18 Carnival Horizon Cruise Reviews for Entertainment Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

Horizon was great! Our handicap room, 10205, was excellent. The room was very large, and I could use the scooter everywhere. Even though it is listed as an interior room, the room has an slightly obstructive ocean view size window, and a ... Read More
Horizon was great! Our handicap room, 10205, was excellent. The room was very large, and I could use the scooter everywhere. Even though it is listed as an interior room, the room has an slightly obstructive ocean view size window, and a great view. All the staff were fantastic when dealing with handicap people... from the people helping to board, to the time we left! I was thrilled about that, as I had concerns before the cruise. The only MAJOR problem on the cruise was all the smoke in the casino!! People were having to leave the area allot just to get a breath of fresh air! I had a bad cough after 3 days, and it took me over a week and a half after the cruise to clear up. Other than that, great cruise! The food in the buffet was just okay, definitely not allot of write home about. The specialty restaurants were great!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We wanted to be one of the first to cruise on the Carnival Horizon. There were so much hype and expectations. So glad we did!! Overall one of my top 3 cruises. Ship- Beautiful and decorated for Christmas Cabin- If I had to complain ... Read More
We wanted to be one of the first to cruise on the Carnival Horizon. There were so much hype and expectations. So glad we did!! Overall one of my top 3 cruises. Ship- Beautiful and decorated for Christmas Cabin- If I had to complain about something, it would be our cabin. We were in room 12221(Interior Spa Room). Only one closet to hang clothes and 3 small drawers for two to share. I don't remember ever having a room with only one closet to hang clothes or very little space for the fold up clothes. Dining - We had "our time dining", so it was a different waiting staff each time we went. It was the best dining experience we have had in the past. Entertainment- The shows are top notch. Wish we could see more. Service- Our Stewart was EXCELLENT! Ports and Shore Excursions- We did not book any excursions through Carnival Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Carnival Horizon was a different experience compared to previous Carnival cruise ships, added rides, water works, etc. This was our 10th Carnival cruise. Entertainment was better that previous cruises. It was nice to have a live band ... Read More
Carnival Horizon was a different experience compared to previous Carnival cruise ships, added rides, water works, etc. This was our 10th Carnival cruise. Entertainment was better that previous cruises. It was nice to have a live band for some of the shows, rather than canned music. Dining was as good as before, with the exception of too many extra charges for various restaurants. The Bonsi Teppanyaki ( habatchi style) wasn't worth the extra $80 dollars and the food preparation was slow, maybe due to lack of chef experience? The service was good as usual, the elevators were a different experience, but eventually grew on you) We do miss the elevators in the central lobby/bar area. As other ships, it takes a few days to get use to the layout. We do miss the Filipino bands from previous cruises which we consider better that the violin, singe guitar, etc entertainers (personal choice of course) If you want to dance, sing along, bands are much more fun. Karioki - only 4 times in 8 days, should be every day as other Carnival ships (I like to embarrass my wife) The wife enjoyed her spa visits! Dining - the midnite buffet is baack.. would be nice if it had some variety, rather than the same thing every night. One thing we have learned over the years, is on the first day, go find your best bar on the ship, find out who the lead bartender is, and give 'em a $100 tip. Then they will take care of you the rest of the cruise (and no extra tipping required!!) Another note: the muster station exercise was indoor (rather than melting beside the boats) however it was a bit confusing, so pay close attention. This is the best time of year to go cruising, just outside of hurricane season and before holiday vacations for us. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We cruised from Dec. 1 to Dec. 15. It was a back to back. We had a room on deck 1, and had to change rooms for second half. That was not a big deal. we packed everything up and Lyndon our room steward moved our bags for us. Lyndon ... Read More
We cruised from Dec. 1 to Dec. 15. It was a back to back. We had a room on deck 1, and had to change rooms for second half. That was not a big deal. we packed everything up and Lyndon our room steward moved our bags for us. Lyndon and his crew are great. He is one of the best. Also, we ate in the Reflection Restaurant more this cruise than ever before. Our waiter Slavisa was great. We had table 236 and had a great time with all the diners around us. I really do not have anything bad to say about the cruise. Our cruise director Mike is fantastic and very friendly. Loved the ship , very beautiful. We were checked in at the airport so when we got to cruise terminal, we went right past everyone and thru security and on ship. This was the best boarding process we have ever had. Larry and Linda Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Cabin was clean and bright, balcony was nice. Crew was outstanding and the food was excellent everywhere we went, especially the Steak House. The Steak House was outstanding! It was not only a visually delight but extremely delicious as ... Read More
Cabin was clean and bright, balcony was nice. Crew was outstanding and the food was excellent everywhere we went, especially the Steak House. The Steak House was outstanding! It was not only a visually delight but extremely delicious as well! The entertainment was good. The number of different shows was limited but what there was available was entertaining. The Casino was not well ventilated for those with asthma as many of the smokers congregrate at the bar and puff away for hours on end without playing in the casino. Bingo was held in the largest theatre room on the ship which allowed for many to join in keeping the cost down and the rewards up. The ship was easy to navigate and the Trivia games were newer and enjoyable. This is definitely a cruise that we will take again and hopefully with our grandchildren. Excellent value for the cost of the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
10/06/18 Carnival Horizon: Inaugural Flagship sailing out of home port Miami Hey there cruisers, Early October I received some really good VIFP Casino offers. Since I had some vacation time I browsed and found an opportunity to ... Read More
10/06/18 Carnival Horizon: Inaugural Flagship sailing out of home port Miami Hey there cruisers, Early October I received some really good VIFP Casino offers. Since I had some vacation time I browsed and found an opportunity to sail aboard the new flagship CARNIVAL HORIZON as it made its inaugural sailing from its new home port of Miami and jumped on it. This was the first opportunity I had to travel aboard a “vista class” ship and could not wait to see what was in store. Prior to this sailing my favorite Carnival ship was the Breeze. I really liked the layout and different décor. This sailing I traveled solo. I ultimately wanted to book a spa cabin or one of the new Havana cabins, but booking only 2 weeks out prices and availability changed my decisions. I weighed all my options and determined it was more affordable to book a regular deck nine interior and later add some Spa amenities. . This was my 20th Carnival cruise since 2006 and my 28th cruise over all. I have sailed with Fathom, Princess, NCL, RCI and Carnival cruise lines. I am Platinum aboard Carnival, but I do critique what I see and my overall experience in hopes the cruise line and future passengers may benefit. I tend to cover multiple captions in detail and I hope that my experience is helpful to you and possibly the cruise lines. I decided to focus this review primarily on the actual Carnival Horizon ship and its amenities and upgrades. Although this was a full 8 night sailing, I am certain that I did not get to