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
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
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Ok, so, I'd read quite a few negative reviews on this site about Carnival Horizon which made me really not look forward to my cruise. I was expecting a ship with a horrible clientele, rude crew, awful food, a Sky Ride that didn't ... Read More
Ok, so, I'd read quite a few negative reviews on this site about Carnival Horizon which made me really not look forward to my cruise. I was expecting a ship with a horrible clientele, rude crew, awful food, a Sky Ride that didn't work and unclean public spaces. What I got was quite the opposite. I loved this cruise from start to finish. I loved the Dr Seuss waterpark and waterslides (my 13 year old daughter spent hours here whenever we were on board); I loved the Sky Ride too. I was expecting it to be a gimmick that wasn't too exciting, but it was much better than anticipated, whizzing up at certain points like a rollercoaster ride and taking me dizzyingly over the sea as well. I didn't try the high ropes course, but my daughter did - she found it tamer than other ships, but still liked it. Yes, the swimming pool areas were busy (although the slides never got too busy when we were there) but it you want to find a quiet sun bed, there are plenty of spaces where you can get away from the throng. Other reviews said that the bar staff didn't want to serve them. I didn't find this the case at all. I found ALL crew extremely friendly and bar staff were even happy to serve me regular iced waters for free. The vibe on the ship was always unplifiting, with a fun (but not in your face) entertainment team. We didn't spend much time at the shows (we did dip in and out of the theatre, but nothing took our fancy) because we LOVED the live music on board, more than we have on any other ship. We kept following the sounds of different music. An accoustic guitarist in the Pig & Anchor bar; then a pianist in the piano bar; then a live Latino band in the Havana Bar. We particularly liked the Havana Bar and went there most nights after dinner to enjoy the music and dance to a few tracks. It was a lovely place and really felt like we were in Cuba - very atmospheric. Food - this was heavily criticised in some reviews I read. What I do agree with is that the food in the Lido restaurant is limited. It's not that the food itself isn't tasty, it's that the range of dishes was not usually so healthy - like deep fried chicken, mac and cheese. There were rarely any steamed vegetables, for example - just a boring salad bar. BUT, there were so many other great places to eat on the ship that we just didn't care. The specialty restaurants are free at lunch time, so we went to them then - we loved the Mongolian Wok and the Pig & Anchor especially. We also found Horizon's BEST KEPT SECRET. This is Ocean Plaza on deck 5. We had breakfast there every day. It has a small selection of hot and cold dishes, no queues, and its own al fresco eating area on the promenade deck next to it. We were practically the only ones there most days. It was a heavenly start to every day. We could have had lunch there too - there are salads etc and soups, but my daughter isn't a mad salad fan, so we didn't do that. And as for dinner, we ate in the Meridian restaurant and found the food to be pretty good, ditto the service. It wasn't slow ever. Most often we just had two courses and we were in and out in about an hour. Equally we could have lingered and had desert if we had room. We did try specialty restaurant Ji JI's one night - it is sensational, especially the duck and pork belly. We LOVED our meal. We also tried Cucina del Capitano (the Italian specialty restaurant) and the food here was excellent too - great meatballs, GREAT risotto - I love rissotto and this was one of my favourites ever. Ports were great too and we did exciting things from them all. If you want to check out what the whole cruise was like (ship and ports) then this video should give you a good idea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqRkOdBb4P4 Now for the ports: 1. Grand Turk: we did the ship eco kayak excursion - it was a nice gentle excursion with only 8 people on it. We liked it, but we didn't LOVE it, although my daughter really enjoyed the sea life the guide kept fishing out the water: sea cucumber, sponges, star fish, urchins, brittle stars etc. And we kayaked to a remote beach where we pootled around, looking for conches (we left them all there, don't worry) and finding lots of wild donkeys. There are lots of donkeys roaming free on Grand Turk. And then afterward we had time to chill on the beach by the ship for an hour or so before we had to get on board. 2. Dominican Republic: we didn't like the look of the ship excursions so we went to a gorgeous deluxe resort hotel near the port (Casa de Campo) for the day instead. It was gorgeous. There were ship excursions to this resort, actually, but they only took you to one bit of the resort and we wanted to decide what we did. In the end we stayed on their beach and went horse-riding at their ranch for an hour. 3. Curacao - I almost don't want to tell you what I did, because what we did was very untouristy and I don't want to drive the masses there, but we found a local beach an hour away from port called Playa Piscado which locals told us was home to green turtles. The beach isn't beautiful, but the turtles were there and we went snorkelling with them. It was AMAZING. We did this by ourselves. 4. Aruba - again, we went away from the crowds, on a guided hike I organised before coming through the tourist board. It was on the southern point of the island called Seroe Colorado and we clambered over rocks until we reached this amazing cenote (a Mexican word for swimming hole). Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
After reading countless negative reviews of the Carnival Horizon, I feel the need to clear the air. This was my 29th cruise, and one of my top few. I traveled with my octogenarian, but very active father. He's a lifelong Bostonian, ... Read More
After reading countless negative reviews of the Carnival Horizon, I feel the need to clear the air. This was my 29th cruise, and one of my top few. I traveled with my octogenarian, but very active father. He's a lifelong Bostonian, and I live in Albuquerque. We sailed an 8 day cruise to Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Kitts, and St. Maarten on 10/6/18. My Dad stayed for a few nights before the cruise at the Fountainbleu Hotel on Miami Beach. I can't speak to it personally, but he really enjoyed it, and has stayed there multiple times. The ship was one of the major draws for us, as we like all the cool things you can do on the Horizon. We were quite disappointed when we got an email a few days prior to sailing stating that the Sky Ride would be down for the duration of our cruise. We were lucky that they got it up and running on the fourth day, but more on that later. The bottom line is that the ship did not disappoint. She is a beautiful ship that was very well maintained. The activities on the ship were many. If you happened to read my Splendor review from June, you'd know that besides one ping pong tournament, there were no organized sports activities. I wasn't sure if this was a trend for Carnival, but I'm happy to report that there were several different sports tournaments: ping pong once, dodgeball scheduled three times but played twice due to rain one day, volleyball twice, soccer once I believe, and basketball knockout twice. I think there were also pool games one day. Besides the staff run tournaments, there were plenty of other activities. The aforementioned Sky Ride was