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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 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The ship doesn't have anything to do with it. But in all honesty, I don't know how they determine when they release it. We'll be on the Horizon in March 2020 and FTTF was released back in March. And sold out within a week or two. Nothing you can do but check regularly.
  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. I had the pleasure of cruising on the Horizon when it was briefly in NY. It looks like the upcoming Vista class ships are bound for China. NY is getting some Carnival refurb ships that have many of the Vista elements, but I really miss the Havana experience.
  7. I have cruised on both ships and Magic would be an easy choice for me. Keep in mind I like attending shows, especially comedy, and there is no comparison between the lounges/theaters on these ships. The ones on Horizon are way too small for the size of the ship. The thermal suite on Magic is a lot nicer if that interests you. I like the Red Frog Pub more than Guys Pig n Anchor, another plus for Magic. I also prefer the atrium with glass elevators on Magic. Horizon is still a nice ship, but it doesn’t compare to Magic in my book.
  8. Hello Cruise Critic members, Going on a cruise to Grand Turk on Carnival Horizon. My first time in Grand Turk going with adults and kids. What would you recommend for someone to do first time going to Grand Turk?
  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. According to this, there are four other Vista ships in various stages of building/planning that are intended for the China market (2 for Costa, 2 for a Chinese corporation). These are besides the Carnival Vista/Horizon/Panorama.
  11. Not sure where you are getting your information, but it is wrong. Vista is based in Galveston. Horizon is based in Miami. Panorama will be based in Long Beach. You can easily verify this by going to Carnival’s website and look at available bookings into early 2021.
  12. Is the Horizon Court Buffet open at Dinner Time. Princess web site says it ,is closed for Dinner.
  13. I had to make that same decision. My husband chose the Magic. We like that size Carnival ship the best. We haven't sailed on the Horizon, but have sailed on the Vista. We didn't like the extremely long lines for the adult comedy shows and didn't like the theater. The theater is not set up like the smaller ships and it's difficult to get a decent view of the stage. We always stand in line early, but this was ridiculous. There are pros about the bigger ship. There are more people, but there is also more to do. It really depends on who you are travelling with and the things you would like to do on the ship. I think teens would really like the larger ship. Many adults prefer it too. Since my husband and I aren't interested in the water slides and things like that, the Magic is a much better fit for us.
  14. This was a hard choice for us for our upcoming August 2019 cruise. Ultimately, the cost difference was greater in August, so we choose the Magic, which have sailed on before. My kids loved the layout and the water slides. They were less enamored with teh pictures of the Dr. Seuss themed water areas on the Horizon. I would have liked to try something different, but what can you do!
  15. Not sure this is accurate. Horizon is in Miami, Vista is in Galveston and the Panorama is still under construction and going to California year round.
  16. Santorini Greece (3 other ships in port; Pullmantur Horizon, MSC Sinfonia, and Norwegian Jade (which arrived at noon)). First things first, WOW was this port crowded. There were only only two other ships in port when we were in Oia (NCL Jade hadn’t yet arrived) and it wasn’t yet high tourist season and the village was wall to wall people! Today we took the included tour, it was exactly what we wanted to do. The included tour tendered us ashore to the ferry docks (not to the bottom the cable car), and then bused us to the village of Oia (home to the famous pictures everyone is familiar with). Upon arriving in Oia she walked us to the town square and gave us directions on how to reach the famous picture spot and told everyone when and where to rejoin the bus. Before setting out we asked for cable car tickets and told the guide we’d most likely spend more time in Oia and would take a local bus or taxi into Thera to get to the tender back to the ship. We then set out to take the famed photos of Santorini everyone is familiar with. This is when we realized just how crowded the village was. We were walking shoulder to shoulder up and down the streets and steps of the village. After getting the photos we wanted, abandoning plans to get more, we quickly made our way back to the meeting point so we could take our tour bus into Thera. We couldn’t take the crowds! One thing of note, there is a public WC near the bus terminal is Oia, the price was 50Euro cents per person. Once we arrived back in Thera the crowds were even worse, we didn’t even check the line for the cable car we found the top of the steps (Donkey trail) and began the walk down. Honestly the walk down the steps wasn’t that bad. The steps are wide, maybe because it was still before noon but the path was not completely covered in dokey dung. We boarded a tender, enjoyed a leisurely lunch, and relaxed the rest of the afternoon onboard Viking Star. If we are ever in Santorini again we’ll most likely stay onboard, the crowds are just too much! And once again we kept reminding ourselves, “This isn’t even high tourist season, and 1 large ship hadn’t even begun tendering yet!” While I’m typing about Santorini, a little PSA: Watch your belongings! On our bus the gentleman in front of me was pickpocketed and a lady had her camera stolen from her purse.
