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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Debarkation Day... and I feel like I should write this review after hearing so many negative people on the ship and on the reviews. First of all, embarkation was a breeze. Waiting 30 minutes in line but you know what, they got ... Read More
Debarkation Day... and I feel like I should write this review after hearing so many negative people on the ship and on the reviews. First of all, embarkation was a breeze. Waiting 30 minutes in line but you know what, they got everything right and were thorough with security. I don’t mind waiting. We went to Guy’s Pig and Anchor after embarking. It was free guys!!! Waited maybe 10 minutes in line, best food we had all week! Only free on embarkation day. Overall cleaniless was great! Employees were constantly cleaning, mopping the wet floors. Food: buffet for breakfast was good. Burritos were delicious! some commentors say ‘breakfast couldve been better’. Where i’m from eggs, toast and bacon is breakfast. So not sure what ya’ll were expecting? Rib eye? Guy’s Pig and Anchor was phenomenal! We went a second time for $27 we got ribs, corn, cornbread, trascan nachos. It was more than I could eat and absolutely delicious! We ate at the Meridian all week, again top notch! We even got offered a second plate of lobster one night which was surprising and very welcoming! Staff: were all friendly! Our cabin steward Daniel was real nice. Always called us by our first names and chatted with us. Debarkation process also went well! My only two negatives are: an adult only pool would’ve been nice or even just for a few hours. The pools are small and bombarded with kids, but hey I guess we shouldve went to an adult only if we wanted. The meradian, unless you have the app you have to go up a floor to reserve a spot then walk down to your table. I see this being s nuisance for families with kids and people with disabilities. We used the app on the second day once we knew about it and it works flawlessly. In all great trip, great ship! Carnivals reputation for a party ship was not seem on this ship. Oh and the comedy shows were amazing! Caroline and Tommy Drake were hilarious and had us in tears all 5 shows we attended. The brass boys and crushed velvet were a great jazz band we listened to every night!!! We love them!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
I was excited to travel from New York to Bermuda on this new ship but it was not an experience that I would recommend. I would not recommend traveling with Carnival or taking this particular ship. If you do, bring your patience, there will ... Read More
I was excited to travel from New York to Bermuda on this new ship but it was not an experience that I would recommend. I would not recommend traveling with Carnival or taking this particular ship. If you do, bring your patience, there will be a lot of waiting and subpar service. I was disappointed from the check in line. It took over an hour to get through the check in (maybe if you get there earlier you will wait less. Idk). After the check-in, the trip was an endless experience of waiting for elevators, a seat at breakfast in the Lido Marketplace, a lounge chair at the pool side movie, a cabana in the adult-only resort, everything! It was just lots of people and slow service (waiting 20 minutes to order a drink at the bar). Additionally, the service was bad and awkward. We did dine on your own time dining, the dining room was on one floor but the reservation spot was two floors up and around a corner (did I mention the slow elevators). The app did help with this but we used the app several days and we would get to the dining room (on-time) and they had reassigned our table, tried to sit us at tables that were already seated, and we waited 10 or more minutes once seated for service. One night, they told that they just sat two large parties and would have to wait a while for bread and water. The hostess was rude, unapologetic, and often acted distracted. Once seated, we waited a long time and the food was not good. We tried almost all the restaurants, Guys Burger Joint was by far the best (and free). The Seafood spot had a long line and did not have all the items on the menu. The pizza was also very good (20+ minute wait in the line). We stayed in the Family Harbor area, the lounge was also packed always (no seats, plates, silverware available). The scheduled food service in that lounge was inconsistent. One day, they did not bother to put food in the lounge at all. We ordered room service and the wait time was incredible 1.5 hours once and 45 minutes the other time (Our 2 year old was on a PBJ binge and without being able to access the family lounge -- room service became the only other place). We had massages in the spa. We waited 30 minutes past our appointment time to be seen (paid over $300) but later that day they gave us a $50 gift card that we could not use on the previous service. So, I recommend waiting until the end of the cruise to book any spa services in case they give any discounts later in the cruise. Finally, we pre-paid for the PixelMax before sailing and I have a $644 charge for pictures that I need to call and dispute. Not the vacation that I imagined. Two things worked well, Camp Ocean and our room stewart was good. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
