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Carnival Cruise Line Takes Delivery Of 26th Ship, Carnival Horizon

March 28, 2018

Line’s Newest Ship to Sail on Inaugural Voyage from Barcelona April 2

MIAMI (March 28, 2018) –  In a traditional maritime handover ceremony held earlier today 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, Spain, where it will depart April 2 on an inaugural 13-day voyage – the first of four sailings from the European port.  The ship will then operate a trans-Atlantic crossing before arriving in New York May 23, 2018, for a pierside overnight gala and naming ceremony featuring the ship’s godmother, Grammy award-winning musical artist and acclaimed actress 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 Sept. 22, 2018.

Carnival Horizon offers several unique and exciting 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 serving up “real deal” barbecue favorites created by Food Network star Guy Fieri, as well as four new craft beers brewed on board.

The four new beers on Carnival Horizon will include:

• ParchedPig Smoked Porter – brewed with in-house smoked malt, this robust, full-bodied beer offers big and bold flavors and notes of molasses and hickory smoke, providing the perfect complement to Smokehouse|Brewhouse’s BBQ favorites

• ParchedPig Farmhouse Ale – this lightly hopped beer is distinguished by its blond color, fruity and complex character with mild spice notes that balance the brew’s dry finish

• ParchedPig Toasted Amber Ale – highlighted by its rich amber color and notes of toasted caramel and biscuit, this beer is well balanced, smooth and highly drinkable

• ParchedPig West Coast IPA – the embodiment of a traditional West Coast India Pale Ale, this hoppy, intense beer is loaded with bitterness with a bright flavor profile and distinctive aroma of citrus and pine

The second in the 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.

“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,” she added.

Story compliments of Carnival , contact me to Book your Cabin on Horizon or any Carnival ship.

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Happy New Year 

Did I mention that most of my wonderful adventures thus far are thanks to #Carnival cruise ships. Make travel part of your New Years Resolution life is short enjoy it. 

Cruising

What makes a great cruise ?
The definition of a great cruise is as different as the number of Cruise lines. Is it Food? Is it Service? Is it Comfort? More importantly are you comparing apples to apples or are you really comparing to grapes?

My first cruise was on a Carnival ship and I was pleased with my choice. It was to Alaska so maybe it’s not totally a fair comparison. Besides the spectacular scenery, there are very good comedians and stage productions as well as a Casino and a few stores. Activities are also planned daily at no charge like trivia games and competitions. Many people’s  reaction to Carnival is; outdated with garish décor. Honestly that was fine with me I loved it since it reminded me of the Love Boat. That is especially funny to most since Princess ( owned by Carnival Corp) actually was the real Love Boat. Many of the Carnival ships are being dry docked and overhauled as well as new ships such the Vista being built. You will not find a more dedicated staff, especially at that price-point.
That is the real elephant in the room, MONEY. Either you want to spend it or you don’t. Princess and Cunard while we are on the subject offers a classier experience. There are more amenities in the stateroom and you will be pampered more. There are fewer children, partly because of the cost and partly due to more programs offered on Carnival geared for young children not offered on Princess and Cunard. There are several restaurants that are an added cost to dine in or you can have a special meal served on your balcony also an additional fee.
Still not satisfied would you prefer staterooms that were double the size of the average with beautiful sliding glass doors or heated floors in the bathroom and real tile. Drinks often included at Dinner and at least one excursion at no additional cost. Don’t worry although older children are not prevented from sailing the lack of entertainment usually keeps them away. These luxury liners do not have Comedy Clubs and Floor Shows but instead feature large libraries and guest Lecturer.
If this is more your taste Visit my website or one of my specialty links for Avalon , Ama Waterways, or Viking all very luxurious cruise lines for those that want a more refined experience and to be pampered.

STILL A BARGAIN
No matter how you look at it, there is no other way to truly enjoy a vacation. What more could you ask for, you arrive at the Port and hand off you luggage unpacking only once. You know where your room is every night and don’t have to cook or make the bed. ( I know some of you have a maid )
It is also more comforting in some areas to know you are there with a group even though you may not see a lot of the people from your ship once your off on an excursion. It’s nice to know someone is there waiting for you, you’re not totally alone in an unfamiliar territory.
I love to hear the naysayers…. I could never cruise, I would go stir crazy being stuck on a ship for days.
How many of you that have said those words truly understand the size of a cruise ship? Yes there are many but mostly big, bigger and WOW. The next time you go to your local mall (the one with INDOOR stores) look around , could you spend a few days there maybe eating free food or hanging around a pool or three(yes 3 at least) with a drink and lounge chair. Now if you can see from one end to the other of that mall mentally stack another Mall on top and now you’re getting close to experiencing the size of a cruise ship.

