Carnival Cruise Line is living up to its title as the ‘fun’ brand in cruising by introducing a 19-storey roller coaster on its largest ship, which BTW is called Carnival Mardi Gras!

This is no joke. Carnival Cruise Line revealed details of its next newbuild vessel that will actually be named Carnival Mardi Gras and it will have a giant roller coaster.

Sounds like an epic parade of onboard entertainment.


As it should, because according to the cruise line, the first roller coaster at sea will be 800-feet long, travel at 40 miles per hour and it’ll feature twists, turns and drops.

The deck-top, all-electric ride is called ‘BOLT: Ultimate Sea Coaster’, and although Carnival hasn’t specifically said it was named after the fastest man alive, Usain Bolt, it sure does as wild, free and fast as he.

“It will be a thrill ride.”

Christine Duffy, Carnival Cruise Line President

“People always want more,” she continued. “They’re looking for something new, different and exciting.”


For those missing that ‘need for speed’, BOLT lets guests chose their own pace.

The 5,200-passenger vessel will set sail in 2020 but unfortunately for us Down Under, she won’t be seeing Australia anytime soon as her home will be in Florida’s Port Canaveral.


All good though, because come 2020 and Australia will have a newly refurbhsed Carnival Splendor cruising year-round Sydney. Click here to read more about her arrival.


Think you’ll be booking a cruise on Carnival Mardi Gras in the future?