I want to start by recognizing Rashon and his team in the Meridian dining room. We were fortunate enough to have been assigned a table in his section the first night. When we told Rashon that we enjoyed Indian cuisine, he included a selection every night we dined with him. Every request was met with a cheerful “no problem.” If you are looking for service the way it used to be, ask for Rashon’s team.
Now for the ship. We booked a spa cabin because we enjoy the thermal spa. Unfortunately, I must say that the extra expense is not worth it on the Horizon. There are only 9 reclined heated loungers in the thermal suite. The thermal suite is small and able to accommodate 6 at best. With all spa cabin guests, all guest receiving spa treatments, and day passes sold, forget it. Massively crowded. This “thermal spa” is definitely sub par. Hopefully, Carnival will significantly upgrade this area on the next refurbishment. The cabin itself was adequate but you have to choose if you want morning or evening cabin service. Overall we found the venues to be relatively small. Even though the ship was sailing at about 60% capacity, there we few seats available in the piano bar and the ocean plaza.
We dined in 3 specialty restaurants and found all to be quite good. If you dine in Fahrenheit 555, be sure to ask for Clive. Hopefully they will have promoted him to lead server.