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Sail Date: March 2019
Good Eastern 8 day trip itinerary , Great ports with off setting departure times . Ship was in Great Shape and crew/staff were terrific ,warm and friendly. Dinning was ok/good with no major flaw's, main dinning was accomplish in ... Read More
Good Eastern 8 day trip itinerary , Great ports with off setting departure times . Ship was in Great Shape and crew/staff were terrific ,warm and friendly. Dinning was ok/good with no major flaw's, main dinning was accomplish in less than an hour and a half . Buffet items were also ok and with the amount of passengers that ship ship holds, items seemed fresh and not picked over Wife and I attended 2 shows and found them good, Vintage Pop and Soulbound which was our favorite the best , interaction with the players and audience make the show even better , don't want to spoil it but get there earlier for added extra's We do have issue's with what Carnival Horizon has done with the theater and seating thou, depending on where you are seated the view from the 2nd level is limited to viewing the main level as now there are no more fixed row seating on the first level and the show has extended from the stage onto the main level area . So some of the acting is out of view with the current new design if you are seated on the 2nd level . Show last about a half hour Comedy show's where just ok as we did see all comedies that week both their PG and R rated versions . there were 4 total comedies on our cruise 4900 passengers this week with spring break and didn't find the lines terrible... 5-10 mins before a show and seating was pretty easy Up-Charge restaurants were good as usual We did Pig and anchor with live entertainment while dinning , J.J's Asian and Bonsai Teppanyaki with the chief show very funny as he prepared our meal . We also had reservation set for the Steakhouse and when they called to confirm our reservation they informed us that since it was formal night dress shorts would not be allowed but jeans were ok ? As we have always done formal night's on our previous cruises we decided to pass on this cruise and just be lazy and on vacation, we did find this to be very disappointing as we both were looking forward to the Steak house as we have dine there on several other cruises and they are normally very good and worth the charge and did have jeans also but as they made it an unannounced stipulation to dine prior to our reservation made 6 months earlier that just annoyed us as we were the patrons paying additional for this restaurant . so a tip , make sure that its not a formal night when you make your reservation, as this was the first time we encounter an issue if your not planning on bring formal wear. Casinos seem to be paying with several witnessed good jack pot pay outs also speaking with several people thru out the cruise said the tables were friendly also . So go have a great time if your planning a Horizon trip and don't let the small stuff bother you, as we found on this trip there weren't many at all !!! Good Sailing ! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
Year after year Carnival just gets better and better. Carnival Horizon is Carnivals BEST, by far. We had just gotten on board and were waiting for the elevator. The door opens and out comes Shaq. He came to my 88 year old mother and gave ... Read More
Year after year Carnival just gets better and better. Carnival Horizon is Carnivals BEST, by far. We had just gotten on board and were waiting for the elevator. The door opens and out comes Shaq. He came to my 88 year old mother and gave her a hug and said a few nice words to her. He shook hands with 8 of us and he was off. About an hour later my mom and I were in the Pixels area and he saw my mom again. He walked over to her and gave her another hug and said " there's my friend again". He was so nice to her. I asked him if he could stand next to my mom for a picture, which he gladly did. He is such a great person. We had a Havana Cabana cabin and loved it. I had the exact same cabin number on the Vista when it first came to Miami. Our cabin was always spotless and so close to so much. Deck 5 is one of the main decks with so much to do. We were disappointed to find out SkyRide was not working but with so much to do, it really didn't matter. The kids with us had a great time at Waterworks and the pool. Guy's BBQ place was awesome. The food is great and the new Microbrewery beers were great. We had dinner the first night at Fahrenheit 555. The staff was fantastic and the food was some of the best I have ever eaten. One appetizer had bone marrow with it. I have never tasted anything so good before. My medium well Cowboy steak was perfect and was juicy and tasted great, too. My entire family, 12 of us, loved everything. A cruise on board the Carnival Horizon MUST include at least one dinner at Fahrenheit 555, the best of the best. I have been to Nassau so many times that I stayed on board with my mom who is in a wheel chair. I didn't want to take her off the ship there. We just sat by the Havana pool area and relaxed, it was great for me. Everybody else has a nice time in Nassau. The Carnival Horizon is so much fun and an AWESOME ship. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
