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We Just returned from an 8 day cruise on the Horizon this morning. We had a fantastic time and would consider cruising on her again. This was Carnival Cruise #16 for wife and I and # 13 for our son. Weather for the most part was beautiful and the seas were calm (even around Cape Hatteras which is rare!)

 

Rather than go into a full detailed review I am going to touch on a few of the highlights of this trip that made it unique as well as some random observations on both positive and negative things about this ship and cruise itself.

 

Embarkation was as smooth as we have ever done out of NYC. Terminal to ship in about 15 minutes. Debarkation was great as well. Ship to shore in 20 minutes. No more customs forms in NYC and customs basically checked our passports and told us to have a nice day! No questions or anything.

 

On the second day of the cruise we met our neighbors on either side of our stateroom on deck 10. We found out that they were all part of the same family. Our room had a connecting door to one of their staterooms and I thought it would be really nice if they could all be together in connecting rooms with the balcony divider open. I went down to guest services to see if we could switch our stateroom and sure enough management approved it!! I went back to our neighbors and told them that we would be willing to switch and that management had approved it. They were ELATED! We went downstairs and got new sign & sail cards and then moved all of our belongings. Stateroom steward then went in and cleaned the cabins again for us (after just cleaning them 2 hours prior). of course we compensated him accordingly!

 

It really felt great that we were able to do a random act of kindness and the tone for the rest of the cruise certainly was about giving - in a BIG way!!!!

 

On the last sea day was the usual Groove For St. Jude which we always participate in as do many passengers but what happened this year was amazing. The lines for donations started at 12:00PM and the line stretched from Lido deck all the way down to the stairs to deck nine!! While the Carnival team was taking donations there were other folks making substantial donations. first a $1000, Then another, Then a few $1500's then two people with $2000 dollars each. There were also several auctions including $1000 for a signed build a bear by the captain and $800 for a Carnival Horizon jacket. We were told that various staff members would "walk the plank" into the pool if we reached certain levels. We were told that the captain would walk the plank if $20,000 was raised. The most ever raised on a Carnival ship had been $17,000 (I Think on Splendor in 2012). Well that donation line stayed on the lido deck for two hours!! We did not just break the record. We shattered the record!! Total was somewhere around $27,500!! Captain did walk the plank and all I can say after that is WOW!! We are so grateful we were able to be a part of it!!

 

Okay. So those are the two things that made this cruise so unique. Now onto the positives and negatives. Let's go with the negatives first.

 

Elevators. Yes folks the elevators really are that bad! My office building uses this technology so I am sure It could work if programmed correctly. Often had to wait at least 10 minutes for an elevator. Did a lot of walking on this ship!

 

Liquid Lounge. There are very few seats with an unobstructed view in this theater. You need to get to show 20-30 minutes early to secure good seats. Lower level has the better views.

 

Grand Atrium. Or Lack of it I should say. While the new video screens are nice to look at and make for some nice pictures I just could not get used to not having the atrium that goes to the top of the ship with the glass elevators. I really missed it.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies. Maybe it is just me but I used to LOVE the chocolate chip cookies that were in the lido buffet every day (The ones in the bowl next to the cakes at the sweet spot). They are gone now:eek:. They are truly going to be missed. They do have chocolate cookies at the deli but I don't really like those too much.

 

That is it for the negatives. Now on to the positives :)

 

Gelato. They now serve Gelato every day in the lido deck with a wide variety of toppings you can add to it. There are two different flavors each day! This certainly softened the blow of loosing the cookies!

 

Playlist Production Shows. The shows of this ship were all very well done! All the shows had the usual 8-10 singers dancers but they also incorporated live music into most of them that really made them feel less cheesy. for example they used the Latin band for the Latin show, They used the horn section and another band for the Vintage Pop show. and they used the electric strings trio for the Celestial Strings Show. Nothing like the full production shows of many years past but these are actually very good and better that some of the other playlist shows we have seen on other ships.

