Carnival Horizon Cruise Review by kflores11
- Sail Date: June 2018
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Balcony
The check-in was a breeze, Do not arrive earlier than your assigned check-in time. Try to plan to arrive right on time. We had a 1:30 p.m. check-in time, arrived at 1:20 and we were on the ship by 1:50 p.m. make sure you do all your check in online. We could not believe with all the ppl checking in how organized they were.
We got our bags in two hours to our room with no issues. The steward was right there when we came to our cabin and was so nice.
Food was available the minute we got on board on the 10th floor, which was packed from the moment we got on.
Our first night was spent in Meridian Resturant - we were a large group and we had any time dining on our card from 5:30 -9:30 when we arrived at the host stand at 7 pm. We were told we didn't have our table any longer we had to go one floor up and check in and wait for a table. THIS WAS very annoying the line was down the hall, and very unexpected.. the last thing you want to do on vacation was wait to be seated for an hour for dinner. Somehow we were able to get two tables b/c I complained and everyone sort of seemed confused that worked at the host and it worked in my favor.
The food was ok in the Meridian, the service was good, except I ordered a btl of wine and was told they were out of that wine. That night when I was playing with my carnival app I was charged for four BTLS of the wine they were out of... which was $199 on my account.. which made them put another hold on my credit card right away. Guest services were VERY helpful with this overcharge and removed the wine that night from my account.
The pool deck - let me just say if you like to lay and relax by a pool this cruise is not for you! There are NOT nearly enough lounge chairs for 200 people and the boat holds 3950 guests! It is packed, nowhere to sit nowhere to put your stuff just people everywhere near the pools, it is ANNOYING!! Carnival will put a sticker on your chair if you are up for 40 minutes they will remove your stuff from your chair, and let other guests sit. The pools are TINY like the smallest I have ever seen on a cruise ship, and if you think you can't get a pool chair good luck getting a little spot to cool off in the pool, it is packed!!
The pools on every level are packed, water park packed.. just trust me it is VERY annoying to relax on this ship!!!
We did find some quiet napping time on deck 5, which no one seemed to know about.. this floor is great during the afternoon for a glass of wine and a quiet hour.
Dinners- book the restaurants that cost extra.. they were delish. It is annoying b/c you spend more $$ but worth it. We only ate the Meridian only 3 nights the rest at the paid locations. Make your reservations before you sail, you can always adjust the times once on the ship.
Do the cheers package if you like to drink.. it is worth the money even if you don't drink the 15 dinks per day.
The entertainment was good but almost too much! Every 30 minutes something is going on after 7 p.m. and you see people running to each location to make the shows and get a seat.
The ship is PACKED and very crowded so not much time for downtime, just keep that in mind. I came back exhausted which should not be the case on a cruise!
Overall we were impressed with how clean the ship was, you put your empty glass down it is cleaned in 2 minutes, the rooms were always clean and no issues at all.
Leaving the ship - super organized and easy! Just choose the early time to leave, you get off the same time as the last time but it goes fast. We were off the ship by 10:15 and at our UBER by 10:30.
If you have kids - Camp Ocean is the way to go! My kids wouldn't go as much as I would have liked b/c they were in two separate groups - BUT we were super impressed by how great the staff were! The camp was super organized and clean!
Excursions - you are at the port for a VERY short time, it is very disappointing - Grand Turk - the beach was NOT great off the ship. We felt super unsafe and I wasn't going to pay to go to a beach for 3 hours, it was very disappointing.
PR - NOTHING to do and was boring ( and you are at this port the longest)
Amber Cove - Do the Dolphins that was worth your money.
Pros of the Ship: very clean, good wine selections for the cheers program, cocktails were on point. Cabin stewards were great! Cruise Director and his staff were great!
Cons: Super packed and not enough space for everyone. Long food lines, I never even tried a burger from Guys burger place b/c the line was always SO SO LONG!
If you like to cruise this boat is, for you, it is a long 8 days!!! Enjoy!
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