1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
We did this cruise because we had to cancel another cruise; boy was I glad we got to take this cruise. It was the last cruise on this ship out of New York, and they did it New York way! Getting on the ship was fine, as long as you show ... Read More
We did this cruise because we had to cancel another cruise; boy was I glad we got to take this cruise. It was the last cruise on this ship out of New York, and they did it New York way! Getting on the ship was fine, as long as you show up on your designated time on your boarding pass, otherwise you have to go into another line. I have cruised many carnival ships before, but this cruise ranked #2 on all my cruises. We had the best cruise director ever. Ryan and his staff kept us quite entertained. Never had a boring day. The comedians were fantastic, Mike Davis and Jeffery Jene kept us in stitches. The food was good, the ship was clean. I would recommend eating at the 55 steakhouse. It was such a great experience. The service was more personal because you have less people to attend to unlike the main dining room. The dining room service was fast, I am not sure why people are complaining, but on our cruise we did not have to wait for dinner. One tip is that you can eat at the Pig and Anchor for free on the first day of the cruise until 3:30pm. Drop your bags off, and go there, you will not be disappointed. All and all a good time was had by all. Florence ruin our beach day in Bermuda, because the waves on the beach were large and we had red flag warning. I will be cruising again in January with Carnival and I hope Ryan is our cruise director. I also stayed in a spa cabin which was a first, but would do it again. Like having access to the spa and its amenities it had to offer. Also the celestial show was amazing. You can only see this show on the Horizon. Book your cruise on Horizon, you won't be disappointed. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We wanted to try this new ship leaving from NYC to the Caribbean. We arrived around noon, we went on board right away, it was the fastest we have ever boarded a ship! Our room key was waiting for us on the ship. Our cruise director, ... Read More
We wanted to try this new ship leaving from NYC to the Caribbean. We arrived around noon, we went on board right away, it was the fastest we have ever boarded a ship! Our room key was waiting for us on the ship. Our cruise director, Mike was very enthusiastic and entertaining. Give him a hug! We enjoyed the on ship brewery, and ordered flights of their beer and ale samplers when dining at the Pig and Anchor barbecue for the lunch time offering (no extra charge, we did not try the evening dinner which is a separate charge). My husband and his mom and aunt are from the deep south and were opinionated with Guy's fare, my spouse loved it. I'm vegetarian so I just had a sample of the mac and cheese, ok for a side but not for a meal. I would often have lunch at Cucina Del Capitano where you cand choose your pasta shape, sauce and fixings, I'd get eggplant, marinara, arugula any vegetarian choices and there are a lot. You can have meat if you choose or a serving of lasagne with meat sauce, a side of focaccia, and Ceasar salad. There are other food service areas on board, making the Lido not so crowded like at the Ocean Plaza on 5 and Family Harbor on 2. If you want an extensive salad bar you would have to make your own at the Serenity deck, it opens at 11 am. Its so worth it! your choice of greens veggies, proteins, nuts, seeds and several dressings. For dinner we chose any time dining, often going as early as possible so we would be able to see the show in the Liquid Lounge, we would have to skip dessert to catch the earlier show. The dinner menu seems a little smaller than past cruises, some of the same dishes are also on the Lido deck at dinner time. On sea days we did tea time, but it was so popular we were not offered seconds. Not that we were hungry, it's just that on past cruises we were. They were quick to serve extra hot water for tea. We enjoyed the performances so much of the Carnival Horizon Playlist players, we went to one show twice. If you want a decent seat, go when doors open 30 min before showtime. There is usually a pre-show worth seeing or participating in. We especially liked the show called Vintage Pop. We also spent a lot of time in the Ocean Plaza area when the band titled Crushed Velvet was playing. We enjoyed dancing to their songs from many decades. The bands come and go with the contracts, but they appreciated us and how often we went to see them. The Latin band in Havana was very good, we danced there often. Our trip started and ended with a bit of drama. When we left the dock in NYC we decided to go straight to the dining room, there we had a perfect view from our window seat of the Statue of Liberty, at least 4 helicopters, a police boat and a fire department boat. We are used to the escort out of the harbor, but this was unusual. Apparently there was a sick passenger who was removed to the police boat and then went to the Staten Island hospital. We had stopped by lady Liberty to give the emergency crew time to make the transfer. I hope that person is ok now and recovered. We went to Margaritaville for drinks and the pool after snorkeling on the beach at Grand Turk. At Amber Cove there are pedicabe to take you to the gate from the ship, pay what you wish, we gave them $5. We spent time at the pool, the wifi is only $8 for the day. We had $5 Presidente beer at the bar with a view, a steep climb on a well groomed path. So worth it! Our trip was scheduled for 3 destinations, we went to Grand Turk and Amber Cover, but we did not go to San Juan which would have been our second stop. The reason we skipped this port was to keep us well ahead of hurricane Florence. It was a wise move, we had great weather and smooth sailing the entire time. We had a few brief rain showers near the end of our journey. To make it up to us, our cruise director Mike Pack organized a free bingo event. This was epic! We were in our cabin and the steward gave us each a sheet of 3 bingo games. Every guest old enough was given cards and everyone played in the Liquid lounge and the lido deck, the prize was a free cruise for 2. it was a lot of fun, and I was impressed on how they made this event happen. If you are not already booked in a room on the Havana deck check it out, it's open to all after 7 pm. The bar is always open but you can see how nice the cabana rooms are and use the pool area after 7. On the last day at sea we were pretty close to home and made our way up the coast near Delaware and NJ, docking in the wee hours at 2:30 AM in NYC. The only issue I had with the trip was leaving, we carried our own luggage and went to our designated meeting spot, which put us on an elevator, but sadly when we got off the elevator, the lobby was packed and other passengers were angry that we were cutting the line. I would have been happy to wait in the lounge having coffee until the lobby cleared out, I'm pretty sure the crowd at the exit were the Family Harbor passengers. It was very unpleasant. The crew had walkie-talkies, they should of had us wait until the line was moving. Other than that we had a great time. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
As usual on this cruise I was with my husband and our daughter. This was our 6th cruise, third one with Carnival. Embarkation and Disembarkation Both the embarkation and the disembarkation were smooth and painless. We arrived to the ... Read More
