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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. I just did the Northbound last week on the Royal and am doing the Southbound this week. I've been blogging live both cruises so I'll take a shot at answering some of your questions. Per CC rules I can't post my blog link so I hope it's ok I've just copied and pasted some of my posts to answer the questions. I hope it makes sense as the responses are from different days. Everything in blue comes from a straight copy and paste from the blog. 1) any problems with the size of the ship and getting around the inside passage? 2) did they take the advertised route or have to make changes? The ship changed course from what we typically would expect on an Alaskan cruise from Vancouver. Taking the green route out of Vancouver instead of the typical "red" route was probably the most disappointing. Coming in from the north in Ketchikan (the brown route instead of the red route) was a bit surprising, but not unexpected based on the marine pilot concerns. The Royal's Vancouver departure route is in green. The Royal's Ketchikan approach is in brown. 3) what are the best viewing areas besides your cabin? Most of the time you could find us in the Horizon Terrace. That's the area all the way back of the buffet. We never had a problem finding a place to sit. In fact, many times it was empty. We enjoyed many meals there and also spent time just watching the world go by. We also took advantage of what could almost be considered a secret deck. There are doors outside Crooners and the Effy store leading to a seldom used deck with chairs. Lots of space available on the rail on Glacier Bay Day. See? Even when the ship was stopped at Margerie Glacier I had no problem finding a spot at the rail. You can also access an additional portion of the deck through doors just in front of the Vista Lounge. You'll find chairs there, too. Just in the nick of time I made it outside to capture the glacier. Our go-to spot is the Horizon Terrace at the back of Horizon Court. Who wouldn't want to sit in these empty, comfy seats on the Horizon Terrace? 4) which specialty restaurant do u recommend? We went to Sabatini's the other night for dinner for the first time. Since I don't like Italian food we've always skipped the place. As I found out, it's not all pasta. A couple weeks back on the Ruby we tried Share for the first time and said it was going to replace our Crown Grill visits. Now we're in a quandary. We might want Sabatini's to be the Crown Grill replacement. It was really, really good. After so many mediocre visits to Crown Grill on so many ships across the fleet, eating at Sabatini's and Share have been like a breath of fresh air. I'll do a write-up on Sabatini's at a later date so keep an eye out for it. In the meantime, if you get a chance to try Sabatini's on the Royal Princess, do it. 5) hows the Internet speed? I was planning on doing a trip wrap-up from last week, but just realized we'll be losing our internet today. That's one thing I've forgotten to mention about Glacier Bay. In my experience, the internet will be out for the day. I'll post new Medallion videos once I get home. The MedallionNet here is better than the Ruby but worse than the Caribbean Princess. It's not fast enough to watch any videos, let alone upload them. Want to know the pricing for the Internet? Right here: 6) any particular excursions u recommend? Please free to add any other tips or advice.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Time for a new review: Spring Break 2019!!! We cruise the Freedom of the Seas out of Old San Juan this time (I just love cruising from here). Our ports would be: Leaving San Juan: April 21 8:30pm Basseterre, St Kitts: April 22 9-6pm St Johns, Antigua: April 23 8-5pm Castries, St Lucia: April 24 9-6pm Bridgetown, Barbados: April 25 8-7pm Sea Day: April 26 All fricken day long Philipsburg, St Maarten: April 27 8-6pm San Juan Arrival: April 28 6am This time around it would be myself, hubby and Sakari the Mermaid and Kendra's family (Billy, Brayden, Kambriah) and Billy's niece Shawna. My last cruise in December is when I decided to "resurface" on the web with a new review of our cruise on Carnival's Horizon. So many things had happened in my family since that summer and things were very hectic in life. Well....I have managed to FINALLY complete my bachelors degree (after dragging it out for years...we all know I plan school and "life" around my cruising lol) and I would consider this my "Graduation cruise". (Hey, any excuse used for a cruise is a good excuse right?). I was going out with a bang! Since all of the "changes in life" before my last cruise (new grandbabies, youngest son buying a new house and moving out, schooling, selling one of our businesses, and some home remodeling) there have been a few more changes thrown our way. Our Christmas cruise...we (meaning my family and Kendra's) were set