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  1. 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!
  2. Does anyone know if the interior cabins on Carnival Horizon have a clothesline in the bathroom?
  3. Hello All!! Our family is planning a Reunion Vacation on the Horizon for January, 2020. I am a light sleeper and have been reviewing the deck plans before booking to determine the best balcony for my husband and I on Decks 8 or 9. Has anyone stayed in the Havana Aft Balcony on Deck 8? How much music/noice will the cabins get from the pool area and for how long? Also, the Premium Balconies (Deck 8) are close to the Havana Aft Balconies; does this cabin get music/noise from the Havana area? Thanks
  4. Just got an email from Carnival saying the embarkation time has been delayed by one hour for the Horizon. We had the first slot at 11:30. Anyone else have this happen to them and is this just a ploy to get people to come a little later so it's not a madhouse???
  5. 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?
  6. 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! 😊
  7. Does Carnival Horizon offer the Behind the Scenes excursion? Has anyone done it?
  8. 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!
  9. What's the deal with the muster drill now? Is it still outside?
  10. laumicmah

    Just off the Horizon

    So we got off the Horizon on Sunday after 8 lovely days. It was my 9th Carnival cruise and DH's 8th. We are 45 and our kids are all off to college. The kids have been on 5 Carnival cruises with us. We have done the Fascination, Sensation, Imagination, Pride, Glory and Magic previously. We kinda liked the Magic most out of those. But also didn't mind the Pride and have warm fuzzies for the Fantasy class (our first few were Fantasy class and they are easy to navigate with less pax to deal with). Just wasn't stoked about the Glory for some reason. At any rate I will give a bit of a summary of my thoughts and maybe share a few stories but won't do a full on blow by blow. We cruised with some friends of ours who are close in age to us but their 3 kids are young so they brought them and their eldest brought a friend. They stayed in 2 family harbor suites and said it was totally worth it for the kids to have access to that lounge (especially the younger 2). I saw their suites and was quite unimpressed. I liked the curtain between the kids beds and adult bed and the 2 part bathroom. But the bathrooms were super duper small and the decor was bright plastic looking blue (bathrooms). There was a nice walk in like closet and a lovely balcony but narrow and the room rather plain and small. And though there were clear dividers between their two balconies, the steward claimed they could not be opened. Our friends said the suites were meh...they did suites on DCL and said those are way more impressive. (and I would get to tour a Havana Cabana suite during the cruise and that suite was AWESOME). But they loved the lounge (breakfast, ice cream, games and such). Hubby and I were in a Havana inside on deck 6 (6470). If at the Havana bar looking towards the Havana pool, there is a set of stairs tucked to the right of that bar that go up to Havana cabins...up one flight and, bam, you hit my cabin. I loved that there were doors that closed us off from the long NON Havana cabin hallway. There was just a back row of aft cabins in Havana on decks 6-8 at least (maybe higher but I talked to some folks in a Havana aft deck 8 cabin). Those are all off that tucked away staircase and door-ed off from the main hallway. It was 'hallway' quiet. And I emphasize 'hallway' quiet for a reason. So...day 1 I am loving that cabin. I love quiet as I am a very light sleeper. And, man, was our cabin area super quiet...by day. I loved the quick shot to the Havana section and LOVED LOVED LOVED that Havana pool area. Yes, they enforce Havana guests only. And it's not crowded. So much so that you get to meet other Havana guests (hence me getting a tour of the cabana suite). The bar service there is pretty good too due to no crowds (the inside bar, by day, was pretty dead). You can get coffee and water at that bar and right around the corner (towards mid ship on deck 5) was a place that had a small breakfast buffet (and lunch, though we never checked it out at lunch). We ate breakfast right there almost every morning. And around the corner from that was the coffee counter where we'd get cappuccinos each morning. There was also a corner open bar out there with all that and we got to know Camillo the bartender there. That's where we'd meet up with our friends before dinner. Down the ship from those things is Guys Pig and Anchor bar and outside on the deck there is the BBQ lunch window (which I grabbed 2/8 days). So that whole area was our main hangout and it was nice to avoid the masses up on Lido. Okay, so now for the cabin 'by night'. Seven out of the 8 nights the Havana bar had a Latin music band play until 1am. It was like 9-10 and 11-1 or something like that. We tend to call it a night at 10-11pm. With that dang drink package and all that food (especially after spending 2 hours in the MDR), we crashed early (super early some nights). I also ALWAYS wake around 7am on vacations. Can't sleep in (probably being a light sleeper and other folks start moving about at 7am and it wakes me). So...we could hear that band play while in our bed with the TV blaring and hubby snoring (and eventually even with my earplugs in). It was clear as day, as if they were playing in my room