Carnival teases Mardi Gras roller coaster cruise ship in new video, months ahead of debut

Cruisers may not have the chance to sail right now on major cruise lines during the coronavirus pandemic (at least in the U.S.), but that doesn’t meant they can’t get excited about future trips.

Carnival Cruise Line posted a video on Sunday previewing its anticipated Mardi Gras ship’s new roller coaster, BOLT. The ship is set debut in February 2021 from Florida’s Port Canaveral.

“The countdown to her arrival starts now,” cruise director Matt Mitcham says in the video, which was taken before the pandemic. The video shows the roller coaster at Maurer headquarters in Munich, Germany, where viewers can get a closer look at the coaster (on land). It will have to be disassembled, put into containers and shipped to get to the shipyard.

What makes the ride different than others people experience? Riders control it themselves, according to Steve Boney, as they’re not just strapping in and letting the ride do all the work. As the video shows, it’s just one two-seat car going around the track. It can go up to 40 miles per hour.

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