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I am way over due to write my Horizon review. We sailed the 8 day out of Miami on September 22nd. First of all, I loved every minute on the ship. I have no complaints at all. I am going to talk about things I noticed that might sound like a complaint, it is not. Just an observation that I might have wanted to know before I got on the ship. Getting on the ship did not go as planned. We were expecting to start getting on the ship about 11:00. It was after 11:30 and people were still getting off. I think we finally got on about noon. I heard all sorts of reasons for the delay in embarkation- problems in customs, problems with luggage, they were finger printing everyone in customs, someone committed a crime on the ship and they were talking to everyone as they got off the ship….. who knows what really happened. I just know that it was pretty frustrating. We arrived early as we are platinum and were supposed to start getting on the ship at 11:00 AM. Before we got on the ship we looked outside and there was a hug line of people waiting outside, in the heat. I felt terrible for them. They must have been miserable. When we finally let people on they pretty much opened to the doors – calling group numbers one after the other. People just flooded the ship. Everyone showed up for food at the same time, all wanting tables to sit at etc. I really didn’t get a change to unpack before we sailed so I had to spend my first night in the room unpacking. But, we sailed right on time and Miami got smaller and smaller just when it should have. Our room was an aft wrap around balcony. I booked it in February 2017 because there was only 1 wrap around left that was not Havana. We did not want Havana as we felt it was too expensive, we had 7 people. They ended up changing our room to a Havana suite because of high demand. I didn’t get to use the Havana pool during the day because only 2 of the 7 of us were Havana. But the room decorations and balcony furniture were awesome. I loved them. With the exception of one chair on all the Havana balconies that was just not comfortable. You couldn’t really sit on it. We all just laughed at that chair Other than it was great. Our room set up was a bit weird (8470). It seems we lost a chunk of the walking space in the room. We never have much room to walk around in the room when you get a wrap around balcony. But this room was far smaller than any other. The bed was so close to the wall you could barley get through. The TV was off to the side. That did not bother us because we only turned the tv on to check our pictures and the menu for the night. The outlets were at the desk which was in the far corner of the room and hard to get to. All the walking room was on the other side of the bed. I am not sure if the room changed because of the stairs to get down to the Havana pool, or if we were just on a different deck this year. There were only 2 closets. I really did miss the 3rd closet. It made a difference to us. Other than that, it was wonderful. Our kids got a room in the center section at the back of the ship. (8453 and 8455). They had a private hall way and a square shaped room. The hallway much quiet. With only 5 cabins sharing this hallway they didn’t have the people running up and down the hall and slamming their doors. With the square shape of the room it was much bigger than a normal inside cabin. One cabin had a couch and a table. The other room did not have a couch because they had a connecting door. The rooms were great. The Havana pool was very nice. The chairs were very comfortable, and I loved the endless pool. I just wish I spent more time there during the day. We swam there at night quite a bit. The main theater on the ship was smaller than other Carnival Theaters. There was a large bar in the back, which took up a lot of seats. I was happy to see a bar in the theater, that was really nice. I always arrived early so I didn’t have trouble finding a seat. I am not sure if the smaller size was a problem on a larger ship. It seems like it would be. The shows were really well done. The sports bar was the other place that was smaller than normal. It seemed like it would be a problem. The only time that I saw it be a problem was Monday night football. People were standing in the sports bar and in the hallway outside the sports bar. It clogged up the aisle and I am sure people had a hard time seeing the TV’s. I cannot comment on the casino too much. Only that I could not stand walking through it. It was so smoky I couldn’t ever do more than walk (quickly) through it. It also seemed smaller. The comedy club is a different design as well. The center portion was all seats, theater style. No tables. This made for more seats available. The line to wait for the comedy club was in a main walk way and it took up a lot of the aisle when people were waiting. It was also right next to the sports bar so it was an issue on Monday night when the sports bar spilled out into the same aisle. Also, there were 4 very thick pillars in the comedy club. No matter when I got there or how long I waited I always seemed to sit behind a pillar. There were screens on the wall that showed the comedians, so I didn’t miss too much. But it seems like there were a lot of blocked seats there. The dining room was great. We enjoy our