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We wanted to cruise on this new ship, we had booked a B2B about a year out(30 Sep and 6 Oct cruises) Forgot to check if I had an Early Saver rate as the price on last minute balconies dropped a lot. Check in was fast for the Platinum group, we just walked on. As many have mentioned, the dining room food was ok to say the least. Generally cool and not warm, they need to use plate warmers. But the soups were always hot and good. The desserts were good too. The second cruise had better food and a bit warmer. My wife likes rice, terrible, and she gave up ordering it, like Minute Rice. And one night ordered salmon, did not like the fish she tried, and it came out very hot. So they can do it if they want to. The buffet had nothing for us to even try, just food for the masses. But the Gelato station they added was good. We ate mostly at the Mongolian Wok, pretty good. The pasta next door at the Italian restaurant was really good. The deli is still good, but they cook the Reubans different, no panini press, but toasted. Both Guy venues are good and did not disappoint. For breakfast ate at the Blue Iguana, I like the Huevo Rancheros, We received the email that the Sky Rider would be down for both cruises. On the 4th day of the second cruise it was up and running. Fun to ride and worth the wait. The Sky Course never had any lines, and also fun. The water park was refreshing and great for kids. I am 70 and had to try them all. We went to the IMAX to see the Panda documentary, worth the 5.50 cost. The shows were good, can’t see why some thought they were terrible. One may not like the music but they do a good job. Mike Pack was really a good director, I think we saw more of him than other directors on differnet cruises. They do a good job with the Military Appreciation event, and both weeks were still good, with new stories and veterans to meet. The new theater design is more like a club atmosphere. Only the 930 show was busy, we ate at 600 and always found a seat for the 730 show. Our balcony room was one deck above deck 5 promenade,so there some noise from people walking below. We left Miami and there was a whistling noise from door, they came up and tightened doof latch, problem solved. At night there was a booming beat we could hear. I could sleep and never knew where is came from, maybe Lido deck, or in ship design. Staff was always good and no problems there. The port visits are worth it for me, I still Scuba dive, and did Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Grand Turk. Great diving if one can do it. Took the Top 10 tour on St Kitts and St Maarten, both worth the money. And a lot to see, just use the Carnival Credit Card to save money. Could go on with more items, but we had fun, the dining room food was the big disappointment. We have already booked the Panorama for Apr 2020 with the daughters family and grandkids.

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Carnival Horizon Cruise Review by sgmdiver

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We wanted to cruise on this new ship, we had booked a B2B about a year out(30 Sep and 6 Oct cruises) Forgot to check if I had an Early Saver rate as the price on last minute balconies dropped a lot. Check in was fast for the Platinum group, we just walked on.

As many have mentioned, the dining room food was ok to say the least. Generally cool and not warm, they need to use plate warmers. But the soups were always hot and good. The desserts were good too. The second cruise had better food and a bit warmer. My wife likes rice, terrible, and she gave up ordering it, like Minute Rice. And one night ordered salmon, did not like the fish she tried, and it came out very hot. So they can do it if they want to.

The buffet had nothing for us to even try, just food for the masses. But the Gelato station they added was good. We ate mostly at the Mongolian Wok, pretty good. The pasta next door at the Italian restaurant was really good. The deli is still good, but they cook the Reubans different, no panini press, but toasted. Both Guy venues are good and did not disappoint. For breakfast ate at the Blue Iguana, I like the Huevo Rancheros,

We received the email that the Sky Rider would be down for both cruises. On the 4th day of the second cruise it was up and running. Fun to ride and worth the wait. The Sky Course never had any lines, and also fun. The water park was refreshing and great for kids. I am 70 and had to try them all.

We went to the IMAX to see the Panda documentary, worth the 5.50 cost.

The shows were good, can’t see why some thought they were terrible. One may not like the music but they do a good job.

Mike Pack was really a good director, I think we saw more of him than other directors on differnet cruises. They do a good job with the Military Appreciation event, and both weeks were still good, with new stories and veterans to meet. The new theater design is more like a club atmosphere. Only the 930 show was busy, we ate at 600 and always found a seat for the 730 show.

Our balcony room was one deck above deck 5 promenade,so there some noise from people walking below. We left Miami and there was a whistling noise from door, they came up and tightened doof latch, problem solved. At night there was a booming beat we could hear. I could sleep and never knew where is came from, maybe Lido deck, or in ship design.

Staff was always good and no problems there.

The port visits are worth it for me, I still Scuba dive, and did Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Grand Turk. Great diving if one can do it. Took the Top 10 tour on St Kitts and St Maarten, both worth the money. And a lot to see, just use the Carnival Credit Card to save money.

Could go on with more items, but we had fun, the dining room food was the big disappointment. We have already booked the Panorama for Apr 2020 with the daughters family and grandkids.
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