In a traditional maritime handover ceremony held at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, Carnival Cruise Line officially took delivery of the new 133,500-ton Carnival Horizon, the 26th ship in its fleet.
The 3,954-passenger ship will reposition to Barcelona where it will depart 2APR 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 on 23May for a pier-side overnight gala and naming ceremony featuring the ship’s godmother, 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 22SEP.
Carnival Horizon offers several unique 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 offers innovations 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 the Family Harbor area which features larger accommodations and a dedicated lounge.
“Carnival Horizon is an absolutely stunning ship offering so many ways to ‘Choose Fun’ both inside and out,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “In addition to the many exciting innovations previously introduced on Carnival Vista, Carnival Horizon offers some new one-of-a-kind features and attractions that make this ship truly special allowing our guests to create a lifetime of wonderful vacation memories.”
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