to cruise and Kendra's fiance got word that they didn't think his dad would make it to Christmas. The day we were to fly out, Billy pulled out of going on the cruise. His father did make it, but unfortunately, he passed away February 15th this year. Billy has not taken it well (his dad raised him and all of his siblings so they were very close). To make matters worse, Billy's best friend (along with another good friend and an acquaintance) were also killed in a vehicle accident the SAME DAY! It was a crazy day and he has been dealing with a lot. With all that behind him, he really needed this cruise. But wait...there's MORE! Like how can there possibly be more that can be put on this mans shoulders? Two weeks before the cruise, his Uncle passed away. Then his baby sister passed away the Friday before the cruise. 😞 Less than 2 months from his fathers and best friends death he was once again burying another family member. He was not only dealing with all the loss in his family, but also trying to arrange a funeral prior to leaving. I just feel so bad for him and we were also VERY close to his dad and best friend. It's been a living nightmare for all of us. We really needed this cruise and a break away from life in general. I decided to pick a cruise that would have at least one new port we had never been to before. We absolutely loved cruising with Royal Caribbean last time and figured it was time to come back again for this cruise. Antigua is one port that I had never been to...so we booked. Now originally we were going to go with an interior, especially since this is another port intensive cruise and we aren't the type to spend much time in our rooms anyhow. But we found the ocean views to be a great deal...then for some reason I took a look at an ULTRA SPACIOUS OCEAN VIEW, which happened to be located at the very front of the ship with 2 windows. Hmmm, it's my graduation celebration cruise right? Heck, why not? I was super excited and knew that any room bigger than any previous interior or balcony had to be awesome right? I booked and was super excited!!! Kendra played it cheap and booked an interior for their group. Spring Break cruises are always a lot more expensive than other times and she didn't want the added expense...or at least that's what she thought at the time. lol But before the review begins...just a few non-legal formalities heh heh heh.....
  6. 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.
  7. That will be cutting it close, we switched Southwest flights to 1:30pm in order to use Port Valet, its a great free service. Fill out the form and turn it in by Wednesday, look for it in your daily packet. Eligible Criteria: Must disembark between 7:45-9:00am; your flight must depart on the same day your ship arrives in Seattle AFTER 2PM; you have a confirmed reservation with one of these airlines: American, Alaska, Delta, Horizon, Jet Blue, Southwest *****Southwest flights can be between 11AM-4PM only*********** It worked out great for us, we hung about on the ship and had breakfast then strolled off at 9 by the time the crowds had dissipated, no problem getting an Uber pickup near Anthonys restaurant.
  8. Ah! Enjoy. (and wise for getting on *after* she passes the Horn of Africa ) I was on Regal last month, and her Medallion Net was stellar until the O3b MEO satellites dropped below the southern horizon. Expect it to work just fine from Singapore to Sydney.
  9. 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 ?
  10. Depending on how fast you try and go I would say about 3 to 5 minutes. It was really really fun. I think we are going to miss it big time on the Sunshine, Breeze, and Mardi Gras. I am hoping they move the Horizon or the Vista to Port Canaveral in May 2021! The elevator would be better if they had a "number of passengers" button after you pressed which floor. I never really felt like we waited for a long time anytime we took them. Thanks for the feed back! I kicked my self every time I imported a vertical video....what in the world was I thinking. I am doing research on what cameras people are using in their Vlogs. I think we will pick up something before the Bermuda cruise! The iPhone works well but I think there are better options. We have talked and talked about doing Vlogs but never actually did it. We were going to do it this cruise and then we were practicing some and it just felt so weird being on camera and hearing myself talk. After posting and then this post turning into a live review, it gave us some confidence to try it. Thats why there is way more video in the 3rd post because we started trying it. We made sure there was still time for us during our vacation and always will. But it was really fun posting and taking videos! I have watched so many videos and learned so much that it is a great way to help someone that is new to cruising! Looking forward to building our channel on youtube. Hoping to get to 1000 subscribers. That is the goal!
