FUN DI­VER­SIONS AND DI­VERSE DIN­ING

Porthole Cruise Magazine - - All Eyes On Deck - Car­ni­val

CAR­NI­VAL HORI­ZON IN­CLUDES EV­ERY­THING THAT MADE Car­ni­val Vista so pop­u­lar, in­clud­ing the amaz­ing SkyRide aerial at­trac­tion, the ropes course, and an en­tire fun square filled with out­door sports ac­tiv­i­ties and fam­ily-friendly games.

High atop the ship, you might no­tice the on­board wa­ter park has taken on a more whim­si­cal tone aboard Car­ni­val Hori­zon with its al­ter­nat­ing red-and-white wa­ter­slides and play­ful splash park. The Cat in the Hat and The Grinch pre­side over the new Dr. Seuss Water­Works, the lat­est in­no­va­tion in Car­ni­val’s long­stand­ing re­la­tion­ship with Dr. Seuss En­ter­prises that in­cludes the Dr. Seuss Bookville play area for kids, and the won­der­fully en­ter­tain­ing Seuss At Sea pa­rade that lets kids march through the ship to the main theater, where Dr. Seuss story time awaits.

Af­ter a busy day ashore, I found refuge in the Cloud 9 Spa’s Ther­mal Suite area. Avail­able with day- or cruise-long passes, this sooth­ing area in­cludes a small hy­drother­apy pool along with a col­lec­tion of re­lax­ing steam and sauna rooms, plus banks of heated ther­mal loungers clad in ce­ramic tiles. Bor­dered by floor-to- ceil­ing win­dows that look out over the ocean, it’s too easy to lose track of time in here. But then, isn’t that the point?

On the din­ing front, the talk of the ship was Guy’s Pig & An­chor Bar-B- Que Smoke­house. Re­plac­ing the space oc­cu­pied on Vista by the RedFrog Pub, Guy’s Pig & An­chor was de­vel­oped in con­junc­tion with tele­vi­sion culi­nary celebrity Guy Fieri. The star here is the full à la carte menu of smoke­house cre­ations avail­able each evening, like the Trash Can Na­chos, the Cham­pi­onship Pulled Pork, the supremely de­li­cious (and supremely messy) Pig & An­chor Melt, and, of course, the Baby Back Ribs. These can be paired with four kinds of craft beers brewed aboard Car­ni­val Hori­zon. Sea-day lunch is free of charge, while din­ners are mod­estly priced.

Car­ni­val also took the time to ex­pand its Bon­sai Sushi spe­cialty restau­rant on Car­ni­val Hori­zon, adding a small ad­di­tion known as Bon­sai Tep­pa­nyaki. Guests sit around a Ja­panese-style hi­bachi grill while the restau­rant’s tal­ented chefs dis­play their daz­zling knife skills to com­ple­ment your mul­ti­course din­ner, priced be­tween $25 and $35.

Food­ies will love The Chef ’s Table Ex­pe­ri­ence, which now has its own ded­i­cated space off the ship’s main gal­ley. For $96 per per­son in­clud­ing wine pair­ings, you can in­dulge in a pri­vate din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for just 14 peo­ple, hosted by the ship’s ex­ec­u­tive chef. You’ll need to plan ahead, though; we hear Chef ’s Table aboard Car­ni­val Hori­zon is booked solid for months.

Of course, you can al­ways dine in the ship’s ele­gant main din­ing rooms or grab a quick bite to eat at the Lido Mar­ket­place Buf­fet. With over 10 dif­fer­ent din­ing venues on board, go­ing hun­gry isn’t an op­tion.

Fun abounds on ev­ery deck, from the Cloud 9 spa; The Chef’s Table Ex­pe­ri­ence; Pig & An­chor Smoke­house to the new Dr. Seuss Water­Works.

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