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  1. I usually agree with most of what you say, but how can the Mardi Gras be way superior when no one has sailed on her yet? I remember years ago everyone saying how great Vista was going to be. While I have enjoyed cruises on both Vista and Horizon, neither ship is even close to my favorite Carnival ship. Both Dream and Spirt class ships are far superior in my opinion. And what does Odyssey of the Seas have to do with anything.(the best new ship out)? 😊
  2. We have done 5 TA's. East & West bound, Spring & Fall. 2 NCL, 2 RCI & 1 Carnival Horizon. Always had great seas, & since I love Trivia, there was plenty to do. BTW, there is a separate board dedicated to TA's/TP's/ & repos. It's under "special interest Cruising". Have Fun
  3. We did our first indoor muster on Horizon last month. Chairs, A/C, room to stretch. Boy, was that a treat! Sure beats being crammed in like sardines outside, especially when it's hot & humid. The downside was, that's where the Captain announced that they were replacing Grand Turk with Nassau. The MDR filled with moans & groans.
  4. We have a Havanna aft balcony on deck 7 booked for Dec 12, 2020 on Horizon 8 day sailing out of Miami. So looking forward to the Havanna area pool and bar!
  5. 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.
  6. We are booked on the Horizon for 8/22/20. Originally had 13 cabins, down to 11 so far. I know there is no guarantee we will still sail but holding out hope that things will be better and safe enough to sail.
  7. I was originally scheduled on the Mardi Gras September 30 repositioning sailing out of NY- I continually looked at the prices to see if I could grab some OBC for Early Saver- and all of a sudden the sailing was showing no availability and then it disappeared completely. And then it was cancelled. I am booked on the Horizon for April 18(that I booked after my Mardi Gras was cancelled). My Horizon sailing will be cancelled too. So I made a list of about 5 sailings that I could use as a replacement. The March 13, 2021 Mardi Gras was high on my list. Last Thursday it disappeared as an option. Pretty sure- based on my what happened before to me- that Carnival does not expect that Mardi Gras will be here before late March 2021.
  8. I put a 2 day hold on July 19th Horizon cruise. It's a Havana Premium Vista (?) balcony 8470 . I'll never pay "normal" prices for this room, so might give it a shot while it's a lot cheaper.
  9. The original article stated that Carnival expected to cruise earlier. Like the end of June although some ships and lines might take until the end of the year. The problem is twofold. You can continue the current policy and experience a serious depression or you can take the risk of thousands of additional cases of the virus with probably additional deaths. I don't have the answer and it looks like neither does the President, Congress, our Governors and even some doctors. I just returned form a Magic cruise in March and am booked for a January 9, 2021 cruise on the Horizon. At the moment, I even have doubts about my January cruise. On the March cruise, there was considerable doubt that we would be able to leave the ship as scheduled. In the end it was not a problem but really messes up a cruise. I hope I can sale in January and be able to get off the ship normally. Again I don't have the answer but if you look back in history at the Spanish Virus of 2018. there are considerable comparisons. To make matters even worse, we were also fighting WW1 at the same time. People don't realize that the virus affected the outcome of some of the major battles with both countries (US and Germany). It was world wide as it is now. Some how, some way, we got though it all. Since I can't change matters, I guess I will just sit back and hope the right decision is some how made. I continue to plan for the cruise but with some doubts. Been on 23 Cruises (All Carnival) and enjoyed them all. First time, however, that I ever went through anything like the current situation.
  10. I am going 10/31/2020 on the Horizon.
  11. I'm thinking about rebooking for late July. The May Horizon cruise was canceled and Havana balconies are very cheap now. On the other hand, I'm still waiting on my drink package refund from a canceled March cruise. It seems pointless to give them more money and I'm still waiting for refunds!
  12. You actually got back over a week before the "S" hit the fan. We were on Horizon's March 7-15 cruise. About halfway through that is when we started learning that the country was going crazy. News of school closings, battles over toilet paper, one member of our group got word from her work that she'd have to self-quarantine when we got back, etc. It was unbelievable. Everything was calm when we left, then we had only been gone five or six days and everything/everyone went crazy. The mood onboard didn't change, though. No one worried about it. Everyone just went on having fun. That was Horizon's last cruise before the shut-down. It was so weird coming back to an empty terminal.
