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  1. Carnival has added new balconys on deck 2 of the Horizon, in family harbour area. They are aft extended balconys ( these are not on Vista) I am lucky enough i suppose, to have them booked for a B2B in January 2019 Question, if you look at the deck plans, the balcony for rooms 2497 and 2482 are HUGE which happen to be both rooms we have 2497 first week and 2482 second week... same room not available for both ( wonder if i could find the person who has either booked and say would you like to switch up for the exact mirror room so we dont have to change? haha) anyway.. my question, on the deck plans both these balconys show something, not sure what, almost like a staircase /////// anyone know what this actually is, here is link to deck plan https://www.carnival.com/cruise-ships/carnival-horizon.aspx#deck-plans thanks in advance
  2. What, if any, differences are there between the Vista and the Horizon. I thought they were both the same but was looking and it looks like only the Vista has the Kaleidoscope slide? Does anyone know if there are any differences? I'm not really meaning things like the color themes, just things that are distinctly different. We are trying to choose between the two and am wondering which would be better.
  3. What live bands are on the Carnival Horizon right now?
  4. I received notice yesterday that I should arrive an hour later for checkin as the Horizon will be late into Miami tomorrow. (12:30 arrival appt instead of 1130). Anyone been through this before who can share their experience? Is this orderly or does chaos and long queues become the order of the day?
  5. Hey everyone, I'm just off an 8 day cruise on the Carnival Horizon. I figure I'll give it a review based on my experience. If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask, I'll try to answer the best I can. On this trip, I traveled with my wife, my parents, and my aunt and uncle. For the first time, we flew in the day before instead of the morning of. Others on CC have mentioned the benefits of doing that, and they were right. We stayed at La Quinta Inn in Hollywood. It's a nice hotel with large rooms and located near a large shopping center. I would stay there again if sailing out of Miami or Fort Lauderdale. Embarkation We used SAS Transportation to get from the hotel to the port of Miami. They picked us up promptly at 11:30am and had us at the port right at noon. After handing our luggage over to the porters, we headed to the terminal where we had a 12:30-1pm check-in. They directed us into the early line, where I figured there may be a wait, however that was not the case. There was no line and we were quickly processed and it was a non-stop walk right onto the ship. Great embarkation experience. Food and Dining Lido Marketplace - I only ate there once and it was right after embarkation. I wasn't too hungry and only tried a stuffed mushroom and the buffalo chicken lasagna. The mushroom was meh, but the lasagna was something new to me and very good. Pig and Anchor - I ate here at lunch time. The line was somewhat long, but it took less than 10 minutes to be served. I tried a little of everything and and enjoyed it all. Guy's Burger Joint - I ate here a few times after port days. I've always liked their burgers. They are not gourmet burgers by any means, but better than most fast food places. The burgers always hit the spot with me. Blue Iguana Cantina - I only tried the tacos. One chicken, one pork. They were very tasty and perfect for around lunch time. If they were open past 2:30 I probably would have eaten there more times. Pizza - I tried it a couple times late at night. It's decent. Obviously there are great pizza places on land, but this place does a good job. A little bit of wait, but that's because they can only make so many at a time. Breakfast - On port days, my wife I ate breakfast in the Meridian Restaurant. They have a nice menu option called Port Day that gets you in and out in 25 minutes. Eggs, bacon, sausage, and toast. I chose that a couple times and was never disappointed. The restaurant was also not very busy and there was no wait time. We also had the sea day brunch there once. The 12 hour French toast was delicious. Mongolian Wok - I only ate here once on the last day for lunch. There was a line, but it moved quick. You select your choice of food by building your own dish. It was cooked to perfection. Easily one of my favorite spots I ate at. Farenheit 555 - $38 per person and still a great deal in my opinion. My wife and I ate here on the first night. She got the crab cake and I the pork belly for our apps. We both enjoyed them. We both ordered the Wagyu beef with wasabi mashed potatoes. Very, very good. The cheesecake for dessert was average at best. I almost tried the free wine bottle, but after reading reviews on here and being told it was either free or 50% off, I decided to take the 50% offer instead. Reflections MDR - Mostly good. The staff was very friendly and worked extremely hard. I have no complaints from any of the dishes I ordered. The food was always between warm and hot, I was never served cold food. The food was tasty, and the portions were a good size for the most part. My favorite dishes were the ox tongue for an app and the jerk pork loin. My one complaint is it took a very long time to get through dinner. We had late seating (8:15), and