a thrill. The lines could get long, so I'd suggest either going early or on a port day. The Sky Course was also a lot of fun. My Dad and I did each several times. The wait for the Sky Course ranged from 0-5 minutes. I'd recommend doing the course without grabbing your harness for support. Most people did the course while holding their own harness, and it defeats the purpose of the obstacles. The mini golf course was one of the best at sea. They also had cornhole, foosball, ping pong, billiards, and soccer billiards (that will be a new one to most, as it was to us). I also played several rounds of trivia of various subjects. The staff did an excellent job hosting these events. Service onboard was excellent. Our room steward was very capable. We had My Time Dining, and ate at around 6:45 most nights (which I'd consider around the peak time). We only waited on one night for about 15 minutes (the first formal night). All other nights we were assigned a table right away. All of our waiters (and we had different ones each night) were exceptional. Food was delivered quickly and our orders were always correct. Food was not always piping hot, but that is to be expected given the circumstances of serving several thousand guests. Speaking of dining, the food was really great. Horizon shines at lunch time. One negative thing that I read about before sailing was that the wait times at lunch venues was intolerable. I can tell you that for my sailing, we hardly waited at all, and we tried all of the lunch options. Our faves were probably Guy's BBQ and Guy's Burgers, but there isn't a bad choice in the bunch. I love the menu options in the main dining room - there are so many good choices that I ate way too much! I'm a lover of Royal Caribbean as well, and I have to say that Carnival far exceeds Royal in the MDR. Royal only has a few selections of each category, while Carnival has double the options. They even have special menu items based on the port you were in each day. Oh - check out the buffet at lunch, even if you eat elsewhere. They have 5-6 awesome cakes and a couple types of gelato, all of which are different each day. We stayed in an interior cabin on the 8th deck in the center of the ship. This was a very quiet area and we were easily able to get to the Lido deck only two floors up and the entertainment decks just a few decks down. The cabin was simple but very functional with two desktops and two 110v plugs, two USB plugs, and a European outlet. The fridge in the room was empty (as it was on Splendor), so you don't have to mess with freeing space for your own stuff. The beds were very comfortable. The entertainment on this ship is arguably the best in the Carnival fleet. I'd still say that Royal holds an edge here on Oasis Class ships, but Carnival's singer/dancer shows were extraordinary. I read reviews that said the show venue is too small and has poor sightlines. This is true, but if you arrive 20-30 minutes before the show starts, you will get great seats. The performers frequently come into the audience to perform, and it results in a really great show - as long as you get there early. The same goes for the comedy shows. For the late night performances, you definitely need to get there at least 15 minutes early to get a seat. The earlier shows do not fill up, so you can arrive just before showtime. I do love how Carnival offers so many comedy shows on their ships. We had late flights heading out of town, so we booked the Carnival Everglades trip with airport drop off. This was a great trip at a very fair price. The only negative is that you have to meet to get off the ship at 7:45am. I wish they offered a later option for people with really late flights like us. We were at the airport around 12:30pm, about five hours prior to our flights. All in all, we had an excellent trip at a great value. I look forward to cruising the Horizon or a sister ship in the future. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
10/06/18 Carnival Horizon: Inaugural Flagship sailing out of home port Miami Hey there cruisers, Early October I received some really good VIFP Casino offers. Since I had some vacation time I browsed and found an opportunity to ... Read More
10/06/18 Carnival Horizon: Inaugural Flagship sailing out of home port Miami Hey there cruisers, Early October I received some really good VIFP Casino offers. Since I had some vacation time I browsed and found an opportunity to sail aboard the new flagship CARNIVAL HORIZON as it made its inaugural sailing from its new home port of Miami and jumped on it. This was the first opportunity I had to travel aboard a “vista class” ship and could not wait to see what was in store. Prior to this sailing my favorite Carnival ship was the Breeze. I really liked the layout and different décor. This sailing I traveled solo. I ultimately wanted to book a spa cabin or one of the new Havana cabins, but booking only 2 weeks out prices and availability changed my decisions. I weighed all my options and determined it was more affordable to book a regular deck nine interior and later add some Spa amenities. . This was my 20th Carnival cruise since 2006 and my 28th cruise over all. I have sailed with Fathom, Princess, NCL, RCI and Carnival cruise lines. I am Platinum aboard Carnival, but I do critique what I see and my overall experience in hopes the cruise line and future passengers may benefit. I tend to cover multiple captions in detail and I hope that my experience is helpful to you and possibly the cruise lines. I decided to focus this review primarily on the actual Carnival Horizon ship and its amenities and upgrades. Although this was a full 8 night sailing, I am certain that I did not get to see much of the ship, but I tried to hit most of the main areas. So let’s begin a walkthrough of the newest flagship CARNIVAL HORIZON. I hope I can pass along some incite to travelers and the cruise line to help make everyone’s voyage an exciting one. . EMBARKATION / DEBARKATION– Miami I have sailed from Miami several times. I arrived early and knew about the airport check in. I have used it before and it was always convenient. This trip I purposely wanted to test the timing at the port since this was a slightly larger ship with more passengers. Since I am Platinum this process is normally a simply process so I was not expecting much of a difference. I finally arrived around 12:00 with according to my expected check in time I selected during my online check in. To my surprise this embarkation was the quickest and easiest I have ever had. At the terminal door, my boarding pass was matched to my passport and security documents. My photo was taken for my boarding record and I was told “Proceed through the security metal detector and my stateroom was ready with my sail and sign card waiting for me in my mailbox” WOW! No additional desk check in, CC verification on my SS account etc. I was told all of that was completed online and unless I had a change to make everything was completed. I walked immediately onto the ship, WELCOME ABOARD! From exiting my UBER, handing the porter my luggage to entering my stateroom to drop my backpack was a total of 15-20 minutes if that. It could not be any easier. I proceeded to the Lido deck to grab a GUYS BURGER for lunch then took a tour of all of the rooms to grab some photos before they were flowing with guests. DEBARKATION: I opted for self-assist so was up and out of my stateroom by 6am. Once the ship was cleared everyone was escorted off and we were on our way. . SHIP: CARNIVAL HORIZON 10/06/18 I have sailed all three “Dream class” ships Dream, Magic and the Breeze and they have been my favorites recently in the fleet. I have heard much about upgrades to the “vista class” and could not