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Carnival Horizon Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Slightly disappointing experience...

Carnival Horizon Cruise Review by ashleylpage

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2018
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Interior

This is my third Carnival cruise and it was pretty average. The ship is big and it never felt overly crowded. Everything was new but nothing really wowed me.

As far as staff goes, the cruise director was pretty personable, but could have been more interactive. We met some great crew members who really made our experience nice, especially the guys in Guy's Pig & Anchor. Some of the bartenders were really rude and half the drinks we got were watered down. We got the drink package, luckily, otherwise I would have been mad about buying some of the drinks we had.

The people on the ship were probably the least friendly I've ever met. Then again, this is my first time sailing from New York, so I guess it's expected. You have the typical people who reserve loungers and cabanas with their towels for the whole day. I never really saw staff do anything about it. The Serenity area was so full of people when we visited, it didn't really feel serene.

Entertainment was decent. The Quest was by far my favorite. It's a must do for adults who aren't so prude. The Celestial Strings show was also nice. The Welcome Aboard Show was mostly a waste of time. We went to the Thrill Theater for the Level 3 scary showing. It was so bad, we got a refund. Save yourself the time and money. The Sky Ride was pretty neat, and something you should try out. Make sure you bring your sneakers for it. The pools were tiny and I wouldn't even waste my time unless I had kids. And the spas were filled with mostly obese adults who stayed there for hours on end.

Now for the food. I have to say the Steakhouse is the #1 MUST thing to do on the ship. Hands down, I had the best steak I ever had in my life. Everything was full of flavor. Well worth the $35. We also tried the Bonsai Teppanyaki. It was sub par hibachi. Nothing special. We tried Guy's Pig & Anchor for both the paid dinner and free lunch. The guys were fantastic. The food, not so much. I was most excited for this, as bbq is my favorite. The food had spice, but absolutely no flavor. I didn't know it was possible to make bland bbq, but apparently it is. Try it out for the free lunch, but definitely do not pay to eat here. Hopefully 5'2" (wink wink) Ian is your server, because he was hands down our favorite crew member. Guys Burger was our go-to lunch, and the pizza spot was good for late night. We ate in the main dining room twice for breakfast and once for dinner. We literally left in the middle of our dinner, because the food was horrible. I mean absolutely bland, cardboard tasting like food. I know it's hard to avoid that place, but you should try to.

And then for Bermuda. Absolutely beautiful! We only had time to visit Horseshoe Bay. I'm not sure if this ship will visit here again, but you should if you ever get a chance.

Embarkation/Disembarkation were pretty painless. Make sure you arrive during your appointment time, otherwise you'll wait in a longer line. And make sure you check your charges when you leave. They tried to charge us for four beach towels, when we returned them all. It happened to several other guests as well.

Overall, I enjoyed my vacation, but it was below my expectations. If you get a good deal, I'd say it's worth giving it a try. Bon Voyage!

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Cabin 4H 9373

Cabin was fine and we had enough room for two of us in an interior. The biggest downfall to an interior is the lack of natural lighting. You wake up and it's dark no matter what time of day it is. It really messes with your circadian rhythm.

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