This was my first and Last cruise with Carnival. My wife and I booked a 4 day cruise with Carnival Horizon from NYC to Bermuda. The check in process took a very long time. Once we finally got to our cabin, I noticed how tiny it was....only ... Read More
This was my first and Last cruise with Carnival. My wife and I booked a 4 day cruise with Carnival Horizon from NYC to Bermuda. The check in process took a very long time. Once we finally got to our cabin, I noticed how tiny it was....only one single bed and a couch (in which my wife had to sleep on). The buffet area was always very crowded, many passengers were rude trying to cut in line bumping into us. The food at the buffet was very limited on any given day. On most days there were a couple pasta dishes, a seafood dish, and only once they had boneless chicken (which I had to wait a few minutes for it to be refilled). There was a lot of available seating, but still tough to find a free table at times. Also, the floor area in the buffet area was EXTREMELY slippery and dangerous! The Lido Deck was also a terrible mess. Hundreds of people, and two overcrowded bars including the Red Frog and Blue Iguanna where it took my wife over 15 min just to get a drink. There were way too many passengers and not enough staff at the Lido Deck bars to handle the massive crowds of people. There were two small swimming pools, yet about 4,000 people on our cruise ship so do the math. It was basically impossible to find available seating near the pools and very little room to even take a dip in the pools filled with mostly kids splashing around. Later during our cruise, we found out there was another adult pool near the Havanna Bar on Deck 5, but only open for a couple of hours after 7PM. How much sense does that make?? Now a few positives, aside from the Buffet Staff and Lido Deck Bar staff, the other workers were very friendly. We loved our housekeeper who did an amazing job keeping everything very clean for us. The Dining Room staff, especially the waiters were also amazing! They had a great system in which you grab a reservation ticket on Deck 5 first, then you proceed to the Dining Room on either Deck 3 or 4 and present your ticket for a free 3 Course meal. I will really miss that food and great hospitality. Also, the Comedy Shows were hilarious and a lot of fun. However, make sure you arrive at least 30 min early if you want a seat. There was also some good nightly entertainment including free movies under the stars on the Lido Deck, 80's music event, accoustic guitar performances at the Atrium Bar, Live Latin Music at Havanna Bar, and my favorite was the country music duo band at Guys Pig Anchor Bar (which didn't attract too many people though). They also had karaoke one night next to Internet Cafe, but the wait time to sing was 1 hour and 15 min. They allowed several people to sing twice, without giving newbies a chance. Very poor organization. When we arrived at Bermuda, surprisingly there were no announcements. We only realized it was ok to to exit the boat once we realized how quiet the boat was. At first it took a while to get a public transit bus to take us to Horseshoe Bay Beach, which was gorgeous but extremely packed! We managed to enjoy a few hours at the beach. We also walked around Hamilton, but really nothing worth seeing there. Once we got back to nyc, departing the boat was a nightmare. It took us two hours to get off the boat and go through customs. Lines and more lines while carrying our luggage. Never again! Overall, it was not worth the money we spent to be on an overcrowded boat without being able to do some things because they pack 4,000 people on a boat and not enough staff. No more cruises for me! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
I have been a long time cruiser on Carnival and many other cruise ships. I have always enjoyed myself on each of the cruises booked.I have always found trips relaxing and a great value This time I CANNOT say that I had a satisfying time. ... Read More