wait to compare. This was my 4th cruise in 2018 preceded by the Magic and two Princess ships so the Horizon had some impressing to do for me as a comparison. As I mention in my past reviews, most cruise ships are simply floating amusement parks, so the neon and obscure décor I could overlook. The Breeze in 2014 I thought was a little more “sophisticated” with additional trees and foliage, but in the end it is simply style and comfort. Lately, I have been focusing on attributes such as side entertainment, cozy areas and new additions that manage to grab my attention and explore that I would not normally. It is one of the comforts of traveling solo without all the routine scheduling a group sticks to.. As you enter the atrium you are greeted by the tall centerpiece which sort of resembles a large tornado or funnel like shape. It has a digital skin and the graphics continuously change attracting your eyes upward. I honestly was expecting the Horizon atrium space to be grander and taller, but as the cruise progressed I found it to be just right as it was utilized for its acoustics and stage like presence for several side entertainments and games. The multi levels and landings created several great viewing areas while still keeping open the flow for traffic passing through. . INTERIOR STATEROOM 9211 4G Vista Deck FWD As mentioned, I chose to book an INTERIOR cabin. It has been a while since I have had a windowless interior and quickly was reminded how dark they can be at night. Traveling alone the space is adequate and works just fine. If I had a cabin mate I would prefer at least a window or porthole just to have that feeling of outward expansion. I am a FWD leaning cruiser since I do enjoy the spa and thermal suite. I often find it is the quieter portion of the ship with less flowing traffic. Although I was on deck 9 I did not notice much movement to the ship. I do not tend to get seasick and being a seasoned cruiser perhaps I simply pay it no mind. . The stateroom location was the furthest forward and I had no above or below concerns about noise. I definitely would choose 9211 again if I had to. The hall and stateroom reminded me a lot like the Spa rooms aboard the Breeze and Magic. Slatted wood paneling, upgraded linens on the Horizon gave it a warmer more comfortable feel. Some noticeable upgrades I discovered immediately were: Keyless electronic locks on the door that only needed to tap your sail and sign card to the door to open and USB additions at the desk for charging devices. The same energy saving device that you put your room key into is still there. One note, when you leave the stateroom all power shuts off once you remove your keycard. To bypass this, simple insert a random store card or even your room steward business card which will keep the toggle switch triggered. I tend to bring a clock so it helped not to have to reset it upon returning to my cabin each time. You can still manually shut off the lighting when needed. I was disappointed that there was only now one small desk drawer for storage which included the hair dryer that took up most of the space. I mostly used the large desk drawer to store my random paperwork, past daily schedules and misc. often used items keeping the desk clutter free. There was only one closet with hangers and a second with drawers and shelves. If I had a cabin mate only one hanging closet and no additional desk drawers would have been an issue. There is no sofa. I did appreciate the new contoured hangers which grasped the oval bars so they did not swing and make clicking noises in the night. Little things like this to me are noticeable. . Moving on to ROOMS, LOUNGES, BARS & SPECIATLY RESTAURANTS and DINING I chose YOUR TIME DINING which worked well for me as a solo traveler. There was a separate check-in desk you needed to go to away from the dining room at your convenience. You were given a ticket and which deck 3 or 4 to report to. Your reservation was help for 30 min and you simply handed it to the dining room attendant which escorted you to your table. It eliminated the long back-up at the dining room door as they tried to locate a table for you. You had the option of sitting alone or with others. The food was wonderful and I also managed to order off the Steakhouse menu in the main dining room without needing an appetite for a multi course meal or more formal setting.. The new PIG & ANCHOR with brewery is presented with the street-front entrance of an actual bar with simulated outside seating. The porch-like façade is inviting and leads you into an actual bar setting equipped with hi-top tables and bar seats. At the front you can see the brewery distillery of copper pipes and vats really giving atmosphere of a local Beer & Brew. It’s a great alternative gathering location for small parties or cocktails over the old conference room setting. The back of the bar utilizes the ship side windows allowing light to open up the space from a dark inside feel to a spacious pub-like social atmosphere. STOP IN and have a drink and you may forget you are onboard a cruise ship finding your nightly hangout for pre and post dinner cocktails. Also ask the bar staff about the “Behind the scenes tour of the Brewery”. It’s a fun look into the workings of the behind the scenes especially for the home brewing connoisseur. I was very pleased to see there was an ALCHEMY BAR on this ship and in yet another NEW location from the dream class. It seems like Carnival is finally realizing that this particular bar is very much a favorite for many and each time it has been relocated closer to the center of the ship, the busier it gets. I can remember when it first appeared at the far aft end of the ship just outside the piano lounge. It was a dead space during the day and only began to pick up around pre-dining cocktails and late PM. It is now located MID-SHIP adjacent to the Fahrenheit 911 Steakhouse, Piano Lounge and larger Bonsai specialty restaurant. This became my hang late night spot for late night drinks, laughs and friends. In the middle of this intersection is a 2nd Atrium like centerpiece which drops directly into the Casino bar below. Also with a digital skin that is pleasing to the eye with its multiple cyclone-like images. I did find one design flaw about this location. The BONSAI specialty restaurant has an open atmosphere with a simple fence like gate around its perimeter. Directly across was the lively ALCHEMY BAR. As you can expect, the noise level of the Alchemy bar could get elevated when it was full of rambunctious cruisers laughing and enjoying their own fun adventure. I couldn’t help but notice couples and tables of diners only 10-15 feet away wondering if they were a bit annoyed with the noise as they tried to enjoy their “specialty “extra charged” dining experience” If Carnival begins to receive feedback about this from the Bonsai attendees they may want to install either a simple Vined trellis or fabric noise reducer along the fenced perimeter. That said I was an Alchemy attendee and the staff was great. I have always managed to make friends at this bar and look forward to stopping in for my nightcap each night. Having the Bonsai so close also offered an appetizer option direct from the Alchemy bar. It's a nice option to grab a bite to eat. . If the Bonsai and Steakhouse specialty restaurants are not in your price range or sound too formal for your dining taste don’t worry your options are far from limited. The GUY’s BURGER JOINT at Pool-side Lido deck have pushed aside those frozen hamburger patties for a burger that simply crumbles into your mouth. Claim your burger and slip over to the complete TOPPINGS bar and customize the perfect sandwich. If burgers are not your “safe food” then on SEA DAYS