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   Cruise Travel - Reader Reviews

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MV Horizon

Your Rating:Four Stars
Reviewed by: Dmitriy Voloshin
# previous cruises: 10+
Date of Trip: January 5, 2003
Itinerary: Caribbean - Western

Overall it was a very relaxing laid-back trip. The ship shows her age, but she's mostly in a great shape and the outstanding service on-board along with her human-scale size more than compensate for some stained carpets.

Public Areas
The public areas are very sterile: absolutely nothing fancy or extra ordinate here, no multi-story lobbies either. Everything appeared in great shape except for some carpet stains. Michael's Club is the most attractive room on-board.

I don't think anyone would choose Horizon based on her public rooms, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with her, the rooms are just very plain, Holiday Inn - like.

Food and Service
Simply outstanding! The best service in the dining room from Jose, he was from Portugal. The cuisine was excellent. Not a single dish was sent back, food varied from good to amazing. The food and service were of a higher caliber than those on HAL Ryndam, for example.

Room service was rather adequate and never took longer than 5-10 minutes to arrive.

All staff was excellent. Absolutely no complaints in any department.

All of us (12 people) had category 4 outside rooms. But as my father broke his ankle (and subsequently did not go on a cruise at all), I got us down-graded (yes, that's right) to a category 5 outside handicapped room. It was more than adequate for my mother and I. Actually, on the embarkation day I took a look at a mini-suit, and it was exactly the same size (270 or so sq. ft.) as our cabin, the only difference being the different furniture lay-out, a larger window, and a full bath.

Standard outside rooms the rest of our party had were ok for each couple, but would not do for three or four, in my opinion. The standard rooms appeared to be a level below than those on HAL or even on Princess (Grand class).

Contrary to what was heard earlier, none of the cabins experienced any noise, vibration, or any un-regular movement. Entertainment : The weakest par of a cruise - your typical cruise fare. Some shows are better than others but non compared with NCL, Princess, or even HAL.

Activities-wise, it was a very laid back cruise: no announcements of any sort, a few poolside activities. However, there were two wonderful theme nights by the pool, ice carving, etc.

Key West - awesome, wonderful! It's always been one of my favorite places in the US.

Cozumel - shopping, shopping, shopping. There were over 10 ships in port.

Costa Maya - don't leave the ship if you don't care for the ruins.

Grand Cayman - I must be the only person in the world who never cared for it, but the beach is nice.

Who Goes
First of all, the ship was not full; there were only a thousand passengers on-board. To my great surprise, the average age seemed to be in the mid-30s, there were a very large percentage of younger people (20s-30s), very few kids that were never seen, and the lowest percentage of seniors I ever seen on a North American . geared cruise.

Socioeconomic-wise, it was your typical middle-class white America. I did not notice any rude or impolite behavior anywhere. Overall, it was a wonderful and relaxing trip. Also, it was a great value at $50 per person per diem. I would recommend this trip to anyone who would want a more conservative, traditional, and very classy experience at sea.

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