I have been a long time cruiser on Carnival and many other cruise ships. I have always enjoyed myself on each of the cruises booked.I have always found trips relaxing and a great value This time I CANNOT say that I had a satisfying time. The Horizon was overcrowded to the point of being very uncomfortable. The Lido and Serenity decks pools and hot tubs were ridiculously crowded and one was not functioning properly. The highlight of the ship, the sky ride, was not operating at all.The Food on the lunch buffet was not appetizing at all. After awhile, i found myself just walking away because lines were way too long. The pizza was the only option that was reasonable in wait time depending on the time of day. The shows did not live up to my expectations of Carnival's entertainment. I am fully aware that this is a vacation business but Carnival used to have a way of making vacationers feel that their satisfying experience was the first priority. They used to have an art of presentong food in an awesome way. However now they have no problem presenting upcharges ,overpriced excursions and overcrowded facilities. On a positive note our servers in the Meridian Restaurant were outstanding and our cabin was kept clean by hard working staff who earn every penny. When I called after disembarking they said SORRY.Well I am sorry... My Family and friends will be looking to other cruise lines for future bookings. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
It started when they couldn't control the crowd lining up to get on the ship. People were annoyed they were in line for 2 hours so they started just throwing their luggage into any open bin and walking on to the next huge line. Once you ... Read More
It started when they couldn't control the crowd lining up to get on the ship. People were annoyed they were in line for 2 hours so they started just throwing their luggage into any open bin and walking on to the next huge line. Once you finished line 2 you were permitted to enter the boat. All of the elevators were being used to bring luggage up to rooms, but there were no signs posted to let you know that. After waiting 2 hours in line you had to walk up (6 decks in my case). Once you get to your room you notice there is no electricity!. Fortunately I saw on a blog that I had to stick my sign and sail card (room key) in a slot near the door and leave it in the slot or you didn't get any power. The rooms are clean and very nice. They leave you cards to fill out with your room service breakfast requests. There is only one problem... They do not put any pens or pencils in the rooms. If you are looking for an ice bucket for the one liter of wine that the website states you can bring per person, you are out of luck. No wine buckets no ice but don't worry cause they confiscate your wine and dump it out anyway. They do leave you a lovely note in your suitcase letting you know that they trashed it. Apparently they changed their policy but forgot to tell anyone. There were no shows onboard except for explicit comedy shows. Probably a good thing though considering the boat was packed with over 5,000 people and about 1300 crew members so everyone was on top of each other and lines to even be able to eat were outrageous. There are 4 beautiful pools but good luck getting in any of them. The food was just ok. Nothing special. But if you wanted special you could get it for an additional charge! Unlimited soda was also not unlimited. You had to have a 5 minute wait between beverages and my husband was not permitted to get himself and me a beverage at the same time. Problem was there was no where to sit so when we found a seat anywhere I would guard the seats and he would get the drinks, or should I say drink? We had to share. The staff was amazing and polite and helpful and they always seemed happy. (Perhaps they were drinking all the confiscated wine?) I will be going to an all inclusive resort next time. Oh one more note. We had pictures taken and for only $1,999.99 We could have taken 30 of them home! Not kidding that was the price for an album with 30 pictures! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Horrible cruise and ship!!! Our room on deck 1 had a fishy smell, and our intercom in our room did not work so when the cruise host came on to give the cruisers daily info we could hear any of it. The high tech elevators leave you waiting ... Read More
Horrible cruise and ship!!! Our room on deck 1 had a fishy smell, and our intercom in our room did not work so when the cruise host came on to give the cruisers daily info we could hear any of it. The high tech elevators leave you waiting for 10 to 15 minutes on most occasions. Don’t even think about getting a taco, burrito, or taco bowl unless you have an hour to wait in line. Think you want a pizza well carnival had one employee forming dough, making the pizzas, baking the pizzas and waiting on cruisers, so the wait for pizza is at least 45 minutes. On the lido deck in the buffet area it is like an ice skating rink walking. Peoples feet sliding out from under them. Almost slipped and fell many times. Reported to staff and was told they were aware of it. At breakfast water was dripping from the ceiling in the seating area in the buffet and had to move tables twice and seen many other families moving there seats as well. Was told it was condensation!!! And for the wow factor of a new cruise ship the atrium (lobby) area looked unfinished with white plastic looking stone walls. Not impressed at all and will think twice before cruising with Carnival again!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Upon embarkation and going into the cabin, my son found a huge smashed cockroach on one of the magazines in the room. Housekeeping was notified. Guest Services were overwhelmed. They never, ever answered the phone, no matter the time of ... Read More
