7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This was our 5th Carnival cruise, and our third to the Southern Caribbean in January. We choose this itinerary because the weather is always 80 degrees or above in this part of the world during this month, so "Fun In The Sun" is ... Read More
This was our 5th Carnival cruise, and our third to the Southern Caribbean in January. We choose this itinerary because the weather is always 80 degrees or above in this part of the world during this month, so "Fun In The Sun" is guaranteed regardless of where you are coming from! Now to the ship. The Horizon is beautiful and well thought out in its design. The transformation of the LIDO deck buffet from the single line concept, to multiple serving areas made for less congestion, and quicker service. My family and I were able to walk up, grab a plate and our food, and immediately sit down for a meal. BRAVO Carnival! We also found plenty of seating available, which made for short meal times allowing us to get back to the fun! The staff in the LIDO buffet were excellent by greeting everyone, clearing tables quickly and even walking around offering to gather more drinks, or desserts. I also enjoyed the speciality restaurants, including Bonsai Sushi and Pig & Anchor. Both are excellent with the full Pig & Anchor restaurant on board offering those amazing Greens and Barbeque at anytime a plus. You can also eat for free on Sea Days for lunch. Normally, my family and I are not MDR folks, because we travel for work often, and are not looking to sit down in a restaurant for a meal for a long period of time. The Horizon is the exception. We had breakfast several times, being served by the wonderful Harlene and Tomina, and used the Carnival app. to reserve a table for dinner, where I had the grilled lobster, which melted in my mouth. Including Pizza, Guy's Burger, Blue Iguana, and other food locations, Carnival provides a meal option for all cruisers on board. The cabins are also one of the reasons why I sail Carnival. If available, I would definitely book a Havana suite. But, I have a beautiful five year old daughter who comes along, so I have to go with another option. Must be 12 years or older to book a Havana room. Here's a tip, the hot tubs and pool in the Havana are open to everyone after 7 pm, so head on down for a virtually private bar, romantic getaway, or family fun time. Carnival handles other customers by offering Family Harbor Suites with a private fun area, and other excellent options. I could afford a balcony, suite, etc., but being the cost conscience guy I am, I always book us in a QUIET, Deluxe Ocean View Suite, located forward of the ship. Why? It has two bathrooms with one being a full , and the other a half. If you are a husband with a wife or daughter, no need to further explain why this is important. Secondly, the square footage of these rooms is 230 square feet, with none of that space being used by a balcony. A definite plus for us. Being a regular cruiser, I am also aware the Family Harbor suites are near the Aft of the ship, and below the galley. It can be very noisy so be careful in where you book here! Our room was clean, comfortable, and our Steward Suli was excellent. There when you needed him, and disappeared leaving you to enjoy your cruise at other times. Entertainment wise, Carnival has it all. We normally don't go to the shows, but speaking to other passengers these were excellent. The Southern Caribbean itinerary is one of the best at sea, which includes Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao, and Aruba. Don't be afraid to explore La Romana, we hired a driver for $25 per person and explored the entire city. Just be prepared to say NO to some aggressive vendors along the way. The other ports are quiet, beautiful, and can be enjoyed by walking if you choose. Both embarking and disembarkation were painless and efficient. We always leave our rental car at the Miami International Airport, check in at the Carnival Kiosks located near the baggage claim areas, then the entire family rides in a taxi to the port for a flat fee of $27. Yes, I said $27! Compare this to taking the carnival shuttle, or other travel options where you have to wait for the bus, ride with a larger group, etc. $27 is the authorized fee for taxi service to the port in Miami, and being Florida residents, by driving down in a rental and picking one up at the airport after the cruise, we save a ton of money on both travel costs and parking. Also, by checking in at the Kiosk, you are allowed to go directly to the Security Line at the port and walk right onto the ship during your assigned time. No need to pay for Faster to the Fun and and no waiting in lines at the port! We still travel to Miami and spend the night before our cruise in a hotel to avoid any last minute hick-ups. Highly recommend Carnival, and enjoy your cruise with them! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I had $$$ casino free play, the casino was very nicely designed with the newest slots. The smoke was no worse than any other ship comparatively. We ate at the buffet , formal dining room and a specialty restaurant, "ALL" ... Read More
I had $$$ casino free play, the casino was very nicely designed with the newest slots. The smoke was no worse than any other ship comparatively. We ate at the buffet , formal dining room and a specialty restaurant, "ALL" fantastic. Crew went out of their way to make everyone happy. Serenity area on deck 15 was exceptional with triple the space, cabana type clam-shell covered chairs and bar service. They even had a salad bar at lunch. Our cabin Steward was fantastic and always around if we needed anything. We have been cruising for 18 years and this was one of the best. very easy for my wife to navigate with her rollater/and cane for her to get around. We share the love among various cruise lines and really do not have a favorite. If we have the chance to cruise the Horizon again we will without hesitation. To sum it up..Great ship, crew and entertainment, especially the "Dive in" movies under the stars... they were all first run new releases..."GREAT JOB CARNIVAL". Seeyou again soon!!! P.S. have to try the donut sandwiches at the coffee shop-maple bacon-over the top!!! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
As an introduction, this was my 7th cruise (and my husband's 4th); this was my 5th cruise w/Carnival. Embarkation was a breeze, we were onboard w/in 45-60 minutes after stepping out of the cab (this includes the security line / ... Read More
As an introduction, this was my 7th cruise (and my husband's 4th); this was my 5th cruise w/Carnival. Embarkation was a breeze, we were onboard w/in 45-60 minutes after stepping out of the cab (this includes the security line / passport check, etc.). Onboard and having lunch at the Pig n Anchor buffet by 1pm. My opinion of the new 'smart' elevator system, like many others, is not all that favorable. The touch-screens always seems gummed up from greasy/sticky fingers, not at all appealing (and most certainly, unsanitary). They also take FOREVER to pick you up, in our experience. However, stairs are always right around the corner so that’s an easy fix. Otherwise, I do not have anything negative to say about the ship itself... it was big, modern, plenty of places to eat, etc. It was sleek and full of simple, clean lines, and the décor was "safe" with a mostly neutral palette, trimmed with gray, beige and muted burgundy tones. I will say that I did not feel any real "personality" from the ship, aside from the Havana area, and I do miss the days where ships felt luxurious, grand, and over the top. I can get a neutral palette at home; at sea I like to be blown away. Our Havana cabin was fantastic, however as was our steward (Rodriguo). CABIN: Havana Cabana (patio) – what a dream! This totally made our vacation. This is truly the only way to cruise, if you are sailing sans children (like us). The patio is heaven on earth, better than any balcony or suite could possibly be. We had the cabana room closest to the Havana pool, so we could literally walk out our patio gate, and walk about 30' feet to a cushioned sunbed or lounger; 60' to a hot tub and a little further to the pool. The Havana area was so peaceful during the day, and reserved exclusively for Havana guests until 7pm (I believe), and they very closely monitored for