Last week Carnival Horizon had her “Coming to America” Party in New York City after a 14-day transatlantic repositioning and I was delighted to welcome her with open arms. Horizon, the sister ship to the newest Carnival vessel Vista, marks the 26th addition to the Carnival Cruise Line fleet.
We boarded Horizon early in the afternoon as she was docked in the Manhattan Cruise Terminal where she will be sailing to the Caribbean throughout the Summer until she makes her way to her home port of Miami.
Once on board I headed straight to my room to check out the new aesthetic, but not before a quick ride on the snazzy new elevators. Horizon has been upgraded in this department. You select your desired floor and are directed to the corresponding elevator to board. Once inside, there are no buttons to push. You just head on up or down to your desired destination. This system is supposed to be more efficient for guests. I like it.
Horizon still had that new ship smell.
My balcony stateroom was on deck eight. Everything was bright and crisp with clean lines.
We had a little bit of free time before our first scheduled event so a few of us made our way down to The Alchemy Bar for a craft cocktail.
The neighboring Bonsai Sushi restaurant was doling out some of its signature sushi and I was able to snag a vegan roll with cucumber and asparagus. You can see a previous review of Bonsai Sushi here.
When we are cruising Carnival and have late seating for dinner we like to have first dinner at Bonsai Sushi and then head to the main dining room a few hours later for second dinner…because you can do that on a cruise vacation if you want to. Cruise all the miles. Eat all the things.
After devouring all the sushi our little hearts desired, it was time to make our way down to Flavortown for a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Celebrity Chef and Food Network star Guy Fieri was on board to welcome guests to the inaugural Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse and Brewhouse. This space takes the place of the Red Frog Pub and Brewery present on sister ship Vista.
You’ll find traditional BBQ bites here as well as Carnival Horizon’s all new exclusive line of Parched Pig craft beers brewed right on board the ship. Read more about what types of beers are available here.
Chief brewmaster Colin Presby, the genius behind Horizon’s Parched Pig line of beers, had a limited quantity of Apple Pie beer on hand for this special event. OMG! I’m crossing my fingers and toes that there is still some of this left in the keg by the time I make my way back up to NYC next month for a sailing to Bermuda.
After the Pig & Anchor dedication, it was off to the ship’s atrium to witness the vessel’s godmother Queen Latifa cristen the Carnival Horizon.
Big thanks to my girlfriend Jen Quillen (TheRebelChick) for capturing this shot when Dana and I shared a moment joking about “runs flats”, a Taxi reference, which was one of the films she starred in with Jimmy Fallon in New York City.
Moments later we migrated into the Liquid Lounge where Queen Latifa performed in a Lip Sync Battle with Jake Elliott of the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles.
As the days festivities drew to a close I retreated back to my cabin and stepped onto my balcony to see the most spectacular kiss goodnight.
I truly love this brand and am so honored to have been able to partner with Carnival over the years. From my very first honeymoon cruise in 1999 to welcoming their brand new “fun ship” to the big apple and every sailing in between.
I’ll be back in June to sail Horizon to Bermuda and I can not wait to explore all that she has to offer and share it with you. For more on the Carnival Horizon visit Carnival.com
Special thanks to Carnival Cruise Line for allowing me to be a part of this celebration. My travel to and from NYC was covered by Carnival for the purposes of this post and as always, all opinions are my own.