3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
It was my first time cruising so I wanted a cruise worth every penny. The ports sounded nice when I booked so I went for it. Once on board I was like a little kid with a new home, exploring all the decks walking around. I loved loved loved ... Read More
It was my first time cruising so I wanted a cruise worth every penny. The ports sounded nice when I booked so I went for it. Once on board I was like a little kid with a new home, exploring all the decks walking around. I loved loved loved the guys burger omg amazing and the pizza!!! Ugh I miss it so much!! Horizon is just amazing from the mike the director to the fun squad I loved every minuet. We also did the carnival quest which is led by mike and so much freaking fun! I am completely hooked on cruising it’s the best! The lido deck I think could of done better food wise but it was horrible. The captains night dinner was ok as well. Carnival from what am told is a part boat and boy are they right! There were parties every night! I miss it every day Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Our fabulous 8-day cruise to the “Exotic Southern Caribbean” aboard the Carnival Horizon was filled with plenty of positives and very few negatives. My wife and I wondered if the negative reviews were actually describing another ship. ... Read More
Our fabulous 8-day cruise to the “Exotic Southern Caribbean” aboard the Carnival Horizon was filled with plenty of positives and very few negatives. My wife and I wondered if the negative reviews were actually describing another ship. Tastes, preferences, and interests are unique to each cruiser, so I offer a bit of caution when you read those negative reviews about the Carnival Horizon. We sailed from Miami on May 18 and returned on May 26 after visiting Grand Turk, Dominica, Curacao, and Aruba. Boarding was a little delayed due to the previous cruise arriving late, but once we started moving, everything went very smoothly. We were settled in for a delicious BBQ lunch at the Pig and Anchor by 1:00. Sail away was at 4:00. A brief note about each port: On Grand Turk we simply enjoyed relaxing on the beach. Umbrellas and chairs are free in rows three and four. Margaritaville has a very nice pool with free access just steps away from the beach. We spent a relaxing day without spending any money! On Dominica we paid for an excursion to Monkeyland. If you read any negative reviews about this, I doubt the reviewer really went there. It was super fun to have the monkeys jump onto you for the food which was given to us. This was a thoroughly enjoyable experience! The ride to the monkeys aboard a comfortable bus gave us a glimpse of life on the island. On Curacao we strolled around the city enjoying the Dutch architecture, and we placed a padlock on the Lovelock Sculpture. This is a fun thing to do. Remember to bring a padlock. We did a little gambling, but didn’t win anything. We didn’t lose much, either. We didn’t leave port until 10 PM, so we got a glimpse of the lights at night. We didn’t stroll far enough from the dock to get a really good view, however. On Aruba we took the second of our two excursions. We took a comfortable bus tour of the top ten sites on Aruba. This was very enjoyable. Be sure to heed the guide’s warning about which stops have fee restrooms and which are free. We got back to the port in plenty of time to do some shopping in the area. Right outside the restricted port area you will find a local market. There are actually two “markets.” You need to cross the busy street to get to the one which appears to be more “local” and is in a big tent. I imagine many of the products are made in China but it still fun to browse in the market and talk to the local people. Now the “highlights” and “lowlights.” In no particular order: There was plenty of seating, everywhere, despite having almost 5,000 people onboard. There were only 500 children, so that may have made a difference. Single deck chairs were always available. If you needed a lot of chairs in a row they were not always available. My favorite place to sit was the Lani. Lounge chairs were always available there. My wife preferred a chair in the sun near a pool. She almost always found her chair waiting for her. Seating for shows was not as difficult as I expected. We always arrived a half hour before show time, but we would not have had to. The food in the dining room was almost always very good. I know you read otherwise, but unless you are a foodie, you will be happy. The food on the buffet was good and you have many options. Sometimes the dining room food is served on the buffet. At lunch there is a special row of fancy iced cakes. If you try a few pieces at each lunch, you will discover your favorite, but they do change every day. In the regular dessert section of the buffet they sometimes have amaretto cake which is excellent. Try it with some of the free ice-cream or gelato, which is available 24 hours a day. My very favorite dessert was the 7-layer cake served only during Sea Day Brunch. I liked that better than their signature melting chocolate cake served the dining room. Pizza is available 24 hours a day. It’s good. Guy’s Burgers are fantastic. They are free and there are several variations. Food in Ji Ji’s Asian Kitchen is outstanding. It is a specialty restaurant so you have to pay $15 for it. At noon there is a free version of the great food. It is called the Mongolian Wok at lunch. The bed and bedding were very comfortable. We were able to disembark at each port, quickly. Lemonade is always free and always available. It does not taste free! We really liked it. The Carnival Hub App is free and a must-have. It tells you what’s happening, which food places are open, and many other useful things. For $5 you can add a chat feature so you can text with your cruise mates for the whole cruise. My wife and I found it very helpful. The pastrami sandwich in the deli is delicious, and huge! There is free room service until late night. We just used it for coffee in the morning. The staff was very friendly, helpful, and kind. Once exception is noted below. Everything is squeaky clean and they are always cleaning and tidying up. The Fresh Creations salad bar on the Serenity Deck allows you to make a salad with dozens of ingredients. You can even load up on shrimp! I hesitate mentioning the few negatives because the positives far outweigh them. Our wait staff was not very attentive to our needs and the main waiter forgot things. When we asked for lemon or coffee he said he would bring it, but didn’t. He even forgot one of my main dishes. We heard it was advantageous to provide an extra tip at the beginning of the cruise. We won’t do that again. The people in the casino were not helpful and the lady in the cage was rude to me. I was told to “settle down” in a condescending tone. The free popcorn during movies on the deck was not very good. We didn’t try the popcorn for purchase in the theater. Although it was not Carnival’s fault, sometimes inconsiderate people sat next to me during the shows. One woman sang along when it wasn’t a sing-along! She did stop when I asked her to, however. These few negatives will not prevent us from sailing on a Carnival ship in the future. We loved our Carnival Horizon adventure. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
