It’s our first sea day on the Carnival Horizon and I was up early. It may be my imagination but the bed feels narrower than the last time I had a twin. Also our cabin isn’t cooling down enough. We’re going to have to call guest services about that.
Morning at Sea
I made do with a cup of Lido coffee until the Java Café opened up where I got some good stuff. While drinking it I journaled and enjoyed the sunrise.
Met up with Teresa. We decided to eat in the buffet since brunch would overlap with the crafts class. Breakfast was a hodge podge. In addition to the fried potatoes, sausage and yogurt I had pepperoni pizza.
Afterward I hurried over to the crafts where the item today is homemade cards. I decided to make a thank you card for our room steward. When we saw him this morning, I asked about the room temperature and he said he’d have someone check it out. When I got back the next time he let me know they didn’t find anything wrong. He offered to get us a fan which I accepted. Having said that, I saw them working on all the air conditioning stuff all along the corridor AND the room was much cooler.
After the card craft, I went to the main pool and found a lounger in the back room that was still in the shade.
Stayed there and swam in the pool with just two others for a while.
Afternoon at Sea
Sister T wanted to go to brunch at 11:30 so I headed to the room shortly after 11 to get showered and dressed in time.
I had fresh fruit…
This was followed by steak and eggs with sourdough toast.
It was pretty good although the fries weren’t hot enough. Sister T enjoyed her signature tower.
On my way to the cabin I stopped by the buffet and enjoyed a slice of cake.
I was ready for nap and slept for a couple of hours. The two nights of not enough sleep caught up with me. Tonight was formal night so after dressing up, I had a cocktail at the Alchemy bar (can’t believe I forgot to take a picture). I asked Suzie to make me something with blackberry and vodka. It was delicious.
I sat by a mom and her younger charming son and we discussed card tricks. Sister T joined me and we headed to the Reflection dining room for the first time.
Evening at Sea
Our table is the first one by the window on the starboard side. It is a table for four and we saw them guiding two ladies to it after we’d ordered but they didn’t want to share. Can’t blame them in this covid era.
Our assistant waiter, Mohammed, took our order and he wasn’t friendly or loud enough. We got bread (not warm but at least not cold like I had on Vista). I ordered shrimp cocktail and spinach salad to start.
Both were good.
Sister T ordered oysters and mushroom bisque. She said her appetizers were barely warm which became a pattern.
Her entrée was carbonara and I ordered the lobster. When served, mine had overpowering fishy smell. I tried cutting it and it was so overcooked, I couldn’t cut neatly just shredded it with butter knife.
Sister T’s entrée tasted better but was lukewarm as well. The man at the table next to us and closer to the waiters got the attention of the main waiter and he was very apologetic and promptly offered to replace our entrees. Sister T declined but I took them up on the offer. The next lobster tail was good (so good I had a second).
The risotto was edible once I added salt but they really need to work on that side. Next up was dessert. I had crème brulee which unfortunately had some issues (one side hadn’t set right).
Sister T had a cheese plate.
Ramu, the main waiter, was great and I wish he’d taken our order. Part of the issue is our corner has a group of about 15 people between two large tables who got more attention (naturally by sheer number) and also were very loud. We’re hoping tomorrow goes better or we’ll just have to change tables or something.
After dinner we parted ways and I headed to the showroom where I got a great seat up front with totally unobstructed view. The show, Soulbound, was fantastic.
The best show I’ve seen on Carnival in many years. Then I headed to the Limelight lounge for comedy with Sid Davis. While waiting for the show to start I had a message from Sister T that the casino host offered steakhouse dinner with a cocktail for us. It was too late a time on Monday so we’re going Tuesday (Aruba night) evening at 6 pm.
The comedian was funny for the most part. It was virtually every seat taken. Standing is not allowed per covid guidelines.
I was ready to call it a night after this and headed to the cabin where Sister T joined me a few minutes later. This guy was waiting for us.
We were hungry and ordered room service.
She had salad with a turkey sandwich and pretzels.
I had grilled cheese with potato salad. All good except the watery potato salad (which I didn’t need). After watching a bit of pumpkin carving on food network, it was lights out for us at 11 pm.