Footage of the First Cruise Ship Roller Coaster in Action Looks Like it Will Make You Extra Sea Sick

Watch the First Cruise Ship Roller Coaster in Action

Roller coasters usually rely on gravity to send guests hurdling down a track full of twists and loops after either being hauled to the top of a steep hill using a motorized lift or quickly launched up to speed using an electromagnetic catapult. But the twists and turns of a traditional roller coaster are strategically designed and positioned so that the coaster itself always has enough momentum to carry itself through to the end. The rocking and rolling motions of a cruise ship, however, mean a gravity-powered coaster isn’t possible, so the Bolt functions more like a self-propelled electric motorcycle during every run.

The Bolt coaster can accommodate two riders, but the front passenger gets to control its speed at all times as it snakes its way around an 800-foot long track that makes a full lap of the rear of the ship. There are no loops, and as coasters go it looks like a fairly tame ride, but the track sits 187 feet above the ocean so it should offer spectacular views the entire time, and it can hit a top speed of 40 miles per hour so if you’re already seasick, climbing aboard won’t make you feel any better. The only catch? According to the Carnival Cruise Line website, the Bolt actually requires an additional cost to ride. Cruise lines are struggling to make up for a year of lost revenues, but charging passengers to use one of the most prominently promoted features of a new cruise ship doesn’t seem like the best way to return to profitability.

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