As usual on this cruise I was with my husband and our daughter. This was our 6th cruise, third one with Carnival. Embarkation and Disembarkation Both the embarkation and the disembarkation were smooth and painless. We arrived to the pier at 11:30, which was our call time. After checking our boarding passes we were shepherded to the check-in desks. We waited less than 10 min after checking in for our number to be called. And then we boarded. 10 minutes before noon we were eating or lunch at Lido. For the disembarkation, we were looking to get off the ship earlier rather than later. The priority went by the deck the cabin was located on. However, for the passengers that had all their bags and were looking to leave before their deck was called, there were special waiting areas. We waited there for probably 20 min. We disembarked long before our deck was called. In addition, the entire process was so well organized, there was no crowding anywhere. At 8 a.m. we left the terminal. Service The service was excellent the entire week, from the cabin steward to senior officers, whom we had a chance to meet. Everyone was always very friendly, very helpful. And everyone had an exceptional memory, seemed like every member of the crew knew our names. Ship information We loved the ship. It was new, it was big, it was beautiful. Most importantly, it had a great layout and a great space to people ratio. There was always good places to sit all around the ship. Always, good spots to tan. Always available tables on Lido. The ship, despite being at full capacity, never felt crowded. For Muster Drill we were at the Theatre. Thomas from entertainment was leading the Muster Drill in the Theatre and he was great. Dining We were rather disappointed by the Lido deck buffet options. Perhaps on our 6th cruise, we started to get picky, however, it did seem as if there wasn't that much choice. The choices that were available were not particularly healthy. We found that on Carnival Horizon there was an abundance of deep fried food and food that was very salty. Coincidently, that is what we generally try to stay away from. With that said, we did not go hungry, not by a long shot. The buffet did not impress us and as a result we ate most of the meals in the restaurants. Breakfast/brunch, tea time, dinner. The food in the restaurant was very good. Our previous experience eating in the restaurant on the Carnival ships was that the service was extremely slow. It seemed that most of the time we were sitting waiting for something to happen. That was not the case on the Horizon! The service was very timely. Within minutes of sitting down our orders were taken. If it was dinner, appetizers were out within another 5 min. The orders would come in 20 min later. The service was impressive, on time and impeccable. Cabin After staying in several balcony cabins on previous cruises, we ended up in an inside cabin. And guess what, it was not bad. At first it was odd not to have windows and not know what time of the day it is. Overall, that had little effect on our ability to enjoy the cruise. It would be good to point out that we generally spend little time in the cabin. Entertainment We absolutely loved the shows. The cast was great, the production was exceptional. It seemed Horizon was looking to push the limits with what they can do. Disclosure - on our previous Carnival cruises we were not so impressed. On Horizon we were pleasantly surprised by the caliber of the shows. The bar was definitely raised. There was a con, of course. The theater design did not include the normal incline down seating. Instead there were regular chairs. That provided the flexibility of moving them around and for every show the setup was different. On the flip side, that limited the number of 'good spots'. So if you wanted to get a seat where you can see well, you had to ensure to be one of the first 20 people to enter the theater. And that meant you would have needed to line up 40 min before the show started. Movies under the sky, the Seaside theater. A variety of latest releases were shown, including the Avengers and Star Wars. What was great, as there was plenty of seating. In addition, you could sit on any of the 3 levels and see the screen. Plenty of choice. The sound was loud that you could hear well no matter where you sat. What was not so great - the ship is so big that in comparison the screen seemed a bit small. I suppose it's hard to get that perfect. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
Me and my family had used carnival cruise in the past and had a wonderful time,And being on the Horizon was amazing tons of activities foods was great i mean everything was outstanding going on a vacation where you are constantly having ... Read More
Me and my family had used carnival cruise in the past and had a wonderful time,And being on the Horizon was amazing tons of activities foods was great i mean everything was outstanding going on a vacation where you are constantly having fun i mean non stop fun all the way to your destination and back. A experience that you will never forget and come back for more.The crew on the ship are the finest people work hard and diligently to meet your expectation in everyday possible.Taking a walk around the ship and seeing the cleanliness of the ship very detailed. Whats a cruise without a great cursie director .Mike i must say my hat goes off to you full off energy vibrant a cruise director that will make the sun shine all day on your cruise. Most important dining on the ship very elegant the staff working every night so that your dining experience is house warming quality of the food is amazing Tip my hat to American Feast Team Headwaiter Slavsia Team Waitress Lairinkmi and Asst.Team Waiter Miriko for a fabulous job in making our dining experience a memorable time. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We had family that was booked on this cruise.. about a month out we decided to join them.. This was the first time that we had cruised with others.. and only our 5th cruise...We had a fantastic time with minor and personal ... Read More
We had family that was booked on this cruise.. about a month out we decided to join them.. This was the first time that we had cruised with others.. and only our 5th cruise...We had a fantastic time with minor and personal disappointments.. By no means am I complaining at all.. It was great.. A few minor things.. Left out of NY. Which we have done a few times.. There was always someone at the parking pier to help with our bags.. I have COPD so its hard for me to help hubby sometimes.. Sadly no one was there to help us.. We did manage.. BUT there was a family with a few disabled children that had no help at all..When we got down stairs DH did ask that someone please go up and help this family.. There was no way they could do it alone.. We were thanked later that day by the family.. They said someone did come to help.. The Horizon is using the new elevator system.. Now this did work out for most of us after the first day.. On boarding day they do ask that you please not use the elevators until we are moving.. Go figure.. no one listened.. So it was a mess.. BUT.. How it works is simple.. and it worked great if people would listen or learn how it works. There are menu boards outside the elevators with the different floors.. They want you to press the floor you want for each person that will be using the elevator.. so if 4 people are going to floor 5 press it 4 times.. that way the elevators knows how many people will be boarding that elevator.. BUT some people would press it once and then expect to load 10 people in when we already have 7 of us waiting.. They need to stress how it works a bit louder so people understand.. When it was used correctly it was great.. Rooms.. Food.. staff.. all fantastic.. I would have preferred a better mix of music by the pools.. It was the same music everyday.. and not very entertaining.. Although the shows were great as always.. I would have liked them to mix it up a bit more..I like to do and see as much as I can.. The sitting ares outside were perfection.. I enjoyed sitting and relaxing on a few days which I never ever do. We ate in the dinning room at night and the staff was fantastic and the food was very good.. The last 2 nights I did notice that the shared bathrooms around the ship were not being cleaned as well as they had been. not sure why.. We did see some food left on th floor the next day after being cleaned.. which was also strange.. Normally the ships are very very clean.. But this was still nothing to complain about.. It was very minimal.. We did have a hurricane that was building so we had to miss a port.. but always need to be safer than not.. So now the real complaints.. I gained to much weight.. and I walked.. Enjoy your next cruise everyone.. I am already looking into ours.. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We had an amazing time on the Carnival Horizon, I sailed with my husband and 2 children (7 & 10). Embarkation was a breeze, we arrived at the NY cruise port and within 15 minutes we were on the ship. We aren't priority either. ... Read More
