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Carnival Horizon Review

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Lots of FUN on Carnival's Newest Ship

Review for Carnival Horizon to Bermuda
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jonlemke
First Time Cruiser • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Aug 2018
Cabin: Cove Balcony
Farenheit 555 (extra cost steakhouse)
The atrium lobby - the main shopping center of the boat.
The hallways are very long.
Looking down the side of the boat from above one of the bridge "wings&#
The front of the boat was almost always empty.
Deck 9 forward, right above the bridge. Read my review to learn how to get
Looking down at Deck 9 seating area (right above the Bridge "wings"
The Royal Navy Dockyard, Bermuda.
The marina at the Royal Navy Dockyard in Bermuda.
Seating area outside the Tides Pool. This is a great place to eat lunch fro
The Sky Ride Bikes. These were fun, but the lines can get long. Go right af
The Tides pool was generally less crowded than the central Beach Pool, and
Another view of the Tides Pool.
The crew went crazy with the towel animals on port day.
A view of the Horizon docked in Bermuda.
A view of the back of the boat.
Another view of the Horizon docked in Bermuda.
And yet another view of the boat in Bermuda.
Fort Hamilton is a fun (and free) place to visit in Bermuda with great view
Fort Hamilton is a fun (and free) place to visit in Bermuda with great view
Hamilton, Bermuda.
Fort Hamilton is a fun (and free) place to visit in Bermuda with great view
The cove balconies are a great place to watch late comers arrive back at th
The ship's coin.It's behind the water slides.
This is the view you'll see for the majority of your cruise. Empty wate
The water slides were actually really good. I was surprised at how long the
The view from cabin 2306 at sunset.
Seating area in the Lido Marketplace.
A giant foosball table in the Clubhouse area.
The fitness center had great views.
Another view of the fitness center.
Ice carving was fun to watch.
Another view from cabin 2306.
After the main Celestial Strings show the cast goes out into the Atrium lob
The coffee machines in the Lido Marketplace.I made Ice Coffee most days. A
The Tides Pool.
Lots of activities on the upper deck - pool tables, mini golf, ropes course
The water park was popular with kids and adults.
The Beach pool on the lido deck was the main gathering area on the boat (us
Cabin 2306 is circled. Note the exterior doors (see arrows). These made a l
A panoramic view of NYC from deck 14.
Embarkation went very smoothly (except for issues with the elevators). You
Guy's burger bar! Always popular.
Bacon at the Guy's Burger Bar condiment bar. Great on ice cream and bur
A massive burger from Guy's.
The Sky Ride bikes. These are fun and the views are great. Lines can be lon
A view of the water slides.
Another view of the Tides Pool.
The ropes course and sports area.
The beach pool.
Cabin 2306. Not too tiny.
This is a cove balcony. Private, cozy, and close to the water. Not huge, bu
Another view of the cove balcony. The big door could cover the glass door i
A view of NYC as we left.
A view of NYC as we left.
The sail away party was fun, but make sure to take time to enjoy the view a
Another view of the beach pool.
Party Time!
A view of the bridge from our cabin.
The funnel.
Cool LED screen in the lobby atrium.
A panoramic view of the Liquid Lounge, the main theater on the boat.
The "secret" seating area on Deck 14. Go up to "The Salon"
Mike, our cruise director, demonstrating how to shake a drink.
The deck area of the Beach Pool and the water park.
Guy's Burger Bar was the most crowded area of the ship while it was ope
Red Frog Rum Bar.
Blue Iguana - great tacos and burritos.
Water.
A menu at Guy's Burger Bar.
The beach pool was usually the most crowded.
The staff at Blue Iguana making food to order.
Bacon (from Guy's) and Ice Cream (from the Lido Marketplace) is a match
The front of the boat was generally quiet and empty.
The hot tub at the very front of the boat was reserved for the crew.
The promenade deck was generally way less crowded than the lido deck.
Real smoked BBQ on a boat!
Guy's Pig & Anchor and the Pixels photo gallery.
Cheesecake was probably the best free choice on the room service menu. Yum!
Towel animal madness on port day.
Coming back to the boat in Bermuda.
Some extra snacks from the "Behind the Fun" tour were delivered to
Soft serve ice cream was available 24 hours, but the Gelato (only at lunch)
The arcade.
The arcade.
A kids area. Normally they had video game consoles set up here.
The Imax theater lobby. It cost about as much as seeing a movie on land, bu
The need to load a lot of stuff onto the boat when it's docked.
Two of the 20-30 semi trailers they'll need to stock the boat.
Customs made us wish it was run by Carnival and not the US Government. The

The Horizon makes the occasional attempt at sophistication. There’s still a cruise formal night, where guests are expected to dress up for dinner in the main dining rooms. A library bar. Expensive suites and spa services. Diamond jewelry for sale. Wild boar and escargot on menu for dinner. And, most successfully, there’s a really good new show in the theater – Celestial Strings – set all in white and with a live string trio providing some of the music. But if you’re looking for class and elegance you’re on the wrong cruise line. Carnival is home of the FUN ships – capital F. U. N. – and simple (some may call it low-brow) dining and entertainment is what they do best. The very hairy chest competition. The “Love and Marriage Show” version of the classic Newlywed Game. A group of (very drunk) friends singing Karaoke in lounge. PG-13 and R rated comedy and games. Not one, but two restaurants by Guy Fieri (burgers and BBQ). 24 hour pizza and ice cream. If you’re going on a cruise to have fun – and don’t have snobbish expectations – then you’ll do well on the Horizon.

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Cabin Review

Cove Balcony

Cabin 7C

The Cove Balcony cabins are a great choice on Carnival ships. They don't get as much sun as higher level cabins (no one can look down into the Balconies from above), but they are more private and you get to stay closer to the water. Most of the cabins on this level are below the life boats, but we chose 2306 because there was no life boat directly above it.

The downside to this cabin was that it's right below two external access doors (for crew) on the floor above, and they tended to slam close at all hours. Cabin 2308 or 2310 might be better. Look at my pictures for details.

As a first time cruiser I was pleasantly surprised wasn't as tiny as I was expecting. There was enough room to move around and store all of stuff.

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