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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. Just wondering if anyone has had the Premier cruise on the Horizon? What did you get in your room & was it fun?
  4. 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!
  5. I am planning on booking 4 rooms on the Carnival Horizon, which I have never been on before. If you have been on the Horizon, and booked a lower deck of 1, 2 or 3, would you tell me if it is worth booking a lower deck, other than saving money? I may be wrong, but each deck we move up, isn't the cost more? If you want to give me the pros/cons of YOUR opinion of an upper deck (inner room), compared to a lower deck, I would live to read YOUR opinion.
  6. Help us out! We have the Horizon booked in a Havana Cabana Suite for an 8 day cruise in Oct. 2020 ( never tried the Havana area or Horizon). Then we spied an 14 day Journeys cruise on the Pride Nov. 2020 in an OS for the same price and a really awesome itinerary for same price. We can’t do both......haha! We used to cruise on Celebrity but found for the price we can do a bigger room on Carnival and we love the fellow passengers on Carnival much more (always friendly, fun and down to earth). Help fellow cruisers! 🙏🏻
  7. 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?
  8. This will seem like a strange question, and I am leaning towards the Sensation ship to take, but thought I would ask. I am needing "4" Port Hole rooms on the same side of the ship, and checking between the Sensation and Horizon. "If???" I am seeing the deck plan right, it doesn't look like there are 4 rooms next to each other on the Horizon ship, only the Sensation. If you have been on the Horizon and know of it having more than 2 Port Hole rooms on one side, please let me know.
  9. 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!!!
  10. 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.
  11. It's been a while since I have reserved a table at the specialty dining. Can someone tell me how long it should take to receive confirmation? I received confirmation from one restaurant right away but haven't heard from the other, and am worried my request may not have gone through. Is the FTTF option worth the money? This is new one to me, it wasn't an option on my last cruise.
  12. 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!
  13. 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!
  14. As previously posted, our flight out of Worcester did not go as planned and we ended up flying out of Boston the next day. Jet Blue will reimburse us half of what they initially had lead us to believe, but we'll take it (we didn't have insurance) and are just glad to have finally made it to the ship on time. Others didn't- we later found out that some were boarding in Grand Turk! I don't know if it was from the same snafu, but obviously it happens- and I do know that Jet Blue didn't extend the same courtesy to others (like complementary Lyft rides to Boston) as they did our family) because I met up with them in Boston. And the airline representatives wanted to know what happened- "did you all miss your flight?". On our way back home, Jet Blue was once again twice delayed- but less of an urgency there (and at least not cancelled). I booked our cruise on the Horizon in February 2018- prior to sailing, and was excited to sail the mega ship. But then started to worry after reading reviews of there simply being too few amenities (pools) or space (liquid lounge) to accommodate the sheer number of passengers, and was second guessing our commitment. I actually started to feel this doom right up until a few weeks before sailing when I just started to focus more on the ports and less on the ship itself. So much fuss about nothing!!!! The Horizon is a beautiful ship. I had no issues at full capacity during a holiday week. I thought I would have to get up at 5:00 every morning to get a deck chair. And the first day out, I did! After that, I way did not and I never had a problem finding a chair. Also, I never had an issue getting into a pool- in fact, I spent quite a bit of time in the pools (which is SOOOOO unlike me), but it was really nice! I have actually never done that on a cruise and now I am sold on wading in the shallow sections on those pool sides. I really like the Tides area- maybe there were more chairs there than over in the crazy Lido section. I also accessed the Havana section one night and that was very relaxing (there really truly is, nobody there- I highly recommend it). Entertainment: We saw the Love & Marriage show in the Liquid Lounge and yes- those pillars are a real problem. I had done some homework from reading reviews here and we went in and went straight to the left and sat in the back, but still had to maneuver a little. My husband is 6' 6", so we don't want to block anyone's view, or be blocked- and, the show before us hardly emptied which created a bit of a problem for guest coming in. That said, Love & Marriage is hysterical!!! And NAUGHTY! HAHAHA! There was a couple whom I believe was married for like 56 years and THEY WERE THE BEST!!! CD Mike, was and is ridiculously funny (and so energetic). Adult Comedy in the Punchliner was so funny, we went back. My daughter and her partner went for a 3rd show and they said he was even funnier than the first guy (which is hard to believe because I was about to pee myself). The white party and 90's party were great fun! We did a lot of other things... trivia (just a relaxing family activity), danced my face off in the night clubs, and listened to some live music (great duo in Pig & Anchor). Dining: We ate in the MDR 3 times, and I was VERY pleased with our service every night. We never shared a table, and never sat in the same place (we ate on both floors) and once by the windows at sunset which felt like a privilege. Our