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  1. Thanks, I would love to sail the Horizon again and stay in the Havana area again.
  2. For me there was no wow factor boarding the ship like other Carnival ships. Since our rooms were ready we headed to the Havana area and our rooms. Our keys were in our mailbox and some other reading material.
  3. We woke up Sunday excited to soon be boarding the Horizon. The girls traveling with me had a 12:30 check in time so we were not in a hurry to get to the ship. We proceeded to the concierge breakfast. We were given mimosa's to start the day. We had a nice breakfast. We checked out of the hotel and 2 of us grabbed an uber while the other 2 drove in a car. We arrived and waited for them to park. If you ever drive to the port of Miami get there early for a space in the parking garage. It was full when they arrived and they were redirected around the port. I saw them come around and we unloaded their luggage and a porter took it. They then had to drive to an open air lot and park the car. This process took some time. They finally met up with us and we all proceeded into the terminal building. There was not waiting to check in and we walked onto the ship and were met by this fellow.
  4. The itinerary for this cruise was Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. A little background, I chose this cruise because the dates were the best for my friends who were cruising with me. We all were born in 1959 and wanted to celebrate our 60th year together. I have known 2 of the girls traveling since elementary school and the third traveler we met in Jr. High. We were all very excited to plan a trip together and spend some quality time together. We chose 2 Havana cabins for this trip 5237 and 5239. I do not have any pictures to include since there is a great YouTube video of 5239 that we watched getting ready for our cruise. We all arrived in Miami the day before the cruise. Two of us flew into FLL and used SAS Transportation to bring us to the JW Marquis Marriott in Miami. The other 2 drove to the port and parked at the hotel. Parking at this hotel is very expensive, $55 a day. SAS Transportation was very pain free. We called when we received our luggage at the turnstile and he arrived in a very timely manner. We had 1 other family on the the shuttle with us going to a hotel in Miami. Our hotel was very nice. It has an outdoor pool, indoor sports court, bowling alley and various games to play in the sports area. I am platinum with Marriott so we had a room on the concierge level and a very nice buffet for happy hour. They do not include alcoholic beverages but the area and the view are very nice. We were joined by some friends in Miami and had a nice evening catching up and we chose to eat at the hotel and called it an early night because tomorrow we board the Horizon.
  5. Nice and the ocean has been so calm for your journey. We got invited up to the bow of a celebrity ship for sail into San Juan, really cool experience, happy to hear that Carnival is doing this too.
  6. Can't wait to hear what you think jimbo!
  7. Wow fantastic review. I had missed quite a few posts while I was on the Horizon last week. This cruise is on my bucket list. Can't wait for more. Your next stop is my birth island. Hope you had a great time.
  8. May I ask why your would never again sail the Disney Fantasy?
  9. After sailing in the Havana area of the Horizon, I am not looking for other cruise lines to sail. I loved the Havana area. I previously sailed 1 Celebrity and 2 RCL before this 13th Carnival. I think Celebrity will also be in our future. The service was fantastic. I missed the dining room experience this time on Carnival. We were not seated at table and a handed menu, napkin not placed in lap and no drink waiter. We couldn't even get a cup of coffee or a glass of ice without asking numerous times. I haven't sailed HAL since 2005 but might try it again also.
  10. Aren't they already changing the area on the Mardi Gras?
  11. I hope they change the gift by the time I sail the Legend in 2020.
  12. Looking forward to your thoughts on the ship.
  13. Loved the Havana, hoping to do a quick review if I can get caught up at work.
  14. This past Saturday I could have made that flight leaving the Horizon. I am platinum and did self debark and we waited for the SAS shuttle then we even went to another ship to pick up a family. I could have been at the airport much sooner if I had taken a taxi or an uber. My flight was 11:50 and we got to the airport at 8:20 ish. The baggage guy even asked us what time our flight was, I don't think they take your bags before a certain time. One thing about SAS is they have people monitoring the traffic. There was road construction and we almost turned off at an exit but he knew it was clearing ahead because someone monitoring the traffic cameras told him. In your case, I think I would use uber or a taxi just be to safe. I had TSA precheck and was at the "new" airport Margaritaville by 8:50.
  15. On the Horizon they have coffee and pastries too.
  16. I got a nightlight on the Horizon last week. I was hoping for the tumbler since the week before cruisers got that so I didn't bring a drink cup. The nightlight is nice, I put it in my bathroom not too bright.
  17. I just got off the Horizon on Saturday and I am platinum. We met in the dining room at 6:30 and we lined up our luggage and the diamonds were the first to exit and so on. They also had to different lines when leaving the dining room, one for people with passports, one for people with an orange sticker (don't know what that was since I couldn't get our TV to work to hear the debarkation talk) and a line for people with birth certificates. We also experienced a new customs experience. They did it before the normal customs area by facial recognition. Mine worked, my friends did not so she had to get in another line and show her passport. Hopefully someone will know what the orange sticker meant.
  18. We do have Mike Pack, looking forward to it Danca4eva. Thank you Phillyfan for the input.
  19. Thank you so much! I have never been on a ship with the Alchemy bar, can't wait to experience it.
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