most of the time we weren't out until 9:40. Normally, being on vacation I don't really care, but in this case dinner crossed into the 9:30 production show. I guess I could have attended the 7:30 show, but I figured that was for the early seating diners. Service and Staff No complaints here. The entire staff works hard and always say hello to you with a smile. They do a great job to keep the ship clean and the passengers happy. We were given the choice of morning service, evening service, or both by our room steward. We chose morning. The only issue we had was our room wasn't serviced on day 4. I spoke to the steward and for some reason he thought we had evening service. Not sure what happened there, but it was cleared up and no issues after that. Entertainment There was so much to do on the ship, there wasn't enough time to do it all. Schwartz was our cruise director. He brings a lot of energy and is very approachable. He did a great job. Usually my wife and I skip the production shows, however after seeing the trailers for them on the lido big screen we figured we should give them a chance. We missed Soulbound because we got out of dinner too late, but fortunately we caught Vintage Pop and Celestial Strings (had to skip dessert, but whatever). Both shows were amazing. Everyone involved did a great job. Hopefully Carnival brings these productions to their other ships. We attended the comedy shows a few times. Jorge Salano(?) was hysterical. The rest of them were OK, but nothing memorable. The lounge did get pretty packed for the shows. The last comedy shows started at 10pm (except for one 11pm show). Stateroom We had an interior room on the 8th deck, mid-ship. Big enough for us, comfortable, and fairly quiet. Very clean. Ship The ship is huge, and even though there were a lot of passengers on it, it never really felt crowded. On sea days, both pools were packed, as well on all the lounger areas. We would walk around and eventually we would find a couple of empty chairs, most of the time in Serenity, which was our favorite area anyways. The hot tubs would get full as well, but again, if you are patient space will open up. One negative thing that did happen on a couple of occasions was when a couple of guests busted out their portable bluetooth speaker and played their music loud on it. It kind of killed the atmosphere in Serenity, which has music playing that fits the theme. It didn't ruin our vacation or anything, and became a non-issue when we got up and found loungers in another area. I just feel it is very inconsiderate. At the beach it's one thing, but on a ship I suggest stick to headphones. Debarkcation It was very easy. The night before we put our luggage outside our stateroom for pick up. Because we had some time before our flight, we booked an excursion through Carnival for the Best of Miami tour. Great tour and very entertaining. We met up at 7:30am in the Liquid Lounge and by 8am had our luggage and were on the tour bus. That's it for now.
  6. We’ll be dining in the steakhouse on a cruise casual night. Can kids wear dress shorts? My little one just outgrew his dress slacks and we’re flying out soon!
  7. Off the wall question ... but for those of you who are far sighted ... lol Do they have the magnified mirror on the wall in the bathroom? I don't want to unnecessarily bring mine.. Thanks !
  8. ...Anyone have them and can post them...Thanks in advance.
  9. Recently off the Magic and the Sports Square(Basketball) court was locked up from 5:30 to 10:00PM. Kind of a bummer as previous cruises that was a prime spot for my son and his friends to hangout and play ball. Has anyone been on the Conquest or Horizon recently and know for sure if the courts on these ships are shut down or not. Thanks.
  10. What nights are White Night and 80's night on the Horizon 6 day Western?
  11. This is part 1 of a review of a 6-night Western Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Horizon (January 20 – 26, 2019, Miami – Ocho Rios Jamaica – Grand Cayman – Cozumel Mexico – Miami with 2 days at sea). We were a group of four, DW and myself, and another couple traveling together with us for the first time although they have done two other cruises before. The Horizon was built in 2018 and was the newest Carnival ship at the time of our sailing. Embarkation: Carnival asks us to do an online check-in, but I was not aware that the embarkation procedure depends on how soon you complete this check-in process. Our flight was arriving at Miami Airport at 9 am the same day and I thought we would be able to board the ship early, as we have done with many of our other cruises. However, I procrastinated with the online check-in, and when I finally completed the process, I was given a choice of two embarkation times: 1-1:30 PM and 1:30-2 PM. I chose the first one and we then ended up having to kill time at the airport, as I had also read somewhere that Carnival will not let you board before your embarkation time. That proved to be not correct. When we arrived at the port, there were two lines, one for those with a current embarkation time and the other for those who were either early or late. We were 15 minutes early, so joined the second line. But the process was quite fast and we did not have to wait long at all. I was surprised that we did not have to go to a registration desk to get a picture ID card, as we have done with our earlier cruises. Instead, the