wristbands / kicked out anyone who didn’t belong – and lots of people tried. Best money we’ve ever spent on a cabin, and would love to sail in a Cabana room again and again. Tastefully decorated in Cuban-style colors and an attractive headboard, otherwise the same size/features as any other balcony. I almost hate to give it a good review, as it is almost be better to keep it a secret (it’s that good). FOOD: While still being palatable (I never sent anything back), almost every meal I had seemed less impressive than on past Carnival cruises. The main dining room options were all familiar, but I often detected either a rubbery or mushy/overcooked texture to everything I ate (from entrees to desserts), as if the stuff was made too far ahead of time and sat too long after being prepared? I have historically enjoyed the Carnival menu, and never had a single complaint - often being quite impressed - but this time, although not terrible, I was slightly disappointed in the texture of most of my meals. For the first time on Carnival, it felt like everything was prepackaged or pre-prepared (and while that may have been the case all along, it never tasted that way on previous cruises). I had the melting cake twice, which I’ve always found divine, but even that felt rubbery to me this cruise. All that being said, I generally gravitate toward chicken, pasta and/or meatless dishes; I am not a vegetarian by choice, I just don't like much red meat or seafood… though, I'll make an exception for a good burger pretty regularly. I must say, Guy’s Burger joint was pretty impressive, and lived up to all the hype IMHO. My husband mostly ate the meat & seafood entrees, and most of the time he was very content (thought he said the prime rib was a disappointment). We tried the “midnight buffet” the first night, but found there were only about 5-6 available items… most of which looked pretty unappetizing, from a boring pre-stirred penne w/marinara (you all know how good something like that looks after sitting under a heat lamp too long), to a sad and inedible version of “grilled ham and cheese” (which again, was rubbery in every sense from the waxy-buttered bread to the ham to the cheese). We never ate at the buffet after that, except for things like fruit, cereal and milk, as we were usually still full from dinner the night before… however, it seemed to offer the same breakfast items as on previous cruises, which we’ve always found to be very adequate (eggs, bacon, French toast, oatmeal, omelette bar, etc.). Guy’s Pig n Anchor buffet (BBQ joint) was a nice treat that was free on embarkation day; on other days, they offer an a la carte menu for additional $. I did have a breakfast burrito at the Blue Iguana one sea day morning, which was one of the best things I ate all week. Breakfast in the MDR was better than dinner, in our opinion. Tried to make it to the Mongolian Wok the last sea day, but sadly it's only open for about 2 hours and they stopped seating just as we arrived. I will say, that we are generally very easy to please… and I never understood reviewers who complain about everything the eat on cruise ships. I have always thoroughly enjoyed the MDR on my 5 prior Carnival sailings; but this time, I admit they lost some of their luster. Like it didn’t seem much better than the “upper-eschelon” Lean Cuisines I microwave at work back home. However, I will give the dining experience 4 stars based on the impressive variety of dining venues on the 2.0 funships nowadays... there truly is something for everyone. ENTERTAINMENT: Comedians were exceptionally funny, as they usually are on Carnival (especially the 18+ shows). The band Event Horizon was also impressive, and put on different shows every night. My favorite was the 2-hour Queen tribute, which featured various singers including a female "frontman". Unfortunately there was no Playlist Productions crew this trip, due to "unforeseen circumstances", but Carnival flew in some backup entertainers from a comedy-hypnotist (excellent) to a pseudo-funny magician (meh) to an excellent female singer/dancer who shined during a lively rendition of Proud Mary. I do wish they would have sloped the lower floor of the main theater (Liquid Lounge), as it is hard to see over people's heads beyond the first 3 rows... and what does there ALWAYS have to be giant decorative pillars set up on the sides of the lounge stages (making it impossible to see the comedians or musical acts unless you are sitting in the very middle)? The 90’s ‘trivia’ show in the atrium bar was more like a 90’s DANCE CRAZE on CRACK! (It was absolutely awesome!!) There was an 80’s version later in the week, which we had to miss, unfortunately, as it was at the same time as the last 18+ Comedy show… and we never miss the 18+ comedy shows. FEATURES: The Skyride is awesome! Do it, it's worth the wait (hint: show up right when they open and the line won't be more than 15 minutes). Tried to do the big red Cat in the Hat waterslide but it was closed, and the line for the skinnier-blue slide was so long / slow-moving I ended up bailing after 15 minutes of not getting very far. Mini golf, Ropes Course (very thrilling in the wind!), adjustable outdoor pool tables, giant gazelle-like exercisers near the sports court, basketball, etc. Fun for everyone! PORTS: In Ocho Rios we did a ship excursion (combo Catamaran Sail w/snorkeling, hike up Dunn’s River Falls and ziplining), it was fantastic! Because of this, we did not see too much of the port area there. Grand Cayman we had been to before, took the public ‘bus’ to Seven Mile Beach in hopes of finding the same snorkel boat operator as our last trip; but sadly, it was not to be. We ended up enjoying two of the nicer lounge chairs/umbrellas along the beach, my husband did a little snorkeling but there was not much to see that close to shore. Cozumel we had also been to once before, and rented a scooter for the day right near port. We went to the Eco Park at Punta Sur, took their pontoon ride around the lagoon (saw some crocs) and otherwise just rode around the island all day, stopping at one restaurant on the eastern side for a couple drinks. The shopping area at Puerta Maya is much larger/nicer than I remember near the international port we sailed into previously, for those of you who cruise for the shopping. As far as the overall experience, like many others, I have noticed a definite decline in the Carnival “clientele”. I can’t say much more than that without risk of sounding catty or judgmental, which I assure you, is not my intent; but, far fewer people seem to have any manners or common courtesy anymore. From the moment we got on board, we were amazed at how rude and inconsiderate people were… specifically large groups of clueless and/or morbidly obese people (more than I have ever noticed on any other cruise), meandering at a snail’s pace down every aisle, hallway, corridor, row of seating, etc. and blocking anyone else from getting where they want/need to be… quite literally, just stopping in the middle of everything, everywhere on the ship, all the time/constantly and to just look around and wonder what they might possibly want to do next (to the point that it prevented anyone else from getting anywhere in a timely manner). Yes, the boat holds 3600+ passengers… however, there was plenty of space and venues on board to accommodate them all. My point being, if I need to stop and figure out what I’m doing / where I’m going, I politely STEP TO THE SIDE while I figure it out… not stand 4-wide w/my group across the deck 5 hallway and cause a logjam because no one can maneuver around us. Common courtesy like that was lacking more on this cruise than on any other. We also observed lots of 20- and 30-somethings being discourteous toward the wait staff in the dining room; lots of drunken and annoyingly loud conversation during all the shows and performances, lots of inappropriate and offensive political statements, and lots of general “entitlement” on display… as if a cruise fare absolves one from displaying any sort of common decency for a week. Nothing so outrageous as vomiting in the bar or a fistfight on deck or anything (thankfully); just a complete lack of basic manners/courtesy throughout this cruise... enough to constantly lessen the experience for us, moreso than the previous cruises we’ve taken. And I get it, trust me - Carnival has always been known as the “fun ship”, we 40-somethings love to be as carefree and FUN as the next couple - but we still make an effort to maintain a basic level of awareness/courtesy for our fellow cruisers. This does not seem to be the case for the majority of Carnival cruisers nowadays. We are generally reluctant to sail w/other cruise lines for fear of being bored/lack of entertainment… but we don’t know how much longer we can tolerate the increasingly trashy Carnival crowd. Thankfully, the Havana area provided a much-needed sanctuary from the worst of this, and I can't write a bad cruise review based on a decline in intellectualism. Carnival does a great job doing what they do; the rest of us need to be respectful of others. We already have our next Carnival cruise booked (Magic, Feb. 2020) as it was booked prior to this sailing. I still feel loyal to Carnival, but I hope the next cruise is back to the awesome-in-every-way experience we used to have. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