and the bed vibrated. I started asking other Havana guests if they had the same and discovered that deck 8 was fine as were the cabana cabins on deck 5. Our cabin was directly above that stage in the bar so we had the worst spot...by night. And if you tend to be out until 1am, you wouldn't notice it. But we love the Havana section and will book that anytime we can. My dream cabin would be a cabana suite...heck just a cabana will do. Food...MDR was a let down so we stopped going and did Lido once and then 4 nights of specialty dining. We did the sushi (Bonsai???) place twice and it was delish. We did the, upstairs off Lido, Asian place once and that was delish. The last night of the cruise we did the steakhouse and it was very very good too. But I was so full and sick of drinking at that point that I didn't truly enjoy it. Left half my filet and didn't do dessert. Sad sad. Next time I'd move that up earlier in the cruise. Buffet didn't wow us either. We ended up mostly doing the non buffet stuff up there...pizza, Guy's burgers, wok (was Asian pay place at night and free wok for lunch) and the pay extra seafood counter. And the BBQ counter down on deck 5. We did get cake a few times though...and it was meh. DH and our friends really liked the seafood counter. Ship was clean. Staff was friendly and good. The CD, Mike Pack, was pretty good. John Heald was on the ship for a few days and he went past me a couple times. We didn't see any theater shows. We saw 1 comedy show and it was good. We saw Jo in the piano bar 1 night and she was good. We saw a little karaoke. We saw a boy girl duo in Pig and Anchor. We were at some of the electric white party. DH and friend and his kids watched Venom movie in the theater and DH and I did the short thrills theater thing. We did 2 nights in the casino for just a little while (I won $59 and DH lost $50). We tried a lot of drinks at almost all the bars (never made it in the Library bar). We played a few trivia games. The kids did the slides. The older 2 did their own thing. The skyride was broken at first but got fixed for the 2nd half. DH went to the gym a couple times. The 2 negatives...one was the sports bar didn't play the big football games or the baseball play offs. And our 2 guys are BIG sports fans (and eldest kid of friends along with his friend...both 16). The day we got on the ship, in Miami, FL State played Univ of Miami and they did NOT have that game on. The sports bar and casino bar and Pig and Anchor bar had like 10 TVs each and 3 played 1 same football game (but never a good one) and one played Cricket and the other had like Poker, soccer or something odd. And cabin TV have zero zilch nada sports channels. The other negative was my spa hair salon experience. I pre-bought (with spa sale) a wash and style in the salon for formal night. It was like $42. I was not feeling great on that first seaday (little seasick and little hung over) so I went to the salon and asked if I could cancel. I was told it would not be refunded. So I asked if I could move it to the last night (when we had steakhouse resies) and was told I'd pay twice as I'd lose the money for cancelling that day. So I went ahead and got my hair done. She suggested I put it up and not get it washed as the curls and updo stays better with dirty hair. So she curls and throws it up in like 15 minutes (really 25 because she had to stop midway through to go deal with something in the computer for like 10 mins). It's cute but nothing spectacular. So then she hands me receipt to sign and it has a total on it but I don't have my reading glasses to really read it. But I say why am I being charged when I prepaid. She said 'oh, you'e not...don't worry...it's nothing'. I then see a line and ask if I can add a tip and she says 'of course'. I put $8 in the tip line and the total line. I see, later, on the TV that she refunded the $43 and charged me $56 (I suppose for updo instead of style...but I didn't get a wash so I figured the price would be same and she never told me otherwise)...and, here's the big kicker, there was already an $8 auto tip so she got $16....for $72 total. And she tried to get me to sign up to come the next night for treatments to my hair. Ha...nope. And never doing the salon on a cruise again. Another negative, but off ship, was at Grand Turk Margaritaville. Each family got a poolside cabana. We went to desk on ship to ask to have them next door to each other and was told it was noted...but we got there and were taken to 2 cabanas not together and told that was all that was left (didn't see any folks in the far right 3 then so I think she was just too lazy to go back and switch keys). Then she tells us our buzzer (for service) didn't work in one cabana...but she swore the server would be there every 5 mins (NOT). Then, us adults and the 2 younger kids hang out in one while the two 16 year olds hang out in the other. We all go to the beach and when we adults come back we see a lady sacked out on the lounger on the deck of the boys' cabana. We tell the server to please go shoo her off and she replies 'no, I am making tips off her and you aren't using that cabana'...our friends say 'we paid a ton of money for that cabana so it doesn't matter' and she mumbles something about 'you all are over here and I want to make tips off of her' and she leaves. Then when we pay our tab on CC she asks us to pay her tip in cash so she wouldn't have to split it with the cooks and bussers. Won't EVER be booking a poolside cabana there again. In fact, after 3 times at Grand