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Carnival Horizon Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 12

Overall rating:

4.2 out of 5
Carnival Horizon

8 Night Southern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 21, 2019

Ship: Carnival Horizon

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 14204

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Overall a pretty cool cruise. Our first time to these ports of call, learned what we’ll do different next time. Horizon is nice ship but I can’t say I like it better than some of the older ships in the fleet.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
Once we got to the ship, very smooth. Some delay with the transfer from Ft Lauderdale airport to Miami cruise port

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The main dining was great. We were treated by our travel buddies to a dinner at 555 steakhouse and it was fantastic

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
The pools seemed kinda small. The sky ride was not available for use, which was disappointing.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
Didn’t catch any of the stage shows this trip. There was o e particularly outstanding comedian at the Pubchliner, the other three we saw were okay to good.

Children's Programs

No kids

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Dining room staff was efficient and fun. Room steward was good.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Ship was clean and well maintained. The bathrooms likely to see high volume (outside the lounges and theater) were entirely too small (just three stalls) and decorated in a horrendous shade of green

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Bed was comfy, kept clean. Was a bit on the small side

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

4 out of 5

Grand Turk Island

5 out of 5
Very pretty. We did a catamaran snorkel and beach day. Great crew. Tasty rum punch and nice beach. I think the excursion was through Chuuka, booked with Carnival

La Romana, Dominican Republic

3 out of 5
It was extremely hot the day we stopped in La Romana. I didn’t feel well so we shopped briefly at the shops by port and had a ship day

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5
It is a beautiful little city. We went free style during the day (went to Blue bay beach) and did Willemstad by Night as a Carnival excursion. It was cool to see the city by night and a very informative excursion. Heavy on the interesting, kinda light on the fun. When we go back to Curocao we’ll probably do Mambo Beach and see some of the places Willemstad by Night tour pointed out but we weren’t able to do (see some of the historic homes, eat at restaurant in Ft Nassau, see the cathedral)

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5
Lots of variety at the shops by the port. And they are air conditioned. We did a sail and snorkel on a restored schooner. Lovely boat, wonderful crew, tasty lunch and interesting snorkeling.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Because we had an early flight I think this was the smoothest disembarkation experience we’ve ever had. The crew was very professional, even though some folks on their last cruise day do not follow directions very well. If you don’t have an early flight, Faster to the Fun is also Faster off the Boat, might be worth the $.
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