Hello I decided that the new carnival ship Horizon would be a great adventure for my grandaughters and I We were impressed with all aspects of the ship. Service was wonderful and all staff we so pleasant and helpful. So many ... Read More
Hello I decided that the new carnival ship Horizon would be a great adventure for my grandaughters and I We were impressed with all aspects of the ship. Service was wonderful and all staff we so pleasant and helpful. So many activities to chose from! We utilized the hub app to plan our days and to make dinning room reservations. We never waited more than 10 minutes for a table. The new elevator worked efficiently and easily. The grandchildren love the sky ride. I enjoyed the piano bar with lady Red. There was red flag waves in cozumel which led to our excursion being cancelled. It was quick easy to book another excursion for the day. River tubing in Jamaica was a great adventure.Grand Cayman was such a safe and easy to navigate port that we spent the day shopping and walking. The cruise director was amazing as were the all ages music events each evening Truly it was the fun ship Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
My granddaughter works for carnival. So she booked me and friends on this ship Had a very good time. Food was pretty good and service was excellent. Plenty of room not to crowded any anyone spot Elevators were good. We were ... Read More
My granddaughter works for carnival. So she booked me and friends on this ship Had a very good time. Food was pretty good and service was excellent. Plenty of room not to crowded any anyone spot Elevators were good. We were in a spa suite on deck 14, there were not many cabins on that floor, so we had quiet all the time. The spa was too small for size of ship Rooms were just ok, plenty of closet space Most of the staff was great Had fun at the ports and excursions we went on. Comedy shows were very good and at many different times IMAX theater had good movies Lido deck which I personally don’t like wasn’t ever too crowded The cruise director worked very hard to please everyone They had the ship decorated for the holidays and made it feel like Christmas even though our cruise was the week before Christmas Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
My daughter and I booked this cruise while the Horizon was still under construction. We booked a balcony cabin on Deck 9. The views from our balcony was great. Our cabin had a mini frig and sufficient closet and storage space for our ... Read More
My daughter and I booked this cruise while the Horizon was still under construction. We booked a balcony cabin on Deck 9. The views from our balcony was great. Our cabin had a mini frig and sufficient closet and storage space for our things. Beds and pillows were very comfortable. Our cabin steward was great. We ate most of our evening meals in the MDR. Had lunch at the Pig & Anchor the first day on board. This was a disappointment! The meats, although very tasty, were dry. Also had lunch at Guy's Burgers, which were very good. Had dinner one evening a the Italian restaurant and the meal was superb (I had the short rib meal). Our last night on board we had dinner at the steakhouse which was excellent! The entertainment on board was very good. We enjoyed the shows in the Liquid Lounge. The boarding process took us only 15 minutes. Debarkation was 38 minutes from start to finish through Customs. The ship is very spacious and kept very clean. I would cruise on this ship again without hesitation. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This was my kids first time cruising and they loved it. We all had so much to do and the food was excellent. The meridian restaurant was awesome with at least three nights we had prime rib and lobster tails. We stayed in the family harbor ... Read More
This was my kids first time cruising and they loved it. We all had so much to do and the food was excellent. The meridian restaurant was awesome with at least three nights we had prime rib and lobster tails. We stayed in the family harbor lounge and had late night snacks available and a ps3 which my hubby and kids loved. I hardly heard any noise but we also cruised at a time most kids are in school which was nice. The only issue we had was due to no fault of carnival the water was choppy and we had to get off at a further port in grand Cayman but we still made it to the beach on the local bus and enjoyed. We didnt do any excursions and really you dont need to unless you like a packed itinerary or want to do more than get a tan. The cruise director was energetic and fun. Overall great time. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Holy cow this was so much fun!!! I have never been on a cruise before and went with my entire family. I have 7 siblings and we were joined by my parents, brother in law, and his parents. Everyone had time to do whatever they wanted onboard ... Read More
Holy cow this was so much fun!!! I have never been on a cruise before and went with my entire family. I have 7 siblings and we were joined by my parents, brother in law, and his parents. Everyone had time to do whatever they wanted onboard and also had a great time off board. Even with minor issues (and earthquake at Grand Cayman) the entire staff and our cruise director, Mike, made sure everything ran smoothly. The entire cruise staff was genuine and so helpful. Huge compliments to our waiters in the reflections restaurant Iketut and Ikadek, as well as our housekeeper, Widiarta. Everyone remembered ALL of our names which was a feat in itself. And as mentioned in my title, the carnival quest. This was the best way to spend one of the nights on board. For adults only, but if you like competition and a high energy event this is for you. The only recommendation I have is to make it earlier in the week. It really makes you work as a team and make friends so I feel like this would be a good event for the second night! Regardless, this cruise was fantastic. Definitely will be going again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
Carnival Horizon was a different experience compared to previous Carnival cruise ships, added rides, water works, etc. This was our 10th Carnival cruise. Entertainment was better that previous cruises. It was nice to have a live band ... Read More
Carnival Horizon was a different experience compared to previous Carnival cruise ships, added rides, water works, etc. This was our 10th Carnival cruise. Entertainment was better that previous cruises. It was nice to have a live band for some of the shows, rather than canned music. Dining was as good as before, with the exception of too many extra charges for various restaurants. The Bonsi Teppanyaki ( habatchi style) wasn't worth the extra $80 dollars and the food preparation was slow, maybe due to lack of chef experience? The service was good as usual, the elevators were a different experience, but eventually grew on you) We do miss the elevators in the central lobby/bar area. As other ships, it takes a few days to get use to the layout. We do miss the Filipino bands from previous cruises which we consider better that the violin, singe guitar, etc entertainers (personal choice of course) If you want to dance, sing along, bands are much more fun. Karioki - only 4 times in 8 days, should be every day as other Carnival ships (I like to embarrass my wife) The wife enjoyed her spa visits! Dining - the midnite buffet is baack.. would be nice if it had some variety, rather than the same thing every night. One thing we have learned over the years, is on the first day, go find your best bar on the ship, find out who the lead bartender is, and give 'em a $100 tip. Then they will take care of you the rest of the cruise (and no extra tipping required!!) Another note: the muster station exercise was indoor (rather than melting beside the boats) however it was a bit confusing, so pay close attention. This is the best time of year to go cruising, just outside of hurricane season and before holiday vacations for us. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We wanted to be one of the first to cruise on the Carnival Horizon. There were so much hype and expectations. So glad we did!! Overall one of my top 3 cruises. Ship- Beautiful and decorated for Christmas Cabin- If I had to complain ... Read More
