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  1. I'm just curious about something, and thought I would ask those of you who have been on the Horizon since it has come out. I thought someone said there were not very many windows to look or view out at the ocean, etc. while cruising, where you could sit and relax. Is this true on the Horizon? I have done many ships, and probably for the last 10 years Carnival ships. I know on at least a couple decks "inside" where you could relax or read, they always had plenty of windows where you could look out as well.
  2. It was the best of times... It was the worst of times... Shortly after my return from the Norwegian Breakaway in February, I found out that I would have to find a new place to live in the next couple of months. I had just started a new job, that wasn't quite going so well, and now this... I had no future cruises booked, which further compounded my bleak outlook on life. I needed to get a countdown going to ease my frustration. I began poking around online, and was close to pulling the trigger on a 7 day Vista sailing out of Galveston... I looked around some more, and came across an 8 day sailing on Carnival's newest ship, the Horizon. It ended up being only a few hundred dollars more, and it was a Southern Caribbean itinerary, to all new ports to me, and I just held my breath and clicked the "book now" button... My countdown was 196 days, and my 50th birthday would fall smack dab in the middle of the cruise. Now, at least I had something to look forward to in my life... It did take the sting out of the depression I was feeling, not knowing where I would even be living in the near future. I had already started packing my stuff, as the move was inevitable. ***Disclaimer: If you're not really interested in the whole "pre-cruise" hoopla and rigmarole, please feel free to wait until Friday for the "real time" travel day and cruise edition... My reviews tend to be verbose, bordering on boring, so you've been warned. If backstories, planning, side stories, and digressions interest you, then pour yourself a drink, and continue reading... One of the goals with my "Reviews" is to inform, but for the most part they're meant to entertain... Please don't take anything I say or do too seriously. If you're easily offended, or lack a good sense of humor, you may want to employ the use of your comfort animal, or locate the shortest route to your "safe space"... I encourage you to chime in along the way with your comments. I'm going to be traveling by myself, so I could use some "virtual company" along the way. If you're still with me, prepare yourself for a journey of dinosauric proportions... I want to make it seem like you're right there with me, whether it be on the ship, in the back of a cab, or walking around in strange and far away places... I'll attempt to convey the sights, sounds, and yes, even the scents and tastes of my adventure. Oftentimes, I may go off on a tangent that strays far from the main story. That'll be half the fun of it. Even I have no idea where this is going... Whatever happens, that'll be the story. Nothing more... Nothing less... ***Photo below stolen from the internet...
  3. We are trying to decide between an 8 day Aruba/Curacao/DR on Horizon or 9 day RC Adventure to Bermuda/Labadee/St MAarten. We have cruised Disney, NCL, MSC and Carnival before and enjoyed all of them. Aside from itinerary we really like to focus on things to do as a family with teens/young adult kids on the ship. Are these 2 ships comparable as it relates to activities on the ship? Also, is there a list of such activities like escape rooms/bowling/waterslides etc? Thx!
  4. Is “The Lucky Bowl” available on Horizon?
  5. Just curious what the best suite on Horizon is. When I do a pretend booking for our dates all I see is the Ocean Suite in the family harbor. Do they have captains suites or the like ? I’m guessing for our dates everything is just sold out. My husband thinks they may holding inventory back because it seems like so much is sold out.
  6. Hello all. I’m trying to book Chefs table for our Horizon cruise for February. I went through the planner and it looked like it took my information but I never got an email confirming my submission or asking for payment. Is that normal or did something malfunction? Never reserved any speciality dining in advance but all the pics on CC has made this something we’d really like to do. Thanks y’all.
  7. How many are there and where are they? On the Sunrise there were at least 4 which I was surprised. Thank You!
  8. I've been trying to find photos of Cabin #2207. I'm looking at booking #2211 or 2207. It looks like 2207 is possibly a larger cabin (?). Thanks for any input you may have.
