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  1. Currently on the Carnival Horizon. Have been on 9 Carnival cruises but first on the Vista class. Let me know any questions anyone has and I will try to answer as best as possible!
  2. All depends on which ship you are booked on or are considering as not all Cloud 9 Spa ships have a thalassotherapy pool. The T-pool can be found on the Breeze, Dream, Magic, and Splendor. These speciality pools have metal tube loungers with a bubbler unit under them that seat 6-8 people, a barre for low impact stretch exercises, and 2 waterfall nozzles for intense shoulder and scalp water therapy, all under a sky light. The Mardis Gras is also supposed also have a thalassotherapy pool but since it is on deck 5 and has not been installed yet (or no pictures published) I'm not sure if it will have all of the above features. On the Horizon, Panorama and Vista instead they have a rectangular hot that seats 4-6 on tiled shelf. On the Sunshine and Sunrise there is no pool or hot tub feature that is part of the Cloud 9 area. I'm fairly sure that the Radiance, once the Victory goes through it's transformation, will be the same for it's Cloud 9 area.
  3. This may be an odd question. My wife and I are currently on the Horizon. Our son stayed home this cruise but plans on travelling with us at Christmas. He lives for chicken strips in the buffet. We have not seen one all week. Is this new????? Are all ships now chicken strip free????? Thanks a a lot in advance Heimey
  4. CurlerRob, I thank you profoundly for your excellent reporting and analysis, especially since you are a tech professional (which I am not). Holland America charges premium fares for their World Cruise on their flagship, the Amsterdam, so the abysmal internet service they gave you on it is particularly disturbing. That, plus the fact that it immediately improved when their CEO got onboard, says to me that we have here not only a technological deficit, but a deficit of ethics and good will, as well. A culture of lies to both their customers and their executives. It is understandable that technology upgrades require both time and capital expense (though HAL is running about three years behind their competition regarding internet). What is never acceptable is deliberately lying to your customers and prospective customers, promising and charging for service which you know you either cannot or will not give them. I am a lifelong business owner, entrepreneur and investor. I understand the necessity of profit and cash flow and shareholder returns. But I also know right from wrong and good from evil, the most important things of all. The HAL internet policy is both wicked and stupid (from the standpoint of alienating customers). This is how you kill a venerable old cruise line with proud traditions. I have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars with HAL, but they don't blink an eye at running me off. None of their executives have ever returned my calls, letters, or emails. This is not how I run my businesses. You asked which cruise lines I have been using with better internet. Mostly Celebrity. I've now been on most of their ships in many parts of the globe, including both Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific cruises. Since they switched their whole line to a new provider with totally new generation of low-level satellites and radically-improved technology, their internet service level has worked well for me, with occasional brief exceptions (mostly severe storms). I still miss Holland America's great itineraries, classic art and decor, the glorious flowers, and above all, the smiles and friendliness of the crews. But at least I can do my work and thus pay for the cruises. I have done just a few cruises in recent years with Royal Caribbean (whose internet is like Celebrity's), P&O (UK, owned by Carnival Corporation), and MSC. All have significantly better internet than I ever got on HAL (and often cheaper to boot). Cunard has gorgeous ships, but their internet is still in the Dark Ages. From what I have read, it would seem that these lines have also switched to the new-generation marine internet: Viking Ocean, Regent, Oceania, and Windstar. I haven't tried them yet. HAL's parent company, Carnival Corporation, has reputedly introduced greatly-upgraded service (called "Medallion") on a few of their ships in recent months: Regal Princess, Caribbean Princess, Carnival Horizon. I don't know how this compare to HAL's "new" service, but hopefully it is a step in the right direction which will eventually make it to HAL and their other lines. We shall see. I note that one of our responders above testifies to excellent internet on the Royal Princess. I understand that some of the new satellites are able to serve ships in very remote or difficult locations by beaming their signal directly to a particular ship and the beam following that ship. Also, they use more satellites in more places, at lower elevations. Of course, the ships need to have plenty of strong routers properly placed throughout the ship. But regardless of the technology, this is all predicated on a true commitment of a cruise line to providing really fast and reliable service at fair prices, and being honest about their limitations. This appears to be missing from Holland America still, but let's be grateful for the improvements on some of their ships. I remember the day when having internet at all on a cruise ship seemed miraculous, and it was very legitimate for cruise lines to say that sporadic and slow service should be expected at sea. However, with the current state of marine internet technology, cruise lines which continually make that excuse today are uncompetitive and/or dishonest. As they say in Texas, "That ole dog won't hunt no more." I grieve to hear that my beloved Holland America Line is among them. Thanks to everyone who has reported their experiences, whether positive or negative. Please keep them coming, so I can compile a list of HAL ships which have good enough internet for me to try again.
  5. My wife and I are taking our first cruise this fall. We are sailing on the Carnival Horizon on October 13/2019. We would love to talk to anyone else taking that cruise. We are so excited and have so many questions. So if anyone has any advice that they think would be of help, feel free. By the way my name is Dwight and my wife is Betty. Also I am mobility challenged so any advice there would be of help too.