We wanted to be one of the first to cruise on the Carnival Horizon. There were so much hype and expectations. So glad we did!! Overall one of my top 3 cruises. Ship- Beautiful and decorated for Christmas Cabin- If I had to complain about something, it would be our cabin. We were in room 12221(Interior Spa Room). Only one closet to hang clothes and 3 small drawers for two to share. I don't remember ever having a room with only one closet to hang clothes or very little space for the fold up clothes. Dining - We had "our time dining", so it was a different waiting staff each time we went. It was the best dining experience we have had in the past. Entertainment- The shows are top notch. Wish we could see more. Service- Our Stewart was EXCELLENT! Ports and Shore Excursions- We did not book any excursions through Carnival Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
This is the newest Carnival Ship in fleet going to an Island I had not been to before ( St Kitts) You might miss the towering 9 story atrium but the new 3 story with the ever changing lightscape tower in the center of the Atrium bar is ... Read More
This is the newest Carnival Ship in fleet going to an Island I had not been to before ( St Kitts) You might miss the towering 9 story atrium but the new 3 story with the ever changing lightscape tower in the center of the Atrium bar is really cool. ONCE you master the new elevators it's a great innovation. I found that the "learning curve" for many passengers took perhaps the whole cruise. You have to hit the floor button in the waiting area as many times as there are people in your party or there may not be enough room as it's a "smart" elevator. However they need a handicap button as when a person with a wheelchair or scooter enters it's hard to fit more people in. The Comedy club venue ( Limelight Lounge deck 4 ) is small and the shows only last 30 minutes so get there early to get the best seats. Playlist productions has great shows in the forward Liquid Lounge (Decks 4 & 5) which turns into their late nite nightclub after the shows.Promenade deck 5 has many shops and bars with plenty of activity My best bartenders were: Pig & Anchor Bar = Ivana. Havana Bar = Diana, Alchemy Bar = Maria. Didn't go to the Piano bar but many said it was a great venue late after dinner. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We cruised from Dec. 1 to Dec. 15. It was a back to back. We had a room on deck 1, and had to change rooms for second half. That was not a big deal. we packed everything up and Lyndon our room steward moved our bags for us. Lyndon ... Read More
We cruised from Dec. 1 to Dec. 15. It was a back to back. We had a room on deck 1, and had to change rooms for second half. That was not a big deal. we packed everything up and Lyndon our room steward moved our bags for us. Lyndon and his crew are great. He is one of the best. Also, we ate in the Reflection Restaurant more this cruise than ever before. Our waiter Slavisa was great. We had table 236 and had a great time with all the diners around us. I really do not have anything bad to say about the cruise. Our cruise director Mike is fantastic and very friendly. Loved the ship , very beautiful. We were checked in at the airport so when we got to cruise terminal, we went right past everyone and thru security and on ship. This was the best boarding process we have ever had. Larry and Linda Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We loved this ship! Was the largest we have sailed. Nice layout, never felt crowded, clean pretty decor. Staff was great, room stewards attentive, wait staff in MDR were excellent! Ate at steakhouse twice and Chefs table, all were great! ... Read More
We loved this ship! Was the largest we have sailed. Nice layout, never felt crowded, clean pretty decor. Staff was great, room stewards attentive, wait staff in MDR were excellent! Ate at steakhouse twice and Chefs table, all were great! Dive in movies fun. MDR was also great for dinner, breakfast, and brunch. Don’t remember any shows. Loved sea day tea too. Had an ocean suite on this cruise. Great room, spacious and comfy. Would sail on this ship again, was my fave of Carnival ships so far. My husband missed the grand atrium feel on older ships. Played in th water park, enjoyed playing scrabble in the library. Cruise director Mike was great fun! When getting on and off at ports we never felt crowded, we never seemed to stand in long lines when boarding. This was a December cruise and they had nice Christmas decorations up, very festive. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Wow! Embarkation in Miami was a breeze. Way better than we have ever experienced. The line for the Magic almost reached our ship. That was nuts! Upon arrival our room was clean and ready. The hall ways were super clean and smelling good. ... Read More
Wow! Embarkation in Miami was a breeze. Way better than we have ever experienced. The line for the Magic almost reached our ship. That was nuts! Upon arrival our room was clean and ready. The hall ways were super clean and smelling good. The atrium is not 1 color anymore, various colors and shapes. Very bright. They have specialty restaurants such as sushi, BBQ, seafood and a Havana area that reminds you of Cuba. So much of variety when it comes to food and different options when it comes down to entertainment and music. Live Latin band, piano players, acoustic singers, etc. This ship is beautiful! So clean and big. Love the options of the rooms and the décor is very nice. There are various themes such as Harbor, Havana and Spa. Staff is always great, but I feel like the staff at the Guy's Pig Anchor didn't want to be there. The staff serving the buffet food. The guy there had a sour face and was not friendly at all. The room stewards were awesome, they never forget a face or name. The bar are great and I feel the ship is so big you don't always bump into the same people more than once Definitely an eye catcher. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Either Carnival was totally on point for the Thanksgiving week or all of those complainers are people that would cry about anything. This cruise was fantastic. Our family cruises for Thanksgiving and the last couple of times have been on ... Read More