Turk, we won't be going back if we can help it. The water is gross. There are like 25 free chairs on the beach and then you have to pay. The time before, on Magic, there was another big ship there too and it was ridiculously crowded. The ground in the water is all rocky. It was a thumbs down 2/3 times I've been...so the average is not good. My DH also left his sneakers in the cabana and hoped they'd have found them and sent them to the ship. We called the desk later that night and no shoes. The next day, in San Juan, we went off in search of a sneaker store (Footlocker was right in port there, thank goodness). St Kitts we did a catamaran snorkel and had a blast. But then in town we bought conch fritters but they turned out to be just corn. DH and I took a taxi to that Princess Juliana airport beach in St Maarten. That was nice but then it began to rain and rained all afternoon. We went back on ship early and watched the mountain goats running down the mountain while sitting in the havana pool area. Getting on the ship was easy. Though driving into port and dropping off luggage and parking was kinda chaotic. We ended up parking and having to haul luggage down to street where a guy took it and we worried we might not see it again. But then everything went smoothly. We had 11:30-12:30 time and we got email bumping it back to 12:30-1:30. We arrived at 12 and was on the ship at 12:30. Our cabin was ready at 1:30 and we had muster at like 4:00. That was THE longest muster ever. We sat there FOREVER....like 45 minutes. They had to keep waiting for folks to get there and finally listed a bunch of names and said to meet in some lounge for their muster since they missed it. It was a lot of names. That ship is too big to get muster organized. Getting on and off in ports was easy too (Glory was a nightmare in that department). Disembarking was crappy. We were told the self assist would go from 7:30-8:30 and then they call luggage tag numbers for the folks who put out their bags from 8:30-10:30. Well they arrived in port on time but Mike came on and said it would be a delay in getting off and they began by calling deck 12 and up at 7:45. Plus luggage tags 1 and 2. Then they didn't call the next group until 8:15 and it was decks 10 and above plus more luggage tags. DH and I said screw it. There was a lot of folks pouring down and out and no way were all those folks 10 and above. We go and get in massive customs lines where the agents are thoroughly examining every person (made DH take hat off and asked us where we were heading and what our names and DOBs were). There were folks at every bag lane number getting luggage and I thought self assist was all supposed to go before they started allowing the luggage out folks to go. Man, we lugged all our crap down and would have much preferred to put it out the night before but we had to drive back to NC and and needed to get going so we wanted as early as possible. Then we walk outside and hit a wall of folks waiting for taxis. So, no more port of Miami which is sad because we love that Havana section and only 2 ships have that. I hope the new big guy going to Port Canaveral has a Havana. That's our fave port. Another 'won't do again' is getting the drink package. We got specialty coffee every day and a few big bottles of water. We also drank about 7 drinks on seadays and like 3-4 on port days...but some days I wanted to NOT have any and maybe had 2-3. I also left a lot of drinks half drank. I figure I averaged 1 coffee and 4 drinks a day plus 3 big bottles of water and one movie theater soda and one milkshake over the whole trip...so 5-6 per day but wanted more of an average of 3/day. We also wanted to have more drinks in the ports but felt we should limit those since we had free ones on the ship. And we felt obliged to add a tip. I think we spent more money than when we don't do the drink package (which was all other cruises as this was our first time getting the package). We also don't mind bringing on the 2 bottles of wine. So never again for this as well. There were 4 port days in a row with the last 2 days being seadays. I was ready to be off the ship by then and felt it was 2 days too long. So we decided we will stick with 5-6 nighters (maybe 7). We have a 9 night Royal booked and I am a regretting that. Too long. So shorter and preferably out of PC and with a Havana and no drink package but bring 2 bottles of wine and do all the specialty dinner venues. Also will pack less. That inside cabin was SMALL. We've been in insides before (on Carnival) and had more storage space. This one had one closet with one tiny hanging side and one shelves/drawers side. The desk area was half with only the hairdryer drawer with a little section to put stuff. And the TV channels sucked...that reminds me...no more cruising during football. DH has great memories of watching football on the pride one October with some friends of ours...in the sports bar. And he remembers watching in the cabin too as I remember watching Survivor and Walking Dead (not this time). Anyway, I will pack lighter and have easier luggage to drag off the ship. Don't need as much stuff as I brought and I did laundry twice since DH wears the same 4 things over and over. So one small rolling suitcase each. Well this report went on longer than anticipated. More blow by blow after all. We did have a nice cruise. Would give it a solid B. Just tweak some things for next time. Can try to post some pics tomorrow. Will see if I can figure this new fangled CC out (I say, if it aint broke...).
