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Carnival Horizon Cruise Review

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 8

Overall rating:

4.1 out of 5
Carnival Horizon

8 Night Southern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: November 16, 2019

Ship: Carnival Horizon

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 12203

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

A cruise is what you make it. They provide ample entertainment and it is possible to avoid crowds (except pools). The staff was pleasant and helpful. We had no problems with elevators. Read instructions and super easy. I had a fabulous time and would go again in a heartbeat.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
We were dropped off in front of the terminal. Walked in and never stopped till on the ship. My sister in law is Platinum so that probably helped.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5

Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse

4 out of 5

We opted for the lobster and it was great. Appetizer good. Service ok. They seemed a little distracted at first. Better as evening progressed.

Chef's Table

4 out of 5

A lot of food. Really enjoyed the information and tour. Just felt guilty because I was full halfway through. The chef was great and offered interesting information. The kitchen is amazing. I would have enjoyed it more if not so much food. But I have a small appetite.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Serenity

2 out of 5

Get there early or forget about getting a chair. Hot tub not hot. Barely warm.

Horizon Casino

4 out of 5

Casino staff very nice and pleasant. I learned to go on off times to avoid crowded casino. Did not win but met some who did. Yes it is smoky at times. Easy to avoid by using early in day.

Cloud 9 Spa

4 out of 5

We were in a spa balcony cabin. I had used the thermal spa on Norwegian epic so I was curious to compare. The spa staff were friendly and I was pleasantly surprised they were not as hard sell as previous cruises. Usually they are very pushy but big ship gives them more customers. The thermal pool was a 0 star. Uncomfortable and no space. Epic won hands down in that one. Steam rooms were great. Loved the radiant heat and three other steam rooms. Carnival beat epic by a small margin. Carnival thermal area and locker room very small compared to epic. So I definitely preferred epic spa to carnival. Got one massage and it was really good. Also used the hair salon and enjoyed that.

Entertainment

4 out of 5

Carnival Seaside Theater

5 out of 5

That was super fun. Great weather really helps. Had a pizza delivery for the show and sat back.

Carnival Multiplex

4 out of 5

IMAX was great. Not many people in theater and enjoyed movie. No real popcorn......only packaged popcorn. I missed that smell walking in.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Ni was very friendly and efficient. We are pretty self sufficient and even showered in the spa. Cute towel animals and ice filled daily.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Beautiful.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5

Ports of call

La Romana, Dominican Republic

5 out of 5
Was not going to get off this stop due to bad press. We booked a last minute ship excursion to Catalina island. Perfect weather for hanging on beach and snorkeling. Loved it

Oranjestad, Aruba

4 out of 5
Did resort for a day at RIU. Great time.

Willemstad, Curacao

3 out of 5
Hot that day. Ship arrived at 1pm to 10pm. Just walked around past bridge. Cute area but typical tourist stuff.

Grand Turk Island

3 out of 5

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Super fast
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