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  1. We've done margarita, beer, martini etc. tastings before on other cruises. Does the Horizon offer these types of events and, if so, how much are they? Thanks!
  2. CheckersMidwest

    Horizon Boarding Time

    I checked in this morning (along with lots of people on our roll call group) and the earliest was 12:30. Why so much later than other cruises? Does it just take longer to get all the passengers disembarked?! I do have Faster To The Fun so plan to arrive between 10:30-11:00 like usual and hope to board sooner. I may end up waiting to check in but that's ok. (We're usually onboard before noon so not even checking in until later is new to us!)
  3. I've never sailed the newer Vista-class ships, but I've noticed on other CCL ships the hot tubs are just luke-warm. I'm wondering if perhaps the Havana area hot tubs are actually hot? Has anyone noticed this? Thanks.
  4. plunker


    Hi everyone. We are loyal Princess cruisers (6 cruises) but are going to give carnival a try in August of 2020 for a 8 day cruise since Princess is not doing caribbean cruises in august that year. We have narrowed it down to either the Magic or Horizon. We are upper 40's and our kids will be 17 and 13 at the time of the cruise. The Magic stops at bonaire, aruba, turks and caicos and half moon cay. Horizon stops at bonaire, aruba, and curacau. We have been to aruba, bonaire, and curacau before and it was our favorite cruise with princess. Any help deciding would be appreciated. I will have many more questions over the coming months since we dont know alot about how carnival does things compared to princess. Thanks for your help.
  5. Hi Does anyone know who the current Horel Director and Captain is on the Horizon??
  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. What live bands are on the Carnival Horizon right now?
  8. Horizon 1/26 to 2/1 8 day cruise. I don’t normally do reviews, but I felt I had a lot of information this time that may be helpful to other people. Being an engineer, this review my end up being a little less about my opinions and more about the design issues. This cruise was with my DW and mother in-law. We had booked a balcony cabin on deck 6. Less than 2 days before the cruise the up-sell fairy called and offered us an upgrade to a family harbor suite for $600, which we accepted. My wife and I are both platinum and close to diamond so this is not our first Carnival cruise. It is our first Vista class ship. First off, the good news: The service, food and entertainment were excellent. Some of the best we have had. Having the family harbor suite was nice. The extra ½ bath came in handy and the lounge is very nice to have. I do wish they had food earlier and later than they offer it. JiJi – excellent food, well worth the extra change Cucina de Capitano – food was good, but we were disappointed that hey did not sing as they normally do. This is always one of our favorite restaurants on the ship. Bonsai Teppanyaki – very good, way too much food. Make sure you are hungry. The up charge may seem high but includes any entry including filet and lobster tail. Guys pig & anchor BBQ – One night we did not like what was on the dinner menu so we did this on a whim. I am glad we did. The food is very good, live entertainment, craft beer. A nice alternative if you find yourself in a similar situation. Their sampler platter “the whole smoker” says it feeds 2 but it will easily feed 3 or 4 people. Now the not so good news: This may be our only trip on a Vista class ship. Some how the Carnival ship designers decided that when you add more cabins and a lot more people, you should then make all the public spaces smaller. Yes, I said smaller. The Alchemy bar, piano bar, show lounge, spa, lobby. You name it, it is smaller. Why? We have been on fantasy class ships, we have been on the Sunshine, we have been on just about every other class of ship Carnival has and this is the first time I really felt crowded. It seems like everywhere we went there were crowds. The only thing not crowded was the high end shops they added. Now before you go off thinking I am a hater, the truth is I am more of a Carnival cheerleader. But this ship design makes no sense to me. I truly think this class of ship was designed by accountants to maximize the front end take (shop leases, cabins). They probably assume that if a person wants a drink a the Alchemy bar they will still buy one even if they are waiting 3 people deep most of the night. Ok, off my soapbox. The one other thing I will mention is the noise from the galley above our deck 2 family suite was noticeable. It was enough to wake you up, but was not constant. It is something to consider if that kind of stuff bothers you.
  9. Who’s going? First time sailing with Carnival. FTTF Is sold out. What are the chances of getting a cancellation for my two cabins?
  10. 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!
  11. 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?
  12. 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!