Horizon was great! Our handicap room, 10205, was excellent. The room was very large, and I could use the scooter everywhere. Even though it is listed as an interior room, the room has an slightly obstructive ocean view size window, and a ... Read More
Horizon was great! Our handicap room, 10205, was excellent. The room was very large, and I could use the scooter everywhere. Even though it is listed as an interior room, the room has an slightly obstructive ocean view size window, and a great view. All the staff were fantastic when dealing with handicap people... from the people helping to board, to the time we left! I was thrilled about that, as I had concerns before the cruise. The only MAJOR problem on the cruise was all the smoke in the casino!! People were having to leave the area allot just to get a breath of fresh air! I had a bad cough after 3 days, and it took me over a week and a half after the cruise to clear up. Other than that, great cruise! The food in the buffet was just okay, definitely not allot of write home about. The specialty restaurants were great!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This was the first cruise for our family of 5 (kids ages 12, 9, and 6), but I can tell that it won't be our last! When I booked this cruise, it was chosen based on dates that worked with our spring break, the availability of ... Read More
This was the first cruise for our family of 5 (kids ages 12, 9, and 6), but I can tell that it won't be our last! When I booked this cruise, it was chosen based on dates that worked with our spring break, the availability of adjoining cabins in our price range, and the ship having many fun activities for kids. After reading many positive and negative reviews, I knew what to expect in terms of crowds, elevators, food options, and entertainment, so I felt prepared for issues that others have complained about and they didn't bother us. Yes, there were times when the ship felt crowded at the pool and the buffet, but it was never unmanageable, and it was expected when there were nearly 5000 people on board! There were always places to go to find some peace and quiet (the deck on level 5 was a favorite of ours). Yes, the elevators were a disaster on the day of embarkation due to people not knowing how to use them and the crew working hard to get everyone's luggage onboard. But we walked a lot of stairs over the 6 days and burned off the many servings of burgers and melting cake that we consumed :). We had 2 adjoining interior cabins forward on deck 1 and this was perfect for our family-the 3 kids slept in 1 while my husband and I had our own space in the other. I'm sure a balcony or window would have been nice, but we spent very little time in the cabin and did not miss them or feel claustrophobic. There was plenty of closet and drawer space for our family. It was great to have 2 bathrooms! We felt very little movement from the ship, and only heard noise on the final day when we docked back in Miami. Our kids ate about a hundred servings of ice cream and thought this was a dream come true! We took them to the main dining room every night-it was nice to take the time to relax during dinner, and it was a great time for them to try out new foods. My son loved the alligator fritters and calamari, and my older daughter ate meat for every meal-lamb shank, prime rib, braised short ribs! My 6yo daughter was happy eating hot dogs and hamburgers for almost every meal (ugh!), but the dining room staff was very nice about getting her raw veggies and fruit to accompany her meal. The food was overall very good-we don't eat in gourmet restaurants often, but had no complaints about the quality of the food, especially considering how many people they are cooking for! The melting cake was terrific the first night, but not as warm and "melting" on other nights, to the point where we sent it back one night, as we found it just isn't very good when it is cold. We promptly received a new melting cake without any questions asked. The crew were all exceptionally friendly and I felt like everyone we saw smiled or said hello, fellow passengers included. The activities on board did not disappoint-the water slides were fun for all of us, the ropes course was terrifying in a good way (I would recommend NOT doing this in 45mph winds unless you have no fear of heights :), the sky ride was amazing, and the mini golf course was great family fun. The pools and hot tubs were crowded with kids on sea days, but some of them were our own (and they didn't care!). My girls checked out club Ocean briefly the first day and were overwhelmed by the number of kids, so did not want to go back. This was no surprise, as all of our kids are somewhat shy and I didn't expect that they would do the kids clubs. We heard from others that their kids liked it so much that they didn't want to leave! We attended the 3 shows-Soulbound, Celestial Strings, and Vintage Pop- and thought these were fun, well done with excellent musicians, singers, and dancing- and perfect length for our family (around 35-40 min each I think). We planned our own activities in port and this worked well for our family and was more cost effective than purchasing through Carnival. I hope this review helps someone else who is thinking about a cruise on the Horizon. If you have a family with kids who are tweens or grade schoolers, I can tell you that you will have an amazing time! My kids are already bugging me to plan our next cruise... Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Just returned from a 6 Day Western Caribbean on the Horizon. Everthing from the ship to the service was top shelf. Not a fault of Carnival, the Port of Miami is a mess. There is no communication of closed parking lots and updates. We had ... Read More
Just returned from a 6 Day Western Caribbean on the Horizon. Everthing from the ship to the service was top shelf. Not a fault of Carnival, the Port of Miami is a mess. There is no communication of closed parking lots and updates. We had to park at Garage G for our ship which was close to 1/2 mile away. Could not find a shuttle to the terminal so we walked. Glad the luggage had wheels. The path was not direct and not pedestrian friendly. Embarkation was easy and the rest of the cruise was wonderful. Stateroom clean, food delicious and the staff was friendly and out going. Only negative of the ship was the smoke in the casino coming out into adjoining public areas of the ship. Not much Carnival could do so we avoided the areas. Waterworks was fun for all. Did not do the specialty dining and we thought the MDR was 5 stars. Debarkation was ok with some snags in the line once in the terminal but we survived!!! Cannot wait for our next trip..... Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose the Horizon for the itinerary since we had not traveled to these ports- Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao and Aruba. Each port had it's own special things- Grand Turk, the beach, Jack's Shack and Margaritaville, La ... Read More