there was a Pork-Roast BBQ is the hopping area. Visit the SEAFOOD SHACK located adjacent to the 24 hr. PIZZA PIRATE at the aft area of the ship. The newly designed LIDO MARKETPLACE has a more Caribbean-style feel transforming the vast “buffet” to food stations with comfort. The PIZZA PIRATE offered what I felt was a better made pizza then I have had aboard other ships. There is no longer an option for Caesar salad or Calzones which I was disappointed about. Since this is your only LATE PM option for food, not everyone wants to eat pizza just before bed.. Tucked away upstairs from the Lido Marketplace is CUCINA DEL CAPITANO, another family style Italian-like setting. They have a great free lunch on sea days set up sort of ALA-CART. In the evening for a small fee this is a reservation restaurant dinner option offering fantastic pasta dishes. It is less formal than the steakhouse and possible the more popular for the everyday cruiser. Also, don’t forget to start the day with sit down breakfast in the Southern dining room on the back of the ship. A NEW addition within the Lido Marketplace was the self-serve BEER STATION. Yes, you can now swipe your card and pour your own beer direct from the specialty taps. If beer is not your discretion, perhaps a pass through the newly remodeled library where several self-serve wine selections are offered by the glass. . HAVANA DECK and LOUNGE One new grand addition are the HAVANA STATEROOMS and HAVANA LOUNGE & DECK on the AFT. If lucky enough to secure one, you will have private access to the AFT Havana deck which includes a private pool, Havana bar, Jacuzzis and loungers. Think of it as a different type of serenity deck similar to the Aft Tides pool but with a Caribbean-Latin flare. This is a nice perk to get away from the noisy atmosphere around the main pool area. The lounge just inside has a nice seating area, Havana bar and small stage where Latin music is heard. The entire Havana section is comfortable, welcoming and has an exquisite feel of some of the finest Latin clubs. The big secret that many are not aware of is that after 7:00 pm the whole area is open to everyone on the ship right. Inside the lounge late after dinner the band strikes up and Latin inspired dancing takes over even the shyest cruiser to get up and have a great time. Once I experienced the Havana lounge, deck and cheerful cabin occupants I really look forward to booking a stateroom in the future. . GYM and CLOUD9 SPA The ADULTS only SPA SERENITY deck is just that. Peace, quiet, serenity. Cushioned Hammocks built for two, Cabana covered beds, and Full size opened SUN beds and adult only Jacuzzi. If you are finished with the outdoors and had enough sun, head inside and pamper yourself at the fully upgraded CLOUD9 SPA and GYM. The Horizon gym is surprisingly smaller then I was expecting it to be, however is still packed with all the needed treadmills, stair climbers and benches needed for a good workout. Upgraded exercise equipment and several classes to choose are available or experience pampering at its finest at CLOUD9 SPA. The spa also offers several fitness seminars for a healthier lifestyle. They are informative to attend and gives you a new perspective on how to shed off some of those extra calories you may be accumulating while enjoying your cruise and vacation. . I originally wanted to book a spa room, but it was more affordable for me to book a regular INT stateroom on deck nine then add the Thermal suite and Ala-cart Spa treatments. The Thermal suite on the Horizon does not have a Thalassotherapy pool unfortunately. Instead it has a large jetted pool which is located within the Thermal suite not in a separate room. There are still heated contoured loungers and four separate hot/steam rooms instead of the usual three. If you pre-book prior to sailing you can catch a discount, ($159 8nts) or take the SPA tour once you board and add it to your relaxation package right from the start. I took the tour and added the Thermal suite for $179 (8 nights). I also opted for the men’s triple package which included a Royal shave/arm-shoulder massage, a Bamboo massage and a Deep Tissue massage. At the end of the cruise I stopped back for a simple $25 haircut cleanup to go. One of my self-pampering gifts to myself whenever I travel solo is to add a spa treatment. They are relaxing and you always feel rejuvenated for the next day of your cruise. . ONBOARD ENTERTAINMENT, FUN SQUAD, SHOWS, CASINO & CRUISE DIRECTOR I will combine all of the above into this caption I am calling my “entertainment section” This contains all the areas and options that keep the time moving and passengers occupied. Over the past several sailings I have been paying more attention to what cruise lines are offering me as a passenger to feel like I am really receiving a full package of enjoyment and entertainment. Carnival Horizon does not disappoint. First off the Carnival Hub App is your central go to option at your fingertips to see what, when and where everything is happening. Download the APP before leaving home port and get started. If you cannot go without your connection to social media and on ground civilization more affordable internet packages are available for you. I grabbed the middle package which allowed me to stay connected to family and friends via social media. If you add an additional $5 you can pick up the onboard text messenger and stay in touch with fellow cruisers. This is a nice option for families and large groups to remain in touch around the ship. You are able to favorite certain activities into your personal to-do list and always see what your next activity time is. I wish they HUB APP had an option to ADD a personal activity and time on your personal side. (i.e. 7:00 meet friends at Lido pool etc). I really like the fact that Carnival continues to bring back and introduce live music entertainment again. When they began to replace some things like the Steel drum with a DJ at poolside and Playlist productions over a live show band and less electronic oriented performances I was beginning to worry. One act aboard the Horizon was the NEW AGE TRIO. An electric violin trio first introduced aboard the VISTA. The New Age Trio is now a feature performance in the main atrium twice daily and attracts large crowds. They caught my attention on their first appearance while passing through the area and coaxed me to pause and listen to the entire half hour performance. I was hooked and returned for every performance there on along with many others. One evening they were integrated into a Playlist Production in the main showroom which began in the atrium, progressed to the show theatre and dissolved back out into the atrium. CELESTIAL STRINGS may have been one of my favorite Playlist productions I have seen over the years. The NEW AGE TRIO is an asset to the entertainment aboard and a not to miss opportunity. Swing by and say hello to the trio from Spain: Dani, Marta and Eli are more than willing to take a photo with everyone and are the nicest people to chat with.. FUN SQUAD & CRUISE DIRECTOR The Cruise director aboard the Horizon is MIKE PACK. I have to admit Matt Mitchum is my all-time favorite CD, but Mike Pack certainly gives him a run for his money. Mike and his Fun Squad did a wonderful job keeping the passengers involved and engaged. This is what makes a good cruise director to me over one that stick mostly to the show theater and makes announcements. I will admit that the sail away party was an absolute blast and may have been one of the largest aboard a carnival ship I have seen. EVERYONE was celebrating and having fun. The fun squad and Mike were out and about all over the ship keeping smiles and laughter going the whole trip. They made the trip memorable