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  1. 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.
  2. So, I'll be on the Horizon on Sept 7. I'm going solo. I was looking at pics of the Steakhouse and noticed they have a bar with stools. May I eat at the bar in the steakhouse?
  3. Does any one know the smoking areas other than the Casino & balcony's Thanks
  4. 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.
  5. Good morning folks, We returned from Aurora yesterday morning after a 4-day cruise (R915) to Guernsey and Zeebrugge, for Bruges. This was our seventh cruise with P&O with us already booked for Azura (Med) summer 2020. Arrival at port was nice and easy again with beautifully efficient and friendly staff on check-in at Mayflower Terminal....despite there being a problem with a left bag causing a security alert. I've always found check-in to be an effortless process. When we got our cases delivered, our new, main case was now missing a wheel making it hard to pull, and it would fall over if not propped up. The ship has undergone a recent refurb, and it looked beautiful. In fact, nicer than I remember, with new carpets and generally excellent maintenance. Aurora still remains our favourite in the fleet, having previously sailed on Britannia, Ventura and Oceana. The weather was miserable in Southampton before we set off so we opted to go to the Horizon Buffet. Here, we found the hot food to be certainly lacking in comparison to what we'd experienced before. My wife and I had roast beef with Yorkshire puds and the trimmings. It was terrible. Chewy wasn't even a good description. We had to dump mouthfuls of this stuff as it was inedible, and the Yorkies were just heavy, bread-like stodge. We picked the beef as it looked the best out of a rather miserable-looking set of options. We went back to the buffet in the late evenings and found the options to be very limited, unimaginative and equally as bad to eat. We always opt to dine in the buffet for breakfast, preferring it to the MDR. Bacon was dried out and hard, sausages looked underdone, toast was cold and crumbled when you attempted to butter it. Just terrible. In all fairness, we did find the cold selections very good and the omelettes were superb as always with P&O. Our favourite bar is the Crows Nest, and we always manage to get our favourite seating area. New, comfier leather chairs this time too! Big credit to the waiters in this area. I've always found them the friendliest and most accommodating on the ship. We wanted to get a bottle of Taittinger Champagne for our first evening, only to be told they had none on board! This was only hours after sailing!!! We were offered Prosecco, but didn't take it as it was the awful Canti stuff they sell. Our waiter went to the Glass House and got a bottle for us from their menu. That really was beyond his remit, so MANY thanks for helping us have a great evening! Our MDR experience was somewhat mixed. Dishes weren't served piping hot (with the occasional exception), and no sooner had a course been finished, and they swept the next in front of you with no time between. I know there is a limited time window for 1st sitting, but we have never experienced such a rushed, impersonal experience with P&O before. We also found the dishes were very unadventurous too, in comparison to previous cruises. Again, and in all fairness, the steak and ale pie was excellent. Sindhu was disappointing. We tried this on Britannia 2yrs ago and enjoyed it so much that we booked again for the following evening (on the second week). We are always early diners and got our bottle of complimentary wine. When we visited Sindhu during the day when we first embarked and saw the lobster dish, we couldn't wait. Our booking was for 6pm on the last night (day 4) of the cruise. We were seated and enquired about the complimentary wine which wee read was still being offered when we booked some months ago. We were told this wasn't available on the last two days of cruise. What!!!!!! It's only a 4-day and we were led to believe it was available when we booked. We ordered the English sparkling wine which was excellent though. The menu had changed too. No lobster, so we ordered accordingly. We were later told the king prawns for one starter were unavailable and that we'd get smaller tiger prawns. I jokingly added that I hoped they would add more to the dish. They didn't. My starter was generally quite poor, although the proceeding dished were good. I'm not sure what one dish was as the server just popped it on the table, mumbled something and then left. Our main courses were excellent, with the coconut prawns from the Sindhu Signature choice being my favourite. Around this time, we asked for another glass of the English sparkling wine. It took ages to arrive and when it did, it was in a different style of glass. We tasted it and it was awful! NOT the same premium wine we ordered. I