 

Scheduling. On past cruises we always missed shows because of the way they were scheduled. Some during dinner, some too late at night (my wife and son are early sleepers). On this cruise we saw...wait for it... 16 different comedy shows and every single production show/other show. what they did was added a 5:30PM Comedy show which we were able to watch each night before dinner. then after dinner a 7:30PM show in the main theatre. then adult comedy at 8:30PM. each comedian had 2 separate PG shows that were repeated twice and two R rated shows that were repeated so 4 total comedians doing 4 shows each.By 9:00PM every night we had done all the shows and I was able to do other things (Casino, Walk around, Listen to music)

 

Lido Buffet. Much better layout with no lines (except for the usual lines for Pizza, Deli, Omelets). Speaking of the Deli I thought I had read that the sandwiches were pre-made now but it appeared to me that they were making all the sandwiches to order. The Know the wraps were made from scratch since I was able to see them making them. I Still waited 25 minutes for a Grilled Reuben!

 

Guy's Pig and Anchor Brewhouse. We had to give this a try since this is the only ship that has it. We went for dinner one night and it was arguably the best meal we had the entire cruise! Well worth the small upcharge! it was also nice to try some of the craft beers that were brewed onboard.

 

Cabin TV's The cabin TV's have a whole new interface. when you turn the TV on there is a greeting to everyone in the cabin. The part I loved the best were the four Ship cams that you could watch (Forward Aft, Port, Starboard). They were crystal clear. You could pick one and set it full screen on your TV Which by the way is large. These TV's are largest we have seen on a cruise ship. I would guess 42" screen. These ship cam channels would be awesome for someone in an inside cabin so that they could always see what is going on outside and even use it to wake up in the morning!

 

Dr. Seuss Waterpark. Very nicely done with plenty of slides/play areas.

 

Ship never felt overly crowded considering the size and number of people. Crowds were very similar to the Magic cruise we went on last year.

 

Neither a positive or a negative I will say that Horizon was beautiful and well layed-out. the décor is definitely subdued by Carnival standards however I really do miss the Joe Farcus designs on the older ships. I would always feel like I escaped into some sort of fantasy land each cruise whereas now I feel like I am on a floating resort.

 

Everything else on this cruise was similar to other ships we have been on. for example telling you that Guy's burgers are great is the equivalent of telling you the sky is blue. Chair Hogs have been around since the beginning of time and the pools will never quite be large enough (However the main lido pool was nearly 6 feet deep which I don't recall any of the other ships having the pool that deep.)

 

I Did not do MUTS but the resolution on the outdoor screen looks nicer than other ships.

 

We did not do the IMAX/Thrill Theater or the Skyride. A couple we met who did the skyride said it was a little tougher than they thought it would be.

 

That is it for now. Still can't believe I was on the ship on 7 hours ago. Now for the count-down to the next one!!:cool:

 

Feel free to ask any questions!

 

Kenny

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I’m really glad to hear that embarkation and debarkation were easy. I’m taking my mom on her first cruise and I don’t want her to have to same experience I had leaving/returning to NY with a different cruise line.

 

Thanks for the review!

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We Just returned from an 8 day cruise on the Horizon this morning. We had a fantastic time and would consider cruising on her again. This was Carnival Cruise #16 for wife and I and # 13 for our son. Weather for the most part was beautiful and the seas were calm (even around Cape Hatteras which is rare!)

 

Rather than go into a full detailed review I am going to touch on a few of the highlights of this trip that made it unique as well as some random observations on both positive and negative things about this ship and cruise itself.

 

Embarkation was as smooth as we have ever done out of NYC. Terminal to ship in about 15 minutes. Debarkation was great as well. Ship to shore in 20 minutes. No more customs forms in NYC and customs basically checked our passports and told us to have a nice day! No questions or anything.

 

On the second day of the cruise we met our neighbors on either side of our stateroom on deck 10. We found out that they were all part of the same family. Our room had a connecting door to one of their staterooms and I thought it would be really nice if they could all be together in connecting rooms with the balcony divider open. I went down to guest services to see if we could switch our stateroom and sure enough management approved it!! I went back to our neighbors and told them that we would be willing to switch and that management had approved it. They were ELATED! We went downstairs and got new sign & sail cards and then moved all of our belongings. Stateroom steward then went in and cleaned the cabins again for us (after just cleaning them 2 hours prior). of course we compensated him accordingly!