  11. Does anybody know how long the sky ride on Horizon will be down? I will be getting on Horizon in two weeks. I am really looking forward to the sky ride.
  12. alwayslisad

    Horizon room #of plugs ?

    How many plugs are in the room? At the desk? Nightstand?
  13. I just got an email for upgrade our cove balcony to deck 11 for 70 total. I took it. I priced out the difference if I booked it and it is a 300 difference. I am excited to be right close to the pools and food now :):) We have stayed in many cove balconies and do love them....but also stayed on the LIDO one time and loved being close to everything. I will miss the shade of the cove, but I will adjust :):) We go march 23 for an 8 day on the Carnival horizon.
  14. I am just wondering which games on the Horizon sports desk require a fee of some sort. For instance, I am sure that mini golf would be free as it is on most, if not all ships, but what about pool etc.
  15. EMBARKATION Arrival at the Port/terminal facilities: Grade B. We arrived about 1030 am after taking a free rental car shuttle from the port (we drove from our home that morning in a rental). The Port itself is very busy but once inside the terminal, the new Carnival check-in process where they scan your passport upon entering the terminal and your boarding pass is your “room key” until picking up your permanent key outside your cabin is slick and flawless. My 2 bottles of wine and 2 cases of Pepsi sailed through without any problem and no corkage fee on the wine! We waited in the priority area which had a cooler of lemonade. We began boarding about 1130 which was quick and easy. There are vending machines in the terminal inside the secure area that are reasonable (snacks $1.25 and sodas $2) so you can take your drink / snacks on board. THE SHIP Overall; Grade A. The ship itself is nearly new, easy to navigate, and the color scheme and decor are neutral earth tones with a modern feel. Some of the lines can get long during peak times at some of the food areas (pig and anchor, blue iguana, pasta bar, Mongolian, and deli), but overall passenger flow was good. The crew was friendly and professional. Some specific comments: CABINS: Grade B. We had an inside cabin on deck 1 (we booked three days prior with only two cabins left). I don't think we have ever been on that low of a deck which wasn't bad since all the activities are on decks 3-5 (except lido on deck 10), and it was very quiet. The one downside being on the lowest deck fwd was a frequent shudder as if the bow hit a large wave Rooms were large, the shower worked well, the AC system worked well, and beds were very comfortable, and there was plenty of storage space. Note the room service default must be no evening turn-down service. We've always been asked on past carnival ships if we wanted evening turn down service which we always decline, so the fact it wasn't offered was no big deal. We also had a problem getting our funtimes delivered each evening which we have never experienced--on 3 of the 7 nights, it was never delivered and only arrived at various times the next morning. I began to have a theory that either they put all the new room stewards, or possibly those on probation, on deck one where all the “low rent” cruise passengers are cabined! POWER OUTLETS Grade C:. There are two 110 outlets, one european style outlet and two USB ports all above the desk. Surprisingly for a new ship there are no USB ports near the bed(s) REFRIGERATOR Grade A. This is the first refrigerator we've had in awhile that did not have mini bar items making you remove all the items to put your own sodas in. The refrigerator worked good and kept items very cold (which hasn't always been the case on recent cruise ships) TV:. Grade C (for Republicans) Grade B (for Democrats). I normally give grades of F and D since most carnival ships have the lousy no name TV's with remotes that seem to have a mind of their own and that use the older menu interface. On the horizon, it's a complete 180--the TV's are 40” (possibly 32”) LG flat panels, the remotes work well, and the menu interface is the new style where you can view your pictures, see your account activity, etc. The channel lineup is still lousy though. The choice of channels leaves conservatives with a migraine after having to watch a week of CNN as your only news choice. (There is Headline News to watch in the morning which is good) Not sure when Carnival did away with its networks (abc, CBS, nbc) but they are sorely missed. Gym / track: grade A. The track goes around the back of the ship to about mid ship. 7 times around is one mile. It was rarely crowded but very windy most of the time. The gym was one of the larger gyms I’ve seen and had plenty of equipment that was brand new and rarely busy in the morning (the photo was taken at 7am on a port day) FOOD Overall Grade A. Overall I think Carnival has an excellent food and dining operation Their lunch offerings and variety are the best at sea in my opinion and the evening dinners are on par with all the other mass mainstream cruise operators. Specific venues: GUYS PIG & ANCHOR BBQ: Grade B I