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  1. I have the address for the Miami port as: 1015 North America Way Miami, Florida 33132 Which should be the address for Horizon's dock but which terminal do we use? Terminal D - 1435 North Cruise Boulevard, Port of Miami, Miami, FL 33132 Terminal E - 1265 North Cruise Boulevard, Port of Miami, Miami, FL 33132 Trying to determine the exact address to give to the cab driver. Thanks.
  2. I have a choice for an 8 night cruise. Itineraries are very similar with the differences being Half Moon Cay for Magic and La Romana for Horizon. I have been on the Horizon..... My biggest concern with the Magic is I have read about A/C and mold issues.....any one with recent experience with that?
  3. Hi all. Thanks for any help in advance. My husband and I are looking into booking a 6 day cruise on carnival horizon next spring for us and our daughter. We are both 31 and love NCLs freestyle type of cruising. We have only sailed Carnival once and that was 6 years ago on the Freedom. I remember us thinking that the food and entertainment weren’t as good as we experienced on NCL. Can anyone who cruises both Carnival and NCL let me know if you found the food and entertainment better than it used to be?
  4. Hello, I am considering a cruise on the Carnival Panorama for January 2020. I am interested in getting a Cloud 9 Spa stateroom, as I enjoyed the one I had on the Splendor in November 2015. Can anyone tell me what the facilities are onboard the Panorama? I'm aware of the in-room products, but am I wrong in interpreting that the Panorama and Horizon do not offer the thlassotherapy pools like the Splendor did? If the new class does not offer them, what are the amenities of the Cloud 9 staterooms aside from the in-room products and spa/gym treatment discounts? Thanks so much in advance!
  5. https://captcrunchypants.blogspot.com/2019/04/cruising-carnival-horizon-with-nut.html
  6. We just got back from our Spring Break cruise on the Horizon. Our family included me (49), my husband (50), two daughters (15, 17) and my parents (78, 80). We have done 7 cruises together and they have mainly been Royal Caribbean. We chose this ship because we were excited about a new ship, new ports that we had never been to and the Havana area. We booked it over a year ago so we had a long time to wait! We are from the Seattle area and we were so ready to get out of the cruddy weather and enjoy some sunshine. I'll just break down this review into the different categories of what we experienced. TRAVEL TO MIAMI: We took a red eye flight on Alaska Airlines departing on Thursday night and arrived at FLL early Friday morning. We pre arranged shuttle service from Larry's Limo's (booked online) and a brand new black stretch limo was waiting for us when we arrived. It was so fun! Our ride was from FLL to the Hyatt Centric in Miami which was about a 40 minute drive at 6:00 AM. We had used Larry's Limos in the past and were pleased with the service so we booked them again and were happy again on this segment (more to come on our ride back after the cruise which was not a positive experience). HYATT CENTRIC MIAMI: Gorgeous hotel! We were there so early in the morning and it was way too early to check in. The front desk was very nice and accommodating as they took our bags and gave us a key card for access to their rooftop pool to hang out at for the day. This hotel is new and everything was in pristine condition. They mainly cater to the business travelers so we had the whole pool area to ourselves. There were dozens of deck chairs set out around the pool and a handful of clam shells. We had our pick of whatever we wanted! After flying all night long, we were dead tired and ended up falling asleep in the comfy clam shells. As the day went on a few other people showed up on the pool deck but there were never more than 10 other people there at the same time as us. It was like a private pool for us! My teenage daughters were loving the opportunity to sunbathe all day! Our room was ready around 3 PM and we got out of the sun and headed out to dinner. The hotel is located next to an upscale mall which was fun to walk around and have dinner. Would highly recommend this hotel! CRUISE DAY! EMBARKATION: We took 2 Lyfts to the port which were each around $12.00 including tip. The drive to the port was around 10 minutes. The drop off was so much easier than Port Everglades and everything was just so simple. We had a 12:30 embarkation time and we arrived around 12:05. No problem. We got right into line, through security and onto the ship within 10 minutes which included to boarding picture. Impressive! FIRST LUNCH: OMG - chaos!!! Once we set foot on the ship, it was just loads of people standing around everywhere. Impossible to get around people and the lines for the elevators spilled out across the rest of the common areas. I'm a stair gal anyway and made my trek up to deck 10 on the stairs. My parents waited for the elevators and we eventually met up with them on deck 10. All I saw was lines, lines, lines and more lines. Ugh! We couldn't find a table that would accommodate the 6 of us. We ended up squeezing into a 4 person table and kind of ate in shifts. We all wanted something different and took turns on who went where. Yuck. This was thankfully the worst part of the cruise for us. Everything went uphill from this. I had Guys Burgers and it was awesome. I wasn't expecting it to be that great and I was crabby from the crowds and chaos but ended up really enjoying it. My husband had something tasty from the deli and my kids both had Guys with me. My dad ended up eating alone somewhere because he never could find us! I felt bad but wasn't surprised with all the people around. He's easy going though and had no problem with that. My mom ended up getting a