  6. Looks like there's a roll call for your cruise, that would be the best way to connect with others on here that are on the same cruise - CARNIVAL HORIZON OCTOBER 13, 2019 ROLL CALL
  7. Does anyone have any recent fun times for the 6 day itinerary? Also, what are the must do's? Deck parties, shows, games, food and liquor tastings ect? Leaving on Sunday and don't want to miss anything good!
  8. I haven't seen them since! Looked just about every day! We're heading out on the Horizon next weekend and I was looking to snag a few more for gambling purposes! 🙂
  9. I am looking to book a cruise for summer of 2020. I've narrowed it down to either Magic or Horizon. Both are 8 day southern Caribbean. the ports are Aruba, curacao, la Romana and Amber Cove. The Horizon is $44 more. I've only been on carnival glory and carnival liberty. I can't decide which to choose.
  10. I haven't been to Horizon Court in over a decade but will be on Caribbean in July / August. How does World Market differ from Horizon Court? Is it much more than a change in names?
  11. We will cruising on the Star Princess in September 2019. I was curious as to what is the current condition of the Star Princess which was built in 2002. The last dry dock for the Star was in December 2017 (13 days in Victoria, BC). Normal dry docks average 10 days. Here is a breakdown of upgrades/changes that were performed on the Star Princess. Reupholster lounge chairs in Explorer's, Crooner's, Wheelhouse, Crown Grill, Library Vista Lounge received new upholstery on chairs New sofas for Explorer's and Crooner's New carpets in dining room and Crooner’s Sabatini’s was updated with updated décor and menu Replace Mini-suite sleeper sofas New lamps with UBS charging ports in staterooms New knobs and drawer pulls in staterooms New carpeting, beds, & mattresses in staterooms New LED TV’s in all staterooms plus wall TV’s on deck 7 On-demand TV’s most likely to be activated when OM is operational Replace astro turf deck covering on upper decks Complete renovation of the swimming pool and hot tub areas New washing stations at the entrance to Horizon Court Replace Horizon Court carpeting, floor tiles, tables and chairs New cutlery holders and furniture in the Horizon Court Replace Wheelhouse Dance floor Repair/Refinish beverage station cabinets in Horizon Court Promenade deck new carpeting throughout Salty Dog has not replaced the Trident Grille Coffee and Cones has not replaced Scoops Updated exercise equipment New carpeting in Princess Theater New sound system in the Princess Theater New LCD displays screens with information in elevator lobbies and public areas Upgrades in the Casino which includes many gaming tables, slots and carpeting Ocean Medallion wiring installed (not active until subsequent dry-dock in 2021/2022) The ship operating systems inspected and repaired as required Power clean 1/3 of the air ducks in staterooms and public areas Balance to be completed on future dry docks Sand blasted and painted the lower section of the haul Haul art (sea witch) added Bathrooms not refurbished Source of information: Cruisemapper, Fleet dry dock schedule, blogs, Cruiser Critic, Google
  12. Jackie - the String quartet only plays in the hallway during boarding. On all the other days they play at teatime in the Horizon lounge.
  13. The String Quartet on Oceania (at least on Riviera and Marina, not sure about the old R ships) is wonderful. They play when you are boarding and that adds a great deal of "class" to what is already a great experience. then they play at tea time in the Horizon lounge. (Oceania's teas make Regent look like amateurs!). That is also wonderful. I haven't heard them play in any bars in the evenings though but then we rarely go to bars aside from after dinner for a Calvados... One would have thought that Regent could borrow this idea!
  14. Probably a dumb question, but if I purchase the Premium Wifi on the Horizon, can I connect through my laptop? or does it have to be hand held device? Also how is the speed from your cabin, we are in a spa cabin deck 12. Thanks
  15. A quick followup. I didn't check while on Cunard due to their slow by-the-minute wifi but have since checked my HAL account. I am now 6 days away from 5-star. Unfortunately, that's still 17 months away (Zuiderdam, Quebec to New York) but it's on the horizon. Roy
  16. We are considering booking a Horizon View Suite on the Mariner. They are aft on decks 7,8,9,and 10. We are wondering what advantages/disadvantages there might be to the various decks. We had a bad experience years ago on Princess; we had a balcony on a certain level (e.g., deck 7), and because of the staggered design of the ship, the people on levels above us could look right down onto our deck. So... are decks 7,8,9,and 10 on Mariner situated so that one has privacy on the aft balconies? Thanks for any suggestions you might have.
  17. Dislike: No proper prom wraparound deck for walking. The "walking/jog" track at top of ship. Too exposed to elements and too many laps to the mile. Also closed frequently due to weather. Tendering is a nightmare with 3600 passengers. Ships this large should go only to ports with docks. Library is a joke. Without all the books donated by pax it would be even worse. Not enough beverage stations in the horizon court buffet area. Not enough seats in Princess show room to accommodate the number of passengers. Never could figure out how to hear captains announcements in cabin without opening the door. Didn't particularly like the various musical groups in the bars. Like: Overall good service in dining/bar venues as well as cabin stewards Huge selection of different foods in Horizon Court. Great cabin TV's. Still have self serve laundromats. Cabins well designed and comfortable.
