaster will travel nearly 40 mph (64 kph) and take riders on a series of twists, turns and drops, right around the ship's famous, whale-tail funnel.

BOLT is being built by Munich-based Maurer Rides.

Carnival says Mardi Gras will be based in a new state-of-the-art terminal at Port Canaveral, Florida. It will be the first ship in the new XL-class, the largest ever built for Carnival.