orders were taken very quickly, came quickly, and met expectations! We ordered more than one of lots of things every night and they were very happy to give us everything we wanted. My son is very picky, and one night he asked for only 2 sides of the baked mac and cheese. Our server thought that was very funny and brought him FIVE! And my son was very grateful! We had YTD, and were always seated within 10-15 minutes- I don't think we ever ate before 7:30 and one night at 8:45. We ate at Cucina Del Capitano on our last night, and it stole my heart. I loved the atmosphere as much as the food. And the servers. I would have eaten there at least 3 or 4 times had I known it was so sweet! Pizzeria Del Capitano is still just as good as ever! I never had to wait long and it was always hot out of the oven. I ate at the Blue Iguana 3 times, 2 x's for breakfast burritos and 1x for a taco salad. The burritos were good. The taco shell was stale- I think the air got to it 😥. My family was disappointed with Guys- said they were "okay", but not worth waiting in the long lines for. We loved the Seafood Shack. Wished they had tartar sauce, but like that buffalo sauce! We also enjoyed lunch at Mongolian Wok and it was good. We waited an hour and a half for a lunch "reservation". They closed at 2:30, but honored everyone who was waiting. The poor hostess was so taxed, she was probably the most overwhelmed I'd seen of all the Carnival Horizon staff. Not rude, but clearly ready to cry and lose it. It was so obvious to everyone there. I hope they get that worked out. Service and food was quick once we were seated. Beverages: We did not purchase Cheers or Bubbles. We did not bring anything on board except for wine and I only drank one bottle (my husband doesn't drink wine). Our bar tab totaled around $400. I went back and forth about Cheers and obviously am glad we didn't do that. That said, I brought plenty enough money- I didn't plan to restrict our beverage budget in any way. But in the end we didn't come close to spending what I thought we might. The heat just is not conducive to heavy drinking every single day (I did indulge one night, then sipped, and went a couple days without any). The kids drank water, lemonade, and ordered a few soda/milkshakes with their own spending money that we gave them ($100 each). Excursions/Ports: In Curacao, we paid for the Willemstad walking day tour. We liked it very much and I really love Curacao- a lot of beautiful local art. In Grand Turk, we walked to Jacks Shack and rented chairs/umbrellas (maybe $10 each) and enjoyed the beach and water. It was a peaceful day and a favorite (my kids loved all the dogs- so many of them). In Aruba, we took a taxi to and from Eagle Beach and rented two beach chairs and an umbrella ($40). I wanted to rent three chairs, but they would not allow me to do that- seems they only rent them in pairs of two. My two kids and I also ended up separated from my older daughter and her partner who they set up further down the beach. The bartender was very nice- the people setting up the chairs, not so much. But none of that mattered. I could have sat in the sand- that's what I was there for anyway- sun, sand and sea. Aruba was my favorite beach. Taxi's were $15/party each way. Other things: This has been mentioned a lot I know. I grew up in a household of smokers (and they all still smoke). I do not dislike smokers. But walking through that casino takes me right back to my childhood when I riding in a car with the windows up. My daughter who turned 14 two days ago figured the elevators out in about 5 minutes. Took me a day (or two). They were NOT bad at all. I think people have them figured out (probably in thanks to these boards!). The only time I saw a problem was when they were closed down, or a lot of people moving at once- forcing people to take the stairs. And that's really only a problem for people with bad knees or disabilities. There was some significant motion on this cruise- to the point where one night, I had to hold the walls walking back to the cabin because I thought I was going to fall down. And I was sober! My daughters partner thought he too was going to fall down, but he was not sober LOL! I had felt the motion for several days- it was only really bad for 1-2 days. What made it worse was that our inside cabin was CREAKING! And it was loud and hard to sleep through. I thought it might have something to do with the motion of the ship and asked about it when our steward came to clean our room. He reported to it guest services who responded very quickly. We weren't complaining- just asking about it! They too, observed the noise and sent maintenance who informed us that this had happened on a prior cruise in the same stateroom and that the motion in the ship causes it to creak. He reported that they tried to fix it once, but obviously it didn't work and they can't do it when the room is being occupied because the ceiling, etc. needs to be dismantled. We completely understood. Guest services credited us back for an excursion and paid for our Cucina Del Capitano meal for six. We were very appreciative. Ear plugs and Benadryl helped to get us through (thank God I brought the Benadryl). I was also taking, and continued to take at home some Ginger, and some Nux Vomica stuff. I felt that ships movement 3 days after vacation ended! My husband and son "like" Lido Marketplace. I do not. I am often seeking fresh ingredients to make a salad and am disappointed. I get that it may meet the expectations of others, but I do not eat a lot of meat and I just find it lacking. I heard the sandwiches were really good, but the lines were always REALLY long- especially at night. And that floor. I was so fearful for myself and EVERY SINGLE PERSON who ever walked on it. I see them mopping it, but is there not a better flooring material? It's like an ice