few things at the salad bar because it was too hard to find anything else. After that first day, we avoided the crowds and never had any similar issues. MUSTER: Boring and long waiting for people but I know it's necessary and it wasn't bad. The hardest part is waiting for all the no shows to finally show up. SAIL AWAY: We went to deck 5 and hung out in the Havana area for sail away. We stood at the edge of the pool looking out at the aft of the ship and had a perfect view. I had a beer in my hand and life could not have been better! OUR ROOM: We had a deck 6 aft balcony in the center. My kids had the room next to us and my parents had one two down from them. The balcony divider did not open and we did not have a connecting room so we constantly had to knock on doors back and forth to talk to each other. In the past we've always been able to take down the balcony divider and/or had a connecting room so this was different for us. It turned out to be fine but just not as accessible as we are used to. It was nice that we could look down at the Havana area and could talk to each other from our decks if someone was down below. I always knew where my daughters were and it made it so easy to find people. The room itself was nice and was just as I expected it to be. I never really ever met our room steward. He was never present and available. Ever. My husband met him on the first day and that was it. He was also the steward for my daughters' room and they never met him either. On the first day, they found shampoo bottles and soap left in the shower from the previous guests and the shower was not clean. They never said anything (they never saw him) so they just threw away the bottles and soap themselves and took a shower the next day instead. Not a big deal but not what I expected. I really wanted ice each day but never had a chance to ask for it so I just would get it down at the Havana bar when I needed it. HAVANA AREA: This is what made our cruise so awesome! I loved, loved, loved this area! I think we were down there everyday all day long! The people working there are so nice, the pool and the hot tubs were so nice and never over crowded. We met some of the nicest people down there and enjoyed seeing them everyday. I would never sail on a Carnival cruise again without having this area. It was worth every extra penny to be in this area. DINING ROOM: We ate all 8 dinners in the dining room. Our waitstaff was friendly and seemed to have a lot of time to spend with us. So many people don't show up to dinner so it seemed like they had a lot of excess time to just chit chat with us. That part was nice and I enjoyed their entertainment they did most nights with some singing and dancing. It was always just a quick song but it was fun and had everyone in a good mood. They knew our names right away and called us by name every night. The rest of the experience was not that great. My daughter is gluten free so she would order her dinner each night the night before. We had to eat in the dining room each night since they made accommodations for her that worked out so well for us. Otherwise we would have spent our nights elsewhere. The food in the dining room was not good. Ever. I'm not a picky person but the food was always bad. The meat was always fatty, the pastas and desserts were dry, the flavors of everything we ate was just off. Then when we wouldn't eat everything or just a few bites, we were always questioned why we didn't eat it and why we didn't like it. It was awkward. I didn't want to say the food sucked every time they took it away. I would hear them asking the tables around us the same questions and see those people squirm too at their questions. Ugh. I am so used to the waitstaff knowing what our likes are from the beginning and making sure we have what we need each night. This was not the case for us this time. We had to ask for extra bread (we always went through the sourdough bread immediately) and when we asked for more, we would get more of the types we didn't touch and only one or two of the kinds we did like. We also had to ask for more butter every night. After 8 nights, you would think they would have our rhythm down. It never changed! On our previous cruises, the wait staff had our likes down on day one and when we showed up each night, we had everything we needed. This felt like a fight every night to get what we wanted and again it was just an awkward experience. Then at the end of the cruise, we were flat out asked to fill out the survey and give them a 10. I hate that. FOOD ELSEWHERE: Really good! I loved Guys Burgers, the pizza place, Pig and Anchor, Blue Iguana and the Deli. All of these places had great food and I was pleased with my lunch every day! I also loved the cakes on the lido deck during lunch. I'm not a big dessert person but I had a few slices over the week but it was so good. I would have been content to just eat at some of these places for dinner instead of the dining room but we with my gluten free daughter, it was a better option for us to eat in the dining room. PORTS: We had fun in all 4 ports. In Grand Turk we just hung out at the beach near the ship. We didn't use the free lounges (most were taken) but we only paid $15 for 2 chairs and an umbrella just a little bit down from the ship right in the front row. It was nice and worth the money. We also paid to go tubing which was so much fun! In La Romano, we just walked around the terminal and my kids had pictures taken with monkeys that turned out really cute. They wanted to do Monkeyland but it was sold out by the time we knew about it. In Curacao we just walked around and had drinks in a bar and stole a few minutes in the casino. Fun port! In Aruba we did the Kukoo Kunuku tour which was fun. They drove us around the island and then took us to a beach. Had a great time