While I can venture to say that I have been on better ships, it doesn't mean that this ship didn't serve the purpose of what was needed! First and foremost, I prefer a Guys Burger Joint Burger over a regular Lido deck burger! ... Read More
While I can venture to say that I have been on better ships, it doesn't mean that this ship didn't serve the purpose of what was needed! First and foremost, I prefer a Guys Burger Joint Burger over a regular Lido deck burger! This is included in your price which is great. Additionally, the Blue Iguana bar that serves "Chipotle Style" taco bowels and burritos are great! The Captain's Suite needs it's own review, which I will give, but for the most part I am happy with the investment we made to treat ourselves with this suite for our milestone. We are Gold members, but received a lot of Diamond and Platinum benefits as a result of the Port Side suite we stayed in! The islands were wonderful! The time of year we went and the porting times made the weather perfection to walk around and tour! I have been to San Juan, Puerto Rico a few times and really didn't think I'd appreciate any more the island had to offer and was surprised that I bypassed a BOATLOAD of fun with Senor Frogs! The ONLY thing I will say is I thought the Cruise Director wasn't as visible and a bit dry for my taste, however that is a totally subjective remark! Different Strokes for Different Folks and according to DISC Assessment, I'm an "I" personality, so Dustin needed a few more gestures, exclamation points, and overall extraness to win my affection! I didn't mind those things too much because of the nature of our trip and our desire to take in our Captain's Suite as much as possible! I didn't love the pastries or cookies, they are always seriously dry, but the other foods on the Lido and in the restaurants were amazing! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
The service on the cruise was outstanding. My waiter Ciprian or chip was amazing always made sure we had everything we needed. Everyone on the cruise was very welcoming handbags helpfu. Getting on and off the ship went very smoothly. There ... Read More
The service on the cruise was outstanding. My waiter Ciprian or chip was amazing always made sure we had everything we needed. Everyone on the cruise was very welcoming handbags helpfu. Getting on and off the ship went very smoothly. There was 8 of us that cruises on the splendor, they always made sure to give us all the space we needed. The cruise gave us options once you got off the ship such as excursions and restaurants to go eat at or see. Entertainment on the ship was amazing. The shows on the ship they would do we’re so much fun and you could even talk to the cast afterwards. They were so sweet and fun to be around. The comedy shows we’re hilarious and they had family shows too so everyone can watch them. Certain nights they would hold deck parties and play music and just dance all night. On other nights they would hold movies out on the deck where everyone could lay out and watch them it was awesome. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We had an amazing time on the Carnival Dream. The staff was amazing. We loved all the bartenders, when you passed staff members they always greeted you with a smile. Our most favorite was our waitress Olivia. She was beyond amazing and we ... Read More
We had an amazing time on the Carnival Dream. The staff was amazing. We loved all the bartenders, when you passed staff members they always greeted you with a smile. Our most favorite was our waitress Olivia. She was beyond amazing and we made sure to ask for her every night. If you are ever on the dream and eat in the cremson dining be sure to ask for her. Food was good some days and not so great other days, but their was always something you could find to eat that you would like. The only problem I had was some peoples children walking around with their foul language mouths and rude, which is not carnivals problem but the parents problem. Loved the comedy shows, they played movies at night on the lido deck, they had an 80s party and a mega deck party. Overall, we had an amazing time and will definitely do it again. The only bummer was we couldn't go to mahogany bay because of the bad weather Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
I traveled a few of the Carnival ships this was just another, or I thought, till I spent a week with her. Great time, great crew. It was an easy embarkation- went from signing in at the check in to the Lido deck for a quick bite. Then ... Read More
I traveled a few of the Carnival ships this was just another, or I thought, till I spent a week with her. Great time, great crew. It was an easy embarkation- went from signing in at the check in to the Lido deck for a quick bite. Then to our cabin to unpack. Followed by a quick muster. From there we met with our meet and great group had a few drinks, followed by a return to our cabin to change for dinner at the Golden Restaurant. Then to the Amber Palace theater for a spectacular show, The Welcome Aboard Show which featured the three shows that were to be presented on our cruise. Followed by Ewart at the piano in the Cinn A Bar and a sing along by the rest of us. Then topped the evening off at the casino. We finally got back to the cabin after a wonderful first day, not a sea day yet, tomorrow begins all the fun at sea. More to follow. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We just returned this past week from a 5 day Western cruise with Carnival Triumph out of New Orleans (Monday-Saturday). We've cruised many times on Carnival and other cruise lines, we always come back to Carnival for the fun ... Read More
