Today the Carnival Horizon sailed away from the Fincantieri Shipyard in Marghera, Italy on its way to Barcelona Spain. The second of the Vista Class ships from Carnival will board passengers for the first time and sail its inaugural cruise through the Mediterranean on April 2nd.
As I said, this is the second of the Vista Class Ships from Carnival so you will find the majority of the ship is similar. The SkyRide and Havana Area unique to the Vista Class and the staples like Bonsai Sushi, Guys Pig & Anchor, Guys Burgers, Alchemy Bar and more.
But the Horizon will have some new and exciting features. A third Guy Ferretti venue is being added with the Guys Pig and Anchor Smokehouse/Brewhouse. This will be an up charge restaurant with seating featuring outstanding barbecue and will house the brewery. Another new dining venue will be the Teppanyaki Restaurant bringing this style of dining to the high seas.
For activities, they have furthered their relationship with Dr. Seuss with a themed Water Works water park after Cat and the Hat. There will be Thing One and Two and other themed slides. Of course you will find the other activities on board found on Carnival Vista, like the Sports Square, SkyRide, Ropes Course and more.
One interesting off the wall thing I saw while watching a video of the ship was about the elevators. Elevators are always a point of contention on a cruise. I don’t wait for them myself but others do. I just take the stairs. Anyway, they will be different on the Horizon. You will press a button in the elevator lobby like you always do but then you will choose the floor on a screen above it. Then it will show you the elevator that you will take and that elevator will take you direct to the desired floor. Non Stop. Now that is cool.
Where is Horizon going?
As I mentioned above, the Horizon will begin its days at sea with a roundtrip 13 day itinerary through southern Europe ports in Croatia and Italy. Then it will sail 7 day and longer itineraries through April.
Then starting in May, the Horizon will complete a Trans-Atlantic Crossing from Barcelona to New York where she will spend the Summer sailing the Eastern Caribbean with a few short Bermuda sailings thrown in.
In September, the Horizon will take the place of Vista in Miami and will alternate between 6 Day Western and 8 Day Southern Caribbean itineraries currently available on the Vista. As a side note, the Carnival Vista will be repositioned to Galveston where she will sail Western Caribbean itineraries.
If you are interested in sailing on the Horizon or have any questions, don’t hesitate to drop me a line. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Carnival Announces Godmother for Horizon
This week Carnival Cruise Line made a big announcement about the Carnival Horizon. Queen Latifah will be the Godmother and will Christen the vessel in New York City. The Crimsoning will happen on May 23 and will be followed by an invitation only gala where she will participate in a Lip Sync Battle. For those who have been on Carnival, you may have seen Lip Sync Battle based on the TV Show.
Carnival horizon is currently under construction in Italy and will soon sail as the 25th ship in the Carnival fleet. Horizon is sister to the Carnival Vista which came out in 2016 and is currently sailing 6 & 8 Night Caribbean itineraries from Miami. Now the vista will leave for Galveston TX in the Fall and Horizon will take its place.
One of the new features on the Horizon will be Guys Brewhouse/Smokehouse. This will join the stapes, Red Frog Rum Bar, the Blue Iguana Café and like the Vista will feature the Havana Bar. The new water feature on the ship will be the Cat in the Hat themed water park. I am sure the kids will be excited about that.
Carnival will build one more Vista Class ship, The Panorama which will sail in 2019 and will be based in Long Beach on the west coast. Big news for them.
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Top 5 Tips to Stay Healthy While Traveling.
Its flu season and according to reports that it will continue for a while. But you can’t stop to worry about that, you have a vacation planned. So, I thought it was a good time to speak about staying healthy when you travel. Not only protecting from the flu but other dangers as well.
* Cold medications including cough drops and such.
* Pain relievers. Whether it be ibuphrophen, Tylenol or whatever you normally take.
* Allergy medication can be useful especially during the spring.
* Stomach medication. This could include Pepto or some form of it and antacids.
