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  1. The price is per stateroom, so only one guest needs to purchase Faster to the Fun and all occupants in the stateroom receive the benefits. Prices are subject to change and may vary by ship. Faster to the Fun is subject to availability. Prices Starting From Per Stateroom 2019 Cruises 2020 Cruises $39.95 USD 2 day cruises 2 day cruises $39.95 USD 3 day cruises (excluding Carnival Liberty) 3 day cruises (excluding Carnival Liberty) $59.95 USD 3 day cruises on Carnival Liberty 3 day cruises on Carnival Liberty $49.95 USD 4 day cruises on Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration and Carnival Sensation 4 day cruises on Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration and Carnival Sensation $59.95 USD 4 day cruises on Carnival Elation, Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Victory 4 day cruises on Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Victory, Carnival Conquest $69.95 USD 4 day cruises on Carnival Conquest, Carnival Dream, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Glory, Carnival Horizon, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Miracle, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Sunrise, Carnival Sunshine, Carnival Triumph, Carnival Valor and Carnival Vista 4 day cruises on Carnival Elation, Carnival Dream, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Glory, Carnival Horizon, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Miracle, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Sunrise, Carnival Sunshine, Carnival Valor and Carnival Vista $59.95 USD 5 day cruises on Carnival Sensation 5 day cruises on Carnival Sensation $79.95 USD 5 day cruises (excluding Carnival Sensation) 5 day cruises (excluding Carnival Sensation) $89.95 USD 6 day cruises (excluding Carnival Horizon) 6 day cruises (excluding Carnival Horizon) $109.95 USD 6 day cruises on Carnival Horizon 6 day cruises on Carnival Horizon $89.95 USD 7 day cruises (excluding Carnival Horizon) 7 day cruises (excluding Carnival Panorama) $109.95 USD N/A 7 day cruises on Carnival Panorama $99.95 USD 8 day and longer cruises (excluding Carnival Journeys departures and Carnival Horizon) 8 day and longer cruises* (excluding Carnival Horizon) $119.95 USD 8 day cruises on Carnival Horizon 8 day cruises on Carnival Horizon *Faster to the Fun is not offered on Carnival Journeys and Europe cruises. Faster to the Fun is not offered in the following home ports: Honolulu, Norfolk, Vancouver, San Diego and San Francisco. Faster to the Fun will be offered on the Carnival Panorama, starting with departures in February 2020, Carnival Radiance, starting with departures in January 2021 and Mardi Gras, starting in 2021 (date to be determined).
  2. We are back again for another 7 day cruise. My wife and I did our first live review in April while we were on the Carnival Horizon. We had a lot of fun with it so we figured why not do it again while we head to Bermuda and Princess Cay. Two new stops for us and we so ready for a vacation after a busy summer with our jobs. Follow along and please bring on the questions for us. We loved helping people while we were on the Horizon! We are leaving from Charleston so it’s a nice 2 hour drive for us in the morning....don’t tell anyone but not even packing until the morning before we leave! We dropped off our pups at the pet hotel tonight so that was enough packing for one evening. Will keep your guys updated in the morning on our way to the port! A link below for the Horizon review if anyone missed it!
  3. Thank You everyone..We are also looking at the Horizon....:) I appreciate all the feedback
  4. I will reiterate what I said on the RCI boards. Personally, I would choose the Carnival Horizon. It has: Slides, sky ride and ropes course, mini golf, sports court, basketball, ping pong, shuffle board, pool (billiards), an IMAX theatre, Hibachi, Steakhouse, Pan Asian and Italian Restaurants, as well as a much better and complimentary Guy's Burger Joint!
  5. Thank you for the great review! I found this thread due to booking the Horizon. Then, the ATL thread was mentioned (early on), so I began reading that thread because my DH and I had just moved to ATL. You will never know how much your ATL thread helped me because I wasn't settling in very well at the beginning. Anyway, thank you and carry on! I'm going to pop over and finish the ATL thread now! Lisa
  6. I saw that there is no Park West Gallery on the Carnival Horizon and Panorama. I was wondering if Carnival was doing away with these art auctions. Not that this would break my heart as I find the art people annoying and have gone twice (I forgot how annoying it was the first time) and will not buy art or go again. I just thought it was odd that it was on all the ships except for the new ones. Perhaps Carnival has contracts on the older ships and is phasing them out?