We had an amazing time on the Carnival Horizon, I sailed with my husband and 2 children (7 & 10). Embarkation was a breeze, we arrived at the NY cruise port and within 15 minutes we were on the ship. We aren't priority either. The first day the elevators were slow, but after that we didn't have a problem with them. You select your floor at the kiosk screen near the elevator and it tells you what one to go to. Food in the dining room was Amazing. Food at the buffet is buffet food. We had food from the deli which was really good. Guys burgers are the BEST! We also had pizza, the wait wasn't too bad, but we also went and off times. The crew is friendly and helpful. Our room steward Wendall was fantastic! He was always talking to us and joking around with our kids. The cruise director Mike Pack is so energetic and fun, he never stops. We saw Vintage Pop, and loved it. We went to 2 family comedy shows and 1 adult comedy show and loved them. The Thrill Theater was fun and worth the extra charge. It was hard sometimes to get a chair at the pool or at the Dr. Seuss water park. We unfortunately didn't make it to Amber Cove due to propulsion issues. Though each person on the cruise received $50 on board credit (so that was $200 for our room) then we got our port fees and taxes back for Amber Cove. I did the Sky Course which was fun...my kids were afraid once they were up there. There were many things for the kids to do on the ship. My kids only went to Camp Ocean once, they aren't fond of it. They'd rather stay with us, but we needed at least one night out. Debarkation was easy and fast, we opted to carry off our own luggage. Going through customs was a breeze too. A Cruise is what you make it. Things go wrong and you don't always get your way, but remember you are on vacation, so relax and enjoy. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Traveled with family 26 total, 21 adults 5 children. We had a ball. Embarkation was smooth, moment we stepped foot on deck it was party time till we return back to our home port. There were so may activities throughout the ship for all ... Read More
Traveled with family 26 total, 21 adults 5 children. We had a ball. Embarkation was smooth, moment we stepped foot on deck it was party time till we return back to our home port. There were so may activities throughout the ship for all ages. Need down time? Plenty of places to relax read a book. Mike Pack the cruise director was awesome!!! He is the energizer bunny, so much energy!!!. The shows were like Broadway shows, comedians were great as well..the food OMG..so much of it.. Who ever complained about the food must be out of their mind.. There were so many different varieties to satisfy everyone and those burgers!!! Delicious.. Been on 15+ cruises, Royal Caribbean, Norweigan.. Carnival tops them all hands down as far as entertainment and having a good time The kids really enjoyed the sky ride, obstacle course,the slides & water park.. They even have a movie theatre.. Overall,had a wonderful vacation can't wait to book our next family vacation.. Of course only with Carnival the fun ship The ship was absolutely beautiful,crew was very friendly..HORIZON is the ship Want fun go withCarnival Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
We have cruised Carnival before and have never been disappointed! It is a BIG ship and yes, there are A LOT of people, but the atmosphere is amazing. Getting a chair on deck 10 or 11 is trying and I gave up after day one. BUT.......heading ... Read More
We have cruised Carnival before and have never been disappointed! It is a BIG ship and yes, there are A LOT of people, but the atmosphere is amazing. Getting a chair on deck 10 or 11 is trying and I gave up after day one. BUT.......heading down to deck 5 was the best.....so many empty seats and a combination of sun and shade. Quiet too - so if you like to read - bring lots of books! My kids LOVED Camp Ocean and the staff in the club is fantastic. They were so awesome with my children! My kids hated leaving and couldn't wait to go everyday. The pools are indeed packed particularly on the sea days, but there is so much to do that I was never bored. We had nothing but great interactions with the Horizon staff. They were terrific! The comedy shows and entertainment in the Liquid Lounge were great. Can't wait to book my next cruise! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
My daughter and husband told me about it so we went together great time food entertainment cruise director was the best if anybody wants to go on a cruise carnival horizon with Mike pack is the ship to go on we went on a eight day cruise ... Read More
My daughter and husband told me about it so we went together great time food entertainment cruise director was the best if anybody wants to go on a cruise carnival horizon with Mike pack is the ship to go on we went on a eight day cruise plenty of food great weather crew was where great but again mike the cruise director was the best, waiters,porters and mike's fun group cannot ask for a better time anybody that does not have a good it is there own fault went with 3 grand kids they also had a great time shows , l would love to see again looking to go again it took a little bit of time to find your way around but that was okay over 3900 people on ship and lines to me were not long all the people on board were to nice no trouble crew was there to help with anything you need Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise as it is out of NYC, and had 3 great ports on the itinerary. We were a medium sized group, and not one of us has any complaints whatsoever. The ship is modern and beautiful. The staff were amazing and helpful and ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it is out of NYC, and had 3 great ports on the itinerary. We were a medium sized group, and not one of us has any complaints whatsoever. The ship is modern and beautiful. The staff were amazing and helpful and always could be found. As for the food, the buffet was really good, we had lunch and dinner there a few times. The Asian, Italian and Pig and Anchor served delicious food for lunch (included) and we dined at the Italian at night and wow, what can I say, it was DELICIOUS and well worth the extra $15 per person. We enjoyed all the bar drinks, they are generous with the alcohol. As for the pool, yes it was small, but we were able to take a quick dip, and enjoyed the water park to cool off as well. It was challenging to find an open deck chair, but all we did was be PATIENT. We went to the bar next to the pool, got ourselves a yummy drink, and Gasp... we waited til a chair opened. Never an issue. As for the entertainment, there was a new show every night, and the dancing and singing was spectacular as was the stage sets WOW. We went to several comedy shows and never left disappointed. We did take advantage of the many activities offered throughout the day, including the fun trivia contests, movies on deck, bingo, crafts, and dancing lessons. All I can say is we had a great time, and are not really quite sure why other people seem to have so many issues when we had absolutely none! Would go again in a heart beat! It is what you make of it and we took advantage of everything they offered! Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Just got off the ship, one of the smoothest, pleasant and fun packed experiences. We are experienced cruisers with experience on a variety of lines and this trip on Horizon was very good. Service, cleaniness, efficency are some of the ... Read More
