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  1. Me, my husband and our youngest 2 kids (twins..12 yrs old) are looking to cruise over President's week. We are deciding between the Horizon and Sunrise. The itineraries are basically the same except the Horizon has an extra day with a stop in Cozumel. We have been to all the ports on this itinerary. The only amenity that Horizon has over Sunrise, that we think we might enjoy/miss is the Imax theater. My concern...the big size/crowd on Horizon. I know a bigger ship can spread people out but that won't help on the ropes course, the pool, etc. Will the 1000 extra people be a big negative impact or pest for our girls when they try to do things...or for any of us? Especially over a school break...more kids. What else might we miss on the Horizon? Thoughts? Pros/Cons? Thanks... Also, the Family Harbor room/lounge is new to us. Is it worth a couple hundred extra? What does it offer? Thank you... Jess
  2. Since this is the first time for 8 of us to be on this ship, I am STILL trying to get answers for everyone else with me. If you have been on the Horizon, I would appreciate an answer to some of my questions, if you have one. How do they determine which of the MDR restaurants you eat at? It looks like they are on both decks 3 & 4? My room is at the very front (6205) of the ship, and the other 6 people are in the middle of the ship on deck 6. I just wondered if where the rooms are located would have reference to which restaurant ((Forward or Aft) we would be at? We have an Ocean view room, but has a small table. "If I ask, do you think they would have a chair to replace the small table in that area, as it looks like there is plenty of room? Is deck 3 the deck we get in/off the ship? I pretty much know how to use the elevators that everyone is complaining about, but I have a question. Once we put in the number of people that are wanting to go to a certain deck, are the elevators line up in (it would help if someone had a picture of the letters over the elevators, or how we would know/see which elevator to go to, after it shows on the panel we punch the number of people in) A, B, C order or what? Just trying to find out "ahead" of time an easy way to learn. 🙂 Is there only 1 deck with the Fun Shops, or 2, and what deck/s are they on?
  3. I would like to know how many electrical outlets are in the Grand Suite cabins and their locations? I would also like to know how many USB ports are in the Grand Suite cabins and their locations? We will be on the Panorama February 2020 in a Grand Suite. Thank you.
  4. Hi All, I have a quick question about the Carnival Horizon and their spa prices. I want to treat my parent's to a massage during our trip as a surprise and a thank you for just being all around amazing. Does anyone know the prices for a standard 30 min-1 hour massage on the Horizon? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!!!
  5. Does anyone have the hours for the Spa on the Horizon? We are doing the 6 day Western Caribbean on September 15. I had purchased the couples thermal suite pass, and will either need to cancel it or change it to a single pass as my husband can no longer travel (son is taking his place thankfully). Knowing the hours would help make the decision. TIA
  6. Just wondering if anyone has had the Premier cruise on the Horizon? What did you get in your room & was it fun?
  7. I would like to bring a DVD player to connect to the tv. Are there AUX ports or an open HDMI port that you can get to on the back of the tv's? Or at the very least an hmdi for your laptop to connect to the TV? Definite information is appreciated.
  8. Sailing on the Horizon in Feb. Was looking at the Specialty Dining Restaurants. Those that have been on the Horizon, which ones did you do? Thoughts? Cucina del Capitano (Italian) Steakhouse JiJi Asian Kitchen The Chef's Table (did this on the Conquest) Bonsai Teppanyaki
  9. I've been on the Splendor twice. I loved the spa. We went up to soak in the thalo spa every night and relax on the loungers. All of the aches and pains of the day went away and we slept well. Now the Panorama is coming to our coast, will I be disappointed? I see the thalo spa is in the room with the loungers, I'm thinking it's not going to be quiet and relaxing in there. Opinions?
  10. This is a strange question, but I thought I would ask. I have seen on Youtube the room we will be staying in. It has a small coffee table in the corner, but I know instead of a coffee table, a chair could be put there. My question, would it be possible to ask the room steward to take the small coffee table out, and put a chair in its place, if they would have one available?
