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  1. Does anyone know what dining room is used for Anytime dining?
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. The Horizon sounds like a large ship. If you have been on it within the past year, I have a couple questions. There will be 8 of us on this trip, but NO children. I see they have a Family Harbor. What is this all about, and is it worth being in this area? I also see they have a ride call Skyride? Is there a cost to ride it, and is it worth it?
  5. Our family of 42 just got off the Carnival Horizon yesterday 6/23/19. It was a beautiful ship. The children loved it! We had an OS suite which was WONDERFUL! Philip was our room steward and honestly I,cannot say I ever had a better one. The MD room food was awesome (better then Disney’s) our last cruise. Our main waiter in the Meridian dining room (Aft) Oka was his name was exceptional. We had family in Reflections which was midship and I must say, the Meridian was a lot nicer. I personally was not crazy about the buffet at all but I do not eat meat and very little seafood. Also, one day walking through I slipped and fell. There definitely needs to be something done to the floors since people walk through constantly wet. The Dr. Suess Character breakfast is a must and no worries, the $5 p.p. Was well worth it. My husband had filet mignon and eggs. If you have any questions about your upcoming cruise please feel free to ask and will try and get back to you. YaYa
  6. Was supposed to be in Fort Lauderdale last night, but our Jet Blue flights out of Worcester- ORH were significantly delayed. At check in, it was reported to us that there was no guarantee the flight would not be canceled with zero other flights to grab out of that airport. So Jet Blue paid for all six of us to get to Boston via Lyft where we paid for two rooms at the Hilton. They said they will reimburse us for all expenses incurred from last night- which will be good because the Hampton North in Fort Lauderdale would not waive the room fees due to lack of 24 hours notice. I won’t even begin to list the number of things that have gone wrong in the final days and weeks of this trip (not necessarily related to the trip itself). We so need a physical and emotional reprieve. And will not ever book a family vacation again without insurance. Ever! Our flight out of Boston at 6:45 is on time (knock on wood). We were planning on buying wine and soda last night at the plaza near the Hampton. Now it looks like we’ll be building a stop into an UBER for wine. I’ve read that we should plan to tip our driver WELL for this. I do tip generously as it is, but what would be considered a good tip for a quick stop for wine? And any recommendations on where to stop? Also, I prefer a red- is it too hot to drink a red on deck at night? Wide awake in Boston 🥴
  7. Cruising on the Horizon September 15. I booked Jewel Paradise Cove with Resort for a Day, but now I am rethinking that decision. Cruise Planner says the ship docks in Ocho Rios at 8:00am, then excursions are listed as 9:00am. Our transportation for the resort is supposed to leave 45 minutes after docking and get us back to the ship 2 hours prior to leaving. How much time will we actually get at the resort? If we cannot get off the ship until 9am, then we may not get to the resort until 10. Not sure I want to pay for all-inclusive if we won't get much out of it.
  8. Thank you! Boarding flight now to Florida ☺️
  9. I'm looking to book the 4/18/20 Horizon 8 day South Caribbean and most of the stateroom categories say sold out. I have never experienced this on booking a cruise this far out. Any idea why? Thanks.
  10. 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
  11. 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!
  12. Finally getting a chance to do a review of Carnival Horizon from Spring Break 2019. We did the 6 day to Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios and Cozumel. We went March 31- April 6. We have cruised Carnival several times and chose this cruise because it was daughter's Senior spring break, she's 18 and as parents we were able to be off work at this time as well. We flew into West Palm Beach. It was MUCH cheaper. Spent the night at the Embassy Suites near airport. Nice room; reasonably priced. Rented a car to drive to Miami. That part was easy. Went to Walmart and picked up soda and snacks for ship. Easy drive down to Miami- a little over an hour south. Our mistake: returning car to Car Rental Center in downtown Miami - Budget. It was a madhouse. Seriously. Should have paid attention to others who said to not do it. Lesson learned. It took us over an hour to return car. Having Fastbreak meant nothing. We didn't take the shuttle back - got an Uber. But that even took forever. It was so busy . We got to the terminal and we had FTTF. That helped - but it was quite busy. We skipped the photos. We were able to drop our bags - we didn't check any - we carried on everything. We have learned to pack efficiently and do a bit of laundry. We had a balcony on Deck 8. Nice room. Love the muted decorating. Muster was a bit long - because folks do not know how to be on time. Sigh. Oh - before that we had lunch at Guy's BBQ. You can eat there without charge on sea days for lunch (and on embarkation day). Anyway - next up was dinner in the Steakhouse. Very nice. It had been a few years since we had eaten in one of the steakhouses. The only disappointment was the dessert. We ordered the Art... and while the presentation was amazing...the actual dessert was ...blah. Sea day was pretty chill. We had the Sea Day Brunch. For dinner we went to the Italian Restaurant. It was good. Jamaica: Not our favorite port. We did not plan an excursion. We went to Margaritaville. Since our daughter was 18 - she could legally have adult beverages in all the ports. We allowed her partake with our