After an unexpected dry dock following technical issues with the ship, Carnival Horizon is now making its return trip back to Miami, Florida.
Carnival Cruise Line temporarily pulled the vessel from service after encountering an issue with the ship’s maximum speed in late November. Although the repairs were initially expected to take less than two weeks, Carnival later determined that a longer dry dock would be necessary.
Carnival Horizon Heads to Miami
Carnival Horizon is heading to Miami after completing its unexpected drydock in Palermo, Italy. The news comes a little over a month after the cruise line pulled the 4,000 passenger cruise ship from service for technical repairs.
To accommodate for canceled cruises on Carnival Horizon, the ship’s operator, Carnival Cruise Line, brought Carnival Sunshine and Liberty back into service sooner than it had initially planned to pick up HoHorizon’scheduled itineraries.
Affected guests were offered up to $200 onboard credit per cabin to compensate for the inconvenience of sailing on a different ship than planned initially.
Since the replacement vessels are a different ship-class from Horizon, many passengers could not stay in the cabin category they purchased. Guests booked into cabin categories that didn’t exist on Carnival Sunshine and Liberty were offered up to $250 per cabin to make up for the inconvenience.
Those who didn’t want to sail on the replacement ships could opt for a full refund.
While in the dry dock for the mechanical issues, Carnival Horizon was also updated with Carnival’s blue and white livery with a red stripe.
The ship’s first cruise following the dry dock is an eight-night Southern Caribbean sailing departing from Miami on January 22, 2022. The voyage will take passengers to calls Aruba, Bonaire, La Romana, and Amber Cove.
Following Carnival Horizon’s return to sailing operations, Carnival Sunshine is scheduled to move north to her regular homeport of Charleston, South Carolina, for an official restart of operations on January 13. Carnival Liberty will offer three and four-night Bahamas cruises from Port Canaveral beginning January 24.