We chose the Horizon for the itinerary since we had not traveled to these ports- Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao and Aruba. Each port had it's own special things- Grand Turk, the beach, Jack's Shack and Margaritaville, La Romana, the diverse souvenirs you could get there and the friendliness of the people, Curacao with its beautiful buildings and architecture. Also the good local beer and the wonderful gouda cheese., finally Aruba with its wonderful Catamaran sail. The great views, rum punch, music and people. Now we get to the ship. It was beautiful! The restaurants were wonderful, especially the Steakhouse. I Can't say enough about the bars and he service. Our cruise director, Schwartz was beyond wonderful, such energy! We went nightly to the Havana Bar for the music and dancing. The comedians were fabulous and the shows- WOW! Especially Amor Cubano. Strongly recommend Carnival and especially Horizon- Bravo to the staff! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose Carnival for our first cruise and boy did they not disappoint us!!! We had the most amazing time and can't wait to book our next cruise. Everything from the staff, food, excursions, cleanliness of the ship and cruise ... Read More
We chose Carnival for our first cruise and boy did they not disappoint us!!! We had the most amazing time and can't wait to book our next cruise. Everything from the staff, food, excursions, cleanliness of the ship and cruise director (Schwartz) were AMAZING!!! We had the most amazing cabin steward (Wai), she took care of our every need and remembered our first names from the very start of the cruise, which was very impressive!!! We swam with the sting rays in Grand Cayman and snorkeled in Cozumel. The only thing we would suggest is in Jamaica, book an excursion, the locals are very pushy and we could have done without that. Overall we had an excellent experience and will definitely be sailing with Carnival again. We did go to the comedy show and it didn't disappoint, I haven't laughed so hard in a very long time. We also played bingo, went to the casino, and ate at a couple of the specialty restaurants that were amazing. We are still talking about Guys Burgers and can't wait til our next cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Everything was perfect! We loved this boat. Our Stewart Ian was fantastic. We stayed on the Havana deck (5). It was so nice we never explored the rest of the boat! It was so worth the extra money. Carnival has changed the way they ... Read More
Everything was perfect! We loved this boat. Our Stewart Ian was fantastic. We stayed on the Havana deck (5). It was so nice we never explored the rest of the boat! It was so worth the extra money. Carnival has changed the way they clean the your state room. If used to be twice a day, now it is only once. Your Stewart will ask which do you prefer morning or evening. The downside was not having fresh towels for that second shower of the day. It wasn’t that big of deal. If I had to pick one thing I wished it was done differently it would be the siding doors had a key pad or an exit to go directly to the pool. As it is now you have to lock your sliding door from the inside and walk through the bar to get to the pool if you want your room locked. It wasn’t a well thought out plan in my opinion. Other than that we had a wonderful time and we would do it again! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We have cruise several Royal Caribbean ships, and were looking for a change so thought we'd try the newest Carnival ship, the Horizon. She is a beautiful ship with all sorts of great options for fun. From their thermal spa to the ... Read More
We have cruise several Royal Caribbean ships, and were looking for a change so thought we'd try the newest Carnival ship, the Horizon. She is a beautiful ship with all sorts of great options for fun. From their thermal spa to the Skybikes and Skycourse we tried it all. We chose a spa balcony room on deck 11, which was a perfect location for us since we used the spa, the running track and pool areas often. The buffet did not have as many choices as we're used to, but there were a large number of free food choices available for breakfast and lunch around the pool deck also. My favorite was the Blue Iguana breakfast burritos. The pizza was great too! The staff was great, the comedians were hysterical, shows were a bit artsy for me but were ok, and the cruise Director Schwartz was amazing! His energy was infectious! Only thing I didn't love was the casino smelled terrible, like stale cigars or something. And since deck 3 didn't go through we usually had to walk through casino to get to dining room. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We took this cruise with 5 other couples and we all had a great time. Early and late seating was full when we booked and we were afraid that we wouldn't get to sit together at Anytime Seating but we were able to get a table for 12 ... Read More
We took this cruise with 5 other couples and we all had a great time. Early and late seating was full when we booked and we were afraid that we wouldn't get to sit together at Anytime Seating but we were able to get a table for 12 and we were able to keep that table each night at the same time. That worked out well. We all thought the food was great--don't know how anybody can complain about the food with all the choices that are available. We were impressed with all the various seating areas you could eat at the Market Place Buffet on the Horizon. We never had a problem finding a seat even at peak eating times. The 2 aroma steam rooms in the thermal suite were great. Most of the steam rooms in most of the ships we have been on are not hot enough but these were nice and hot like they should be. The comedians were very good. The juggler that we have seen before was very good. The dancing shows in the Liquid Lounge were quite an extravaganza but we are sort of getting tired of the dancing and singing at the top of their voice (it sometimes just seems like a lot of yelling that you can't understand). Embarkation and debarkation were a breeze--the best we have experienced in the 19 cruises we have taken. The water slide and sky ride were exciting. We were surprised at how many ships were at each port. 7 ships were at St Martin and 3 of those were the individual cruise companies largest ships. However, the port seemed to absorb the 24,000 people pretty well. Seems like most of the ships leave and return on the week end and not sure why they do that. Would like to see some of them leave in the middle of the week and maybe that would alleviate some congestion at the airport, motels, and ports. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