supervision. Margaritaville had a package for chairs and a couple of beverages that was reasonable. We also ate lunch there. It was fairly relaxing... but be forewarned that there are aggressive vendors of all types around. The smell of pot was all around and easily accessible, if that is your thing. It was not ours. That night we had reservations at the Bonsai Grill. It did not disappoint. I did make those reservations a couple of months before we boarded... as there are only two grills in the restaurant. It is worth it. We had a lot of fun and the food was quite good. Grand Cayman was the next day. We went to the Royal Palms Beach club. It was $2 per person for entry... then we rented chairs for an additional fee. Drinks are not cheap there (everything is in Cayman dollars - but they do take American Dollars). It is 18 and over to get in the pool. Beach is family friendly. It had a very nice vibe and we enjoyed our time there. You can also order food there, but we did not. We went back to the ship to eat a late lunch. That night we did eat in the dining room. We had anytime dinining - and we had downloaded the app to request our time to eat. That was very helpful. Food was okay and service was fine. Cozumel: we did book a Carnival excursion to Passion Island. Normally we would go to Mr. Sanchos. But there were 5 ships in Cozumel the day we were docked; we felt it would be too crowded there. And, I waited too long to book Nachi Cocum - so it was booked. Passion Island was a nice compromise - food was good and it was pretty. It was all inclusive - drinks and food. However - what we didn't like were all the "rules" talk... of course we understand the rules - but the guides talked forever... really about nothing which likely took up about 45 minutes of our time there. I'm serious. Once we were back - we chilled that night. Had pizza and cold beer in the room, on the balcony. At least the hubby and I. Our dd crashed from a full day at the beach. Our last sea day was relaxing. We enjoyed Serenity Deck, trivia games and just enjoying being together as family. I honestly cannot remember what we did for dinner that night. Throughout the week we enjoyed the comedy shows - the adult versions. Our dd thought it was fun getting "carded" to get into those (it's 18 and older). Comedians were quite good. We also enjoyed the music/dance parties in the atrium. Since we had FTTF - we got off the ship early ( we were off by 7:30/8AM) and took an Uber to the Car Rental Center at MIA (yep... switched our car rental after our fiasco in downtown MIA)... and that was SO much easier. We were staying another night in West Palm Beach at a Marriott resort. So...we made the quick hour trip up north to Marriott Ocean Pointe. Our room wasn't ready yet...so we went to a cafe nearby to have breakfast. Then we returned to resort and enjoyed pools. Our day was very relaxing. We took naps in the room. Had dinner... and got up very early for our flights home. I would totally use West Palm Beach as an airport option... it was a very easy drive. We loved our Spring Break Cruise on the Horizon. I think this was our 9th or 10th cruise on Carnival. We have done two on Celebrity. We may explore other options... as our child is now grown... and do not need all the family things, kids clubs, etc. But we will still keep Carnival as an option.
  13. I will start this off with...yes this is my first post but I have been watching these boards for years for recommendations and ideas for our cruises. I have 14 Royal Caribbean cruises sailed this is our first Carnival so my review will be based on my experience and opinion 🤷‍♀️. We drove to Miami from Charlotte, NC and parked in the deck. Easy in and fairly easy out 176$ for the 8 day cruise. Our cruise was the 8 day grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Curacao and Aruba route. Check in was very easy. We have no priority or past sailings so.....it was less than 30 minutes. Our first impress was very clean, nice but small entryway. That theme was one of the things we missed in comparison...the royal promenade is a huge open space. We felt like everything was down windy hallways. We had deluxe ocean view rooms on floor 1 with the tub which was an amazingly sized room. Great storage! Loved the deep window where I kept all my towel animals for the week. Our room steward was great he kept us in ice and got me a robe...we are pretty low maintenance. We preordered excursions and cases of water/soda packages. Did not like the soda coming from cans, at times it was flat and always warm. We prefer Royals freestyle coke machines and the reusable cups. That being said the bartenders were attentive and we didn’t wait long for the drinks. Main dining room food was just Ok not great not bad just ok. Buffet was bad very repetitive and very few options...this from a nurse who eats in a hospital cafeteria.... Now where carnival is Amazing is the Guys burgers, Mexican, pizza and the sandwich shop. Loved them all! Grand Turk we did the beach walked past the free chairs and paid 5$ per chair including the umbrella and it was perfect. La Romana we did the Dune buggies had a blast...got into the mud puddles!! Felt safe. Curacao we swam with the turtles it was nice but too much time on the death bus(yes thought we were gonna die). Aruba we went to palm beach and rented jet skis and tube rides. Did we have a good time...Yes of course it was vacation but...the pools on carnival are ridiculously too small, casino was horribly Smokey (we still spent a lot of time there). Didn’t get to get on the slides waited till the last day and someone’s small child pooped in the water🤷‍♀️. At the end of the day we had a great family vacation. We chose this ship for the itinerary and will prob return to Royal as the ship is just as important as the itinerary. Oh almost forget the Fun staff was amazing...they get the nod over Royal hands down!