Just got off the ship, one of the smoothest, pleasant and fun packed experiences. We are experienced cruisers with experience on a variety of lines and this trip on Horizon was very good. Service, cleaniness, efficency are some of the positives. Some rude guests who only went on and on about this and that grew old and tiresome, enough already. Dinner reservations were a breeze with the app, and it's free WiFi to use the app. Getting on and off was amazing and well run. Room Stewart and other staff were friendly and playful with us and our kids. Yes, the buffet was small but what people don't realize is that there are other places to get complementary lunch and lots of food options made to order and fresh....guys burgers, pizza, Chinese bar, pasta bar, pig and anchor, deli counter. Other cruises we have been on don't have as many made to order choices like this. Yes the pools are small but not terribly smaller than other ships and after first day it didn't feel crowded as people did various other things on the ship...major plus plus plus is the outstanding water park that kids and adults enjoyed. Best water park we have seen on a ship. Never had a problem with elevators. And at peak times after port visits the crew operated and controlled elevators to help everyone. Ports were great. (To those who complain about the short time at ports...you knew the itinerary when you booked...why are you surprised..you chose this) Entertainment was good. The band's and violins were amazing. Comedians were funny and people came back day after day to see them. Overall we never felt crowded. We woke up late and never had a problem getting window seats to eat or chairs. Front of the boat is beautiful on deck 5. Only improvement could be more food choices in the buffet for lunch and dinner and kid lunch buffet items and dinner in the main dining. Would we sail carnival again...yes Search up any cruise line...any ship....same complaints on all boats no matter which line. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
My daughter friend birthday and the parents invited us to go with them,was great boarding the ship from NY was easy headed to the Lido deck for lunch by the time we got upstairs to our stateroom bags was there.The ship is huge this was our ... Read More
My daughter friend birthday and the parents invited us to go with them,was great boarding the ship from NY was easy headed to the Lido deck for lunch by the time we got upstairs to our stateroom bags was there.The ship is huge this was our first cruise the food was good we try three specialty resturant Ji Ji,cipiano italian,Bonsia all great and the main dining the Merridian ,all the negative reviews I read glad I did pay any attention to them .The cruise was relaxing I stayed on the 14 floor cloud 9 area was nice a little slamming of doors by passengers who could of just hold back the doors from slamming.Did not buy cheers package glad I did not ,you allowed two bottle of wine in your luggage and pay as I go at dinner time for drinks and I was fine drinks are between 7.50 to 9.50 unless you want to sit at a bar all day long,employees was nice hardworking. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
I'm not sure why so many people are giving this ship and crusie such mediocre reviews. We were on the July 11-19 cruise. Boarding the ship was the easiest I have ever experienced! We chose a 2-2:30 pm boarding time, and simply walked ... Read More
I'm not sure why so many people are giving this ship and crusie such mediocre reviews. We were on the July 11-19 cruise. Boarding the ship was the easiest I have ever experienced! We chose a 2-2:30 pm boarding time, and simply walked up stood in a line for less than 10 minutes to drop off our bags, no wait at check in...just handed them our boarding passes and walked onto the ship. Total time to board...maybe 15 minutes! I thought the ship was very clean, staff were friendly, service was quick. We had one of our best times cruising. Shows in Liquid Lounge were really outstanding. The buffet was very good with decent variety, and easy to navigate without much wait time. We were always able to get a table and we had 4-6 people in our group everyday. Pizza was very good but expect to wait. Dinner in Reflections was also very good. The servers were friendly, quick, and very attentive. I did not find the ship overly crowded. My wife and I had no trouble finding a lounge chair around the Lido deck. Pools were small and somewhat crowded, but didn't care since I had no desire to get into the water. The only negative was the Casino on Deck 4 was a designated smoking area, and the smell was overwhelming. I hate the smell of cigarette smoke so I spent no time in the casino, and just avoided the fourth floor. Hummer excursion on Grand Turk was pretty lame. Not sure why Grand Turk is even a stop on Carnival...next time I'll just stay on the ship. The Outback excursion on Amber Cove (Dominica Republic), and Best of San Juan were excellent. Overall this was one of our best cruises. I would highly recommend this cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We enjoyed NYC the night before the cruise. It made for an easy embarkation onto the ship the next day. Carnival's Horizon is a beautiful brand new ship. Our balcony stateroom on the Lido Deck couldn't have been in a better ... Read More
We enjoyed NYC the night before the cruise. It made for an easy embarkation onto the ship the next day. Carnival's Horizon is a beautiful brand new ship. Our balcony stateroom on the Lido Deck couldn't have been in a better location. We had great shows each night to entertain us, great food in their buffets and in their main dining room all week, and the crew couldn't have been more accommodating. We've been on over 25 cruises and this one did not disappoint us. We loved every minute of it. Carnival offers so many activities for singles and families. You can not be bored. My family and I are sad that it's over. The eight day cruise just flew by. Carnival made getting off the ship just as easy as getting on and there were over 4000 cruise passengers. We're are looking to sailing Carnival next year. This cruise celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary with five stars. Thank you Carnival! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
So...I was very hesitant to take this cruise after reading so many negative reviews! Fake News!!!! Some people are just negative in life and will find fault with anything. We had a FABULOUS cruise! This is my 9th cruise. I would put this ... Read More