asked the manager to look into it and it appeared the server went to the MDR to get it, and it tasted like that awful Canti Prosecco they sell. There seemed to be an annoyed exchange of words from the manager to the waiter, and it was another 15 mins before we got our wine, which then coincided with the desserts we ordered. Not great timing. Talking of stuff running out of stock, one adjacent table placed their food orders at Sindhu, and then being typically told that there was none left. How does this happen on a 4-day cruise. We sometimes felt like we were the poor-relation when it came to cruises, with Sindu actually costing more per person on a 4-night cruise. I can't understand why we would be charged more for the same supposed level of service!!! We couldn't tender into Guernsey due to the conditions. Although disappointing, we did get two nights in Belgium instead, and we made the most of it. The shuttle bus to Blakenburge train station was a great idea as we travelled direct to both Bruges and Brussels from there, with Brussels costing €34 for two of us, return, and the following day Bruges cost €10 return for two people, saving a whole wedge of money than doing the excursion (£37 each!!!!!!! saving of about £60!). It's not too long a walk from Bruges station to the market square, but wee caught a taxi to station coming back, costing only €8 total. Brussels is only 1hr 15mins from Blankenburge, so well worth travelling to if you visit Zeebrugge on a ship. Something my wife and I noted on this cruise was that staff, although generally very pleasant and accommodating, were sometimes very difficult to understand. Not their English, but that they mumbled to you when you asked them something, and I'd need to ask again....usually with the same lack of clarity again. I'm not particularly old (not 50 yet) and my hearing is perfectly fine, so it can't have been that. So for me, there were many little things we noticed on this cruise, and far too many to mention here, where it seemed that standards had slipped in the two years since we last travelled. It was still an enjoyable cruise, but it's the little things that mean a lot, and with other companies doing all-inclusive for the basic price of P&O, I do think P&O need to get their stuff together and make things very special, as they used to be. This was our mileage. Yours may vary...
  6. The Grand is an old ship, first of Princess' Grand class. It is due to be moved from it's home port of San Francisco to Singapore in 2020, and the Star Princess (another Grand class ship) is supposed to replace it with San Francisco as it's homeport. Presuming that you will be embarking from San Francisco, be aware that traffic around Pier 27 is a incredibly congested when the Grand is in port, starting with disembarking passengers early in the morning and embarking passengers later in the morning. Traffic is controlled by off-duty SFPD officers on the street side, but union porters control everything on the dock. Mix that in with the usual traffic congestion in the City and you pretty much have a nice mess that you'll have to be patient with. Avoid driving into the City and parking your car there, use a public conveyance or have a friend drive you to the pier; auto burglaries are common in San Francisco, especially in lots that are recommended for cruise passengers. Contrary to any information (or misinformation) that you might get from Princess, you can usually start boarding around 11AM. If you get on board early and can drop your carry-on bag in your stateroom, you can go to the DaVinci dining room for a sit down lunch (ship personnel will try to steer you to the buffet and may fib about the dining room being available.) DaVinci does close at 1PM for lunch service. First night dining in the three dining rooms is usually mass confusion, go early (5PM) or late (after 7:30) if you can. The Horizon Court (14th floor buffet) is good for breakfast, okay for lunch, and absolutely horrid for dinner. Unless there have been major changes, use the dining rooms for dinner. If you have Anytime Dining, and plan on eating between 5:30 and 7:30, make reservations in the morning otherwise you'll probably be holding a pager for a while before being seated. Bars are a big money maker for the cruise lines, you'll find them all over the ship. Waiters have also been trained to offer you "exclusive" wine tastings (I think they must get a commission for each sale.) Princess has a nasty reputation for trying to sell you something everytime you turn around, and they do live up to that reputation, so be aware. Also do be aware that much of the merchandise (clothing, souveniers, etc.) that they sell on the ship is made specifically for Princess. If you're going to Hawaii, do be aware that the first couple of days out of San Francisco can be a little rough, so you might want to pack some OTC motion sickness medications/remedies if you are prone.