for sure.. PLAYLIST PERFORMANCES I am not going to dance around this topic. (No pun) I have not actually been a fan of the change-over of the production shows to the more 2.0 Playlist Performances in the past. Perhaps the induction of the “entertainment director” over the more recent years has had Carnival paying attention to some of the feedback regarding some of the talent being offered. I found the Horizon cast to be an absolute great variety of talented dancers, singers and performers then I have on other ships. The lead male vocalist has a fantastic range and clear sound to his vocals. Bravo. I am frankly embarrassed that I did not catch his name to give him a shout out in my review. He deserves the recognition. I also thought the onboard shows were executed nicely. I understand the attempt to bring the performers into the theatre space and changing up the floor seating, but I do not believe this was though out too well. Eliminating the fixed seating for moveable chairs also eliminated table tops for drinks. It also only took one passenger here and there to move their seats and the already tight spaces became difficult to navigate if you needed to depart mid show. . CASINO Horizon casino was packed every night. This could also be due to the fact that it was also the first ULTRA CRUISE of 2018. Casino prizes, machines flashing and money was flowing. (For me flowing in the wrong direction into the machines I know the MAGIC is the CASINO of the seas for Carnival, but the Horizon could give it a challenge. If you are a slot tournament favorite, the GAME HAS CHANGED. No more White Siberian Tiger. It is now a coordinated game to press the button while you also pop balloons falling down from the upper screen machine. It was much more fun to play then the old Siberian tiger. I also like the fact that you are more in control to determine your outcome instead of a mindless pushing of a button and hope. The ventilation on the casino definitely was noticeably better then on other ships regarding smoking. I wish Carnival hosted a SMOKE FREE day like they do aboard Princess ships.. FUN, SPORTS, EXERCISE, WATERSLIDES OH MY! It does not matter if you were 10 years old or 50 years old, the active cruiser seeking Fun & water games did not need to look far. All around the Main pool area you could see the DR SEUS water adventure park packed with colorful waterslides and play areas any kid inside everyone at all ages. The SPORTS SQUARE offered a collection of mini golf, basketball courts, foosball or ping pong tables and variety of games. For the outdoor exercise conscious cruiser there is a variety of work out apparatus or a circular track to get in some fresh air jogging or a simple stroll in the sun. If you crave adventure let a crew member strap you in for a walk around the elevated obstacle course. You can also take a seat and try out the newest foot pedaled SKYRIDE suspended high above the deck for a birds eye peek of the water and horizon.. SMART ELEVATORS (work when smart people use them) The Horizon has also implemented the concept of SMART ELEVATORS. Personally, I try to use the stairs the entire trip, but I did a few test rides over the course of the cruise. During embarkation, crowded port day returns and late PM when fewer travelers would be around. The purpose is to move passengers quicker and more efficiently, especially on debarkation day. I took sample feedback from other passengers on how they liked them. I heard good and bad. Some thought they were great while others hated them. My experience was it is just something different to get used to. You choose the deck you want on a touch screen and tap it for the quantity of passengers you have. The board will tell you which elevator to go to that will be the most efficient. The problem is when other passengers do not follow procedure and pile into whichever doors open first. Now the elevator thinks there are 2 passengers when there are 8. So it will stop along the way to pick up others thinking there is sufficient space. The second dilemma is there are NO BUTTONS inside the elevator. So those extra passengers that just jumped in have no idea if the elevator is going up, down and/or what floor it will be stopping on. If you take the time to follow the directions I can see them working efficiently otherwise be prepared for complaints and sighs around you. I will let you decide. . SUMMARY LIKES: I loved the HORIZON and would definitely sail her again! I found the “vista class” my new favorite class over the Dream class. USB’s in the stateroom, Havana deck, relocation of the Alchemy bar, NEW AGE TRIO, SKY RIDE.. DISLIKES: The floor seating in the main show theater to chairs and no tables for drinks was a BAD update.. Ok, so I will cut off my review here. It has already become a novel and I may have lost many that started it long ago. Thank you if you made it to the end without falling off your chair. If you happen across a deal for a trip aboard the newest flagship CARNIVAL HORIZON I would recommend it. Get on the ship and work out your upgrades later. Happy sailing and might your upgrades and offers flow frequently! . I wanted to add photos but for ome reason CC is giving me a hard time adding any. grr Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I just returned from THE. BEST. GIRLS. TRIP. on Carnival Horizon and the only thing that I didn't enjoy to the fullest, was some of the food in the dining area. Other than that the ship itself was clean, the other food options were ... Read More
I just returned from THE. BEST. GIRLS. TRIP. on Carnival Horizon and the only thing that I didn't enjoy to the fullest, was some of the food in the dining area. Other than that the ship itself was clean, the other food options were great, the staff was very friendly, and the entertainment was awesome. There were 2 crew members that really stood out. The cruise director Mike was very entertaining and the young man that host karaoke, I believe his name was Bradley. They were so pleasant and fun and really good at what they do. Boarding the ship was a breeze. No more sitting around waiting to board. Once we went through the security checkpoint we were on our way to the bar and waiting for the OK to go in our rooms. The elevator situation did get a bit frustrating on the first day. Maybe because people were getting acquainted with the new technology. After the first couple of hours, onboard that wasn't much of a problem either. Do not miss the Adult scavenger hunt if they have it listed as an activity. It is for open-minded individuals that are not easily offended, but it was so much fun. The late night party on the Serenity deck was awesome too!! I don't have anything bad to say about this ship. Do not let the previous reviews discourage you. If you are looking to have a good time, then you will have just that. If you going looking for something to complain about, just get the Cheers package and take advantage of 15 drinks a day and the complaints will go out the window. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I must say, this was my first cruise and all around it was AMAZING. Everyday, every moment, every seconds I loved it. But what also made my 8 days at sea so wonderful is the amazing staff I came in contact with. First these to amazing ... Read More