see much of the ship, but I tried to hit most of the main areas. So let’s begin a walkthrough of the newest flagship CARNIVAL HORIZON. I hope I can pass along some incite to travelers and the cruise line to help make everyone’s voyage an exciting one. . EMBARKATION / DEBARKATION– Miami I have sailed from Miami several times. I arrived early and knew about the airport check in. I have used it before and it was always convenient. This trip I purposely wanted to test the timing at the port since this was a slightly larger ship with more passengers. Since I am Platinum this process is normally a simply process so I was not expecting much of a difference. I finally arrived around 12:00 with according to my expected check in time I selected during my online check in. To my surprise this embarkation was the quickest and easiest I have ever had. At the terminal door, my boarding pass was matched to my passport and security documents. My photo was taken for my boarding record and I was told “Proceed through the security metal detector and my stateroom was ready with my sail and sign card waiting for me in my mailbox” WOW! No additional desk check in, CC verification on my SS account etc. I was told all of that was completed online and unless I had a change to make everything was completed. I walked immediately onto the ship, WELCOME ABOARD! From exiting my UBER, handing the porter my luggage to entering my stateroom to drop my backpack was a total of 15-20 minutes if that. It could not be any easier. I proceeded to the Lido deck to grab a GUYS BURGER for lunch then took a tour of all of the rooms to grab some photos before they were flowing with guests. DEBARKATION: I opted for self-assist so was up and out of my stateroom by 6am. Once the ship was cleared everyone was escorted off and we were on our way. . SHIP: CARNIVAL HORIZON 10/06/18 I have sailed all three “Dream class” ships Dream, Magic and the Breeze and they have been my favorites recently in the fleet. I have heard much about upgrades to the “vista class” and could not wait to compare. This was my 4th cruise in 2018 preceded by the Magic and two Princess ships so the Horizon had some impressing to do for me as a comparison. As I mention in my past reviews, most cruise ships are simply floating amusement parks, so the neon and obscure décor I could overlook. The Breeze in 2014 I thought was a little more “sophisticated” with additional trees and foliage, but in the end it is simply style and comfort. Lately, I have been focusing on attributes such as side entertainment, cozy areas and new additions that manage to grab my attention and explore that I would not normally. It is one of the comforts of traveling solo without all the routine scheduling a group sticks to.. As you enter the atrium you are greeted by the tall centerpiece which sort of resembles a large tornado or funnel like shape. It has a digital skin and the graphics continuously change attracting your eyes upward. I honestly was expecting the Horizon atrium space to be grander and taller, but as the cruise progressed I found it to be just right as it was utilized for its acoustics and stage like presence for several side entertainments and games. The multi levels and landings created several great viewing areas while still keeping open the flow for traffic passing through. . INTERIOR STATEROOM 9211 4G Vista Deck FWD As mentioned, I chose to book an INTERIOR cabin. It has been a while since I have had a windowless interior and quickly was reminded how dark they can be at night. Traveling alone the space is adequate and works just fine. If I had a cabin mate I would prefer at least a window or porthole just to have that feeling of outward expansion. I am a FWD leaning cruiser since I do enjoy the spa and thermal suite. I often find it is the quieter portion of the ship with less flowing traffic. Although I was on deck 9 I did not notice much movement to the ship. I do not tend to get seasick and being a seasoned cruiser perhaps I simply pay it no mind. . The stateroom location was the furthest forward and I had no above or below concerns about noise. I definitely would choose 9211 again if I had to. The hall and stateroom reminded me a lot like the Spa rooms aboard the Breeze and Magic. Slatted wood paneling, upgraded linens on the Horizon gave it a warmer more comfortable feel. Some noticeable upgrades I discovered immediately were: Keyless electronic locks on the door that only needed to tap your sail and sign card to the door to open and USB additions at the desk for charging devices. The same energy saving device that you put your room key into is still there. One note, when you leave the stateroom all power shuts off once you remove your keycard. To bypass this, simple insert a random store card or even your room steward business card which will keep the toggle switch triggered. I tend to bring a clock so it helped not to have to reset it upon returning to my cabin each time. You can still manually shut off the lighting when needed. I was disappointed that there was only now one small desk drawer for storage which included the hair dryer that took up most of the space. I mostly used the large desk drawer to store my random paperwork, past daily schedules and misc. often used items keeping the desk clutter free. There was only one closet with hangers and a second with drawers and shelves. If I had a cabin mate only one hanging closet and no additional desk drawers would have been an issue. There is no sofa. I did appreciate the new contoured hangers which grasped the oval bars so they did not swing and make clicking noises in the night. Little things like this to me are noticeable. . Moving on to ROOMS, LOUNGES, BARS & SPECIATLY RESTAURANTS and DINING I chose YOUR TIME DINING which worked well for me as a solo traveler. There was a separate check-in desk you needed to go to away from the dining room at your convenience. You were given a ticket and which deck 3 or 4 to report to. Your reservation was help for 30 min and you simply handed it to the dining room attendant which escorted you to your table. It eliminated the long back-up at the dining room door as they tried to locate a table for you. You had the option of sitting alone or with others. The food was wonderful and I also managed to order off the Steakhouse menu in the main dining room without needing an appetite for a multi course meal or more formal setting.. The new PIG & ANCHOR with brewery is presented with the street-front entrance of an actual bar with simulated outside seating. The porch-like façade is inviting and leads you into an actual bar setting equipped with hi-top tables and bar seats. At the front you can see the brewery distillery of copper pipes and vats really giving atmosphere of a local Beer & Brew. It’s a great alternative gathering location for small parties or cocktails over the old conference room setting. The back of the bar utilizes the ship side windows allowing light to open up the space from a dark inside feel to a spacious pub-like social atmosphere. STOP IN and have a drink and you may forget you are onboard a cruise ship finding your nightly hangout for pre and post dinner cocktails. Also ask the bar staff about the “Behind the scenes tour of the Brewery”. It’s a fun look into the workings of the behind the scenes especially for the home brewing connoisseur. I was very pleased to see there was an ALCHEMY BAR on this ship and in yet another NEW location from the dream class. It seems like Carnival is finally realizing that this particular bar is very much a favorite for many and each time it has been relocated closer to the center of the ship, the busier it gets. I can remember when it first appeared at the far aft end of the ship just outside the piano lounge. It was a dead space during the day and only began to pick up around pre-dining cocktails and late PM. It is now located MID-SHIP adjacent to the Fahrenheit 911 Steakhouse, Piano Lounge and larger Bonsai specialty restaurant. This became my hang late night spot for late night drinks, laughs and friends. In the middle of this intersection is a 2nd Atrium like centerpiece which drops directly into the Casino bar below. Also with a digital skin that is pleasing to the eye with its multiple cyclone-like images. I did find one design flaw about this location. The BONSAI specialty restaurant