waitstaff and the food was very good. We feel like dinner in the MDR is more of an event than just a meal. It’s a highlight of our trip. We enjoyed it very much. We ate at the steakhouse 1 night. It was great. We enjoyed every minute of it. The photos on the Horizon are all digital. You can view them in your room or on the app on your phone or computer, or in the Pixels studio. All you had to do was give your room number to the photographer every time you had your picture taken. I only had to wait for about an hour for them to show up. Sometimes even less. I did not miss searching through all the pictures looking for mine every day. The digital pictures are a huge plus to me. There are also a ton of notebooks in the Pixels area. Instead of walls and walls of pictures there have notebooks. There were plenty of notebooks available until the last night. Then you had to wait for a notebook. Try not to wait for the last night to order your pictures. I really liked being able to see them on my phone. I had the unlimited photo package and brought home 226 pictures. I am a photo nut so I could not have been happier. Okay here is my only complaint about the Horizon. There are only 2 ice cream stations on the ship. Both of them are inside, in the lido area. I really missed the ice cream they had outside by the aft pool. Having to go to one specific place every time I wanted an ice cream was not fun. I know I said I didn’t have any complaints, but I was wrong. The ice cream is a real complaint to me. There were so many things to do on the Horizon. It was almost hard because I wanted to do everything! There is no way to do everything and I felt like I was missing things. Which is crazy, I know. I always say you can stay busy all day or do nothing, what ever you want to do. But what if I want to do both? It was hard for me to balance it. The Skyride was shut down the week were on the Horizon. That was pretty disappointing. We were really looking forward to it. It was one of the reasons we booked on the Horizon. Oh well. The ropes walk was great. The sports area was great with miniature golf, basketball pool tables, fools ball, shuffleboard etc. It was really well done. There were so many places to eat. We couldn’t eat everywhere. We ate lunch at the Italian restaurant and at the Pig and Anchor on sea days. Both were very good. We had a brunch in the dining room twice. Again, it was great. The food in the lido deck was very good and I liked the way it was set up. I really didn’t wait in a long line all week. Guys burgers is my favorite and I ate there a lot. So good!!! I had trouble finding the chocolate buffet on the last day. But, I finally found it. Again, my only problem with the food was the ice cream machines. The Baked Alaska parade was great to see again. I missed that. Some of us took a tour of the beer distillery on the ship. There was a charge but they got to see where they make the beer, learn all about it and it included beer, a free glass, a certificate and a glass of beer sometime during the trip. They all really enjoyed it. The Carnival app has really improved since the last time I used it in 2016. Last time I had trouble with my Samsung phone. But this time it worked great. There was a new planner function on the app. I could go through the daily activities and put anything I wanted to do in my planner. All I had to do everyday was look at my own planner and I would know what I wanted to do next. Again, so many things to do I couldn’t do everything. I could see it on my planner if anyone in my group put the same thing on their planner. That was a great feature. As I said before, I loved seeing my pictures on the app. Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp all worked great. The crew on the Horizon were all top notch. Everyone was great. Mike the CD was a lot of fun and very approachable. Mike had a Veteran’s appreciate event on the first sea day. My husband is a Vietnam Vet so we went. We weren’t expecting too much. We were both blown away. What a great job Mike did. Everyone left feeling great. We got to know a some of our cruise mates. And people were coming up to my husband to shake his hand and thank him. It made him feel great. I cried. But that is not unusual. Great job Mike!!! The Platinum party was the best one that I had been to. When we walked in the bar was covered with all kinds of drinks. Wine, fruity drinks etc. Plus they wait staff had plenty of drinks to pass out. In the past we have had a hard time getting drinks. This was not the case this time. They had daquiri’s, kiss on the lips, etc. They did a great job making sure everyone had what they wanted. It was a fun party. Getting on and off the ship was very smooth while we were in port. They only problem was trying to get in to the elevators. People would just jump on any elevator or not indicate how many people they had in their group. One time we had to wait for 4 elevators before we could get on one. Other than that they were well organized and efficient. The elevators work fine when you use them properly. The only problem was when people didn’t use them right. But I liked the system and I think it is a good process. I know a lot of people have complained about the layout of the Vista and the Horizon. I didn’t see it. I loved every bit of it. I hope to cruise on her again someday.