card is sent directly to your stateroom, which makes the embarkation process faster. Cabins: We were in cabins 8307 and 8295, both interior cabins. The newness of the ship shows in the cabins and we were happy with our experience. While not spacious, the cabins were comfortable and the furniture arrangement was good. There was adequate drawer, shelf, and closet space. The bathroom was also adequate. We are not fans of shower curtains, but this one was not as bad as some others we have experienced. The shower had dispensers for bath soap and shampoo, but not for conditioner. I personally prefer these dispensers over having to use small soaps and shampoo bottles. The shower floor and bathroom floor were an attractive blue faux-tile with no grout to collect dirt over the years. There were adequate mirrors and lighting in both the bathroom and the main cabin. Also, the showers had a pull-out clothes-line that you could use to hang a few clothes to dry. This is particularly useful for swimsuits if you are going to need them the next day. But we found that the humidity in the bathroom caused the clothes to stay moist even after hanging overnight. Luckily, I had taken with me a pair of magnetic hooks and a piece of rope, and I soon had a make-shift clothes-line in our cabin. We just turned up the heat a little bit and the clothes dried like magic. Of course, the Carnival also has laundromats on each deck, but we didn’t see anybody use them. You can use your ship card to use the washers and dryers, so there is no need to carry a bunch of quarters. Elevators: Much has been written about the smart elevators on the Horizon and we just loved them. Whoever came up with the idea must be brilliant. This smart system prevents a crowd of people from rushing to whichever elevator happens to arrive next. While we occasionally had to wait a bit, overall the system worked really well. However, Carnival should post instructions on how to use these elevators on every floor, as most people appeared to press the button only once and not for each person in their group. The Carnival Hub App: We also loved the Carnival Hub App which we installed on our iPhones before arriving at the ship. The app is incredibly useful and convenient. It has information on the weather, the day’s onboard activities, dining menus, ship maps, your onboard account, and more. However, the app refused to function initially when we first boarded the ship. After boarding, I thought I would use the app to find out what we could eat and where, and also use its maps to find our way around the ship. But the app did not have any of this until a few hours later when it was almost time for the ship to sail. Perhaps I did something wrong, so I would love to hear if other people had a different experience. Public Restrooms: One big negative, in my opinion, about the Horizon, is the lack of adequate public restrooms. These are few and far between and difficult to find. There are simply not enough of them given the large number of passengers on the ship. They are also small compared to my experience with other cruise lines. As a result, the restrooms were always crowded and dirty. Part 2 of this review will deal with food and dining, shows, and excursions. Hope you found this useful!
  12. I know its a long way off (aug 2020) but we are very excited to try Carnival and the Horizon. We have sailed 6 times with Princess and honestly if they had a caribbean cruise during that month we would have booked with them again. The big factors were the itinerary (abc islands) and the price. Alot of firsts for us this cruise. I guess my travel agent quit or got fired so I had to find a new travel agent and this cruise goes out of Miami and all of our cruises have been out of Ft. Lauderdale. I will have alot of questions for everybody until then cause I havent really started doing any research on Carnival other than watching some vlogs about the ship itself. Thanks everyone. Our excitement has begun.
  13. Wondering if there are showers and/or sauna-steam room in the fitness center for use by all passengers without spa pass.
  14. Live from the Poopdeck Yes, I’m BACK. Yes, it’s ME. And YES, I have another “LONG AND LENGTHY” review for you all. It’s been quite a while since my last LNL review. It’s really hard to write the review, post pictures up to go with the review, and then post the actual review itself, adding pictures to go along with what you’re writing. A semi-long process considering the detail of the reviews I write. The plan is that I will have it done by Friday, when we’re going on vacation. I thank you for your patience in advance. I will say from the start, that there were quite a few OMFG moments (mostly good) that I will detail throughout the review. First things First Along with the new ship would be some other “firsts” though. We had found out along the way that this was a Carnival Elite Cruise. For those who aren’t familiar with them (I wasn’t, but looked it up), it’s Carnival’s highest level gambling rewards program. Basically, they have a number of BIG TIME gamblers that Carnival invites for a free cruise. Along with the free cruise, these gamblers get a complimentary “Cheers” package (15 free drinks a day), a complimentary liquor bottle and mixers delivered to their cabin. They also get a free group excursion. Anyway, I knew I’d be seeing some real players at some point this trip. Horizon also is the first ship with pizza delivery from the Hub app. Heard they were going to be delivering them on mopeds. Wanted to see this in action. I guess the biggest “first” besides just being on a new ship was being in the specially designated Havana suites. 