  9. We originally planned this trip to celebrate our 30th anniversary. Unfortunately, Dh had a change of plans and ended up not being able to go. Our 27yr old son stepped in and off we went. PRE CRUISE We flew into Miami from Philadelphia the day before departure. Flew on Frontier...which was a pleasant surprise. Grabbed a Lyft and headed to the Hampton Brickell. We took the recommendation of many through these boards and this hotel did not disappoint. After settling in, we walked around the neighborhood a bit. Had fantastic tacos at Coyo Taco, then scrumptious waffle sundaes at Freddo. We decided to take a dip in the pool and hot tub, which was fun as there was a slight drizzle coming down at the time. We enjoyed a nightcap (with the welcome drink offered at check in) and a few games of pool in the hotel lounge before turning in for the night. EMBARKATION Finally! Enjoyed a terrific breakfast at the hotel...really good for a buffet. Lots of options. The hotel provided a shuttle to the port for a reasonable $8 per person. As we were the first ship in line at the port, we were the first off the shuttle. We arrived at the terminal and were onboard 20 minutes later! Fastest embarkation ever. I had FTTF for this trip, and by the time we went through security and were seated in the lounge, they called us to board. Loved seeing my son's reaction to stepping on the ship for the first time. We headed to our cabin (5218 Havana Interior) to drop our carryons, then we explored the ship a bit. THE SHIP/DINING OPTIONS Loved the layout, especially not having to walk through the smoky casino all of the time. You can walk all the way through on Deck 5, then take the forward elevators. Our cabin was great. Loved the Havana area and having a dedicated space with a pool. There was plenty of room to sit in the sun or in the shade, and the pool was never crowded even on the 2 sea days. Great drinks at the bar...especially the mojitos! We had early dining in Reflections. Our service team was amazing. Food was very good throughout our sailing; only one night my entree was a bit blah. Our desserts were fabulous every single night. Buffet was good, although the selections at breakfast needed more variety. The Deli, Guys', Pizza del Capitano and Blue Iguana were all very good. DS loved the breakfast burritos. Wde did the Sea Day Brunch, which was awesome. I also had afternoon Tea one day which was lovely. All of the bars we visited had great service. I wasn't too enamored with Alchemy on this trip, largely because the bartenders were rather sour and did not interact with the guests as much as I had experienced on other cruises. ENTERTAINMENT Plenty of option for everyone. Sportssquare was interesting. We tried the soccer billiards, which was WAY harder than it looked. Son did the ropes course as well and said it was fun, but once was enough for him. SkyRide was down for our cruise. He also enjoyed the waterslides without too much of a line most of the time. Comedians at the Punchliner (Kelly Terranova and Sid Davis) were funny without being overtly crude even in the 18+ shows. Elizabeth at the Piano Bar was so much fun! Great voice and she played a huge variety of tunes. The Playlist shows were excellent. Soulbound was up first, but turned into a concert because there was trouble with the rigging for the show. The singers, especially the featured performers, were outstanding. DO NOT MISS CELESTIAL STRINGS! Stunning visuals, amazing choreography, and beautiful music. Loved it. Last show we saw was Vintage Pop. A ton of fun! This cast was leaving the ship at the end of the cruise, but they were truly fantastic performers. Cruise Director Cookie was good, although we didn't see him around the ship much during the day. He was hilarious hosting the Love and Marriage Show. ONBOARD SHOPPING The usual Invicta watches and LeVian jewelry offerings (these are not really a good deal in my opinion). There were a few pop-up shops during the week that had some nicely priced selections. We did get a great deal on some whiskey. Carnival seems to be phasing out the more reasonably priced items in favor of expensive watches and gemstone pieces. If you like that sort of thing and can afford it, good for you. I would love to see more middle of the road shopping options. PORTS/EXCURSIONS We did the Mystic Mountain Sky Explorer in Ocho RIos. The rainforest is beautiful. Enjoyed the infinity pool at the top. There is a nice gift shop as well, where I was able to buy my Blue Mountain coffee beans! In Grand Cayman, we did the Hell/Turtle Center/Stingray City experience. The Turtle Center was our favorite. Really cool to see the large turtles and be able to hold the smaller ones. Nice gift hops there too. Stingray City was fun. It took about 40 minutes to sail to the sandbar. Once in the water, we could swim around with the creatures. Our guides let us touch and kiss the rays while they took photos. It was high tide when we were out, so t was a bit rougher than earlier in the day. We still had a fantastic time. We went to Paradise Beach in Cozumel. Taxi is $17 each way from Puerta Maya. I opted for the $3 basic admission, while DS did the inflatables and enjoyed his day snorkeling offshore. We had delicious pina coladas, nachos, and quesadillas. Great beach day and not too crowded. DEBARKATION This process would go SO much more smoothly if people would just follow instructions. We had a post-cruise excursion, so we met in the Liquid Lounge. As we were being led off, all sorts of people tried to jump the line, and would get positively nasty when told to stay where they were. Customs was a breeze. They scanned our documents, and we were done. Grabbed our luggage and headed out to meet our bus for the Top 10 Miami tour. Overall, we had a fantastic trip. Now where should I go next?