has an open atmosphere with a simple fence like gate around its perimeter. Directly across was the lively ALCHEMY BAR. As you can expect, the noise level of the Alchemy bar could get elevated when it was full of rambunctious cruisers laughing and enjoying their own fun adventure. I couldn’t help but notice couples and tables of diners only 10-15 feet away wondering if they were a bit annoyed with the noise as they tried to enjoy their “specialty “extra charged” dining experience” If Carnival begins to receive feedback about this from the Bonsai attendees they may want to install either a simple Vined trellis or fabric noise reducer along the fenced perimeter. That said I was an Alchemy attendee and the staff was great. I have always managed to make friends at this bar and look forward to stopping in for my nightcap each night. Having the Bonsai so close also offered an appetizer option direct from the Alchemy bar. It's a nice option to grab a bite to eat. . If the Bonsai and Steakhouse specialty restaurants are not in your price range or sound too formal for your dining taste don’t worry your options are far from limited. The GUY’s BURGER JOINT at Pool-side Lido deck have pushed aside those frozen hamburger patties for a burger that simply crumbles into your mouth. Claim your burger and slip over to the complete TOPPINGS bar and customize the perfect sandwich. If burgers are not your “safe food” then on SEA DAYS there was a Pork-Roast BBQ is the hopping area. Visit the SEAFOOD SHACK located adjacent to the 24 hr. PIZZA PIRATE at the aft area of the ship. The newly designed LIDO MARKETPLACE has a more Caribbean-style feel transforming the vast “buffet” to food stations with comfort. The PIZZA PIRATE offered what I felt was a better made pizza then I have had aboard other ships. There is no longer an option for Caesar salad or Calzones which I was disappointed about. Since this is your only LATE PM option for food, not everyone wants to eat pizza just before bed.. Tucked away upstairs from the Lido Marketplace is CUCINA DEL CAPITANO, another family style Italian-like setting. They have a great free lunch on sea days set up sort of ALA-CART. In the evening for a small fee this is a reservation restaurant dinner option offering fantastic pasta dishes. It is less formal than the steakhouse and possible the more popular for the everyday cruiser. Also, don’t forget to start the day with sit down breakfast in the Southern dining room on the back of the ship. A NEW addition within the Lido Marketplace was the self-serve BEER STATION. Yes, you can now swipe your card and pour your own beer direct from the specialty taps. If beer is not your discretion, perhaps a pass through the newly remodeled library where several self-serve wine selections are offered by the glass. . HAVANA DECK and LOUNGE One new grand addition are the HAVANA STATEROOMS and HAVANA LOUNGE & DECK on the AFT. If lucky enough to secure one, you will have private access to the AFT Havana deck which includes a private pool, Havana bar, Jacuzzis and loungers. Think of it as a different type of serenity deck similar to the Aft Tides pool but with a Caribbean-Latin flare. This is a nice perk to get away from the noisy atmosphere around the main pool area. The lounge just inside has a nice seating area, Havana bar and small stage where Latin music is heard. The entire Havana section is comfortable, welcoming and has an exquisite feel of some of the finest Latin clubs. The big secret that many are not aware of is that after 7:00 pm the whole area is open to everyone on the ship right. Inside the lounge late after dinner the band strikes up and Latin inspired dancing takes over even the shyest cruiser to get up and have a great time. Once I experienced the Havana lounge, deck and cheerful cabin occupants I really look forward to booking a stateroom in the future. . GYM and CLOUD9 SPA The ADULTS only SPA SERENITY deck is just that. Peace, quiet, serenity. Cushioned Hammocks built for two, Cabana covered beds, and Full size opened SUN beds and adult only Jacuzzi. If you are finished with the outdoors and had enough sun, head inside and pamper yourself at the fully upgraded CLOUD9 SPA and GYM. The Horizon gym is surprisingly smaller then I was expecting it to be, however is still packed with all the needed treadmills, stair climbers and benches needed for a good workout. Upgraded exercise equipment and several classes to choose are available or experience pampering at its finest at CLOUD9 SPA. The spa also offers several fitness seminars for a healthier lifestyle. They are informative to attend and gives you a new perspective on how to shed off some of those extra calories you may be accumulating while enjoying your cruise and vacation. . I originally wanted to book a spa room, but it was more affordable for me to book a regular INT stateroom on deck nine then add the Thermal suite and Ala-cart Spa treatments. The Thermal suite on the Horizon does not have a Thalassotherapy pool unfortunately. Instead it has a large jetted pool which is located within the Thermal suite not in a separate room. There are still heated contoured loungers and four separate hot/steam rooms instead of the usual three. If you pre-book prior to sailing you can catch a discount, ($159 8nts) or take the SPA tour once you board and add it to your relaxation package right from the start. I took the tour and added the Thermal suite for $179 (8 nights). I also opted for the men’s triple package which included a Royal shave/arm-shoulder massage, a Bamboo massage and a Deep Tissue massage. At the end of the cruise I stopped back for a simple $25 haircut cleanup to go. One of my self-pampering gifts to myself whenever I travel solo is to add a spa treatment. They are relaxing and you always feel rejuvenated for the next day of your cruise. . ONBOARD ENTERTAINMENT, FUN SQUAD, SHOWS, CASINO & CRUISE DIRECTOR I will combine all of the above into this caption I am calling my “entertainment section” This contains all the areas and options that keep the time moving and passengers occupied. Over the past several sailings I have been paying more attention to what cruise lines are offering me as a passenger to feel like I am really receiving a full package of enjoyment and entertainment. Carnival Horizon does not disappoint. First off the Carnival Hub App is your central go to option at your fingertips to see what, when and where everything is happening. Download the APP before leaving home port and get started. If you cannot go without your connection to social media and on ground civilization more affordable internet packages are available for you. I grabbed the middle package which allowed me to stay connected to family and friends via social media. If you add an additional $5 you can pick up the onboard text messenger and stay in touch with fellow cruisers. This is a nice option for families and large groups to remain in touch around the ship. You are able to favorite certain activities into your personal to-do list and always see what your next activity time is. I wish they HUB APP had an option to ADD a personal activity and time on your personal side. (i.e. 7:00 meet friends at Lido pool etc). I really like the fact that Carnival continues to bring back and introduce live music entertainment again. When they began to replace some things like the Steel drum with a DJ at poolside and Playlist productions over a live show band and less electronic oriented performances I was beginning to worry. One act aboard the Horizon was the NEW AGE TRIO. An electric violin trio first introduced aboard the VISTA. The New Age Trio is now a feature performance in the main atrium twice daily and attracts large crowds. They caught my attention on their first appearance while passing through the area and coaxed me to pause and listen to the entire half hour performance. I was hooked and returned for every performance there on along with many others. One evening they were integrated into a Playlist Production in the main showroom which began in the atrium, progressed to the show theatre and dissolved back out into the atrium. CELESTIAL STRINGS may have been one of my favorite Playlist productions I have seen over the years. The NEW AGE TRIO is an asset to the entertainment aboard and a not to miss opportunity. Swing by and say hello to the trio from Spain: