To celebrate my wife's 60th birthday, we took a 6-day Caribbean cruise on Carnival's latest ship, Carnival Horizon. This page has a few still photos from that trip, and all the YouTube videos I made about it.
We live in California and this cruise was out of Miami, Florida... so there was a travel day just for us to get to the Port Of Miami. Somewhere over the course of our travels in the last few years we decided that flying in coach was kind of painful and we vowed to only fly first class after that. So, our coast-to-coast flights these days are a lot more fun than they probably are for most people. Here's a video I made about our trip from California to Florida...
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From our suite in the Intercontinental Hotel, we had an amazing view of the Port of Miami. Here's a photo of the sun rising over the cruise ships, which I shot right out our hotel room window.
This next video tells all about our cruise, including what I liked about it and what I didn't like:
We booked a very unusual cabin at the back of the ship. It actually had the largest balcony of any cabin on the ship! Here's a photo of Kellyn relaxing on our balcony and enjoying the view. What you're seeing in this photo is actually only about a third of the balcony, which wrapped all the way around the back corner of the ship.
In the upper left of that last picture, notice that the deck above provided cover, shade, and privacy for our balcony. The people looking out from the deck above us could not look down on to our balcony. However, from our balcony, we did have a view of the honeymooners staying in the cabin below us...
This video tour of our cabin does a lot better job of showing you how amazing our balcony was...
A highlight of the cruise was a
day we spent visiting two of Jamaica's top tourist attractions.
Here's a video about it...
Here's a video that shows the full ride on the Jamaican bobsled, with no narration...
We enjoyed the entertainment on the ship, including this sweet couple that call themselves the Blind Summit Duo:
I was also impressed that Carnival was not trying to keep entertainment costs low by just hiring some cheap Philippine cover band. They actually had a 8-member band of Americans, including a horn section. It costs a lot more to pay eight American band members than four guys from the Philippines... so I was impressed.
On some of our previous Carnival cruises, we've seen four different comedians perform during a 7-day cruise. For this cruise, however, they only had two comedians... which may have had something to do with the fact that this was a six day cruise, not a seven day cruise.
Internet access on Carnival Horizon was mostly OK, but not great. Royal Caribbean has the best Internet access because they have a deal with O3B Networks, which uses a series of low-orbit satellites to provide Internet service. Most other cruise lines, including Norwegian, use satellites that are in a higher orbit around the earth, which creates more latency in the signal, and slows down the feel of accessing the Internet. I did frequent speed testing use Speedtest.net to measure how good the Internet service was on Norwegian Breakaway, and the results varied quite a bit from day to day, but here is a typical result:
You can tell from the ping test that Carnival Horizon was using a satellite in a high orbit around the earth. On Royal Caribbean, using the O3B network, that ping number would be several hundred milliseconds faster. Of course, if you were at home, using a cable modem, the ping number would be ridiculously small... like 6 or 10. That's one of the reasons that the Internet feels so responsive at home... low latency, as measured by the ping time.
Download speeds were OK for a cruise ship, but nothing to write home about. Upload speeds, however, were fairly slow... so I didn't upload large HD videos from the ship to my YouTube channel, I waited until we got ashore.
Need A Travel Agent?
Booking a cruise can be confusing, especially if you haven't been on many cruises before. There are lots of first-time cruiser mistakes that a travel agent can keep you from making.
If you're interested in booking a cruise with any cruise line... please feel free to use the services of my travel agent, Caitlin Gallagher. She's extremely pleasant to deal with, easy to talk to since she lives in the United States and speaks without any kind of an accent, and quite experienced and knowledgeable about different types of cruising. Caitlin is the owner of Ambren Travel. Visit her web site, check out the Ambren Travel Facebook page, or contact her using the information below.
Here are links to a couple of pdf files that I think you would find useful:
Carnival Horizon Deck Plans
All 6 Carnival Horizon Daily Newsletters (known as the "Fun Times")
List of all the shows and entertainment
A list of "good to know" information
Benefits of being Platinum in Carnival's Loyalty Program
The Cruise Ships We've Been On
If you've enjoyed this page, you would probably also enjoy reading my web pages about:
April 2019 Caribbean cruise in The Haven on Norwegian Breakaway
January 2019 Caribbean cruise on the Viking Sea
December 2018 country music cruise on the Norwegian Getaway
May 2018 Panama Canal cruise on the Norwegian Bliss
January 2018 cruise on MSC Seaside in a suite with a private Jacuzzi
September 2017 Carnival Vista cruise in a Havana Suite
October 2017 Norwegian Sky cruise in the owner's suite
The $1600 per night owners suite: January 2017 Norwegian Pearl
An Un-crowded Small Ship Experience: Viking Star
One Of The Best Waterslides At Sea: Liberty Of The Seas
Quite Possibly The Best Cruise Ship In The World: Anthem Of The Seas
January 2017 Allure Of The Seas
One of the best cruise ships we've ever experienced: The Norwegian Escape
2015 Carnival Breeze back-to-back cruises
Back-to-back cruises on Independence Of The Seas
World's largest cruise ship: Allure Of The Seas
2015 Carnival Freedom repositioning cruise
Our first VIP cruise in The Haven: The Norwegian Getaway
Our June 2014 Alaska cruisetour with Princess
Our first cruise with Princess! January 2014 Sapphire Princess
2014 back-to-back eastern/western Caribbean cruises on the Carnival Glory
The completely refurbished Carnival Sunshine
One of Carnival's best ships, the Carnival Breeze
A sister ship to the Breeze, the Carnival Magic
Our 2013 cruise on the Carnival Conquest
One of the oldest ships in the fleet, the Carnival Inspiration
Our first Caribbean cruise: the Carnival Glory
Our many cruises on the Carnival Spirit
Our February 2010 cruise on the Carnival Splendor
Our January 2008 cruise on the Carnival Elation
Our April 2008 cruise on the Norwegian Star
Our first cruise! 1996 on Carnival Cruise Line's MS Holiday
Click here to see the complete chronology of all the cruises we've ever taken.
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