  7. The Grand is an old ship, first of Princess' Grand class. It is due to be moved from it's home port of San Francisco to Singapore in 2020, and the Star Princess (another Grand class ship) is supposed to replace it with San Francisco as it's homeport. Presuming that you will be embarking from San Francisco, be aware that traffic around Pier 27 is a incredibly congested when the Grand is in port, starting with disembarking passengers early in the morning and embarking passengers later in the morning. Traffic is controlled by off-duty SFPD officers on the street side, but union porters control everything on the dock. Mix that in with the usual traffic congestion in the City and you pretty much have a nice mess that you'll have to be patient with. Avoid driving into the City and parking your car there, use a public conveyance or have a friend drive you to the pier; auto burglaries are common in San Francisco, especially in lots that are recommended for cruise passengers. Contrary to any information (or misinformation) that you might get from Princess, you can usually start boarding around 11AM. If you get on board early and can drop your carry-on bag in your stateroom, you can go to the DaVinci dining room for a sit down lunch (ship personnel will try to steer you to the buffet and may fib about the dining room being available.) DaVinci does close at 1PM for lunch service. First night dining in the three dining rooms is usually mass confusion, go early (5PM) or late (after 7:30) if you can. The Horizon Court (14th floor buffet) is good for breakfast, okay for lunch, and absolutely horrid for dinner. Unless there have been major changes, use the dining rooms for dinner. If you have Anytime Dining, and plan on eating between 5:30 and 7:30, make reservations in the morning otherwise you'll probably be holding a pager for a while before being seated. Bars are a big money maker for the cruise lines, you'll find them all over the ship. Waiters have also been trained to offer you "exclusive" wine tastings (I think they must get a commission for each sale.) Princess has a nasty reputation for trying to sell you something everytime you turn around, and they do live up to that reputation, so be aware. Also do be aware that much of the merchandise (clothing, souveniers, etc.) that they sell on the ship is made specifically for Princess. If you're going to Hawaii, do be aware that the first couple of days out of San Francisco can be a little rough, so you might want to pack some OTC motion sickness medications/remedies if you are prone.
  8. The Grand is an old ship, first of Princess' Grand class. It is due to be moved from it's home port of San Francisco to Singapore in 2020, and the Star Princess (another Grand class ship) is supposed to replace it with San Francisco as it's homeport. Presuming that you will be embarking from San Francisco, be aware that traffic around Pier 27 is a incredibly congested when the Grand is in port, starting with disembarking passengers early in the morning and embarking passengers later in the morning. Traffic is controlled by off-duty SFPD officers on the street side, but union porters control everything on the dock. Mix that in with the usual traffic congestion in the City and you pretty much have a nice mess that you'll have to be patient with. Avoid driving into the City and parking your car there, use a public conveyance or have a friend drive you to the pier; auto burglaries are common in San Francisco, especially in lots that are recommended for cruise passengers. Contrary to any information (or misinformation) that you might get from Princess, you can usually start boarding around 11AM. If you get on board early and can drop your carry-on bag in your stateroom, you can go to the DaVinci dining room for a sit down lunch (ship personnel will try to steer you to the buffet and may fib about the dining room being available.) DaVinci does close at 1PM for lunch service. First night dining in the three dining rooms is usually mass confusion, go early (5PM) or late (after 7:30) if you can. The Horizon Court (14th floor buffet) is good for breakfast, okay for lunch, and absolutely horrid for dinner. Unless there have been major changes, use the dining rooms for dinner. If you have Anytime Dining, and plan on eating between 5:30 and 7:30, make reservations in the morning otherwise you'll probably be holding a pager for a while before being seated. Bars are a big money maker for the cruise lines, you'll find them all over the ship. Waiters have also been trained to offer you "exclusive" wine tastings (I think they must get a commission for each sale.) Princess has a nasty reputation for trying to sell you something everytime you turn around, and they do live up to that reputation, so be aware. Also do be aware that much of the merchandise (clothing, souveniers, etc.) that they sell on the ship is made specifically for Princess. If you're going to Hawaii, do be aware that the first couple of days out of San Francisco can be a little rough, so you might want to pack some OTC motion sickness medications/remedies if you are prone.