Either Carnival was totally on point for the Thanksgiving week or all of those complainers are people that would cry about anything. This cruise was fantastic. Our family cruises for Thanksgiving and the last couple of times have been on the Oasis Royal class boats so this was our first time back to Carnival after several years and we selected it based on the ports it went to. Embarkation – we got an email days prior saying that they are expecting a delay in the debarkation so arrive an hour later than your scheduled time. We flew in that morning and did you know there was a check in at the airport?? USE IT! We did that and they did not say there was a delay so we went on to the port. There are two entrances to the ship – one for airport check in and one for regular check in. We walked right on through with no stopping. Highly recommend it! Security didn’t go through our bags, didn’t check to see our wine bottle was intact, and didn’t check to see that it was really pop cans in the bag. They did have the hallway doors to the rooms closed so you couldn’t access that until 1:30 which was fine. Food – It’s funny we did a carnival one year that was great food, and then the next year it wasn’t. The next was Royal Caribbean and amazing food and then the next year RC was bad. This year on the Horizon we were completely surprised at how good everything was. The food options were plentiful and because I wanted to try everything once I didn’t get to go back and try anything twice! I opted for the tacos at Blue Iguana for the first day and they were great with the salsa bar and accoutrements you could add to it. My family went to the Lido and complained at the limited options there. I had read Carnival was doing that and spreading the food options out across the boat. I never ate at the buffet other than for breakfast with the other amazing options out there. The Guys Hamburgers were great as well and even with lines it moved fast as they were cooking hamburgers constantly. You could add any additions, sautéed onions, mushrooms, sauces etc. The Italian place on 11 was free for sea days as well as the Mongolian Wok. You have an order sheet and check what you want. GREAT food. The BBQ was free on sea as well as lunch and the beef tips and pulled port were very tasty. For breakfast you had breakfast tacos or burritos from the Iguana – full of flavor. I did eat the lido here but it was very limited to straight breakfast foods. Eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, French toast, made to order omelets always had a line and cereals, toasts etc. Other cruise lines have included food for international passengers so thought that was unusual. Our dining room service was outstanding; food was always great, always hot. And quicker than on past cruises. We had the old fashion 6:00 dining and we just walked in to our table and our waiter Inyoman got to know us. Super friendly, attentive and great. I’m telling you we had no complaints in this section! We did do the Steakhouse on the first night – the special is a free bottle of wine with dinner on the first night. Everything there was outstanding. Bars – service was great at the bars and we found each bar had different menus. Although you could get standard drinks at any of them. The piano bar, the Alchemy and the pig and anchor had some of the coolest and strongest drinks. Most times there was only a small wait. The bar on the 5th floor Ocean plaza was always empty and you could walk right up and get something there. The serenity bar was usually pretty empty as well. The three pool bars were the busiest but they really do a great job at getting you served. We had the cheers package and you could get 1 alcohol drink and one non like a cocktail and a bottle of water but you couldn’t get two nons like a soda and water which was silly. You had to wait 5 minutes in between ordering. Entertainment – if I had to downgrade them at all it would have been here a little bit. The nightly shows have some great people singing and dancing but every night the show was pretty much the same – just singing and dancing. There wasn’t any variety other than the theme of their outfits. On Royal we had a cirque like show, a water show with divers, an ice-capade show and a full on Broadway production. People complained about the Liquid Lounge and the limited seating and viewing. They do have some poles in there but we didn’t ever have a problem seeing from our choices. We always sat downstairs. One night they had a “magic variety” show and that guy was almost funnier than the comedians! The live music on the boat was a big plus. I loved the electric violins. They played around dinner time in the atrium area so we could catch them coming to and from our dining. On Friday night they were in the nightly show and they were the hit (Celestial Strings). The comedians were pretty good – the PG show at 5:30 was plenty open but the night over 18 shows were packed – get in line early. Some of them were funny and some were just filled with F-bombs. Some of the PG version of the same artist were better than their adult version with cuss words. I have heard the Quest is the fun game but it’s late at 11:30 and after sun and drinks and a full day I couldn’t stay up that late so missed it. The piano bar at 10:00 with the sing along songs were fun. She is crazy talented with being able to sing all of those songs, talk and play and witty as well. Don’t be a Kanga-BOO! When you walk out of her show.  They had dance parties on the lido deck which were a big hit with the gangs of kids and the adults alike. Some nights they had dive in movies (rental box movies – not first run) and could lay on a lounge chair with a blanket and popcorn - very cool! We didn’t check out the pay for IMAX movies. You could stay as busy as you wanted to on this boat . The pools – very small. Very crowded. The main center pool was crazy loud and party atmosphere. The back area had a small pool with two hot tubs. By the end of the 8 days the pool was very cloudy and really kind of gross looking. I like how there were stools and places to sit around the pool and in the pool and keep your feet in it. Hot tubs were always butts to nuts – I didn’t try. We didn’t really go into the Havana area other than one night for drinks and to hear the music and see the back end. We thought about getting those rooms but I didn’t like not having my balcony private and right up to the window to see the ocean. Ship – it was beautiful. Well laid out – A LOT of areas to sit and relax in comfortable areas. The 5th floor had great seating with table/chairs or living room arrangements all around the boat. The clamshells in the serenity area were the best for napping in. You could walk out on the front of the boat on most decks and that is a neat view. (just walk down the cabin hallways to the doors at the front) So many areas to get away from the crowds and enjoy the breeze. Gone are the glitzy gaudy colors and splashes. Very modern and pretty. The casino is pretty small and definitely horribly smoky. We love to gamble and it ran us out of there many times. Seemed like the slots were flowing pretty good and we all did great at the black jack table. Had it not been gross in there we might have stayed and gave the winnings back. ha! I LOVED their hand washing stations in the Buffet area – they were like mini spas. Unfortunately I didn’t see many people using them. You gotta embrace the slow herd mentality. People just moseying along and stopping randomly. (this is hard for me). Oh, and people, have some class and clean up after yourself. We saw a chocolate ice cream cone on the carpet in the hallway. Seriously? The elevators - this was a big topic. Nowhere does it say click how many people are going to what floor. I assumed you would select that floor 7 times and then it told you which elevator to go to each time you selected the floor. I take the stairs every time and would beat my family every time - even when I had to go up 7 flights. They were slow. But I like the concept. People just don't get it though and the elevator thinks it's picking up 1 person and 6 get on. The big sky bike was shut down our entire week as well. That’s pretty crappy as it’s a big attraction for them and seems like it’s been broke more times! We did do the ropes course and that was a pretty cool design. There was a basketball court and on this ship my 14 year old could use it. Past cruises it’s been monopolized by adults. Putt putt, corn hole, ping pong, foos ball, pool tables all out in this area – great family hang area. Debarkation – we walked off the boat with our bags for an early flight. Very Easy and no lines. It was a wonderful cruise for my family of 7 (from ages 75 -14) and we all had a great time. No major complaints. I can’t imagine how all those negative reviews of this boat could happen. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
Carnival Horizon 11-17-2018 8 day-Southern Caribbean out of Miami, FL. Ultra-Premiere Casino Cruise. Room 11219, Interior Spa Stateroom, 4S Overall Rating of The Cruise 9 out of 10. Embarkation: It was a good surprise to ... Read More