  14. Alright I’m officially addicted 😂. Just got off the Conquest yesterday and already convinced my family to look into cruises for March/April next year. My question is out of these two ships which one should I look into actually booking more? I’m leaving out if Miami port and having already sailed the Conquest I want to try a different ship. Only other ship I’ve been on is the Dream. All opinions welcome! Thanks!
  15. I have done inner, window and balcony, as well as the port hole room on many ships. Of all of the different rooms, I like the port hole the best. If you have been on the Carnival Horizon and had a port hole room, can you tell me what deck(s) they are on?
  16. We just got off this morning (June 23) and found some things in our corner Havana cabin that probably belong to last week’s guests. If that’s you, please contact Carnival. We turned them in to Guest Services this morning.
  17. We are in the "thinking" mode (8 of us), but it looks like we have narrowed it down to either the Carnival Vista 7 days, or the Carnival Horizon 6 day ship. If you have been on either of these ships within the past year, would you give me YOUR pros and cons of the ship? Also, one day difference, more or less, did it make that much of a difference either way?
  18. We are on the 11-16-19 Horizon Cruise and have decided to use the POM parking garage close to the terminal and just walk across to the terminal. The cost is $22 per night, but will be worth it to not have to depend on the timeliness of shuttle buses. I just learned today that they do not take advanced reservations for the parking garage, so my question is to those that have used this venue to park. Is there ample parking in the garage or will we have to get there early to secure a spot to park in the garage? I know that we need to allow time for the parking garage to empty as people disembark from the prior cruise, but how long should we wait or what is the best time to arrive? Any help would be helpful. Thank you all.
  19. Hi guys! Im an avid beer drinker, and was wondering if the had IPA's on the Horizon? I dont see the pub listed for this ship. Does anyone have the drink menus or can anyone confirm whether or not they have IPA beer? Thanks!!
  20. I know I like the Carnival product, I’ve recently sailed on The Breeze. However, I think that the Breeze and Horizon would be too similar an experience. I’d like a new experience. The idea of the opulence inside the Seaside appeals to me but the service and food reviews concern me. The 6 night itinerary on The Horizon is more to my liking versus Seasides 7 night itinerary. Carnival will be about $250 more when factoring in drinks and WiFi for both with the same ports of call. Anyone been on both? Airfare looking the same for both of the dates I’m looking at too.
  21. 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
  22. I may book a balcony cabin on the Horizon ( it’s between Horizon or MSC Seaside) and I want to make sure I steer clear of obstructed view balconies. Is there a cabin number or deck I should avoid?
  23. The itinerary for this cruise was Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. A little background, I chose this cruise because the dates were the best for my friends who were cruising with me. We all were born in 1959 and wanted to celebrate our 60th year together. I have known 2 of the girls traveling since elementary school and the third traveler we met in Jr. High. We were all very excited to plan a trip together and spend some quality time together. We chose 2 Havana cabins for this trip 5237 and 5239. I do not have any pictures to include since there is a great YouTube video of 5239 that we watched getting ready for our cruise. We all arrived in Miami the day before the cruise. Two of us flew into FLL and used SAS Transportation to bring us to the JW Marquis Marriott in Miami. The other 2 drove to the port and parked at the hotel. Parking at this hotel is very expensive, $55 a day. SAS Transportation was very pain free. We called when we received our luggage at the turnstile and he arrived in a very timely manner. We had 1 other family on the the shuttle with us going to a hotel in Miami. Our hotel was very nice. It has an outdoor pool, indoor sports court, bowling alley and various games to play in the sports area. I am platinum with Marriott so we had a room on the concierge level and a very nice buffet for happy hour. They do not include alcoholic beverages but the area and the view are very nice. We were joined by some friends in Miami and had a nice evening catching up and we chose to eat at the hotel and called it an early night because tomorrow we board the Horizon.
  24. Getting into planning our dinner reservations for our 6 day Western Horizon cruise!! Anyone have pics of the MDR menus for this itinerary? or links to threads that do? I have searched but just can't seem to find anything 😞 Thanks in advance!!
  25. Can anyone tell me if the Horizon sells non-alcoholic beer? I’ve called Carnival and they cannot tell me. Thank you!
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