65 Cabins that share a private pool/Jacuzzi/bar area. No children allowed. Really looked forward to having that area till 7pm every night. More later. Planning is Half the FUN….(and it really is, isn’t it?) We had been to each of these ports a few times. We decided that Mr. Sancho’s in Cozumel would be fun. We would just play it by in Grand Cayman, and we booked a special resort day in Jamaica (more later). Went to the online store and ordered a bottle of Jägermeister and a 4 bottles of Corona w/cooler gift pack. Skipped the cabin decorations this time. They always fall anyways. We also made reservations for the Teppayaki restaurant for day 3. For this trip I also pre-ordered the premium package internet. Never did this before, and I was curious as to its actual speed. A few days before the cruise, we get an email, saying that due to high port traffic expected on Sunday, that we should arrive 1 hour later than our scheduled appointment. OMFG! How come out of the 9 ships in port, it’s ours that is telling us there taking an hour away from our cruise….sigh Roll Call We’ve been on quite a few roll calls over the years. Some with over 100 people. Some with just 8 or 9. This was a pretty good sized roll call. I just got the impression of them being “rookie” cruisers. The roll call was run by a travel agent, but he didn’t even organize a sail away party. Instead, they were having an “onesies” party for the Dive in movies the first night. Cept there was a miscommunication and some showed for the first movie, some for the second. Either way, there was NO WAY Mary Ann or I were getting into any “onesies”. The group also had a slot pull scheduled at noon followed immediately by a bar crawl. I wasn’t going to say anything, but eventually caved and pointed out to them that not only weren’t there going to be many bars open, but also that the second night is elegant night, and they might not want to get too messed up cause of the Captains Reception at 5, and they might want to look good for their Elegant night photos. That was about it for any events. Although we met up with roll call peeps along the way, we really didn’t feel as connected as on other roll calls. Fine with us. Pre Cruise We booked our flight from Detroit to Ft. Lauderdale. Always cheaper than flying to Miami. We’ve cruised out of Miami MANY times. Like Goldilocks, it took us awhile to find our perfect hotel. Sorry, can’t share it with you. Maybe next review. Anyway, our favorite was sold out for our requested dates. After checking availability, I suggested Embassy Suites, Ft. Lauderdale to Mary Ann. A place we’ve stayed before. 15 minutes away from the Airport! Just LOVED their Manager party, the cooked to order breakfast, and the close proximity to Outback for a GREAT sendoff meal. Well, we had our flight and hotel booked. Goodies waiting for us when we arrived. A couple of excursions booked, and a WONDERFUL cruise to look forward to!
  15. I know the specialty dining restaurants have free smaller meals for lunches, but I wasn't sure if that was the case on the first day when you board the ship?
  16. Going to be staying in a grand suite on the Horizon in a few weeks. Understand that a perk is to have access to the Havana Pool. Where will we be able to get the wristbands to show in order to get access?
  17. Who’s going? First time sailing with Carnival. FTTF Is sold out. What are the chances of getting a cancellation for my two cabins?
  18. So we booked a spa room... This will be my wife’s first cruise. I talked her into it, but she is worried that we are going to be too busy to relax. I am looking for some of my experienced cruisers to put her mind at ease. Also if any of you are going can you tell me when the faster to the fun is available on this ship? I can’t seem to find it. Last few I got a year in advance. I love the forum thanks to all of you for sharing your knowledge and experience. You have been a blessing!
  19. Hi, Question one: Do guest of a GS get access to the Havana pool area during the day the SAME as those guest in a Havana suite? I have a Havana suite booked but I actually like the GS better due to balcony privacy, more in cabin storage, and more central location. It's less expensive too. When I booked ONLY the Havana cabins had Havana access. Question two: I've actually done this itinerary before aboard the Breeze but I swear I can't remember if port or starboard was the better side. What do you think? THANKS!
  20. I am booked on the Horizon 6 day cruise sailing on 03/17/19. I have been keeping an eye on FTTF to purchase and it is always sold out. Anyone on this cruise that has already purchased FTTF? Any advice on how to get it? Thanks in advance!
  21. Hey everyone, I have recently cruised on Triumph and I was able to purchase the Social WI-FI plan with a good discount per day when I bought it online in advance. I am cruising the Horizon in September and when looking online it only shows the full price plans. Per your experience, do you believe they would have an special price come up before sailing or is full price the only thing they will usually do in Horizon? Thanks in advance for the help!