Upon embarkation and going into the cabin, my son found a huge smashed cockroach on one of the magazines in the room. Housekeeping was notified. Guest Services were overwhelmed. They never, ever answered the phone, no matter the time of day. The phone kept on ringing, no pickup by anyone. Excessively long lines and waits of over half an hour to speak to someone at Guest Services. Ditto the bizarre elevator system, the use of which was not explained, leaving disabled people, children, non English speakers, and those adults not technologically savvy standing in front of elevator cars for excessive time periods just to get on, and then the car doesn’t stop on their floor! Food was mediocre at breakfast, the same thing all four days of the cruise. Lunch slightly better. Dinner was at least the highlight of the day. Kids all over the place, yelling and screaming and clogging up the pool, not to mention excessively long waits at the water slides. The bicycle around the ship was out of commission for the whole cruise. We were four adults and four children. The movie theatre cost us $88 just to see Jurassic Park. The candy shop is a rip off. The popcorn machine was out of commission, so we went into the candy store onboard. Four small sandwich size bags of gummy bears came to $46!!l On the outside they’d probably be about $10 total. My son accidentally left a medical device on board, and instead of trying to assist us in getting it at NYC, they put it in lost and found onboard and sent it to their facility in Miami to be shipped to us, in NYC, within 30 days!!! The Carnival agent, in Miami, didn't seem to be making an effort to Contact Carnival in NYC to put the medical device aside so we could pick it up in NYC. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
I choose this cruise because it was a new ship, it was affordable, only a 25 min. ride from my home, and a short cruise that could accommodate my daughter's work schedule. I am in my 60's and my daughter is in her 20's. I have been on ... Read More
I choose this cruise because it was a new ship, it was affordable, only a 25 min. ride from my home, and a short cruise that could accommodate my daughter's work schedule. I am in my 60's and my daughter is in her 20's. I have been on over twenty cruises on various cruise lines. My daughter and I throughly enjoyed this cruise. Although I have been on Carnival ships before, my daughter had never been on a Carnival ship although she has experienced other cruise lines. The organization of the ship was easy to navigate and we quickly knew how to get around. The decore was so nice and hotel like, and reminded me of other cruise lines I had been on. The ship was one of the cleanest I have ever seen. The food was absolutely delicious, hot foods were always hot and cold foods were always cold. The menus were different each day with wonderful offerings. Although both my daughter and I are small women we are foodies, and prefer not to eat at all if food is not good. We had Our Time Dining and it was easy to get a table quickly although we had to wait a little bit on lobster night. We always had a table for two, we loved that. The dining room looks like a restaurant not at all like a massive dining hall. We never ate at the extra payment dining rooms. All staff we encountered were pleasant and helpful. Staff was always ready to answer questions even though it may have not been their department. Our cabin steward was great and always made sure we had clean towels and a towel animal. We had an interior cabin and it had plenty of storage, the size of the cabin was exactly what we expected. The bathroom was a good size, but I wish there had been a sliding door for the shower instead of a shower curtain. The bed and the bedding were delightful and I had a good night's sleep each night. Entertainment was fun. During the day the usual silly and fun activities were offered, like the hairy chest contest, the love and marriage game, trivia, zumba and many other daytime activities. The pool deck always had lots of people, and activities. It was nice that there were several eateries around the pool deck. Of course there was a casino, which was small and bingo was constantly offered. The casino was extremely smoky at night and somewhat smoky during the day. Since I am a non smoker I spent little time in the casino. Night activities were great. There were two comedians. They both did general comedy and evening comedy for adults only. We only saw the adults only shows, we laughed a lot. One comedian was a guy in his 40's and the other was a women in her mid 60's, both were just hilarious, the comedy room was full during their performances. The pools were very small and full of children, so we did not venture into the pools and neither did most other adults. However, the Serenity area for adults was wonderful with cabanas, lounge chairs, two jacuzzis, a few tables, a bar and a salad bar. It