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Carnival cruise ship roller coaster wins “Best of What’s New” award

Carnival Cruise Line’s new roller coaster, BOLT, has been named “Best of What’s New” by Popular Science, one of America’s oldest and most trusted magazine brands.

BOLT is the world’s first cruise ship roller coaster and debuted on Carnival Cruise Line’s newest and largest ship, Mardi Gras.

“Normal roller coasters use gravity to send thrill seekers zooming in and looping. But if you want to build a ride on a cruise ship – where stable, level ground is far from guaranteed – you have to get creative, ”according to Popular Science.

“As you circle around the Mardi Gras funnel riding on BOLT, I doubt a lot of people think about how we built the roller coaster, but this recognition from Popular Science underscores the tremendous amount of work that went into it. to get there, ”said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “While in the end we make sure to provide new ways for our guests to have fun, we are also honored and appreciate this incredible recognition for our team. “

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BOLT is a fully electric roller coaster with an elevated track on Mardi Gras’ upper decks and 800 feet of exhilarating twists, drops, and turns, including a hairpin bend around the ship’s iconic funnel. Cyclists can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour while taking in the sea views 187 feet below.

The ride will also be featured on two other Carnival cruise ships, Carnival Celebration and Carnival Jubilee, when the ships debut in the next two years.