  22. My husband and I and our family spent a great week on the Horizon, marred only by less than stellar weather and several of us catching a cruddy upper respiratory virus. Cruising with us were our two adult daughters, their husbands, and our three grandchildren, ages 5, 7, and 9. The ship did seem crowded at times, partly due to the weather that kept everyone inside. We stayed on deck 2 in the Family Harbor in three of the aft cabins, 2488, 2501, and 2503. The Family Harbor Lounge was very convenient for snacks and breakfast. We all enjoyed the ice cream and I enjoyed the coffee/latte/cappuccino machine. There was a wide variety of breakfast items in the morning, and in the afternoon there were snacks such as chips and salsa, sandwiches, cheesecake, cookies, etc. We thought the food on board was overall, very good. One of our daughters and family ate in the Pig and Anchor restaurant twice at night and they thought it was really good. Other than that, we did not utilize the specialty restaurants. There was enough good food available otherwise that we didn’t feel the need to do so. We all liked the Guy’s burgers and the breakfast burritos from the Blue Iguana. The main dining room food was mostly very tasty and at times, downright delicious. As a comparison, my last two cruises were on Princess, and I felt the food was as good, if not better, than what we had on Princess. Even the selections from the buffet (mostly) were pretty darn good. Most of the desserts were very good. We enjoyed the entertainment as well, especially the New Age String trio, James Munks in the piano bar, and the two comedians, Diane Ford and Chas Elstner. For some reason the Celestial Strings production show was not performed and I was very disappointed about that. Is it only done on the 8-night cruise? Cruise director was Mike Pack. I missed the Soulbound and Amor Cubano production shows; we were doing activities with the kids those evenings. I saw a little bit of The Vintage POP show and it was good. Our grandchildren only got to use the Dr. Seuss waterpark the first day at sea due to the weather. The last day of the cruise (second sea day) it rained the entire day. In Ocho Rios, we all stayed on the ship except for our oldest daughter and her husband; they did the bobsled tour and enjoyed that. The children did mini golf, played pool, ping pong, etc. and then got in the pool around lunch time, but after some sunshine earlier in the day, it turned cloudy and the pool water was chilly. We booked an independent tour in Grand Cayman through Captain Marvin: Stingray City, snorkeling, and lunch at the Yacht Club. When we got to the Captain Marvin check in place they told us that even though it was a warm, sunny day, the water was very choppy and rough and they gave us the option to cancel. We did. Instead we found a driver to take us to Hell, the Dolphin Discovery Center, and then the beach. We spent several very enjoyable hours at the beach. The kids loved it. Later, we talked to some folks who had gone to Stingray City on a Carnival tour; they said it WAS very choppy and rough, not enjoyable at all. They wished that Carnival had given them the option to cancel. In Cozumel we booked the Private Oasis at Passion Island through Carnival. The tour included a 45- minute ferry ride over to Passion Island, during which it poured rain. My oldest daughter was seasick. The rest of the tour was great though, even though it sprinkled off and on and was cloudy. Our group of nine had the use of a beach house with our own chef, waitress, and bartender. The staff prepared a nice lunch of steak tacos, fresh guacamole, salsa, etc. with an open bar. We had our own private beach area, too. There was quite a lot of seaweed on the beach, which the staff was working diligently to clean up. I believe this tour was for up to 12 people, and it was a good value. The ride back to the ship was much smoother. Our 5-year-old grandson picked up an upper respiratory infection on the first day of the cruise. It didn’t slow him down too much, but his mother and my husband also caught it. My husband didn’t get it until the last day of the cruise and is still sick. It hit him hard. The crew was very friendly and hard-working. Our steward, James, always greeted us by name. My 7-year old granddaughter was really pleased by that. I’m not sure how many cabins he had to take care of, but it was a lot. We only opted for cabin service in the evening, and James did a fine job. The crew did a lot of special things for the kids, such as bringing them cookies to decorate at the sea day brunch. One thing we weren’t very happy about was the flights Carnival booked for us. It’s always a long day getting from Des Moines to Florida, but this day was awful. Originally, we booked the airfare through Carnival because the price was right. Our flight left Des Moines at 2:30 p.m. and was supposed to get into Miami around 10:30 p.m. (bad enough) but at some point Carnival notified us that the schedule had been changed so that we weren’t getting into Miami until 12:30 a.m. We could have changed that (for about $1800) but we ultimately decided not to. We should have. In the end, we didn’t get into Miami until 1:45 a.m. due to weather problems causing late-arriving plane for our connection in Atlanta. Ugh. It was 3 a.m. before we got to bed. Surprisingly, the kids did well on this very long day with only minimal whining. Overall, it was a good family vacation and we made a lot of memories. I would recommend the Horizon. If anyone has questions I will try to answer them.
  23. Does anyone have or know where I can find any photos of the layout of these interior cabins on the Carnival Horizon or Carnival Vista where the door is in the middle of the room? Looking at cabins 9204, 11207, and 11208 as an example... Thanks!
  24. Any recent cruisers can tell me what movies they were showing at the Dive in Movies or at the IMAX?
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