 

It really felt great that we were able to do a random act of kindness and the tone for the rest of the cruise certainly was about giving - in a BIG way!!!!

 

On the last sea day was the usual Groove For St. Jude which we always participate in as do many passengers but what happened this year was amazing. The lines for donations started at 12:00PM and the line stretched from Lido deck all the way down to the stairs to deck nine!! While the Carnival team was taking donations there were other folks making substantial donations. first a $1000, Then another, Then a few $1500's then two people with $2000 dollars each. There were also several auctions including $1000 for a signed build a bear by the captain and $800 for a Carnival Horizon jacket. We were told that various staff members would "walk the plank" into the pool if we reached certain levels. We were told that the captain would walk the plank if $20,000 was raised. The most ever raised on a Carnival ship had been $17,000 (I Think on Splendor in 2012). Well that donation line stayed on the lido deck for two hours!! We did not just break the record. We shattered the record!! Total was somewhere around $27,500!! Captain did walk the plank and all I can say after that is WOW!! We are so grateful we were able to be a part of it!!

 

Okay. So those are the two things that made this cruise so unique. Now onto the positives and negatives. Let's go with the negatives first.

 

Elevators. Yes folks the elevators really are that bad! My office building uses this technology so I am sure It could work if programmed correctly. Often had to wait at least 10 minutes for an elevator. Did a lot of walking on this ship!

 

Liquid Lounge. There are very few seats with an unobstructed view in this theater. You need to get to show 20-30 minutes early to secure good seats. Lower level has the better views.

 

Grand Atrium. Or Lack of it I should say. While the new video screens are nice to look at and make for some nice pictures I just could not get used to not having the atrium that goes to the top of the ship with the glass elevators. I really missed it.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies. Maybe it is just me but I used to LOVE the chocolate chip cookies that were in the lido buffet every day (The ones in the bowl next to the cakes at the sweet spot). They are gone now:eek:. They are truly going to be missed. They do have chocolate cookies at the deli but I don't really like those too much.

 

That is it for the negatives. Now on to the positives :)

 

Gelato. They now serve Gelato every day in the lido deck with a wide variety of toppings you can add to it. There are two different flavors each day! This certainly softened the blow of loosing the cookies!

 

Playlist Production Shows. The shows of this ship were all very well done! All the shows had the usual 8-10 singers dancers but they also incorporated live music into most of them that really made them feel less cheesy. for example they used the Latin band for the Latin show, They used the horn section and another band for the Vintage Pop show. and they used the electric strings trio for the Celestial Strings Show. Nothing like the full production shows of many years past but these are actually very good and better that some of the other playlist shows we have seen on other ships.

 

Scheduling. On past cruises we always missed shows because of the way they were scheduled. Some during dinner, some too late at night (my wife and son are early sleepers). On this cruise we saw...wait for it... 16 different comedy shows and every single production show/other show. what they did was added a 5:30PM Comedy show which we were able to watch each night before dinner. then after dinner a 7:30PM show in the main theatre. then adult comedy at 8:30PM. each comedian had 2 separate PG shows that were repeated twice and two R rated shows that were repeated so 4 total comedians doing 4 shows each.By 9:00PM every night we had done all the shows and I was able to do other things (Casino, Walk around, Listen to music)

 

Lido Buffet. Much better layout with no lines (except for the usual lines for Pizza, Deli, Omelets). Speaking of the Deli I thought I had read that the sandwiches were pre-made now but it appeared to me that they were making all the sandwiches to order. The Know the wraps were made from scratch since I was able to see them making them. I Still waited 25 minutes for a Grilled Reuben!

 

Guy's Pig and Anchor Brewhouse. We had to give this a try since this is the only ship that has it. We went for dinner one night and it was arguably the best meal we had the entire cruise! Well worth the small upcharge! it was also nice to try some of the craft beers that were brewed onboard.

 

Cabin TV's The cabin TV's have a whole new interface. when you turn the TV on there is a greeting to everyone in the cabin. The part I loved the best were the four Ship cams that you could watch (Forward Aft, Port, Starboard). They were crystal clear. You could pick one and set it full screen on your TV Which by the way is large. These TV's are largest we have seen on a cruise ship. I would guess 42" screen. These ship cam channels would be awesome for someone in an inside cabin so that they could always see what is going on outside and even use it to wake up in the morning!