there too! CASINO: This cruise was an "ultra" cruise which we were not members of. I have only been on 2 other Carnival cruises and the last one was 8 years ago so it was like we were new again. The vibe of the casino was not what I expected. All of the tables were filled with ultra members who were playing with different chips and they were all part of a drawing going on over the loud speakers the entire night. It was just loud and obnoxious. If I was an ultra member, I'm sure I would have felt differently especially if my name was drawn to win cash and prizes! But I wasn't so it was not a great experience. I felt like I was at a party that I wasn't invited to and could not participate in any of the fun. One of my favorite parts of cruising is going to the casino each night and this time it sucked. On every other cruise I've been on, I always meet people at the tables and see them around the ship during the day and we chit chat and meet up again at night. Not this time. It was kind of a buzz kill. SHOWS and ENTERTAINMENT: Schwartz was our cruise director and he did a great job of engaging the passengers. In all my other cruises, I've never even known who the cruise director was or paid any attention and it was impossible not to notice Schwartz. He was fun and always visible. We had fun at the White Out party and the 80s deck party. He was teaching dance moves and everyone got involved. We also participated in the Friends trivia and had a blast. I thought for sure our group knew everything and it was a no brainer that we would take home that ship on a stick. Not the case! We missed 3 questions and there were a ton of other people in there that knew more than us! I saw one of the movies at night on the lido deck and my kids hit a few others. Great concept! TEEN CLUB: Kind of a bust this week. My kids used to love the kids clubs when they were younger and now they aren't really that interested in them. I "forced" them to go on the third night just to see if there was anyone they could meet or just get some ideas of activities to do. I said they only had to stay 5 minutes but to just get a feel of it. It turns out there were only 70 kids on board in their age group and only handful of those showed up to the teen club during the week. The week before that had been over 400 registered in their age group so we just had a bad week i think. My oldest daughter turns 18 this summer so this was her last shot at a kids club so I was disappointed that they really didn't have any interest in it. DEBARKATION: Slow. Really slow. We were supposed to be off by 8:30 and we finally got off around 10:15. Not sure what the hold up was. Usually we are forced off the ship by 8:30 regardless of what your number is. I have no idea if it's usually like this but it seemed unusual to wait that long to get off. SHUTTLE TO FORT LAUDERDALE: We used Larry's Limos again for our ride back to Fort Lauderdale from the port. Our driver called and said she was waiting outside but since we took so long getting off, they dispatched her elsewhere and we got another guy who did show up on time. He kept calling asking why we weren't off the ship. Annoying. It's not like we had any control over it. This driver was terrible. Frightening might be a better word to describe our ride home. I honestly don't know if this guy was drunk, high, sleep deprived or just a bad driver. He went between 10-20 mph BELOW the speed limit on the freeway, kept drifting out of his lane the entire time and had absolutely no idea how to get to our hotel. We were staying at a hotel at the FLL airport so pretty simple place to take us. He started getting agitated and asking us to look it up on our phones and give him directions (as he was swerving all over the road). Then his eyes kept shutting and we would feel the braille of the lanes as he drifted again. I kept talking to him to keep him awake but I have never been so scared in my life. There wasn't a place for us to just get out of the car since we were stuck in the middle of the freeway. I lost count at how many people honked at us on the road (over 20). I didn't know whether to kiss the ground or not when we actually did arrive at our hotel safely. OMG - do not use Larrys Limos!!!! CROWNE PLAZA FLL: I wasn't impressed with this hotel. Very small lobby and filled with people coming and going from cruises. It wasn't very well organized and the staff was rude. They were over stressed with all the commotion in the lobby and took it out on the guests. The rooms were actually nicer than I thought they would be and the location was nice to the airport which included a free shuttle for us in the morning. I wouldn't stay here again though. OVERALL: Fun family cruise!
  7. I will be on the Horizon in a Havana Cabana in May. I have seen pictures of a breakfast buffet in the Ocean Plaza on deck 5 and since this is close to my room I was wondering if this is served daily and is it included or an extra charge? Would like to get breakfast close by instead of the Lido deck. Thanks
  8. Just off the Horizon this morning. Longest debarcation ever. We are platinum so we could have had priority debarcation. We originally had luggage tag 3 but in our past cruises that was usually around 7:30–8:00 and we didn’t need to be off that early. Yesterday we told guest services that we wanted off around 8:30 so they said we should take number 6. Well, this morning number six wasn’t called until 9:45😬. No explanation except too many people going to deck three before being called. There should be a system where passengers have to show their zone number before getting in line to debark. We got in line when numbers 6-10 were called. When we got in the terminal we saw people gathering luggage with zone 20 on their suitcases. Messed up.
  9. 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.
