In a traditional maritime handover ceremony held March 26 at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, Carnival Cruise Line officially took delivery of the new Vista-class Carnival Horizon, the 26th ship in its fleet.
The 3,954-passenger ship will reposition to Barcelona, Spain, where it will depart April 2 on an inaugural 13-day voyage – the first of four sailings from the European port. The ship will then operate a transatlantic crossing before arriving in New York May 23, 2018, for a pierside overnight gala and naming ceremony with the ship’s godmother, Grammy award-winning musical artist and actress Queen Latifah.
Following a summer schedule of four-day Bermuda and eight-day Caribbean sailings from New York, Carnival Horizon will shift to Miami for a year-round schedule of six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises beginning September 22, 2018.
Carnival Horizon offers several features, including a new Dr. Seuss-themed WaterWorks aqua park, part of the line’s exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Bonsai Teppanyaki, the line’s first teppanyaki venue, and Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse|Brewhouse created by Food Network star Guy Fieri, as well as four new craft beers brewed on board.
The second in the line’s Vista class, Carnival Horizon also offers amenities like the bike-ride-in-the-sky aerial attraction SkyRide, an IMAX Theatre, the Havana section with tropics-inspired staterooms and its own pool, and Family Harbor, with extra-roomy accommodations and the Family Harbor Lounge. Like its name implies, Carnival Horizon also includes food and beverage outlets offering ocean views with both indoor and al fresco seating options at venues such as Bonsai Sushi, Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse and Library Bar.