 

Dr. Seuss Waterpark. Very nicely done with plenty of slides/play areas.

 

Ship never felt overly crowded considering the size and number of people. Crowds were very similar to the Magic cruise we went on last year.

 

Neither a positive or a negative I will say that Horizon was beautiful and well layed-out. the décor is definitely subdued by Carnival standards however I really do miss the Joe Farcus designs on the older ships. I would always feel like I escaped into some sort of fantasy land each cruise whereas now I feel like I am on a floating resort.

 

Everything else on this cruise was similar to other ships we have been on. for example telling you that Guy's burgers are great is the equivalent of telling you the sky is blue. Chair Hogs have been around since the beginning of time and the pools will never quite be large enough (However the main lido pool was nearly 6 feet deep which I don't recall any of the other ships having the pool that deep.)

 

I Did not do MUTS but the resolution on the outdoor screen looks nicer than other ships.

 

We did not do the IMAX/Thrill Theater or the Skyride. A couple we met who did the skyride said it was a little tougher than they thought it would be.

 

That is it for now. Still can't believe I was on the ship on 7 hours ago. Now for the count-down to the next one!!:cool:

 

Feel free to ask any questions!

 

Kenny

Thanks for the review! How was the casino?

 

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I’m really glad to hear that embarkation and debarkation were easy. I’m taking my mom on her first cruise and I don’t want her to have to same experience I had leaving/returning to NY with a different cruise line.

 

Thanks for the review!

 

You're Welcome! The new system with the card keys in your stateroom when you board seems to move things along quite well!

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Thanks for the review! How was the casino?

 

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Casino was nice. Good variety of machines/tables. I actually thought it was a little small for the size of ship but I could always find something to play!

 

of course I lost but I had a few good nights! :D

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Thanks! I hope it's as big as the one on the Magic. I thought that was impressive compared to the older ships I've been on.

 

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Actually I was on the Magic last year. Casino is about the same size with many of the same games.

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Good. I was on her in Oct. Great cruise even though all four of our ports were swapped for others because of the hurricanes. I'll be on the Horizon in April. Can't wait!

 

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I was on the same cruise and agree with most of what the OP said. Haven't been on Carnival for awhile and was very pleased with the way everything was, even the elevators. We had to wait no longer than 3 or 4 minutes and that was rare. From previous reviews, I was a little worried about the food but I thought it was very good. We did the buffet a lot and they had various choices. The Green Ham and Eggs breakfast was a lot of fun for my 8 year old granddaughter. The food at the regular restaurants was hot and various choices. I couldn't believe how fast embarkation and disembarkation. I thought the cruise director, Chris, was a lot of fun and very accessible. We went to see most of the shows in the liquid lounge got there 15 minutes before the show started and got good seats on the main floor. However, the place does seem to have a lot of pillars. Loved the Lip Sync Battle show and the parties in the Atrium. A little disappointed in Grand Turk, we rented a golf cart, drove around and then went back to the beach at the port. Very crowded and the beach wasn't that great. Went to the forts and Old San Juan. Although it was hot but very pleasant walking around the city. We also did the snorkeling at Amber Cove. It was an interesting drive to the catamaran but the snorkeling was very good. I would recommend the Horizon to anyone and would do it again. It was great to have 4 sea days!

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Just remembered two more things. The "Dive In" movie was quite enjoyable. You get a blanket and popcorn and watch a first one movie. We saw Black Panther and The Greatest Showman. One disappointment, the shops. I wish there was more of a Carnival gift shop. What they have is very small. My grandkids loved the candy store.

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Thanks for your review! We were docked beside the Horizon in Grand Turk and it looked like such a beautiful ship. I was on the Magic. Now I want to go on the Horizon! I wanted to sneak onto the ship for a few minutes just to do the sky coaster ;).

 

I saw John Heald's Facebook live this morning about the Groove for St. Jude and think that's really awesome, I love how viral the giving went with people donating thousands of dollars.

 

Also it was really nice of you to offer to switch staterooms and Carnival to let you guys do that.

