The 133,500 gross ton Carnival Horizon was handed over to Carnival Cruise Line during a traditional maritime handover ceremony in Italy. The 4,000 passenger cruise ship will sail its maiden voyage on April 2 out of Barcelona, Spain. After four sailings in Europe, Carnival Horizon will cross the Atlantic for the ship’s christening in New York City.
During the summer, the cruise ship will sail a series of cruises to Bermuda and the Caribbean from New York. In the the fall, Carnival Horizon will head to her new home in PortMiami. Once in Miami, the ship will sail six and eight day cruises to the Caribbean.
Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, gave the following statement about Carnival’s new cruise ship: “Carnival Horizon is an absolutely stunning ship offering so many ways to ‘Choose Fun’ both inside and out. 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.”
Carnival Horizon offers several unique and exciting features, including a new Dr. Seuss-themed WaterWorks aqua park, part of the cruise line’s exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Bonsai Teppanyaki, the line’s first teppanyaki venue, and Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse|Brewhouse serving up “real deal” barbecue favorites created by Food Network star Guy Fieri, as well as four new craft beers brewed on board.
The second in the cruise line’s highly successful Vista-class, Carnival Horizon also offers fun 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 Family Harbor featuring extra-roomy accommodations and the Family Harbor Lounge. Like its name implies, Carnival Horizon also includes food and beverage outlets offering amazing views with both indoor and al fresco seating options at venues such as Bonsai Sushi, Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse and Library Bar.