  17. 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?
  18. Hello Cruise Critic members, Going on a cruise to Aruba on Carnival Horizon. My first time in Aruba going with adults and kids. What would you recommend for someone to do first time going to Aruba?
  19. We had a great time. Your advice here was very helpful. I totally get that a large number of passengers only do crossings. Most of them have already seen the world, but love the cruise experience. We met some interesting folk from all over the world. A couple of other things: We were offered the new all-inclusive package for $89/day per person. No way could we justify the cost. Although I had decided not to take the laundry package, I cratered at the last minute. They did a wonderful job, but I'm not sure it was worth the $192, but oh, well. Part of the joy was disconnecting from the internet. We did not purchase the drinks package. We had cocktails before and sometimes after dinner, a glass of wine or beer at lunch, and a bottle of wine at dinner and only added on about $75 a day for both over the trip. If you have the package, you are limited to certain wines by the glass and certain spirits. I also wonder if people drink more to get their money's worth... Guess it all depends what you want. We loved the noon update by the third officer on the bridge. We loved visiting the bridge and talking weather, navigation, and gin. LOL. We only saw one tanker, far off on the horizon, no whales, but also no islands of plastic. Wonderful relaxation. In Lisbon, we stayed at http://www.corposantohotel.com/en/hotel-corpo-santo. It was perfect for sightseeing. Great staff and comfortable rooms. Maybe not as good as Star Breeze rooms, but... Would I do it again? Yes. I would like to try one from east to west, maybe after they test out the stretched ships a bit to make sure they don't snap in half. 😉
  20. Well then maybe I learned something here. St Maarten looks pretty busy in January. I went May of last year, and we were the only ship there. May seems to be less congested. Date Port Load Ships in port 01-Jan-19 3959 MSC Preziosa 02-Jan-19 6088 Royal Princess, Allure Of The Seas 03-Jan-19 10819 Jewel Of The Seas, Oasis Of The Seas, Celebrity Edge 04-Jan-19 05-Jan-19 6580 Carnival Fascination, Wind Surf, Freedom Of The Seas 06-Jan-19 7531 Jewel Of The Seas, Costa Pacifica, Riviera 07-Jan-19 2162 Celebrity Summit, Star Pride 08-Jan-19 2650 Koningsdam 09-Jan-19 13493 Adventure Of The Seas, Harmony of the Seas, MSC Seaside 10-Jan-19 7780 Regal Princess, Anthem of the Seas 11-Jan-19 12-Jan-19 6580 Carnival Fascination, Wind Surf, Freedom Of The Seas 13-Jan-19 3780 Costa Pacifica 14-Jan-19 4000 Costa Magica, Seven Seas Voyager 15-Jan-19 14442 Norwegian Dawn, Carnival Pride, Disney Wonder, Ventura, MSC Preziosa 16-Jan-19 6088 Royal Princess, Allure Of The Seas 17-Jan-19 18562 Jewel Of The Seas, Veendam, MSC Magnifica, Oasis Of The Seas, MSC Divina, Celebrity Edge 18-Jan-19 2501 Serenade Of The Seas 19-Jan-19 2946 Carnival Fascination, Wind Surf 20-Jan-19 9232 Grandeur Of The Seas, Costa Pacifica, Carnival Sunshine 21-Jan-19 212 Star Pride 22-Jan-19 4950 Carnival Conquest, Riviera 23-Jan-19 15887 Norwegian Pearl, Adventure Of The Seas, Harmony of the Seas, MSC Seaside 24-Jan-19 13187 Jewel Of The Seas, Celebrity Silhouette, Regal Princess, Norwegian Escape 25-Jan-19 3030 Celebrity Reflection 26-Jan-19 9230 Carnival Fascination, Wind Surf, Freedom Of The Seas, Koningsdam 27-Jan-19 3780 Costa Pacifica 28-Jan-19 3300 Costa Magica 29-Jan-19 3959 MSC Preziosa 30-Jan-19 7222 Oriana, Allure Of The Seas 31-Jan-19 16703 Jewel Of The Seas, Celebrity Summit, Oasis Of The Seas, Carnival Horizon, Celebrity Edge Date Port Load Ships in port 01-May-19 13493 Adventure Of The Seas, Harmony of the Seas, MSC Seaside 02-May-19 3006 Carnival Sunshine 03-May-19 04-May-19 2634 Carnival Fascination 05-May-19 06-May-19 07-May-19 8169 Carnival Fascination, Symphony of the Seas 08-May-19 5400 Allure Of The Seas 09-May-19 4375 Independence of the Seas 10-May-19 11-May-19 3634 Freedom Of The Seas 12-May-19 13-May-19 7814 Freedom Of The Seas, Anthem of the Seas 14-May-19 6286 Carnival Fascination, Carnival Magic 15-May-19 5179 MSC Seaside 16-May-19 5200 Harmony of the Seas 17-May-19 18-May-19 19-May-19 20-May-19 21-May-19 2634 Carnival Fascination 22-May-19 3120 Caribbean Princess 23-May-19 5200 Harmony of the Seas 24-May-19 25-May-19 3634 Freedom Of The Seas 26-May-19 27-May-19 4180 Anthem of the Seas 28-May-19 2634 Carnival Fascination 29-May-19 10579 Allure Of The Seas, MSC Seaside 30-May-19 31-May-19