Loved this ship and everything about her. Great cruise!

Carnival Horizon Cruise Review by lhargrove62

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2018
  • Destination: Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Havana Premium Vista Balcony
I am way over due to write my Horizon review. We sailed the 8 day out of Miami on September 22nd.

First of all, I loved every minute on the ship. I have no complaints at all. I am going to talk about things I noticed that might sound like a complaint, it is not. Just an observation that I might have wanted to know before I got on the ship.

Getting on the ship did not go as planned. We were expecting to start getting on the ship about 11:00. It was after 11:30 and people were still getting off. I think we finally got on about noon. I heard all sorts of reasons for the delay in embarkation- problems in customs, problems with luggage, they were finger printing everyone in customs, someone committed a crime on the ship and they were talking to everyone as they got off the ship….. who knows what really happened. I just know that it was pretty frustrating. We arrived early as we are platinum and were supposed to start getting on the ship at 11:00 AM. Before we got on the ship we looked outside and there was a hug line of people waiting outside, in the heat. I felt terrible for them. They must have been miserable. When we finally let people on they pretty much opened to the doors – calling group numbers one after the other. People just flooded the ship. Everyone showed up for food at the same time, all wanting tables to sit at etc. I really didn’t get a change to unpack before we sailed so I had to spend my first night in the room unpacking. But, we sailed right on time and Miami got smaller and smaller just when it should have.

Our room was an aft wrap around balcony. I booked it in February 2017 because there was only 1 wrap around left that was not Havana. We did not want Havana as we felt it was too expensive, we had 7 people. They ended up changing our room to a Havana suite because of high demand. I didn’t get to use the Havana pool during the day because only 2 of the 7 of us were Havana. But the room decorations and balcony furniture were awesome. I loved them. With the exception of one chair on all the Havana balconies that was just not comfortable. You couldn’t really sit on it. We all just laughed at that chair Other than it was great. Our room set up was a bit weird (8470). It seems we lost a chunk of the walking space in the room. We never have much room to walk around in the room when you get a wrap around balcony. But this room was far smaller than any other. The bed was so close to the wall you could barley get through. The TV was off to the side. That did not bother us because we only turned the tv on to check our pictures and the menu for the night. The outlets were at the desk which was in the far corner of the room and hard to get to. All the walking room was on the other side of the bed. I am not sure if the room changed because of the stairs to get down to the Havana pool, or if we were just on a different deck this year. There were only 2 closets. I really did miss the 3rd closet. It made a difference to us. Other than that, it was wonderful.

Our kids got a room in the center section at the back of the ship. (8453 and 8455). They had a private hall way and a square shaped room. The hallway much quiet. With only 5 cabins sharing this hallway they didn’t have the people running up and down the hall and slamming their doors. With the square shape of the room it was much bigger than a normal inside cabin. One cabin had a couch and a table. The other room did not have a couch because they had a connecting door. The rooms were great.

The Havana pool was very nice. The chairs were very comfortable, and I loved the endless pool. I just wish I spent more time there during the day. We swam there at night quite a bit.

The main theater on the ship was smaller than other Carnival Theaters. There was a large bar in the back, which took up a lot of seats. I was happy to see a bar in the theater, that was really nice. I always arrived early so I didn’t have trouble finding a seat. I am not sure if the smaller size was a problem on a larger ship. It seems like it would be. The shows were really well done.

The sports bar was the other place that was smaller than normal. It seemed like it would be a problem. The only time that I saw it be a problem was Monday night football. People were standing in the sports bar and in the hallway outside the sports bar. It clogged up the aisle and I am sure people had a hard time seeing the TV’s.

I cannot comment on the casino too much. Only that I could not stand walking through it. It was so smoky I couldn’t ever do more than walk (quickly) through it. It also seemed smaller.

The comedy club is a different design as well. The center portion was all seats, theater style. No tables. This made for more seats available. The line to wait for the comedy club was in a main walk way and it took up a lot of the aisle when people were waiting. It was also right next to the sports bar so it was an issue on Monday night when the sports bar spilled out into the same aisle. Also, there were 4 very thick pillars in the comedy club. No matter when I got there or how long I waited I always seemed to sit behind a pillar. There were screens on the wall that showed the comedians, so I didn’t miss too much. But it seems like there were a lot of blocked seats there.

The dining room was great. We enjoy our waitstaff and the food was very good. We feel like dinner in the MDR is more of an event than just a meal. It’s a highlight of our trip. We enjoyed it very much.

We ate at the steakhouse 1 night. It was great. We enjoyed every minute of it.

