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Carnival Horizon Cruise Review

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Review: 1
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Overall rating:

5 out of 5
Carnival Horizon

8 Night Southern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: November 02, 2019

Ship: Carnival Horizon

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 8297

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

This is my 6th cruise with Carnival and it gets better each time. I’m already planning my next one on the Mardi Gras. The only disappointment was the photo gallery. Takes too long to pick and purchase photos. I say go back to the printed picture walls, Easier and more fun.


5 out of 5
Embarkation gets better and better each time I cruise. I was disappointed that I missed out on the faster to the fun program but we didn’t need it. We were on board just as quickly.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Dining room, excellent food and service. Guys burger joint is really good. Had the pizza and the lido buffet. All was tasty. Red frog rum bar is always my favorite

RedFrog Rum Bar

5 out of 5

Rum is my favorite. Had the daily specials every day. Enjoyed them and the wait staff.

The Comfort Kitchen

5 out of 5

Pizza and sandwiches excellent

Reflection Restaurant

5 out of 5

Great service and great food

Lido Marketplace

4 out of 5

Hasn’t changed much over the years but did see some improvements on the Horizon. Mostly ate breakfast here

Guy's Pig & Anchor BBQ Smokehouse Brewhouse

5 out of 5

Great BBQ and specialty drinks

Guy's Burger Joint

5 out of 5

Tasty burgers and fries

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Lido is where I spend most of my time and it was great. The little cabanas were nice to sit, visit and dip your toes. The sport square was a fun area for adults and my older kids. Corn hole games, ping pong and full size basketball courts were lots of fun as well as the sky ride and rope course

Horizon Casino

5 out of 5

Lost some money in the casino but enjoyed the craps table. Others in my group won some money.

The Fun Shops

5 out of 5

I always buy jewelry.. great staff and services. They ran out of my favorite liquor, but it’s a favorite of everyone I suppose

The Clubhouse at SportsSquare

5 out of 5

Had 60 in my group all ages and we all enjoyed the sportsquare. Ping pong, corn hole, basketball, sky ride, rope course. We did it all


2 out of 5

I have to say this was the only thing I was disappointed about. Previous cruises you could go find your pictures..pick what you wanted, pay and go. I selected all my favorite pictures on the carnival hub app, thought I’d be able to select all and pay.. not the case. Had to select them all one at a time. Pick a package and pay. It took me 2 hours to purchase photos. Carnival, go back to the printed picture walls. It was much easier and more fun.

Beauty Salon

5 out of 5

Took my youngest daughter for a pedicure on day 5 we both enjoyed it.


5 out of 5
Sail away dance party was so much fun. Music, DJs, Cruise Director all fantastic Watched a few movies too

Carnival Seaside Theater

5 out of 5

Watched a few movies. You grab popcorn and a lounge chair or hang in the pool. Very nice

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All staff on board Horizon were fantastic. All friendly. Our dining room waiter was a highlight very entertaining, he came in midway through the cruise so I can’t remember his name. Daniella our room steward did an amazing job.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Daniella was excellent, cabin always nice and tidy and the towel animals were really cute. First cruise I’ve been on where there was a fridge in the room. Always love the balcony rooms. Ordered room service and sipped my coffee or mimosa on the balcony in the mornings. Note: order your champagne the night before and put it in the fridge, then order orange juice with your room service.

Ship tip

On any cruise my advice is order the morning continental breakfast room service. That way if you have an early shore excursions you can have cereal, toast and coffee as you get ready and won’t have to fight crowds at the lido buffet.

Ports of call

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5
Aruba was my favorite stop. We did a catamaran snorkel excursion and to my surprise we were snorkeling over a WW2 Shipwreck. This was so amazing I’d recommend it to anyone and I will definitely be going back. The people were friendly and fun. The island was beautiful.

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5
We did the Hato Cave and Snorkel on the west side of the island. Beautiful beach and the flamingos were neat to see in the wild. Our tour guide was super cute and very excited and proud of her county.. I love to hear about the history.

La Romana, Dominican Republic

5 out of 5
Did the extreme zip line. Staff there were friendly and fun. The cruise terminal is nice, you can shop and have cocktails. Didn’t see much else because our tour lasted most of the day but the island is beautiful green.

Grand Turk Island

5 out of 5
Grand Turk is beautiful. This was my second time visiting. You don’t need to book a shore excursions here. The beach, pools and shopping are all by the docks. My first trip here we did the catamaran snorkel cruise, had a fantastic time.

Miami, Florida

5 out of 5


5 out of 5
Debarkation was easy and fairly quick. Our group was held for a period but that wasn’t carnival it was the port. We were already off the ship. Others in my group got off the ship really quick.
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