  21. Our first cruise, through a TA, way before the internet, was the Celebrity Century. We were hooked and followed with the Galaxy and Horizon, all through the TA. Once the internet was born, I did my shopping online with more competitive prices. We've been on all the ships except the Edge!!
  22. So our evening in Corfu took a slight turn for the worse after my last update. Sadly as we sat down to dinner I started to feel quite unwell. I had to excuse myself and make for the cabin. All turned out well I hasten to add but I did have some nasty stomach cramps, which made for an uncomfortable nights sleep. So nothing to report on from Blu that night. I slept through the show and didn't see any of the ship that night. Yesterday in Kotor, Montenegro was happily a different story. We got off the ship after a leisurely start to the day. I didn't fancy rushing about after the previous nights escapades. The tender into Kotor was the most beautiful I've ever been on. It was around 20 mins surrounded by high, lush green and grey hills. We had a good walk around the old town but didn't fancy the 1hr 30 min hike up the hill, which I hear was fantastic. Kotor is like no place I've ever been to before. Well worth a visit. Back on the ship, I thought I would chance a beer, since my stomach had robbed me of the opportunity the previous day. Washed down with some food from the pool grill, it was a sure sign I was feeling better. We were treated to some traditional Montenegran dancing and singing just before sail away. Just as the dancers had finished, the heavens opened and most people rushed inside, although some who had helipad invites braved the weather. We watched the most scenic sailaway we have had in 4 cruises from the comfort of the Reflections Lounge. It was truly beautiful, even in the rain. If you enjoy a dramatic sailaway, I can highly recommend Kotor. We got ready for evening chic and decided to swing past the Future Cruise team. Within 20 mins we had put a hold on a 2020 September sailing of the new ship Apex! We booked one of the much talked about Infinity Verandas. I have to say that I don't really get the negativity around them but time will tell in 458 days time. Not that I am counting. Off to dinner we went with our exciting news. Dinner was brilliant. We got a lovely window table in Blu and could watch the remainder of Montenegro pass by with totally flat sea conditions. We both had the Lobster for main and shared crab cakes and goats cheese in breadcrumbs to start. The Lobster was great, as was the crab but the cheese was lacking. Two out of three ain't bad! We spoke to a lovely Norwegian couple over dinner and reminded ourselves how great some of the people you meet at sea are. We did the late show - The Fly Boys from the UK. They essentially take modern songs and make them swing. If anyone has heard Paul Anka 'Rock Swings' album, it is this personified. We thoroughly enjoyed the show and the singers were very comedic and had excellent voices. Before retiring we took in some karaoke. It was a hoot. Some on key, some not so much! With the knowledge that we now have 3 cruises on the horizon (2 Celebrity, 1 Norwegian), our end of cruise blues were well and truly banished. Sent from my SM-G975F using Tapatalk
  23. Report #121 Cartagena, Colombia May 19, 2019 Sunday Cloudy & 87 degrees Part #1 of 3 80 Pictures The first port of call for this Panama Canal cruise was Cartagena, Colombia. The city was founded in 1533 by Spanish conquistadors, who soon realized the country was rich with emeralds and gold. However, smart pirates, like Sir Francis Drake, attacked, causing the King to build a 50 foot thick wall around the Old City. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. These days the city of over 616,000 people offers towering skyscrapers, vacation resorts and hotels, and high end shopping. Emeralds and fine jewelry fill the boutique shops, as well as their famous Juan Valdez Colombian coffee. And the Bocagrande district, where you can find all of this, is a mere 15 minute taxi ride from the pier. Shore excursions had 13 tours, starting from 2½ to 4 hours for the price of $40 to $100. Most were sightseeing either by bus or boat, and only one left the city to see birds in an aviary on the island of Baru. Most all of the tours made a stop at Las Bovedas, “The Dungeons”, a former prison turned into row after row of handicraft stalls. If you cannot find souvenirs here, you will find them nowhere. Anyway, that is really an incredible amount of tours, since we will only