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Where Will Carnival Horizon Cruise From?

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It feels like we’ve been waiting forever, but Carnival Cruise Line has big news on the Carnival Horizon… and that news is literally on the horizon. This morning on his Facebook page, Carnival’s head cruise director, John Heald, revealed that he would have news on the new ship “and where she will be sailing from and to” on Tuesday morning.

This, of course, set off a frenzied guessing game as excited future passengers wonder where Vista’s sister ship will ultimately land.

Our Best Guesses…

Carnival recently announced that as of September of 2018, Vista would leave Miami and begin sailing out of Galveston. And while the Magic will soon after begin making seven-day trips from Miami to the Caribbean, we can’t help wondering if perhaps Horizon ultimately might berth herself in Miami.

There’s also speculation that perhaps Horizon might join Norwegian Cruise Line’s similarly-sized Breakaway in making year-round sailings out of New York City, but Heald has indicated in the past that Carnival was unlikely to make the Big Apple a ship’s permanent home. (That could, of course, change. During one of the quarterly earnings reports last year, Carnival CEO Arnold Donald said that “the beauty of our inventory is that it’s mobile; we can adjust and adapt, and we’re constantly seeking optimum.” Translation: Never say never… to any port options!)

A New York Appearance? 

It seems fairly likely that Horizon will, like her sister ship, do at least a sailing or two out of New York City, even if she ultimately winds up homeporting elsewhere.

Port Canaveral also seems a major contender, given just how popular that port is among cruisers. One thing is certain… tomorrow, the waiting game could be over!

Which port do you hope to see Carnival’s latest ship call home? And are you planning to book a cabin… no matter where she sails from?

photo: Carnival

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