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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.

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Carnival Horizon Cruise Review by blai2275

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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.
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Cabin 4F
We stayed midship, 7th deck, nice and quiet.
Deck 8 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins

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