The reason it’s important to take these with you is because of the limited availability or high prices of the items on the cruise or at your hotel or resort. Believe me, it’s a lot cheaper to get it at home. They even make travel sizes of the items.
When to wash
These are just a few of the tips and of course are not intended to be medical advice.
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In April, Carnival Cruise Line will introduce their newest ship, Carnival Horizon. Horizon is the sister ship to the Vista and will have all the same features including SkyRide, the IMAX theater and Red Frog Pub and Brewery.
But the Horizon will introduce a new dining venue called Guys Pig & Anchor Smokehouse/Brewhouse developed by celebrity chef Guy Fieri. At the brewhouse, 4 new craft bears will be introduced.
The first ParchedPig Smoked Porter is brewed with smoked malt and offers flavors including molasses and hickory smoke.
The second, ParchedPig Farmhouse Ale, will offer a blond color and fruity taste.
The third, ParchedPig Toasted Amber Ale, includes notes of toasted caramel and biscuit.
And the last, ParchedPig West Coast IPA, is Carnival’s version of a traditional West Coast India Pale Ale.
The restaurant will be an up charge restaurant offering al a carte dining except on embarkation day and sea days when it will offer a BBQ buffet lunch.
The Horizon will debut April 2nd in Europe and will arrive in Miami in the fall to sail the Caribbean.
If you are interested in the Carnival Horizon or need help planning your next vacation, give me a call at (904) 534-4318 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Carnival does the Cruise Ship Shuffle in 2018 and 2019. Below is a list of some of the movements.
•When Carnival Horizon arrives in Miami Carnival vista will move to Galveston TX
•The Breeze, currently in Galveston will move to Port Canaveral moving the Magic to Miami. The Breeze and Magic are sister ships.
•The Carnival Splendor will move to Los Angeles sailing the Mexican Riviera replacing the smaller Miracle which will move to Tampa to sail 7 Day Itineraries.
•For 2019 the Sunshine will leave Port Canaveral and head to Charleston which is great news for Charleston replacing the Ecstasy. At the same time, the Elation will leave Jacksonville and move to Port Canaveral leaving room for the Ecstasy to move to Jacksonville.
Whoa, I don’t know about you but I am worn out from just writing this. What this shift means is new ships in different markets. Guest who like a specific port can now try a different and for the most part, newer ship.
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Everyone has one thing in common when traveling, they have a smartphone in their pocket. There are several Apps available for Android and IPhone which will help before and during your trips. Check out these great Apps for your next vacation.
This App creates a checklist of travel essentials based on a trip profile you enter. It takes into account, the reason for the trip, length and destination.
US and Canadian Passport holders can use this App to submit their passport control and customs declaration at many US Airports and Cruise Ports. This will make your trip through customs quicker and more efficient. Note though, this does not replace your passports so make sure you still have the hard passport with you.
The App uses the GPS location to find the cheapest gas. This can save you time and money.
When traveling overseas the language barrier can be tough especially if you are trying to order food or get directions. Just simply pick an input language and output language and then you can either type or dictate your word or sentence. And out comes the translation.
This App provides up t minute currency exchange rates. Can be great for international travel
Cruise Lines have embraced the technology revolution and have created Apps for use while onboard. Carnival has the Carnival Hub App an Disney has the Disney Navigator App. These can be used to view onboard activities, deck maps, dinner menus and even make reservations. In addition, get a countdown before you go and chat with friends and family while onboard.
I think it’s safe to say most hotels, cruise lines, airlines and car rental companies have some sort of App for your use. Defiantly check out your App Store and search travel and begin exploring the word.
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Travel makes you a storyteller. While I worked for Old Town Trolley in St Augustine the word storyteller was used a lot. Primarily the stories of the history of St Augustine whether it be Ponce de Leon, Menendez, Henry Flagler or about the Castillo, story’s drew a picture.