We went on this cruise because it fit our schedule. The ship is Awesome! We had a boarding time of 12:30 and we arrived early. We were on the ship by 11:30. The food was really good. The ship has it all and the staff was the best we have ... Read More
We went on this cruise because it fit our schedule. The ship is Awesome! We had a boarding time of 12:30 and we arrived early. We were on the ship by 11:30. The food was really good. The ship has it all and the staff was the best we have ever had. The elevators were the only challenge we had all week. It seems like Carnival has started to figure things out. Pictures were easy to see and hassle free. The production shows were completely different and diverse. Plenty of live music around the ship. The sky ride and sports complex were really nice. The lines were really long for the sky ride. It was usually over an hour wait. The ship never felt crowded after the first day. We had an ocean view deluxe room. It was the largest room we have had on a ship. 2 bathrooms! I would definitely go on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
My son picked this cruise and i did enjoy the islands, but most of all i enjoyed the weather, everyone seemed to experience snow and cold before hand. Getting onboard was amazing, we just walked on and were have lunch in like 5 minutes. ... Read More
My son picked this cruise and i did enjoy the islands, but most of all i enjoyed the weather, everyone seemed to experience snow and cold before hand. Getting onboard was amazing, we just walked on and were have lunch in like 5 minutes. The elevators worked fine if you followed the protocol of one click per person in your group, but many people would just join in our car and then when the door opened up on another floor already full, those people got mad, this especially happened on port days, so folks, follow the rules. We really do love kidding the staff they all made us laugh. Chairs were forever saved by a towel or shoe for hours with no one in them , to those people, i think you are rude and only thinking of your self. We laughed when the very strong accented captain came over the loud speakers for the daily update what he said was: this is the captain speaking from the navigational deck, what it really sounded like was: this is the captain speaking from the irrigation ditch, haaahaaa we always laughed at that one. Favorite port was curacio, wish we could have stayed a day more. There wasn't much for the 13 year old to do, so that needs to be worked on. How to entertain kids that are too old for camps and bashful. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
This was our first time with carnival but our 15th cruise. We thought we would give them a try and liked the look of the Horizon. We were so glad we did. We absolutely loved it! We thought carnival were excellent and the ship was modern ... Read More
This was our first time with carnival but our 15th cruise. We thought we would give them a try and liked the look of the Horizon. We were so glad we did. We absolutely loved it! We thought carnival were excellent and the ship was modern and so beautiful. EMBARKATION was so easy, we arrived at our allocated time and we were on the ship in 10 minutes. We choose an inside CABIN as so cheap and it was surprisingly large, very very clean and had everything we needed. The ship was beautiful, we loved the Atruim, the decor, the modern art, all of it really ! The FOOD was wonderful. Ate in the dining room, buffet, Ji Jis, Mongolian Wok, Pasta Bar, Guys burgers, the Burrito place, Pizza and the smokehouse. All of it was excellent. Jij Jis was our favourite and a must do. ENTERTAINMENT was very good and there was always something to do. Watched 4 shows and SoulBound and Celestrial Strings were very very good. The cruise director Mike was excellent too. Could never get in to see the comedian as the queue was always massive. Enjoyed watched the piano player Jeffery Munks and some of the others, they were all good. The sky ride was scary, the thrill theatre good (preferred level 2 than 3) and loved watching aqua man on the IMAX. As new to carnival, a few things carnival do very well over other cruise lines - Disembarkation - they keep it simple, express check out or early or late. Easy and effective. Loved that the entertainment schedule is published in advance so you can plan your week. The many different fab food options which meant areas like the buffet were mainly quiet. The app you use on board was very effective. We could be enjoying a drink then go on the app, request a dinner table and ten minutes later they would let us know through the app , that our table was ready, so easy. There was only one thing that i didn’t like about carnival and that was the lack of hand washing. No one ensured people washed their hands at the buffet and we watched most people not bother. Not good. But apart from that, we had a blast and loved carnival and the horizon Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Everyone was wonderfully friendly. As a first-time cruiser I really didn't know what to expect and was open to anything. We were a party of 5, (mom, dad, 2 kids ages 7 and almost 3 and Nana in tow). All first-timers! The food was ... Read More
Everyone was wonderfully friendly. As a first-time cruiser I really didn't know what to expect and was open to anything. We were a party of 5, (mom, dad, 2 kids ages 7 and almost 3 and Nana in tow). All first-timers! The food was very good and plentiful with many choices. For breakfast Lido marketplace was the place to be; omelettes, Eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, bacon. Anything you could think of - cereals, fruit, danishes it was all there, and I sure do miss it!! Their midnight buffet had three selections, my favorite being the grilled ham and cheese sandwiches . They were awesome for late-night munching. If you're looking for BBQ the Pig and Anchor is YUMMY, go on "at sea" day for lunch at no cost. One thing, the beverage pack doesn't seem cost effective and if you're a Pepsi person you might do better bringing your own. So much entertainment and found many things of interest but always seemed to gravitate towards Lido deck aft to meet new friends, chat and laugh. Very kid friendly- waterworks, build a bear and Camp Ocean was great for them while we adults took a little time for ourselves. Shore excursions we booked lived up to expectations except one. My Sea Trek excursion was cancelled last sec, literally, because of compressor malfunction. But better still on dry land instead of underwater at the time. This is the only reason I gave 3 stars for excursions. Was offered any remaining excursions for 35% off which was appreciated but sadly I panic trying to snorkel. Overall the GREATEST vacation I've ever had!! Bucket list- Cruise Caribbean check! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
This ship was beautiful, very clean, modern and the food was great! We had not vacationed in 2 years and wanted to cruise. We wanted a super fun time so we picked carnival. We got what we asked for. Lots of fun. The deck parties, adult ... Read More
