Carnival Horizon Review
Posted on 09/29/2018
After sailing on the Carnival Vista last year, I had a pretty good idea what to expect on the Horizon. My First impression was the continuing evolution of Carnival, started with the debut of Vista has continued. The public spaces had taken a huge step forward on the Vista and this continues Horizon. The tacky decor of old is gone, with modern design and feel in, the layout offers an easy flow through public spaces.
Staterooms are typically Carnival fare, larger then competition, tastefully decorated but relatively spartan. My room was a family Oceanview with good space for a young family, the unique feature of this class of stateroom is two sets of facilities, the main bathroom features shower, toilet and sink, the second offers a tub/shower combo with sink (no toilet) The in room TV features CNN, TNT, and Family focused fare. The glaring exclusion is the lack of any sports channels on the in room tv. Also on offer are ship channels, pay per view movies, and access to your onboard charges.
My favorite offerings on Horizon are the Havana Suites featuring private outdoor Cabanas and private aft ship pool deck and entertainment.
Shows: one of the huge improvements on Carnival has been the Entertainment, modern vibrant shows, with some unique offerings that will please the masses.
Outdoor attractions: the ropes course and water park slides and little ones kids splash park will keep your family happy and entertained while sailing.
Dining: Multiple free and surcharge dining venues, a few that stood out are Guys Burger bar (free), offering excellent hamburgers with toppings to please everyone. The Pig & Anchor BBQ and brew pub is a great value for a surcharge option, tasty food, with solid entertainment, and excellent brewed onboard beers. The 24/7 Pizza shop offers excellent pizza whenever the desire for a slice. The Seafood shack offers a la carte Seafood options featuring chowder bread bowls, oysters and fried seafood buckets. The buffets offer something for everyone, with enough variety to keep the family happy, including made to order eggs and omelette stations and Deli sandwich offerings at lunch
The main dining rooms offer a variety of options each evening in addition to available every night stapes.
Carnival’s reimagining this last few years has lead to several new adult beverage options, including the already mentioned brew pub, my favorites are the Alchemy Bar, Red Frog Rum Bar and Blue Iguana Tequila bars on the pool deck.
Elevators: something I’ve not seen before is the elevator system. You must select your deck and be assigned a car to take you to your floor. Do not just jump in the first open elevator, unless you don’t care where you go. The inside of the elevators do not have floor number buttons, so no way to select once your in. Important reminder if you have multiple people in your party, you need to request for each person, to ensure a car with enough space arrives. The elevators are a bit confusing the first day, but you figure it out pretty quickly.
If you are a never Carnival person, you probably won’t consider the Horizon, but for those of you with an open mind, the Horizon is a great option for Multi Generational Families with excellent family friendly accommodations and entertainment options to please all ages. The Horizon is also great for friend focused getaways, Carnival offers affordable options for everyone in your friends sphere. The Horizon is also a great choice for relaxation minded guests with a whole class of rooms with special access to spa relaxation zone.
A la cart seafood shack
Serenity Adults Only Retreat