All about the Carnival Horizon

Carnival Horizon cruise ship
Carnival Horizon

The Carnival Horizon was built in 2018. It's considered a medium size ship. Coming in at 1,055 ft long and 122 ft wide, it's roughly the length of 2.9 football fields, as wide as 2.3 tractor trailers, and the same height as a 15-story building.

Carnival Horizon Overview

Carnival Horizon Size and Passengers

The Horizon can hold 3,960 based on double occupancy (two people per room) and more when you take into account 3rd and 4th passengers. When you compare the total tonnage of the ship to the number of passengers, the Horizon has a space ratio of 34. Depending on the ship, this number can range from 30 to 52 (with a bigger number meaning more space per person) so this ship has less space per person than average.

Gross Tonnage133,596
Passenger Decks15
Passengers (double occupancy)3,960
Passenger to Crew Ratio2.7
Space Ratio (tons of ship per passenger)34
Carnival Horizon Space Ratio
30 34 52

The Horizon is one of three Vista-class ships currently sailing with Carnival. Vista-class ships were the first ships to feature a brewery right on board. Other signature features of this class of ship are the 3-story Atrium with LED funnel, an exclusive Havana suite area, and SkyRide suspended bike track. The Horizon is very similar to its sister-ships; Vista and Panorama, although each ship may have some differences.

Carnival Horizon Food and Restaurants

Food is a big part of any cruise, and there will plenty on the Carnival Horizon. You have 21 different dining options to choose from. Of those options, 12 are complementary, or included with your cruise fare. The other 9 options have an additional fee. Some of those options are a set price and some have a la cart menu pricing. 57% of the dining options are included which means if you're watching your budget, you won't feel like you're missing out by not going to a lot of extra fee dining places.

RestaurantRestaurant TypeCostType of Food
Blue Iguana CantinaQuick serveIncludedMexican
Bonsai SushiSit downA la cartAsian
Bonsai TeppanyakiSit downFlat feeAsian
Captain's Pasta BarQuick serveIncludedItalian
Carnival DeliQuick serveIncludedSandwiches
Cherry on TopQuick serveA la cartDessert
Cucina Del CapitanoSit downFlat feeItalian
Fahrenheit 555 SteakhouseSit downFlat feeSteakhouse
Fresh CreationsQuick serveIncludedSalad
Guy's Burger JointQuick serveIncludedAmerican
Guys Pig and Anchor BarBQueQuick serveIncludedBBQ
Guys Pig and Anchor SmokehouseSit downA la cartBBQ
JavaBlue CafeQuick serveA la cartCoffee
JiJi Asian KitchenSit downFlat feeAsian
Lido BuffetBuffetIncludedBuffet
Main Dining RoomSit downIncludedMain dining room
Mongolian WokQuick serveIncludedAsian
Ocean PlazaBuffetIncludedBuffet
Pizzeria del CapitanoQuick serveIncludedPizza
Seafood ShackQuick serveA la cartSeafood
SwirlsQuick serveIncludedDessert

Carnival Horizon Bars and Drinks

Atrium Bar on the Carnival Horizon
Atrium Bar on the Carnival Horizon

Carnival Horizon has 14 different bars and lounges where you can enjoy a beer or cocktail.

Alchemy BarDeck 5 MidSee Menu
Atrium BarDeck 3 MidSee Menu
BlueIguana Tequila BarDeck 10 MidSee Menu
Fahrenheit 555 BarDeck 5 MidSee Menu
Guy's Pig and Anchor BrewhouseDeck 5 MidSee Menu
Havana BarDeck 5 AftSee Menu
Java Blue CafeDeck 5 MidSee Menu
Limelight LoungeDeck 4 MidSee Menu
Ocean Plaza BarDeck 5 MidSee Menu
Piano Bar 88Deck 5 MidSee Menu
RedFrog Rum BarDeck 10 MidSee Menu
Serenity Pool BarDeck 15 ForwardSee Menu
SkyBox Sports BarDeck 4 MidSee Menu
Tides Pool BarDeck 10 AftSee Menu

Alcohol is not included in the base price of this cruise ship. To see if you would save money with a drink package, try our Drink Package Calculator.

Carnival also serves the Pepsi family of products. That means Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Starry, Mug Root Beer, and Mountain Dew, although the selection can vary by ship.

