Decent ship - Smooth ride - Good food

Carnival Horizon Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 4
Helpful Votes: 90

Overall rating:

3.6 out of 5
Carnival Horizon

6 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 24, 2021

Ship: Carnival Horizon

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 8395

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 5 months ago

Review summary

The staff were great, The ride was smooth. Seemed to be the nickel and diming cruise... $3 for popcorn at the dive in, $6 - $13 to see an IMAX show, $4 - $6 to stream a current movie on TV, etc., etc.


5 out of 5
Sailed right on and rooms were ready early

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Main dining wait staff were excellent and food was very good - Buffets pretty much had the same dinner menu as the dining rooms.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Typical trivia etc. Pools and hot tubs were constantly full even with less than 50% passenger capacity during this sailing.


3 out of 5
Shows were pretty good... not the best we ever seen, but good and worth seeing. Comedians were not very good and repeated the same material. Would have liked to see an IMAX show, but wasn't worth $13 to me. Also the TV channel and streaming selection was poor to say the least.

Children's Programs

No children traveling with us

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Great restaurant staff and room steward.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Good décor for Carnival. Pools and hot tubs were lacking. Biggest issue is that they have too many smoking areas.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Typical Balcony room. The swing doors on the balcony needs better cushioning. Our neighbor kept letting their doors slam and really got to be annoying.

Ship tip

I would rather have a Balcony room on the port side... there is no smoking on the front port promenade so less likely to get whiffs of smoke. also it seemed that it was the better side while in port.

Ports of call

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic

4 out of 5
Nice pool, but we had two large ships including ours in this port and we were a little late in getting off the ship and there was not an empty lounge chair to be found.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

4 out of 5
We love this stop, but the tenders were poorly executed and took awhile to get ashore.

Bimini, Bahamas

1 out of 5
Unless if you book an excursion, it's not worth getting off the ship. There is a small beach within walking distance, but nothing to write home about.


3 out of 5
We did a back to back cruise and I am rating this down because they had us wait in a lounge while everyone else disembarked. Once done, we had to get off and go down and turn around and get back on
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