We just returned this past week from a 5 day Western cruise with Carnival Triumph out of New Orleans (Monday-Saturday). We've cruised many times on Carnival and other cruise lines, we always come back to Carnival for the fun atmosphere, good food and friendly staff. This was our 2nd trip on the Carnival Triumph. Our first was a few years ago with the grand suite, this time around we tried the ocean suite since it was just 2 of us. The room was an adequate size for 2 adults. Lots of space to and storage to put all of your belongings. Our cabin steward was Randy, very hospitable and good with taking care of our our room while we were away from the cabin, etc. The food for this trip was noticeable that the buffet's food wasn't as we remember with food quality - for example, on one day with fried chicken on the buffet, it doesn't look as though food is kept fresh/switched out periodically during the time it's sitting at the buffet. The fried chicken was so dried out and hard, we couldn't eat it. Also, this was a 5 day trip, so there was no lobster/steak night. My husband opted to purchase it on one of our dinner nights and was happy with the steak, but he said the lobster was overcooked/rubbery. Not worth the $20 extra that he paid for it. I ate a couple of times at the pay for seafood restaurant - lobster rolls $11 (they were good) once, and the fried seafood platter another time $10 - the oil I don't think is hot enough because their french fries on both orders were very greasy. They auto charge gratuity for whatever you order at this place, so be aware when you sign and it asks for tip. The chinese food and the deli sandwich shop are both good. The rueben at the deli shop was my husbands favorite. Also, we can't forget about Guy's hamburger place - everywhere you looked, there was a Guy's hamburger that someone was eating. They are really good, so I was glad it was onboard to quickly grab a good burger. The blue iguana cantina had good huevos rancheros ready each morning at 7am, so I visited them for breakfast often. They also have a good taco salad during lunch. Also, brunch on seadays from 8am-12:30 is the best breakfast with steak and eggs, pork chops, don't miss this breakfast in the Paris dining room. For entertainment, the comedian show was always packed, so get there early if you want to get a seat. We didn't get to go to the Rome Lounge for the show, but I remember there were 2 nights - Tuesday with music and dance styles from around the world at 7 & 9pm. on Wed, there was a vegas style magical show at 7 & 9pm. Overall, the ship is kept very clean, lots of activities (more than you can do on the 5 day cruise), friendly people on board, very diverse group of people with everyone having a good time and enjoying themselves. Embarkation and debarkation was very smooth - the quickest we've ever experience at the Port of New Orleans for debarkation. We were happy with the cruise and service from everyone and was able to relax and enjoyed this trip. We'll be back on board again in December! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2017
Embarkation, well I guess that makes me start with the tough part. We were in the terminal literally sitting butt cheek to butt cheek and knee to knee and I am not as limber or small as I used to be. The crew was very nice and ... Read More
Embarkation, well I guess that makes me start with the tough part. We were in the terminal literally sitting butt cheek to butt cheek and knee to knee and I am not as limber or small as I used to be. The crew was very nice and accommodating, They brought us snacks and bottled water. We sailed cheap so we were some of the last called to board. We were informed we could bring 12 soda and 12 bottles of water.. they took our water. Once on the ship, food everywhere and everything was so knew, we were just taking it all in. We smoked so we spent quite a bit of time in the casino and smoking area.. HaHa we could see the nightly movie from the smoking area. I was so concerned eating was going to be a hassle but I couldn't have been more wrong. The Blue iguana, Burgers, BBQ, Pizza and Ice cream on tap pretty much when you wanted.. 