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Whether you’ve taken one or dozens of cruises, you have to agree that’s there’s nothing like sailing on a new cruise ship. Not only does it have that “new cruise ship aroma that’s similar to a brand new vehicle you drive off the lot, but it creates an air of excitement because everything is new, from the accommodations to entertainment.
On July 29, 2016, Carnival Cruise Line announced that Carnival Horizon will be the name of its new ship scheduled to be deliver in March 2018. It’s currently under construction at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera, Italy and is the line’s second Vista-class ship, with the namesake vessel in the series, Carnival Vista, having entered service in May 2016.
What can you expect from Carnival Horizon? You’ll have to keep reading to find out.
Carnival Cruise Line: Who Else Wants to Travel on a Brand New Ship?
For the inaugural season of its newest ship, Carnival Horizon, debuting in April 2018, Carnival Cruise Line has assembled a variety of exciting and diverse itineraries featuring breathtaking destinations throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean.
“The name Carnival Horizon not only reflects the ship’s unique connection with the sea with so many
spectacular indoor and outdoor spaces but also the boundless array of options that guests of all ages are sure to enjoy,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
Carnival Horizon offers you many of the popular indoor and outdoor activity, bar, dining and entertainment options that debuted on Carnival Vista.
Imagine riding the groundbreaking bike-ride-in-the-sky attraction called SkyRide or seeing a movie in an IMAX Theatre. Like water activities? The massive WaterWorks aqua park features a water tube slide called Kaleid-o-slide. Fun!
You’ll also enjoy a wide range of accommodations, including spa cabins offering exclusive privileges at the luxurious Cloud 9 Spa, extra-roomy staterooms in Family Harbor, and tropical-inspired Havana staterooms and suites with exclusive daytime access to a Cuban-themed bar and pool.
Carnival Horizon’s name and layout is designed to inspire guests to discover extraordinary views,
new perspectives and amazing experiences, therefore, Carnival is hosting a fun social media contest on their Instagram account that will award a stateroom for up to four people when the ship debuts in 2018.
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To enter, post your favorite photo of a horizon and tag @Carnival and use the hashtag #CarnivalHorizonSweepstakes to enter to win the cruise giveaway. The contest will begin July 29, and run through July 31, at 11:59 p.m. Good luck!
Take a Caribbean or European Voyage on Carnival Horizon
Carnival Horizon is scheduled to make its maiden voyage April 2, 2018, with a 13-day Mediterranean voyage operating round-trip from Barcelona and calling at Livorno, Rome (Civitavecchia), and Naples (Capri and Pompeii), Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Corfu, Greece; Messina (Sicily), Italy; Valletta, Malta; and Cagliari (Sardinia), Italy – the first of four round-trip departures from this Spanish port.
The ship will also operate two seven-day cruises departing April 15 and 22, 2018, and featuring Cagliari (Sardinia), Naples (Capri and Pompeii), Rome (Civitavecchia), Livorno, and Marseilles, and a 10-day voyage departing April 29, 2018, with stops at Livorno, Rome (Civitavecchia), Naples (Capri and Pompeii), Dubrovnik, Corfu and Messina (Sicily).
Carnival Horizon will reposition to the U.S. with a 14-day transatlantic crossing departing Barcelona May 9 and arriving in New York on May 23, 2018. Five incredible European and Canadian ports will be featured: Malaga, Spain; Gibraltar; Lisbon, Portugal; and Vigo, Spain – Carnival’s first visit to the centuries-old seaside town – along with a stop at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
On its new Miami-based schedule, six-day cruises will depart Sundays, calling at Ocho Rios; Grand Cayman; and Cozumel. Two different eight-day itineraries will be offered with departures on Saturdays – one featuring Grand Turk; La Romana (Dominican Republic); Curacao; and Aruba; and the other visiting Grand Turk; San Juan; St. Kitts; and St. Maarten.
Are you ready to book your Carnival Horizon cruise? Contact your Travel Planners International agent and start planning your 2018 vacation. Bon voyage!