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10 Photos From Carnival Horizon’s Miami Sail Away

Sarah Bretz

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On Sunday, July 4, Carnival Horizon became the first Carnival Cruise Line ship to set sail from Florida since the cruise industry shut down last year.

We are onboard for the six-night cruise, which is calling at Amber Cove, Dominican Republic and spending two days at Half Moon Cay — the company’s private island in the Bahamas.

If you know Doug, you know he loves sail away on any cruise, but this one was even more special and certainly one to remember! Not only was it special to be on Carnival’s first cruise from Florida, but the ship had a surprise escort out to sea — none other than the cruise line’s newest and largest vessel to-date, Mardi Gras. 

Here are ten photos from Sunday’s memorable Carnival Horizon sail away from PortMiami.

mardi gras PortMiami florida carnival

It feels difficult to believe that after so long of anticipating and learning new details about Carnival’s newest ship, she’s now here in Florida and getting ready for her own debut at the end of the month.

Below, you can see the curve bump-out and the massive glass wall on Mardi Gras, which is where the atrium is.

carnival cruise mardi gras

Crew on Mardi Gras waving to the passengers on Carnival Horizon and wishing them Bon Voyage!

carnival cruise mardi gras crew waving

In the photo below, you can see Mardi Gras’ BOLT roller coaster, the pool at the aft, and get a good feel for the sheer size of the vessel.

carnival cruise PortMiami mardi gras aft

Disney Wonder and Oasis of the Seas were also in port on Sunday. It almost felt like cruising was back to normal seeing multiple ships moving around.

disney wonder multiple ships PortMiami florida

READ MORE: Carnival Cruise Line Resumes Voyages From Miami

Mardi Gras is turned around — let the conveyance out of PortMiami begin!

carnival cruise mardi gras port miami

Couldn’t really ask for a better escort!

carnival horizon looking at mardi gras PortMiami

Passing by Oasis of the Seas, which is one of Royal Caribbean’s largest cruise ships. As you can see, Royal’s largest is still much bigger than Carnival’s largest!

mardi gras and oasis of the seas PortMiami multiple ships

The best feeling, especially now: heading out to sea on a cruise ship — finally!

carnival horizon sail away PortMiami

We made it! Let the fun begin! Thanks for the escort, Mardi Gras.

mardi gras as seen from carnival horizon PortMiami

READ NEXT: Amber Cove Welcomes First Carnival Ship Since Industry Shutdown

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