be here from 7am to 1pm. Arriving to the harbor on time at 7am, it was cloudy, for sure. But so heavily overcast that it made breakfast more like going to dinner. It got darker every minute we sat there. Slam warned us that he had a scratchy throat and felt a cold coming on. Too late, because we already have it. It has spread like wildfire the last few weeks, and finally caught up with us. It does not matter how many times you wash your hands, we believe the virus is in the air and circulating through the forced air on the ship. Hopefully it will be short-lived. Shortly after getting our breakfast, the rain began to come down in torrents. So loud that we could hear it pounding the dining room windows. Thunder and lightning followed. At least the ship was getting a good bath. Speaking of ships, we are the only cruise ship in port today, but there was an American naval vessel docked across from us. From the promenade deck, we watched as there was a lot of activity happening with their crew. Good thing we took a few photos, because they pulled out after 10am. The many buses were being loaded, as well as the local hop-on hop-off double decker covered bus. The bad news was that an ambulance was waiting for someone to transport to the hospital. Eventually a man was wheeled down on a stretcher along with two other guests traveling with him, we assume. Always sad to see. By the time the rain let up, we left the ship by 9:30am for a stroll to the terminal shop and garden. We were most surprised to find that there were no umbrellas for the guests to borrow. That is something to remember if anyone does a shorter cruise, as we assumed these plastic umbrellas were available all of the time. There were two shuttle buses taking folks to the terminal as well. It is always fun to see the collection of birds at this terminal. It is like a small jungle in a forest. Before we saw them, we could hear the familiar call of the resident peacocks, who seem to have multiplied quite a bit since our last visit. They were perched in the tall trees and climbing across the roof of the shops and restaurant. The first enclosure we saw was the pond and fountain where beautiful flamingos live. For friends, they have some black swans, native geese, and some ducks. Passing through the store, we went out back to find we were being greeted with “hola” from all different sides. Guess what? It was coming from many colorful macaws, showing off their speaking skills. Walking through the different enclosures, we were able to walk in an aviary with toucans, pheasants, geese, and indigenous birds that were most tame. We searched for the one toucan who used to like to untie shoelaces, but he must have been relocated. There was only one anteater left, and he had an agouti, or a large guinea pig, as a buddy. Both of them were most unusual-looking animals. We searched for the monkeys we know are always here, but they must have been hiding from the rain, which began to fall again. So we went inside the store to buy the hard coffee candies we love…even better than See’s. And of course, one of us happened to see a unique necklace and earring set made from gourds to add to the collection. And much more affordable than buying emeralds. The dining room was opened for lunch, and a bowl of chicken noodle soup sure sounded perfect. Adding an appetizer, salad, and one meatball and spaghetti entrée was good. Captain Eversen came on the PA with his PM talk, but it was difficult to hear him due to people talking loudly around us. Most of his info was for tomorrow’s transit of the Panama Canal, which will be in the When & Where paper, also tomorrow. Wonder what the weather will be like? Anything is possible. Actually, the rain had cleared, and we saw some sun coming out. The sail out of the harbor was warm and humid, but with a nice breeze. Finally, this sailing was again held at the Seaview Pool, where many guests were indulging with the drink of the day – a pina colada in a tall glass for $6.95. As the Amsterdam left the harbor, some pelicans, gulls, terns, and frigates flew past us. Glad the rain had stopped, or else we would not have seen them. Staying outside until we were clear of the harbor and the outlying islands, we left when the ship entered the open ocean. It was smooth sailing for the remainder of the day. Perfect time to work on photos and cool down in or room, the afternoon sped on by. Around 7pm, we went to the Ocean Bar to listen to the new band, but they were playing a different type of cabaret music with songs we did not know at all. And