Car­ni­val sets its sights on Hori­zon

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - TRAVEL -

Royal Car­ib­bean isn’t the only ma­jor cruise line rolling out a gi­ant new ves­sel. Ri­val Car­ni­val has un­veiled a siz­able newcomer, too.

Mi­ami-based Car­ni­val’s 26th ship, the 3,954-pas­sen­ger Car­ni­val Hori­zon, en­tered ser­vice Mon­day in Barcelona with a 13-day in­au­gu­ral sail­ing to the Mediter­ranean.

Con­structed at a ship­yard in Italy, Hori­zon is a sis­ter to Car­ni­val Vista, which de­buted in 2016 and is the cruise line’s big­gest ves­sel ever. Both ships are 133,500 tons.

Like Vista, Hori­zon boasts an 800foot-long sky ride around its top deck, and in­side, an IMAX The­ater. An­other no­table fea­ture is a 455-foot-long water tube at­trac­tion that will be part of a Dr. Seuss-themed water park.

Like other Car­ni­val ships, Hori­zon has a range of other deck-top fun zones, eater­ies, bars and en­ter­tain­ment.

Still, while rel­a­tively large as cruise ships go, Hori­zon is sig­nif­i­cantly smaller than Royal Car­ib­bean’s new ship, the 228,081-ton Sym­phony of the Seas.

Hori­zon will make four Mediter­ranean sail­ings out of Barcelona be­fore cross­ing the At­lantic to New York for a se­ries of cruises to Ber­muda and the Car­ib­bean. In the fall, it’ll move to Mi­ami for sail­ings to the Car­ib­bean. Fares start at $419 per per­son for a six-night Car­ib­bean sail­ing from Mi­ami.

– Gene Sloan

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