Carnival Horizon 11-17-2018 8 day-Southern Caribbean out of Miami, FL. Ultra-Premiere Casino Cruise. Room 11219, Interior Spa Stateroom, 4S Overall Rating of The Cruise 9 out of 10. Embarkation: It was a good surprise to arrive at 11:15 AM and be onboard by 11:45 AM carrying our boarding pass. Embarkation 5 of 5 State Room 11219, Interior Spa Stateroom: Steward Eko had the room ready when we boarded. I highly recommend Eko and his team. This cabin is located 1 deck below the Spa. 1st order of business was to take a tour of the spa and amenities we received for having our fist spa room. Access to the Thalassotherapy pool, hot beds, sauna, steam room and other amenities was easy with our room key. The robe in our room was lots more comfortable than the ones you get in other rooms. Soaps, shampoo were definitely an upgrade. Access to the Spa area was easy either forward to the stairs or just use the main elevators. The Thalassotherapy pool was almost useless, shallow, seats shape was wrong and difficult to get in and out. The rest of the Spa amenities was very good and ready for use. Assigned Seating Reflection Lower, 6:00 PM, table 162. Team Head Waiter Paul Rodrigues, Team Waiter Onur Gvres and AssistantTeam Waiter Komang Gede, did their best to make the dining experience as pleasurable as they could. DW and I both noticed changes to the menu and I think it is better than previous cruises. Love the décor of the Dining room with the separation walls making it more intimate dining experience. On one occasion I ordered a stake from the steak house. For some reason they were very late bring our meal, but when it did arrive it was so tough that the steak knife would not cut it. Not acceptable! in fact I had them return it and start again. Now we are really late, DW was thru eating and most of the others in the dining area had already left before I received my second steak. Spoke to Matri d’ and let him know my dissatisfaction. Do not blame the food service staff but the Steak House needs to work on quality and timing. Casino: Can’t explain how well Carlos and Karol along with the rest of the team did on this Ultra Primer Casino Cruise. The games, prizes and staff interaction were nothing but 1st class. For some reason there is always one Bar Waiter who stands out and this cruise was no exception. Yoki was always at work, always calling us by name and always happy “5 star”. Why “NO” nonsmoking machines in the casino? Cruise Director: Mike Pack, lived up to everything I have heard. This was one of the best sail-away parties. When it come to a harry chest contest Mike made me laugh nonstop for the entire time. Will rate it “the best” I have ever witnessed. Mike took the time and spoke with DW and I numerous occasions while on this 8-day cruise. Misc. Cruise Particulars: Elevators on the Horizon are new but I liked them. When we arrived, some people would just jump in to find that did not know where it would stop and no way to select a floor. After the second day everyone seemed to understand how it worked and I believe it went smother and faster than elevators on other ships. The Pig and Anchor brewery is fantastic. Laundry is a great perk of being Diamond or Platinum and those who work below deck to support that effort deserve a pat on the back. “Thanks, Sholihin, and I Nengah Budasa”. Carnival needs to work on location of the hand sanitizers. Serenity spa water cold and pumps not working. Skybike was not functioning the entire cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
This is yet another Thanksgiving Cruise we've taken and it's nice to see how the crew will decorate for the holiday. We were 2 adults and two children under 10 in an inside cabin. We traveled with family in a balcony cabin. ... Read More
This is yet another Thanksgiving Cruise we've taken and it's nice to see how the crew will decorate for the holiday. We were 2 adults and two children under 10 in an inside cabin. We traveled with family in a balcony cabin. I'm probably used to inside cabins but aside from the balcony, the usable interior space found in the balcony seemed quite comparable. We flew in the night before and stayed at a local FLL hotel before taking our pre-arranged shuttle to PortMiami. We received an email from Carnival saying that boarding would be delayed by an hour and not to arrive until then. I did switch out my shuttle reservation for the later time but they called that morning saying there were a lot of delays from others and that if we wanted to leave a half hour earlier than the new time I chose, we could. We took them up on it since they were saying it could further delay if we waited. We got to the port just after the time that was originally selected on the Carnival.com site during online check in. Check in was a breeze and so was security. We sat around waiting for our number to be called for about 15 minutes and were finally onboard just after 12pm. We signed up for communication package through the Carnival Hub App for $5 pp. On iPhone, you need to keep it open in the background in order to receive the text message through the app. A battery drain for those that use iPhone. We had a great steward Mauricio. He was able to sneak in and out of the room to tidy up during some short stints out of the cabin. I found it odd that the towel animals were done during the morning cabin tidy rather than the turn down service. The Your Time Dining option was really poorly run. Someone from your party will need to go to Deck 5 JavaBlue Cafe in order to let them know you were ready for dinner and then go down to deck 3 to be seated. No one mentioned that you can do it in the app until after we switched to a 5:30pm dining time. That's all we really wanted to begin with. We were then lucky enough to be waited on my Olimpiu from Romania. The nicest guy you will meet and full of great stories and experiences. His whole Team was quite helpful and had enough attentiveness to feel like you weren't neglected or waiting too long for anything. Even repeat entrees or replacement entrees were brought up quickly. Food tasted great and at the right temperature. I wish they had more Indian food to offer. There was one vegetarian option that stayed all week in the MDR but absolutely NOTHING in the buffet at all. Generally, lunch in the Lido buffet was the disappointment. There was one section of the buffet open and in each of the four corners was the same 7 or 8 items. On other lines I've sailed, the lunch buffet would have a number of different cuisines and variety for each. The alternative was to eat at the pasta bar, Mongolian wok, Guy's burger, Pig and Anchor. I know, I know... the horror of eating at those places. But it would be nice not to have to wait for a table at the first two, or in a line for the last two. Pig & Anchor didn't disappoint on sea day lunches. A little fatty with the brisket but so tasty. Guy's burgers was/is my favorite and I was looking forward to them as soon as I booked the cruise. Pizza was great!! Enough said. Desserts could have been better. Ice cream was plentiful so that filled the gap. Guest Services would take folks standing in the Platinum Diamond line first but when they realized the people were not either status, or, they were standing beside a friend that was that status, they continued to serve them. Another cruise where the Sky Ride wasn't working. Apparently there was a short period of time where there were two workers in there looking at the bikes. Though it still wasn't fixed for our sailing. Apparently, it was probably a better use of your time to just go to the gym rather than wait in line for the Sky Ride. They did have Sky Fitness for some basic elliptical, hip, walker, pull ups, abs and triceps exercises. I thought it was better than even going to the gym since when can you say you were working out on the deck sailing on the seas. My kids who were in the penguin and sting ray groups seemed to have enjoyed themselves the 3 or 4 times they did go to Camp Ocean. I can't comment much beyond that. Ports of call in order: Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao, Aruba. We did not take any ship sponsored excursions. The first two were new for us and the last two were return trips from a cruise 17 years earlier. I go into these ports oblivious to what to expect. Grand Turk was great. We are not beach people but still stayed on the island for 2-3 hours and had fun swimming by the beach as well as in the large, expansive pool in the back. La Romana was more of a walk around and back to the ship. We took an open air bus ride around Curacao for $20/adult. We got into Curacao after 1:30pm and by the time the tour dropped folks off at the beach, it was closer to dusk. We went back to town and walked along the Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge at night and