was a wonderful retreat, but you needed to get there early to obtain a spot. They have towels there also, they were so lush that I purchased one to use when I go on other vacations. Our only port was Bermuda, since we both have been there several times, we just went to the little beach at the port and we visited the glass place. So we did not go on excursions. The beach was nice and clean and quiet, we enjoyed it. Nighttime entertainment was great. There was all kinds of wonderful live music all over the ship, I loved the violinist, and all other music I heard. There was a fun nightclub with good music for dancing. The professional dancers and singers at the shows did a great job, but there were no aerialist as I have seen on other ships. I would absolutely travel on this ship again and I plan to tell all of my friends and family how much fun we had. We had so much fun that we did not want to sleep to late or go to bed to early. The other passengers were also a joy. We met and talked to several nice people. Also there weren't as many children as I thought there would be, but most of the children I saw were quiet and well behaved. I did not see any loud and rowdy adults, nor teens. There were people of all ages on the ship but there did not seem to be lots of people in their 20's. There were some families with children and many without. The ship never felt crowded even though there were over 4,000 people. We will most likely go on the Horizon again or some other Carnival ship next year. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
My 2 sisters and I decided to take my mom on a cruise. We decide to get a nice suite. Not only was there no wheel chair elevators for disabled people, but the lines for the Buffet was insane! The line to get onto the boat took over 35 ... Read More
My 2 sisters and I decided to take my mom on a cruise. We decide to get a nice suite. Not only was there no wheel chair elevators for disabled people, but the lines for the Buffet was insane! The line to get onto the boat took over 35 minutes due to rude people not allowing a disabled lady in a wheel chair go first. Then the 10th floor buffet was gross! Lines that took way over 45 minutes. Also to get to the buffet the floors around the pools were so slick and wet we couldn't chance one of us pushing my mother to fall! Someone is seriously going to get injured. As to the restaurants thankfully they were delicious. Liked the steak house very much. The one thing I had was a great time laughing. ONLY THING. Way too crowed. 5000 people on one ship. UM no. And to have no wheel chair elevator is not smart! And they don't just have where you push the floor you want to be on. Nope. They make you wait and advise when that elevator will be ready. Again by this time rude ignorant people jump in front of my mother in a wheelchair. Lastly being on a floor with a suite, we had our own bar and pool. Loved that. BUT.....the pool was only for us till 7pm. Then it was open to the entire boat. I didn't spend thousands of dollars for rude ignorant people to be allowed on our floor's pool! Oh and best part? There was a bachelor party on this floor. LOUD, RUDE, AND didn't want to go back to the suite pool as all the guys were drunk the entire time. Shocked no one kicked them back to their suite. Would I go back? Nope. For the amount of money I spent I could of went to Ireland. Waste of money. Don't do it. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
We were very excited to be a part of the first US trip the cruise was going to take after it just arrived in the US a few days before we departed. This was my son's first cruise as we waited until he was five before taking him on one. ... Read More
We were very excited to be a part of the first US trip the cruise was going to take after it just arrived in the US a few days before we departed. This was my son's first cruise as we waited until he was five before taking him on one. Getting on the boat was effortless. We were able to get to our stateroom before 1:00pm, which was great! The stateroom was extremely clean. The first "hiccup" we ran into on the boat was during the Muster Station drill. Not the fault of Carnival at all, but many cruisers decided to try to skip the Muster Drill. It took the staff quite a while to remove all the people in the swimming pools and bars to get to the drill. We waited nearly an hour before being dismissed from our meeting place. Your "sail and sign" card is scanned so the crew know you are skipping it. The kids, including my son had a hard time with this. In our previous cruises, the drill took maybe 15 minutes tops. Again, nothing to do with Carnival, but it is frustrating when other cruisers are selfish and hold up everybody. It quickly became evident that the bar staff was in need of additional help. We purchased the "bottomless bubbles" package before sailing and purchased cocktails on the sail and sign card. Waiting 10-15 minutes at the bar for a soda was a common trend throughout the cruise, sometimes even longer. At one point at