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  1. Does any one know the smoking areas other than the Casino & balcony's Thanks
  2. Ok.. So I'm booked for Carnival Panorama's inaugural cruise. According to the FAQs, booking for specialty dining was to begin on 8/1/19. Well.... the system certainly wouldn't allow me to book anything on 8/1/19. I called Carnival, and of course, they had didn't even have a clue on what the Chef's Table was. The lady said she would send me an Email....I'll give you 3 guesses on whether she actually sent me that Email. Finally, on or about August 5th, the specialty dining option become available on the website. So I requested the Chef's Table and the steakhouse. On August 7th, I get an Email from the Carnival Horizon's Matre D, stating that the Chef's table is reserved for the Carnival Panorama. However, I have yet to hear back about the steakhouse. Has anyone else tried booking specialty dining for the Carnival Panorama?
  3. So I just got off the Miracle and I've never been more satisfied with a Carnival cruise. After my cruise on the Breeze in May I was pretty sure I was done with Carnival, but as long as they keep a Spirit class ship in Tampa I'll keep sailing on those at least. Compared to the Breeze: -The ship was way, way less crowded. Never had trouble finding a lounger, never waited in long lines, and didn't even have to arrive too early for the comedy club. -The Serenity is the best in the fleet and a great use of the aft pool area -There's so much more open deck space per person than on the Breeze -The service was much friendlier and faster, with more staff per passenger -There weren't sales pitches for the fun shops, casino, spa, etc every 5 minutes like on the breeze -I think Frankie is a better CD than Schwartz -Getting on and off in the ports is a lot faster since there's less people overall on the ship I just wanted to share my experience since I've seen a lot of the same complaints that I had about the Breeze on the other newer/refurb ships like the Horizon, Sunrise, etc
  4. Last time we sailed a new Carnival ship, we booked the Horizon on an eastern repo from NY. When it stopped at Amber Cove (ugh, ugly) we stayed on the ship and rode the sky ride and enjoyed serenity. Since the OP is not sailing for just the new ship experience, says both itineraries look fine, and doesn't offer any personal preferences for what they like to do in port, I'll say it doesn't matter what they choose. Both the ship and the ports will be new experiences, so just pick one and enjoy!
  5. Hubby and I are sailing on the Horizon to Aruba in September. We’ve been there once before and took a great snorkeling excursion through Carnival but it lasted pretty much the whole time we were there and we didn’t have time to explore the port or do some shopping. Any recommendations on a beach to go to by taxi from the port? Trying to make the most of a great port. Thanks in advance.
  6. SOunds like it was not for you.... we usually travel in groups and on our Horizon cruise they LOVED it. SO much so that when we talked about another group cruise, they all chimed in, no more blue towels which stated which cabins they wanted to be in. That said, to each their own...
  7. As the Mardi Gras isn't completed yet, you can check out the deck plans and compare them to those of the Vista or Horizon. Totally different. We loved the Havana area on both the Vista and Horizon. We went with a cove balcony for booking of our Mardi Gras cruise in 2021. As far as allowing others to use the Havana pool after 7PM. Things might be different in late spring and summer, but since 7P is in the middle of dining and then the evening events, last January, we saw 1 family using the Havana pool with a couple of small children one evening. Stayed about 20 minutes and left.
  8. ....and did you experience congestion on the Horizon?
  9. The first sailing of the Horizon out of New York last year.
  10. I know there are several Pay restaurants on the Horizon ship. Did I read that there are only "two", one for MDR, and one for My Time Dining restaurants on this ship? The reason I ask, I have been on several ships where they had pay restaurants, as well as the My Time Dining, but always had two MDR's too.
