Roll Call Carnival Horizon
10-Night Mediterranean Cruise
B2B with 14-Night Transatlantic Cruise
- Apr 29 thru May 23, 2018 -



Goal & Roll Call related Links

This website is combines the last two cruises of the Carnival Horizon in Europe. It covers 12 unique ports including the embarkation port of Barcelona. The only port that is duplicated between the two cruises is Barcelona since there are two legs out of there. We visited 7 of the ports on a B2B on the Carnival Breeze in October/November, 2012, so we have a good idea what we want to see on this trip.

Carnival is doing things very different with this ship's inaugural season. Usually a ship will be introduced and will spend the summer season in Europe offering dozens of cruise opportunities. Instead, they will only have five cruises for the Horizon in Europe to include the transatlantic. In December I was warned that this might happen while on the Vista. I was told that when Carnival dropped Izmir, Turkey (a non-EU country) from their itineraries, the Vista was required to collect VAT on all sales made on the ship. This added considerable costs for customers who where not expecting it. This tax was on top of gratuities making an $8.00 drink cost over $11.00. I've also heard that Carnival Corporation didn't want the Horizon in the Mediterranean competing with their other lines. Well, it was a god move on Carnival's part as cabins are selling very well. Booking was available around noon on January 25, 2017. We finalized our booking the next day. I was surprised at how many cabin were already taken as I did "faux bookings" to check prices on the various catagories. We ended up with a Porthole Interior (PT) on the Med cruise and will move to a balcony for the TA.

The picture below has two rendering of the Horizon, although I suspect that the one on the right is actually the Vista underway. The middle picture is a recent one showing construction progress.

pic of Carnival Horizon

Pre/Post-cruise Ideas...

We have been to Barcelona before and have seen most of the sites. So, we will use somebody like Viator to visit the surronding areas. I have wanted to visit Andorra, a micro-country nd this tour is my chance - Three Countries in One Day: There is also a Salvador Dali museum in the small coastal town of Figueres, just north of Barcelona. Viator has a number of tours to take you there and to explore the surronding area. One tour takes you by high-speed train, giving you a chance to experiene a popular form of European transportation - .

I found a great website with info on train travel in Europe. You can take a train from Barcelona to anywhere in Europe. Check out The Man in Seat 61...

Comments/suggestions? John


Itinerary - Click the links to find out about the ports we will visit

Date
Day
Port
Arrive
Depart
29-Apr
Sun
Barcelona
Embark-
5:00pm
30-Apr
Mon
At Sea
-
-
1-May
Tues
Livorno (Florence / Pisa), Italy 1
7:00am
7:00pm
2-May
Wed
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
7:00am
8:00pm
3-May
Thu
Naples (Pompeii,Amalfi,Capri), Italy
7:00am
7:00pm
4-May
Fri
At Sea
-
-
5-May
Sat
Dubrovnik, Croatia 2
8:00am
5:00pm
6-May
Sun
Corfu, Greece
7:00am
4:00pm
7-May
Mon
Messina, Sicily, Italy
9:00am
5:00pm
8-May
Tue
At Sea
-
-
9-May
Wed
Barcelona
6:00am
7:00pm
10-May
Thu
At Sea
-
-
11-May
Fri
Malaga, Spain
8:00am
9:00pm
12-May
Sat
Gibraltar, UK Territory
7:00am
3:30pm
13-May
Sun
Lisbon, Portugal 3
9:00am
5:00pm
14-May
Mon
Vigo, Spain
10:00am
7:00pm
15-May
Tue
At Sea
-
-
16-May
Wed
At Sea
-
-
17-May
Thu
At Sea
-
-
18-May
Fri
At Sea
-
-
19-May
Sat
At Sea
-
-
20-May
Sun
At Sea
-
-
21-May
Mon
Halifax, NS, Canada
8:00am
5:00pm
22-May
Tue
At Sea
-
-
23-May
Wed
NYC
8:00am
De-bark

* Cruise Elegant Night Any guess what nights they will be?
** VIFP Party No idea what night it will be, but don't forget the VIFP/Past Guest Party for Platinums & Diamonds
1. Labor Day/May Day - This is a nationwide public holiday in Italy. I don't suspect it will affect tourist-oriented Pisa or Florence, but we could see demonstrations and have difficulty if not on a tour.
2. Cinco de Mayo - No idea if the ship will celebrate this holiday, but they might, especially at the Blue Iguana Cantina.
3. Mothers' Day - Plan for this before you leave to ensure Mom is celebrated.