Carnival Horizon has departed on its maiden voyage from Barcelona, Spain marking the beginning of official service of Carnival’s newest cruise ship. This also kicks off the inaugural season in Europe which will come to an end in May.

Carnival Horizon in Service

Carnival is finally showing off its brand new cruise ship the Carnival Horizon on its maiden voyage from Barcelona. The vessel departed on April 2 for a 13-day cruise including extended calls in Italy, Croatia, Malta, and Greece. The ship will sail a series of Meditteranean cruises from the port with the final being a transatlantic voyage ending in New York on May 23, 2018.

Carnival Horizon was recently delivered at the Fincantieri Monfalcone shipyard in Italy and from there transitioned to Barcelona. During that transition, there were no guests onboard as workers from the shipyard stayed onboard to complete the finishing touches. Crew members were also getting final preparations done before the very first voyage.

What’s Next for Carnival Horizon?

Following an invitation-only naming ceremony featuring Grammy Award-winning artist and acclaimed actress Queen Latifah, Carnival Horizon will embark on a summer schedule of four-day Bermuda and eight-day Caribbean voyages from New York beginning May 24 before repositioning to Miami for year-round six- and eight-day Caribbean voyages beginning Sept. 22, 2019.

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The second in the line’s highly successful Vista-class, Carnival Horizon also offers fun innovations like the bike-ride-in-the-sky aerial attraction SkyRide, an IMAX Theatre, the Havana section with tropics-inspired staterooms and its own pool, and Family Harbor featuring extra-roomy accommodations and the Family Harbor Lounge.    Like its name implies, Carnival Horizon also includes food and beverage outlets offering amazing views with both indoor and al fresco seating options at venues such as Bonsai Sushi, Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse and Library Bar.

The third vessel in the Vista-class series, Carnival Panorama, is currently under construction and set to debut in Long Beach, Calif., in December 2019.