Dani, Marta and Eli are more than willing to take a photo with everyone and are the nicest people to chat with.. FUN SQUAD & CRUISE DIRECTOR The Cruise director aboard the Horizon is MIKE PACK. I have to admit Matt Mitchum is my all-time favorite CD, but Mike Pack certainly gives him a run for his money. Mike and his Fun Squad did a wonderful job keeping the passengers involved and engaged. This is what makes a good cruise director to me over one that stick mostly to the show theater and makes announcements. I will admit that the sail away party was an absolute blast and may have been one of the largest aboard a carnival ship I have seen. EVERYONE was celebrating and having fun. The fun squad and Mike were out and about all over the ship keeping smiles and laughter going the whole trip. They made the trip memorable for sure.. PLAYLIST PERFORMANCES I am not going to dance around this topic. (No pun) I have not actually been a fan of the change-over of the production shows to the more 2.0 Playlist Performances in the past. Perhaps the induction of the “entertainment director” over the more recent years has had Carnival paying attention to some of the feedback regarding some of the talent being offered. I found the Horizon cast to be an absolute great variety of talented dancers, singers and performers then I have on other ships. The lead male vocalist has a fantastic range and clear sound to his vocals. Bravo. I am frankly embarrassed that I did not catch his name to give him a shout out in my review. He deserves the recognition. I also thought the onboard shows were executed nicely. I understand the attempt to bring the performers into the theatre space and changing up the floor seating, but I do not believe this was though out too well. Eliminating the fixed seating for moveable chairs also eliminated table tops for drinks. It also only took one passenger here and there to move their seats and the already tight spaces became difficult to navigate if you needed to depart mid show. . CASINO Horizon casino was packed every night. This could also be due to the fact that it was also the first ULTRA CRUISE of 2018. Casino prizes, machines flashing and money was flowing. (For me flowing in the wrong direction into the machines I know the MAGIC is the CASINO of the seas for Carnival, but the Horizon could give it a challenge. If you are a slot tournament favorite, the GAME HAS CHANGED. No more White Siberian Tiger. It is now a coordinated game to press the button while you also pop balloons falling down from the upper screen machine. It was much more fun to play then the old Siberian tiger. I also like the fact that you are more in control to determine your outcome instead of a mindless pushing of a button and hope. The ventilation on the casino definitely was noticeably better then on other ships regarding smoking. I wish Carnival hosted a SMOKE FREE day like they do aboard Princess ships.. FUN, SPORTS, EXERCISE, WATERSLIDES OH MY! It does not matter if you were 10 years old or 50 years old, the active cruiser seeking Fun & water games did not need to look far. All around the Main pool area you could see the DR SEUS water adventure park packed with colorful waterslides and play areas any kid inside everyone at all ages. The SPORTS SQUARE offered a collection of mini golf, basketball courts, foosball or ping pong tables and variety of games. For the outdoor exercise conscious cruiser there is a variety of work out apparatus or a circular track to get in some fresh air jogging or a simple stroll in the sun. If you crave adventure let a crew member strap you in for a walk around the elevated obstacle course. You can also take a seat and try out the newest foot pedaled SKYRIDE suspended high above the deck for a birds eye peek of the water and horizon.. SMART ELEVATORS (work when smart people use them) The Horizon has also implemented the concept of SMART ELEVATORS. Personally, I try to use the stairs the entire trip, but I did a few test rides over the course of the cruise. During embarkation, crowded port day returns and late PM when fewer travelers would be around. The purpose is to move passengers quicker and more efficiently, especially on debarkation day. I took sample feedback from other passengers on how they liked them. I heard good and bad. Some thought they were great while others hated them. My experience was it is just something different to get used to. You choose the deck you want on a touch screen and tap it for the quantity of passengers you have. The board will tell you which elevator to go to that will be the most efficient. The problem is when other passengers do not follow procedure and pile into whichever doors open first. Now the elevator thinks there are 2 passengers when there are 8. So it will stop along the way to pick up others thinking there is sufficient space. The second dilemma is there are NO BUTTONS inside the elevator. So those extra passengers that just jumped in have no idea if the elevator is going up, down and/or what floor it will be stopping on. If you take the time to follow the directions I can see them working efficiently otherwise be prepared for complaints and sighs around you. I will let you decide. . SUMMARY LIKES: I loved the HORIZON and would definitely sail her again! I found the “vista class” my new favorite class over the Dream class. USB’s in the stateroom, Havana deck, relocation of the Alchemy bar, NEW AGE TRIO, SKY RIDE.. DISLIKES: The floor seating in the main show theater to chairs and no tables for drinks was a BAD update.. Ok, so I will cut off my review here. It has already become a novel and I may have lost many that started it long ago. Thank you if you made it to the end without falling off your chair. If you happen across a deal for a trip aboard the newest flagship CARNIVAL HORIZON I would recommend it. Get on the ship and work out your upgrades later. Happy sailing and might your upgrades and offers flow frequently! . I wanted to add photos but for ome reason CC is giving me a hard time adding any. grr Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We had family that was booked on this cruise.. about a month out we decided to join them.. This was the first time that we had cruised with others.. and only our 5th cruise...We had a fantastic time with minor and personal ... Read More
We had family that was booked on this cruise.. about a month out we decided to join them.. This was the first time that we had cruised with others.. and only our 5th cruise...We had a fantastic time with minor and personal disappointments.. By no means am I complaining at all.. It was great.. A few minor things.. Left out of NY. Which we have done a few times.. There was always someone at the parking pier to help with our bags.. I have COPD so its hard for me to help hubby sometimes.. Sadly no one was there to help us.. We did manage.. BUT there was a family with a few disabled children that had no help at all..When we got down stairs DH did ask that someone please go up and help this family.. There was no way they could do it alone.. We were thanked later that day by the family.. They said someone did come to help.. The Horizon is using the new elevator system.. Now this did work out for most of us after the first day.. On boarding day they do ask that you please not use the elevators until we are moving.. Go figure.. no one listened.. So it was a mess.. BUT.. How it works is simple.. and it worked great if people would listen or learn how it works. There are menu boards outside the elevators with the different floors.. They want you to press the floor you want for each person that will be using the elevator.. so if 4 people are going to floor 5 press it 4 times.. that way the elevators knows how many people will be boarding that elevator.. BUT some people would press it once and then expect to load 10 people in when we already have 7 of us waiting.. They need to stress how it works a bit louder so people understand.. When it was used correctly it was great.. Rooms.. Food.. staff.. all fantastic.. I would have preferred a better mix of music by the pools.. It was the same music everyday.. and not very entertaining.. Although the shows were great as always.. I would have liked them to mix it up a bit more..I like to do and see as much as I can.. The sitting ares outside were perfection.. I enjoyed sitting and relaxing on a few days which I never ever do. We ate in the dinning room at night and the staff was fantastic and the food was very good.. The last 2 nights I did notice that the shared bathrooms around the ship were not being cleaned as well as they had been. not sure why.. We did see some food left on th floor the next day after being cleaned.. which was also strange.. Normally the ships are very very clean.. But this was still nothing to complain about.. It was very minimal.. We did have a hurricane that was building so we had to miss a port.. but always need to be safer than not.. So now the real complaints.. I gained to much weight.. and I walked.. Enjoy your next cruise everyone.. I am already looking into ours.. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Me and my family had used carnival cruise in the past and had a wonderful time,And being on the Horizon was amazing tons of activities foods was great i mean everything was outstanding going on a vacation where you are constantly having ... Read More
