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Carnival Horizon Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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We would recommend, but not rebook

Carnival Horizon Cruise Review by Pepperam1

11 people found this helpful
Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2018
  • Destination: the Mediterranean

To save writing a tomb, here are the pluses and minuses, in our opinion.


Sailed from Barcelona, called into Messina, Naples, Rome port, Florence port, Marseilles. We are a couple in our 60s and have been on NCL, Princess and RC. The reason we will not rebook is the ship is just too contemporary and lacking grandeur. And the reason we booked? Price. However we believe this type of cruise will appeal to many.


New ship

Excellent entertainment throughout the whole ship

Very good dinners

Excellent staff

Very good stateroom

Hard working Cruise Director Mike

Sky Ride

Water features (flumes)



Clever lift (elevator) system

Smooth efficient dis/embarking


Limited breakfast choice, quality suspect at times, not enough (quality) fruit.

Awkward method of reaching food a rear of counter in Market Place cafe

Small swimming pools

Non enforcement of dining attire

Having to queue on deck 5 to be given a ticket for your dinner table on deck 3/4

In stateroom, TV showing our account did not display accurate total, therefore 1hr queue at guest services, who were aware of this issue.

Poorly designed Liquid Room theatre

No music channel on TV

Expensive, poor quality wine (same on all cruise lines)

Surprising lack of hand sanitizing when entering all restaurants

Very, very expensive off shore tours


Ask for smoked salmon at breakfast, the staff will oblige

Ask Guest Services when you can remove/adjust staff tips. It's normally 2 days before your cruise ends. This will save big queues (waiting in line)

Ensure you are not given a stateroom with an adjoining door. We could hear people easily in the next stateroom. This is obviously for families.

Be aware if you are lucky enough to win at the casino you will only be paid in $ cash. We know this is irrelevant now the Horizon is off to USA for the summer


Do people really need to wear baseball caps to dinner?

Please only wear baseball caps back to front if you are under 12

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