  11. Just another reason to like the Fantasy class. Just about the last thing I want to do one a cruise is sit and watch a movie. I did watch Thor Ragnarok on the Horizon TA, but that was just because I wanted to look at Thor on the big screen. 😁
  12. I know Carnival Horizon is a large ship, and we plan to take it in March. Since it is a large ship, is there any deck outside that will go through from one end to the other? If there is no deck outside, how about deck inside the ship going from one end to the other? As you can guess, I like to walk! We will be on deck 6, room 6205 at the end of the ship, which is an obstructed window. If you have been in that room (there is a video out on it, and I liked what I saw), I believe it has the deck right next to it. My question, if we open the curtain to look out, I know we can see out, but can people see us in our room as well? I believe someone mentioned about a secret deck on the Horizon. Which deck is it? Yes, I know once you let me know, it won't be a secret anymore. 🙂
  13. I know Carnival Horizon is a large ship, and we plan to take it in March. Since it is a large ship, is there any deck outside that will go through from one end to the other? If there is no deck outside, how about deck inside the ship going from one end to the other? As you can guess, I like to walk! We will be on deck 6, room 6205 at the end of the ship, which is an obstructed window. If you have been in that room (there is a video out on it, and I liked what I saw), I believe it has the deck right next to it. My question, if we open the curtain to look out, I know we can see out, but can people see us in our room as well? I believe someone mentioned about a secret deck on the Horizon. Which deck is it? Yes, I know once you let me know, it won't be a secret anymore. 🙂
  14. It is normally the first 2 letters of the ship's name followed by maitred@carnival.com (ie Breeze is brmaitred@carnival.com. Using a list previously posted, these are the exceptions to the rule: The exceptions are: Fascination FS Splendor SL Inspiration IS Magic MC Conquest CQ Sunrise SN Sunshine SH Vista VA Freedom FD Horizon HZ If I've missed any, hopefully someone will correct me.
  15. Here is a link to the story. First it was the Vista and now the Horizon has the same issues. https://www.cruisehive.com/second-vista-class-carnival-cruise-ship-closes-skyride-feature/33490
  16. What dining room on the horizon is your time dining? also, I’ve read that you can now check in via the app. If you check in for 2 on the app, does that mean a table for two or do you need to go to hostess table to request table for two? thanks
  17. I'm baaaaaaaaack 🙂 ((Not from my cruise. I got back from my cruise months ago. But I'm back on CC! Hi friends!!!!!)) If we haven't crossed paths on this board or...onboard...HI! I'm Nicole. I live in Chicago. And I love cruises. They're my absolute favorite way to travel and see the world. I don't even know if I could put into words why. But every year since my freshman year of college, my family and I have taken at least one cruise (sometimes two...or three!). And even though my sister (Stephanie) and I are all grown up, we still try to cruise with our Mom every year. It's kind of our family tradition. And I've been posting reviews on here for nearly that entire time (holy cow -- I've been posting reviews here for, like, fourteen years ). See, I went to college to be a writer. And then I got a fancy journalism degree...and promptly went in to a career in digital marketing and merchandising and did nothing with it. So writing these reviews fills that piece of me that needs some creative outlet. And they serve as a pay-it-forward for all of the reviews I read before we visit new places or cruise on new ships. Obligatory family photo of us on the Vista a couple of years ago: So if you haven't read one of my reviews before, let me lay it out for you: these are long. Really long. And they have a ton of pictures. I've been writing this particular review and posting it on my blog for the past six months or so. I wasn't sure if I was going to cross-post it over here because the Horizon isn't in Europe anymore, but then Carnival announced new Europe and Mediterranean itineraries for its new ship and I figured some of you might it useful. Or, at least, I hope some of you find it entertaining! I write these in journal form because that's mostly what they are: my cruise journal (which also lets me re-live my trips when I share them with all of you!). And if you're not into long reviews but you're seeking Horizon and/or Mediterranean cruising info, I have the Carnival Horizon menus posted here, the 13-day Fun Times posted here and a ship walk through here. But I do hope some of you will follow along because talking about cruising is so much of the fun in writing these, and if you are following along, drop me a note below and let me know! And with that...let's go back onto the Horizon!
  18. Since this is the first time for 8 of us to be on this ship, I am STILL trying to get answers for everyone else with me. If you have been on the Horizon, I would appreciate an answer to some of my questions, if you have one. How do they determine which of the MDR restaurants you eat at? It looks like they are on both decks 3 & 4? My room is at the very front (6205) of the ship, and the other 6 people are in the middle of the ship on deck 6. I just wondered if where the rooms are located would have reference to which restaurant ((Forward or Aft) we would be at? We have an Ocean view room, but has a small table. "If I ask, do you think they would have a chair to replace the small table in that area, as it looks like there is plenty of room? Is deck 3 the deck we get in/off the ship? I pretty much know how to use the elevators that everyone is complaining about, but I have a question. Once we put in the number of people that are wanting to go to a certain deck, are the elevators line up in (it would help if someone had a picture of the letters over the elevators, or how we would know/see which elevator to go to, after it shows on the panel we punch the number of people in) A, B, C order or what? Just trying to find out "ahead" of time an easy way to learn. 🙂 Is there only 1 deck with the Fun Shops, or 2, and what deck/s are they on?
