Royal Caribbean isn’t the only major cruise line in the midst of rolling out a giant new vessel. Rival Carnival is unveiling a sizable newcomer, too.
Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, Carnival Horizon, will be a sister to Carnival Vista (shown here).
(Photo: Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Line)
Miami-based Carnival’s 26th ship, the 3,954-passenger Carnival Horizon, debuts today in Barcelona with a 13-day inaugural sailing to the Mediterranean.
Constructed at a shipyard in Italy, Horizon is a sister to Carnival Vista, which debuted in 2016 and is Carnival’s biggest vessel ever. Both ships measure 133,500 tons.
Like Vista, Horizon will boast an 800-foot-long sky ride around its top deck and, on the inside, an IMAX Theater. Both were new-for-the-industry offerings when they debuted on Vista. Other notable features will include a 455-foot-long water tube attraction that will be part of a Dr. Seuss-themed water park.
New on Horizon will be a Guy Fieri-themed smokehouse and brewpub that serves up smoked-on-board barbecue and house-made craft beer. Dubbed Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse|Brewhouse, it’s the latest eatery on a Carnival ship to come from a partnership between the line and the celebrity chef. Several Carnival ships already boast Fieri-themed barbecue outlets that don’t have attached breweries. Fieri-themed burger stands also can be found on most Carnival vessels.
Like other Carnival ships, Horizon also will have a range of other deck-top fun zones, eateries, bars and entertainment.
Still, while relatively large as cruise ships go, Horizon is significantly smaller than Royal Caribbean’s new ship, the 228,081-ton Symphony of the Seas, and doesn’t offer quite the range of amenities….
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