there were nice lights to look at as well as a tall Christmas tree at the other end as well. We took a similar tour as Curacao in Aruba but in an AC van. Great driver and tour of the area. Apparently Eagle beach is the place to go for all you beach lovers. Entertainment times were odd. There were many shows that only ran once an evening. So if you missed it, that was it. No 7:30pm or 9:30pm showings. Comedy in the Limelight was great. We had two comics leave mid cruise and replaced with two others which weren't as great. Disembarkation We had an early flight out of MIA. 11am. So we did the Express Disembarkation program they offered. This has been far and away the most efficient and well run disembark I have ever had in 20 cruises. We were told to meet in Liquid Lounge by 7am. By the time we were there a few minutes after 7, they were already calling decks to leave at the starboard side entrance to disembark the ship. They have a Global Entry line in the terminal but if you're off that early, it seemed that the regular line was SLIGHTLY quicker since there were more officers vs the 1 Global Entry officer. This line works for those that carry Nexus as well. Random observations The ship seemed "older" than it really was. There were some stalls in the restrooms that you would need to pull extremely hard in order to close. Then you feel like you can't get out afterwards. This is the men's room near the Blue Iguana. There was no push to sanitize your hands before entering the buffet or MDRs. I like the fact that they're not announcing that bingo is about to start each and every day. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
The food and entertainment were wonderful. Lots of activities and variety if music around the ship. Ocean bar was always hopping and the Havana area opened up to the public after 7 pm so you can use pools there. The only downsides are ... Read More
The food and entertainment were wonderful. Lots of activities and variety if music around the ship. Ocean bar was always hopping and the Havana area opened up to the public after 7 pm so you can use pools there. The only downsides are buffet area was crowded, all inside buffet had same food and sky ride was down all week for repairs. Dining room service was great, food wouldn't always come out hot like baked potatoes and soup. Someone at our table kept sending warm food back, by the last night food was very hot. Gigi and the Italian restaurant were free at lunch but if you got there after noon it would be a 30-40 min wait. We did water slides and sky walk, both were fun and short lines. Plenty of chairs on lido but on sea days in Serenity it was packed and we had over 1,000 kids so we thought we would find seats. But love the clam shell beds. Deck 5 outside deck was really open with plenty of seating and bars and food. Its a beautiful ship. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Embarkation in Miami is very chaotic in comparison to airports, yet we were on the lido in under 25 minutes from getting out of our cab. It would have been under 20 minutes had it not been for the many group pictures in front of us in ... Read More
Embarkation in Miami is very chaotic in comparison to airports, yet we were on the lido in under 25 minutes from getting out of our cab. It would have been under 20 minutes had it not been for the many group pictures in front of us in line. We had done the online check in so that apparently really helped. We had a balcony spa cabin on Deck 11 forward. Which we used for morning coffee, checking in with the office and watching the fly fish! We used the Hub app extensively and the $5/user for the Chat was worth it if you want to avoid using facebook messenger or other apps. We didnt go to any stage shows purely because of logistics of not knowing the show schedule ahead of time but having booked specialty dining prior to boarding. This is where the Hub app falls very short. Since you can only use the app onboard, you can't really figure out what is when until then, andbthen theres so many options its overwhelming. We loved watching the movies by the pool. Skip the popcorn if you like butter on it, there wasn't any! As much as this is a huge ship with a lot of people there really was always quieter spaces and activities available. I recommend the loungers outside Library/Bonsai sushi on deck 5. Specialty dining do go to Fahrenheit 555 (We went twice), the chef table, but skip Teppaniyaki if you've seen it or a Japanese food fan, you'll likely be disappointed. Loved Georgetown grand cayman snorkeling excusion and doing 7-mile beach on our own. It's the most beautiful beach I've ever seen. We did a bundled package of snorkel-catamaran-dunns river falls- zipline and lunch at margaritaville. Which was well worth the money though zipline was just okay. We skipped Cozumel on principle. All in all we will cruise this ship and itinerary again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
When you first step on board, you realize almost immediately, this is not your father's Carnival! The ship is smart, modern, tastefully decorated. It still has a fun vibe, but loses a lot of the over the top in your face gaudiness ... Read More
When you first step on board, you realize almost immediately, this is not your father's Carnival! The ship is smart, modern, tastefully decorated. It still has a fun vibe, but loses a lot of the over the top in your face gaudiness that most people equate with Carnival Fun Ships. Although the ship holds over 4000 passengers, it never felt overly crowded. Carnival has upped their game in almost every aspect. And for 8 days had nearly nothing to complain about except for a utterly nasty rack of Baby Back Ribs in the Pig And Anchor, and an overly chatty tour guide in St. Kitts. The Fahrenheit 555 offered a sublime steak dinner that I will not soon forget. And the Cuban Bar and pool area offered an almost criminally underutilized area to relax and unwind after 7pm. The "smart" elevator system employed worked amazingly well. Unlike traditional elevators, you choose your floor in the elevator lobby and you are informed which elevator will take you to your desired floor. And while it is a little unnerving at first to enter an elevator with only "open and close" options, for the most part, the elevators load balanced rather well. The addition of live musicians in the playlist entertainment is welcome, even though some of the themes of the shows appeared intentionally "high brow". The comedy acts were fantastic, and we had 4 comics. They swapped out the comedians in St. Kitts. The only disappointment I experienced was a really poor rack of baby back ribs on the first night at Pig and Anchor. My son's pulled pork was really good, but the rib's were awful and terribly over-sauced. Also the railway tour in St. Kitts was overly long, lacked any real variety (how many old sugar plantations do you need to see?), and contained a tour guide that must have been paid by the word. Friendly yes, but by the time the tour ended, we just wanted her to stop talking. Veteran Carnival cruisers might mistake this more grown up vibe as being cold, and prefer the over the top party atmosphere found on some of the other Fun Ships. But I for one loved the more mature vibe. And let's not forget, you can't be too grown up with a bunch of waterslides adorning the superstructure. The staff were consistently friendly and attentive and our steward was excellent. Even Debarkation, something that is almost always painful, was the smoothest debarkation I have had on any cruise. The entire crew made sure that we were ushered off cleanly and easily. At first I must admit, I was taken back with this New Carnival. But by the end of 8 days, I was convinced that my latest cruise with Carnival won't be my last. Now only if they would come up with a solo cruisers program, I would be all set. Until they do, I'll stick with NCL for my solo cruising and Carnival for my cruises with the family. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We have been busy doing other life stuff and had not been able to cruise in the last 4 years we wanted a ship that had a lot of activities for my DH and Son. I loved this ship, I didn't love the buffet but I use the dining room as ... Read More