Me and my family had used carnival cruise in the past and had a wonderful time,And being on the Horizon was amazing tons of activities foods was great i mean everything was outstanding going on a vacation where you are constantly having fun i mean non stop fun all the way to your destination and back. A experience that you will never forget and come back for more.The crew on the ship are the finest people work hard and diligently to meet your expectation in everyday possible.Taking a walk around the ship and seeing the cleanliness of the ship very detailed. Whats a cruise without a great cursie director .Mike i must say my hat goes off to you full off energy vibrant a cruise director that will make the sun shine all day on your cruise. Most important dining on the ship very elegant the staff working every night so that your dining experience is house warming quality of the food is amazing Tip my hat to American Feast Team Headwaiter Slavsia Team Waitress Lairinkmi and Asst.Team Waiter Miriko for a fabulous job in making our dining experience a memorable time. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
My family frequently travel to the hottest vacation spots. Our last destination, Disney cruise, ship fantasy, was one to remember. Our latest was carnival horizon and is one we need to quickly forget. Be warned, stay away. My son asked ... Read More
My family frequently travel to the hottest vacation spots. Our last destination, Disney cruise, ship fantasy, was one to remember. Our latest was carnival horizon and is one we need to quickly forget. Be warned, stay away. My son asked me if I received a free horizon vacation would I still go, and I quickly answered NO WAY. Staff here are overworked and are not well trained in service hospitality. Day 5 was the first day I got an hello or a good morning. Common areas are always dirty. It is very common to see wine glasses from last night stacked up and uncollected well into the next day. In cabin is less dirty, but mostly because we complained. Bar service is on caribean time, drinks take ten or more minutes to make. With an Unlimited drink package, Bar tenders make you feel guilty of doing something wrong when you order a drink with an extra shot, which was just to get to a normal undiluted drink. Overcrowded buffet style lunch and dinners have limited selection and food quality may be just below dog food. Ship activity is also not planned out according to quoted time slots noted on everyday event calendar. We waited thirty minutes for the karaoke person to arrive. This was the same issue with the work out trainer we paid money for the class we took, he was late by twenty minutes. Does no one care about our time? We have loud noises in our cabin from outside banging. Rooms 2409, 2411, 2415, 2417 all have the same loud noise issue every morning. Booking execursions is a do it yourself process. The person that can help you offers no expertise or advise on any options. Excursion person at the desk basically asks you to read your options and decide. Don't even know what is the point of having the excursion person there. Dirty dishes are left uncollected at dinner and lunch buffet areas. Bonsai specialty dinning experience was ruined from overly aggressive staff about booking for 20 people but only 18 showed up. They were looking to charge for everything and not accommodating for kids. We had to ask for plastic cups ten times before they realized kids with glass cups are not a good idea. The shows on the ship match our overall experience, poor. Vocals were out of tune and dancers were out of sync with each other. Early comedian show was not that funny either. Also waiting in line for ten minutes or more to get into shows and still not having enough seats for all of us to sit increased our frustration with the ship. Ship set up is all wrong. You have drunken adults mixed in with young children and many adults were too trashy for any kid to see and experience how bad of an adult world can be. Having twerk competition next to the kids slide is plain out insane. Apologies from management were frequent with emphasis of improving our experience and training the staff to do better, but the apologies kept coming for all different things and different sections. Nothing got better, we just stopped complaining. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose the Horizon because it was a brand new ship leaving from New York Which made it convenient to us. We had previously sailed on the Pride which we loved and the Sunshine which we liked almost as much as the Pride. Embarkation ... Read More
We chose the Horizon because it was a brand new ship leaving from New York Which made it convenient to us. We had previously sailed on the Pride which we loved and the Sunshine which we liked almost as much as the Pride. Embarkation went smoothly as did disembarkation. Luggage was taken immediately at curb and we moved continuously on to the ship. Disembarking was also organized and smooth. Ship: Although it is huge and brand new, we were not overly impressed. Upon entering the lobby we immediately noticed the lack of elegance. Later at the dining room we were surprised at the lack of décor. After having sailed with Carnival many times we expected much more. The sports deck was also located above the Italian Restaurant and because of the noise the courts are closed everyday from 5:30pm to 11:00pm. Such poor planning when there are so many young adults and kids that want to play basketball. I'd suggest dividing the court in half to 18+ and under 18 to give the younger kids a chance to play. The floors on the Lido deck are extremely slippery when wet. Many people slipped during the day, myself included. The air conditioning was another issue. Although our room was cool many people in my party complained that theirs wasn’t. Many common areas were warm especially the elevators and casino! The ship is clean, organized and looks beautiful from the outside, but overall, we were not impressed. I got the feeling that Carnival added more rooms to fit more people but didn't put much thought into the common areas of the ship. Cabin: We were in a balcony room on the 8th floor, room 8353. We liked our room. It was clean, comfortable and the balcony views were unbelievable. Surprisingly, for a brand new ship, rooms looked exactly like ones we have stayed in. In fact I think the showers were smaller than the Sunshine. Our beds were comfy and our room steward IPuto was wonderful! I highly recommend a balcony!! My aunt also had a Havana room which we went to look at and was definitely worth the extra $$ for the private pool area and aft balcony views. Dining: We were very pleased with dining. We loved the Tacos and Burrito Bowls from the Blue Iguana Cantina for lunch. Guys burgers also delicious! We realized on the last day that Guys Pig and Anchor was included for lunch,that buffet included pulled pork, fried chicken, beans and mac and cheese.All yummy! My husband and daughters also went to the Italian restaurant for lunch to order specific pasta dishes and thought it was great.The breakfast buffet was the same everyday but there were many options to choose from. We enjoyed dinner in the MDR for late seating each night and had no complaints about the food, I think Carnival stepped up their game in this area. We also