  9. On cruises 6 nights or longer, lobster is served on the first formal night. Here is a menu from the Carnival Horizon 4 night cruise to Bermuda. This menu may not be entirely accurate as my sailing had complimentary lobster on formal night.
  10. OK, thank you for those that helped me get the room distinction cleared up, that has really helped. Cruizergal70, nothing really, other than I KNEW how the dining rooms were years ago, and now I see how they are on the Horizon now.
  11. My family and I just returned from an amazing trip on the August 10th sailing of the Horizon. We sailed to La Romana, Grand Turk, Curacao and Aruba. This was our 3rd time doing this itinerary but we still found something new to enjoy. The reviews for the Horizon in the months leading up to this trip were not very positive with many complaints about overcrowding and poor food quality. We did not experience any of this. Our only small issue was temperature. Our cabin (Spa cabin 12218) was very warm but I was prepared with 2 small fans which helped circulate the air in our cabin. We had faster to the fun and arrived at the port around noon. Check in was fast and we were in our room within 15 minutes. The longest part was walking up the gangway, it felt like it went on forever. This was our first spa cabin and while we didn’t really use the spa facilities we though the cabin seemed bigger than the regular balcony cabins. We also loved the location. We had the 1st cabin nearest the door to deck 12 waterworks. Our hallway was empty except for people staying in one of the cabins near us. During the day you could hear banging from kids running around outside but with the exception of 1 night it was quiet. We did not eat any of our meals at the Lido buffet, so I can’t comment on that. We had reservations for the steakhouse 2 nights and we were never disappointed. I had risotto and lobster both nights while my son and husband got the filet mignion. For appetizer my husband had the lobster bisque which he said was good and the bone marrow which he thought was outstanding. We also had JiJi’s 2 nights and as always the food was good and way more than we could eat. The other nights we ate in the main dining room. We had YTD and used the Hub app to make our reservations. No matter what time we ate a table was ready before we could even walk there from our cabin. No complaints on the food or service. For our first stop La Romona in the Dominican Republic we did a Carnival excursion Catalina Island Beach Break. With all of the trouble in the DR lately we thought it best to stick with a Carnival excursion and we brought a cooler with us filled with water. I filled 2 zip lock bags with ice and that kept our drinks cold during the day. We had use of free chairs and an umbrella and the beach was very clean with crystal clear water. There were the usually vendors selling shirts and other souvenirs but they weren’t pushy. In Grand Turk we did the Carnival excursion Underwater Power Scooter, Beach Break and Lunch. We did this last year and had so much fun we decided to do it again this year. While it was still fun we just didn’t enjoy it as much, maybe the novelty of the power scooter wore off. Next year we will try something new but if you haven’t done the power scooters I highly recommend you give them a try. Up next was Curacao. This is our favorite stop and the 3rd time we are visiting here. Since we knew what we wanted to do here we rented a car from Advance Carrental for $75 which included all insurance, unlimited mileage, GPS and a phone if we got lost or wanted to return the car early. We picked up our car right outside the port gate and set off for our favorite beach Playa Jeremi. This is small local beach with no amenities but some of the clearest water with great snorkeling and no crowds. We spent a few hours in the water before deciding to head back to the ship. On our way back we decided to stop and check out another beach Playa Porto Mari. This beach had chairs, umbrellas and a restaurant with food and drinks but the best part was the wild pigs that wandered the beach. Since I can’t resist the change to pet some pigs we stopped here for another hour before finally getting back on board the ship at 7:30. After such an active day we decided to spend a relaxing day at the beach in Aruba. We took a taxi to Palm Beach this year after visiting Eagle Beach the last 2 times. It was nice but I think we will stick with Eagle beach just because it is closer to the ship. We rented 3 chairs and a small umbrella for $55 dollars and set up to relax. Unfortunately it rained most of the time we were there and since we were still tired from the last 3 days of activity we decided to just head back to the ship and relax there. We spent our last 2 days relaxing on deck 11 overlooking the main pool. Overall, the Horizon was our favorite ship.