the "Tides Bar" in the middle of the day, there was only one bartender working to make drinks for a full bar and for servers walking the decks taking drink orders. The drinks were great, but expect a long wait at Lido deck bars. The same wait applied for the food on the Lido Deck. The buffet had variations of the same food basically the entire cruise, so the other included food venues were popular. We waited on average 10-15 minutes on line to get a burger from Guys Burger Joint and the same for the BlueIguana Cantina on sea days. The pizza place was hit or miss with waiting. Sometimes there was no line at all, other times it would take 25 minutes to just order a pizza. Part of the problem was some cruisers were ordering multiple pizzas, and people they were cruising with would have them order pizzas for them too. The pizza tasted absolutely great though! The crew at the eateries worked as hard as they could to keep up with the demand though. The Seafood Restaurant was very decent, but again long waits. We ordered Fish and Chips. (they were out of a lot of the market price items on the second day of the cruise because this place was so popular...) He gave us a pager and proceeded to take another 4 or 5 peoples orders. They fry the food in batches to keep everything fresh. After about a 10 minute wait, the pager went off. The fish and chips was one of the best we have ever had. We did not try the other non-included eateries. One thing that I think Carnival could do better on is having staff keep a better eye on the pools. The day of embarkation the mid-ship pool was completely packed. We decided to wait until the first sea day to use them. We went in the aft "tides" pool in the morning. Our son loved it! Around lunch of the 2nd day of the cruise, we noticed the water in the mid-ship pool getting quite dirty. Soon after the pool was closed, netted, and taped off. It was subsequently drained. The aft pool then became the only working pool and that started getting dirty fast. We did not use the pool anymore after that. At one point in time there were about 15 people in the tides spa. (just in one of the two) There was even a couple having "relations" in the spa. Absolutely gross, considering how many other people were using it. Overall, we did enjoy the cruise! As expected, there are a few issues that need to be worked out because this was the first cruise for the ship out of the US. There were some great aspects of this cruise. The ship was clean, the crew was professional. Most everything ran orderly. The entertainment that was offered was decent too. Some staff members stood out well above others. Ruel who took care of our stateroom was awesome, as was Daniella who was bar tending up on the Tides Bar. She was able to keep her cool even as many cruisers were mad due to the long wait times. She was turning out drinks fast too, but one person cannot tend a fully packed bar with people each ordering multiple drinks. The bartenders were also making drinks for the bar servers who were walking the decks taking orders. Although we did not use Carnival's Camp Ocean, a few staff members who worked there stopped us to introduce themselves and tell us a little about it. Our son is autistic, so we were not sure of the environment and how he would react. More than one staff member took the time to say hi to my son and made him feel welcome. On our next cruise, we will definitely look into Camp Ocean. The food was consistent and and tasted great! The lines were long, but I suspect as the ship takes more and more passengers, the less waiting the lines would be. The elevators were not really as useful as marketed. The idea is great, but when there are a lot of people at once trying to get to the same floor, it because a hassle. This was amplified if you had a stroller or mobility issues. The problem is you would make a floor selection and would be assigned a car. So you get on line for that car and when it comes it fills up before you could get in. So you hit the floor you want to go to again, and get assigned a different car, but there are already people on line for that car. Situation repeats itself until a stroller, wheelchair, or other mobility device can fit in with other cruisers. The only other "negative" I had is we were unable to drink enough soda to actually pay for the all you can drink plans. It got tiring waiting up to 10-15 minutes every time you wanted a soda. I would not hesitate booking another cruise on the Carnival Horizon. In fact, we are looking at booking a repeat of this cruise in the fall of this year. On a side note, if you plan to go to Horseshoe Bay, I recommend the Carnival Transfer. We were going to take a shuttle bus at the recommendation of a friend. We were one of the first off the ship and waited over 45 minutes for shuttles that never showed up. The waiting became too much for a 5 year old to handle, so we walked to the snorkel park across from the cruise ship docks. That turned out to be a lot of fun. Read Less
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