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Thanks for your review! We were docked beside the Horizon in Grand Turk and it looked like such a beautiful ship. I was on the Magic. Now I want to go on the Horizon! I wanted to sneak onto the ship for a few minutes just to do the sky coaster ;).

 

I saw John Heald's Facebook live this morning about the Groove for St. Jude and think that's really awesome, I love how viral the giving went with people donating thousands of dollars.

 

Also it was really nice of you to offer to switch staterooms and Carnival to let you guys do that.

 

Thank you! Magic is one of my favorite ships and I remember looking over at the ship during the day in Grand Turk feeling so bad for all of you that you had to miss St. Thomas.

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On the second day of the cruise we met our neighbors on either side of our stateroom on deck 10. We found out that they were all part of the same family. Our room had a connecting door to one of their staterooms and I thought it would be really nice if they could all be together in connecting rooms with the balcony divider open. I went down to guest services to see if we could switch our stateroom and sure enough management approved it!! I went back to our neighbors and told them that we would be willing to switch and that management had approved it. They were ELATED! We went downstairs and got new sign & sail cards and then moved all of our belongings. Stateroom steward then went in and cleaned the cabins again for us (after just cleaning them 2 hours prior). of course we compensated him accordingly!

 

 

 

It really felt great that we were able to do a random act of kindness and the tone for the rest of the cruise certainly was about giving - in a BIG way!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenny

 

 

 

Thanks for your review. We’re sailing on the Horizon on July 31 and can’t wait!

 

That was really nice what you were able to do for your neighbours. I’m sure they were delighted. As a family of 4 with two teens (18 & 15) we always look for connecting cabins. When searching deck plans for available cabins when booking, I always find it curious (and frustrating) when I see one cabin of two connecting already booked. If I was booking a single cabin, these would be the last ones I would consider. I don’t understand why someone would choose one half of connecting cabins when many others are available. If the ship is full and options are limited, I get it. But that’s not usually the case. Maybe I’m missing something.

 

Glad you had a great cruise. Looking forward to another great one.

 

 

 

 

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Thanks for your review. We’re sailing on the Horizon on July 31 and can’t wait!

 

That was really nice what you were able to do for your neighbours. I’m sure they were delighted. As a family of 4 with two teens (18 & 15) we always look for connecting cabins. When searching deck plans for available cabins when booking, I always find it curious (and frustrating) when I see one cabin of two connecting already booked. If I was booking a single cabin, these would be the last ones I would consider. I don’t understand why someone would choose one half of connecting cabins when many others are available. If the ship is full and options are limited, I get it. But that’s not usually the case. Maybe I’m missing something.

 

Glad you had a great cruise. Looking forward to another great one.

 

 

 

 

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They told me that they had booked late and the ship was pretty full at that point. I guess they wanted to get as close as possible to each other. Funny thing is that I always avoid cabins with the connecting doors but on this particular cruise I booked over the phone knowing where the cabin was (approximately) but not having the actual deck plan in front of me.

 

Hope you have a GREAT cruise on July 31st!

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Thanks for such a nice and balanced review. Increases the anticipation for us future Horizon cruisers! I really don't understand why the elevators should be so problematic, as you say, many of us are used to this system and it really does work well. Maybe they just need to reprogram them, or have clear instructions to avoid user error.

 

So glad you enjoyed your trip. And it was such a nice gesture on your part to move cabins so that the family could have the adjoining cabins. I'm sure you made their day!

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If you are a non smoker, the casino is brutal. There is NOT a non smoking area. What makes it even worse is that people who do not gamble go there just to smoke. The so called filtration system can't keep up. And you have to pass through the casino to get to the comedy club. Not well thought out in my opinion.

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Thanks for such a nice and balanced review. Increases the anticipation for us future Horizon cruisers! I really don't understand why the elevators should be so problematic, as you say, many of us are used to this system and it really does work well. Maybe they just need to reprogram them, or have clear instructions to avoid user error.

 

So glad you enjoyed your trip. And it was such a nice gesture on your part to move cabins so that the family could have the adjoining cabins. I'm sure you made their day!