  19. Saturday, July 27 – Hubbard Glacier I must say I was really impressed with the new mattresses put in as part of the recent renovation. They are very comfy, and the amount of covers was just right. So many hotels put on thick, hot comforters, but won’t let the A/C go below 70 degrees (in real temp, not what the thermostat says), but I digress. I got my first of many mochas (and a pastry) while Mary showered and dressed, then we headed back to Luminae. I learned later in the cruise how to hold back on breakfast, but that first morning I ate a yogurt parfait, fruit, bacon and eggs and another pastry (this one REALLY big) from the irresistible pastry tray. The breakfast choices seemed almost endless. Today was Hubbard Glacier, so the morning was a sea day. Mary had a spa appointment, so I got caught up on work email (yeah, I know, but I had to handle the big stuff). She came back a couple of hours later a VERY happy lady, saying it was the best hot stone massage she ever had. Greg and I opted the night before to reserve two spots at the special king crab lunch, held in one of specialty restaurants. The ship’s price was $45, which is less than on-shore restaurants, but we had obviously already paid for lunch in the price of the cruise. The crab was very good, which was the main point of the meal, though the rest of the food was average. Mary and Tammy went to the spa café, but didn’t see much they wanted and ended up at the buffet (meh). Shortly after lunch we started seeing Hubbard Glacier in the distance, and over the next hour we pulled up, according to the announcer, to the closest of the season and the closest allowed by law. Hubbard is massive, and it was not hard to see the calving. We hung out at the glacier for perhaps an hour with the captain doing the customary circle for all points before heading back out towards the ocean. The glacier is amazing, and we were thrilled to see it, though I don’t know how to write much about it. Given how close the big ship got, I sort of felt sorry for the large group that paid $249 to board a smaller ship that couldn’t get any closer than we did. I failed to write down what we ate each night, and at this point weeks later I couldn’t begin to tell you what was on the menu. However, I can tell you that in a rather diverse group of eaters none of the four of us ever had trouble finding something we liked on the menu. Overall we thought the food was very good, along the lines of what we get when we go to a restaurant with $20 - $30 entrees. It is NOT a $50 - $100 per meal restaurant in food quality, but I would match their service against ANYONE. This evening’s show was a singing group called Horizon, and they sang old Motown tunes. The music was very good, though the group tried way…tooo….hard… to be funny. I didn’t mind the humor attempts, as I love comedy in general, but their timing was a bit off, and it was overdone. The show was still enjoyable, and I recommend it if they are playing on your cruise.
  20. The bread pudding and vanilla sauce may be found in the PASTRY SHOP part of Horizon Bistro
  21. I have blown the budget! I had promised my son-in-law an Alaskan cruise. Since Mark and I were on Mariner's first ever cruise to Alaska, I decided we would participate in her last season there. He has problems getting time off, I have grandchildren in various colleges and grad schools, and I refuse to fly home from Anchorage (been there, done that, don't want another t-shirt). So, June 24, 2020 it is. Daughter and son-in-law in Seven Seas Suite Aft (I refuse to pay the single supplement on that), and that can be our hangout. Granddaughters in one Horizon View, and grandson in another Horizon View. The third one on that deck is already booked, so I will be in a Penthouse mid-ship. That could come in handy if SIL gets motion sick; we aren't sure about that because he did get seasick on a snorkel boat once. If he does, we can do a switcharoo, I hope. Now I have to get flights and research hotels in Vancouver; we disembark on July 1st and with the July 4th holiday, he got an extra couple of days off so we can fly home on July 4th. The youngest of us will be 18 by then, so no need for kids' activities. Everybody is so excited (except maybe my daughter, she doesn't have much interest in Alaska because she is a history buff and loves Europe). Some of us can't wait to eat crab legs and salmon!
