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  1. My wife and I are avid Carnival cruisers (22 so far) and are considering the 8-day Southern cruise aboard the Horizon next year (May 2-10). I've read several not-so-good reviews here on Cruise Critic about the Horizon. Should we give more consideration to this cruise, or decide on another ship to sail on. We've never been on the Horizon. We are open to all suggestions. Thanks!
  2. We're off our Horizon cruise for just under a week and wanted to take the time to give a brief review. Overall we loved the ship and had a fantastic time. It was packed and we knew that going into the cruise as it was Spring Break/Easter week but that didn't impact our experience more than a little bit. It was my husband and I (26 CCL cruises) and our 13yo son. We booked an interior cabin, Deck 10. Having the third bed as a pullman v. a trundle made a big difference in the comfort of our room for us. We don't spend much time in the room so interior is usually fine for us but not having the extra bed take up floor space was a big plus for us. The location was great for us as we could hit the Lido deck with ease and we never heard any noise from the public areas of the ship at all. Service overall was excellent. We did notice that the drink servers were virtually none existent on the decks other than in the main Lido area mid ship. We had assigned early dining and had a great wait staff serving us. The assistant maitre'd took note that I had ordered the Indian Vegetarian entree the first two nights and stopped by our table near the end of our second dinner. She asked if I was vegan/vegetarian and when I said that I wasn't and that I just loved Indian cuisine she offered to get me a non-vegetarian Indian entree each night if I would like from the crew dining room. Sure enough, each night I was able to get both the vegetarian and non-vegetarian offering if I wanted. She stopped by our table each night to check on us. She explained that this is an option on every CCL ship as long as the guest requests. With all of our cruises and all of my research this is something I never knew!
  3. We just got back from our 8 day eastern on the Horizon. March 23-31st. Just wanted to give some thoughts on this cruise and the good and bad from our experiences. We have been on 10 Carnival cruises..starting in 2009 on the Fascination, then the Dream a few times, the Freedom, the Splendor, the Breeze 3x, the Legend and now the Horizon. We chose the Horizon because of a Premier cruise offer and the fact that it was the newest ship. We flew in the day before and stayed at the Embassy suites in Miami. We fly Southwest so we always fly in and out of Ft Lauderdale. We usually stay at the Embassy suites due to the free great buffet for breakfast and the free cocktail hour (2 hr) everynight. We were not thrilled with this Embassy Suites at all. Its not near any stores and the hotel area is very run down..the pool was not as nice as others with Embassy suites. I love the Ft Lauderdale location and it is right near so many stores and restaurants. The pool area is beautiful also. Lesson learned...always stay at the Ft Lauderdale location--whether we are sailing from Miami or Ft Lauderdale. We got to the Horizon at 11:45am--earlier than we like, but the latest shuttle was leaving around 11:15am from the hotel, so we took it. I was amazed at how well the embarkation was on this ship. We are platinum and were on the Premier casino cruise, we walked up, they took our picture before we even scanned our luggage, then walked right on the ship. Literally less than 5 minutes from shuttle drop off to walking on board. That was amazing!! We went right up to our room 11274..our keys were on our mailbox and we went in. Very nice balcony room. We were just 4 doors off the 11th floor doors to the lido deck area. WE LOVED THAT. The convenience of that was unbelievable. Skipping all the details of our cruise...these are the things we loved and things we didn't love... LOVED Room location and size of the room/closets Guys Burgers Our CD Schwartz Movies on the LIDO deck every night The flow of the new buffet set up (didn't think I would, but it really works -never a line) Gerry, one of the entertainment staff that ran the trivia games....funny guy and great to talk to The Italian restaurant and the Pizza place Sitting on our balcony and having the privacy, but still able to hear from the LIDO what was happening there. The comedy club The Dr suess waterpark area The gifts from the premiere players cruise that came every day to the cabin (like Christmas every day) LOL The parties were great--Lido dance parties. 80s parties, white party etc. DIDNT LOVE The MDR--our waiter was non existent and neither was any bar service...worst MDR we have ever had--didn't go back after day 2 The elevators--HATE the new system. I have never had to wait so long for any elevator on any ship. The Atrium. There are no glass elevators, and the space seems smaller. There is a ceiling after the 3rd level of the atrium. We have always loved sitting there and watching the musical performers and the glass elevators. It is not that elegant space anymore. The Theater....very small compared to the other ships and the seating in the main floor middle area is just chairs..not booths. The casino...there was no non smoking separate area like other carnival ships...it was smaller overall and the bar is just a round bar in the middle of the casino...no extra chairs and tables. The hot tubs. There were only 2 for the general passengers--in the Tides pool area. For a ship of 4700-4900 that's crazy...it was so overcrowed, people were standing in the middle of it while the others were sitting. It was like a giant soup bowl of people :) On the other ships we have been on, there are at least 4 whirlpools for the general cruisers. I like the ones that hang over the sides on Deck 5 of the Dream class ships. The size of the Lido pool area is the same as the size of smaller ships. So you have even less chairs to choose from. My mom was up at 6am every day and she said all the chairs were already taken by towels by then. She said it has never been this bad on our other cruises. The stores are very small...way smaller than any other carnival ship. One more thing I didn't care for...and maybe this has been like this on other cruises, but I hadn't noticed....the activities on the funtimes seem to be geared towards selling you things, services, products now..instead of entertaining you. Lots of ...how to tone your skin..flatten your stomach...end puffy eyes...shopping for the best jewelry etc. Not a deal breaker, but just seemed odd that so many of the activities were geared towards the shops and spa services. Overall we had a great time, but definitely would not book the Horizon or similar style (no glass elevators, small theater etc). If they go back to making those spaces larger on a newer ship, we will try, but for now...we will stick to the Breeze, Magic etc.