began my cruise on embarkation day by visiting the pig and anchor on deck 5 which opens at 1130 on embarkation day. The food was excellent and may be the best BBQ at sea; however I downgraded my overall grade to a B. The one port day it was open it was not as good--both the beef and pork were dry and the sauces were very good (I was first one in line so I would recommend waiting 30 minutes or so if you don't mind waiting in line a bit). I ate there 4 times for lunch--2 were excellent, one was good, and the one I just described was just average. NOTE:. PIG and anchor is only open on embarkation and sea days EXCEPT if you have a port day that ports after the lunch hour. On our itinerary we didn't arrive arrive San Juan until 1:15pm so the pig and anchor was open that day. The lines on embarkation day were short, but the sea days the lines were VERY LONG so go early! (There was a minimal line on the San Juan port day because I don't think many people knew it was open) Also, the Pig & Anchor brewhouse turns in to a specialty restaurant in the evenings (see the photo below for the menu). GUYS BURGER JOINT: Grade A. I then headed up to guys burger joint after BBQ on embarkation day. It was not too crowded yet and was quickly served what I consider the best burgers being served on the seven seas. The lines were generally longest when it first opened and about 3pm or so when all aboard time was 4ish but quickly become short because of how efficient the burgers are served. GARDEN BUFFET: Grade C. On embarkation day after hitting the guy fieri's venues, I then meet my wife in the garden buffet and sampled several items which were all hot. The line at the first buffet line after entering from the pool area was moderate to long, but the best kept secret is to keep walking to the aft buffet because no one was there and no lines. I give the garden buffet a grade of C for two primary reasons: 1. The lines tend to get long at peak times; and 2. The breakfast does not open until 7:30 on sea days which is late for early risers leading to a big line right at 7:30 when it does open. The lines on port days when it opens at 7:00 were much shorter but still a fair number of people especially for the omelet line (which I attributed to an older crowd coupled with return of standard Time the second night of our cruise and it was light by 0530 each morning). It generally started getting very busy around 8:00. Otherwise the food is on par with other cruise lines. Self serve beer taps grade 😄 there are four self serve beer taps near the back of the garden Buffett. They are all .29 cents an ounce. On one side is Miller light and red frog red. On the other side is red frog and dos equis. I love the self serve beer taps and the only reason for the C grade is about half the time it was a lot of foam DELI. Grade B. The sandwiches are good and freshly made to your liking which would have received a grade of A except I downgraded because the service can be described in three words: SLOW, SLOWER, and SLOWEST, primarily due to only one guy making the sandwiches MONGOLIAN WOK: Grade A. Great mongolian / Asian food. On the Horizon it’s up on deck 11 with the pasta bar (which is the Cucina Capitano Italian Specialty restaurant in the evening) and you place your order and receive a pager which works great compared to the older system of standing in line and all the smoke from the wok blows in your face making you cough! PIZZA: Grade B. The pizza on Carnival is very tasty--fresh made in an electric grill that mimics wood fired. Lines can be a bit long at peak times but it’s open 24x7. BLUE IGUANA. Grade A. Another great Tex-Mex option with great tacos, burritos, and taco bowls. You can get shrimp tacos as well (although shrimp is not listed on the taco side it is available on the burrito side). Lines for both the tacos are normally short and fast but the line on the side for the burrito / salad bowl can get long during peak times. PIG AND ANCHOR BREWHOUSE aka REDFROG PUB. Grade C on this ship (On the Vista I would give it an A) My wife and I headed to what we thought would be the redfrog pub on deck 5 but is the "Pig and Anchor Brewhouse" hoping it had half off happy hour on embarkation and port days like the redfrog on Carnival Vista did. Much to our chagrin and disappointment, no such luck on the horizon. Further disappointing was the lack of self serve beer taps like the Vista. If you want to drink Redfrog beer you'll have to go up to the self serve taps on 10 or order it at one of the bars. MAIN DINING ROOM (MDR) Grade B I normally ask the waiter each evening what their best appetizer and entree are and if your waiter has been on the ship for any period of time, their recommendations are spot on. I even had a waiter on one cruise, with a good sense of humor, identify their WORST dishes and would bring one out for me at random to try just to prove it! I identify which items were recommended each evening Day 1: waiter recommendation: strawberry bisque, Vietnamese roll, sweet and sour shrimp. My selections: Strawberry bisque: A this is like a strawberry smoothie that tastes more like a dessert