Carnival Cruise Line continues to up its game and bring more “wow” to guests with their newest ship, the Carnival Horizon. The ship borrows many features found on its sister ship, the Carnival Vista, launched in 2016, but also includes its own signature amenities.
Built in Italy by Fincanteri, the Cranival Horizon is truly a perfect ship for the whole family. Loaded with adult and kid activities, dining, shopping, and entertainment options, this ship has something for everyone. The Horizon give guests the first of their many “wow” by just seeing the ship for the first time. Coming in at 1,055 feet in length and with 14 decks, 12 of which have cabins, the ship has the capacity to carry up to 4,977 passengers.
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Queen Latifah, who is the ship’s godmother, christened the ship on May 23rd in New York City. During the ceremony, Carnival presented a check in the amount of $100,000 to its long term partner, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In addition, 33 pieces of custom artwork, created by the patients at St Jude, was displayed on a three-deck high, funnel-shaped LED display, the Dreamscape.
The Dreamscape greets guests as they enter the ship and gives passengers their second “wow.” This 24-foot electronic atrium sculpture, spanning three decks, consists of over 2,000 flexible LED tiles that have been specially made for a ship environment. The Dreamscape will continuously display more than 100 images – depending on the time of day, port, or special event, throughout the day.
Even though there is plenty of family time on the Carnival Horizon, mom and dad and the kids can also have plenty of “me” time. Hanging out with other passengers their own ages, kids will find plenty to do aboard the ship. Here is where Carnival shines and kids get their own “wow” moments.
Carnival has had a long-standing partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises and the Carnival Horizon is no different. However, this ship brings a new first for the cruise line – a Dr. Seuss WaterWorks water park. The water park features a giant 300-gallon water-tipping top-hat, 40 different spray toys and two big water slides: a 455 foot-long The Cat in The Hat Slide and the 213-foot Fun Things slide. Next to the Dr. Seuss WaterWorks park is the SkyRide attraction. Already on the Carnival Cruise Vista, and coming in 2019 to the Carnival Cruise Panorama, the SkyRide is a two-lane track suspended high over the deck. Kids – at least 54 inches tall – (and adults) can race in pedal-powered “go-mobiles” over the ocean waves and ship deck far below. Other deck activities include a jogging track, the SportSquare with its comprehensive sports, games and workout facilities, mini-golf, basketball, soccer, volleyball, pool, foosball and ping-pong, as well as the SkyCourse “ropes course,” another fun adventure in the air.
Kids of all ages get their own places to go. For children aged 2 to 11, there’s Camp Ocean, which puts children into different age groups to enjoy appropriate ocean-themed activities and entertainment. Circle “C” is a club for kids aged 12 to 14, that gives them them their own special space for dance parties, games, movies and more.Club O2 is the place where teenagers 15 to 17 can socialize, watch movies, listen to music, play sports and video games, sing karaoke and party.
In addition, family fun entertainment offerings include Playlist Productions – where popular songs are transformed into full stage productions; Dive-In Movies – where guests can watch today’s blockbuster movies pool side; an IMAX Theatre (the first IMAX theatre at sea), Warehouse video arcade, Carnival WaterWorks (an outdoor water-play area), the Family Harbor Lounge, FunHub (internet room), Thrill Theatre, and Hasbro, The Game Show – where popular games such as Connect 4 and Yahtzee come to life on stage.
There even is entertainment for the little ones. Seuss at Sea, brings to life the whimsical, colorful world of Dr. Seuss and his beloved characters. Additionally, kids can enjoy story time and arts and crafts, or just spend some quiet time reading in Dr. Seuss Bookville.
With its wide variety of dining options, Carnival Horizon has something to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Most dining outlets offer kid-friendly favorites, as well as options for the adventurous eater. In addition to the 24/7 room service menu featuring PB&J, grilled cheese and pan pizzas, younger kids will love dining with Dr. Seuss characters at the Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast (for a supplemental fee). With colorful decorations and fun dishes, the breakfast immerses kids (and parents) in Dr. Seuss’s fun-filled world. The menu features Dr. Seuss breakfast inspired dishes such as a red and white stack of pancakes reminiscent of The Cat in the Hat’s hat, Horton’s Cereal Crusted french toast, Moose Juice and Goose Juice and more. Traditional breakfast items are also offered.
Guy’s Burger Joint, Image: Carnival Cruise
Other dining options, kids of all ages will love, include Guy’s Burger Joint with a toppings bar where kids can create a burger exactly how they like it. The ice cream creation station at the Cherry on Top candy store, and Swirls machines which lets kids customize their desserts. the Lido Restaurant (24-hour buffet dining), Pizzeria del Capitano (open 24-hours), The Carnival Deli, Captain’s Pasta Bar, Sweet Spot, and more.
And probably one of the things kids will find endlessly fun are the elevators. The Horizon has Schindler PORT, an advanced elevator system which is found in many, modern office buildings. Guests select their destination from a external touch pad and a letter appears on the screen corresponding to an elevator. It will whisk guests only to the floors assigned to that elevator.
The Carnival Cruise Horizon will sail a series of summertime cruises out of New York City to the Bahamas and the Caribbean until September. After that it will head to its homeport in Miami, Florida. For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on instagram, twitter and “like” our facebook page too.