skating rink. It's incredibly dangerous- regardless of your chosen shoe wear. A couple side notes about Lido: they will make you put something over your bathing suit when getting food- I saw them ask a lady in a bathing suit to put something on and she was not happy. And they were not allowing those who were getting soft serve to access toppings from gelato- per my daughter. I tried the iced tea and it was THE WORST iced tea I have ever had in my life 😂! And I like unsweetened tea (or sweetened). I'm a tea drinker! I just couldn't put my finger on it. Maybe it was the day, but after that- it was all water for me. Though I tried the lemonade and it was good. We last cruised in November 2015. The swimsuits have changed significantly since then! There is almost no backside 😂. I didn't bring a bottle opener and both onboard and in port, when we purchased buckets of beer we were stuck. On Eagle Beach in Aruba I noticed that the family sitting next to us had some Reef sandals and I asked the grandfather if I could borrow his shoes to open my beer. That might be a first (and a last for me). We all laughed about it! The grandfather said I could borrow his shoes anytime 😂!!! The night before we went to bed we went down to pick up our purchased pictures. I had ordered them that morning and was told to come back after 8pm. The lines were HORRENDOUS. I waited in the horrendous line only to be told that the canvas' we ordered needed another 10-20 minutes. So we went and had a drink, listened to a band and came back an hour later- waiting in the line again. They were ready. The next day, I accidentally threw the pictures away (I think I did, but it's possible that they also fell out of my file folder in the airport). Either way, I lost 6 of the physical 8x10 images. I do have the canvas' AND the USB so I can reprint the ones I lost. Thankfully. If you don't have photos taken near the end of the cruise (like we did), don't wait until the last day to order and pick up. The HUB app is amazing! We loved it for communicating with each other, seeing what was going on, where we could eat, checking in for dinner, etc. WIFI- worked perfectly, but my two teens fought over the one package I purchased. And God forbid I want to use it. Something to think about... We did a load of laundry. We were just a few doors down from it so it seemed easy enough and we wanted to re-wear a few of our favorite things. That said, we did not NEED to. We WAY over packed. I mean, probably 75 pounds of clothing too much over packed. Gah. I'll know better next time. I was in my swimsuit a lot, and was able to re-wear some clothes simply because I didn't have them on that long. Anyway- one of the dryers didn't work well and the wet stuff got backed up. People got really annoyed with this because some with little children really DID need the clothing washed ("no clothes"). So it started to get a little grumpy in there. We paid for everything in cash- zero issues. Guest services was easily accessible- though lines were long the last night (understandably). We used the ATM in casino twice. I feel like I was able to navigate our vacation so much easier having accessed the posts here! Thank you! Look forward to more sunrises, sunsets, and cruising!
  15. 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?
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. Hi all, I have been trying to find some sort of price list for beverages on the ship and am not having much luck or maybe I'm just not asking the right question? I was looking for a current price list for wine, beer and fancy drinks. Is there anyone out there who could maybe post menus? Thanks in advance!!
  19. 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!
  20. 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?
  21. Just returned from an awesome 8 day cruise on the Horizon. Ports were Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao, and Aruba. Mike Pack was a great cruise director with lots of energy and was at almost every function on the ship. Does this guy ever sleep? The new smart elevator system worked great for us and we never had to wait long to go anywhere. The Hub app was really helpful! You could see all your pics and keep in touch with others on the ship with the chat feature. Also we had anytime dining and could reserve our table on the app instead of going to the dining room and waiting. The ship was near capacity but never felt too crowded to us. The casino is just as smokey as every other ship so we didn't stay in there too long. The white night party in the atrium was fun and the 80's Rock n Glow deck party was a blast! Any questions, just ask?
  22. Carnival introduced a new sea day brunch menu, titled American Brunch, on the Carnival Horizon today. The new menu features a few old favorites, as well as many new ones. The menu also features a new cold pressed juice menu for a $5 upcharge, as well as Lobster Benedict, Peel & Eat Shrimp, or Garlic Crab as upcharge entree options. The new menu is attached.
  23. Does anyone know what dining room is used for Anytime dining?
  24. Does the hallway for the staterooms on deck 11 open up to the deck or must you go down to Deck 10 to access the outdoor area?
  25. Anyone else feeling uneasy about the Dominican Republic port of La Romana? We have a cruise scheduled on the Horizon coming up and we were excited about the excursion we had planned thru Carnival (beach including drinks/food). John Heald posted today on facebook reassuring passengers that DR Amber Cove is totally safe, but he refuses to mention his passengers on La Romana. I think Carnival should re-route La Romana cruise ships to Amber Cove for the safety of their guests. We have never been to DR before. How does everyone feel about the current situation and would you get off the ship?
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