  11. We were staying in Paris To get away from your parents You look so proud standing there with a frown and a cigarette, posting pictures of yourself on the internet **Paris-The Chainsmokers** (This song has absolutely nothing to do with anything, it was just stuck in my head the whole time we were in Paris!) Welcome to Willdra’s Hyperactive Carnival Horizon April 15-22 Cruise Review! TLDR Version (Too Long Didn’t Read): We had a great time, loved the Horizon, and we would do it all over again, twice if we could! P.S. Horizon pictures will follow the Paris portion. Still here? Sweet!!! My husband W and I took this journey as a part of a group cruise that our daughter (A) and her fiancé (Z) take every year. We've sailed with their group before, and we were thrilled that it worked out for us to join them again, especially on the brand new Horizon. It all started out as just the cruise with maybe a couple of days at the end in Barcelona. Somewhere along the way, it morphed into a pre-cruise stay in Paris, then the Horizon Cruise, followed by a post-cruise piece of Barcelona, and a short after party in Paris. Too much? Yep, that's why it's Hyperactive! So A and Z play a super nerdy card game, that you've prolly never heard of, called Magic the Gathering. They also belong to a "Magic Cruise Group" on FB, which is a group of peeps who sail together annually, to play….Magic the Gathering. Woooohooooo!!! This is actually the group's 10th cruise together, so it's become a tradition for them. I’ve never played MTG before, since you have to be smart, and you know, remember things. #toohard W has played tho and he seems to enjoy it. When he wins. Which isn't that often. After over a year of agonizing, waiting, and planning (I did all of the planning, everyone else just waited), travel day finally arrived! I had an all-day meeting on travel day, so I technically “worked” until 4 (worked=sat in my seat daydreaming and faking attentiveness, which I’m great at). My friend AC, and her friend V, were joining us this time too. Our flight was scheduled to leave at 10:15 pm. We drove over to AC’s, which is closer to the airport, at around 6:15, to leave our car. Then my brother picked us all up and took us to Hartsfield-Jackson International. It would prolly cost an arm, leg, and 3 baby teeth to park our car somewhere for the 15 days that we would be gone, so we were blessed to have other options. When we got to the airport, the first thing we noticed was how many bags AC had. Not only did she have one over sized, overweight check in, but she had the audacity to have 2 AND 2 carry-ons. She was basically carrying around the weight of a medium sized human in luggage. Oh and I forgot to mention that when we got there, she handed me a gift bag containing a big heavy loaf of banana bread that she’d baked that morning, accompanied by a chunk of cheese! Banana Bread. And. Cheese. Now don't get me wrong. Normally, I would've done the Electric Slide at the sight of the cheese, but we were going to France, where we would have access to some of the most exquisite bread and cheese known to man, so she packs her own to carry??? In this bag???? Nice. Well, the way my luggage is setup, I have zero room for this! So I carry it in my hand. I look like I don’t have the good sense that God gave a groundhog, but ok it made her happy. This trip is already starting out weird, or normal for us, depending on how you look at it. We were flying on British Airways to Heathrow, then from Heathrow to Paris. We'd purchased round trip tickets from ATL to CDG for around $500 total per person. Then we chose another round trip from CDG to BCN. For this we paid $150 per person. Kayak.com and skyscanner.com were my BFF’s for reals. I high key stalked them for months to get good deals, and it really paid off! After AC forked over her extra baggage fare (which was almost as much as her airfare), we went to security. There was no line in security, but I still managed to impede progress by pushing all of the trays containing my crap on the floor. Everything went flying because the tables were uneven, I wasn’t really looking, and I was just trying to get through. Passports, shoes, Chapstick, dental floss, and some embarrassing personal items, all spilled on the floor. Aye Dios Mio! AC and I scrambled to pick everything up quickly to stave off any further shame. W was long gone. He wanted no parts of my foolishness. Can’t blame him. I would've left me too. When we got past the security incident we ate some overpriced mediocre food, and started the slow wait to board. W went to check the rate to purchase Euros from Travelex while we were waiting, and he liked what he saw, so he got our Euros there. We had the option of getting them from our bank at a better rate beforehand, but we didn't cuz that was too much like right, so we started looking when we got to the airport. Eventually people started lining up because that’s what people do, but we sat and waited for the official boarding call. Welp the announcement was soon made that we would NOT be boarding yet due to a malfunctioning door. I guess you kinda