 

Thanks! I am sure they will get the elevators right eventually. I will say that during embarkation/debarkation and returning from ports they did have workers manually operating some of the elevators and that helped a lot!

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Thanks for the review. I enjoyed reading it.

 

Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it!

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We were on the same cruise. Totally agree about the Liquid Lounge. Shows were great but you had to get there early. Elevator service was hit or miss, though I admit I was probably causing some of the delays when I would inadvertently hit the wrong floor on the screens (sorry!)

So nice you were able to move rooms for that family!

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Thanks for your review, doublek2, Great that you switched cabins for that family

 

We were on the Horizon Memorial Day and had many similar reactions to the ship as you. Just a few small differences.

 

I thought it was home made ice cream they were serving in the buffet. I knew from the Vista where they had 4 flavors that the lines formed quickly and there could be a wait as the next batch was made. Even with just 2 flavors, lines were long and they had a hard time keeping up. Just didn't think it was "gelato".

 

We enjoyed the more modern look and decor of the Horizon, esp. the new atrium LED displays. They had many different designs, and cued up drawings from St Jude's kids. I'll guess there'll be some Independence Day themes today!

 

So thanks for your comments.....and you made me remember how I used to enjoy fishing in your area as a teen growing up in the Bronx.

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Kenny,

I too loved the chocolate cookies. I am so disappointed they won't be there for our upcoming cruise!

 

Kelly

We Just returned from an 8 day cruise on the Horizon this morning. We had a fantastic time and would consider cruising on her again. This was Carnival Cruise #16 for wife and I and # 13 for our son. Weather for the most part was beautiful and the seas were calm (even around Cape Hatteras which is rare!)

 

Rather than go into a full detailed review I am going to touch on a few of the highlights of this trip that made it unique as well as some random observations on both positive and negative things about this ship and cruise itself.

 

Embarkation was as smooth as we have ever done out of NYC. Terminal to ship in about 15 minutes. Debarkation was great as well. Ship to shore in 20 minutes. No more customs forms in NYC and customs basically checked our passports and told us to have a nice day! No questions or anything.

 

On the second day of the cruise we met our neighbors on either side of our stateroom on deck 10. We found out that they were all part of the same family. Our room had a connecting door to one of their staterooms and I thought it would be really nice if they could all be together in connecting rooms with the balcony divider open. I went down to guest services to see if we could switch our stateroom and sure enough management approved it!! I went back to our neighbors and told them that we would be willing to switch and that management had approved it. They were ELATED! We went downstairs and got new sign & sail cards and then moved all of our belongings. Stateroom steward then went in and cleaned the cabins again for us (after just cleaning them 2 hours prior). of course we compensated him accordingly!

 

It really felt great that we were able to do a random act of kindness and the tone for the rest of the cruise certainly was about giving - in a BIG way!!!!

 

On the last sea day was the usual Groove For St. Jude which we always participate in as do many passengers but what happened this year was amazing. The lines for donations started at 12:00PM and the line stretched from Lido deck all the way down to the stairs to deck nine!! While the Carnival team was taking donations there were other folks making substantial donations. first a $1000, Then another, Then a few $1500's then two people with $2000 dollars each. There were also several auctions including $1000 for a signed build a bear by the captain and $800 for a Carnival Horizon jacket. We were told that various staff members would "walk the plank" into the pool if we reached certain levels. We were told that the captain would walk the plank if $20,000 was raised. The most ever raised on a Carnival ship had been $17,000 (I Think on Splendor in 2012). Well that donation line stayed on the lido deck for two hours!! We did not just break the record. We shattered the record!! Total was somewhere around $27,500!! Captain did walk the plank and all I can say after that is WOW!! We are so grateful we were able to be a part of it!!

 

Okay. So those are the two things that made this cruise so unique. Now onto the positives and negatives. Let's go with the negatives first.

 

Elevators. Yes folks the elevators really are that bad! My office building uses this technology so I am sure It could work if programmed correctly. Often had to wait at least 10 minutes for an elevator. Did a lot of walking on this ship!

 

Liquid Lounge. There are very few seats with an unobstructed view in this theater. You need to get to show 20-30 minutes early to secure good seats. Lower level has the better views.

