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We chose this cruise because of the affordable price. Maybe you get what you pay for as we struggled a little with other guests at times. Too many drunks, so maybe folks spent their savings on the all you can drink plan. We saw a guy nearly throw up on the comedian and his buddy just stand up in the middle of the comedy show for no apparent reason. We saw a woman punch her boyfriend in the jaw after he called her an unthinkable name (this was in port). Most of all, we had "a lot of loud" whether on deck, in the comedy club, restaurants, etc. It occurred to us that some folks might be maxing out the 15 drink limit to get their money's worth and that was leading to some of what we saw. Why not also offer an 8 drink limit plan for less money and maybe folks don't have to get so wasted that they are annoying everyone else. As for the ship, the ELEVATORS ARE A COMPLETE JOKE!! Folks blamed other passengers for not knowing how to use them but I can tell you that having just gotten off the Carnival Magic, the Horizon consistently had MUCH longer waits for elevators and they stopped at an average of 4 or 5 floors once you got in one! This is definitely not just user error. Most folks got so frustrated that they just got in the first elevator that opened up and rode it as close as they could to their floor then got off and walked up and down steps to get where they were going! It was truly pathetic! The ship is beautiful with a modern design that we really enjoyed. The main dining room has areas that make if feel like a much smaller restaurant. However, the Liquid Lounge which is where the shows was obviously designed by an someone who had never been to a show on a ship. The balcony was basically unusable unless you sat in the first row as the seats behind them are not set high enough to see over the person in front of you. Even the first row has to deal with poles and glass panels that create some issues. As if this is not enough, they have large props for some shows that additionally reduce visibility. There was a giant rose right in the middle of our visibility of the stage. Similarly, the comedy club has large poles that obstruct the view to many of the seats. The stage shows were visually beautiful with colorful costumes and the singers were better than other Carnival ships. However, it was very broadway like without broad appeal for the audience. They took popular songs and twisted them to the point that they were unrecognizable and impossible to appreciate. We generally left thinking we missed the whole story line. I'm sure some will disagree with me, but generally those are the people who pretend to "get" abstract art! The comedians (Chris Wiles and Manny Oliviera) were not our favorites. They both relied more on vulgarity than material. We've been to alot of adult comedy and these two were among the most vulgar we have seen. We enjoyed the waterslides (better than other ships) and the mini golf was the most challenging of any ship. The sky ride and the ropes course were both a challenge in stiff winds. We really regret that Carnival allows kids in the aft pool and all of the hot tubs. We already had to risk that drunks were peeing in the pools but now we have toddlers that we know are peeing in the pools.

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Carnival Horizon Cruise Review by nicnic96

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2020
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Interior Upper/Lower
We chose this cruise because of the affordable price. Maybe you get what you pay for as we struggled a little with other guests at times. Too many drunks, so maybe folks spent their savings on the all you can drink plan. We saw a guy nearly throw up on the comedian and his buddy just stand up in the middle of the comedy show for no apparent reason. We saw a woman punch her boyfriend in the jaw after he called her an unthinkable name (this was in port). Most of all, we had "a lot of loud" whether on deck, in the comedy club, restaurants, etc. It occurred to us that some folks might be maxing out the 15 drink limit to get their money's worth and that was leading to some of what we saw. Why not also offer an 8 drink limit plan for less money and maybe folks don't have to get so wasted that they are annoying everyone else.

As for the ship, the ELEVATORS ARE A COMPLETE JOKE!! Folks blamed other passengers for not knowing how to use them but I can tell you that having just gotten off the Carnival Magic, the Horizon consistently had MUCH longer waits for elevators and they stopped at an average of 4 or 5 floors once you got in one! This is definitely not just user error. Most folks got so frustrated that they just got in the first elevator that opened up and rode it as close as they could to their floor then got off and walked up and down steps to get where they were going! It was truly pathetic!

The ship is beautiful with a modern design that we really enjoyed. The main dining room has areas that make if feel like a much smaller restaurant. However, the Liquid Lounge which is where the shows was obviously designed by an someone who had never been to a show on a ship. The balcony was basically unusable unless you sat in the first row as the seats behind them are not set high enough to see over the person in front of you. Even the first row has to deal with poles and glass panels that create some issues. As if this is not enough, they have large props for some shows that additionally reduce visibility. There was a giant rose right in the middle of our visibility of the stage. Similarly, the comedy club has large poles that obstruct the view to many of the seats.

The stage shows were visually beautiful with colorful costumes and the singers were better than other Carnival ships. However, it was very broadway like without broad appeal for the audience. They took popular songs and twisted them to the point that they were unrecognizable and impossible to appreciate. We generally left thinking we missed the whole story line. I'm sure some will disagree with me, but generally those are the people who pretend to "get" abstract art!

The comedians (Chris Wiles and Manny Oliviera) were not our favorites. They both relied more on vulgarity than material. We've been to alot of adult comedy and these two were among the most vulgar we have seen.

We enjoyed the waterslides (better than other ships) and the mini golf was the most challenging of any ship. The sky ride and the ropes course were both a challenge in stiff winds.

We really regret that Carnival allows kids in the aft pool and all of the hot tubs. We already had to risk that drunks were peeing in the pools but now we have toddlers that we know are peeing in the pools.
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Interior Upper/Lower
Cabin 1A
This is a porthole cabin with 2 twin beds that can't be pushed together. The room was fine except that on heavy sea days we had EXTREMELY LOUD BANGS that we assume were waves but the noise level sounded like we were colliding with another ship. This occured on a couple nights and one night it kept my wife up for 3 hours and we had a fan trying to drown out noise.
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