So...I was very hesitant to take this cruise after reading so many negative reviews! Fake News!!!! Some people are just negative in life and will find fault with anything. We had a FABULOUS cruise! This is my 9th cruise. I would put this ship in my top 3. Oasis and Allure being my top 2. Did not have any problems. Embarkation was an absolute breeze! Elevators were great! Took the first day to get used to them...but they really are very simple. Press the floor you want to go on...(press multiple times for people in your party to ensure an elevator arrives with enough space for your party)...letter of the alphabet shows on monitor...stand in front of elevator. What is everyone going on and on about?? Chris Williams, The Flying Scottsman, was our cruise director filling in for Mike Pack. Chris was FANTASTIC! Loved his afternoon show on the last day. His performances in the Atrium were energizing! Hope he is appointed the main cruise director of Carnival's next big ship. Kyndall Fire, part of the Fun Squad was also great and made the family games and trivia a lot of fun for all. Our dining experience was great. We were a party of 11. Pedro, Piotr, and Igede are a fabulous team. The food was delicious! Zoran at the Alchemy bar really knows how to make a good cocktail. Milos and Dodge make a great smoked boulevardier at Guy's Pig and Anchor and are swift and engaging with the guests. Loved loved the Blue Iguana Cantina. Breakfast burritos and lunch burritos hit the spot. Guy's Burger Joint had great burgers! Fries were a little overcooked. My kids loved the pizza...always a line! There really should be 2-3 people working there at meal times. We ate in the Italian restaurant and the food there was very good. Family comedy shows (PG) were entertaining and good for all ages. Enjoyed the piano bar with Gregor, but wonder why the piano bar sing along was only late at night and 18 and older. My teens would have enjoyed that venue if earlier in the evening. There are many quiet spots on this ship. Main pool deck, as any ship, was a little too loud for our family. We found numerous quiet areas on all decks. Always a seat or lounge chair somewhere! My kids loved playing the numerous games in the Library Lounge. The coffee at the Java Cafe was delicious. We enjoyed the National Parks movie in the IMAX theater and the chills and thrills ride. I thought the picture package was a little overpriced. We purchased a few and had them downloaded digitally to our phone which was very easy. Our cabin steward, Mr. M. did a great job with our adjoining rooms. The only thing I wish was that the times of the shows were a little later. We had early dining at 6pm. Like clockwork, we finished dessert every night at 7:30pm. The comedy shows and performances start at 7:30pm. It's a little tough to find seats. We skipped dessert two nights to try to get a seat, and our family still had to sit separately. At 7pm, the Liquid Lounge was packed! A whole half hour before the performance. You must get to the shows early! Vintage Pop was great! My kids enjoyed all the trivia games at the Ocean Plaza. The Fun Squad does a great job! Carlos is very hardworking and was great with the kids during Karaoke. We enjoyed listening to Crushed Velvet in the Ocean Plaza most nights. ALL STAFF was very friendly and engaging. We chose to walk off with our luggage and had no waiting time or difficulty. Would I go on the Carnival Horizon again? ...Most definitely!!! :) Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
I choose this cruise because it left out of New York and it was a new ship. I thought that everything was great. The food, excursions and the employees. The only place I thought was a rift off was the seafood shack. I had red snapper and ... Read More
I choose this cruise because it left out of New York and it was a new ship. I thought that everything was great. The food, excursions and the employees. The only place I thought was a rift off was the seafood shack. I had red snapper and it was falling of the bones and had too may bones in it. I wished it was de-boned. It was also over priced. It was $18 just for the fish. The rooms were great. I have no complains. Our steward was great. The waiters and waitresses were also great. I really enjoyed myself. I read a lot of complaints and do not understand why people would go as far as lie about the cruise. For example, someone wrote that they went to Dominican Republic on the excursion where they were supposed to go to the distillery and it was not open on Sunday. That was not true. I went on a Sunday and it was open. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We're regular Carnival cruisers and liked being able to drive to the NYC port for an 8-day cruise. I titled this review "Accidental" Horizon cabin because when we booked last year, our cabin wasn't a Havana cabin. It ... Read More
We're regular Carnival cruisers and liked being able to drive to the NYC port for an 8-day cruise. I titled this review "Accidental" Horizon cabin because when we booked last year, our cabin wasn't a Havana cabin. It became one while fitting out in Italy. We weren't planning on being in Havana, but it really was a plus for our cruise - the pool was wonderful and never crowded. My description of Havana is "Serenity, only more limited." Our cabin itself was okay - it was an aft wrap, but I liked the aft wraps on Victory and Glory better. They were larger and had nicer balconies.The real benefit to this cabin was Havana access. Entertainment was very good. The comedians' shows were good (although I don't like the Limelight Lounge very much - the sight lines are awful). All of the music was very good and there were lots of venues to enjoy. I saw a couple of shows in the Liquid Lounge and while the shows were good, the Lounge tsself is not great - like Limelight Lounge, poor sight lines. All of our food was good, We had al dinners in the main dining room, early seating. Great wait staff. we ended up not having any dinners at the specialty restaraunts. However, we enjoyed lunch at the Mongolian wok one day and I had the Seafood Shack's fried clams another. We also tried the BBQ buffet one day and enjoyed it, and I had a Guy's burger twice. My choice is a Plain Jane with cheese and then topped with bacon and mushrooms fro the toppings bar. Sons spent a lot of tie on the sports deck; both did the Sky Ride and enjoyed it. I love the outer areas available on this class of ship - if I wanted to be somewhere other than our balcony or in the Havana area, you could usualy find me outside on deck 5, the Lanai. I'd sal Horizon in a heartbeat. Despite the number of passengers I never felt crowded and never had to wait in line for the buffet. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We have been on over 25 cruises and this ship is definitely one of the best! Clean. Well laid out. Wonderful entertainment. And the food was fantastic. Favorites were Pig and Anchor (loved the brisket and pulled pork) and Tapanyaki. ... Read More
We have been on over 25 cruises and this ship is definitely one of the best! Clean. Well laid out. Wonderful entertainment. And the food was fantastic. Favorites were Pig and Anchor (loved the brisket and pulled pork) and Tapanyaki. Thought the Sesfood shack was okay. Also loved the free gelato at the Market Place. For such a large ship it does not feel crowded. Our balcony room was well laid out, offering two sockets and two charging ports. Found the internet to be rather slow. Purchased Chat from the HUB for communication while on the ship and did not find it very effective. The new elevators worked like a charm and dramatically cut the wait time. Be sure to press them one time for each member of your party that’s waiting. The sky ride is amazing. !Can’t wait to sail on her again in May this time in a Havana balcony. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
A tradition in our family is to take a cruise for celebrations. This cruise was to celebrate our sons graduation with his masters degree. We typically sail out of Galveston but wanted a new ship out of a different port. The Carnival ... Read More
A tradition in our family is to take a cruise for celebrations. This cruise was to celebrate our sons graduation with his masters degree. We typically sail out of Galveston but wanted a new ship out of a different port. The Carnival Horizon did not disappoint! The entertainment was the best we have experienced. Celestial Strings was by far the best show we have seen on Carnival. Chris, the Flying Scotsman was the Cruise Director and provided stellar atrium shows and mega deck parties. Accompanying Chris was his talented fun squad, including Kyndall Fire, Joey, and Erin (Bingo Flamingo). Just a top notch team. The Walk the Plank for St. Jude was humbling, and truly showed the value Carnival and its staff place on the importance of contributing to this amazing charity. By far, the entertainment was the highlight! Other good points were the food, the service, the appearance and cleanliness of the ship. Not a huge fan of the layout, but nothing that would prohibit my visiting this ship again! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