  10. Hi friends, I searched 5 pages worth of boards and didn't find a similar question so I'm posting here. We will be traveling on the Horizon in September (Hubby, myself and our 6 and 4). We booked a balcony room on deck 6 midship. It looks like it has one upper pullman and a sofa bed. I was curious if anyone could share some insight on where the pullman is located. Is it over the sofa? Or is it over the bed? Last year we cruised an ocean view room on Paradise and our two upper pullmans were right over the bed. I'm curious what the set up will be this time. And just having the sofa alone makes me believe we should have a little more space than we had last year. Thanks!
  11. I will be on the Horizon during May and was wondering if I can stream HBO since I am a huge Game of Thrones fan. I have already purchased the premium internet plan so hopefully that will help. I plan on streaming thru my provider Spectrum. TIA
  12. Could anyone confirm or deny that you can stream youtube, hulu, netflix, etc. using the wifi on the carnival horizon with the new internet setup? Thanks!
  13. How does the bar atmosphere in Guy's Pig & Anchor Brewhouse on Horizon compare to the RedFrog Pub on Vista/Magic/Breeze/Etc?? In the past, we spent a lot of time in RedFrog hanging out/drinking beer/playing games/listening to music/etc - I'm curious if Guy's Brewhouse has a similar bar-type atmosphere, outside of the times they're serving food. Thanks!
  14. 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.
  15. Hi. About what is the earliest they will let FTTF board the Horizon? We are trying to figure out when we should arrive at the terminal. Thanks!
  16. Spring Break on the Horizon A few pics:
  17. We are sailing on the Horizon in August but I’m thinking of switching to the Breeze. Did anyone’s kids miss the additional activities on Vista/Horizon when they switched back to a ship without those activities, or did it really not make a difference? We’ve said on Allure, Oasis and the amplified Mariner so I’m looking at indoor activities as well as outdoor. We like Carnival too but haven’t sailed it since our soon was born. He’s 7 now.
  18. Carnival has added new balconys on deck 2 of the Horizon, in family harbour area. They are aft extended balconys ( these are not on Vista) I am lucky enough i suppose, to have them booked for a B2B in January 2019 Question, if you look at the deck plans, the balcony for rooms 2497 and 2482 are HUGE which happen to be both rooms we have 2497 first week and 2482 second week... same room not available for both ( wonder if i could find the person who has either booked and say would you like to switch up for the exact mirror room so we dont have to change? haha) anyway.. my question, on the deck plans both these balconys show something, not sure what, almost like a staircase /////// anyone know what this actually is, here is link to deck plan https://www.carnival.com/cruise-ships/carnival-horizon.aspx#deck-plans thanks in advance
  19. Sailing on our first of the mega ships in 3 months - the Horizon. Quick questions on the specialty dining (sushi, Asian, Italian, BBQ, etc). please (first time for us). 1. Do you need to make reservations for these restaurants or is it first come? 2. If you make reservations, is it advisable/or can you make them early in the cruise to assure a place? If so, where do you make them at? 3. I believe I have seen there is an "upcharge" for these restaurants, is this so? 4. Is it like the steakhouse where you if you do pay, it is a set price and then you order, or is it like a regular restaurant where you pay for each item you wish to order? Any examples of such cost appreciated - I am familiar with the Seafood Shack and Pay Sushi on other ships such as the Conquest. 5. Do any of these locations on the Horizon have a special dress code (excluding the steakhouse, I am aware of the dress code here)? 6. Is the Bonsi Sushi the only place to get sushi on board? I love it but husband hates it, and would like to be able to get it (like on other ships), where you just order and take away since he is not going to want to sit down to a "meal" with me in a restaurant setting. - BBQ place too, eat in only or take away? Hubby doesn't care much for that either lol, but I love me some good BBQ. Any help is appreciated, even after all our cruises this will be a new experience we are much looking forward to it. PS: Know it is not food related, but want to try the sky bikes too. Do you reserve this? If so in advance or what - if anyone reading these questions about the food knows.
  20. Any good? Is it faster/better on the new ships?
  21. Hey there-has anyone stayed in HL category cabins on deck 6 on the Carnival Horizon? Is it worth the money? Do you get alot of late night noise from Havana Bar on deck 5. Thanks for any feedback.
  22. What time do they start letting you get off the ship on last day. Walking off with all luggage.
  23. For those that have sailed on the Horizon already, how would you rate the beds on comfort? We sailed on RC ship last year and the beds were literally like sleeping on plywood 🙁
  24. Thinking of booking the Horizon and getting an inside cabin in the Havana area. Most of the cabins are on deck 5 but there are a couple on deck 6 and 7. What deck would you recommend if you had a choice?
  25. Carnival is having a pretty nice sail now. I just saved $250/pp on my Horizon sailing October 2020. I lost the $50 obc so saved $200. It was still worth it for me. Just an FYI. The price reduction form was not as easy to find on the Carnival site anymore, so I googled it and it came right up. It was approved within a few hours.
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