  10. Did I read some place that there is a charge, and if so, what is the cost to see movies at the I Max?
  11. Will a laptop fit into the cabin safe on the Horizon? Thank you!
  12. I would like to do the Teppanyaki hibachi grill but my husband is allergic to shellfish. Will they cook his dinner separate. Thanks!
  13. I saw that there is no Park West Gallery on the Carnival Horizon and Panorama. I was wondering if Carnival was doing away with these art auctions. Not that this would break my heart as I find the art people annoying and have gone twice (I forgot how annoying it was the first time) and will not buy art or go again. I just thought it was odd that it was on all the ships except for the new ones. Perhaps Carnival has contracts on the older ships and is phasing them out?
  14. We are on the December 28th sailing of Carnival Horizon. We are trying to book with Aruba Bob’s and they need to know if we will be on the same time zone as local time. Does anyone have info on this? I called Carnival and they told me they don’t have that information. Thanks in advance!
  15. I would like to know how many electrical outlets are in the Grand Suite cabins and their locations? I would also like to know how many USB ports are in the Grand Suite cabins and their locations? We will be on the Panorama February 2020 in a Grand Suite. Thank you.
  16. We want to book an deluxe ocean view cabin on the Horizon or Panorama for 3 adults.Will the 3rd bed be a bunk bed or will the couch make into a bed?
  17. Well hello everyone! I'm back! I know a lot of people have been probably wondering where I have been...it's been a hectic and complicated year for me. So many things have happened this year and I just needed a break. I deactivated all my social media, removed myself from the internet and computer (other than turning in homework assignments and tests) and completely changed life up as it was known around August. Everyone knows I've been in school for a while to get my bachelors, but I have been slacking on my classes over the year(s). Well, I put my mind to it that I was going to get my butt in gear and finish. Last year I only took 1 class in the spring and decided to take the summer off (because it's the only semester they will allow you to take off and not be penalized). Well, I enjoyed it so much that I also took the winter off...which meant come this year, I had to reapply to my school and that meant lots of paperwork. I took my spring classes, summer classes and just finished up my winter classes. I have 1 more class to go and I'M DONE! Finito, adios school, completed. This last class I just finished lasted from August until the week of my cruise...nutrition! Uh! I have been avoiding it like the plague. I'm the most un-nutritionalist (is that a word?) you will meet. LOL It consisted of anywhere from 5-12 quizzes weekly and 1 test weekly. Then there was 2 "mid-term" tests and a horrible 2-hour final. Whew! I'm proud to say I passed with a 96% and it's all behind me. My youngest son just bought a house (I'm such a proud momma but I'm missing him terribly since he's been gone), my oldest son just had another baby (that makes 7 for me now-I'm getting old), we sold one of our businesses (the skate/bike shop) and have been doing a complete remodel on our kitchen. It has been hectic! I'm sure there's a lot more but I'm jet-lagged and can't think at the moment. Anyhow, we normally take a November cruise (which actually used to be a December family cruise but we stopped doing that a few years back because it was one of the busiest times of the year for our store and the hubby complained about missing out on all the sales during the Christmas season that we pushed it back to November) but with my hectic class schedule, we decided not to go this time. Then, of course, out of the blue, Kendra starts talking about a Christmas cruise instead. We started scouring the internet and booked last minute (less than 30 days before the cruise) on the Carnival Horizon. I liked the ports we would be going to (all repeats for me but 3 new for Kendra) and a new ship! I didn't have much time to get myself too excited or research ports but we managed to pull it all together quickly. Since Kenny had just had a baby Dec 10 (was due Thanksgiving, but she decided to cook a little longer), he wasn't able to go. Since Kolin had just put a large down payment on a house, he wasn't able to go. That meant it was just us and Kendra and family. The day we were leaving on the plane, Kendra's fiance backed out. His dad has been in bad shape the last 2 years, but has progressively become worse. They put him on hospice the week before and didn't expect him to make it to Christmas. I'm glad to report he's still with us at this time. However, Billy didn't want to be away on a cruise if something was to happen. This meant that Kendra was now cruising with TWO kids...on her OWN! If any of you are thinking this scenario through...you know this can't be a good thing. LOL I'll jump ahead and report that when Kendra's plane landed last night, she didn't even make it home before dropping both kids off with their Aunt Chrissy (who was the one who cruised with us one year to Bermuda). Kendra said she's now on vacation! So, this is the beginning of our cruise. This was an 8-day cruise sailing out of Miami to Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Curacao, and Aruba!
