We are an American couple in 40s with a lot of travel experience between the two of us. I booked this cruise because I liked the itinerary of Canary Islands and Morocco. For $600 USD per person, you can't really complain. SHIP We knew this was an older ship, so no surprises there. It says it was refurbished in the last 10 years, but I'm not sure you can tell. The carpets, hallways, bathrooms, and dining rooms look dated, but everything is clean and works properly. Eleven decks, all the necessities you'd expect. Pick a different ship if you are expecting luxury. CABINS We had an interior cabin that was clean and more spacious than we expected, especially compared to our other cruises. Bathroom in particular was bigger, especially the shower. We could hear our cabin neighbors as there was no sound protection, and the TV was in an add position bolted to the nightstand desk, which meant if you were lying down you had to turn your head more than 90 degrees to view, but no complaints other than that. Everything was clean and worked. FOOD Hit or miss. For our formal dining we were seated at a round table with several other passengers who had arrived that day. It took about 1.5 hours to complete the 3 course meal, and it was very slow. Same staples in the menu daily, then the specials would change. We liked the ceasar salad, mushroom risotto, the lamb (it did not say wrapped in bacon but came that way), and the chocolate mousse. Eventually we got tired of the slow service and checked out the buffet. Buffet didn't always have enough seats, though you could sit by pool or outdoors if the weather was conducive. Very hit or miss. Exact same salad bar every time. Soups were odd. Meats could be full or gristle and inedible, or the best thing you've had lately. It all depended on how it was cooked or which slice you got. We had some very good lamb, turkey, and pork. We had some inedible beef and overcooked fish that we ended up wasting. We liked the pizza, any kind of waffle fries or thinly sliced potatoes, beets, tortilla wraps, and salmon. Their fries (unless waffle fries) were always soggy, the mashed potatoes was swimming in a crazy amount of truffle oil, and sometimes their veggies were super bland. DRINKS We bought the upgraded bracelets. Nothing to write home about. Americans will probably not appreciate the lack of coffee and cappuccino at lunch, etc. We had to go to deck 8 to get ours, even with breakfast, even though we had the bracelets. The wine was okay, mixed drinks a bit dull, nothing to write home about. GUESTS International, all ages, couples, solos, families. Announcements in Spanish and English. SERVICE Varied. Great at the front desk and tours, great with cleaning cabins. Food service was lacking. Very good at clearing empty plates, often hard to get another utensil or a drink. PORTS and EXCURSIONS Gran Canaria-Easy to get a taxi, we found a better deal and did our own. Local all day tours start around $30 Euro per person. Tenerife- easy to catch a taxi, we did our own local tour as value was better. Las Palmas- medium to get a taxi, we did our own tour. Agadir-probably best to do the group excursion or negotiate taxi rates up front as they don't have meters. Quite a walk to get the the first taxi stand. Lanzarote-way easier to do the group tour, we did the Timfanaya National Park for around $38 EURO per person and it was well organized with a nice coach, no problems. Fuertaventura- either way you'll be fine. ENRICHMENT No comment, we didn't partake. ACCESSIBILITY Elevators are small, and folks with wheelchairs and strollers looked like they might be having a hard time negotiating that small of a space.

Older ship is a great value

Horizon Cruise Review by sunrise2010

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We are an American couple in 40s with a lot of travel experience between the two of us. I booked this cruise because I liked the itinerary of Canary Islands and Morocco. For $600 USD per person, you can't really complain.

SHIP

We knew this was an older ship, so no surprises there. It says it was refurbished in the last 10 years, but I'm not sure you can tell. The carpets, hallways, bathrooms, and dining rooms look dated, but everything is clean and works properly. Eleven decks, all the necessities you'd expect. Pick a different ship if you are expecting luxury.

CABINS

We had an interior cabin that was clean and more spacious than we expected, especially compared to our other cruises. Bathroom in particular was bigger, especially the shower.

We could hear our cabin neighbors as there was no sound protection, and the TV was in an add position bolted to the nightstand desk, which meant if you were lying down you had to turn your head more than 90 degrees to view, but no complaints other than that. Everything was clean and worked.

FOOD

Hit or miss. For our formal dining we were seated at a round table with several other passengers who had arrived that day. It took about 1.5 hours to complete the 3 course meal, and it was very slow. Same staples in the menu daily, then the specials would change. We liked the ceasar salad, mushroom risotto, the lamb (it did not say wrapped in bacon but came that way), and the chocolate mousse. Eventually we got tired of the slow service and checked out the buffet.

Buffet didn't always have enough seats, though you could sit by pool or outdoors if the weather was conducive. Very hit or miss. Exact same salad bar every time. Soups were odd. Meats could be full or gristle and inedible, or the best thing you've had lately. It all depended on how it was cooked or which slice you got. We had some very good lamb, turkey, and pork. We had some inedible beef and overcooked fish that we ended up wasting. We liked the pizza, any kind of waffle fries or thinly sliced potatoes, beets, tortilla wraps, and salmon. Their fries (unless waffle fries) were always soggy, the mashed potatoes was swimming in a crazy amount of truffle oil, and sometimes their veggies were super bland.

DRINKS

We bought the upgraded bracelets. Nothing to write home about. Americans will probably not appreciate the lack of coffee and cappuccino at lunch, etc. We had to go to deck 8 to get ours, even with breakfast, even though we had the bracelets. The wine was okay, mixed drinks a bit dull, nothing to write home about.

GUESTS

International, all ages, couples, solos, families. Announcements in Spanish and English.

SERVICE

Varied. Great at the front desk and tours, great with cleaning cabins. Food service was lacking. Very good at clearing empty plates, often hard to get another utensil or a drink.

PORTS and EXCURSIONS

Gran Canaria-Easy to get a taxi, we found a better deal and did our own. Local all day tours start around $30 Euro per person.

Tenerife- easy to catch a taxi, we did our own local tour as value was better.

Las Palmas- medium to get a taxi, we did our own tour.

Agadir-probably best to do the group excursion or negotiate taxi rates up front as they don't have meters. Quite a walk to get the the first taxi stand.

Lanzarote-way easier to do the group tour, we did the Timfanaya National Park for around $38 EURO per person and it was well organized with a nice coach, no problems.

Fuertaventura- either way you'll be fine.

ENRICHMENT

No comment, we didn't partake.

ACCESSIBILITY

Elevators are small, and folks with wheelchairs and strollers looked like they might be having a hard time negotiating that small of a space.
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