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13 Days, 8 Ports and One New Ship: Nicole721's FULL PICTORIAL Horizon Review

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Kung Pao Chicken

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Peppered Beef

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Singapore Chili Shrimp

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Hakka-Style Noodles

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Wide Noodles

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Blistered Beans

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Fried Wontons

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Caramelized Crepes

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Rose Crème Brulee

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Rinyami grabbed us on the way out to wish us safe travels, telling us she’d see us on the next new ship (hopefully we will see her on the Mardi Gras now that we're booked!). From dinner, we made a beeline to the Liquid Lounge for the headliner show for the evening: Lip Sync Battle.

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If I have one criticism of the Horizon, it’s that the Liquid Lounge is a little on the small side. From what I’ve gathered, it’s the smallest theater on Carnival’s fleet, and it’s on Carnival’s largest ship. Getting a decent seat was a pain in the butt and involved a masterfully timed shuffle between whatever restaurant we were dining at on any given evening and the forward theater.

 

That aside, Lip Sync Battle was hilarious and so much fun to watch. It was the perfect way to end our cruise. I wish we’d been able to see the new Playlist show, Celestial Strings, but for one reason or another, they weren’t premiering it until the following cruise, so I just had to hope some videos would pop up online.

 

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And after the show, after a full day of sea day fun, I couldn’t put off the packing anymore. I commandeered just about the entire room, all three beds, to fold, sort, stuff and pack. I didn’t realize how much I’d packed and how much I’d bought until it was all sitting in front of me. I’d pack, I’d stress, I’d complain and then I’d pack some more.

 

It all got done. Three women in Europe for two and a half weeks, four suitcases, three backpacks and three very large tote bags. We got it all packed. We got it all in. And, spoiler alert, if our bags were overweight, the American Airlines agent checking us in at BCN didn’t mention it.

 

By the time all was said and done, it was nearing midnight. Mom was already asleep and Stephanie and I ended up on the Lido deck with plates of pizza and cookies. The Cubs were coming back from a nine run deficit in the eighth inning, and I was convinced if I moved, something would shift in the universe and kill their rally. So we sat with our pizza and our cookies and our tea, we waited for the little pitch tracker to show In Play – Runs and we reminisced on everything we saw and did

 

Stephanie fell asleep just as soon as she got into bed when we got back to the room. I couldn’t sleep. I was so awake, which was even more remarkable given that I didn’t drink coffee and didn’t nap all day. I wanted to go out and see more of the ship, take in every bit of it I could until I couldn’t anymore, but 13 days was enough of something that could never really be enough, and staying out late to take in more wouldn’t stop the morning sun from coming out, ushering us off the ship and onto an airplane headed back to the states.

 

I shut off all the lights and once the cabin was dark, noticed the lights in the distance. We were pulling into Barcelona, just after 1:30 AM. If I thought on it more, I probably would have headed upstairs to take pictures. It’s probably for the best I didn’t – I had to wake up four hours later and I’d need any and all energy I could muster for debarkation.

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I hate that packing day too. I honestly don't know how you get everything you buy in your suitcases.  Of course we carry too much to begin with.

 

We will be taking our first Mediterranean cruise in 2020.  Looking forward to it, and your postings have told me a lot that will help.

 

Thank you so much for doing this review.  I love your pictures.  I could just eat that food off the computer.  When will they invent a machine that will take a picture and cook that food for you?  (and plate it, and serve it, and   OH, not gain weight.  :)

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Really great pictures of food. What kind of camera are you using? Oh and I think it is totally amazing that you won this trip!

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