Basic Facts We Know:
The Carnival Horizon will be the 2nd ship in Carnival's Vista Class. The Carnival Horizon is scheduled to begin sailing in April 2018 based on Carnival's January 2017 press release. Originally, Carnival had said March 2018. The Carnival Horizon will be approximately 133,500 tons and is being built at Fincanteri's Marghera Shipyard in Italy.
The Carnival Horizon's inaugural cruise will be a 13 night cruise that departs April 2, 2018, and this cruise will depart from Barcelona, Spain. Following this cruise, the Carnival Horizon will sail two seven night cruises that depart on April 15 and April 22, 2018 from Barcelona, Spain. After these two cruises conclude, the Carnival Horizon will sail a 10 night cruise which departs from Barcelona also.
After the Carnival Horizon's Mediterranean Season, the ship will sail a repositioning cruise to New York. This cruise will be 14 nights and depart Barcelona on May 9, 2018. Carnival's press release notes, the following ports are scheduled for the repositioning cruise including: Malaga (Spain), Gibraltor, Lisbon (Portugal), Vigo (Spain), and Halifax.
Once the Carnival Horizon arrives in New York City the ship will offer 8 night cruises that visit ports such as Amber Cove, Grand Turk, and San Juan. Carnival's press release states departure dates for the Carnival Horizon from New York are May 28, June 5, June 13, June 25, July 3, July 11, July 23, July 31, August 8, August 20, August 28, and September 5. Please note, Carnival's press release says additional New York cruises will be announced soon.
Following the Carnival Horizon's New York City deployment, the ship will begin cruising from Miami, Florida. The ship will primarily sail 6 & 8 night cruises from Miami. The 6 night cruises will depart on Sundays and are scheduled to have ports of call at Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. For 8 night cruises, the Carnival Horizon will have 2 different itinerary combinations. One 8 night cruise combination is scheduled to have port of call stops at Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao, and Aruba. The other 8 night cruise combination is scheduled to have port of call stops at Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Kitts, and St. Maarten. The 8 night cruises will typically depart Miami on Saturdays.
Links To Carnival's Press Releases For More Information:
If you would like to read Carnival's January 2017 press release that gave details on itineraries please click here (will take you away from RyG's Cruise Guide)
If you would like to read Carnival's initial press release on the Horizon please click here (will take you away from RyG's Cruise Guide).