  22. NYC embarkation and debarkation was the best we have had in 12 cruises. We dont spend hardly anytime in the casino sorry, We had the drink perk which its really a wash. Comparable carnival cruises are about the same price once you pay for the cheers package. We had an awesome cruise on Horizon in 2018, I would say are best to date. We were in the Havana area. Entertainment on that ship was top notch. While the theater design sucks the shows themselves were very good. I did notice that they cut back on the amount of different comedians. As far as other cut backs we didnt notice
  23. So I sailed on the Vista last Oct and just booked the Horizon for Feb. For those that have sailed both, what things did you find different on each one. Anything you like more on one vs the other? We enjoyed the Vista but definitely looking forward to the Horizon.
  24. Hello everyone. I just got back from the 7/6-7/14 8 day Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Magic. I love reading other people's cruise reviews while waiting for my next cruise to begin and I hope that by sharing my trip with others, I can help someone else pass the time as well. A couple disclaimers, I LOVE cruising and always have a good time. But I like to be honest in my review. Everything is not perfect on a cruise and I do intend to include the bad with the good. Just because I complain, does not mean I did not have a great time. Also, I may not hit on everything that interests you as a cruiser. I would say from reading many reviews that my cruise style is different from the norm, and that is okay. Please feel free to ask questions about something I do not cover and I will do my best to answer anything that you would like to know about. About Me: I am 31 years old and am lucky enough to live in Florida so taking cruises is more affordable and easier to do than for many people. This was my 24th cruise, my 19th cruise on Carnival and my second time on the Magic. This is my first time writing a review in a few cruises due to some technical difficulties I was having with my camera. I somehow forgot to pack my charger one cruise and since this was a trip to Cuba, I saved my battery for that instead of taking pictures for a review. Then on my next trip my memory card died. I think I spilled water in my camera, I was just glad it was only the memory card and not the camera. All photos are backed up online so nothing lost. Then as I was getting ready for my next cruise I somehow managed to lose my charger again and didn't have time to replace it. I still have no idea what I've done with it, but I have bought a replacement charger and appear to be good to go. I am taking this cruise solo. Both the people I cruise with are a little bitter about it, but I love solo cruising. It is the ultimate relaxing vacation, you do what you want when you want and don't have to work around someone else's wants and schedules. Perfect. I can't always afford to cruise solo, but I have decided to make it work at least once a year. This was going to be a cruise on MSC Seaside but I waited too long to book and when I went to book it, all inside rooms had sold out. I had a voucher from MSC casino for 30% off and $225 OBC but I would need to use it on a balcony and to be honest, I was not impressed enough with my first MSC cruise to pay that much to sail with them again. I already had the dates locked in at work and I could have gotten them changed, but I just didn't feel it was worth the effort and so I let my voucher with MSC expire. I also had a voucher for Carnival for 30% so I started looking at what was available on that date. I really wanted to do the Breeze. It was my first Carnival cruise and it is very close to home at Port. Canaveral. Knowing I was going solo, I just couldn't get past the price tag that Carnival wanted. Horizon was my second choice but it was doing a 6 day cruise which I just don't have a desire to do at this time. I ended up picking the Magic and although not my first choice, it was a pretty good choice because it was an 8 day cruise which is always better than 7 🙂 It also was still a Dream class ship. I am finding myself a little bored with the Conquest class and older ships. It is a great problem to have indeed. Although a lot less expensive than Breeze this still ended up being the most I have ever paid for a cruise even with my 35% off. A balcony on MSC was only a little more, but I bet their prices start going up soon. If they are sold out of inside rooms four months out, it won't take them long to realize they are under pricing their cruises.
  25. What should you not miss? A dinner at Crown Grill and Sabitini's and Alfredo's. Alfredo's features pizza entrees, but the other items on their menu are delicious as well. Alfredo's is complimentary. Horizon Court/Bistro Breakfast or Lunch, sitting on the aft deck of the Restaurant. So much more pleasant than the chaos of trying to find a table within the Restaurant at prime meal time. Many of the entertainers in the Atrium provided very good performances, many with very good music. Entertainment and musical groups on Royal Princess was a highlight for me.
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