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Carnival Horizon Cruise Review

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 11

Overall rating:

3.9 out of 5
Carnival Horizon

8 Night Southern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 11, 2020

Ship: Carnival Horizon

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 6478

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 10 months ago

Review summary

Some things were disappointing but all in all a fun time with great friends. I even found my first cruise duck! The elevators are easy to use. Never had to wait for one.


5 out of 5
Easy and fast. Entered building and within 30 minutes on board.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Never made it to dining room. We had linked dinner with our friends however there was a mix up and they were given anytime dining and we had late dining. Didn’t feel like going thru the hassle to get it corrected. Ended up in specialty restaurants for dinner. Buffet had lots of choices at lunch. Try Mongolian Wok, it’s complimentary at lunch but service was slow. Didn’t have breakfast or dinner at buffet.

JavaBlue Cafe

5 out of 5

Fabulous friendly staff with good coffee choices. Also serves shakes.

Ji Ji Asian Kitchen

4 out of 5

A definite must try. Food served family style. Fresh and tasty.

Guy's Pig & Anchor BBQ Smokehouse Brewhouse

4 out of 5

BBQ was wonderful, ate here twice. Don’t miss the prime rib, ribs or brisket.

Cucina del Capitano

3 out of 5

Veal was a bit tough. Best item was the meatballs. Chicken parm was a large portion, needed more sauce.

Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse

4 out of 5

Nice atmosphere with great service. Filet delicious. My husband had filet and lobster tail. The tail was half of a tail, not a full tail. He said it was tasty. Cheesecake was yummy.

Bonsai Teppanyaki

2 out of 5

Felt very rushed. All apps brought at the same time. Soup was served with main course. Other than the great show we didn’t enjoy the food. Friends lobster was only a few pieces. The shrimp was served with heads and legs. The floor was greasy. One of the windows looking into the restaurant was dirty the entire cruise.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Always something to do. Trivia and games throughout the day. Main pools and pool areas over crowded, chairs hard to come by. We stayed in the Havana area so chairs were always available.


4 out of 5
Latin band enjoyable. Horizon Wireless band was the best. Saw 2 shows, music was good but storylines confusing.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Five stars to the staff in the Havana Bar and pool area. They did a great job.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
For a ship that’s 2 years old I was surprised at the rust in the Havana pool area. Tile going up to the hot tubs very rusty and in need of a good scrubbing. Musty odor in Havana Bar area and there was leaking water from the ceiling. Staff had put down cloths on the floor as well as high powered dryers. Ocean Plaza carpet in seating area had water stains and a damp musty smell. Water leaked onto my friends head and had to move to another table. Carnival needs to fix the problem.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5

Ship tip

Book a cabin in the Havana area. Private pool, 2 hot tubs and bar. Very quiet and relaxing.

Ports of call

Oranjestad, Aruba

4 out of 5
Was so looking forward to Aruba. Not enough time in Port. Taxi driver took us to a beach, he said one of the best beaches in the world, NOT! I think we needed to spend more time on the island and do a tour. Had lunch at fun restaurant and shopped at the port. Would love to have had 2 days there.

Willemstad, Curacao

4 out of 5
Fun night life. Check out the bridge.

La Romana, Dominican Republic

3 out of 5
Ok port. Enjoyed shopping local crafts.

Grand Turk Island

2 out of 5
Why do cruise lines go here? Not impressed.


5 out of 5

Traveler Photos

View of Havana area from our balcony Bridge at night Rust on tile Havana extended aft balcony sitting area Rust on balcony of cabin Havana pool
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