  13. We just booked a spa balcony cabin on the Horizon. I have never stayed at a spa cabin before, can someone tell me what extras we get for booking this cabin? I don't want to miss anything. Thank you
  14. Hello, I was wondering how the Interior Havana rooms on deck 5 access the Havana pool? Is there a hallway that has a door to the pool area, or do you have to walk through the Havana Bar? Never stayed in an interior room and we are hoping the exclusive Havana Pool area will serve as our balcony but wondering how far we will be from getting there? Looking at booking room 5222. Sorry if this has been covered, but I couldn't find the information and can't quite tell by looking at deck plans. Thanks in advance.
  15. I am really toying with booking a Havana cabin on the Horizon for the April 26, 2020 sailing to the Western Caribbean. Question is .... are they worth the additional money? It will only be my husband and I traveling (52 and 57. I know that during the day it is adults only, but do they offer enough loungers to accommodate everyone? Any insight is appreciated! Kim
  16. We will be staying on deck 5 Havana room. My question is does the back sliding door lock from the outside so if you walk away to the pool area can you come back in from your outside cabana door with your key?
  17. Have a question for those who have cruised Horizon and possibly Vista....Two yrs ago our family/friend group went on our first cruise on the Vista. Our husbands loved it and agreed to another one....along comes the horizon which looks just like the vista so we booked it. The one difference for us is that the pig and anchor is where the red frog used to be. From the pictures the space seems very similar however I understand it is now a "pay" restaurant. Is that just in the evening? On the Vista this is where our men hung out on the boat. There were always groups of people planning board games, there was a foosball table, corn hole, live music in the evening...etc. Can you still hang out here or is it strictly a pay restaurant? Obviously they can find another place on the ship but they tend to be creatures of habit. None of them do any research and I would guess that the first place they go on embarkation day is to where they are expecting the red frog and "rum jumpers", ....I don't have the heart to tell them that their beloved corn hole boards are now on the sports square with no bar in sight.
  18. CARNIVAL HORIZON REVIEW JAN. 26TH – FEB 2ND Hi all! This is my first review so please bare with me. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos, sorry! These are just my personal opinions/feedback. I hope you enjoy! Background: I am 30, I traveled with my husband (35) and my mom (61) and dad (70). We are from the Tampa Bay area. My mom, dad & I are all Diamond cruises (we have been cruising since I was about 7 years old!). This was my husband’s “first” cruise. Technically his first one was on the Big Red Boat way back when, lol! He did not enjoy his trip on that ship, so he was hesitant about cruising…. (wait for the end of my review!) Arrival/Embarkation We left the Tampa area around 7:45 Saturday morning and were in Miami before 1pm. We made several stops along the way. Check in process was a breeze! It was all said and done within about 20 minutes. We were on the ship having lunch around 1:30pm. Staterooms: My husband and I stayed in room 14218 and my parents in 14210 (both balconies). Our room steward Alfredo was the best we have ever had!!! The rooms were very nice. My husband’s only complaint was the shower was too small, but it was no big deal for me! He ended up utilizing the spa showers which he loved. Since we were on deck 14, we had “special” access to the Serenity spa area which included the hot tablets to lay on (always crowded) thermal suite jacuzzi, steam rooms, big showers. My parents and husband used the Serenity area every day! They loved it! The Ship: Always very clean! The crew was always going around and picking up items. Probably the friendliest crew I have ever encountered. Everyone was always in a good mood. The ship is easy to navigate. I can’t really comment too much on the night life as we never really made it out after dinner. My husband and dad would drink their booze during the day and after dinner would be exhausted. I’m pregnant, so I was always ready to sleep, lol! However, there was a lot going on at all times. The casino was very smoky so I avoided that area always. My husband and dad enjoyed some of the gambling. The Skybox sports area was a neat place to watch some games. We also visited the arcade which was fun! We didn’t make it to any IMAX movies, however on one of the sea days coming back that placed was packed as it was raining outside. The Havana bar area was very nice. I didn’t care for the Liquid Lounge for shows and never have. I miss the old school Carnival Show rooms. The décor around the ship was nice and subtle. The Food: Food overall, was very good! We only ate in the dining room twice. The food the first night wasn’t the greatest. We went again on the 6th night (formal night) and it was MUCH better. We ate at Cucina Del Capitano twice, it was delicious! The garlic bread they give to your table at the beginning is great! Both times we went I ordered a Cesear salad, Minestrone soup, Chicken parm & spaghetti. The chocolate cookie (biscotti) dessert had to have been my favorite dessert of the trip. We wanted to try JiJi’s (Asian) however we couldn’t get a reservation. We did have sushi once at Bonsai, and it was good. My only complaint with Bonsai were the noodle bowls. They claimed it was ramen noodles, but really it was spaghetti, which in my opinion totally took away from the dish. It was still good though! We went to the Steakhouse for my husband’s birthday. It wasn’t the best experience. The