than an appetizer but it's excellent whenever you choose to eat it. Sweet and sour shrimp grade B. This was very good. You'll want to order a second entree if very hungry. DAY 2 (first formal night): waiter recommendation: lobster and prime rib. My selections: Sicilian meatball soup grade A. prime rib and lobster Grade A. All of the items were excellent. Day 4: Waiter Recommendation: Flatbread and Lamb Shank. My Selections: Flatbread Grade B; Lamb Shank Grade A: I’m not a big fan of lamb but this dish was excellent--extremely tender and great flavor. Day 5: Waiter Recommendation: Seafood Newburg and Beef Wellington. My Selections: Bing Cherry Bisque Grade A (identical to the Strawberry Bisque except cherry flavored); Penne Siciliana (ordered as an appetizer) Grade A; Beef Wellington Grade A. All of these items were outstanding. A great evening menu. DAY 6: Waiter Recommendation: Chicken Skewers; Penne Mariscos; Chicken Milanese. My Selections: Chicken Skewers Grade A; Steak & Cheddar Soup Grade B; Penne Mariscos (ordered as an appetizer) Grade C; Chicken Milanese Grade B. Day 7 (2nd formal night): Waiter recommendations: Stuffed mushrooms, Filet, and Teriyaki Salmon Filet. My Selections: Stuffed mushrooms Grade A; Chesapeake crab cake Grade B; Grilled jumbo shrimp B; Filet Grade B (I had the $20 surcharge filet on a recent Carnival cruise which was better than the filet on this menu). DAY 8:. Waiter recommendation: Prime rib; My Selections: Baked onion soup Grade B; Penne shrimp & bacon (ordered as an appetizer) Grade B; Prime Rib Grade A. PORTS: I won't provide any port reviews because I doubt they would be helpful to anyone. When our kids were younger and cruised with us we used to get off at every port and do an excursion, go to the beach, etc but now we generally stay on the ship and if we do get off, well walk around the town or cruise village or town, have a drink, and return in a couple hours. I will say we enjoyed this itinerary because San Juan, St Kitts, and St Maarten are all very nice and you're not accosted by tour operator etc when walking around. FUN TIMES DAILYS EMBARKATION DAY DAY 2 AT SEA Day 3: GRAND TURK DAY 4 SAN JUAN DAY 5 ST KITTS: DAY 6 ST MAARTEN DAY 7 SEA DAY DAY 8 SEA DAY ENTERTAINMENT Overall grade B. Overall the entertainment was very good. On the plus side is the variety of options each night, the plethora of live music options, and all events start promptly on time. On the negative side, the playlist production shows in the main theater each evening are somewhat “cookie cutter” with the same group of singers and dancers doing each show--it’s a little like going to a MLB game and watching a game with all utility players and middle relievers--skilled and competent performers but not real exciting. Carnival is being outpaced in this area by the other lines with Broadway inspired shows where the cast is contracted only for that show and isn't later running the bingo or trivia games like you see on carnival. The performers themselves are very talented but when they have to do four different shows it's not going to compare to the other cruise lines who spend substantial sums to bring in Broadway shows, eg Jersey boys, Mama Mia, etc. (It's quite impressive that the performers on Carnival perform so well the choreography and singing for four different production shows!) The comedy shows in the punchliners were great--a lot of shows each night and they even flew in two new comedians mid cruise. Here’s are my comments on some specific entertainment: Cruise director Mike Pack:. Grade A. Mike did a great job. He's a middle age guy from the UK that really did a nice job keeping the energy level up, was enthusiastic, articulate and seemed to like his job and genuinely likes interacting with the passengers. He was everywhere and his “signature” was giving hugs to all the passengers which came across as genuine affection for folks. LIVE MUSIC: Grade A: The live music quality, variety, and quality is fantastic. We also greatly appreciated how Carnival publishes the lineup for the entire week outside of each venue. Here’s the lineup on the week. Atrium Acts: Electric violins with new age, demage, and Owen Stephen: grade A. All these acts were excellent. New agen, a violin trio that plays modern hits on violin accompanied by recorded music, was our favorite. The atrium was our favorite pre-dinner venue. SHOWTIME PLAYLIST PRODUCTION SHOWS IN THE LIQUID LOUNGE (MAIN THEATER): Showtime Soulbound: grade C While a somewhat “typical” carnival dance and singing production show, this show was actually pretty good--it was high energy, and got the audience involved in singing clapping etc. If you like R&B hits from the 60s 70s and 80s you'll like the show. The pre-show activities, which started 15 minutes before Showtime, were entertaining too. Then the end of the show “spills over” into the atrium for a final two songs and passenger dancing etc. It was a good time and recommended. I liked it the best of the three showtime shows. Showtime Amor Cubano. Grade 😄 this show was billed as the sounds of modern Latin America. It was another “typical” carnival