The photos on the Horizon are all digital. You can view them in your room or on the app on your phone or computer, or in the Pixels studio. All you had to do was give your room number to the photographer every time you had your picture taken. I only had to wait for about an hour for them to show up. Sometimes even less. I did not miss searching through all the pictures looking for mine every day. The digital pictures are a huge plus to me. There are also a ton of notebooks in the Pixels area. Instead of walls and walls of pictures there have notebooks. There were plenty of notebooks available until the last night. Then you had to wait for a notebook. Try not to wait for the last night to order your pictures. I really liked being able to see them on my phone. I had the unlimited photo package and brought home 226 pictures. I am a photo nut so I could not have been happier.

Okay here is my only complaint about the Horizon. There are only 2 ice cream stations on the ship. Both of them are inside, in the lido area. I really missed the ice cream they had outside by the aft pool. Having to go to one specific place every time I wanted an ice cream was not fun. I know I said I didn’t have any complaints, but I was wrong. The ice cream is a real complaint to me.

There were so many things to do on the Horizon. It was almost hard because I wanted to do everything! There is no way to do everything and I felt like I was missing things. Which is crazy, I know. I always say you can stay busy all day or do nothing, what ever you want to do. But what if I want to do both? It was hard for me to balance it.

The Skyride was shut down the week were on the Horizon. That was pretty disappointing. We were really looking forward to it. It was one of the reasons we booked on the Horizon. Oh well. The ropes walk was great. The sports area was great with miniature golf, basketball pool tables, fools ball, shuffleboard etc. It was really well done.

There were so many places to eat. We couldn’t eat everywhere. We ate lunch at the Italian restaurant and at the Pig and Anchor on sea days. Both were very good. We had a brunch in the dining room twice. Again, it was great. The food in the lido deck was very good and I liked the way it was set up. I really didn’t wait in a long line all week. Guys burgers is my favorite and I ate there a lot. So good!!! I had trouble finding the chocolate buffet on the last day. But, I finally found it. Again, my only problem with the food was the ice cream machines. The Baked Alaska parade was great to see again. I missed that.

Some of us took a tour of the beer distillery on the ship. There was a charge but they got to see where they make the beer, learn all about it and it included beer, a free glass, a certificate and a glass of beer sometime during the trip. They all really enjoyed it.

The Carnival app has really improved since the last time I used it in 2016. Last time I had trouble with my Samsung phone. But this time it worked great. There was a new planner function on the app. I could go through the daily activities and put anything I wanted to do in my planner. All I had to do everyday was look at my own planner and I would know what I wanted to do next. Again, so many things to do I couldn’t do everything. I could see it on my planner if anyone in my group put the same thing on their planner. That was a great feature. As I said before, I loved seeing my pictures on the app. Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp all worked great.

The crew on the Horizon were all top notch. Everyone was great. Mike the CD was a lot of fun and very approachable. Mike had a Veteran’s appreciate event on the first sea day. My husband is a Vietnam Vet so we went. We weren’t expecting too much. We were both blown away. What a great job Mike did. Everyone left feeling great. We got to know a some of our cruise mates. And people were coming up to my husband to shake his hand and thank him. It made him feel great. I cried. But that is not unusual. Great job Mike!!!

The Platinum party was the best one that I had been to. When we walked in the bar was covered with all kinds of drinks. Wine, fruity drinks etc. Plus they wait staff had plenty of drinks to pass out. In the past we have had a hard time getting drinks. This was not the case this time. They had daquiri’s, kiss on the lips, etc. They did a great job making sure everyone had what they wanted. It was a fun party.

Getting on and off the ship was very smooth while we were in port.

They only problem was trying to get in to the elevators. People would just jump on any elevator or not indicate how many people they had in their group. One time we had to wait for 4 elevators before we could get on one. Other than that they were well organized and efficient.

The elevators work fine when you use them properly. The only problem was when people didn’t use them right. But I liked the system and I think it is a good process.

I know a lot of people have complained about the layout of the Vista and the Horizon. I didn’t see it.

I loved every bit of it. I hope to cruise on her again someday.
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Havana Premium Vista Balcony
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I love the wrap around aft cabins. The balcony is amazing. You trade off a bit for the room itself. The cabin was hard to walk around in. No walking room. The desk was in a corner off on it's own. I missed the 3rd closet. The Havana furniture is amazing. Loved it!
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