manager, Karina (I believe) was someone we had encounter 2 years prior on the Vista. It was New Year’s Eve (also my mom’s birthday) and I had made reservations months in advance (keep in mind, we were also Diamond Cruisers In 2016). Well, the Steakhouse was nearly empty, and she took us to a table OUTSIDE with rain/wind blowing everywhere. It was just a mess. She was not nice when I told her I didn’t want to sit there. We ended up getting it resolved but I was shocked to see her again and I’m sure she remembered us. She stuck us at a table in the back, which wasn’t a big deal, so I let it slide. The steakhouse is open to the piano bar and the pianist played some nice tunes for dinner. The food at the Steakhouse is just not the same as it used to be. I used to look forward going to the Steakhouse! It was the best part of the trip. We all ordered steals which were good, but not great. My husband and dad agreed the filet in the main dining room on formal night was better. They even said the filet at brunch (steak and eggs- more to come) was better too. The sides were just awful. My husband ordered fries, they were cold and tasteless. The mac & cheese was just so oily I felt awful eating more than 1 bite. The onion rings were decent, but cold. The best part of my meal was the French onion soup. My parents and husband loved the stuffed mushroom appetizer. My husband didn’t care for the dessert (he had cheesecake) my mom & I had the chocolate sphere, which was ok, but it was just like eating melted chocolate with no other textures to enjoy. My dad ordered the lime sorbet which he enjoyed. They did away with the yummy focaccia breads at the beginning of the meal and different butters. I miss the old days ☹ oh well, it still was overall a decent experience. Just not worth the money, IMO. We ate at Pig & Anchor one night and everything was delicious! The service wasn’t the best, but the food was great! I highly recommend going. I had the trashcan nachos and chicken flatbread. I could have done without the flatbread, as I picked off everyone else’s food! The mac & cheese was MUCH better than the Steakhouse. Evidently the Horizon is one of the few ships offering the “new” sea day brunch. It was great! We went all 3 sea days. It was always super busy. My husband and dad LOVED the steak and eggs. It was a filet, served with fried eggs, spinach and fries. We also tried to the skillet cake, which is like a SUPER thick pancake (it had marshmallows on top- YUM) & the 12 hour French toast. All very, very good! You have to go at least once on your trip! The food at the Marketplace on the Lido was always very good. Lots of variety, we loved the pizza and ate there almost every day. The new desserts are great! Much better than the desserts they used to have. The peanut butter & marshmallow cake & Funfetti cake on embarkation day are must haves! I also had several good chocolate cake slices throughout the week too. I ate at the deli once and had a chili cheese dog. It was super yummy! All in all, we loved eating at the Marketplace and thought the food was good, and always a nice variety and something for everyone. I can’t comment on Guy’s Burger’s or the Blue Iguana as I didn’t eat there, however the items I saw other people getting looked delicious. Islands: Grand Turk: such an easy process to get off and enjoy the beach, we spent most of our day on the beach. The locals are friendly, but beware, my husband and dad constantly were being poked at to buy all sorts of drugs. The locals were also smoking marijuana all over the beach. I’m not against marijuana by any means, but I tried to stay away from the smoke as I am pregnant and don’t want to take any risks. San Juan: We went to the fort, a quick cab ride from the ship. The weather was beautiful. I loved the fort area and walking around was nice. They had kitties around which made me very happy to see as I missed my cats at home. We went to Raice’s (sp?) restaurant after which was recommended by our cab driver. It was ok, not great but did the job as a snack to hold us over until dinner on the ship later, which I believe we did eat at the Lido. St. Kitts: We took a cab right over the Cockleshell beach. It was a nice beach! We spent the day relaxing in the sun & swimming. We enjoyed our time there. St. Maarten: We went to the beach (I’m having a major brain fart) where the airplanes fly over. It was SUPER crowded, however we made the most of it and saw some HUGE planes (Delta, American Airlines, Air France) fly over several times. It was an awesome experience! The water was super rough at times. They have restaurant/bar which is shaded (my mom hung out there) and you can order food/drinks and watch the planes fly over too. We went to the Platinum/Diamond party on the last day which was nice. The drinks were flowing, they had pre-made rum punches available, red & white wines, beer, and a table with Titos & Lemonade where someone would mix your drink. You can also order whatever drink you want and the bartender will make it for you. They passed around shrimp cocktail, black bean/rice cakes, & pork sliders. It was a pleasant experience and fun/nostalgic looking back on the all the ships we have sailed in the past. Debarkation process was painless! We had priority debarkation (luggage tag 1) and we were off the ship by 7:20 am! We were on our way home in the car by 7:45, no joke! I believe we made it home around 12:15 with a couple quick stops. Overall, our trip on the Horizon was a great time! My husband is now hooked on cruising and wants to book another ASAP, LOL! I really had nothing that stood out to really “complain” about. I would recommend the Horizon to everyone!! She’s a great ship! If you have any questions, please ask! I will do my best to answer! 😊
  19. 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!
