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sander05

Carnival Horizon review 6/15-22

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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!

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Can you share more about the dune buggy excursion? I have this booked and it’s the first time I’m doing something like this. How many buggies? Easy to drive? Easy to follow the leader? Did everyone look to be enjoying themselves? It’s a little out of my comfort zone, just want to know what I’m getting myself into

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What two  nights was Elegant Night?  We will be cruising in Sept and trying to figure out what night to make our reservations for Steakhouse.  Thanks for the review!

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The dune buggies were a blast.  We had 3 buggies all were in good repair and helmets were provided.  The assistants will help strap you in.  I highly recommend goggles and something to cover your faves due to dirt and dust.  We got pretty muddy...we did aim for the mud puddle though...:).  There is a portion of it where you are driving through a small town and people were throwing candy to small children.  I understand the desire to want to help children and make them happy however as a trauma nurse this was very dangerous.  The children were running into the street to try to get the candy and it was dangerous.  It was easy to follow the leader and easy to drive them.  I would do this excursion again.

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Formal night was...I believe Sunday night and Thursday night on the 8 day.  We ate at the steakhouse and the food was amazing.  We also did the guys Bbq for dinner one night and that was awesome also!  No reservations needed for that one.

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