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  1. 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!
  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. The party continued at late happy-hour in Horizon’s.... Now just waiting for canal transit to begin😎
  4. 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.....
  5. Likes: The decor is beautiful. Service in the lounges, cabin service, service at Sabtini's, Crown Grill, and Alfredo's, Front Desk,: all were very good to excellent. Other staff members encountered were friendly and helpful. Music of different types was plentiful and excellent. The Piazza: extremely well used with diverse, short entertainment programs. Royal Princess is a good sea boat; she rode well. Showroom entertainment was very good. The one-time only day time performance with the Executive Chef and the Maitre d' is not to be missed if one enjoys comedy. The Champagne Waterfall carried out in The Piazza is a carry-over from when Princess acquired Sitmar Cruises. Very well done and was guest-friendly (meaning that it went on for as long as many guests wished to participate). The comfort of my mini-suite; well designed with enough storage space for a longer cruise than 7 days. Well organized and executed embarkation and disembarkation. Dislikes: The Horizon Buffet/Bistro was a confusing, chaotic mess at prime meal times in the morning and at lunch. Too few beverage stations in the Horizon Buffet/Bistro for the number of guests. And, in the morning, for a first time guest: where the heck does one get a glass of Orange Juice? Anytime Dining was a disappointment. If one did not make a reservation by 8:30 A. M., it became impossible, usually, to get one. Advance reservations for the next day or days? No way, Jose! Arriving at a MDR and given a pager; OK, that's acceptable. But, waiting for 90 minutes for it to "go off"? Not acceptable! Upon embarking on Deck 6, Club 6 was available to store luggage until the staterooms were available. I did so. Then, went to lunch in the MDR. BUT, my lunch was not over before that storage area was going to close. I had to interrupt my lunch to retrieve my carry-on bag and then return to the MDR. A longer "staying open" time is needed for that area if Princess wants that service to be guest-friendly. Likes/Dislikes: Lotus Spa: the Thermal/Hydrotherapy Pool area Pool is great. The Thermal Beds are great. The aromatherapy showers are really enjoyable. The saunas very acceptable. The Spa personnel are pleasant and helpful. The locker rooms were very good. My dislikes are the darkness of the pool/Thermal Suite area. The pool itself is dark; the Spa is located near the bottom of the ship, so the entire Spa area is dark. (This is in contrast to the Greenhouse Spa on HAL ships.) And, there are not enough hooks on the walls for guests to hang bathrobes when they are using the Thermal Beds or are in the pool. For a very popular event, i.e. New Year's Eve's celebration in The Piazza, the number of guests attending was more numerous than I expected and prevented me from fully enjoying the festivities. If I left my seat in a lounge around The Piazza, I lost it. I should have chosen a smaller, quieter venue that evening. Knowing what I now know, would I again sail on a Royal Class vessel? Yes. I think I have learned how to "navigate" my way around on such a large ship. Royal Princess was the largest ship on which I have sailed.
  6. That was our experience on Horizon earlier this month.
  7. Ok, we board Crown Princess tomorrow—I’ll try to remember to take a photo of the menus posted outside the MDR since most of our tours don’t get back in time for TD and we may be eating dinners in the Horizon court.
  8. I have to wonder if we will ever see that level. After 15 years of cruising HAL, we just made 4-Star and Bronze. 5-Star I can see on the horizon, the next medallion level is far, far away.
  9. 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!
  10. I have read of a specialty dining voucher being accepted in Salty Dog Gastropub on the three ships that offer it. But that would represent a loss of value. As mentioned in the previous response, asking to use it at Crab Shack could be answered with 'Crab Shack is an upcharge feature of the Horizon Court, not a separate Specialty Dining venue'. But by all means ask--and if declined you can try the next step of requesting it be converted to general OBC. Maybe at that point they will meet you halfway and allow you to use it for any upcharge dining you want.
  11. Couple cruises on the horizon. Canal, Mariner Sept. Explorer, 1/28/20. Both booked. Any advise?
  12. Hi, we are also sailing this cruise, we have sailed with NCL before and we loved it, we met a great mix of people, loved it, I hope you will be pleasantly surprised. I have not found much information on this site for our cruise, that has disappointed me, maybe I do not know how to search, but I found your post. LOL. We were on the Carnival Horizon this past December and found hundreds of post about it, we joined a group on another social media site and had over 400 on that site, we planned some fun stuff, even a pre cruise get together in Miami the night before our cruise. My family of 4 is myself, husband, son and his wife. Are you flying in ahead of time? We are coming in on the 18th and plan to stay in Long Beach, seems to be a decent area close to the cruise port with a few more options than San Pedro. Hope you enjoy the cruise and we might bump into you along the way.
