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Carnival Horizon Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 23

Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
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Carnival Horizon

6 Night Eastern Caribbean Holiday (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 22, 2019

Ship: Carnival Horizon

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 8212

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Great first time experience! I would love to go on another cruise in the future. Perhaps one where we have longer port days.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
process was smooth and we boarded within 10-15min after security check in.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Food was great! The cost of the specialty restaurants was kind of pricey. We didn't realize that you could order multiple apps or entree in main dining until maybe our 3rd day. The waiters were also cautious about getting guest sick. Our son was nauseous one night and left the dining room after his food arrived. We asked to take it to go, but he insisted we get a new plate so our son wouldn't get sick from eating cold food.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
There were lots of activites. My children didn't do the pool or some of the activities because they were kind of sea sick. They mostly stayed in their cabin during sea days. Some of the activities that we did do included the sky ride, obstacle course, and ping pong. These activity were enjoyable.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Shows were amazing! Hasbro and lip sync battle was great. Mike our cruise director was hilarious! The performers were entertaining and did a wonderful job singing and dancing.

Children's Programs

Even though the kids signed up, they did not participate in the programs.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Everyone was friendly and nice! The service crew members deserve the gratuities that we paid! Our room steward Rahman did an exceptional job of keeping our room tidy!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The crew members were always cleaning. The ship was very clean and well maintained!

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
The size and comfort was perfect for our family of 4. The only problem I had was the lingering bathroom smell. it smelled like several day old wet clothes. The only time it didn't smell bad was after or shower. Perhaps having some kind of deodorizer in the bathroom would help.

Ship tip

Bring elegant wear. We didn't know about elegant days so didn't bring anything nice to wear.

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

5 out of 5
No excursion. The port was very nice!

Grand Turk Island

5 out of 5
Port was nice! We did kayaking and eco tour which was nice and relaxing. Got to see a variety of sealife and saw a few donkeys! Beach was amazing!

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic

5 out of 5
My favorite day! We did waterfall of Damagua and ziplining. The waterfall was fun though it was short. Ziplining was also fun, but also short. Its too be expected since we had to get back to the ship on time.

Nassau, Bahamas

4 out of 5
It rained in this day so we cut our time on excursion short.We did dolphin encounter, beach, and water inflatables at Blue lagoon. The dolphin encounter was an experience that needed to be done at least once in your lifetime! The beach was amazing and I wish we could have enjoyed it if it didn't rain.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
fast and organized. We were out of the ship in no time.
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