enjoyed Fahrenheit Steakhouse for dinner one evening and we couldn't stop talking about it. Everyone in my party loved the food there. I highly recommend going there one night! We tried to book the Dr. Seuss breakfast which we have always attended but it was booked the morning of our second day. Entertainment/Activities We attended almost all the shows in the Liquid Lounge and loved all of them.The singers and dancers are very talented and entertaining! We also attended the comedy shows and they were funny, not hysterical. We went to the first bingo but never went back because there were more bad jokes and talking than actually playing the game. The hosts made attempts to be funny but just became irritating IMO. The ropes course and skyride were tons of fun. The pools are small and often but they served the purpose when I wanted to cool off. We also loved the Thrill Theater and Imax. The one area that needs fixing immediately are the basketball courts. They are closed from 5:30 until 11 pm each night. When they are open there are activities such as dodgeball planned only for 18+. It wasn't until the last day when they had a knockout tournament open for all ages. I'd suggest dividing the court in half to 18+ and under 18 to give the younger kids a chance to play. My son spent a lot of time trying to get in a game.....when it was actually open. Because of this he spent much more time in the game room then previous cruises and of course this cost me more money. Service: We were happy with the service for the most part. We loved the cruise director Mike, He was very energetic, friendly and entertaining. Our room steward was efficient as were our waiters and bartenders, always giving us anything we asked for. The only thing I felt was missing is the personal touch we have always had on a Carnival cruise. In the past our waiters talked to us each night, told jokes and got to know us and we them. This did not happen. My feeling is that they are tending to many more tables now and do not have the time for that extra touch. I missed that. Ports/Excursions: We had been to Grand Turks twice before and looked so forward to going again. The beach is beautiful but you need to walk down to Jack's Shack to get away from the crowds. We did feel the beach had become a lot more commercialized with boats and people selling water sports. The beach had a lot more seaweed than ever before not sure if that is because of recent storms but just something we took note of. We booked a banana boat trip for the kids. We used Papa J Tours. They had a boat for 12 and we paid 20$ per person in total $240. They boat left and was back in 5 minutes. I complained to the operator bt he just said that's what it is. So be sure to get a time amount before you pay! I felt like we had been ripped off. In Puerto Rico we enjoyed the shops and the streets of Old San Juan. There are little huts along the way with different items for sale. We stopped in Barrachina Restaurant for a delicious Pina Colada. Amber Cove: Unfortunately, as was told to us... due to a shallow port, lack of tugboats and mechanical failure we were unable to disembark. This was a low point of the trip. We were all so very disappointed and not looking forward to 3 full days at sea after expecting to be on a beautiful island all day. This was the one port we have never ben and looked so forward to going to. I understand things happen but this was an awful disappointment. I traveled with my husband and 3 children but we were part of a larger group of 40 family and friends.Although we made the best of it, this was not our favorite cruise. I am definitely taking a break from Carnival. I feel overall their goal was to get more people on the ship and in doing that they lost some of the things that made them great. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
First let me start off saying that this is NOT my first cruise #6 but this was my first time cruising on a Carnival Ship. There was at least 30 people in my party filled with family & friends of All ages. Many who only cruise ... Read More
First let me start off saying that this is NOT my first cruise #6 but this was my first time cruising on a Carnival Ship. There was at least 30 people in my party filled with family & friends of All ages. Many who only cruise with Carnival. We had a Great time enjoying each other's company & making the best out of our cruise. Now, with that said here's my overall review of Carnival Horizon: The Good: 1. I loved the Carnial App in was the best thing on the boat & it allowed us to keep up with each other on the ship. 2. Guy Fury's Burger Joint was by far the best food on the ship. The location sucked, because the lines blocks the entrance to the dining hall. There is not enough space for it where it is located. 3. Ehar our stewardship was the absolutely BEST! He handled the rooms on the lido deck fwd 10243 what a great guy! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I have no idea why there are so many bad reviews. I was so nervous reading all of these before I cruised. So glad I did not let it get to me because THE SHIP WAS AWSOME!! I had such a fantastic time. I had my time dining and we ate ... Read More
I have no idea why there are so many bad reviews. I was so nervous reading all of these before I cruised. So glad I did not let it get to me because THE SHIP WAS AWSOME!! I had such a fantastic time. I had my time dining and we ate after 7pm each night and never waitied more the 10 minutes for a TABLE. We mad our reservation on the Carnival Hub App and by the time we got to the restaurant our table was ready NEVER WAITED. The elevators are not as bad as everyone says we stayed in the spa cabins (which were lovely and provided access to the spa thermal suites) on the 14th floor. Only 2 elevators go to that floor and the wait was never bad. The entertainment was A+ Chris the cruise director was great and so was the rest of his crew. Never a long wait at any bar. Loved the Alchemy and the Piano Bar the Best ( have to go see EDEN in the piano bar..so much fun!) SO much food I just wish there were more then pizza available 24 hours need to add more hours to buffet at least. One thing not great were the pools both of them very small and filled with children who have accidents and throw up (yes gross) I avoided them and stuck to the serinity deck on 15 they have 2 whirlpools and a great bar plenty of padded loungers and a great area to watch the sunset. Don't pass this one by I was on the July3rd cruise and can't wait to get back on. Just LOVED IT!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We just returned from the July 3 sailing to Caribbean. I have been on Carnival many times before as well as several other cruise lines and I was looking forward to the new ship. We had a party of 13 and we all had a great time. ... Read More
We just returned from the July 3 sailing to Caribbean. I have been on Carnival many times before as well as several other cruise lines and I was looking forward to the new ship. We had a party of 13 and we all had a great time. Water park was outstanding. I have never seen such a nice and fun set up for kids, young and old on a ship. Loads of fun. Our cabins, deck 8 balcony were very nice. Typical size but clean and new. Bed was super comfortable. Entertainment was excellent. Deck and atrium parties were great fun. Our CD The Flying Scotsman was one of the best CD's I have ever had. Don't miss his show.....he can really sing! Loved Celestial Strings, very beautiful. Quest was great, a do not miss! I heard good things about the Havana Bar, but we didn't get there. Piano Bar was a great evening hang out after dinner. Service I felt was excellent. Our room steward was outstanding. Yes, there were lines every now and then for Guy's burgers or a drink at the bar but I never felt anyone on the staff did not work hard to accommodate. A little patience goes a long way and you are on vacation, relax! Also, it never hurts to give a buck or two here and there, appreciate their hard work. Elevators, I still can't figure out what so many people are complaining about. It was just fine, I don't think I waited longer than 2 minutes for an elevator. Yes, different concept but not a big issue for us. Pools were very crowded, as expected with so many passengers. I do wish they had been larger. Tides pool was a bit