VIDEO: Carnival Celebration's BOLT getting ready to ride

   August 16, 2022 ,   Cruise Industry

Today, August 16, is National Roller Coaster Day and CCL-Carnival Cruise Line is getting its second "BOLT: Ultimate Sea Coaster" aboard the liner Carnival Celebration.

A new video from the shipyard showed the roller coaster’s car on its track in preparation for test runs due to happen this week.

The construction of Carnival Celebration is being completed at Meyer Turku Oy (Turku Finland) and will introduce CCL’s hometown/homeport Miami Florida to yet another maritime marvel when it brings BOLT, and a lot of other Excel-class innovations, to PortMiami during the fall. The first BOLT, carrying the distinction of being the first-ever roller coaster at sea, is thrilling guests every day on sistership Mardi Gras.

BOLT is an all-electric coaster that features a 2-person car traveling at speeds of up to 40 miles/hour on an 800-foot track with drops, turns, and twists 187 feet above the water line. 

Technicians conducted shoreside test runs of the new BOLT, the first assembled at Maurer Rides (Munich-Munchen, Germany Bavaria) for initial testing and reassembled atop the Celebration in Finland over the past weeks.

Carnival Celebration will sail on year-round, 7-day Caribbean voyages beginning November 21st, following her debut from Miami's Terminal F. The Celebration will join sistership Mardi Gras as the 2nd Carnival cruise ship in the fleet powered by an LNG-Liquefied Natural Gas propulsion system, part of Carnival Corporation’s green cruising platform.