  4. We will be going on the Horizon on 11/2/2019 Found a great deal on a local tour for my family of eight but it may be a time crunch depending on debarkation. Debarkation in Aruba starts at 8:00 a.m. The tour leaves at 9:00 a.m. and is located about 15 min by taxi from the port. I was hoping someone who has sailed on the Horizon could advise me on how long it took to get off the ship in Aruba? This being such a new and large ship I have concerns over if we'd be able to make our tour on time. Thanks!
  5. I know a lot of people like to look at Fun Times before sailing, so I thought I'd share mine from my recent spring break cruise on the Horizon. I hope the upload works...😎 Carnival Horizon 03-31-19 Fun Times.pdf
  6. 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.
  7. Does anyone know if the walls and or ceiling on the Horizon are magnetic?
  8. 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?
  9. 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!
  10. I will start by saying that we don't get to cruise a lot. This was my wives 3rd and my 2nd. We are both in our late 40's and are relatively active and healthy people. Anything I write here is purely my own observation and feeling. I will not intentionally try to upset anyone or insult anyone. As far as photos go, I will see if I can get them to upload, I shoot with a Nikon D300 with an assortment of lenses and I also use an Olympus Tough TG-5 point and shoot that comes in handy under water. We chose the Horizon for this vacation for a few reasons, it fit into out time schedule, we have never been to these ports before, and it was supposed to be a big new ship that offered everything you could want. Vacation Day 1 (March 😎 We had an early flight (7:40 AM) from Toronto to Miami. We spent the previous night at The Crowne Plaza Airport in Toronto. It's about 2 hours from our home and they transfer you to and from the airport and you can leave your car in a secured parking lot while you are gone. The airport was very busy as it was the first day of our spring break and everyone is trying to escape the cold even if its just for a short while. We got checked in and went to our gate. The flight was a little rough due to turbulence but we got into Miami a little early. We had booked one night in Miami at the Red Roof Plus+ Miami Airport. It was an inexpensive place we found online that would pick us up at the airport and take us to the cruise port the next morning. We arrived there a little early and our room wasn't ready yet so we just sat in the lobby for about 20 minutes until they were ready for us. The staff was very nice, the room was clean, and basically all we were doing there was sleeping and having breakfast. The 8th was my birthday so my wife wanted to take me to the Miami Heat game vs the Cavs. We got in a taxi when we were ready to go downtown and we were there in about 20 minutes. American Airlines Arena is beautiful. We walked up to the ticket window and were able to get 2 lower bowl tickets 20 rows off the floor for $102 a piece. This is about a third of the price we pay in Toronto for a Raptors game so it was a nice surprise. We had a few hours to look around downtown Miami and get something to eat before the game. A lady that worked at the arena told us about a place called Bayside so we headed there. Bayside was very nice. There were a number of restaurants and stores, so we wandered around for an hour or so and took in the sights. There was a father and son in one of the open areas with a number of parrots and for a small fee ($15) they would pose you with them and take your pictures with them. Then we went to The Bubba Gump Shrimp Company for dinner. We don't have this restaurant in Canada. It was a great atmosphere with energetic young servers and the food was quite good. I had a really good gumbo for a starter, an assortment of fried shrimp with fries for a main and a desert sampler to finish things off. After dinner we were off to the Heat Game. It was a good game ( the Heat won), good atmosphere, good crowd. We had a great time. After the game we got a cab back to our hotel and crashed for the night after a very long day. Tomorrow we get on the Horizon.
  11. 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!
  12. https://captcrunchypants.blogspot.com/2019/04/cruising-carnival-horizon-with-nut.html
  13. 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!
  14. 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
  15. The last few days I've been scouring the internet for all things Carnival as I am in the midst of planning our honeymoon. I was pretty sold on Carnival Breeze but Carnival Horizon is longer with an extra stop. I'd love to hear everyone's input on either ship or any of the stops listed. Carnival Breeze (6 days) Out of Fort Lauderdale November 1 2020 Nassau, Amber Cove and Grand Turk Cloud 9 Spa Balcony OR Carnival Horizon (8 days) Out of Miami October 31 2020 Aruba Curacao La Romana Amber Cove Cloud 9 Spa Oceanview
  16. 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.
  17. Any good? Is it faster/better on the new ships?
  18. We were on the Vista last May and stayed in 7459 Aft Wrap. Going on the Horizon next ( Loved the Southern Cruise ABC) and booked again 7459. I see 6469 Aft Wrap is available on the Horizon and was thinking of switching. Anybody stayed in both and which was your preference? Thank you!
  19. What time do they start letting you get off the ship on last day. Walking off with all luggage.
  20. 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?
  21. 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!
  22. 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
  23. 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!
  24. You think your stateroom attendant could add another? I'm not sure how only one lounger is gonna work when there are two people in the suite. ALSO...it's been a few years since I've cruised with Carnival. Are there any hot breakfast items such as omelets, eggs, bacon, pancakes, etc available for morning room service? I've kinda gotten used to this while aboard Royal, Celebrity, and HA. THANKS!
  25. Does Bonsai sushi have take out? I'm the only person that likes sushi so if not guess I'll miss out. How about Cucino de Capitano . Is that open for lunch? What are the prices for lunch/dinner? TIA
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