This ship was beautiful, very clean, modern and the food was great! We had not vacationed in 2 years and wanted to cruise. We wanted a super fun time so we picked carnival. We got what we asked for. Lots of fun. The deck parties, adult Quest game, Love and Marriage game, club. The staff was very nice and the dining staff in the Merridan was incredible. They interacted with the guest and went out of their way to make sure that u had what u needed. We had so much fun on the Carnival Horizon that we go home and booked another cruise on that same ship. The only disappointment was the the sky ride bikes were not working the entire cruise. They sent out a notice saying mechanical problems and weather. I think everyone should have been given some type of ship credit for the inconvenience as I'm sure that was a lot of people reason for picking the ship. Everyone in the cabin should not be forced to get the drink package if u do not drink. The Broadway shows should start earlier on Eligant night to give people a real chance for a dinner and movie. The late dinner people will miss it every time or have to leave mid show to make it to dinner. Over all...a fantastic time! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This was our 5th Carnival cruise, and our third to the Southern Caribbean in January. We choose this itinerary because the weather is always 80 degrees or above in this part of the world during this month, so "Fun In The Sun" is ... Read More
This was our 5th Carnival cruise, and our third to the Southern Caribbean in January. We choose this itinerary because the weather is always 80 degrees or above in this part of the world during this month, so "Fun In The Sun" is guaranteed regardless of where you are coming from! Now to the ship. The Horizon is beautiful and well thought out in its design. The transformation of the LIDO deck buffet from the single line concept, to multiple serving areas made for less congestion, and quicker service. My family and I were able to walk up, grab a plate and our food, and immediately sit down for a meal. BRAVO Carnival! We also found plenty of seating available, which made for short meal times allowing us to get back to the fun! The staff in the LIDO buffet were excellent by greeting everyone, clearing tables quickly and even walking around offering to gather more drinks, or desserts. I also enjoyed the speciality restaurants, including Bonsai Sushi and Pig & Anchor. Both are excellent with the full Pig & Anchor restaurant on board offering those amazing Greens and Barbeque at anytime a plus. You can also eat for free on Sea Days for lunch. Normally, my family and I are not MDR folks, because we travel for work often, and are not looking to sit down in a restaurant for a meal for a long period of time. The Horizon is the exception. We had breakfast several times, being served by the wonderful Harlene and Tomina, and used the Carnival app. to reserve a table for dinner, where I had the grilled lobster, which melted in my mouth. Including Pizza, Guy's Burger, Blue Iguana, and other food locations, Carnival provides a meal option for all cruisers on board. The cabins are also one of the reasons why I sail Carnival. If available, I would definitely book a Havana suite. But, I have a beautiful five year old daughter who comes along, so I have to go with another option. Must be 12 years or older to book a Havana room. Here's a tip, the hot tubs and pool in the Havana are open to everyone after 7 pm, so head on down for a virtually private bar, romantic getaway, or family fun time. Carnival handles other customers by offering Family Harbor Suites with a private fun area, and other excellent options. I could afford a balcony, suite, etc., but being the cost conscience guy I am, I always book us in a QUIET, Deluxe Ocean View Suite, located forward of the ship. Why? It has two bathrooms with one being a full , and the other a half. If you are a husband with a wife or daughter, no need to further explain why this is important. Secondly, the square footage of these rooms is 230 square feet, with none of that space being used by a balcony. A definite plus for us. Being a regular cruiser, I am also aware the Family Harbor suites are near the Aft of the ship, and below the galley. It can be very noisy so be careful in where you book here! Our room was clean, comfortable, and our Steward Suli was excellent. There when you needed him, and disappeared leaving you to enjoy your cruise at other times. Entertainment wise, Carnival has it all. We normally don't go to the shows, but speaking to other passengers these were excellent. The Southern Caribbean itinerary is one of the best at sea, which includes Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao, and Aruba. Don't be afraid to explore La Romana, we hired a driver for $25 per person and explored the entire city. Just be prepared to say NO to some aggressive vendors along the way. The other ports are quiet, beautiful, and can be enjoyed by walking if you choose. Both embarking and disembarkation were painless and efficient. We always leave our rental car at the Miami International Airport, check in at the Carnival Kiosks located near the baggage claim areas, then the entire family rides in a taxi to the port for a flat fee of $27. Yes, I said $27! Compare this to taking the carnival shuttle, or other travel options where you have to wait for the bus, ride with a larger group, etc. $27 is the authorized fee for taxi service to the port in Miami, and being Florida residents, by driving down in a rental and picking one up at the airport after the cruise, we save a ton of money on both travel costs and parking. Also, by checking in at the Kiosk, you are allowed to go directly to the Security Line at the port and walk right onto the ship during your assigned time. No need to pay for Faster to the Fun and and no waiting in lines at the port! We still travel to Miami and spend the night before our cruise in a hotel to avoid any last minute hick-ups. Highly recommend Carnival, and enjoy your cruise with them! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I had $$$ casino free play, the casino was very nicely designed with the newest slots. The smoke was no worse than any other ship comparatively. We ate at the buffet , formal dining room and a specialty restaurant, "ALL" ... Read More
I had $$$ casino free play, the casino was very nicely designed with the newest slots. The smoke was no worse than any other ship comparatively. We ate at the buffet , formal dining room and a specialty restaurant, "ALL" fantastic. Crew went out of their way to make everyone happy. Serenity area on deck 15 was exceptional with triple the space, cabana type clam-shell covered chairs and bar service. They even had a salad bar at lunch. Our cabin Steward was fantastic and always around if we needed anything. We have been cruising for 18 years and this was one of the best. very easy for my wife to navigate with her rollater/and cane for her to get around. We share the love among various cruise lines and really do not have a favorite. If we have the chance to cruise the Horizon again we will without hesitation. To sum it up..Great ship, crew and entertainment, especially the "Dive in" movies under the stars... they were all first run new releases..."GREAT JOB CARNIVAL". Seeyou again soon!!! P.S. have to try the donut sandwiches at the coffee shop-maple bacon-over the top!!! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