need the door to close securely on the plane in order to have a safe flight. Who would've thought? We were told that the next announcement would be in 20 minutes. No problem. After about 18 minutes people started lining up again but we were told that the technician needed another 15 minutes to fix the door. Groans ensued from the line as it dispersed. Again. We got the real boarding announcement promptly 15 minutes after that. We all got up, but I guess people were skeptical now because the line didn't really form again, and we ended up first in our Zone. The plane was a large 777 and W and I had a middle row of 4 seats to ourselves. Score! W and I all ready to go!! He's so happy he's not driving! Since we were behind schedule leaving we were concerned about making our connection at Heathrow. Turns out the Captain had a nice tailwind that got us back on track. We didn't have a ton of time to spare, but we would be ok. After a long uneventful flight, where the door closed, and didn't blow off, our plane basically landed in an airplane parking lot at Heathrow. In order to get to the terminal, we had to debark down some stairs then hop on a bus. The bus was packed full, and it was a long way to the terminal. A.Long.Way! I was glad that my bladder wasn’t tripping, cuz we would've had a “situation” if it was. While we were in the air, I received a text from British Airways saying that they would check our carry-ons for free, but we had to go to a specific location to drop them off. Once we got to the airport, nothing made sense. Nothing. We had to ask to find out where we needed to go. I must say tho, everyone that we spoke with was very nice. I was sorta disappointed that I didn't see Harry Potter in the few minutes that I spent in London. I was really looking for him too. Bummer. Maybe next time. We waited 15-20 minutes in the waiting area, and it was time to board again. I had plans to eat some of AC’s banana bread since I brought it all this way, but I fell asleep as soon as I fastened my seatbelt. I woke up when we started to land in Paris, and W nudged me saying he could see the Eiffel Tower. The flight was so quick that the flight attendants didn't even finish food service. We got there in about an hour and a half. Deplaning was quicker this time and soon we were claiming our baggage. We were also supposed to meet AC’s friend V at CDG since she got there before us. She was in another terminal tho, so AC went to hook up with her, and we told her we would see them at the hotel. Paris was calling me, and I had to answer ASAP! When we were ready to leave, I ordered the Uber to the hotel. It was so easy! Almost as soon as I hit confirm, he appeared. Our driver was very nice too. He brought our bags all the way into the hotel, and made sure we got checked in ok. We were staying at Hotel Scarlett which is a fairly new, but small boutique hotel located in the Belleville area. Here are some pictures of Hotel Scarlett. The rooms are smaller than American Hotel rooms. I guess the French are so tiny, that they don’t need much space. Must be nice!
  12. First, we we’re grateful to have finally boarded after the issues with airline. Second, after reading too many negative reviews about the Horizon, I began to worry that we booked the wrong cruise. We booked before the Horizon ever sailed and were excited to sail on the new ship (we did the same with the Sunshine). That said, we are having a BLAST! I’ve had zero problem finding chairs, or a spot in the pool. Mostly hanging out at the Tides. I got up at 5:30 am the first morning so I could catch the sunrise and it was worth EVERY SECOND OF LOST SLEEP! The ship is so beautiful and peaceful early in the morning, and obviously- you get your pick of chairs. MDR has been prompt and yummy. I am less of a fan of the Lido Marketplace- that said, I am not a fan of buffets, and even less of a fan of that killer floor. Holy hell. It’s like a venus fly trap. My husband and kids like the buffet, so we are constantly pulling each other in different directions or divide and conquer. They report to be disappointed in both the long lines and quality of Guys burgers. I love the pizza (yesterday I waited 3 minutes for fresh out of oven- day before was much longer). Blue Iguana breakfast burritos also a fast favorite! The salad bowl was disappointing- the shell had become stale from the heat. Filling fresh! We did not buy Cheers, and I do not regret that! Mind you- while we do not drink during the week due to demands of kids and work responsibilities, we do enjoy drinks on the weekends. But the heat just slams us New Englanders lol! A day in the hot sun and we are not eager to “turn up” as they say 😂. We instead added several hundred in cash for credit- and have barely made a dent. We’ve watched two different comedy shows- same guy, different shows- and pee your pants funny! We also went to the Love and Marriage show. OMG! So funny!!! Jacks Shack in Grand Turk was perfect. My family got off in LaRomana for about 1.5 hours and got back on- I did not. We do not have an excursion planned today in Curacao. Any ideas of what we can do?