to top it off, the curtain had been hung for photo-taking, even though tonight was really a casual evening. We have never been bothered with the pictures, but the cute photographer we used to call Pretty in Pink, has gone home. She was replaced with an aggressive fellow who happens to be loud, you know, like trying to recruit people to take photos whether they want to or not. This never happened with the original group. There is still one nice fellow still here, but when he left for dinner, and was replaced by the other guy, we left too. Time to get ready for dinner anyway. Back in the dining room, we had a nice quiet meal with soup and salads with a shared appetizer of lasagna. A little dessert, and we called it a day. The entertainer this evening was a repeat performance of Shirley Dominguez, a harpist that we enjoyed in the beginning of the grand voyage. Better for us to get some much needed sleep to wipe out the colds. We did take the time to get some fresh air outside, like we usually do. On the horizon, we could see numerous lightning strikes behind the clouds. But also, there was the treat of seeing the almost full moon shining on the water. Bill & Mary Ann
  24. We are a family of four (myself, DW, DD, DD) and we were on the Magic from Apr 28 to May 5. The ship stopped in Cayman, Roatan, Belize and Cozumel. This was my 3rd cruise and the 2nd cruise for the rest of the family. We sailed to Bermuda on the Horizon last August. We are also from Canada and drove to Miami. (NOTE: The Magic has moved to Ft. Lauderdale.) Travel Days - We have driven from our home in Hamilton to Orlando a few times so we have a routine. We deviated this time though as we usually leave at 5AM, but we decided to take 2 nights to get there and so we left after work at 5PM. - We took the I79 route and made it past Pittsburgh on Day 1. We stayed at a very nice Cambria Hotel in Washington, PA off the interstate on Night 1. - On Day 2 we drove to St. Augustine and stayed Night 2 just off the interstate at a Comfort Inn. This gave us a very manageable drive into Miami. The hotel is decent. The entrance is hidden; you have to drive between the Chevron and Shell gas stations and the hotel in behind the Shell. - We arrived in Miami around lunch time and as our hotel had a 4PM check-in we went straight to South Beach and walked around. We stayed at a Hilton Garden Inn by the airport for Night 3. On the flight path but still quiet, except for the pool area. Embarkation - We had a 12:30 checkin time and we arrived at the Port at 11:30. I always assume that it takes an hour to park, remove baggage, etc... Carnival in Miami has 2 terminals and we were directed by overhead signs to Terminal E. We were parking at the Terminal as it seemed that the hotel packages were for 7nights and 2 people and so I figured our 8 nights and 4 people no longer made them worth the hassle of transferring. The signs will direct you to the right - DO NOT STAY RIGHT. These point to the Terminal and the parking is across the road on the LEFT. Traffic will be very heavy and you will have difficulty moving to the correct lane. - We dropped our bags curbside and got in line. The line looked long but we were through security in less than 20 minutes. Our boarding zone was already called when we got to the lounge and we walked right on. Cruising - The Magic has a very nice Atrium extending from deck 3 to deck 11. Despite this we noticed that the area was not very popular during the cruise. So if you want to chill and listen to some live music this is the place to go first. - We went up to deck 10 and found a table in the shade by the Blue Iguana. The Magic has a very similar layout to the Horizon and so we felt like experts. We ate a leisurely lunch had the first of 5000 ice cream cones and then it was after 1:30 and our room was ready. - Everything was going great up to this point - here we encountered our first (of 2) hiccup. We had been assigned late dining. I had chosen Anytime Dining as we had last year. We found this worked well for us. After waiting in line at Guest Services for a short while (they had a team member walking the line) I was informed that what I chosen was a 'preference' and that only the Matre D could adjust. This took some effort as the Maitre D is not easy to reach. They tried to move us to earlier seating but with a group of other people. In the end we decided we preferred our own table over early seating. Note to self: Book a little earlier next time. - The Dining room food was very good, I would say and our servers were very pleasant