quieter and had two hot tubs vs the resort pool mid-ship. Serenity was nice, would have been better with an adults only pool but it was extremely windy. There is a nice salad bar in Serenity if you want to opt for something more "healthy" for lunch. No kids allowed though! Our favorite place to lounge was deck 11 as the whole deck is in shade with nice comfortable chairs and couches. Just get there early as they go quickly. Ports were okay. I have been to all of the islands before so I didn't do any excursions, just went out ourselves. Turks had a pretty nice beach area as well as the pool if you wish. Puerto Rico, my family only went into Old San Juan and did some shopping to try to help boost their economy as so much of the island is still devastated from the hurricane. Amber Cove was probably the best. Their set up with the pool was very nice and they had a small zip line you could ride unlimited for $20.00 per person. Not enough time in each port to really explore but many people did excursions. Food was probably the one area that could use improvement. We are not big buffet people but for breakfast I would have really liked to see a better variety, especially fruit. So please Carnival, get some fruit! Main dining room was good, not great. I did feel this is where the service did lack. Not because the waiters weren't trying, they just need to be better trained. In all fairness however our party was 13 people and they had other tables to attend to as well. I think our waiters were a bit overwhelmed at times. But we had two gluten free in our party and they were VERY well taken care of. They bring the menu at the end of the meal for the next evening so they could pick what they wanted. Even will make the melting cake gluten free. GF options were plentiful, you just have to ask. Pizza, the deli in the buffet has GF bread, Guys has GF buns, and my daughter got some GF cake somewhere. We did eat at Bonzai and that was very good. Also the Italian restaurant was excellent. Not too crazy about Mongolian Wok, we waited a long time for the table and the food was bland. Guy's burgers, Blue Iguana and pizza are good lunch options if you are relaxing on deck. Didn't try Pig and Anchor, really ran out of time. Steakhouse looked nice but you can get a nicer cut of beef at the main dining room for a lesser charge. Advice to Carnival, please introduce a non-alcoholic drink package, more than soft drinks. My daughter is under age but she loves virgin fruity drinks. It's a hefty price to pay for each drink. RCI offers that package, it's time Carnival did. All in all, we had a great time. We would definitely sail again on Horizon. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I choose this cruise because it left out of New York and it was a new ship. I thought that everything was great. The food, excursions and the employees. The only place I thought was a rift off was the seafood shack. I had red snapper and ... Read More
I choose this cruise because it left out of New York and it was a new ship. I thought that everything was great. The food, excursions and the employees. The only place I thought was a rift off was the seafood shack. I had red snapper and it was falling of the bones and had too may bones in it. I wished it was de-boned. It was also over priced. It was $18 just for the fish. The rooms were great. I have no complains. Our steward was great. The waiters and waitresses were also great. I really enjoyed myself. I read a lot of complaints and do not understand why people would go as far as lie about the cruise. For example, someone wrote that they went to Dominican Republic on the excursion where they were supposed to go to the distillery and it was not open on Sunday. That was not true. I went on a Sunday and it was open. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We just got off the Horizon - 9 days cruising from NYC.. The check-in was a breeze, Do not arrive earlier than your assigned check-in time. Try to plan to arrive right on time. We had a 1:30 p.m. check-in time, arrived at 1:20 and we ... Read More
We just got off the Horizon - 9 days cruising from NYC.. The check-in was a breeze, Do not arrive earlier than your assigned check-in time. Try to plan to arrive right on time. We had a 1:30 p.m. check-in time, arrived at 1:20 and we were on the ship by 1:50 p.m. make sure you do all your check in online. We could not believe with all the ppl checking in how organized they were. We got our bags in two hours to our room with no issues. The steward was right there when we came to our cabin and was so nice. Food was available the minute we got on board on the 10th floor, which was packed from the moment we got on. Our first night was spent in Meridian Resturant - we were a large group and we had any time dining on our card from 5:30 -9:30 when we arrived at the host stand at 7 pm. We were told we didn't have our table any longer we had to go one floor up and check in and wait for a table. THIS WAS very annoying the line was down the hall, and very unexpected.. the last thing you want to do on vacation was wait to be seated for an hour for dinner. Somehow we were able to get two tables b/c I complained and everyone sort of seemed confused that worked at the host and it worked in my favor. The food was ok in the Meridian, the service was good, except I ordered a btl of wine and was told they were out of that wine. That night when I was playing with my carnival app I was charged for four BTLS of the wine they were out of... which was $199 on my account.. which made them put another hold on my credit card right away. Guest services were VERY helpful with this overcharge and removed the wine that night from my account. The pool deck - let me just say if you like to lay and relax by a pool this cruise is not for you! There are NOT nearly enough lounge chairs for 200 people and the boat holds 3950 guests! It is packed, nowhere to sit nowhere to put your stuff just people everywhere near the pools, it is ANNOYING!! Carnival will put a sticker on your chair if you are up for 40 minutes they will remove your stuff from your chair, and let other guests sit. The pools are TINY like the smallest I have ever seen on a cruise ship, and if you think you can't get a pool chair good luck getting a little spot to cool off in the pool, it is packed!! The pools on every level are packed, water park packed.. just trust me it is VERY annoying to relax on this ship!!! We did find some quiet napping time on deck 5, which no one seemed to know about.. this floor is great during the afternoon for a glass of wine and a quiet hour. Dinners- book the restaurants that cost extra.. they were delish. It is annoying b/c you spend more $$ but worth it. We only ate the Meridian only 3 nights the rest at the paid locations. Make your reservations before you sail, you can always adjust the times once on the ship. Do the cheers package if you like to drink.. it is worth the money even if you don't drink the 15 dinks per day. The entertainment was good but almost too much! Every 30 minutes something is going on after 7 p.m. and you see people running to each location to make the shows and get a seat. The ship is PACKED and very crowded so not much time for downtime, just keep that in mind. I came back exhausted which should not be the case on a cruise! Overall we were impressed with how clean the ship was, you put your empty glass down it is cleaned in 2 minutes, the rooms were always clean and no issues at all. Leaving the ship - super organized and easy! Just choose the early time to leave, you get off the same time as the last time but it goes fast. We were off the ship by 10:15 and at our UBER by 10:30. If you have kids - Camp Ocean is the way to go! My kids wouldn't go as much as I would have liked b/c they were in two separate groups - BUT we were super impressed by how great the staff were! The camp was super organized and clean! Excursions - you are at the port for a VERY short time, it is very disappointing - Grand Turk - the beach was NOT great off the ship. We felt super unsafe and I wasn't going to pay to go to a beach for 3 hours, it was very disappointing. PR - NOTHING to do and was boring ( and you are at this port the longest) Amber Cove - Do the Dolphins that was worth your money. Pros of the Ship: very clean, good wine selections for the cheers program, cocktails were on point. Cabin stewards were great! Cruise Director and his staff were great! Cons: Super packed and not enough space for everyone. Long food lines, I never even tried a burger from Guys burger place b/c the line was always SO SO LONG! If you like to cruise this boat is, for you, it is a long 8 days!!! Enjoy! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Carnival Horizon was our choice for our anniversary cruise because we enjoy the larger ships, it left from NYC, a port close to us, and it was an 8 day cruise going to places we have not been before (Grand Turk, San Juan and Amber Cove). ... Read More