  13. Does any one know the smoking areas other than the Casino & balcony's Thanks
  14. We have been on over 30 cruises including on Carnival, Princess, RCL, NCL, Viking and Celebrity. We are considering the Horizon for next winter’s cruise. It has ports that we haven’t visited in a few years and some of our traveling friends have never visited. We are partial to Celebrity’s no smoking policy- makes going to the casino more pleasant. Is smoking allowed in the Horizon casino? Also, any input on pros and cons from former Horizon cruisers would be appreciated!
  15. Leaving on Horizon this weekend and have some friends that booked same cruise. When we booked we reserved the late dinner seating but our friends have anytime seating. Can we occasionally join them at anytime seating dining room? They can’t get late seating with us, it’s sold out.
  16. We are trying a Carnival cruise because of an amazing itinerary but I am not familiar with their ships at all. I wanted to know how the Loft 19 works and if anyone knows the current prices? Can you book ahead of time or only once on board? Also, does anyone know if Cove Balconies can have the divider opened? Any other Horizon tips would be greatly appreciated!
  17. Hello everyone! First time poster here, and second time cruiser. I stumbled upon this site while trying to find things to do for my family and I during our cruise on the Horizon. Let me just say I have loved all of the info and tips you all have so diligently laid out. My parents were definitely impressed when I started listing off things for us to do and sending them lists of things that need to be arranged before we cruise. We will be cruising out of the Miami port on Sunday Sept 1 - Sept 7. Our ports are Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Just wanted to say, if anyone else is on the same cruise feel free to connect!! Or if you have any tips feel free to share as well. Thanks again and Happy Cruising!
  18. To say the least, I believe several of us of the 8 that are going, are getting MORE excited, now that I booked the cruise today for March of next year. 🙂They were wanting to "find out" their room to see where it is located, etc. My question, for those of you who have had the Ocean view and balcony rooms, what are your pros/cons of this deck? If you want to mention anything about the two rooms I mention, that is fine also. I didn't want a balcony, as I don't spend any time there, and it is a waste of money for me. I did book 6205 at the end of the ship, and what I see, I believe I will like. It looks like we can come right out of the room and go to the deck, and then hit the stairs right next to it, to go to deck 5. I know we will have further to walk, but I'm used to walk, and the 3 balcony's are midway on the ship.
  19. Hey all! We’re booking our next cruise and need some wisdom from the experienced cruisers. We’re doing the 8 night on the horizon and have decided to do spa level. Right now, we’re booked into 14222, and I want to make sure that’s a good one. When I look at the deck plans, it looks like there’s not much action above or below it, which is what we are after- the quieter the better. Is this a winner, or is there a better one to try for?
  20. We just booked a cruise on Horizon and decided to do a Spa Balcony. We have done numerous balconies in the past, but 1st time on Spa balcony. However, I thought I read somewhere that it is not a covered balcony. Does anyone know if this is true and if not, how does it affect the balcony etc? Please help, looking to switching rooms.
  21. Hello, I am going on a Premier cruise on Carnival in October. Has anyone been & what type of gifts did you get? Also, I am to get casino cash. Last year I just went to the casino cage and they gave me the cash. Does this still apply? Thank you!