and remembered what we liked so we had extra servings the next time they appeared on the menu. "Showtime" was very fun - the nightly singing and dancing routine the servers do. TIP: Bring an envelope or a card/envelope to tip the waiters - a lot more classy than handing them cash. - The buffet was also good with a good variety. Lines are common but with close to 5000 people on board waiting 20 minutes for Mongolian Wok is expected. We are bothered by how much food is wasted in the buffet area though. - Pizza, Guys Burgers, Blue Iguana were all great as usual. I tried Pig An Anchor - really tasty, but ask for several items as the portions are small. - The 4 Promenade hot tubs (not that hot) were better than the Havana tubs (which we only had access to at night) on the Horizon. We hung out at the Tides pool most of the time as we like watching the wake. - Water slides are fun. We somehow missed the ropes course - again. Mini-put is fun but the ship movement makes it interesting at times. - Entertainment was fun and worth the 30 minutes or so that each show lasts. We never had to worry about a seat. That could because we went early as we had late dining? Ports - Cayman was great. We rented a car as my wife lived here for a few years. We toured around and went to the Turtle Farm. The Turtle Farm is a unique place as you can pick up the turtles. It only takes about 20 minutes to get there and the park I can be walked around in 45 minutes. My wife showed us her apartment which was a 5 minute walk from Smith's Cove. (tough childhood. lol). Tendering was quick. There were 3 ships in port but we arrived first and 6 tenders were queued up. Note: you can pick up your tender pass anytime and you can specify your time - you don't need to be ready to leave. There was a bit of a line in the hot sun to get back to the ship. Shopping is right outside the area where the tenders dock. - We went to beach near the pier in Roatan for the morning. The Breeze was also in port and they arrived first. We didn't get a lounge or chair even though there are hundreds as the beach was crowded. We brought a beach blanket with us and we just found a spot in front of the chairs. The beach is so so and the water is relatively clear. There are areas with heavy seaweed. We stayed a few hours and then went back for lunch. Port side docked so we watched the 'runners'. 🙂 - We took an excursion to Altun-ha which was discovered by a Canadian. Belize is a Commonwealth country and the people there are familiar with Canada. Our tour guide 's son is in school in Canada. The drive was rustic but similar to other rural impoverished countries such as Mexico. The ruins are interesting but other than photos and climbing you will not experience much else. - Cozumel was the highlight of the trip. We arranged a snorkelling trip here. We started with El Cielo which is the starfish sanctuary. Then we went to Columbia reef. This reef is not to be missed as you drift along it with the current. Schools of fish will swim around you. We saw Barracuda, 2 Turtles, sting rays, Conch shells and much more. We also went to Palancar which deeper and has more coral, but less fish. Disembarkation - We chose to carry all of our luggage and we went up to the Lido buffet to eat breakfast until our deck was called. Just before that we decided to move to deck 5 around the Atrium with the theory that we could just take stairs or take advantage of the additional elevators in tat area. This didn't work very well as even after our floor was called we discovered that the stairs were blocked and he elevators went by full. So we went UP in order to go down to deck 3. - After we left the ship was when we hit our 2nd hiccup. This was not a good way to end a near perfect experience. We docked at Terminal D. Perhaps because the ship was moving to Ft. Lauderdale? We had parked at Terminal E, remember. We had to traverse open road to get to a sidewalk and the walk was quite tiring given we had all of luggage. - We also took some time to realize that the parking kiosk at Terminal E does not work. Luckily there was an attendant at the exit. And we were on our way home. Travel - We took I75 home. I'll keep this short. Do NOT take this route this summer (or maybe not ever). Construction all throughout. Crossing in Windsor drops you on a Boulevard instead of a highway. A 3 lane Boulevard down to 1 lane. Stretches of the 401 between Chatham and London are down to 1 lane as well.
  25. 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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