Bermuda

What is it about Bermuda that draws people in ? Personally I have been fascinated with Bermuda since I was a kid and heard stories about the Bermuda Triangle. Before we headed out, my Mother asked me if I was aware of the stories.  I laughed and said ” Of course that is why I am going there.”

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We arrived in the area called Dockyard Marina which is the location of Kings Wharf and

Heritage Wharf. From this area you can take the Ferry to either Hamilton or St George’s.

You can also get a Taxi or Public Bus ( that’s a scary ride and takes longer than the Ferry) or rent a scooter. We opted to purchase a pass that allows you the choice of Ferry or Bus unlimited trips. Only Bermudians as they call themselves are allowed to drive a car and they may only have one per household.

In this area of the Dockyard is The Royal Naval Dockyard and The National Museum of Bermuda. wpid-wp-1446575332170.jpegwpid-wp-1446575320753.jpeg

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The Museum is a self guided tour so you can spend as much time as you would like. During our trip the weather was beautiful until the last day. As you can see from this photo, a storm blew in. wpid-imag0190.jpg I was glad we saved the Museum for this day we felt a little better since this place use to keep our soldiers safe and stayed a little dryer than when we tried to venture out earlier that morning .

wpid-wp-1446575418639.jpeg  This is a cave that leads to an underground bunker now used for exhibits showing the History of the people imprisoned on the Island.

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The photo above on the left is the Commissioner’s home , center is one of the bunker, and the view out of the bunker looking onto the Harbor.  Up on the ridge are the numerous cannons and a road leading to the Casemate.

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The above areas are off-limits, they are in very rough shape. Casemate Barracks was built-in the late 1830’s to house troops manning the Dockyard, it later closed in 1951. From 1963-94 it was Bermuda’s maximum security prison and currently it is under restoration by Museum volunteers.

wpid-wp-1446575465793.jpeg This building we were able to walk around in. I stayed to the first floor and that was creepy enough. It did not appear as though the upstairs was off-limits but it did not look safe and there was no way to know who may be up there since anyone can get in there.

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This next photo is of stairways that are located in each corner of the building and look similar to a spiral staircase. The first photo is clear. The second photo should be a mirror image of the first but something happened. I saw a clear view but that is not what I ended up with. You decide what we are seeing.

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The original clock works from the clock tower are here and operational.  wpid-imag0169.jpg

The face of the clock is down stairs and the inner workings start on the lower floor and go up through to the second floor.

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Lets take the ferry to Hamilton which is the capital. When you get off the ferry there is a visitor center to the left, this is a great place to start they are very helpful. You can pick up brochures here and get a snack or use the restroom located to the outside rear of the building. We will visit the Crystal Caves which is only one of many caves here on the island. Walk across the street to Queen St and up a few blocks to Church St. to the right past City Hall is where we catch a bus to the caves. Route one will take you out-of-town and route seven brings you back to Hamilton.
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There are guided tours every fifteen minutes. You can grab a snack at the Cafe before you head down the 83 steps to the floating bridge. I hope you’re not afraid of the dark. This is a great place to visit if the heat of summer since it’s a constant cool temperature.

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If you have children you may want to visit the Aquarium Museum & Zoo in Flatts. Here you will find a collection of Saltwater

fish, a Museum of assorted exhibits from early settlers. There are several types of animal exhibits, a gift shop and a snack shop.

A Government operated facility founded in 1926, it’s supported by The Bermuda Zoological Society and Atlantic Conservation Partnership.

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The weather in Bermuda is generally comfortable in the seventies. There are several Beaches that are public. The water is a beautiful color and fairly warm. Most of the Beaches we saw had changing facilities, restrooms and some type of food available.

P1020159                 So what are you waiting for, visit Bermuda. A cruise ship is the way to go since your room is always waiting. www.atouristlifetravel.com   

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Book your cruise today

I just booked another carnival cruise. Even though it’s over a year away it really gives you something to be excited about. Next I will have to join my cruise critic roll call.

For the Love of Carnival

The towel family courtesy of the talented Carnival Cruise lines Staff

The towel family courtesy of the talented Carnival Cruise lines Staff

You can always count on an endless supply of these adorable animals, what a surprise since we are adults. Several cruises later we are still taking photos of them. We first encountered towel animals at Walt Disney World many years ago when we had young children.

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