Carnival Cruise Line plans to launch the first cruise ship with a roller coaster on board.

Carnival announced Thursday that BOLT will circle the top of a new ship, Mardi Gras, when it sets sail in 2020.

The all-electric coaster will allow people to strap in and race along nearly 244 metres of track, 57 metres above sea level. The motorcycle-like vehicles will travel nearly 64 kph and take riders on a series of twists, turns and drops, right around the ship's whale-tail funnel.

BOLT is being built by Munich-based Maurer Rides. Carnival says the Mardi Gras will be based at a new terminal at Port Canaveral, Florida, and be the first in the new XL-class of larger ships built for Carnival.

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