Europe on the HORIZON for Carnival

Great news for fans of Carnival Cruises, having announced last year that they will return to Europe for the 2018 summer season with a brand new ship, more details have been released.  For the inaugural season of its newest ship, Carnival Horizon, will carry out Port-Intensive European Cruises Round-Trip from Barcelona.

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Currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, Carnival Horizon will offer many of the hugely popular indoor and outdoor dining, bar, entertainment and activity options that debuted on Carnival Vista, currently the line’s newest ship.

Featuring Sky Ride, Waterworks Aqua Park which features a water tube slide called Kaleid-o-Slide and an IMAX Theatre.  The Ship will feature spa cabins offering exclusive privileges at the luxurious Cloud 9 Spa, extra-roomy staterooms in Family Harbor, and tropical-inspired Havana staterooms and suites with exclusive daytime access to a Cuban-themed bar and pool – Havana Staterooms sound right up my street!!

Carnival have revealed that there will be a variety of unique dining and bar concepts and spectacular outdoor spaces found only on Carnival Horizon, they are keeping tight lipped about them at the moment but will reveal them in the near future – sound interesting?

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It seems that Carnival Horizon will expand on the successes of Carnival Vista according to Christine Duffy President of the cruise Line who was quoted recently as saying

“Carnival Vista delivered the next generation of ship for our brand with new, never-before-seen features at sea. From our amazing SkyRide and the WaterWorks aqua park to first IMAX Theatre on a cruise ship, Carnival Vista has offered our guests a brand new view of fun. With Carnival Horizon, we continue to expand those themes to provide guests of all ages with the ultimate fun vacation with Carnival!”

Carnival Horizon is scheduled to make its maiden voyage April 2, 2018, with a 13-day Mediterranean voyage operating round-trip from Barcelona and calling at Livorno, Rome (Civitavecchia), and Naples (Capri and Pompeii), Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Corfu, Greece; Messina (Sicily), Italy; Valletta, Malta; and Cagliari (Sardinia), Italy – the first of four round-trip departures from this Spanish port. Carnival Horizon will also operate two seven-day cruises departing April 15 and 22, 2018, and featuring Cagliari (Sardinia), Naples (Capri and Pompeii), Rome (Civitavecchia), Livorno, and Marseilles, and a 10-day voyage departing April 29, 2018, with stops at Livorno, Rome (Civitavecchia), Naples (Capri and Pompeii), Dubrovnik, Corfu and Messina (Sicily).

14-Day Transatlantic Crossing from Barcelona to New York
Carnival Horizon will reposition to the U.S. with a 14-day transatlantic crossing departing Barcelona May 9 and arriving in New York on May 23, 2018. Featuring ports of call: Malaga, Spain; Gibraltar; Lisbon, Portugal; and Vigo, Spain, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Eight-Day Caribbean Cruises from the New York
After arriving in New York, Carnival Horizon will offer eight-day Caribbean cruises operating round-trip from the Big Apple and featuring visits to Grand Turk; San Juan; and Amber Cove (Dominican Republic). Departure dates include May 28, June 5, 13 and 25, July 3, 11, 23 and 31, Aug. 8, 20 and 28, and Sept. 5, 2018. Additional departures from New York in summer 2018 are being planned and will be announced in the coming weeks.

Year-Round Six- and Eight-Day Caribbean Voyages from Miami
Carnival Horizon will then move to Miami and with a year-round schedule of six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises beginning Sept. 22, 2018. Prior to the start-up of this program, Carnival Horizon will offer a special two-day cruise to Nassau from Miami Sept. 20-22, 2018.

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So make the most of Carnivals newest ships short Visit to European waters – hopefully we will see her back for more sailings in the future.

As always we will be putting some fantastic packages together around these sailings so look out for those.  Im really interested to see how a package featuring the transatlantic sailing will turn out.

What do you think about this?  Itineraries look interesting?




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