Carnival Horizon

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Carnival Horizon docked in Cozumel
NameCarnival Horizon
OwnerCarnival Corporation & plc
OperatorCarnival Cruise Line
Port of registry Panama
OrderedDecember 19, 2014[2]
BuilderFincantieri, Marghera
Yard number6243
Laid downApril 2016[3]
LaunchedMarch 10, 2017[1]
Sponsored byQueen Latifah
In serviceApril 2, 2018
StatusIn service
General characteristics
Class and type Vista-class cruise ship
Length323.63 m (1,061.8 ft)[5]
  • 37.2 m (122 ft)[5] (waterline)
  • 43.84 m (143.8 ft)[5] (max)
Draught8.2 m (27 ft)[4]
Depth14.1 m (46 ft)[5]
Decks15 passenger decks[4]
Installed powerMAN Diesel & Turbo 3x8L48/60CR + 2x14V48/60CR generating sets
PropulsionDiesel-electric; Two ABB Azipod XO units
Speed21.5 kn (39.8 km/h; 24.7 mph)[4]
  • 3,960 passengers[4] (double occupancy)
  • 4,977[4] (maximum)

Carnival Horizon is a Vista-class cruise ship operated by Carnival Cruise Line. She is the 26th vessel in the Carnival fleet and is the second of Carnival's Vista class, which includes Carnival Vista and Carnival Panorama.

The ship has a tonnage of 133,596 GT[5] and a capacity of 3,960 passengers.[4] In 2019, she and her sister ship, Carnival Vista, were both superseded as the largest Carnival ship by their sister, the 133,868 GT Carnival Panorama.


Planning and construction[edit]

On December 19, 2014, Carnival Corporation announced a new order with Fincantieri for a second Vista-class ship to be similarly designed to her sister ship, Carnival Vista, making her the 26th vessel in the fleet.[6]

On July 29, 2016, Carnival announced the name of its second Vista-class vessel as Carnival Horizon.[7][8] Construction of the ship took 30 months, which included the steel cutting in March 2015, the keel laying in April 2016, and the sea trials in November 2017.[9]

Delivery and christening[edit]

On March 28, 2018, Fincantieri delivered Carnival Horizon to Carnival Cruise Line.[10][11]

On March 1, 2018, Carnival announced Queen Latifah as the godmother of Carnival Horizon.[12] She christened the vessel on May 23, 2018 upon her arrival in New York City from a 14-day transatlantic crossing.[9]


Carnival Horizon off the coast of Cozumel, Mexico.

Carnival Horizon embarked on her maiden voyage on April 2, 2018 from Barcelona for a 13-day Mediterranean sailing, visiting ports of call in Italy, Croatia, Greece, and Malta.[13] The ship continued a series of cruises for a short season in the Mediterranean before re-positioning to New York City in May for the remainder of summer 2018.[14] From New York, she operated sailings to the Caribbean and Bermuda before re-positioning to Miami in September, where she offers year-round six-night cruises to the Western Caribbean and eight-night cruises to the Eastern and Southern Caribbean.[15]


On March 16, 2022, a male passenger jumped from the 11th deck into the water around 7pm after departing Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos. The ship immediately initiated search and rescue procedures. The US Coast Guard was notified and the body of the passenger was located at approximately 9pm.[16]

On November 15, 2019, a passenger fell four stories off a balcony to his death from a lower deck of the ship just as it was returning to Miami, Florida. The medical staff on board the ship responded to the incident; however, they could not revive him. According to the medical examiner's office, it was revealed that the passenger's death was due to blunt force trauma and not a suicide.[17]


  1. ^ "FINCANTIERI: "CARNIVAL HORIZON" LAUNCHED IN MARGHERA". March 10, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  2. ^ "FINCANTIERI DOPPIO ORDINE DA CARNIVAL". December 19, 2014. Retrieved August 21, 2016.
  3. ^ "DRY DOCK WORKS START ON THE NEW CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE VESSEL". April 5, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Carnival Horizon Fact Sheet". Carnival Cruise Line News. Carnival Corporation. August 12, 2018. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Carnival Horizon (9767091)". LR Class Direct. Lloyd's Register. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  6. ^ "Carnival Corporation Announces Two New Ship Orders with Fincantieri – Carnival Cruise Line News". Carnival Newsroom. December 19, 2014.
  7. ^ Gibson, Rebecca (August 1, 2016). "Carnival to name newbuild Carnival Horizon". Cruise& Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  8. ^ Sayles, Jill (August 2, 2016). "Carnival Cruise Line's new ship to be named Carnival Horizon". Cruise Trade News. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  9. ^ a b "New York City Welcomes Carnival Horizon". The Maritime Executive. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  10. ^ Staff, C. I. N. (March 28, 2018). "Carnival Takes Delivery of New Carnival Horizon". Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  11. ^ "Fincantieri | "CARNIVAL HORIZON" DELIVERY". Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  12. ^ Sloan, Gene. "Queen Latifah to christen giant new Carnival cruise ship". USA TODAY. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  13. ^ Parker, Doug (April 2, 2018). "Carnival Horizon Sails First Cruise". Cruise Radio.
  14. ^ "New Carnival Horizon Sails on Maiden Voyage from Barcelona – Carnival Cruise Line News". Carnival Newsroom. April 2, 2018.
  15. ^ "Carnival Cruise Line's Three Newest Cruise Ships Headed to New Homeports". August 13, 2018. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  16. ^ "Carnival Horizon Searching for Man Overboard after leaving Turks and Caicos".
  17. ^ Vic Ryckaert (November 20, 2019). "Cruise ship death: Indiana father killed in fall from Carnival balcony". IndyStar. Retrieved December 16, 2019.

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