  12. I just give my views....at times they are critical. I think I mentioned the site lines being poor. To me, that has little to do with he size. I thought the site lines on the SUnrise to be better. The floor area of the showroom of Vista and Horizon (Sunshine and Sunrise as well, although a little different), are part of the show (which seems to go very well). Listen, I understand that if seeing the shows are really special to you, than this is a lessening of the experience. My wife loves the shows...me not as much, but I do enjoy them. Facts are, they are of less importance to Carnival cruisers (overall) then they were in the past. Cruising is evolving (all of cruise lines), whether you and I like it or not. Enjoy the ride...or should I say...happy cruising.
  13. There is a lot going on around the ship but I'll be back soon enough so I'm not doing the ship's entertainment staff justice. I'll post the Cruise Compasses once I get home to scan them in properly. Outside for a walk on the Promenade deck there were a lot of stars visible. That made me pull out my night sky photography app and see where the Milky Way might be tonight. Sure enough... Majesty has these shelves along the forward section of the Promenade deck that worked great for my little tripod. While we were well past sunset the long exposure catches enough light coming over the horizon to make it look like a sunset. The lights of a city were on the horizon to starboard. The big dipper was very prominent tonight. It stood out more with the naked eye compared to this 10 second exposure. In this one I caught a passing airplane with it's strobe light flashing every second. For this one I setup on the floor of the deck trying to get into the shade of those Windjammer lights. In the darkness of the forward deck I got some strange looks as random guests walking past were wondering what I was doing crouched down low in the dark. Oh well, all in the name of taking a picture. All in all not bad. Majesty like Empress is also a good ship for stargazing with it's dark forward Promenade deck.
  14. I was on both the Vista and Horizon TAs and both ships have the horrible show rooms with bad sight lines. In order to snag a seat with good sight lines, it is necessary to stand in line. when not at theater early, we ended up in the seats that were moveable. what a joke, people scooting seats wherever they wanted, no room to get down aisles, and no where to put your drink. I'm glad you think they are taking a less important roll as everyone I cruise with truly enjoy going to the shows. I've done 33 Carnival cruises, never stood in line till these new show rooms appeared. I know you are a Carnival cheerleader, Jim, I am too most of the time but what they are doing to these ships is not something to cheer about! Pat
  15. I've often thought the cruise lines should consider longer cruises with some of their big ships. I know Carnival sometimes does alternating 6/8 with Vista/Horizon that allows them to hit further away islands than the normal western/eastern. Right now almost any away class over 7 that's not a repositioning cruise is just adding on a couple more of the regular western/eastern ports instead of going somewhere new. There's handful from NY (problematic for travel since they're in the winter) and a handful on the Joy this winter. However, the itineraries in 2021 are starting to hit new ports with Encore and Joy and maybe a few others. I'm actually pretty excited about those and hope to be able to hop on one.
  16. In my 35+ cruises on Carnival, we have never stood in line at all for a show, let alone 30 to 45 minutes (our kids did when they wanted to be in the reserved seats (participate in the show). That said, I agree the sight lines on the Horizon are not great (from the upper level). Show rooms in smaller, older ships were to big and were seldom (read that as almost NEVER) were packed. In any regard, show rooms are way under utilized, shows are taking a less important role in cruising, all makes sense to me.