Pools and Hot Tubs on Carnival Horizon

Lido Deck Pool on the Carnival Horizon
Lido Deck Pool on the Carnival Horizon

Nothing beats relaxing by a pool with a nice drink in hand as you feel the fresh sea breeze pass by you. The problem is that with thousands of people on a ship, there's not always room. If you want to spend all day in a pool, a cruise might not be the right choice. You would have a much better bet choosing a resort with a huge pool complex. That being said, a quick dip in the pool can be nice on a hot day.

The Carnival Horizon has a total of 3 pools and 6 hot tubs.

Tired of loud kids and splashing? 2 of the hot tubs are adults only. 1 of the pools and 2 of the hot tubs are exclusive access, which means there's either an extra charge to access them or you need to book a certain class of cabin to have access to them.

Total Pools3
- Pools - General Access2
- Pools - Adults Only0
- Pools - Exclusive1
Total Hot Tubs6
- Hot Tubs - General Access2
- Hot Tubs - Adults Only2
- Hot Tubs - Exclusive2

cruise coloring book

Cruise Coloring and Activity Books for Kids
Get your kids ready for their cruise or keep them entertained while on board with our custom made coloring and activity books. These are the Carnival editions with featuring places Pizza Pirate and mini-golf.

Cruise Ship Coloring Book for Kids 3-5 - Carnival Edition

Let's Get Cruising Activity Book for Kids 6-8 - Carnival Edition

Carnival Horizon Features and Activities

There are quite a few things to do on the Horizon. These are the main amenities that are available. Some are included in the cost of the cruise, while others have an additional charge.

Adult Only Relaxation AreaIncluded
ArcadeA la cart
Brewery TourFlat fee
CasinoA la cart
Comedy ClubIncluded
Dr Seuss BreakfastA la cart
Fitness CenterIncluded
IMAX TheaterA la cart
Jogging TrackIncluded
Mini golfIncluded
Outdoor gymIncluded
Pool-side MoviesIncluded
Ropes courseIncluded
Shows - musical reviewIncluded
SpaFlat fee
Splash parkIncluded
Thermal SuitesFlat fee
Thrill TheaterA la cart
Water slidesIncluded

Cruise Costs

Carnival is a mainstream cruise line. Mainstream cruise lines cater to a variety of guests, hoping to provide something for everyone. These typically cost about $100 - $350 per person per day.

Cruise pricing is dynamic and varies for each specific sailing based on factors such as departure point, ports of call, and time of year.

The cost will also vary depending on the type of cabin you book. You can see the differences between the Carnival cabins and how to choose the best one here:

Carnival Horizon Onboard Costs

Another way to gauge the cost of a cruise is to consider how much you'll spend on board. Even though a lot is included in the base cruise fare, you may still spend money on things like spa treatments, specialty dining, drinks, and excursions. In addition, guests can also have to pay for things like gratuities and tips.

Typically guests can expect to spend about 25 - 40% of the cost of the cruise on onboard expenses. In other words, if the cruise fare is $1,000 per person, you might spend between $250 and $400 on extra expenses.

The table below will help you understand what you might spend onboard a Carnival ship.

Base Daily Gratuities*
(Per Person Per Day)
Tip added to drinks & services18%
Soda Price$3.00
Domestic Beer Price$7.75
See drink menus
Drink Package Price$59.95 - $69.95
Learn more
Internet Plan$12.75 to $18.70 per device per day
*Daily gratuities for a standard cabin. Suites or specialty rooms may have higher rates.

We sailed aboard the Carnival Horizon

Follow along on our sailing on the Carnival Horizon. We take you through every aspect of our sailing, from getting to the port to debarking the ship. See the schedule of events, menus, what excursions we did, and what we really thought about the ship.

Carnival Horizon - Cruise Blog - Day 1 - Miami

Carnival Horizon - Cruise Blog - Day 2 - Sea Day

Carnival Horizon - Cruise Blog - Day 3 - Amber Cove

Carnival Horizon - Cruise Blog - Day 4 - Grand Turk

Carnival Horizon - Cruise Blog - Day 5 - Sea Day

Carnival Horizon - Cruise Blog - Day 6 - Nassau

5 Hits & Misses of the Carnival Horizon

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