When we travel we gain experiences with destinations and people. Whether it be landing in a helicopter on a glacier in Alaska, going to the top of the Eifel Tower or driving through the redwoods in California, it’s all an experience. We meet people when we travel like the funny cab driver who took you downtown from your ship in Cozumel, the waiter who did magic tricks for your family every night at dinner or just simply the friends you make while taking a tour.
At that point you are back with friends and family, are you telling them about your day you spent sitting in your cubicle? No, these are the stories you will share. Some will be told over and over and over again and some will change to be exaggerated but without that experience, you would not have that story.
So, make life about travel and seeing other destinations. Remember you work to live, not live to work.
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So many cruise ports were impacted by this years flurry of hurricanes I thought an update would be helpful. Each cruise line will make their own adjustments to itineraries so you will need to check with your agent or the cruise line for the most up to date information.
This week, Key West welcomed back cruise ships with the Empress of the Seas docking on Sunday. The island is opening slowly but is expected to be open to all tourist on October 1st whch is pushed up from the original date of October 20th.
Ships are still not stopping in Grand Turk but are expected to start in Mid-October.
The Bahamas were spared the brunt of the hurricanes so they are open and its business as usual. This includes the private islands, Castaway Cay, Princess Cay, Cocoa Cay and Half Moon Cay.
There is still no step timeframe for reopening of the cruise port at St. Croix due to the heavy winds the port facility sustained.
St Kits opened back up on September 23rd by welcoming the Carnival Fascination and Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas.
At this point its only relief ships who are docking in St. Maarten. There is no word yet on when they will resume cruise operations.
St. Thomas is expected to reopen to normal operations by the end of October although the popular shore excursion destination Mageens Bay may not be ready. They are working hard to get ready though.
Probably the worst impact was on the island of Puerto Rico and the capital of San Juan. Not only is San Juan a popular stop on an Eastern Caribbean itinerary but is also an embarkation point for several ships sailing to the Southern Caribbean.
At this point there is no timeframe for reopening but I expect it will be months.
One thing about the Caribbean is they are resilient and will recover rapidly. They depend on tourist dollars and will do whatever they can to get people back to the destinations.
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As so many are recovering from a devastating string of hurricanes, I am seeing my industry step up and pay back those who help the industry. The people of the Caribbean islands like St. Thomas, St Maarten, Puerto Rico and others are always so friendly and welcoming to visitors. Honestly, without them, cruising would not be as attractive.
Cruise lines have stepped up to help by using ships to meet immediate needs through evacuations and delivering supplies like food, water, medical supplies and generators. In addition, they are supporting ongoing efforts through donations to the Red Cross.
NCL used the Sky to evacuate 1,000 people from St. Thomas and Royal Caribbean evacuated 1,700 people from St Thomas and St. Maarten.
Carnival Corp plans to use 11 ships to deliver supplies to impacted areas in the Caribbean providing humanitarian aid where its most needed.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. will match donations up to $1 million to aid hurricane relief efforts.
Carnival Corporation created a matching fund for employee donations to support American Red Cross hurricane relief efforts.
Disney Cruise Line donated $2.5 million to aid humanitarian relief efforts and committed to matching employee contributions to eligible relief and recovery organizations
Princess Cruises will match donations made by passengers and crew up to $100,000.
Other organizations in the industry like the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association, Apple Vacations,
Cheap Caribbean and many more are donation funds through employee matching and portions of bookings.
The efforts by these organizations are helping not only those in the Caribbean but Florida as well. Many of these places will need help moving forward from months and in some places years.
Galveston Cruise Port Update
As we know Hurricane Harvey had a catastrophic impact on Texas and out prayers go out to all of those affected.
The reason for the blog though is to give an update on the cruises that sail from Galveston Cruise Port.
The Port of Galveston has re-opened with limited service but is expected to receive cruise ships today, Friday September 1.
Of course, if you are sailing on any of these ships, keep in contact with your Travel Agent or Cruise Line for the most up to date information.
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