  17. No one under 12 is allowed to be booked in a Havana room, but anyone is allowed to visit people staying in Havana rooms. We asked when we sailed on the Horizon, because we had a cabana and wanted to play a card game on our patio with some friends who weren't booked in a Havana room. Personally, though, I think they are abusing this rule. Visiting does not mean sleeping in the room. And I don't care if they are Platinum. They doesn't give them carte blanche to ignore rules. That said, being in a Havana room doesn't necessarily mean that you will not be next to a room with a child. There are Havana rooms on the 7th deck that are next to "regular" rooms. I think the 12 and older rule is simply to keep young kids out of the Havana pool area during the day. So it might be best to just let this go. And use this as a reminder to never sail without ear plugs. Because you just never know who you are going to be next to (adults can be loud, too).
  18. Advice needed.....we are in a Havana room on the Horizon. We are booked beside a nice older couple who can't seem to say no to watching their grandchild in their room (Havana as well). We were woken up to the sweet screaming sounds of a 2 year old at 6am. And the stroller is clearly parked outside during the day so no afternoon naps for us either, we have been out during the day so it's not a big deal then. I was just really looking forward to sleeping in since my kids are home with my inlaws. We did speak to the steward but he seems to be scared to say anything. I thought you couldn't have anyone in the room under 12. He said they are platinum or something and are working around the rules. I didn't think it mattered. Any suggestions on what I should do? (As I type this, I can hear him yelling)
  19. If you book one of those restricted/non-refundable rates, you pay a $250 name change fee. I know. Just had to do it for my Horizon cruise on 9/15.
  20. Hi myself and my husband have done 10 cruises a mixture of both Mediterranean and Caribbean and on Royal but primarily Carnival. This July we took Carnival Horizon from Miami. We enjoyed the cruise but think we have out grown Carnival I just found the crowd a bit too boisterous this year and wanted something a bit more low key. We are from Ireland so we are a bit more reserved than our American Cousins 😁 so I have been looking at Caribbean Princess for next July. It is our 50th birthdays so we want something nice. We enjoy live music good food trivia and the piano bar and of course the casino. How different is Princess to Carnival? I want a bit more low key but enough to keep up entertained.
  21. This doesn't even make sense! What they are doing to the show room and comedy club is a shame! I enjoyed my cruises on the Vista and Horizon, but hated the showrooms. To have to stand in line 30-45 minutes before a show just to try to snag a decent seat is not my idea of how I want to spend my time on a cruise! Now, they are taking these smaller ships, adding more cabins and shrinking the show room and comedy club. Pat
  22. I have sailed on the Horizon three times—to the Canaries, Adriatic Coast & most recently, the UAE. I loved it. The ship is older and not as fancy as the lines with more modern ships, but the people are friendly, itineraries are great and price is excellent. I will be sailing on a ship they may be losing from their fleet—Zenith—next month. It is a Spanish ship, so the primary language spoken on board is Spanish. However, most of the crew also speak English, so the language issue should not be a barrier to your enjoyment. For excursions, a minimum number of English speakers are required (12 I think). Before they’ll have an English speaking guide. During the cruise down the Adriatic coast, I was the only native, English speaker present. Fortunately, the guides spoke passable English so I didn’t misunderstand the return times and get left behind. LOL! It didn’t dampen my enjoyment one bit. I hope this helps.
  23. Priority boarding only really applies if you are sailing from Southampton. If it's a fly cruise then planes all arrive at different times and it's not possible. To answer your question yes you do get priority boarding at Southampton. Tell the person at the Terminal that you have a mini suite and you'll be directed to one of the desks if they are open. You'll then, once you've been checked in be directed to a roped off area where tea/coffee is available. When you get on board sometimes the crew will try to direct you to the Horizon buffet but just tell them you're in a mini suite and are entitled to the complimentary lunch and drinks and you'll be directed to where that's being held. When you get your cruise card at check in you'll find there is a little black diamond on it which signifies you are in a suite or mini suite. Also at check in you'll probably given a card telling you about the complimentary lunch and you'll be asked to give that in when you get to the lunch venue. Hope that helps.
  24. 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!
  25. 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. 🙂
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