Affordability: With rates for six-night Caribbean itineraries starting south of $500, the prices on Carnival Horizon are simply some of the most affordable at sea in 2018 . We also love that even the upgraded options—balconies for $775, for example, on the same sailing—are still exceptionally well-priced.
Conquering the Caribbean: Horizon will homeport in New York City and will sail to the Caribbean and Bermuda through 2018, and there’s no better place for it. With a breezy ambiance that brings the outside in thanks to outdoor dining and a massive central pool area, it’s a great place for a sun- and fun-filled getaway.
Great Bars: Guy’s Pig & Anchor is reminiscent of a comfortable, casual country smokehouse, while Alchemy Bar, with its fun, apothecary-themed decor, serves excellent cocktails. (Both require an additional charge.) We also enjoyed the elegant Havana Bar, and the poolside RedFrog Rum Bar and Blue Iguana Tequila Bar. Both of these venues channel a fun island aesthetic, although we suspect the bartenders spend more time than strictly necessary directing guests between them, depending on their orders. (The rum bar does not make any tequila drinks, and vice versa.) These bars, plus Havana Bar, do not quire an extra charge.
Running along a two-lane suspended track, the SkyRide returns on Horizon
and gives you the sense of flying above the ship's decks. Read our review
of this pedal-powered activity on Carnival Vista
. This activity does not require an extra charge.
Lip Sync Battle: Play along with your fellow guests in this live version of the TV series. One guest per cruise will be crowned winner, and if you make it into the finals, you’ll perform with sets, costumes, and props. You’ll even work with a choreographer. We got to see a star-studded version of this during the ship’s inaugural festivities that featured Queen Latifah, the ship’s godmother. Even if you’re not onstage, this event makes for a fun, if raucous, evening.
3-D and IMAX Movies: Carnival Horizon has side-by-side movie theaters—an IMAX theater and a second theater showing movies in 3-D.