As an introduction, this was my 7th cruise (and my husband's 4th); this was my 5th cruise w/Carnival. Embarkation was a breeze, we were onboard w/in 45-60 minutes after stepping out of the cab (this includes the security line / ... Read More
As an introduction, this was my 7th cruise (and my husband's 4th); this was my 5th cruise w/Carnival. Embarkation was a breeze, we were onboard w/in 45-60 minutes after stepping out of the cab (this includes the security line / passport check, etc.). Onboard and having lunch at the Pig n Anchor buffet by 1pm. My opinion of the new 'smart' elevator system, like many others, is not all that favorable. The touch-screens always seems gummed up from greasy/sticky fingers, not at all appealing (and most certainly, unsanitary). They also take FOREVER to pick you up, in our experience. However, stairs are always right around the corner so that’s an easy fix. Otherwise, I do not have anything negative to say about the ship itself... it was big, modern, plenty of places to eat, etc. It was sleek and full of simple, clean lines, and the décor was "safe" with a mostly neutral palette, trimmed with gray, beige and muted burgundy tones. I will say that I did not feel any real "personality" from the ship, aside from the Havana area, and I do miss the days where ships felt luxurious, grand, and over the top. I can get a neutral palette at home; at sea I like to be blown away. Our Havana cabin was fantastic, however as was our steward (Rodriguo). CABIN: Havana Cabana (patio) – what a dream! This totally made our vacation. This is truly the only way to cruise, if you are sailing sans children (like us). The patio is heaven on earth, better than any balcony or suite could possibly be. We had the cabana room closest to the Havana pool, so we could literally walk out our patio gate, and walk about 30' feet to a cushioned sunbed or lounger; 60' to a hot tub and a little further to the pool. The Havana area was so peaceful during the day, and reserved exclusively for Havana guests until 7pm (I believe), and they very closely monitored for wristbands / kicked out anyone who didn’t belong – and lots of people tried. Best money we’ve ever spent on a cabin, and would love to sail in a Cabana room again and again. Tastefully decorated in Cuban-style colors and an attractive headboard, otherwise the same size/features as any other balcony. I almost hate to give it a good review, as it is almost be better to keep it a secret (it’s that good). FOOD: While still being palatable (I never sent anything back), almost every meal I had seemed less impressive than on past Carnival cruises. The main dining room options were all familiar, but I often detected either a rubbery or mushy/overcooked texture to everything I ate (from entrees to desserts), as if the stuff was made too far ahead of time and sat too long after being prepared? I have historically enjoyed the Carnival menu, and never had a single complaint - often being quite impressed - but this time, although not terrible, I was slightly disappointed in the texture of most of my meals. For the first time on Carnival, it felt like everything was prepackaged or pre-prepared (and while that may have been the case all along, it never tasted that way on previous cruises). I had the melting cake twice, which I’ve always found divine, but even that felt rubbery to me this cruise. All that being said, I generally gravitate toward chicken, pasta and/or meatless dishes; I am not a vegetarian by choice, I just don't like much red meat or seafood… though, I'll make an exception for a good burger pretty regularly. I must say, Guy’s Burger joint was pretty impressive, and lived up to all the hype IMHO. My husband mostly ate the meat & seafood entrees, and most of the time he was very content (thought he said the prime rib was a disappointment). We tried the “midnight buffet” the first night, but found there were only about 5-6 available items… most of which looked pretty unappetizing, from a boring pre-stirred penne w/marinara (you all know how good something like that looks after sitting under a heat lamp too long), to a sad and inedible version of “grilled ham and cheese” (which again, was rubbery in every sense from the waxy-buttered bread to the ham to the cheese). We never ate at the buffet after that, except for things like fruit, cereal and milk, as we were usually still full from dinner the night before… however, it seemed to offer the same breakfast items as on previous cruises, which we’ve always found to be very adequate (eggs, bacon, French toast, oatmeal, omelette bar, etc.). Guy’s Pig n Anchor buffet (BBQ joint) was a nice treat that was free on embarkation day; on other days, they offer an a la carte menu for additional $. I did have a breakfast burrito at the Blue Iguana one sea day morning, which was one of the best things I ate all week. Breakfast in the MDR was better than dinner, in our opinion. Tried to make it to the Mongolian Wok the last sea day, but sadly it's only open for about 2 hours and they stopped seating just as we arrived. I will say, that we are generally very easy to please… and I never understood reviewers who complain about everything the eat on cruise ships. I have always thoroughly enjoyed the MDR on my 5 prior Carnival sailings; but this time, I admit they lost some of their luster. Like it didn’t seem much better than the “upper-eschelon” Lean Cuisines I microwave at work back home. However, I will give the dining experience 4 stars based on the impressive variety of dining venues on the 2.0 funships nowadays... there truly is something for everyone. ENTERTAINMENT: Comedians were exceptionally funny, as they usually are on Carnival (especially the 18+ shows). The band Event Horizon was also impressive, and put on different shows every night. My favorite was the 2-hour Queen tribute, which featured various singers including a female "frontman". Unfortunately there was no Playlist Productions crew this trip, due to "unforeseen circumstances", but Carnival flew in some backup entertainers from a comedy-hypnotist (excellent) to a pseudo-funny magician (meh) to an excellent female singer/dancer who shined during a lively rendition of Proud Mary. I do wish they would have sloped the lower floor of the main theater (Liquid Lounge), as it is hard to see over people's heads beyond the first 3 rows... and what does there ALWAYS have to be giant decorative pillars set up on the sides of the lounge stages (making it impossible to see the comedians or musical acts unless you are sitting in the very middle)? The 90’s ‘trivia’ show in the atrium bar was more like a 90’s DANCE CRAZE on CRACK! (It