When it comes to planning a cruise, Carnival Cruise Line is always at the top of the list.
In 2018, Carnival set sail to the Carnival Horizon. The newest ship in the Vista-class ships from Carnival. The Carnival Horizon offers fun, comfort, dining and awesome destinations.
In October of 2019, I got a chance to sail on the Carnival Horizon with my family for a week of fun, amazing eats and all around an outstanding week. The Carnival Horizon was sailing to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Grand Cayman Island and Cozumel, Mexico.
I hadn’t been on a cruise in over 6 years, so I didn’t know what to expect or about all the changes to the cruise industry over the years including all the new dining options available. Nonetheless, we were excited for the week ahead.
We step onto the ship and head to our room.
Our room was located on Deck 6 and had a balcony. I’ve never been on a cruise and stayed on a balcony room, but I can tell you it’s amazing and makes your own experience so much better.
Upon leaving our bags in the room, before sailing off for the week, we decided to take a look around and see everything the Carnival Horizon has to offer.
The Carnival Horizon is the everyone ship. For kids and adults alike, there is a waterpark on-board called Dr. Seuss WaterWorks. Dr. Seuss WaterWorks has all kinds of different water features to play and interact with including two slides and a huge bucket that drops water on the park every couple of minutes. I can tell you, my family and I personally spent most of our days in this area. My son loved all the slides and different water features. I do have to admit, I loved the water slides too!
For a break, the Carnival Horizon has a full sized IMAX theater. I headed over to see what films were being played and the Joker was showing. I bought my tickets, loaded up on popcorn and a beer and sat back to enjoy the movie. It’s insane to think you’re watching a feature film that’s out in theaters on a cruise ship.
Every night, there are also Dive In Movies shown on the pool deck. This is really fu and they show a variety of movies and you can enjoy popcorn poolside while watching a movie on a lounge chair.
If you’re looking for a little adventure, check out the SkyRide, which is a bike ride above it all overlooking the water. You can use the SkyRide as a workout or just to cruise and take in the view.
Playlist Productions puts on amazing shows you cannot miss.
For adults, there is a Serenity Adult-Only Retreat and Cloud 9 Spa. There is the Havana Bar and Pool that offers Cuban cocktails for you to enjoy poolside.
Now to what’s important… the food. The food on-board the Carnival Horizon is really, really good. There are three dining rooms on board plus extra restaurants that you can enjoy for an added charge, but worth it!
Let’s break it down by night.
On night one, we checked out one of the main dining rooms on board called Meridian. We had Chilled Vietnamese Roll, Shrimp Cocktail, Fried Calamari, Sweet & Sour Shrimp, Flat Iron Steak & Tiramisu.
On days at sea on-board the Carnival Horizon, brunch is served in the Meridian Dining Room. Here you can order fresh press juices like this Green Juice we had.
Plus we had Smoked Salmon, Hueveos Rancheros, Fluffy Omelet, 12 Hour French Toast, Signature Tower with Egg Salad, Ahi Tuna Salad, Skillet Pancake and more.
For lunch, we enjoyed pizza which is offered 24 hours a day on the Carnival Horizon.
On night two, we checked out Jiji Asian Kitchen. At Jiji Asian Kitchen, you can find your pan-Asian favorites. Shrimp Dumplings, Peppered Beef, Kung Pao Chicken, Wide Noodles, Chinese Broccoli, Fried Wontons, Homemade Fortune Cookies.
On day three, for breakfast we enjoyed a Bruleed Florida Grapefruit, White Egg Frittata, Avocado Toast, Broken Egg Sandwich, Vanilla French Toast.
Guy Fieri has two restaurants on board the Carnival Horizon. One of those is Guy’s Burger Joint and sure enough we tried for lunch.
We had the Straight Up Burger with Fries. After, we stopped by the Lido Marketplace and grabbed a slice of Red Velvet Cake and Soft Serve ice cream.
The Lido Marketplace is a great place to stop by for lunch or dinner. The buffet there changes daily, but there is always soft serve served 24 hours a day.
For dinner, we were invited to Chef’s Table. The Chef’s Table is created for an experience of a lifetime. This is a multi-course dinner hosted by the Master Executive Chef. You are treated to a dinner in the galley. Not only do you enjoy dinner in a private dining room for you and 14 others in the galley, but you always get a tour of the galley. Your dinner consists of appetizers, entrees and desserts not found on the regular dining menus.
Some of the dishes enjoyed were Floating Mushrooms, a Crab Pop, Duck, Surf and Turf, Sea Bass, Lamb, Veal and more.
On day four, for breakfast we enjoyed a Yogurt Parfait and Pancakes before heading off the ship to Grand Cayman island.
For dinner, we were invited to Fahrenheit 555. Fahrenheit 555 is a steakhouse on-board the Carnival Horizon. On the menu, you can find premium cuts of beef cooked to your order, plus a selection of seafood, entrées, and a wine list that got the nod from Wine Spectator.
One thing that stood out to me about Fahrenheit 555 was the ability to pick your seasoning when you order your steak, which was awesome!
We also enjoyed Sliders, Tuna Tartare, Steak Tartare, Shrimp Cocktail, Surf and Turf, Prime Ribeye, Sautéed Mushrooms and a Chocolate Bomb for dessert.
On day five for breakfast, we enjoyed an Omelet and Vanilla French Toast before we headed for Cozumel, Mexico.
For lunch, we headed back onto the Carnival Horizon and had lunch at the Lido Marketplace. Not only do they have a variety of different buffet items, you can also order sandwiches that are made to order.
We ordered the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich and a Classic Turkey Sandwich.
For dinner, we headed to Cucina del Capitano. Cucina del Capitano is classic Italian dishes served family-style. On the menu, you can find antipasti, entrées, pasta and desserts — inspired by our Italian captains’ and officers’ childhoods. You might even find the captain dining at his own table in the corner, which was totally true because the captain was dining there at the same time we were.
At Cucina del Capitano, we enjoyed Garlic Parmesan Bread, Meatballs, Calamari Fritti, Caesar salad, Pappardelle, Pasta Palate e Provola di Rosario, Fingerling Potatoes, Eggplant Parmigiana and Chocolate Cannoli.
On day six, we were invited to a Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast. This is a character breakfast featuring Dr. Seuss and friends. Not only is the food good, but the kids will love it.
We had the Cereal Crusted French Toast, Green Eggs and Ham and Steak and Eggs.
For lunch, we checked out Bonsai Sushi. At Bonsai Sushi, there’s sushi, sashimi, rolls, soups, sides, sakes and desserts. We had Miso Soup and a Sushi Boat.
After, we headed to the Lido Marketplace for a slice of Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie.
Since we had a chance to try most of all the culinary restaurants on-board, dinner for the final night was back at the Meridian Dining Room.
One thing that is awesome about the dining rooms is there is a party element to every dinner. This is all lead by Sr. Maitre d’ Amith or Mr. A, who was outstanding the entire cruise.
For dinner, we enjoyed Beef Carpaccio, Shrimp Cocktail, Prime Rib, Tiger Shrimp Creole, Chocolate Cake and Baked Alaska.
The two culinary outlets, we didn’t get to try were the Seafood Shack and Bonsai Teppanyaki.
The next morning, we had an early wake up call and had to leave the Carnival Horizon. Even though it was sad, we had such an amazing time and I highly recommend booking a cruise on the Carnival Horizon.
When you add everything this ship has to offer, you got a vacation on Carnival Horizon that truly brings it all together.
Book your vacation aboard the Carnival Horizon here.