  7. We also booked Havana on the Mardi Gras for Jan. 2021. Like others we have been comparing the differences between the Horizon and what we are seeing for the Mardi Gras, and I guess the best way to put it is we have concerns. We too will withhold final judgement until we actually experience it, but it does seem as though with this newest configuration, they are attempting to put more higher cost cabins into the Havana category, while at the same time somewhat reducing the amenity's exclusiveness, which in my opinion would reduce the 'premium' value. It will be interesting to see if Vista and Horizon Havanas generate loyalties similar to what the Spirit class ships have, over the newer version.
  8. Sid just did a live review that you can read, or I will try and post one when I get back. We are staying in a Havana cabin...I've never been in one so I will certainly post on how that is! I think anymore I wouldn't sail on a ship smaller than Conquest. So with the Horizon this year and the Mardi Gras next year I will have been on their biggest. I haven't seen anyone say the Horizon was terrible...everyone has a few gripes about ships, but normally I take everything in stride. I'm on vacation!
  9. Is there a map available for muster station locations on the Carnival vista class ships? Panorama should be same as Horizon and Vista right? Anyone know where D3 muster station is? Yes I know map is in each room. Is a map available online of muster stations for Vista class ships?
  10. Yes, I said that. Anyone remember where D3 was on the Vista or Horizon? We are in Havana interiors.
  11. Our grand suite on the Horizon gives us access to the Havana pool area!
  12. We are on the December 28th sailing of Carnival Horizon. We are trying to book with Aruba Bob’s and they need to know if we will be on the same time zone as local time. Does anyone have info on this? I called Carnival and they told me they don’t have that information. Thanks in advance!
  13. For one person, I completely agree. However I'd love to get a $3200 rate for an 11 day cruise. Heck I'd love a $3200 rate for a 7 day cruise. Our 7 day on the Fascination next year was $3788 for 4 of us and our 8 day on the Horizon was $4176. (Both are 4 people)
  14. 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.
  15. We want to book an deluxe ocean view cabin on the Horizon or Panorama for 3 adults.Will the 3rd bed be a bunk bed or will the couch make into a bed?
  16. What is the common OBC offering for lower level cabins (obviously can vary)? The “Future Cruise Offer” rate under our VIPF account had a $50 OBC for Havana interior on Horizon but was priced $40 more ($20/pp) than a non-bounce back code. So basically a wash in my book. We are just under 2 weeks since sailing.
  17. Well hello everyone! I'm back! I know a lot of people have been probably wondering where I have been...it's been a hectic and complicated year for me. So many things have happened this year and I just needed a break. I deactivated all my social media, removed myself from the internet and computer (other than turning in homework assignments and tests) and completely changed life up as it was known around August. Everyone knows I've been in school for a while to get my bachelors, but I have been slacking on my classes over the year(s). Well, I put my mind to it that I was going to get my butt in gear and finish. Last year I only took 1 class in the spring and decided to take the summer off (because it's the only semester they will allow you to take off and not be penalized). Well, I enjoyed it so much that I also took the winter off...which meant come this year, I had to reapply to my school and that meant lots of paperwork. I took my spring classes, summer classes and just finished up my winter classes. I have 1 more class to go and I'M DONE! Finito, adios school, completed. This last class I just finished lasted from August until the week of my cruise...nutrition! Uh! I have been avoiding it like the plague. I'm the most un-nutritionalist (is that a word?) you will meet. LOL It consisted of anywhere from 5-12 quizzes weekly and 1 test weekly. Then there was 2 "mid-term" tests and a horrible 2-hour final. Whew! I'm proud to say I passed with a 96% and it's all behind me. My youngest son just bought a house (I'm such a proud momma but I'm missing him terribly since he's been gone), my oldest son just had another baby (that makes 7 for me now-I'm getting old), we sold one of our businesses (the skate/bike shop) and