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Carnival Cruise Lines: Carnival Horizon

Carnival Horizon Review

Carnival Cruises’ second Vista-class ship is just as much fun as the first one. Stateroom choices include the same great new Family Harbor cabins (which have a shared lounge) and Havana Cabana suites (which have their own palapa-topped pool area and mojito bar) plus the line’s well-loved Spa Suites. This ship has the first Victoria’s Secret lingerie store at sea and the first Dr. Seuss-themed water park. Look for Guy’s Pig and Anchor Barbecue Smokehouse, the first ship in the fleet with an onboard smoker. There, the beers are brewed onboard and you can order barbecue to eat and smoky cocktails to drink.

Carnival Cruises’ Vista class offers everything that’s great about this line — plenty of family- and group-friendly activities, lots of fun in the sun, and loads of restaurant choices. You’ll find boisterous pools crowded with everyone from bachelor parties to multi-generational families gathered around with buckets of beer, and lining up for the tasty Guy’s Burger Joint Burgers and Blue Iguana made-to-order tacos. (Heck, they even press the tortillas à la minute.)

At night, the ship offers lots of entertainment, from all-ages comedy shows to music review stage shows with flamboyant costumes and plenty of lights, a 3D movie theater, and live music. Carnival gets everyone involved with Hasbro-designed family games and karaoke and the sheer volume of bars — A wine bar! A mojito bar! A piano bar! — is impressive, as are the dining options at night. If you don’t want to eat in the main dining room (which is fine, if not memorable) or the buffet, there’s a sushi bar, a better-than-it-has-to-be steakhouse, an Italian spot, and a pan-Asian option, just to name a few.

The world's largest cruise line—and one of the most widely recognized—originated its "Fun Ship" concept in 1972 and has been launching party-packed superliners with signature red funnels ever since. The line's ever-growing fleet features entertainment and activities designed for passengers of all ages, from game shows and lip sync competitions to twisting waterslides and mini golf. These ships are a reliable choice for families as well as young singles and couples who want a vacation that won’t break the bank.

Nearly all onboard dining options are included in the fare, as are comedy and production shows, children’s programs, and use of state-of-the-art fitness centers. With some of the most comfortable accommodations at sea, large new ships are continuously added to the fleet and rarely deviate from a successful pattern, while older vessels are updated with popular features, such as the poolside BlueIguana Tequila Bar with an adjacent burrito cantina, the Red Frog Rum Bar that also serves Carnival’s own brand of Thirsty Frog Red beer, and Guy’s Burger Joint, created with Food Network star Guy Fieri.

What You Should Know

Pros

  • Great choices of casual complimentary fare include Guy’s Burger Bar and Blue Iguana tacos
  • Excellent cabin choices include the Havana Cabanas and the Family Harbor Suites
  • The boisterous family-friendly atmosphere extends from the pool deck throughout the ship, day and night

Cons

  • Cabins are small, most without tubs and many without verandahs
  • The adults-only Serenity deck has comfy loungers and a salad bar, but no pool
  • The pool deck and hot tubs feel packed on sea days and sunny afternoons
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 1,450
  • Entered Service 2018
  • Gross Tons 133,596
  • Length 1,055 feet
  • Number of Cabins 1,967
  • Passenger Capacity 3,934 (4,977 max)
  • Width 158 feet

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