  13. 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
  14. So MSC employ ex NCL employees who then bring the NCL system with them and convince the powers that be at MSC that this will work for them. It is likely that free upgrades will be a thing of the past with MSC if this takes off, I mean why should they offer a free upgrade when they can get someone to pay for it! For now we will continue to choose as we go, YC does not interest us with the over inflated prices and will maybe stick with Aurea for now though I see on the horizon the time when we stop cruising with MSC.
  15. I love the Red Frog Pub and its location as an oasis in the middle of all of the Deck 5 hubbub. Also love the water slides. My kids and I can go up and down those slides for hours on a sea day. Looking out to the horizon from way up there is pretty cool.
  16. Which ship are you on or looking at? Only some of the ships with the Cloud 9 spa experience offer a true thalassotherapy pool with the spa pass or booking of a spa cabin. The others like the Vista, Horizon, and Panorama just have a private use for pass holders hot tub. And converted ships like the Sunshine, Sunrise, and soon to be Radiance do not have any spa pass exclusive pool or hot tub at all.
  17. They're very similar ships. We like them both. A lot. Here's why I prefer the Horizon, just a tad. * I really enjoy craft beer. The onboard brewery is awesome. Huge plus. * We enjoyed the Pig & Anchor, as a full menu, alternative dining option....as opposed to just a sea day lunch. * Most of all, CCL has gone out of their way to put very comfy, shaded seating, on the Vista class, external promenade / lanai deck. The deck exists on Magic, but the seating isn't nearly as nice. For those of us that like being outside....but not necessarily in the sun / by the pool, this is a great area.
  18. The Legend is a great ship. Our previous two cruises were on the Horizon so at first I wasn’t impressed. After spending a week on her I grew to love her.
  19. Captain’s noon update told us we would be anchoring at the entrance to the Suez Canal at about 9:30 PM tonite. We have to wait our turn to transit the canal, and it is expected to begin around 4 or 5:00 AM, give or take, depending on traffic... Meantime we have a busy day at sea... Trivia moved up to 4:00 PM, pre-dinner show “Broadway In Concert”, then dinner, with an Arabian Buffet at the Terrace, then trivia at 8:30, followed by the “Arabian Nights” costume party around the pool, and finally the Arabian Nights after-party at Horizon’s. Then up early to see the Canal😎
  20. I sailed on both Magic and Horizon and of course, both have their pros/cons. Magic Pros: Elevators were not "smart" elevators and seemed to run a little quicker Smaller ship, so everything was closer Crew on this ship was better. We were constantly called by our names. No one referred to us by our name on the Horizon once Horizon Pros: Bonsai was delicious. They don't have that on the magic Water park was larger FUN crew was much, much better Offered more entertainment
  21. 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.
  22. So I have come back from a month long hiatus to fulfill a promise I had today update on the Sunrise naming ceremony. We have been up in CT since early May from our Florida homesteading with family (we have a lot) and will do so until after our group cruise on the Sunrise in mid July. We received the invite to attend the naming ceremony in late March, and we were happy to say we would be able to attend. We have been fortunate to attend every naming ceremony since the Splendor with the exception of the Breeze. The Splendor was in Long Beach, Dream in New York, Magic in Galveston, Breeze in Miami, Sunshine in New Orleans, and Vista, Horizon and now Sunrise in New York. This one was different in that in all others we had a sleepover (the Splendor was a 3 day cruise to nowhere - those are caput now) with the ceremony the following day (before sailing).The Sunrise completed 3 cruises in Norfolk and sailed to New York with just crew (these events were unique also) and arrived this morning to New York. It is also armed forces weak in New York there was a Navy ship docked next tour (same as the Horizon naming ceremony last year (to the day actually). At any rate, the commute down should have taken about an hour and a half, but instead took an amazing three hours and forty minutes....a new record. We did leave early enough hoverer and parked in front of the ship and walked in at 9:50, ten minutes early. We boarded right on time (after the press, all the big whigs were mostly already on board). I had loaded a couple of pics from my phone but will fill in others now.
  23. I consider the Alchemy Bar a must do, but the majority of Carnival ships have that bar. A lot depends on what interests you, but the Sky Ride and IMAX Theater are unique to Vista class ships. Having said that, when we were on Horizon two months ago we didn’t do either one of those. Horizon is a nice ship, but it has things I am not crazy about like the smaller lounges and lack of a vaulted atrium with glass elevators When I think of Carnival ships, the two things that immediately come to mind are the “whale tail” and the atriums with the glass elevators. The glass elevators seem to be a thing of the past on new ships currently cruising and being built. Hopefully the whale tail is not the next thing to go.
  24. 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.
  25. 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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