Work starts on Mardi Gras ship with world's first 'rollercoaster in the sea'

A keel-laying ceremony was held for Carnival Cruise Line's 180,000 GT cruise ship that will feature the Bolt rollercoaster

Mardi Gras will feature the world's first rollercoaster on the sea.
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Mardi Gras will feature the world's first rollercoaster on the sea.

Construction has officially started on what may be the world’s first cruise ship to feature a fully functional rollercoaster – the 180,000 gross ton (GT) Mardi Gras vehicle by Carnival Cruise Line, which is also the company’s largest ship.

The keel for the project was laid at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, with Mardi Gras due to enter service in August 2020.

Maritime Executive reported that the 344.4m Mardi Gras would also be North America’s first cruise ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas.

With a capacity of 5,200 passengers, the ship will feature – in addition to the rollercoaster, named Bolt – a seagoing restaurant by chef Emeril Lagasse; six themed zones covering food, beverage, and activities; and Grand Deck, a three-deck space for entertainment, featuring a floor-to-ceiling glass front, Maritime Executive’s report continued.

Mardi Gras will debut in Europe, before moving to New York, and finally settle at Port Canaveral for annual Caribbean tours.

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