  18. I would like to bring a DVD player to connect to the tv. Are there AUX ports or an open HDMI port that you can get to on the back of the tv's? Or at the very least an hmdi for your laptop to connect to the TV? Definite information is appreciated.
  19. 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.
  20. Hello all, I need some help. We are going on Carnival Horizon in a month. This is our 6th Carnival cruise and it's really important for us to have our 6 p.m. dinner time, same table, same wait staff. We booked our cruise 9 months ahead, couldn't confirm early dining and no option for a wait list. We've always gotten our dining arrangements done before we get on the ship so this one is a bit different. Does Horizon's dining work differently than the other ships? I know we can go to the dining area to make arrangements when we board but is there anything else I can do in advance? Thank you!
  21. Hey everybody! We are sailing in 2 weeks on the Horizon on the 8 day southern Caribbean cruise! We were wondering if anybody knew if they were doing the white party or the 80s party! Would love to actually be prepared with outfits this cruise! Thanks in advance!
  22. I've been on the Splendor twice. I loved the spa. We went up to soak in the thalo spa every night and relax on the loungers. All of the aches and pains of the day went away and we slept well. Now the Panorama is coming to our coast, will I be disappointed? I see the thalo spa is in the room with the loungers, I'm thinking it's not going to be quiet and relaxing in there. Opinions?
  23. I'm baaaaaaaaack 🙂 ((Not from my cruise. I got back from my cruise months ago. But I'm back on CC! Hi friends!!!!!)) If we haven't crossed paths on this board or...onboard...HI! I'm Nicole. I live in Chicago. And I love cruises. They're my absolute favorite way to travel and see the world. I don't even know if I could put into words why. But every year since my freshman year of college, my family and I have taken at least one cruise (sometimes two...or three!). And even though my sister (Stephanie) and I are all grown up, we still try to cruise with our Mom every year. It's kind of our family tradition. And I've been posting reviews on here for nearly that entire time (holy cow -- I've been posting reviews here for, like, fourteen years ). See, I went to college to be a writer. And then I got a fancy journalism degree...and promptly went in to a career in digital marketing and merchandising and did nothing with it. So writing these reviews fills that piece of me that needs some creative outlet. And they serve as a pay-it-forward for all of the reviews I read before we visit new places or cruise on new ships. Obligatory family photo of us on the Vista a couple of years ago: So if you haven't read one of my reviews before, let me lay it out for you: these are long. Really long. And they have a ton of pictures. I've been writing this particular review and posting it on my blog for the past six months or so. I wasn't sure if I was going to cross-post it over here because the Horizon isn't in Europe anymore, but then Carnival announced new Europe and Mediterranean itineraries for its new ship and I figured some of you might it useful. Or, at least, I hope some of you find it entertaining! I write these in journal form because that's mostly what they are: my cruise journal (which also lets me re-live my trips when I share them with all of you!). And if you're not into long reviews but you're seeking Horizon and/or Mediterranean cruising info, I have the Carnival Horizon menus posted here, the 13-day Fun Times posted here and a ship walk through here. But I do hope some of you will follow along because talking about cruising is so much of the fun in writing these, and if you are following along, drop me a note below and let me know! And with that...let's go back onto the Horizon!
  24. This is a strange question, but I thought I would ask. I have seen on Youtube the room we will be staying in. It has a small coffee table in the corner, but I know instead of a coffee table, a chair could be put there. My question, would it be possible to ask the room steward to take the small coffee table out, and put a chair in its place, if they would have one available?
  25. We are sailing on the Horizon September 15. Received an e mail last night that the SkyRide would remain closed through September 29. Apparently the "enhancements" are taking longer than expected. No big deal for us, we'll have a great time anyway.
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