We have been busy doing other life stuff and had not been able to cruise in the last 4 years we wanted a ship that had a lot of activities for my DH and Son. I loved this ship, I didn't love the buffet but I use the dining room as much as possible anyway. The Gelato station was a hit! Beer by the ounce would have been great but I only wanted a few ounces and you get warm foamy beer. This ship had a fabulous at Sea brunch menu which was open longer hours. There are many things that made this ship a hit, lots of really cool stuff to do. I wish the Movies would have been open during the day hours more. The cabin was wonderful Cove Balcony 2nd floor mid ship was the absolute best and we had an adjoining cabin with other family members. The shows in Main theater I didn't care for, but plenty of people seemed to like it so that's just me. Plus there are plenty other things to do. So no complaining. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
Cabin was clean and bright, balcony was nice. Crew was outstanding and the food was excellent everywhere we went, especially the Steak House. The Steak House was outstanding! It was not only a visually delight but extremely delicious as ... Read More
Cabin was clean and bright, balcony was nice. Crew was outstanding and the food was excellent everywhere we went, especially the Steak House. The Steak House was outstanding! It was not only a visually delight but extremely delicious as well! The entertainment was good. The number of different shows was limited but what there was available was entertaining. The Casino was not well ventilated for those with asthma as many of the smokers congregrate at the bar and puff away for hours on end without playing in the casino. Bingo was held in the largest theatre room on the ship which allowed for many to join in keeping the cost down and the rewards up. The ship was easy to navigate and the Trivia games were newer and enjoyable. This is definitely a cruise that we will take again and hopefully with our grandchildren. Excellent value for the cost of the cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
the cruise was actually introduced to me by my mother and i was skeptical about it but surely glad that i went on it. I love the service food and activities. i also want to give a special shout out to Lawrence the cabin maintenance worker ... Read More
the cruise was actually introduced to me by my mother and i was skeptical about it but surely glad that i went on it. I love the service food and activities. i also want to give a special shout out to Lawrence the cabin maintenance worker for always keeping my room clean when i got back Cabin 7362 and 7364 and Marius and lindo my waiters for dinner table 229. Marius, Lindo and Lawrence made me feel very welcome and comfortable, Marius, Lindo and Lawrence hospitality was also amazing they remembered my name for the whole cruise trip. It was experience i would never forget thanks to them. Mr Liu also made very good omelets for me the fun squad made sports and activities very exciting. The only negative thing i have to say is the casino. The smell inside of the casino was horrific and nasty i had to cover my nose when walking through the casino the smell of the smoke was unbearable. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
Again, I say one of our best cruise ever! The ship was BEAUTIFUL! n Everyone (staff wise) on board was Friendly, kind, helpful & made sure we were having a great time! Great Customer Service, Hats off to them, they work very hard ... Read More
Again, I say one of our best cruise ever! The ship was BEAUTIFUL! n Everyone (staff wise) on board was Friendly, kind, helpful & made sure we were having a great time! Great Customer Service, Hats off to them, they work very hard on making sure our trip/vacation was relaxing & fun! Mr. Mike our cruise director was awesome! Mr. Amid our dining matradee at the Meridian (deck 3) Dining room was FANTASTIC! The live shows, were O.M.GEE GREAT as well. Havana Club - Latin Beats The Musicians/Singer - what can i say, i danced till i could no more, n joined a lady named Maria n we danced almost every night they performed! Overall this cruise ship n staff were AMAZING n we wished we never had to leave... Till we meet again, Ship HORIZON (very soon i hope.) GOD BLESS U ALL n WILL NEVER FORGET YOU GUYS! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
Carnival Horizon is a brand new ship and is a very pleasant surprise, in that it seems to be a upgrade from the ordinary. We did the 8 day Exotic Southern cruise which was the 2nd time on this itinerary.Because of this we did not get off ... Read More
Carnival Horizon is a brand new ship and is a very pleasant surprise, in that it seems to be a upgrade from the ordinary. We did the 8 day Exotic Southern cruise which was the 2nd time on this itinerary.Because of this we did not get off in, La Romina Which was a great time to go and explore this beautiful ship. However we did go a shore in the other 3 ports Grand Turks not much to do and see, we have been here before so just a trip around the port area HIGH PRICES. CURACAO when you arrive and you are in a wheel chair don,t except to much we asked and was told we only have 1 lift bus and did not bring it we didn't think we needed it, they said talk to the taxi people well we tried but they blew us off, so we set out to explore on our own, did the shops and sight see in downtown area NICE. Aruba same thing with the wheelchair walked up to a cab operator and he said nice private tour about 2.5 hours 45.00 a person to some might not be a lot but to us to expensive, so we just went out on our own again. The islands are beautiful but the prices are pretty pricey. Now onto the The Horizon, Carnival is really making it handicap accessible,The Liquid Lounge main show room they have certain spaces set aside BUT arrive early as that they fill up fast The Limelight Lounge where comedy shows are is the same and if you are in a wheelchair you can skip the line and go to 2nd entrance just let the Carnival host know they will accommodate you or your spouse. The dining rooms and passage ways seem to be wider and easy to navigate> The crew on this ship is top notch and i would like to congratulate them on a job well done!!! We never had a problem with anyone and Mike the C.D. is a real professional and does his best to get everyone into a party mood. The food is typical Carnival food and after 15 ships i have had better and i have had worse the Lido area is a nice set up but more handicap seating PLEASE. With so many lunch choices we only ate there once then we tried the no charge lunch at the various places and the Italian was the best if you go for dinner there is a charge. The main dining room food was good 1st night it was, cold but did get better as we went along. We did The 555 steak house well worth the extra charge. The drinks are very pricey almost 14 dollars a round, we don't drink much but when we did OUCH. The entertainment top notch the Vegas style shows great the singers in Ocean Plaza THE BEST the Comics the worse I've seen in 15 cruise the R rated show was nothing short of being bullied Carnival please rethink. The CONS The ELEVATORS are the worse they are suppose to be smart so you tap the touch screen for how many people are waiting and it is suppose to send a car that could accommodate i would say 85 % of the time they show up full. That is when the rudeness of those inside went to 100% Carnival please rethink this system. In the past it seemed like we didn't notice the prices to much but now we cruise and we have to do it on a budget and it seems like the prices are going through he roof. In the past we would purchase pictures and trinkets this trip only a couple but i guess we have enough. If you or your spouse is handicap don't let that stop you this ship is a real nice treat and the handicap bathrooms are plentiful as long as you find one without the KIDS playing in it. In closing Carnival is still a great vacation for the money there are subtle changes and cut backs but all in all it is still the best bargain out there and we will cruise again SOON . Read Less
Carnival Horizon Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.5
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 3.8
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 5.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.6
Enrichment 1.0 3.5
Service 4.0 3.9
Value For Money 5.0 3.5

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