I must say, this was my first cruise and all around it was AMAZING. Everyday, every moment, every seconds I loved it. But what also made my 8 days at sea so wonderful is the amazing staff I came in contact with. First these to amazing people Francisco and Thal in house keeping, always remember there pleasant and genuine smile in the mornings and evening. I should know because I LOVE people and these two they have a very gentleness and pleasant spirit towards them. I pray a special blessing upon them and their family. They were very kind. Next in Pixels is Sinisa (Serbia). He is very pleasant and does an amazing job at what he does in Pixel. He complements a girl's picture when he is in it. Must I also say, he is GORGEOUS. Just a bonus and glad he was on this ship. Now a sets of amazing waiters, Adi, William (Colombia), Esther or queen Esther (India), Edi (Indonesia) and James ( St. Vincent).... These crew made my Church sisters and I laugh so hard and was a great pleasure having them as our waiters. They made dinner in the evenings exciting and with a lot of laughter. I do pray they keep that excitement in them because they help made my first cruise very exciting and a great experience. And to top is off, Mike the cruise director, HE WAS AWESOME and FUNNY. Whatever he does he makes it very exciting and gets the crowd involved in fun and excitment. From start to finish was amazing getting on the ship was all pure excitement for me but leaving I wasn't ready. I am sure there are plenty more wonderful people on board like the few I mentioned, but I must say GREAT STAFF you have Carnival Horizon. Thanks to you and your staff especially the ones I mentioned for making my first experience a memorable one. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I am way over due to write my Horizon review. We sailed the 8 day out of Miami on September 22nd. First of all, I loved every minute on the ship. I have no complaints at all. I am going to talk about things I noticed that might ... Read More
I am way over due to write my Horizon review. We sailed the 8 day out of Miami on September 22nd. First of all, I loved every minute on the ship. I have no complaints at all. I am going to talk about things I noticed that might sound like a complaint, it is not. Just an observation that I might have wanted to know before I got on the ship. Getting on the ship did not go as planned. We were expecting to start getting on the ship about 11:00. It was after 11:30 and people were still getting off. I think we finally got on about noon. I heard all sorts of reasons for the delay in embarkation- problems in customs, problems with luggage, they were finger printing everyone in customs, someone committed a crime on the ship and they were talking to everyone as they got off the ship….. who knows what really happened. I just know that it was pretty frustrating. We arrived early as we are platinum and were supposed to start getting on the ship at 11:00 AM. Before we got on the ship we looked outside and there was a hug line of people waiting outside, in the heat. I felt terrible for them. They must have been miserable. When we finally let people on they pretty much opened to the doors – calling group numbers one after the other. People just flooded the ship. Everyone showed up for food at the same time, all wanting tables to sit at etc. I really didn’t get a change to unpack before we sailed so I had to spend my first night in the room unpacking. But, we sailed right on time and Miami got smaller and smaller just when it should have. Our room was an aft wrap around balcony. I booked it in February 2017 because there was only 1 wrap around left that was not Havana. We did not want Havana as we felt it was too expensive, we had 7 people. They ended up changing our room to a Havana suite because of high demand. I didn’t get to use the Havana pool during the day because only 2 of the 7 of us were Havana. But the room decorations and balcony furniture were awesome. I loved them. With the exception of one chair on all the Havana balconies that was just not comfortable. You couldn’t really sit on it. We all just laughed at that chair Other than it was great. Our room set up was a bit weird (8470). It seems we lost a chunk of the walking space in the room. We never have much room to walk around in the room when you get a wrap around balcony. But this room was far smaller than any other. The bed was so close to the wall you could barley get through. The TV was off to the side. That did not bother us because we only turned the tv on to check our pictures and the menu for the night. The outlets were at the desk which was in the far corner of the room and hard to get to. All the walking room was on the other side of the bed. I am not sure if the room changed because of the stairs to get down to the Havana pool, or if we were just on a different deck this year. There were only 2 closets. I really did miss the 3rd closet. It made a difference to us. Other than that, it was wonderful. Our kids got a room in the center section at the back of the ship. (8453 and 8455). They had a private hall way and a square shaped room. The hallway much quiet. With only 5 cabins sharing this hallway they didn’t have the people running up and down the hall and slamming their doors. With the square shape of the room it was much bigger than a normal inside cabin. One cabin had a couch and a table. The other room did not have a couch because they had a connecting door. The rooms were great. The Havana pool was very nice. The chairs were very comfortable, and I loved the endless pool. I just wish I spent more time there during the day. We swam there at night quite a bit. The main theater on the ship was smaller than other Carnival Theaters. There was a large bar in the back, which took up a lot of seats. I was happy to see a bar in the theater, that was really nice. I always arrived early so I didn’t have trouble finding a seat. I am not sure if the smaller size was a problem on a larger ship. It seems like it would be. The shows were really well done. The sports bar was the other place that was smaller than normal. It seemed like it would be a problem. The only time that I saw it be a problem was Monday night football. People were standing in the sports bar and in the hallway outside the sports bar. It clogged up the aisle and I am sure people had a hard time seeing the TV’s. I cannot comment on the casino too much. Only that I could not stand walking through it. It was so smoky I couldn’t ever do more than walk (quickly) through it. It also seemed smaller. The comedy club is a different design as well. The center portion was all seats, theater style. No tables. This made for more seats available. The line to wait for the comedy club was in a main walk way and it took up a lot of the aisle when people were waiting. It was also right next to the sports bar so it was an issue on Monday night when the sports bar spilled out into the same aisle. Also, there were 4 very thick pillars in the comedy club. No matter when I got there or how long I waited I always seemed to sit behind a pillar. There were screens on the wall that showed the comedians, so I didn’t miss too much. But it seems like there were a lot of blocked seats there. The dining room was great. We enjoy our waitstaff and the food was very good. We feel like dinner in the MDR is more of an event than just a meal. It’s a highlight of our trip. We enjoyed it very much. We ate at the steakhouse 1 night. It was great. We enjoyed every minute of it. The photos on the Horizon are all digital. You can view them in your room or on the app on your phone or computer, or in the Pixels studio. All you had to do was give your room number to the photographer every time you had your picture taken. I only had to wait for about an hour for them to show up. Sometimes even less. I did not miss searching through all the pictures looking for mine every day. The digital pictures are a huge plus to me. There are also a ton of notebooks in the Pixels area. Instead of walls and walls of pictures there have notebooks. There were plenty of notebooks available until the last night. Then you had to wait for a