I recently had the pleasure of touring Carnival’s brand new Carnival Horizon.  I took the opportunity to photograph the ship for a comprehensive tour. This review will cover the public areas and staterooms.

The ship is the second in the Vista(2016)-class. The first, Carnival Vista, came out in 2016 and the Horizon came out just last year. While designed to be identical there’s a few minor differences between the two. The addition of aft balconies above the duck-tail on deck 2, an unnoticeable change to the atrium on deck 3, the swap of the piano lounge and library from one side to the other to allow for the addition of two teppanyaki tables at Bonsai on deck 5, and the replacement of the Red Frog Pub with Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse. There also are some slight rearrangement of balcony cabins upwards on the ship.

She’s 133,596gt and has an LOA of 1,055ft. At double occupancy she carries just under 4,000 pax.

Let’s start the tour with our noted obligatory photos:

Obligatory hallway photo

Obligatory elevator lobby photo

Obligatory stairwell photo

Deck 1

DECK PLAN

Deck 1 is all cabins. It’s the lowest fully accessible passenger deck.

Deck 2

DECK PLAN

Deck 2 is also all cabins however towards the aft section is the Family Harbor. You can tell when you’ve entered it by the change in carpet.

Hallway Carnival Horizon

Also in this section is the Family Harbor Lounge.

Family harbor lounge on Carnival Horizon

Family harbor lounge on Carnival Horizon
Deck 3

DECK PLAN

Deck 3 is where the public areas start. The front part are inside and outside cabins. The public areas start with the Horizon Atrium about a quarter of the way down.

Horizon Atrium on Carnival Horizon

The bottom floor of the atrium contains the circular Horizon Bar. Off of this area is the guest services desk and the shore excursion desk.

Shore Ex desk on Carnival Horizon

Carnival Horizon’s Services

Walking through the atrium you enter the the forward, single story Reflection restaurant.

Reflection restaurant on Carnival Horizon

Deck 3 is one of those split decks on Carnival Ships. This means that to reach the aft area, you need to go a deck above or below and then head aft to go back to this deck.

At the very end of this deck is the bottom floor of the two story Meridian Restaurant.

Meridian Restaurant on Carnival Horizon
Deck 4

DECK PLAN

At the very front of the deck is the Liquid Lounge. This is a neat venue found on newer carnival ships. Instead of having three story theaters, they have these multi-purpose venues instead. This also serves as the nightclub after the main shows end.

Liquid Lounge on Carnival Horizon
Liquid Lounge Entrance on Carnival Horizon

Exiting the lounge you pass the Fun Shops on either side.

Carnival Horizon

Past the shops is the second floor of the atrium with some sitting areas around it.

Horizon Atrium, second floor

Walking through there, you are now in the Horizon Casino.

Carnival Horizon Casino

The casino on this class of ships have these neat little mini-atriums with a circular bar at its base. Note the glass enclosure to the promenade one deck above. This is so the cigarette smoke from the casino doesn’t emanate out into the promenade.

Carnival Horizon Casino

Exiting the starboard side only, you are at the lower promenade. This passageway runs all the way aft.

Carnival Horizon

Off of the promenade is the Club O2 teen area.

Carnival Horizon Club 02

Past that is the Skybox Sports Bar.

Skybox Sports Bar onboard Carnival Horizon

Past that is the alternate lounge. You can see here, it’s being set up for a wedding.

Carnival Horizon

I also found some conference rooms in this area too.

Carnival Horizon

At the very back is the second, top flood of the Meridian Restaurant.

Meridian Restaurant onboard Carnival Horizon
Deck 5

DECK PLAN

All of deck 5 is entirely surrounded by an outdoor promenade called the Lanai.

Carnival Horizon

At the very front, indoors, is the top floor of the Liquid Lounge.

Liquid Lounge on Carnival Horizon

Exiting the lounge there are more shops, including a Victoria’s Secret.

Victoria’s Secret on Carnival Horizon

After the stores is the top deck of the atrium. Unlike most of the rest of the fleet, this atrium does not extend up to the top of the ship.

Horizon Atrium on Carnival Horizon

Off of the atrium is the Cherry on Top candy shop.

Cherry on Top on Carnival Horizon

There’s also a small outdoor seating area for it.

Cherry on Top on Carnival Horizon
Cherry on Top on Carnival Horizon

Walking past that, and exiting the atrium, there’s the Library Bar on starboard.

Library Bar on Carnival Horizon

Opposite it is the piano bar, Piano Bar 88.

Piano Bar on Carnival Horizon

Walking past that you are at the second, smaller atrium that’s atop the casino. Off of it are several venues.

Carnival Horizon

The steakhouse is off of this area on port, Fahrenheit 555.

Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse Carnival Horizon
Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse Carnival Horizon
Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse Carnival Horizon

Opposite the steakhouse is the Alchemy bar and Bonsai sushi.

Alchemy bar on Carnival Horizon
Bonsai sushi on Carnival Horizon
Bonsai sushi on Carnival Horizon

Exiting the area on starboard you go through the Pixels photogallery.

Pixels on Carnival Horizon

Past that is the first of the Guy Fieri venues onboard, Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse and Brewhouse.

Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse and Brewhouse. That says Flavortown above the bar.
Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse and Brewhouse on Carnival Horizon
Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse and Brewhouse
Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse and Brewhouse

The outdoor part of the smokehouse that’s open for lunch.

Carnival Horizon
Carnival Horizon

Past the BBQ joint is the Dreams Studio photo gallery.

Carnival Horizon

Past the photo studio is the internet cafe and Javablue Cafe, the onboard coffee bar and speciality coffee drink area. There’s also a shake and smoothie bar here as well.

Carnival Horizon

Just past those you emerge at the Ocean Plaza. This acts at the main interface to/from the lanai outdoor area.

Ocean Plaza on Carnival Horizon
Javablue and Shake Spot on Carnival Horizon
Buffet section on Carnival Horizon
Plaza Bar on Carnival Horizon
Ocean Plaza’s Lanai on Carnival Horizon
Ocean Plaza’s lanai on Carnival Horizon
Ocean Plaza’s lanai on Carnival Horizon

The back of this deck is reserved Havana Guests during the day. There’s 39 Havanna cabins here and those that aren’t inside cabins, feature a lanai balcony. These feature a private outdoor section, however they’re adjacent to a small promenade that’s open to the public. During the day, only Havana guests can be there but after hours anyone walk this area.

Havana Bar on Carnival Horizon

The very back of this deck is the Havana Lounge, Bar, and Pool.

Havana Lounge on Carnival Horizon
Havana Pool on Carnival Horizon
Lanai Cabins on Carnival Horizon