Someone had to do it.
Cruise ships already have race tracks, laser tag, zip lines and bumper cars.
What about a roller coaster?
Carnival Cruise Line plans to take the thrills at sea to the next level aboard Mardi Gras, introducing BOLT Ultimate Sea Coaster.
Built by Munich-based Maurer Rides, BOLT will be an all-electric coaster with a track of almost 800 feet that’s 187 feet above sea level. With its twists, turns and drops, BOLT will reach speeds of nearly 40 mph.
The coaster will begin with an action-packed launch in which riders can achieve race car-like levels of acceleration, and culminates with a high-powered hairpin turn around Carnival’s iconic funnel. Riders’ speeds are posted after the race.
Remember to smile: Guests will have their photo taken during the ride for a keepsake.
Mardis Gras, which launches in 2020, will be based in Port Canaveral, where a state-of-the-art terminal will be built. More details about the XL Class ship will be revealed in coming months.
Godmother duties: Celebrity Edge was christened recently in Port Everglades by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai.
The naming event brought together more than 3,000 guests, employees, crew members and students to commemorate the debut of Celebrity’s first new ship in six years and first new ship series in more than a decade.
Yousafzai, who is now a college student at Oxford University, is the co-founder of Malala Fund, whose mission is to see that girls around the world get 12 years of free, safe, quality education. Celebrity Cruises will be partnering with the organization.
Celebrity Edge is sailing alternating seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Fort Lauderdale.
New ship news: At the recent keel-laying ceremony for Norwegian Encore, the entertainment and recreation line-up for the ship was revealed.
The Tony Award-winning musical “Kinky Boots” will be the headlining act on the new ship, scheduled to debut in the fall. The show, which focuses on an unlikely partnership between an entertainer and a factory owner, features 16 original songs by Cyndi Lauper.
A second show, “The Choir of Men,” will combine high-energy music, dance, percussion and foot-stomping choreography by a cast of nine performers.
Two successful musical treats that debuted on Norwegian Bliss will be on the new ship. The Cavern Club will bring the sound of The Beatles to a re-creation of the famous Liverpool club. The interactive “Happy Hour Prohibition: The Musical” is also in the lineup, mixing theater and cocktails for a lively performance.
If adventure is in your cruise vacation plans, Norwegian Encore will boast a bigger and better two-level race track. At nearly 1,150 feet, and with 10 exhilarating turns and four points that extend up to 13 feet over the side of the ship, it’s the largest race track at sea. Additional upgrades include a covered viewing area in the center of the track where guests can provide passing go-karts with an additional turbo boost by tagging them with a laser beam.
The new ship will also feature the Galaxy Pavilion, a more than 10,000-square-foot indoor virtual reality complex; an open-air laser tag arena; and Aqua Park, with two multi-story water slides.
Norwegian Encore arrives in PortMiami in November and will sail seven-night Eastern Caribbean itineraries until repositioning to New York City in April 2020.
Award time: Travel Weekly recently announced its 2018 Readers Choice Awards recipients. Among the winners: Carnival Cruise Line for best domestic cruises; Princess Cruises, best Alaska cruises; Royal Caribbean International, best Caribbean cruises; Celebrity Cruises, best Europe cruises; Norwegian Cruise Line, best Hawaii/Pacific cruises.
Oceania Cruises took the top prize for best cruise cuisine, while Royal Caribbean won for having the best entertainment.
Half Moon Cay, Holland America’s private island paradise, was recognized for best private island/destination.
Norwegian Bliss was named the best new cruise ship, while Celebrity Reflection was honored as best premium cruise ship. Seven Seas Explorer won for best luxury cruise ship.
Royal Caribbean took the top prizes for best overall cruise line, and best overall ship for Harmony of the Seas.