notebook. Try not to wait for the last night to order your pictures. I really liked being able to see them on my phone. I had the unlimited photo package and brought home 226 pictures. I am a photo nut so I could not have been happier. Okay here is my only complaint about the Horizon. There are only 2 ice cream stations on the ship. Both of them are inside, in the lido area. I really missed the ice cream they had outside by the aft pool. Having to go to one specific place every time I wanted an ice cream was not fun. I know I said I didn’t have any complaints, but I was wrong. The ice cream is a real complaint to me. There were so many things to do on the Horizon. It was almost hard because I wanted to do everything! There is no way to do everything and I felt like I was missing things. Which is crazy, I know. I always say you can stay busy all day or do nothing, what ever you want to do. But what if I want to do both? It was hard for me to balance it. The Skyride was shut down the week were on the Horizon. That was pretty disappointing. We were really looking forward to it. It was one of the reasons we booked on the Horizon. Oh well. The ropes walk was great. The sports area was great with miniature golf, basketball pool tables, fools ball, shuffleboard etc. It was really well done. There were so many places to eat. We couldn’t eat everywhere. We ate lunch at the Italian restaurant and at the Pig and Anchor on sea days. Both were very good. We had a brunch in the dining room twice. Again, it was great. The food in the lido deck was very good and I liked the way it was set up. I really didn’t wait in a long line all week. Guys burgers is my favorite and I ate there a lot. So good!!! I had trouble finding the chocolate buffet on the last day. But, I finally found it. Again, my only problem with the food was the ice cream machines. The Baked Alaska parade was great to see again. I missed that. Some of us took a tour of the beer distillery on the ship. There was a charge but they got to see where they make the beer, learn all about it and it included beer, a free glass, a certificate and a glass of beer sometime during the trip. They all really enjoyed it. The Carnival app has really improved since the last time I used it in 2016. Last time I had trouble with my Samsung phone. But this time it worked great. There was a new planner function on the app. I could go through the daily activities and put anything I wanted to do in my planner. All I had to do everyday was look at my own planner and I would know what I wanted to do next. Again, so many things to do I couldn’t do everything. I could see it on my planner if anyone in my group put the same thing on their planner. That was a great feature. As I said before, I loved seeing my pictures on the app. Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp all worked great. The crew on the Horizon were all top notch. Everyone was great. Mike the CD was a lot of fun and very approachable. Mike had a Veteran’s appreciate event on the first sea day. My husband is a Vietnam Vet so we went. We weren’t expecting too much. We were both blown away. What a great job Mike did. Everyone left feeling great. We got to know a some of our cruise mates. And people were coming up to my husband to shake his hand and thank him. It made him feel great. I cried. But that is not unusual. Great job Mike!!! The Platinum party was the best one that I had been to. When we walked in the bar was covered with all kinds of drinks. Wine, fruity drinks etc. Plus they wait staff had plenty of drinks to pass out. In the past we have had a hard time getting drinks. This was not the case this time. They had daquiri’s, kiss on the lips, etc. They did a great job making sure everyone had what they wanted. It was a fun party. Getting on and off the ship was very smooth while we were in port. They only problem was trying to get in to the elevators. People would just jump on any elevator or not indicate how many people they had in their group. One time we had to wait for 4 elevators before we could get on one. Other than that they were well organized and efficient. The elevators work fine when you use them properly. The only problem was when people didn’t use them right. But I liked the system and I think it is a good process. I know a lot of people have complained about the layout of the Vista and the Horizon. I didn’t see it. I loved every bit of it. I hope to cruise on her again someday. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
We boarded with anticipation this is a brand new ship and we were first in this US port to board. The new system they have in place is they scan your passport and use that picture for your sail and sign card identification. Our cabin was ... Read More
We boarded with anticipation this is a brand new ship and we were first in this US port to board. The new system they have in place is they scan your passport and use that picture for your sail and sign card identification. Our cabin was easy to find and ready for us so we could drop our carryon baggage and go eat before the Muster Drill. We ate mainly in the dining room and the food was on par nothing special to speak home about. Entertainment with Mike Pack the cruise director was so interactive we loved it. Service around the ship and help desk was on par. We loved Aruba and Curaco so we are returning to those ports to do excursions. Our Cruise Director Mike Pack was so awesome without him the ship would have been boring. Our Meet and Mingle was a great turnout almost a hundred showed up our Video can be seen on Carnival Cruise Director Mike Packs facebook page if you would like to view. So be sure you sign up for your meet and mingle on cruise critic its a sure fire way to get to know your fellow guest who will be onboard for the next 8 days. We enjoyed know our fellow guest by name and shared our experiences as days went on. Great Smiles for all. Oh and the new elevator system they have is awesome no waiting. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I am a travel agent so I am an avid cruiser. Before our vacation, I came here to read reviews about the ship. I was shocked at how many negative reviews I read and in all honesty, I almost wasn't even excited for the trip anymore. I ... Read More
I am a travel agent so I am an avid cruiser. Before our vacation, I came here to read reviews about the ship. I was shocked at how many negative reviews I read and in all honesty, I almost wasn't even excited for the trip anymore. I can not think of one negative thing to say about the ship, staff, entertainment or itineraries. Anyone that could cruise on the Horizon and not have a good time is absolutely crazy in my opinion. I'll start with the activities and things to do on the ship. There was never a time to be bored- ever. From the movie theatre, the ropes course, the play area (one of my favorites!), swimming pools, water slides and water park, casino, games and shows, serenity area, spa, trivia, bingo, kids clubs and activities, etc... Carnival has it all. My children lost their father a little over a year ago and they have severe separation anxiety. We have tried kids clubs on other ships without luck and many tears. My children actually cried when it was time for me to pick them up. The kids staff was absolutely amazing and went above and beyond. Every single one made such sweet, genuine connections with our family and I am forever grateful. I wish that my children's teachers were this great in the real world. I was a little bit disappointed that the bicycles were broken on our sailing. However, I understand that these types of things are out of their control. The food was just okay, but there are so many options that there is something for everyone. I