Horizon tips

Sell Your Valuables

The currency of the world we explore in Horizon Zero Dawn is Metal Shards, which you also use to craft items such as arrows. Because crafting is something you do constantly, it can quickly dwindle your Shards supplies. Whenever you meet a merchant, be sure to sell off items from the Resources category to boost your supply of Shards. Only sell the ones which have the use "Sell to Merchants" and not "Trade to Merchants." If they say they can be traded, that means you need them to purchase specific items. Metal Shards are useful for upgrading your Outfits and purchasing other useful items, so be sure to have a clearance every time you meet a merchant.

Enjoy One Last Meal Before Goodbye

There’s always time for one last breakfast, right? Personally, I like having someone serve me that final meal in the main dining room… after all, once I get home, the only person who’ll be serving my meals is me. The main dining room, Lido Marketplace, BlueIguana Cantina, and the coffee shop are all open on disembarkation morning. You won’t, however, be able to order room service. So those are the tips that I’ve picked up during my sailings on the Carnival Horizon. Got any you’d like to share? Hit the comments.


There are nearly 2,000 cruise cabins aboard. These are split up across suites, ocean-view cabins with balconies, ocean-view cabins without balconies, and interior staterooms. There is also the option of Havana staterooms. Ocean-view cabins with balconies are the most popular, with nearly 900 of the cabins total being made up of this accommodations option. The interior staterooms come next, with just over 700 total, followed by about 300 ocean-view cabins without balconies and 74 suites. Related: Which Staterooms to Book on a Carnival Cruise

Set Dining Has Quicker Service

There are two main dining rooms aboard the Carnival Horizon. One features set dining times, and the other is reserved for those on the My Time dining system. As a general rule, you’ll find that things move at a faster pace with set dining times… which of course makes sense, as they are dealing with everyone’s meals on the same schedule. Plus, if you have the early dining time, they need to get guests served and out of the dining room before the second seating. Another reason you might want to consider sticking with the set dining time? It makes it easier to catch the signature performances done in the main dining room.

Buy the CHEERS! Drink Package Before You Board

The unlimited beverage package is a great deal… and it’s an even better one if you buy it in advance. Once you get on board, it’s going to cost you a little extra. The price to purchase the package before your cruise is $51.95 per day, but if you wait until you’re on board, you will pay $5 more at $56.95 per day. (In both cases, a 15% gratuity will be added to your total.) Read More: Pros and Cons of CHEERS! Beverage Program

Take the Pig and Anchor Brewery Tour

The brewmaster offers tours of his home turf on a couple of the sea days (depending on how long your voyage is). For $24.95, guests get a behind-the-scenes look at the beer brewing process, a souvenir glass and plenty of beer samples. Check the Fun Times for details, or ask the bartenders at the Pig & Anchor, who can also sign you up if spaces are available.

Book Bonsai Teppanyaki in Advance

This dining venue is new, it’s popular and it has very limited seating. So if it’s a must-do for you and your party, make sure to book it as soon as possible. While this is particularly true for Bonsai Teppanyaki, we also recommend advance reservations as a good idea overall. Better to have reservations which you later cancel than to not make any, and find yourself missing out on places you’d hoped to hit… especially if you prefer to dine during peak hours. READ MORE: Review of Carnival Horizon’s Bonsai Teppanyaki

Buy Water Early

Unlike on some of the other cruise lines, it’s relatively inexpensive to order bottled water on Carnival. You can get a 12-pack for $4.50, and while you can get the same deal once on board the ship, by ordering in advance it’s one less thing you have to worry about. Bottles of water are included in the beverage packages, but if you’re like me, you like having bottles in your room, too. I like knowing there’s a bottle of water available if I get up in the night, or a couple in the fridge that I can take with me on a shore excursion. So whether or not I purchase a beverage package, I still always order water for my stateroom.

Learn the Smart Elevators Early

They might seem intimidating at first, but trust me: The new elevator system is your friend and actually saves you time (no matter how many people tell you differently). The only guests who hate it are the ones who don’t pay attention. They’ll jump into the first elevator that opens and then wonder how the heck they’re supposed to get to where they want to go, given that there aren’t any buttons inside the actual elevator car. It’s worth noting that just like with regular elevators, yes, there will be times when a whole lot of people are trying to go somewhere, and an elevator may be full. That’s okay. Go back to the panel and order another.

Go To Pig & Anchor Smokehouse First

Lunch is free at the Pig & Anchor on embarkation day (and on sea days). So while everyone else is wandering around, getting acquainted with the ship, head to this fantastic restaurant and get some great grub. If you decide to swing by on a sea day, when they serve the free lunch from noon until 2:30 p.m., consider avoiding the rush by coming later. Chances are good that at 2 p.m., you’ll be able to walk right up as opposed to waiting in a line stretching halfway down the promenade. Watch a video review of Pig and Anchor Smokehouse here.