After reading negative reviews of the horizon I was hesitant to go on the cruise. However, we had an amazing week. The food was phenomenal. We ate in the dining room almost every night and the service was for the most part quick. We ate in ... Read More
After reading negative reviews of the horizon I was hesitant to go on the cruise. However, we had an amazing week. The food was phenomenal. We ate in the dining room almost every night and the service was for the most part quick. We ate in the Asian restaurant the last night which was amazing and I highly recommend it. All the staff on board the ship was super nice and went out of their way to be friendly. My biggest complaint was I felt the entertainment was somewhat lacking, particularly some of the playlist production shows were weak. I did enjoy celestrial strings. Embarking was a piece of cake. Velvet crust band is very talented. The fun squad was great and not obnoxious like on some previous cruises. Overall we had an awesome week and would most definitely take the same cruise again! It is very similar to its sister ships and I do wish there could have been more unique things about it Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Debarkation Day... and I feel like I should write this review after hearing so many negative people on the ship and on the reviews. First of all, embarkation was a breeze. Waiting 30 minutes in line but you know what, they got ... Read More
Debarkation Day... and I feel like I should write this review after hearing so many negative people on the ship and on the reviews. First of all, embarkation was a breeze. Waiting 30 minutes in line but you know what, they got everything right and were thorough with security. I don’t mind waiting. We went to Guy’s Pig and Anchor after embarking. It was free guys!!! Waited maybe 10 minutes in line, best food we had all week! Only free on embarkation day. Overall cleaniless was great! Employees were constantly cleaning, mopping the wet floors. Food: buffet for breakfast was good. Burritos were delicious! some commentors say ‘breakfast couldve been better’. Where i’m from eggs, toast and bacon is breakfast. So not sure what ya’ll were expecting? Rib eye? Guy’s Pig and Anchor was phenomenal! We went a second time for $27 we got ribs, corn, cornbread, trascan nachos. It was more than I could eat and absolutely delicious! We ate at the Meridian all week, again top notch! We even got offered a second plate of lobster one night which was surprising and very welcoming! Staff: were all friendly! Our cabin steward Daniel was real nice. Always called us by our first names and chatted with us. Debarkation process also went well! My only two negatives are: an adult only pool would’ve been nice or even just for a few hours. The pools are small and bombarded with kids, but hey I guess we shouldve went to an adult only if we wanted. The meradian, unless you have the app you have to go up a floor to reserve a spot then walk down to your table. I see this being s nuisance for families with kids and people with disabilities. We used the app on the second day once we knew about it and it works flawlessly. In all great trip, great ship! Carnivals reputation for a party ship was not seem on this ship. Oh and the comedy shows were amazing! Caroline and Tommy Drake were hilarious and had us in tears all 5 shows we attended. The brass boys and crushed velvet were a great jazz band we listened to every night!!! We love them!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
Let me start by saying that this was our 5rh cruise. All of our cruises have been with Carnival. We chose this cruise because we live near NYC and we wanted to experience a new ship for once. I was not a big fan of the NYC cruise terminal. ... Read More
Let me start by saying that this was our 5rh cruise. All of our cruises have been with Carnival. We chose this cruise because we live near NYC and we wanted to experience a new ship for once. I was not a big fan of the NYC cruise terminal. It was very confusing and parking was ridiculous. We used park jockey and found a garage a few blocks away for way cheaper. Despite the terminal being a little disorganized embarkation was a breeze. We always pre check in online so we never have to wait long to get on the ship. As soon as we boarded we were able to go to our room which was nice. I do not recommend using the elevators on embarkation dat until they are done delivering all of the luggage otherwise you'll be waiting a long time. That being said we received our luggage a couple hours after setting sail, which didnt seem unreasonable to me. After walking about a bit we went straight to guy's burgers and got lunch. They're so good!!! We always do the your time dining and that was little different this time. Despite what other people say you can not check in on the app. You have to go to deck 5 to check in. Then they'll print your ticket and send you to deck 3. We never had to wait long but it is a little inconvenient. The food was a mixed bag in the main dining room. It was best on the formal nights which is to be expected. We did try both the sushi and ji ji's Asian for dinner. They were both very reasonable and excellent food! You can try guy's bbq and the Italian place for free for lunch most days which is nice. The shows were amazing. Best we've seen!!! Imprint was our favorite band to watch but velvet crush was also very good! Chris is the best and most memorable cruise director we've had and Joey who ran the punchline comedy was great too! As a whole I'd say the entertainment on this ship was too notch! The decor on this ship was beautiful! The best we've seen so far. The sports area offered a lot for both kids and adults. The ropes course was very fun. I wish I could tell you about the sky ride but it broke down on the second day. Hopefully they'll fix it soon! The waterslides were amazing, especially the blue body one!! That's my favorite slide I've ever been on. It goes so fast! The serenity deck was really nice. Bigger than it's been on most of the other ships. The pools and hot tubs were all open until midnight which was a nice change from the usual 9 pm close time. As a whole this ship was amazing! The staff was still learning but I'd say they've pretty much figured it out. This ship is definitely worth checking out! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
 Embarkation Embarkation was likely the most efficient I’ve ever experienced in New York.  From parking to ship was at most an hour.  That may not seem great, but for this port, its very good. Check in was completed by scanning ... Read More