 

Grand Atrium. Or Lack of it I should say. While the new video screens are nice to look at and make for some nice pictures I just could not get used to not having the atrium that goes to the top of the ship with the glass elevators. I really missed it.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies. Maybe it is just me but I used to LOVE the chocolate chip cookies that were in the lido buffet every day (The ones in the bowl next to the cakes at the sweet spot). They are gone now:eek:. They are truly going to be missed. They do have chocolate cookies at the deli but I don't really like those too much.

 

That is it for the negatives. Now on to the positives :)

 

Gelato. They now serve Gelato every day in the lido deck with a wide variety of toppings you can add to it. There are two different flavors each day! This certainly softened the blow of loosing the cookies!

 

Playlist Production Shows. The shows of this ship were all very well done! All the shows had the usual 8-10 singers dancers but they also incorporated live music into most of them that really made them feel less cheesy. for example they used the Latin band for the Latin show, They used the horn section and another band for the Vintage Pop show. and they used the electric strings trio for the Celestial Strings Show. Nothing like the full production shows of many years past but these are actually very good and better that some of the other playlist shows we have seen on other ships.

 

Scheduling. On past cruises we always missed shows because of the way they were scheduled. Some during dinner, some too late at night (my wife and son are early sleepers). On this cruise we saw...wait for it... 16 different comedy shows and every single production show/other show. what they did was added a 5:30PM Comedy show which we were able to watch each night before dinner. then after dinner a 7:30PM show in the main theatre. then adult comedy at 8:30PM. each comedian had 2 separate PG shows that were repeated twice and two R rated shows that were repeated so 4 total comedians doing 4 shows each.By 9:00PM every night we had done all the shows and I was able to do other things (Casino, Walk around, Listen to music)

 

Lido Buffet. Much better layout with no lines (except for the usual lines for Pizza, Deli, Omelets). Speaking of the Deli I thought I had read that the sandwiches were pre-made now but it appeared to me that they were making all the sandwiches to order. The Know the wraps were made from scratch since I was able to see them making them. I Still waited 25 minutes for a Grilled Reuben!

 

Guy's Pig and Anchor Brewhouse. We had to give this a try since this is the only ship that has it. We went for dinner one night and it was arguably the best meal we had the entire cruise! Well worth the small upcharge! it was also nice to try some of the craft beers that were brewed onboard.

 

Cabin TV's The cabin TV's have a whole new interface. when you turn the TV on there is a greeting to everyone in the cabin. The part I loved the best were the four Ship cams that you could watch (Forward Aft, Port, Starboard). They were crystal clear. You could pick one and set it full screen on your TV Which by the way is large. These TV's are largest we have seen on a cruise ship. I would guess 42" screen. These ship cam channels would be awesome for someone in an inside cabin so that they could always see what is going on outside and even use it to wake up in the morning!

 

Dr. Seuss Waterpark. Very nicely done with plenty of slides/play areas.

 

Ship never felt overly crowded considering the size and number of people. Crowds were very similar to the Magic cruise we went on last year.

 

Neither a positive or a negative I will say that Horizon was beautiful and well layed-out. the décor is definitely subdued by Carnival standards however I really do miss the Joe Farcus designs on the older ships. I would always feel like I escaped into some sort of fantasy land each cruise whereas now I feel like I am on a floating resort.

 

Everything else on this cruise was similar to other ships we have been on. for example telling you that Guy's burgers are great is the equivalent of telling you the sky is blue. Chair Hogs have been around since the beginning of time and the pools will never quite be large enough (However the main lido pool was nearly 6 feet deep which I don't recall any of the other ships having the pool that deep.)

 

I Did not do MUTS but the resolution on the outdoor screen looks nicer than other ships.

 

We did not do the IMAX/Thrill Theater or the Skyride. A couple we met who did the skyride said it was a little tougher than they thought it would be.

 

That is it for now. Still can't believe I was on the ship on 7 hours ago. Now for the count-down to the next one!!:cool:

 

Feel free to ask any questions!

 

Kenny

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Howdy,

 

Thank you for your view(s).

 

Do they have the sit-down emarkation lunch ?

 

Do they allow us to bring on bottled water or are they getting to be like that Nickle and Dime Line now?

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