was absolutely awesome!!) There was an 80’s version later in the week, which we had to miss, unfortunately, as it was at the same time as the last 18+ Comedy show… and we never miss the 18+ comedy shows. FEATURES: The Skyride is awesome! Do it, it's worth the wait (hint: show up right when they open and the line won't be more than 15 minutes). Tried to do the big red Cat in the Hat waterslide but it was closed, and the line for the skinnier-blue slide was so long / slow-moving I ended up bailing after 15 minutes of not getting very far. Mini golf, Ropes Course (very thrilling in the wind!), adjustable outdoor pool tables, giant gazelle-like exercisers near the sports court, basketball, etc. Fun for everyone! PORTS: In Ocho Rios we did a ship excursion (combo Catamaran Sail w/snorkeling, hike up Dunn’s River Falls and ziplining), it was fantastic! Because of this, we did not see too much of the port area there. Grand Cayman we had been to before, took the public ‘bus’ to Seven Mile Beach in hopes of finding the same snorkel boat operator as our last trip; but sadly, it was not to be. We ended up enjoying two of the nicer lounge chairs/umbrellas along the beach, my husband did a little snorkeling but there was not much to see that close to shore. Cozumel we had also been to once before, and rented a scooter for the day right near port. We went to the Eco Park at Punta Sur, took their pontoon ride around the lagoon (saw some crocs) and otherwise just rode around the island all day, stopping at one restaurant on the eastern side for a couple drinks. The shopping area at Puerta Maya is much larger/nicer than I remember near the international port we sailed into previously, for those of you who cruise for the shopping. As far as the overall experience, like many others, I have noticed a definite decline in the Carnival “clientele”. I can’t say much more than that without risk of sounding catty or judgmental, which I assure you, is not my intent; but, far fewer people seem to have any manners or common courtesy anymore. From the moment we got on board, we were amazed at how rude and inconsiderate people were… specifically large groups of clueless and/or morbidly obese people (more than I have ever noticed on any other cruise), meandering at a snail’s pace down every aisle, hallway, corridor, row of seating, etc. and blocking anyone else from getting where they want/need to be… quite literally, just stopping in the middle of everything, everywhere on the ship, all the time/constantly and to just look around and wonder what they might possibly want to do next (to the point that it prevented anyone else from getting anywhere in a timely manner). Yes, the boat holds 3600+ passengers… however, there was plenty of space and venues on board to accommodate them all. My point being, if I need to stop and figure out what I’m doing / where I’m going, I politely STEP TO THE SIDE while I figure it out… not stand 4-wide w/my group across the deck 5 hallway and cause a logjam because no one can maneuver around us. Common courtesy like that was lacking more on this cruise than on any other. We also observed lots of 20- and 30-somethings being discourteous toward the wait staff in the dining room; lots of drunken and annoyingly loud conversation during all the shows and performances, lots of inappropriate and offensive political statements, and lots of general “entitlement” on display… as if a cruise fare absolves one from displaying any sort of common decency for a week. Nothing so outrageous as vomiting in the bar or a fistfight on deck or anything (thankfully); just a complete lack of basic manners/courtesy throughout this cruise... enough to constantly lessen the experience for us, moreso than the previous cruises we’ve taken. And I get it, trust me - Carnival has always been known as the “fun ship”, we 40-somethings love to be as carefree and FUN as the next couple - but we still make an effort to maintain a basic level of awareness/courtesy for our fellow cruisers. This does not seem to be the case for the majority of Carnival cruisers nowadays. We are generally reluctant to sail w/other cruise lines for fear of being bored/lack of entertainment… but we don’t know how much longer we can tolerate the increasingly trashy Carnival crowd. Thankfully, the Havana area provided a much-needed sanctuary from the worst of this, and I can't write a bad cruise review based on a decline in intellectualism. Carnival does a great job doing what they do; the rest of us need to be respectful of others. We already have our next Carnival cruise booked (Magic, Feb. 2020) as it was booked prior to this sailing. I still feel loyal to Carnival, but I hope the next cruise is back to the awesome-in-every-way experience we used to have. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
Hello I decided that the new carnival ship Horizon would be a great adventure for my grandaughters and I We were impressed with all aspects of the ship. Service was wonderful and all staff we so pleasant and helpful. So many ... Read More
Hello I decided that the new carnival ship Horizon would be a great adventure for my grandaughters and I We were impressed with all aspects of the ship. Service was wonderful and all staff we so pleasant and helpful. So many activities to chose from! We utilized the hub app to plan our days and to make dinning room reservations. We never waited more than 10 minutes for a table. The new elevator worked efficiently and easily. The grandchildren love the sky ride. I enjoyed the piano bar with lady Red. There was red flag waves in cozumel which led to our excursion being cancelled. It was quick easy to book another excursion for the day. River tubing in Jamaica was a great adventure.Grand Cayman was such a safe and easy to navigate port that we spent the day shopping and walking. The cruise director was amazing as were the all ages music events each evening Truly it was the fun ship Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
My granddaughter works for carnival. So she booked me and friends on this ship Had a very good time. Food was pretty good and service was excellent. Plenty of room not to crowded any anyone spot Elevators were good. We were ... Read More
My granddaughter works for carnival. So she booked me and friends on this ship Had a very good time. Food was pretty good and service was excellent. Plenty of room not to crowded any anyone spot Elevators were good. We were in a spa suite on deck 14, there were not many cabins on that floor, so we had quiet all the time. The spa was too small for size of ship Rooms were just ok, plenty of closet space Most of the staff was great Had fun at the ports and excursions we went on. Comedy shows were very good and at many different times IMAX theater had good movies Lido deck which I personally don’t like wasn’t ever too crowded The cruise director worked very hard to please everyone They had the ship decorated for the holidays and made it feel like Christmas even though our cruise was the week before Christmas Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