  20. ChristyBrooksTN

    Carnival Horizon

    Has anyone stayed in a Spa Suite on the Horizon on the 12th floor - specifically 12209? I want to know if the balcony is covered. Also, is it relaxing or noisy? TYIA
  21. This is part 2 (and the last) 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). Part 1 of the review was posted on February 1. Dining: We were a group of four, my wife and me, and another couple traveling with us for the first time although they have done two other cruises before. This other couple is vegetarian, so my review of the dining will cover that aspect of the Horizon dining scene as well. I will only talk about the free venues that we used, as we did not go to any specialty restaurants. · Breakfast/Brunch: The Horizon offers breakfast in the dining room only on port days, whereas they have brunch on sea days. The brunch and breakfast menus have substantial overlap, including various styles of eggs, omelettes, pancakes, waffles, etc., and a few fancier items such as eggs Benedict. The brunch menu also has a few types of burgers. One item on the breakfast menu which was not on the brunch menu was the Indian “Masala Dosa” which is a specialty from South India. It was well made, but not spicy at all, and did not come with any of the standard Indian accompaniments. Still, this is a novelty which I have not seen on any other ship and it quickly became the favorite breakfast dish for our vegetarian friends. · Lunch: Lunch on port days is not offered in the dining room, so you have to go to the buffet at the Lido Marketplace. This was the most disappointing buffet I have ever seen on any of our cruises. There were only a limited number of items (perhaps no more than about 10, not including salad, breads, etc.) and not a lot of variety of foods. Even worse, our vegetarian friends found hardly anything worth eating here (think potatoes and salad). Dessert was a cake station with a variety of cakes that changed somewhat from day to day and were quite good. But there were no other types of desserts, again different from our experience on other cruises. One good lunch option was the Blue Iguana which had outstanding burritos and taco bowls, but we didn’t like to eat there every day (and the lines were long). · Dinner: After our lunch experience at the Lido buffet, we did not even try going there for dinner, so I have no idea if it was any better. We were assigned YourTime Dining, which worked well for us. After getting our first reservation from the reservation booth on Deck 5, we were able to get the Hub app to work for us and that was a great convenience. We never had to wait more than 10 minutes for a table, but then we usually dined a bit late (around 7-7:30 pm). The dinner menus were quite traditional compared to the menus on other ships. Some of the entrees were good, others not quite so. For instance, the Teriyaki Salmon was barely edible and the shrimp jambalaya was a small mound of rice with a few vegetables and a separate pile of shrimp that had no taste of any Cajun spice. There was one vegetarian entrée every night (that was not too attractive such as a simple pasta dish), but in addition there was also one Indian vegetarian entrée on the menu each night. Our vegetarian friends chose this and were very happy with it. There was a different vegetable and lentil each night, and they were authentically prepared. We soon learned that, for best results, you should order this meal the previous night. The spice level seemed to vary and after a few days, our friends learned to request a less spicy version and that mostly worked. We have seen Indian vegetarian dishes on dinner menus on other ships, but usually they tend to be the same vegetable (mostly a potato curry) and lentil every night. The Horizon’s dishes were just great with a lot of variety! If you are a fan of Indian cuisine, they also have an Indian non-vegetarian entrée available every night (e.g. chicken or lamb), but it has to be ordered in advance. I tried that a couple of nights and it was outstanding. You can ask the dining room waiter to show you the vegetarian and non-vegetarian menus for the entire cruise, but we found that the items we received were not always the same as those on the menus. Still, these dishes were the highlight of our dinner experience. I cannot say the same for desserts. There were only a few options for dessert and they were humdrum. The crème brulee and baked Alaska were too sugary. Even the ice creams somehow did not taste great. · Service: We were disappointed with the level of service in both the dining room and the Lido Marketplace. On other