loved the Italian restaurant and I LOVE that it is complimentary during lunch time. I also really enjoyed Guy's Burger Joint and the Taco Bar area. Midnight pizza might have been my favorite way to end the night and I love that they deliver now to anywhere on the ship. Embarkation was a bit of a nightmare as boarding didn't start until 1 PM. After waiting in line for 2 hours, once we got on board it was time to go straight to the safety briefing. My children and I were starving and it took us a little while to find food after the sail away party started- but things happen! Most of the time, it isn't the cruise line's fault and I feel bad that the customers take it out on the staff. Until customs clears the ship, no one can get off or on! The Horizon can not be beat for the price. Carnival is the only cruise line to own all of their ships, which is why they can give their customers such great rates. Carnival is hands down my favorite cruise line and for the first time ever- I want to sail back on the Horizon ASAP! (I usually want to see new ships and have never wanted to sail on the same ship twice). If you are reading this and considering this cruise ship- PLEASE BOOK IT IMMEDIATLY! If you have a positive attitude and remember that you are sailing on a floating dream boat in paradise, who could possibly be disappointed? Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
Took this a day southern Caribbean cruise to celebrate my twins 15th birthday. Debarkation was a nightmare there was over 2000 people waiting over two hours with no information as to when we were going to board. Once on board the ship was ... Read More
Took this a day southern Caribbean cruise to celebrate my twins 15th birthday. Debarkation was a nightmare there was over 2000 people waiting over two hours with no information as to when we were going to board. Once on board the ship was extremely clean and staff was welcoming and present. We had a balcony state room on the Lido deck and it was absolutely fantastic location to be involved in all the activities. I never heard any of the movies being played on the deck or heard any loud music the entire eight day cruise. I met some amazing couples and some amazing staff members that I will remember forever. Our room was cleaned almost every time we left it and our room steward made amazing towel animals. I did have some motion sickness in my room steward had soda brought to the room for me to help me feel better. The food is a bit sub par but there’s a ton of variety you just have to pay for the better food. If you have a chance to do the Teppan-Yaki it is worth every penny. The alchemy bar was my absolute favorite place to get a few cocktails before and after dinner. My daughters went to the O2 teen club and the director was absolutely amazing!!! there is a bit of a discrepancy as far as dress code goes there are people who walk around in bitty bikinis and there’s people who walk around in ballgowns there isn’t a consistency in that department but it’s carnival . there is plenty of pools and hot tub‘s throughout the ship and they never seemed overcrowded but the hot tub’s are only about 95° it’s not a big difference from the pool. The entertainment is absolutely fantastic the comedy shows the adult quest the main stage they really do have great entertainment and you can keep yourself busy from 7 AM till midnight every day with activities! we are booking next year it is the perfect vacation for any parents with kids or fun couples it’s definitely not for those who have their nose in the air and stick in the mud!!! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
I had the opportunity to sail for two nights on the Carnival Horizon, Carnival's newest ship! The cruise left out of Miami and made a day stop in Nassau. The first thing I did after boarding was go the gym. This ship has a small ... Read More
I had the opportunity to sail for two nights on the Carnival Horizon, Carnival's newest ship! The cruise left out of Miami and made a day stop in Nassau. The first thing I did after boarding was go the gym. This ship has a small gym space but the equipment was new and worked very well. The views were amazing. I toured the spa just afterward, if you like to have a spa session while on your cruise, the Cloud9 Spa smells great and seems very comfortable. Be sure to ask about day passes as they are limited. Carnival had a giant presentation on the pool deck with Carnival Horizon Sr. officers and the CFO, Shaquille O'Neal! Shaq lead some games with Alonzo Mourning, Glen Rice, Shane Battier and guests, they even even gave away a free 7 night cruise. Carnival really showed a fun time. The FunShip blimp was hovering above and Carnival dedicated 1M dollars of donation to St. Jude's children's hospital to celebrate the Horizon Homecoming! As far as the ship goes, the fun never stops! A lot like the Carnival Vista, there are some small changes here and there. The Pig and Anchor pub, a Guy Fieri exclusive, which on the Vista is RedFrog bar, has a more local feel, with a full food menu and Carnival beers brewed on board! Of course you have the ropes course and the Skyride on the activities deck as well as the waterpark and sports court and other games for all ages! My other blog has details about all the ship facilities. Mostly on this cruise I enjoyed the Pig and Anchor bar, the activities deck and the Skybox sports bar. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
Year after year Carnival just gets better and better. Carnival Horizon is Carnivals BEST, by far. We had just gotten on board and were waiting for the elevator. The door opens and out comes Shaq. He came to my 88 year old mother and gave ... Read More
Year after year Carnival just gets better and better. Carnival Horizon is Carnivals BEST, by far. We had just gotten on board and were waiting for the elevator. The door opens and out comes Shaq. He came to my 88 year old mother and gave her a hug and said a few nice words to her. He shook hands with 8 of us and he was off. About an hour later my mom and I were in the Pixels area and he saw my mom again. He walked over to her and gave her another hug and said " there's my friend again". He was so nice to her. I asked him if he could stand next to my mom for a picture, which he gladly did. He is such a great person. We had a Havana Cabana cabin and loved it. I had the exact same cabin number on the Vista when it first came to Miami. Our cabin was always spotless and so close to so much. Deck 5 is one of the main decks with so much to do. We were disappointed to find out SkyRide was not working but with so much to do, it really didn't matter. The kids with us had a great time at Waterworks and the pool. Guy's BBQ place was awesome. The food is great and the new Microbrewery beers were great. We had dinner the first night at Fahrenheit 555. The staff was fantastic and the food was some of the best I have ever eaten. One appetizer had bone marrow with it. I have never tasted anything so good before. My medium well Cowboy steak was perfect and was juicy and tasted great, too. My entire family, 12 of us, loved everything. A cruise on board the Carnival Horizon MUST include at least one dinner at Fahrenheit 555, the best of the best. I have been to Nassau so many times that I stayed on board with my mom who is in a wheel chair. I didn't want to take her off the ship there. We just sat by the Havana pool area and relaxed, it was great for me. Everybody else has a nice time in Nassau. The Carnival Horizon is so much fun and an AWESOME ship. Read Less
Carnival Horizon Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.5 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0

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