My daughter and I booked this cruise while the Horizon was still under construction. We booked a balcony cabin on Deck 9. The views from our balcony was great. Our cabin had a mini frig and sufficient closet and storage space for our ... Read More
My daughter and I booked this cruise while the Horizon was still under construction. We booked a balcony cabin on Deck 9. The views from our balcony was great. Our cabin had a mini frig and sufficient closet and storage space for our things. Beds and pillows were very comfortable. Our cabin steward was great. We ate most of our evening meals in the MDR. Had lunch at the Pig & Anchor the first day on board. This was a disappointment! The meats, although very tasty, were dry. Also had lunch at Guy's Burgers, which were very good. Had dinner one evening a the Italian restaurant and the meal was superb (I had the short rib meal). Our last night on board we had dinner at the steakhouse which was excellent! The entertainment on board was very good. We enjoyed the shows in the Liquid Lounge. The boarding process took us only 15 minutes. Debarkation was 38 minutes from start to finish through Customs. The ship is very spacious and kept very clean. I would cruise on this ship again without hesitation. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This was my kids first time cruising and they loved it. We all had so much to do and the food was excellent. The meridian restaurant was awesome with at least three nights we had prime rib and lobster tails. We stayed in the family harbor ... Read More
This was my kids first time cruising and they loved it. We all had so much to do and the food was excellent. The meridian restaurant was awesome with at least three nights we had prime rib and lobster tails. We stayed in the family harbor lounge and had late night snacks available and a ps3 which my hubby and kids loved. I hardly heard any noise but we also cruised at a time most kids are in school which was nice. The only issue we had was due to no fault of carnival the water was choppy and we had to get off at a further port in grand Cayman but we still made it to the beach on the local bus and enjoyed. We didnt do any excursions and really you dont need to unless you like a packed itinerary or want to do more than get a tan. The cruise director was energetic and fun. Overall great time. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Holy cow this was so much fun!!! I have never been on a cruise before and went with my entire family. I have 7 siblings and we were joined by my parents, brother in law, and his parents. Everyone had time to do whatever they wanted onboard ... Read More
Holy cow this was so much fun!!! I have never been on a cruise before and went with my entire family. I have 7 siblings and we were joined by my parents, brother in law, and his parents. Everyone had time to do whatever they wanted onboard and also had a great time off board. Even with minor issues (and earthquake at Grand Cayman) the entire staff and our cruise director, Mike, made sure everything ran smoothly. The entire cruise staff was genuine and so helpful. Huge compliments to our waiters in the reflections restaurant Iketut and Ikadek, as well as our housekeeper, Widiarta. Everyone remembered ALL of our names which was a feat in itself. And as mentioned in my title, the carnival quest. This was the best way to spend one of the nights on board. For adults only, but if you like competition and a high energy event this is for you. The only recommendation I have is to make it earlier in the week. It really makes you work as a team and make friends so I feel like this would be a good event for the second night! Regardless, this cruise was fantastic. Definitely will be going again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
Carnival Horizon was a different experience compared to previous Carnival cruise ships, added rides, water works, etc. This was our 10th Carnival cruise. Entertainment was better that previous cruises. It was nice to have a live band ... Read More
Carnival Horizon was a different experience compared to previous Carnival cruise ships, added rides, water works, etc. This was our 10th Carnival cruise. Entertainment was better that previous cruises. It was nice to have a live band for some of the shows, rather than canned music. Dining was as good as before, with the exception of too many extra charges for various restaurants. The Bonsi Teppanyaki ( habatchi style) wasn't worth the extra $80 dollars and the food preparation was slow, maybe due to lack of chef experience? The service was good as usual, the elevators were a different experience, but eventually grew on you) We do miss the elevators in the central lobby/bar area. As other ships, it takes a few days to get use to the layout. We do miss the Filipino bands from previous cruises which we consider better that the violin, singe guitar, etc entertainers (personal choice of course) If you want to dance, sing along, bands are much more fun. Karioki - only 4 times in 8 days, should be every day as other Carnival ships (I like to embarrass my wife) The wife enjoyed her spa visits! Dining - the midnite buffet is baack.. would be nice if it had some variety, rather than the same thing every night. One thing we have learned over the years, is on the first day, go find your best bar on the ship, find out who the lead bartender is, and give 'em a $100 tip. Then they will take care of you the rest of the cruise (and no extra tipping required!!) Another note: the muster station exercise was indoor (rather than melting beside the boats) however it was a bit confusing, so pay close attention. This is the best time of year to go cruising, just outside of hurricane season and before holiday vacations for us. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We wanted to be one of the first to cruise on the Carnival Horizon. There were so much hype and expectations. So glad we did!! Overall one of my top 3 cruises. Ship- Beautiful and decorated for Christmas Cabin- If I had to complain ... Read More
We wanted to be one of the first to cruise on the Carnival Horizon. There were so much hype and expectations. So glad we did!! Overall one of my top 3 cruises. Ship- Beautiful and decorated for Christmas Cabin- If I had to complain about something, it would be our cabin. We were in room 12221(Interior Spa Room). Only one closet to hang clothes and 3 small drawers for two to share. I don't remember ever having a room with only one closet to hang clothes or very little space for the fold up clothes. Dining - We had "our time dining", so it was a different waiting staff each time we went. It was the best dining experience we have had in the past. Entertainment- The shows are top notch. Wish we could see more. Service- Our Stewart was EXCELLENT! Ports and Shore Excursions- We did not book any excursions through Carnival Read Less
Carnival Horizon Ratings
Category Editor Member
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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