Number of Cruises: 6
Cruise Line: Celebrity
Sailing Date: March 24th, 2005
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
We were concerned about what the Horizon would have to offer, after reading the boards on it, but we were very relieved when we boarded the ship. While no one would argue that the ship was at its prime, it was very clean and maintained. I have been on other ships needing to be refurbished, and this one was much nicer than the others. Housekeeping was constant and you could see pride in the ships presentation. Problems with the ship, however, included a fairly major problem with the stabilizers, and the ship rocked far more than it should have. Also, the satellite did not work, and if you are in port, you might receive CNN, etc., but when at sea, forget about receiving television or using the net. We have never had problems with reception while cruising the same area, on other ships.
The food in the main dining room was excellent. Listen to your waiter, and you won’t go wrong come dinner. Our hats off to Georgia, real name sounding like Chowder, with a New England accent. Celebrity has their personnel use more American sounding names than their real names. He appreciates hearing his real name! Everything he advised was the best on the table that evening. For breakfast, I recommend sticking to the buffet, as the eggs in the dining room tended to be overcooked and the menu was blasé. The grill is home to some great hamburgers, and sushi every night, was great. The Grand Buffet was one of the greatest I have seen, but of course, two hours after dinner hardly makes you interested in actually enjoying the food.
The entertainers were first rate, I we could easily see either of the Celebrity lead Singers, making it to Broadway. The other entertainment, seemed to cater to a slightly older crowd, but the comedian was funny. There were many extended families on board, but the ship does cater to an older overall population than most of the other lines.