  22. Hi all! First off, I've been a lurker on this site for several months, but this is my first post, and I would like to personally thank you all for providing such excellent and helpful information, tips, opinions, etc. You guys are great, and each post has helped inform decisions for my (wonderful) cruise! I just got off the Carnival Horizon (5/4 sail date in the Southern Caribbean), which was my second overall cruise AND my second Carnival cruise. I've got a few questions I hope you can assist with and a couple of opinions to share. I would love to share this brief list of top and bottom three opinions about the Horizon with John Heald but (although I've read information from him on a social media site), I cannot seem to find a way to contact him. First question: does every passenger receive a survey to give praise and blahs, or are surveys randomly generated? My top 3 praises of the cruise: 1. THE PEOPLE -- Cruisers can say what they want about Carnival passengers, but I think I and my party of five were in great company for the past eight days. [If you were on our sailing, THANK YOU for being so friendly and making the environment so inviting!] Aside from a few nasties we met in the elevators and one smartypants on Lido, EVERYONE on the ship was so nice and so engaging and so helpful. Truly delightful cursing company. 2. THE CREW -- Our main dining room staff (Runata, Gordana, and I Komang) were FANTASTIC. Even on nights that my group wasn't very hungry or interested in the menu, we went to the main dining room just to visit with our requested team. This group truly felt like family. While we never had poor service on the Horizon, some crew members stood out above the rest (this team was at the TOP), and my group was blown away by how amazing the service and kindness was. Additionally, our room steward, Widalta, was unbelievably dedicated to assuring our experience was positive. Even the crew members that simply said hello or smiled or engaged with us were amazing. 3. THE COMEDY -- Although I did enjoy the shows that time allowed us to attend (making it to dinner and shows and ports was difficult!), the comedy club was the highlight of my evening. Not naming names but one comedian was NOT enjoyable, but the other three that were MORE than made up for it, and I'm so glad that the Horizon booked these talented individuals. Honorable Mention: Guy's Burgers. No other comments needed :) My 3 Blahs 1. THE POOLS -- We never quite made it into the crowded pools. We once got into the whirlpool on the Aft of Lido but were not impressed. Loved the Havana whirlpools though! Though it never felt crowded in other areas,, the pools and loungers were impossible to utilize. There's plenty of seating (we were often on deck 5...), which was nice, but it would have been better to have the chance to enjoy Serenity and the loungers by the pools. 2. THE SCHEDULING -- As mentioned above, it was nearly impossible (re: required LOTS of planning) to enjoy dinner and shows each evening. It almost always seemed like nothing happened during the day, but evenings were full of fun things we wanted to do and had to make some difficult decisions to get to "the best." 3. I don't want to say this but THE ELEVATORS. They'd be great, and I love the idea, but the amount of people that did not want to learn how they operate was unbearable. Maybe there was a tutorial that I missed, but if not, it's greatly needed. Our second sea day (day 6), people were still jumping into the elevators saying, "Don't know where I'm going but I trust you made the right call..." That was annoying. Not that we didn't want to use the stairs, but of my group of five, three are 70+ years old. Therefore, we often needed to use the elevators, and it would've been if there were at least signs on how to use them. Honorable Mention: LITTLE THINGS: the placement of columns in the the Liquid Lounge (common complaint, I know), the Hub App didn't always work for all of our group, pictures were often "lost" while other passengers' pictures would show up on our section, the "stale" popcorn (I didn't think it was stale, but it was a big deal to one in my group), and the "boring" activities that are actually sales pitches. I'd really appreciate any advice on giving feedback, particularly our praise to our crew staff members. For anyone that has any questions, I'm happy to answer! Lastly -- my first cruise was Western on the Glory (Grand Cayman, Honduras, Belize, and Cozumel), and this one was Southern (Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao, and Aruba). What suggestions would you have for ports for the third cruise?! Any ship suggestions? Again, thank you to the whole board!
  23. Will be on Horizon on 21st of September with a group of 8, and already booked for Steakhouse on 2nd night. Just wondering, with all the other choices of restaurants, just how popular are these restaurants and should we make reservations now? Most of the group is really undecided which day to eat in which restaurant!
  24. I believe I know the answer, but thought I would ask. Is it the "higher" the deck the price goes up? Is the room more costly if it is in the middle of the ship, instead at either end of the ship?
  25. Hey all. Sailing Carnival Horizon in September 2019. I've been on 5 Carnival Ships (Conquest class mostly), so this will be my first "new" ship. Excited. A few questions: On the Conquests class ships, there was a "seafood" place for fish & chips and ceviche (and bouillabaisse) upstairs from the lido buffet. I know there's an a la carte "seafood shack" on the Horizon, but is there any place that serves ceviche? Is the "make your own bloody mary" bar still a thing? What times does Blue Iguana open for breakfast? Thanks in advance! George
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