  18. FASTER TO THE FUN (FTTF) Now guests can maximize their vacation fun with Carnival's Faster to the Fun (FTTF) package. This program is available for purchase via Carnival.com Shore Excursions. Space is limited. Simply click on your cruise ship departure port for availability. Faster to the Fun is very popular and sells out quickly so we encourage you to check back in case of cancellations. Faster to the Fun is open on sail dates through 2020, where applicable, in the following home ports: Baltimore, Charleston, Fort Lauderdale, Galveston, Jacksonville, Long Beach, Miami, Mobile, New Orleans, New York, Port Canaveral, San Juan, Seattle and Tampa. Faster to the Fun is not offered on Carnival Journeys departures, cruises in Europe, nor on cruises from the following home ports: Honolulu, Norfolk and Vancouver. It will be offered on the Carnival Panorama, starting with departures in February 2020, Carnival Radiance, starting with departures in January 2021 and Mardi Gras, starting in 2021 (date to be determined). The price is per stateroom, so only one guest needs to purchase Faster to the Fun and all occupants in the stateroom receive the benefits. Prices are subject to change and may vary by ship. Faster to the Fun is subject to availability. Prices Starting From Per Stateroom 2019 Cruises 2020 Cruises $39.95 USD 2 day cruises 2 day cruises $39.95 USD 3 day cruises (excluding Carnival Liberty) 3 day cruises (excluding Carnival Liberty) $59.95 USD 3 day cruises on Carnival Liberty 3 day cruises on Carnival Liberty $49.95 USD 4 day cruises on Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration and Carnival Sensation 4 day cruises on Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration and Carnival Sensation $59.95 USD 4 day cruises on Carnival Elation, Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Victory 4 day cruises on Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Victory, Carnival Conquest $69.95 USD 4 day cruises on Carnival Conquest, Carnival Dream, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Glory, Carnival Horizon, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Miracle, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Sunrise, Carnival Sunshine, Carnival Triumph, Carnival Valor and Carnival Vista 4 day cruises on Carnival Elation, Carnival Dream, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Glory, Carnival Horizon, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Miracle, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Sunrise, Carnival Sunshine, Carnival Valor and Carnival Vista $59.95 USD 5 day cruises on Carnival Sensation 5 day cruises on Carnival Sensation $79.95 USD 5 day cruises (excluding Carnival Sensation) 5 day cruises (excluding Carnival Sensation) $89.95 USD 6 day cruises (excluding Carnival Horizon) 6 day cruises (excluding Carnival Horizon) $109.95 USD 6 day cruises on Carnival Horizon 6 day cruises on Carnival Horizon $89.95 USD 7 day cruises (excluding Carnival Horizon) 7 day cruises (excluding Carnival Panorama) $109.95 USD N/A 7 day cruises on Carnival Panorama $99.95 USD 8 day and longer cruises (excluding Carnival Journeys departures and Carnival Horizon) 8 day and longer cruises* (excluding Carnival Horizon) $119.95 USD 8 day cruises on Carnival Horizon 8 day cruises on Carnival Horizon *Faster to the Fun is not offered on Carnival Journeys and Europe cruises. Faster to the Fun is not offered in the following home ports: Honolulu, Norfolk, Vancouver. Faster to the Fun will be offered on the Carnival Panorama, starting with departures in February 2020, Carnival Radiance, starting with departures in January 2021 and Mardi Gras, starting in 2021 (date to be determined). .... If the OP's home port/day 1 excursion page in their Manage My Cruise is not showing FttF as being available/sold out then either for some reason it's not available for their cruise** for some other reason not mentioned in the chart, or there is a hiccup with their computer or device. If it is a device glitch checking for browser or app updates, clearing history and cache, and shutting down the browser or restarting the device usually helps. **though not noted in the chart special sailings like the Casino Premier cruises, Premier Getaway cruises, and possibly the Hot Streak casino offers tend to usually withhold FttF to general passengers until the special booking offers close out as these casino VIPs like Platinum+ and suite passengers do take away from the availability of priority embarkation and final debarkation slots.
  19. Their inability to get the A/C working reliably is really bothering me. We were on last summer and it was warm, finally removing the diffuser helped some, and we are booked again the week of July 4th. I'm going to be really unhappy. Thanks for your report though. We found the world market buffet to be a worse setup than the horizon court from previous years, but I know that is subjective for everyone.
  20. I've read lots of reports of people having to queue for the Horizon Court on this ship and lots complaining it's to small. What's your experiences ? And has it changed since the dry dock , I believe its now called something else but I'm not sure of the name. Does anyone have pics since the revamp or have a link to pictures ?
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