 Embarkation Embarkation was likely the most efficient I’ve ever experienced in New York.  From parking to ship was at most an hour.  That may not seem great, but for this port, its very good. Check in was completed by scanning our boarding passes and passports on a tablet and sending us to the waiting area.  No computers, photos, cards or anything. In fact it seemed that overall security was maybe a little lax, but I’m sure they’ve got the bases covered. Carnival probably needs to update the VIFP program since there are so many at Platinum level these days.  The priority waiting area at 11am was more than just a little crowded.  Food Where to begin?  I don’t even hesitate to say that the food options on Carnival Horizon were the best we’ve experienced at sea.  I should add a disclaimer that we are old school when it comes to cruising with respect to specialty dining.  A big reason we cruise is because you pay one price and enjoy the week at a good value. Modern cruising attempts to nickel and dime you to death by the end of the week and we’ll buck that trend every step of the way.  You don’t have to fall for it, especially on the Horizon. So when I say food choices are plentiful, I mean free food is plentiful. Guy’s Burgers needs no description.  It’s the same on every ship and is excellent.  The line may be intimidating at peak times, but it moves fast.  If you’re on the deck and don’t want to go in and sit down for lunch somewhere, a Guy’s burger on a deck chair will hit the spot.  Blue Iguana is a favorite for me as well.  The burrito line can get long but the taco line usually wasn’t.  Unfortunately, these aren’t the fastest moving lines either since everything is assembled on ordering. A nice surprise was that taco salads are available even though they aren’t on the menu.  Blue Iguana at breakfast serves burritos, arepas and huevos rancheros.  The latter we ate probably three days out of the week.  The buffet is largely an unknown to us, which speaks to the number of alternatives on Horizon.  I did frequent the Cake stands which serve fantastic cakes and my wife loved the gelato.  Gelato was two flavors a day but they were repeating by the end of the week.  Other than that, I’m not sure we picked up a single thing from the buffet. Carnival has kicked up the Deli quite a bit since it’s introduction.  We had several excellent sandwiches throughout the week and the cookies they serve were a favorite. The lines can get quite long and aren’t at all fast.  It’s open longer hours than some other choices so it beat out the buffet a few times with us. Guys’s Pig and Anchor is very good.  We ate there first on embarkation thinking the lines would be prohibitive later since its only open for lunch on sea days. These lines didn’t turn out to be too bad and move quickly.  The meat was good and the sides were fantastic. The brisket was often a little fatty and disappointing, but it’s brisket so what do you expect?  We didn’t eat there for dinner, but they had live entertainment every evening and seemed to be somewhat popular.  They may have overshot with the space devoted to the restaurant. It’s a huge space, but it never appeared to be filled to capacity.  Perhaps others on this sailing were old fashioned like us. Ocean Plaza has food available for breakfast and lunch. Not nearly the selection of upstairs, but at least provides decent local alternative if you are staying in the Havana area.  The main dining rooms were very enjoyable.  Food choices were plentiful.  We had early seating and our service team could not have been better.  Dinner has always been a highlight of cruising for me and everything about traditional dining on the Horizon was great.  Deck/Pools/Havana A highlight of the cruise was spending the week in the Havana area of the ship.  With an inside cabin you get the perks without too much additional cost. The pool area never seemed crowded although much like Lido Deck, if you show up at 1pm on a sea day expecting to find deck chairs you may be out of luck.  The six “beds” for lack of a better word, were usually the first to go.  We had one most days because I’m not one to voluntarily bake in the sun all day.  I was often the first out there in the mornings due to my sleep schedule.  In fact once I was there before it had been cleaned from the night before.  The pool is small, but at most all week there were maybe 8 people in it at any one time.  The two hot tubs are huge on the other hand and most times we had them to ourselves. My chief complaint regarding Havana was the bar.  As I mentioned, I’m an early riser and begin the coffee intake as soon as I’m out of the cabin.  There is no coffee at Havana until 8 or 9 maybe.  I honestly don’t know for sure, because I’m generally done with coffee by then and had gotten my fill on Lido Deck.  So that was disappointing.  But worse was that there was no water available until 10!  We’re usually closing up deck time by 1 or so.  The service at the bar itself wasn’t too bad in the long run.  Since there was usually only one bartender, it wasn’t exactly quick, but not bad.    I didn’t care for the high shaded glass walls at Havana rather than the traditional rail.  It’s a small thing, but that and the coffee situation ensured that 5-7am was often spent on Deck 10 aft enjoying the sea and sunrise. We only ventured to the main pool once while the ship was at Amber Cove and it wasn’t even slightly crowded.  I will say however, that the presence of the big screen and it’s movies would make the main pool pleasant, crowded or not.  Other than that one time we stuck to Havana.    The red/white tube slide was very nice and fast.  The blue slide was more traditional, and as usual, my son got stuck on it.  So it was one and done for that one.  I don’t see what it would hurt to steepen those things a little.  The tube slides are wonderful, but the others are often more trouble than they are worth. Entertainment Celestial Strings is “can’t miss.”  As far as production shows go, I’d venture to say it’s been my favorite ever at sea. I don’t even know how to explain it.  Just go.  Marcus Monroe was my other favorite show at the theatre.  He is a juggler/comic who was very enjoyable.  Those are the only shows I recommend in the theatre.  A highlight of the cruise for me were the atrium entertainers.  I hope I’m not missing one but it appeared that 4 performers rotated throughout the week, the strings trio from Celestial Strings, Emma Jude, Jeffrey Munks and a brass trio.  Among those Jeffrey Munks was my favorite.  We watched this brilliant pianist a little nearly every day.  His stuff is on iTunes as well I was happy to learn.   The other bands throughout the ship were very country heavy and thus not for me.  The band in the Havana Bar played Cuban music nightly and appeared to be a hit.  The bar was most always crowded and dancers plentiful. The IMAX is a nice idea.  I wish there was more variety in the films though.  The Panda film we watched was excellent.  Thrill Theatre type shows tend to bring on motion sickness for me.  We did the first level which was ok, but nothing I want to invest my valuable cruise time in doing. Dive in movies are great. We watched one that week.  Depending on what’s playing, a movie on a deck chair may have been far more entertaining than much of what is in the theatre.   The Punchliner comedy shows could be so great if Carnival would bother to do it right, but for some reason they won’t.  Obviously among the most popular attractions, it’s held in the smaller lounge.  If you want a seat, you arrive 30min early at least.  Standing room only every single show, all week.  Two comedians the first half of the week and two the second half.  Each does 2 PG sets which usually contain at least a little repeated material.  I mention the PG sets because we can’t go to the 18+ shows.  Most places, such as movie theatres, acknowledge that if parents want their teen to see an R rated show, that’s their decision.  Carnival doesn’t play that way and instead imposes the no exceptions 18+ only rule.  Its none of their business what shows my son sees if he's accompanied by his parents.  I’d be more than happy with nothing but comedians all week long, 2 or 3 a night even, but Carnival says no.  The Liquid Lounge is a disaster.  Uncomfortable, moveable chairs for the main seating areas.  The comfortable ones are in the back. Huge circular booths in the main seating area as well. The layout is nuts.  Moveable chairs in a theatre is nuts.  You know what kids to do with movable chairs?  And the posts!  As a civil engineer, I know pretty much anything is possible if you are willing to spend the money.  I suspect the posts aren't a necessity as much as a money saver.    Ports We enjoyed Grand Turk and San Juan very much.  San Juan is always a favorite since you have all of the old City just off the ship.  Grand Turk is good if you just want to go to the beach since its right there as well.  The island is small enough and safe enough to explore on your own as well, which is what we did.  Amber Cove is beautiful, but since the port area was built by Carnival, you don't feel like you're in Domincan Republic so much as at a private island type experience without the beach.    Debarkation  Absolutely the most efficient ever.  We likely got lucky with timing, but we had no lines except maybe a handful of people leaving the ship. We walked off, down the escalators, through customs and out.  They hadn't called anyone yet since it was a half hour prior to the announced start time. All in all its a great ship as is evidenced by our recent booking of a Havana Interior on the Panorama in 2020.   This is too long, sorry, and just my thoughts in a largish nutshell. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We specifically sought out the Horizon for its fun and new features, i.e. imax, sky ride, on board brewery and smokehouse. Debarking from NYC was just gravy but it made our trip that much more special. We arrived the day before and were ... Read More