production except a live orchestra accompanied the singers and dancers which always adds to any live theater show. Showtime vintage pop. Grade C. The live orchestra playing in the show was the highlight for me but otherwise it was just average and on par with the other shows Showtime celestial strings. Grade B. The CD was touting this all day as the best theater production show at sea exclaiming you could only see it on the horizon, and predicting it would win the cruise industry award for best new show. While I don't think I'd go that far, I would say it was the best of the four playlist production shows. The violin trio that played in the evenings were the featured musicians (hence the name celestial strings) but most of the time the violins were drowned out by the pre-recorded music and singing. Many times when the violinists were playing you couldn't even hear them. Showtime Viva variety: Brent and Sarah non stop laugh riot. Grade A:. This is a married couple that does a comedy magic show. They were flown in to do this show so I'm not sure they perform on every horizon itinerary. They were very good and entertaining for the entire family. The show lasted approximately 40 minutes. MISC ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS: Clue: Grade B (for families) Grade D (for everyone else) Based on the board game clue, on the first night all the suspects (Mr Green, Ms peacock, colonel mustard etc) explain why they couldn't have been the one to commit the murder. The passengers are then to gather clues the rest of the cruise to figure out “who dunit” on the last night. I only saw one other event advertised to get a clue so if you do choose to participate, you have to pay close attention during the week where to get clues. I attended the last day (right before Bingo) when the murder was solved and from the hands that went up of passengers that participated, there were not a lot of passengers that partook during the week. 60 minutes to win it: grade F. Many of you have probably seen this show where contestants have to complete tasks in 60 seco day or less but this was not that show. Instead it was one member of the fun squad leading various contests with passengers like a scavenger hunt, a trivia type game etc. This is the second carnival Cruise in recent months that has done this--i'm not sure why except maybe carnival got in to a licensing dispute with the original creator of the 60 seconds or less game show and can no longer copy the model. Hasbro the game show. Grade A (for families). This show is a lot of fun--especially for families with smaller kids. Two teams (teams are kids with one adult captains) compete in various Hasbro games on stage. Some of the kids say some really funny things and it's a fun one hour show Dive in movies on the pool deck:. Grade A. On nice evenings it doesn't get much better sitting outside eating fresh popped popcorn (at the redfrog bar) and watching relatively new release movies. The breeze would show a matinee on port days and two in the evening at 7 and 930. All the chairs would normally fill up within 15 minutes after the movie starts so arrive early if you have more than 2 and want to sit together. Park West art auctions:. They are no longer on the horizon. I wonder if this is the beginning of the end for park west's relationship with carnival? Instead, on the horizon they sell metal prints of photographs under carnivals “pixels” photo studio brand. Egg drop event in the atrium: grade B:. This was very popular--probably 40 guests entered. It was a fun sea day event to kill some time. The crowds were big so arrive a few minutes early. Battle of the Sexes Grade and Love and Marriage Shows: Grade C Both of these shows are usually entertaining and are heavily dependent on the team members and the CD for how entertaining they are. COMEDY IN THE PUNCHLINERS:. The punchliners is always one of our favorite entertainment events. Couple things that may be helpful. All the shows started right on time and were finished in 30 minutes--every now and then a show may go 35 minutes but I think carnival must stress to the comedians to keep it to 30 minutes. The 530 family shows don't get too crowded but all the shows after 730 normally fill up. I'd recommend arriving at least 15 minutes early and if the line stretches back to the casino, don't worry--you'll still get in. We saw approximately twelve shows by four different comedians over the course of the cruise. We saw both the family and adult shows and my wife and I thought they were just OK--some of them were pretty funny and others were not quite our style of humor. Carnival does a great job of scheduling comedy at a variety of times to suit almost everyone. DISEMBARKATION: Grade A. We did the self-assist early disembarkation for platinum guests. We received clearance right at 7:00 a.m. and we were out to the shuttle by 7:30. CONCLUSION: Our cruise aboard the Carnival Horizon was a fantastic 8 day cruise and I think anyone who enjoys cruises would thoroughly enjoy the Horizon. I hope the above review helps you plan your vacation on the Horizon and you have a great time!