24 hour room service.. did I say free??.. haha.. We ate in the Dinning room one night, otherwise we were going.. It was great too.. the waiter even offered to get me more when he delivered the first lobster tail... The buffet & fruit on it was fresh and open every time I was hungry, but that's not all day though.. The crew was awesome. I felt like I was priority to them.. There was always cleaning going on.. My porter, I cant say enough about Marvin. He was great. He always left us surprises in the room, and I think there was a camera, because if we left for an hour or so, we came back and he had the room spotless.. We go cheap. Our room was an interior, but how much are you really in your room. We have debated ocean view, balcony or suits, but we really aren't sailing to be in our rooms. Our room was about as central to the ship as it could be. We received, I believe, as good service as anyone in any suit on the ship.. Cloud 9 maybe in the future, but that's about it. We bought bubbles but really we could have done without it. We may have had a 12 pack of soda between us. We brought cups from Universal studios that we would fill and sip on.. I really wish sweet tea was available. The hot tubs were great except I wish they were hotter.. Pools were great but I didn't bother the youngens much.. The sky walk was great and water slide cool.. they close at night so get to it during the day. Skywalk views are amazing. We really didn't see any shows but we did do the parade with Cat in the Hat and Thing 1&2.. We plan to see more shows in the future. I must have played enough in the casino because they started giving me free drinks and sent me premier offers after the cruise. So I guess we really enjoy the casino. They had several games I enjoyed but I wish they had cascading games. Ohh and they gave us chocolate covered strawberry's 2x.. I don't know exactly who sent them but who is complaining. Room again.. You know I hear a lot of folks concerned about clocks, alarm clocks and the darkness in the room at night. Night lights..etc.... There are channels on the TV, you can watch where we are going and see whats going on at the main pool.. Live action.. If I remember right, it had the local time and forecasts. Otherwise, the tv on gives off light. The bathroom has a light and you can close it to adjust the light. Who needs to bring a light? or clock on vacation. We may take our watches again, but other than getting to the timed events and the ship before it leaves us, who cares what time it is. We didn't do much at St Maartin.. but the others we had a great time. I think the most fun at PortoRico.. You can always buy a bottle to drink once you are off the ship.. wow that sounds bad.. But you don't need to spend the high prices on the ship. We did have a couple drinks but we saved money by not getting the drink package and using that in the casino. That is about what I spent in the casino.. The alcohol package for two. We probably spent about $150 on Drinks on the ship including souvenir for Melissa. You can buy alcohol duty free cheap on the ship and it is delivered to your room the night before departure. You can also buy cigarettes cheaper than anywhere duty free.. but you are limited to how many you can bring back. They have sales on different stuff. we bought some shirts, hats and also you can get bathing covers for women pretty reasonable. We will probably get some this time too. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2016
We love Carnival and wanted to do the Mediterranean aboard The brand new Vista ! Everything from our beautiful Havana Suite to the service on board Her was impeccable ! The Ports were awesome ! The following year we flew back to Barcelona ... Read More
We love Carnival and wanted to do the Mediterranean aboard The brand new Vista ! Everything from our beautiful Havana Suite to the service on board Her was impeccable ! The Ports were awesome ! The following year we flew back to Barcelona and stayed in the wonderful Port for 9 days ! The Vista was Grand ! I highly recommend this ship and encourage you to book a Havana cabin . The entertainment was great ! Our Cruise Director Matt was awesome , you could tell he overwhelmingly love his job ! The food on board was very good ! What we loved about the Havana Cabin was that it was very private , we had our own pool and bar with some great coffee in the morning ! The Aft view was phenomenal too ! Loved the Vista ! Looking forward to doing Her Sister Ship The Horizon ! Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
This was our first time sailing on Carnival and we loved it! We had heard negative reviews but we were pleasantly surprised. The crew was friendly and helpful. We had no issues arriving or leaving the ship. Our cabin was clean and ... Read More
This was our first time sailing on Carnival and we loved it! We had heard negative reviews but we were pleasantly surprised. The crew was friendly and helpful. We had no issues arriving or leaving the ship. Our cabin was clean and extremely comfortable for two. We had the anytime dining and never had to wait for a table longer than 20 minutes. We had a party of four and had a table by the windows 3 out of 4 times we ate in the dining room. The buffet was perfect for breakfast and lunch. I would not recommend the buffet for dinner. We were able to save lounge chairs near the pool on sea days without any issues. We would choose our chairs prior to going for breakfast. Carnival has several lounge chairs available for those who want to sun themselves during sea days. We traveled during spring break and found the spring breakers to be acting appropriately and respectful. I would recommend this cruise line and I will personally travel on Carnival again, Read Less
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