We specifically sought out the Horizon for its fun and new features, i.e. imax, sky ride, on board brewery and smokehouse. Debarking from NYC was just gravy but it made our trip that much more special. We arrived the day before and were able to take a pedicab tour through Central Park, visit MoMa, Ellis Island and take a train from Grand Central Terminal to a Yankees game all before we even got in the ship! There was very little wait in boarding. The food is fantastic. If Guy’s Fierri offered his burgers and barbecue in my town, they would be my new go to places to eat. Pizza was terrific. There is a wait, but usually no more than 15 minutes in line at any point in the day. Maybe the Lido l buffets aren’t Vegas style grabs buffets with unlimited choices but they have good food and it is always ready and easily accessible with little to no waiting. The main dining is really good. Some waiters try harder than others and you can tell the incentive for excellent service isn’t there due to them not getting direct tips. Still, that’s just nitpicking because we had some waiters that were very. attentive. I imagine it’s a very hard job with the long hours and number of guests but we still always felt taken care of. The entertainment is great. Funny comedians, great shows, good movies and plenty for the kids to do. Plenty of bars around and I never had to wait too long for a drink anywhere on the ship at anytime. The main pool does get over crowded but we didn’t hang out there too often. Our room steward was great and always had our room in perfect order. The ports were great on Grabd Turk, I would recommend the private beach home tour. Puerto Rico is awesome. You don’t need to book an excursion as you can find sage and much cheaper transportation to the Yunque rainforest and Old San Juan. Fantastic place to visit. In Amber Cove, we did the swim with the dolphins tour. I highly recommend this as it was the highlight of the trip. Pay extra for the video package. Overall we had an amazing trip full of fun and relaxation. Perfect trip for families. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We wanted to sail the newest ship in the Carnival fleet. We also wanted to see some sights in New York City. So this cruise was our choice since the home port is NYC until later this year when it goes to Miami. We are fans of cruising and ... Read More
We wanted to sail the newest ship in the Carnival fleet. We also wanted to see some sights in New York City. So this cruise was our choice since the home port is NYC until later this year when it goes to Miami. We are fans of cruising and our foursome was ready for some fun and relaxation. We found the Horizon to be a well designed and comfortable ship and our experiences were great fun and memorable. I would do it again in a heartbeat. We’ve cruised Disney, NCL and Carnival and we’re close to platinum on Carnival. So we clearly like the CCL cruise experience. We’re experienced world travelers so we can discern good from bad and don’t see things with rose colored glasses. Everyone is different and has their own opinions. Carnival meets our needs for value and comfort and fun. And as long as it does that we don’t see a reason to alter the course. So when I make a review I focus on the objective things and not too much on subjective. Some things are outside the control of the cruise line. So how can I fault the cruise line for that? But things within their control, they should be called out for within reason. In short, I try to be fair. First, the ship. Horizon is the second ship of this design for Carnival. The sister is the Vista which we cruised about 18 months ago. They are almost identical. Horizon is only a few months old and it still has that new car smell! Lol. Just kidding, but everything is shiny and new and clean as a whistle. Contrary to another reviewer I found it super clean and well maintained. Crew members are everywhere cleaning, polishing and it shows. It’s been the same on prior Carnival cruises and Horizon is no different. Ship shape and then some. Horizon (and Vista) are much like the prior mega ships in the Carnival line, Magic, Breeze and Dream. If you like those you will love the Horizon. The ship has lots of food and entertainment options. And it has some new innovations that are cool and fun. Horizon has the traditional main dining room which has a fixed schedule of early and late seating. They also have the anytime dining option whereby you make a reservation or check in before you can be seated. We’ve done both and we prefer the fixed time early option. The menus are the same for both. Food options vary daily but there are some standard options that are available everyday. Overall our table of six ordered lots of choices and enjoyed them. One night a fish option was over cooked for one person but he said it was fine. I would have asked for a new one. For me, I like steaks and the flat iron steak is on the menu daily so I know I’ll be good. But I also had pasta and Indian main courses. Appetizers can be interesting and fun. We usually order one or two as they are usually small. Soups and salads are quite good. Not a fan of cold soups, but our son loves them. They also feature port of call cuisine which is a traditional starter and main course from the port of call that day. Opinions vary about food. We liked our food preparations and presentations. Never went hungry. And our service was top notch. Our waiters were always on top of refills, extra bread or clearing plates. It’s also nice when they remember you’re name and greet you by same. Dinners were relaxed and enjoyable. From what I saw everyone near us was enjoying themselves too. Desserts were really really good. Try them all. Food options are everywhere. Sushi. Japanese steakhouse. Italian. Asian. Seafood. Pizza (24 hours). 555 steakhouse. Guys burgers. Pig and anchor bbq. Burrito bar. Buffets. Deli sandwich counter. And more. Some have moderate charges. The 555 steakhouse is an extra 35 per person and is worth it. The steaks are amazing and the service superb. Best steak ever in my book. Our cabin was fine. More on that below. Our services were quite good. Our room steward was friendly and did a great job of keeping our cabin clean a stocked with fresh towels. I don’t know how they camel the bed look so crisp. Good training I guess. This room steward was a towel artist. Best towel animals ever. Thanks Arturo! I could go on and on, but overall the ship is high quality and the crew that we interacted with were friendly and good at their jobs. I found the fellow passengers to be fine. No wilding kids. People on vacation and enjoying themselves. Another reviewer mentions older passengers. I did not experience hat st all. 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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