Top 10 Horizon tips

Attend the Sidewalk Sale Early

On most sailings aboard the Carnival Horizon, a Sidewalk Sale will be held in the general vicinity of the main atrium. If you’re looking for discounted shirts, jewelry, and other items this is the place to head. However, it can get real crowded, real fast. Consult the Fun Times to see what time the sale is slated to start, and then get there early… both for the best possible selection and to avoid the mad crush when all your fellow bargain hunters join the fray. A word of warning: Your mom was right when she said, “You get what you pay for.” I bought a cheap watch at one of these sales on another ship a year or so back, and it died a month after my cruise. That said, when you can get shirts for the folks back home at the price of 2-for-$10, it’s a total win.

Use Deck 1 to Navigate Around Crowds in Ports

In most of the ports, the gangway will be located on Deck 0 (just above the water line). If you’re using the midship gangway then walk up to deck one and walk to the part of the ship you want to go. This way you won’t experience the elevator congestion. If they are operating two gangways, then walk towards the part of the ship that doesn’t have a gangway (or burn off a few calories by taking the stairs).

Find Secret Sail Away Spots

Some folks love throwing themselves into the madness of the sail away parties held around the pool. But if you’re looking for something a little quieter, I’m going to share a secret with you: If you head to the very front of decks 5, 6, 7, 10 and 11, you’ll find areas that are pretty much always empty. Each has areas at the very front of the ship which makes them the perfect place for a peaceful sail away… not to mention incredible pictures.

Go to the Gym During Off Hours

The gym onboard Carnival Horizon seems a bit small for a ship that carries over 4,000 guests, so if you want to get in a good workout, avoid going during peak times. Your best bets when it comes to jumping on the machine you want without having to wait is to hit the gym early in the morning or late in the day. Another option? Avoid the gym entirely and instead head up to deck 12, where seven laps equal a mile, and get in a jog or walk.

Alien invasion

If players are awake on Saturdays at 3:33 a.m, the game has a little secret. If players sit in front of a TV at the right time on the right day, Animal Crossing has a really cool surprise for them - an alien invasion, or so it seems. The aliens will speak their language and perhaps warn players of their impending arrival. It's a really cool and scary feature for players who enjoy that sort of thing.

Demon dogs

In keeping with the scary theme from the first Animal Crossing secret here, this one is also a bit frightening, but cool nonetheless. When players interact with the doghouse furniture item, which is craftable, they are met with frightening red eyes and a ferocious growl.

Buy a Growler from the Pig & Anchor

If you’re a beer drinker and want to save a little bit of money, you can buy a 64-ounce growler (what you non-beer drinkers would call a “jug”) from the Pig & Anchor Brewhouse. Think of these as the ultimate “To Go Cup,” perfect for hanging out on your balcony or as a take-along to the Dive-In Movies. While prices can and do change, a Growler ran $32 during my last sailing.


Perhaps the most popular monster of all-time, Godzilla can be purchased as a "monster statue" from Nook's Cranny. When placed, this statue has an interesting interaction option. The feared Titan can breathe fire when interacted with. This is a really great little Easter egg for fans of Animal Crossing and Warner Brothers' MonsterVerse.

Shopping after hours

While Nook's Cranny closes at 10 p.m. and the Nook boys will kick players out after that, the Able Sisters Tailor Shop does not. Many players might think they close when it becomes closing time, but they won't kick them out at any point.

Get Bottled Water in Dining if you have CHEERS!

I love that despite having been cruising for years, I still learn something new on almost every trip. For example, on my most recent sailing on the Carnival Horizon, I found out that with the CHEERS! package, you can get bottled water from the wait staff if you don’t want to drink the (perfectly fine) desalinized water otherwise offered. (This is a good time to point out that if you’re even thinking about getting the CHEERS! package, look to see what’s covered… you might be surprised. It’s really a heck of a value.)