ships, we have seen the wait-staff hover over your tables constantly taking care of all your needs. On the Horizon, that was not the case. We had to spend long amounts of time trying to catch someone’s attention to fill the water glasses or to get a refill on the coffee. At dinner in the dining room, no one ever offered us coffee with the dessert. In fact, we had the impression that they did not serve free coffee at dinner time. Until the last night, when we happened to ask whether coffee was available and they said yes. We have never experienced this on other ships, where they would always proactively ask you if you wanted coffee. At 8:30 every evening, the maître d’ would lead all the wait-staff in the dining room on a song and dance routine that was a novelty on the first night but rapidly wore off as the same routine was repeated every night. They would be better off keeping it for just the last night of the cruise. Shows: There were only three production shows in the Liquid Lounge. The Vintage POP and Amor Cubano shows were very good. I forget the name of the third one, but it was too dark for our taste. All three shows had excellent production values and special effects. We were disappointed that we did not get to see the Celestial Strings that we had heard so much about. Instead, the remaining nights were various game shows that we didn’t really care about. We did see a couple of movies on the big screen on the Lido deck. This area is not covered, so rain is a problem. The movies continued even when it rained and we had to seek cover along the sidelines. Our sailing day, January 20th, was the day of the NFC and AFC championship games and I was looking forward to seeing them on the ship. I was disappointed as they were being shown on small screens in just a few bars. These locations were crowded and it was impossible to get a good view of the game. By contrast, we were on Holland America’s Koningsdam this past summer during the World Cup and they showed most of the important games on the big screen on the Lido deck, which was great. Why doesn’t the Horizon do the same? Excursions: In Ocho Rios, we took the Magic Mountain chair lift and Dunn’s River Falls combo. For those who are more adventurous, the zip line or bobsled would be better than the chair lift as there was not much to do on the mountain top. But DRF was excellent and we enjoyed every bit of it; the guides were great and took care to make sure that all of us made it up safely. The tour company runs shuttle buses every half hour between the port, the mountain, and DRF, so you are not constrained to be with any particular group. As a result, you can take as much time as you like at the mountain or at DRF. The arrangement with the lockers at DRF was a bit confusing and we had trouble finding our way to the lockers to retrieve our clothes at the end. In Grand Cayman, we took the combined land/sea tour of the Turtle Farm, Hell, Rum Cake shop, and Sting Ray City. The boat ride to Sting Ray City was enjoyable. However, neither my wife nor I are good swimmers and we had trouble in the water even though we wore life jackets. When you step down from the ladder on the boat, the water is quite deep and I was barely able to touch my toes on the ocean floor. The guides were great and helped us get to the sandbar which was about 6 feet away. But there too, the water was not as shallow as we had been led to believe. There were waves that came periodically which were quite challenging for us and I think I swallowed a good deal of ocean water. Still, this was a unique once-in-a-lifetime experience for us and I am glad we were able to do it. In Cozumel, we took the catamaran to Passion Island. This was a good way to spend a few hours, although it was nothing too special. The weather was not sunny and there was periodic light rain, but not enough to spoil the trip. The food was OK, not great but not bad also. The only thing that put me off was when I noticed at the bar there was no arrangement to wash the used glasses. They were simply being dipped in a bucket of water and then re-used, totally unsanitary. I wonder if the same was being done with the plates and utensils?
  22. What nights are White Night and 80's night on the Horizon 6 day Western?
  23. 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!
  24. 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.
  25. stanrock22

    Carnival Horizon

    I have a few questions. Thanks in advance. 1. Which restaurants are open for lunch on the day we get on the ship? 2. Someone stated that the live shows were cancelled due to an accident. Are they performing again?