Carnival Horizon was our choice for our anniversary cruise because we enjoy the larger ships, it left from NYC, a port close to us, and it was an 8 day cruise going to places we have not been before (Grand Turk, San Juan and Amber Cove). Embarkation went well, we did have to wait a bit before getting on the ship, which had been normal for us on other cruise lines, but our last Carnival we literally walked right on. We had an inside cabin. It was pretty standard. The ship is beautiful and smelled new. The atrium was really neat and the display in the middle with changing pictures was amazing. Overall, the ship was amazing. The food was good. We did not do any of the specialty restaurants. We LOVED the Pig and Anchor. The buffet was great and the food was always good! The buffet was okay. We felt the options weren't great and it wasn't ever fully open. It also wasn't open for like a late lunch or early dinner. The options for late night food wasn't great. You really could only get a few deli sandwiches or pizza and the lines for both were always ridiculous. To say the entertainment on this ship was amazing is a total understatement. We have been on five cruises and my husband and I both agreed this was by far, the most talented group of entertainers. The Playlist Productions were amazing. They show a different show every night and I reccommend every single one. The singers danced and sang, all as talented as the next. Each show got better than the night before, which I did not know was possible. Carnival seriously picked a group of amazing performers. And then there was the Piano Bar. My husband and I ended up there every night because Eden was seriously the most talented pianist and singer I have ever seen on a cruise ship. He was so entertaining and really connected with each and every one of us and tried to get to all songs given to him. That guy deserves a raise or something! I also really loved the way Carnival has a "Fun Squad", who assists the Cruise Director. Chris, the Flying Scotsman, was great and so was his Fun Squad. We loved Kyndall, Erin, Joey and Bradley. They were so fun and they did a great job acknowledging everyone. The service on the ship was great. We had a charge put on our card that was not ours for over $100 and it was handled so well and taken off our bill within 24 hours. The bar staff was so amazing. We spent most of our time at the Atrium Bar and the Piano Bar and the bartenders at both were quick, great and personable. It was really nice. The one thing that really stood out to me about this ship that was unique was how the staff seemed to support each other more than I had ever seen on any other ship. We saw members of the Fun Squad come in to listen to Eden at the Piano Bar for a bit, things like that. It really was cool to see the friendships and collaborations. I really liked that. The ports were nice! We did an excursion at Grand Turk. We did a snorkeling and rays tour. We snorkeled first, then swam with sting rays. It was a great excursion and the workers were great! There were people of all age at all different swimming levels and the staff did seriously an amazing job breaking us up so that someone stayed with the people who did not feel as confident in the water. That worker pointed stuff out to them so they knew exactly what to look at. It was really nice! After, we were dropped off at the beach, which was nice and there were plenty of chairs available, even after we had gotten back from an excursion. San Juan was like a city, not your typical "island" port. It was nice, but we did not do much other than walk around. Amber Cove was beatiful, and my favorite port. It was very nice and had really cool waterfalls and other different things to look at. The shopping was pretty fun, too, with a lot of different shops. Another thing I want to mention is we parked over in Weehawken, NJ and took the ferry over to NYC. The parking was reasonably priced and the ferry drops you off within a half mile from the cruise ship. Since it was just me and my husband, we walked to the cruise ship and it wasn't bad at all. The few things that bothered us were the new elevator system. You choose your floor before you get on the elevator, so in the elevator lobby. It then tells you what elevator you have to get on. There was a lot more waiting and we saw many people just walk, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, however, when you see parents carrying strollers up and down many flights of steps because they had already waited more then ten minutes for an elevator, that is not okay. I am hoping that since it is a relatively new concept, maybe some kinks will be worked out. The other thing is that they really do hold tight to the 15 beverage limit if you get the beverage package. You will not be served after 15. Just something to think about. Overall, I really enjoyed this cruise. It was a great trip. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
A tradition in our family is to take a cruise for celebrations. This cruise was to celebrate our sons graduation with his masters degree. We typically sail out of Galveston but wanted a new ship out of a different port. The Carnival ... Read More
A tradition in our family is to take a cruise for celebrations. This cruise was to celebrate our sons graduation with his masters degree. We typically sail out of Galveston but wanted a new ship out of a different port. The Carnival Horizon did not disappoint! The entertainment was the best we have experienced. Celestial Strings was by far the best show we have seen on Carnival. Chris, the Flying Scotsman was the Cruise Director and provided stellar atrium shows and mega deck parties. Accompanying Chris was his talented fun squad, including Kyndall Fire, Joey, and Erin (Bingo Flamingo). Just a top notch team. The Walk the Plank for St. Jude was humbling, and truly showed the value Carnival and its staff place on the importance of contributing to this amazing charity. By far, the entertainment was the highlight! Other good points were the food, the service, the appearance and cleanliness of the ship. Not a huge fan of the layout, but nothing that would prohibit my visiting this ship again! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Thought this cruise would be great with a new ship!But what a disappointment crew was rude and unhappy, entertainment was poor ,did not stop at one port that everyone wanted to stop at !the older ships are much better I will never go on ... Read More
Thought this cruise would be great with a new ship!But what a disappointment crew was rude and unhappy, entertainment was poor ,did not stop at one port that everyone wanted to stop at !the older ships are much better I will never go on this shipb again save your money and enjoy the other ships.excursion we horrible had to wait for latecomers if you are not there on tine you should miss it that’s it !in dinning room we waited 3 hours for meal bright spot was comedian Percy Cruze very funny entertaining Iger guests were great met some really nice people they need to work on employees and service loved my other cruise s because of the customer car and joy the brought into my day I came home more stressed then relaxed I spent a lot ooney for a stressful week hope someone makes some changes talking to other guests they felt the same Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Carnival Horizon Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.5
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 3.8
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 5.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.7
Enrichment 1.0 3.4
Service 4.0 3.9
Value For Money 5.0 3.5

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