  16. We are currently on the Horizon and at the beginning of the cruise there was a letter in our cabin stating that the Sky Ride would be closed for the duration of our cruise. To our pleasant surprise it opened yesterday and was open again today. Seems they got whatever needed to be fixed done. Hopefully this is a sign that is back into normal operation. Have ridden it three times and find it enjoyable. We did go up to it when there was a minimal line (while the ship was in port). Don’t think I would wait for it if there was a substantial line.
  17. Wondering if anyone has sailed the Horizon and NCL Escape/Getaway? Was the motion was similar? Some of my party sailed the Carnival Breeze a few years ago and had motion sickness here and there, but never felt a thing on the other two ships. Of course weather and currents make a difference, but we're just wondering. Thanks!
  18. We really want a havana room on Horizon for our april or may cruise this year but have found the southern Caribbean 8 day iteniterary we want is already booked full on the Havana rooms. Is it worth it to get a Havana room to go with a less desired iternirary in our eyes which is the 6 day echo rios, grand Cayman, and cozumel? If we do a regular room then it's quite a bit higher than say if we did a regular balcony on carnival breeze and still got a more desired iternirary. So wondering how much the ship is worth it and the Havana rooms? We dont have kids and the whole private Havana area really intrigued us and wanted that experience!
  19. My husband and I want to plan our next cruise for spring 2019-April or May departure. We prefer to leave out of Florida. As you can see from our cruise history we have been on several Carnival ships, we have been on Harmony (similar to Symphony). Things important to us are shows, food, entertainment, and ports. If we did Horizon we would do the Havana rooms. Symphony would be a basic balcony. Edge would be the balcony as well. On the Edge I am not sure its traditional enough for us? Also open to other suggestions. I would prefer a newer ship.
  20. Hello~ My 3 friends and I will be going on the Horizon in January. We currently have 2 adjoining balcony rooms, on deck 7. We were considering moving to a Havana suite, on Deck 5. So, there would be 4 women and 1 bathroom. I think 2 of us would have to sleep on the couch. It would be an extra $200 for each of us. Should we switch to the suite or stay where we are? Is the Havana area worth it?? Thanks!
  21. I got an Ultra cruise offer and, surprisingly, one of the dates worked! I’ll be sailing on the Horizon on October 6 from Miami. I’ve never we been on an Ultra cruise. Can anyone tell me what to expect? Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  22. Hi! Headed out Jan 20th 2019 on the Carnival Horizon and I was wondering if there is any way to get the Main Dining Room menus for each night of the Carnival Horizon 6-day Western Caribbean sailing ahead of time? I would like to book specialty dining but also not miss my favorite "cruise foods" served in the main dining room!
  23. alwayslisad

    Horizon pool question

    Hi all, I have been watching You Tube videos and do not see any pools that are walkin. It appears that all entrances/exits are ladders. Does anyone know if any pools that have stairs to get in and out of?
  24. I know there are a number of fantastic reviews coming from this voyage, so I will highlight some of the things not covered elsewhere. This was our first time on a Carnival ship and our only other cruise was a 4-day with Disney. Like many newbies, I anxiously researched as much as I could, but still felt like I did not have all of the info. This review will focus most on those things that caused me the most stress before the trip and how they turned out for us. "Us" is me (43 yo teacher mom), DH (45), DS (16), DD (14) and DD (11). COMPARISON TO DISNEY Another poster wrote that "it's not Disney but it was fun." That was a helpful line to me and I will add a few more details on the differences I noticed. We chose carnival based on the price (approx $6000 for a Christmas cruise on CCL vs. $14,000 for a similar schedule/space on Disney...) and-spoiler alert- I would make the same choice next time.