have been doing a complete remodel on our kitchen. It has been hectic! I'm sure there's a lot more but I'm jet-lagged and can't think at the moment. Anyhow, we normally take a November cruise (which actually used to be a December family cruise but we stopped doing that a few years back because it was one of the busiest times of the year for our store and the hubby complained about missing out on all the sales during the Christmas season that we pushed it back to November) but with my hectic class schedule, we decided not to go this time. Then, of course, out of the blue, Kendra starts talking about a Christmas cruise instead. We started scouring the internet and booked last minute (less than 30 days before the cruise) on the Carnival Horizon. I liked the ports we would be going to (all repeats for me but 3 new for Kendra) and a new ship! I didn't have much time to get myself too excited or research ports but we managed to pull it all together quickly. Since Kenny had just had a baby Dec 10 (was due Thanksgiving, but she decided to cook a little longer), he wasn't able to go. Since Kolin had just put a large down payment on a house, he wasn't able to go. That meant it was just us and Kendra and family. The day we were leaving on the plane, Kendra's fiance backed out. His dad has been in bad shape the last 2 years, but has progressively become worse. They put him on hospice the week before and didn't expect him to make it to Christmas. I'm glad to report he's still with us at this time. However, Billy didn't want to be away on a cruise if something was to happen. This meant that Kendra was now cruising with TWO kids...on her OWN! If any of you are thinking this scenario through...you know this can't be a good thing. LOL I'll jump ahead and report that when Kendra's plane landed last night, she didn't even make it home before dropping both kids off with their Aunt Chrissy (who was the one who cruised with us one year to Bermuda). Kendra said she's now on vacation! So, this is the beginning of our cruise. This was an 8-day cruise sailing out of Miami to Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Curacao, and Aruba!
  18. Hey Sid, been a lurker since your first review. Just never posted. Appreciate your entertaining style. Got the wife to read you and she has a PHD and says you have a wonderful writing style. I'm a fellow tequila lover. Keep your head up, your living life to the fullest, you just don't realize it! Going on the Horizon the same week your going on the Encore.
  19. I found the definition and I am wondering if you feel this is worth it if you have Your time dining. We are also on the horizon 6 day so it's more money. What are your thoughts?
  20. 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.
  21. I don't do IPAs at all. I've tried them and just don't like them. Just like you, I'm sure when I get on the Horizon I will be a regular at the brewery. I find it funny they do growler fills there...is it more economical? I've never had the Sea Cow Stout so I will have to try it. I don't mind a good milk stout. Will still miss my Guinness though. I'm just glad Carnival is finally trying to cater to the craft beer crown and move away from the regular mainstream domestic brews.
  22. Now that your "officially" home, I want to say thank you for taking me and many others on your cruise of the Carnival Horizon, which the 8 of us plan to do the middle part of March. You mentioned about writing a review on the Norwegian ship you plan to take around Thanksgiving, which is just around the corner. 🙂 I hope you enjoy the cruise on the Norwegian, as not only my friend and I, but many others were very UNHAPPY with the Norwegian Star, which was a "brand new" (maybe that was the reason (???) ship. I won't go into details, but one thing that bothered me was in the Atrim area, they had PLASTIC flowers that you could buy at K-Mart for 10 cents a piece, how tactic that was! So cheap I thought they were! For me (the Norwegian may be different now ???), I like several options to choose from to see/do on the ship if I wish. There was hardly anything to see/do on this ship. We thought maybe it was just the two of us that were unhappy in many ways with this ship, but every time we passed the Guest/Purser's desk, we heard so many people complaining. 😞 Then, when we got on the flight to come back to Kansas City, we could not believe ALL the people that were complaining on our flight about the cruise we had just got off, so guess it wasn't just us.