  11. December/January just past, I sailed on Royal Princess and Nieuw Statendam. Your opinion of the "crowd" issue precisely is mine. The Horizon Court/Bistro on Royal Princess, at prime meal time, is significantly more chaotic than such a time on Nieuw Statendam. Prime time events on Royal Princess were also more crowded than on Nieuw Statendam. (Leave your seat and you'd lose it.)
  12. Is the Horizon Court Buffet open at Dinner Time. Princess web site says it ,is closed for Dinner.
  13. Hank, a couple of cruises ago, my wife and her cousins spent many long afternoons sitting in the Horizon Court talking. Your "time limit" idea would NOT have been welcome!
  14. On the horizon the Italian and Asian places, both free for lunch.
  15. Hello Cruise Critic members, Going on a cruise to Curacao on Carnival Horizon. My first time in Curacao going with adults and kids. What would you recommend for someone to do first time going to Curacao?
  16. The cheap high-bandwidth uplink satellites will be well above your horizon since you only go south to 33ºS, but I'm not aware of any Medallion Class ships on that route...?
  17. I am sailing on the Horizon this summer in a Havana Balcony and looking forward to it. We can not sail during the school year so we wanted to avoid the crowds at the other pools and just relax. I tried the serenity area before on another ship and didn't care for it. The hot tub was blazing and there was no breeze. I don't mind paying for the Havana area. To each his own.
  18. I am confused. Circle C is on both the Horizon and the Magic.
  19. It really depends what you are looking for. The Horizon has more going on, which I believe usually brings a higher chance of fun. If you are going to let some of the poorly designed lounges ruin your time, I would choose the Magic, which is no slouch. I had a heck of a time getting a Punchliner seat on a Dream class though.
  20. Yeah, I wouldn't count on it on the Legend. Carnival officially supports Netflix on the Vista, Horizon & now Sunrise through the Premium plan, but only because they have the most upgraded wifi service. They don't officially support YouTube on any ship or any plan, but people have reported being able to stream video services like YouTube, HBO Go, & ESPN, on the Vista & Horizon. Carnival started upgrading wifi service on other ships in the fleet, as well. I think they started with the Dream class. Even then, I don't think it's as good as the newest ships.
  21. It looks like the Horizon has more for kids to do. Does the Magic have the ropes course and a thrill theater like the Breeze?
  22. Here are the differences between the ships, it is ultimately up to you and your family to choose which better suits your needs. I hope this helps. Horizon: Basics- 3,500 more gross tons 300 more passengers 50 feet longer 100 more crew Dining- Bonsai Teppanyaki Jiji Asian Kitchen Fresh Creations Bonsai Sushi Shake Spot Bars- Havana Bar Guy's Pig and Anchor Brewhouse Skybox Sports Bar Beer Station Entertainment- IMAX/Thrill Theater Kids/Teens- Dr. Seuss Bookville Outdoor- SkyRide Magic: Dining- Mongolian Wok Activities- Art Exhibitions/seminars/auctions/games Bars- Red Frog Pub Kids/Teens- Seuss at Sea Circle C Towel Animal Theater Spa- Thalassotherapy Pool
  23. All the newer ships , Dream ,Magic , Breeze ,Vista , Horizon are held inside ,The older ships are outside
  24. We are considering a cruise on the Horizon because of the itinerary. We are well seasoned cruisers ( over 30 cruises) having cruised on a variety of cruise lines including Carnival. After checking reviews I am wondering...... from service to food....is it really that terrible? We have enjoyed our previous Carnival cruises but this is giving us second thoughts about booking the Horizon. We would appreciate hearing from Horizon cruisers..... should we stay away from this ship? TIA!
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