  13. We were above the blackjack tables on two different Conquest class ships and never heard a peep from the casino. No people, no slots, no live music, nothing. Last month, we were above the Alchemy Bar on Horizon and never heard a sound. With that said, I think being BELOW certain areas could be riskier. Foot traffic, crew rolling carts and things around, etc. I think you're more likely to hear that stuff when you're below it. Cruise Critic doesn't allow the link to this website, but do a google search for "cabin check tool." It should be the first search result, a site called cruisedeckplans. Pick your ship, then the deck, and a cabin and that tool will show you exactly what is above & below that cabin.
  14. I just booked the 8 night southern on the Horizon on June 27th (2019). I am afraid to even tell friends and family because they will tell me I'm crazy. Maybe I am... but I feel like I don't have anything to lose at this point because our travel abroad plans were already cancelled.
  15. Was on the Magic 3 weeks later (2/29/20). Issue then was if we would be able to leave the ship because of the virus scare. Fortunately, there were no reported cases and we left the ship in the normal manner. After that, it got messy. I have 23 cruises and all were with Carnival. Second time on the Magic. Like you said, it is a good ship and no major complaints. Funny how all of us have our favorite activities and others we don't bother with. Now I am a Bingo person and never miss a game. Not having the $30 Bingo Card option would bother me. So Carnival should cut off a couple of cards from the bigger sheet so you don't have to pay $40. Seems like I solved that problem rather easily for Carnival. I see you are a pool person. We never use the pools on the ship. We live in Florida and have our own pool so it's no big deal with us. Good to see, however, so many people enjoying the pools. It also makes for more space at the other locations. As for the Casino, I started a new policy. I never seem to win much so I took $150 of Florida scratch off cards instead. The payoff is about 55% and sure enough I brought that amount home with me. That made me feel like a big winner. I was actually bringing some money home and having the fun of doing several cards each day of the cruise. Then there is also that chance of winning a $1,000,000 to pay for all your future cruises. Since you have to cash all the winning cards in Florida, you are not tempted to spend it all. Am now booked on the Horizon. One in 2021 and another in 2022 assuming all the virus problems go away. Never thought I would ever see such problems. Good review and thanks.
  16. On the ships I've been on HDMI works fine, you might have to take your own universal remote though. On the Horizon we ended up not using HDMI though and using the built-in usb ports instead as that was easier and worked fine. Also, there is a hidden US power port back there as well, but you'll need a right angle plug to access. Pictures below. Note I haven't been on Panorama yet, but Magic and Horizon both worked fine. On Magic we didn't have to use the remote, because the carnival device was also on HDMI, so we were just swapping between our player and theirs. I preferred the Horizon so I could have my stuff on HDMI2 and theirs on HDMI1.
  17. I'm going to have to say the Breeze. I've heard (read) nothing but good things about it. After our 2018 Glory cruise, we had planned to do a Dream class ship (preferably Breeze) next, but it didn't work out that way. We did Valor last Dec. and Horizon last month. Our next two are on Elation & Sunrise. We'll board the Breeze someday.
  18. Yeah I used those steps on panorama talking bridge pics.Horizon should be the same.
  19. It took forever to find a review of a ship and not talk of cancellations. We are sailing the Horizon in September and thought fellow cruisers might appreciate your review. Thanks for writing it !!!!
  20. Have done two sailings during peak summer times in. HC room (both 5th floor rooms). The first on the Vista was before they allowed GS guests to partake in the amenities and the second on the Horizon was after. On see days I can safely say all chairs will be occupied or spoken for, def not the case on port days.
  21. You're OK. You need to be 12+ in order to stay in a Havana cabin and have access to the Havana area. People of all ages originally were allowed in the Havana area after 500 pm when it debuted on the Vista and was subsequently changed to 700 pm. A few months ago it was changed again to only allow those staying in a Havana area cabin to have access all of the time. Had a Havana inside cabin on 2 different Horizon sailings in August of 2018 and 2019. Best concept Carnival has come up with since the Alchemy Bar.
  22. 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!
  23. Will a laptop fit into the cabin safe on the Horizon? Thank you!
  24. My new cruise date is 10/31/2020 on the Horizon. Gary
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