  23. My family and I just returned from an amazing trip on the August 10th sailing of the Horizon. We sailed to La Romana, Grand Turk, Curacao and Aruba. This was our 3rd time doing this itinerary but we still found something new to enjoy. The reviews for the Horizon in the months leading up to this trip were not very positive with many complaints about overcrowding and poor food quality. We did not experience any of this. Our only small issue was temperature. Our cabin (Spa cabin 12218) was very warm but I was prepared with 2 small fans which helped circulate the air in our cabin. We had faster to the fun and arrived at the port around noon. Check in was fast and we were in our room within 15 minutes. The longest part was walking up the gangway, it felt like it went on forever. This was our first spa cabin and while we didn’t really use the spa facilities we though the cabin seemed bigger than the regular balcony cabins. We also loved the location. We had the 1st cabin nearest the door to deck 12 waterworks. Our hallway was empty except for people staying in one of the cabins near us. During the day you could hear banging from kids running around outside but with the exception of 1 night it was quiet. We did not eat any of our meals at the Lido buffet, so I can’t comment on that. We had reservations for the steakhouse 2 nights and we were never disappointed. I had risotto and lobster both nights while my son and husband got the filet mignion. For appetizer my husband had the lobster bisque which he said was good and the bone marrow which he thought was outstanding. We also had JiJi’s 2 nights and as always the food was good and way more than we could eat. The other nights we ate in the main dining room. We had YTD and used the Hub app to make our reservations. No matter what time we ate a table was ready before we could even walk there from our cabin. No complaints on the food or service. For our first stop La Romona in the Dominican Republic we did a Carnival excursion Catalina Island Beach Break. With all of the trouble in the DR lately we thought it best to stick with a Carnival excursion and we brought a cooler with us filled with water. I filled 2 zip lock bags with ice and that kept our drinks cold during the day. We had use of free chairs and an umbrella and the beach was very clean with crystal clear water. There were the usually vendors selling shirts and other souvenirs but they weren’t pushy. In Grand Turk we did the Carnival excursion Underwater Power Scooter, Beach Break and Lunch. We did this last year and had so much fun we decided to do it again this year. While it was still fun we just didn’t enjoy it as much, maybe the novelty of the power scooter wore off. Next year we will try something new but if you haven’t done the power scooters I highly recommend you give them a try. Up next was Curacao. This is our favorite stop and the 3rd time we are visiting here. Since we knew what we wanted to do here we rented a car from Advance Carrental for $75 which included all insurance, unlimited mileage, GPS and a phone if we got lost or wanted to return the car early. We picked up our car right outside the port gate and set off for our favorite beach Playa Jeremi. This is small local beach with no amenities but some of the clearest water with great snorkeling and no crowds. We spent a few hours in the water before deciding to head back to the ship. On our way back we decided to stop and check out another beach Playa Porto Mari. This beach had chairs, umbrellas and a restaurant with food and drinks but the best part was the wild pigs that wandered the beach. Since I can’t resist the change to pet some pigs we stopped here for another hour before finally getting back on board the ship at 7:30. After such an active day we decided to spend a relaxing day at the beach in Aruba. We took a taxi to Palm Beach this year after visiting Eagle Beach the last 2 times. It was nice but I think we will stick with Eagle beach just because it is closer to the ship. We rented 3 chairs and a small umbrella for $55 dollars and set up to relax. Unfortunately it rained most of the time we were there and since we were still tired from the last 3 days of activity we decided to just head back to the ship and relax there. We spent our last 2 days relaxing on deck 11 overlooking the main pool. Overall, the Horizon was our favorite ship.
  24. Hello all, I need some help. We are going on Carnival Horizon in a month. This is our 6th Carnival cruise and it's really important for us to have our 6 p.m. dinner time, same table, same wait staff. We booked our cruise 9 months ahead, couldn't confirm early dining and no option for a wait list. We've always gotten our dining arrangements done before we get on the ship so this one is a bit different. Does Horizon's dining work differently than the other ships? I know we can go to the dining area to make arrangements when we board but is there anything else I can do in advance? Thank you!
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