The Horizon was our seventh cruise on as many cruise lines. We like to change from line to line to experience them all as time allows. So this was our first trip with Celebrity.
I won't bore you with a day by day recitation of our activities, but I will pass along some of the smaller details overlooked by everyone else except myself. Probably details no one cares about except me.
We were located in what are commonly known as the cheap seats.
Although we did have an outside with a view. Cabin was perfect, no problems
what so ever. Great cabin steward. There are two extra pillows in the closet
and one extra blanket and the steward supplied more upon request. Plenty of
room the the bathroom, an excellent shower complete with shower hose which I
enjoy for rinsing. The in house shampoo was very good and the cabin always
had ice and a pitcher of fresh water. For those so inclined, the small
vacuums one saw in use all over the ship to great effect are Hoovers.
Like most ships the Horizon holds a Captain's cocktail party
for past cruisers with Celebrity. Actually they have no way of checking so if you chose to say you shipped out with Celebrity in the past, you're invited to free drinks. You get to shake hands with the Captain ( a wet fish
handshake) and some female officer and last, but not least, the Cruise
Director. For some unknown reason Cruise Directors remind me of used car
salesmen and I've found they seem to take up a great deal of time making the
paying customers make fools of themselves on videos which then are sold to
other paying customers who are foolish enough to buy them.
All coffee on the Horizon appears to be liquid, instant coffee
provided by the Vitality Company who also supplies the on board fruit juices. I arise early and like a coffee at 5am which is impossible on the Horizon as they don't turn on the instant machines until 6:30am which leaves a bunch of old guys stumbling around outside the Cafe grumbling. Two ways to overcome this obstacle. One is to carry a small thermos and fill it in the Coral Seas Cafe before you go to bed. Second is, when no one is looking, open the door on the front of the coffee machine, it's not locked, and flick the red off/on switch to on and you're in business. Just blame it on an officer who "just passed by". I like a drink of ice water from time to time during the day and found that there is only one drinking fountain aboard on Deck 12 aft. Also found a nice niche there for photography.
Usually the worse part of any cruise, was not all that bad this
trip. As we drive, we are always last to be let off the ship so we always
wait in a public bar on the top deck. This works on any ship. When your color is called, the elevator at the top floor is always empty. If you're mid way down, it's almost always jammed full. The usual Customs search was done by dogs long before the first passenger was let off and when we, in the last group came along, a Celebrity employee took our declaration forms and we never saw a Customs Agent. This was not a bad disembarkation at all. The
fastest ever was from the Disney's Magic. On that ship you go to breakfast
and go ashore when you finish eating at your leisure. No colors, no tags. Six minutes from gangway to vehicle, buy then Disney is in the business of moving large numbers of people.
Parking is not provided by Celebrity, but is available for $12.00 a
day in a parking facility that is under construction. We waited for a shuttle bus to take us the two miles to the ship and when it didn't come we flagged a cab for a $3.00 ride. My brand new vehicle was safe and sound eleven days later and upon returning, the Horizon tied up right by the garage.
Great cruise, great ship and great employees.