Top reasons teens will love cruising on Carnival Horizon

Top Reasons Teens Will Love Carnival Horizon

If you are looking for a great cruise ship the whole family will love, then check out Carnival Horizon. There are so many fun activities and amenities to keep your teen entertained. Here are the top reasons teens will love Carnival Horizon.

Top reasons teens will love Carnival Horizon.  Carnival Horizon activities and food that teens will love.

Carnival’s Horizon cruise ship is part of the Vista class cruise ships, along with Carnival Vista and Carnival Panorama. I love this class of ships.

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Carnival Horizon Activities Your Teen Will Love (That are FREE)


Carnival sky ride


Who doesn’t love watersides?  Carnival Horizon has 2 large twisting waterslides as part of their Waterworks area.  This is a great fun and free way to spend a few hours.

Waterworks area on Carnival Horizon

Mini Golf

Mini golf is another fun, free, family friendly activity on Carnival Horizon. 

Carnival Horizon sports square showing mini golf


Your teen may enjoy shooting a few hoops or joining in on a small basketball game.

Carnival Horizon basketball court

Carnival Horizon Ropes Course

Carnival Horizon has a fun looking ropes course that you can make your way around, all while enjoying the ocean views.  The “SkyCourse” is included in your cruise fare and is sure to be a hit with your teens.

Carnival Horizon ropes course

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Carnival Horizon Sports Square

This outdoor area can provide hours of fun in the sun.  Here you will find many activities including an outdoor fitness area, ping pong, and foosball.  The basketball court mentioned earlier is located here, and at certain times it converts to volleyball. 

The Sports Square on Carnival Horizon will be a popular spot with your teens.

Carnival Horizon Pools

Enjoy relaxing by or playing in the pools.  There is always a fun atmosphere on a Carnival cruise around the mid ship pools.  Check the HUB app for the fun to watch pool side games and line dancing.

Carnival Horizon pool deck

Carnival Horizon Teen Clubs

I always suggest that your kids attend the meet and greet on the first day of your cruise.  If they wait a few days to check it out, they may feel like all the other teens already know each other.  Their best chance of enjoying the teen club is to attend the first day.

Carnival Horizon Circle C teen area

Dive In Movies

Dive In Movies is what Carnival Cruise Line calls the movies they show on the big screen by the pool.  Movies will be shown on certain evenings.  Check the HUB app for the dates, times and movies that will be shown. 

Grab some popcorn ($4 (can change)), find a lounge chair, and enjoy.  Movies are always better in the Caribbean air.

Carnival Horizon dive in movie at night

Deck Parties

The deck parties on Carnival are family friendly and a lot of fun.  Dance, sing, and create life long memories as your sail on to your next destination. 

Carnival Panorama silent deck party


“Make it with Michaels” is offered on Carnival Horizon.  Make simple craft projects at no additional cost.  This is offered on select days and times so be sure to watch the daily FunTimes schedule if you are interested in this activity.

Carnival Horizon has so many fun free activities.  Your teen could have an amazing cruise vacation just enjoying all the free activities however there are several other fun things to do on Carnival Horizon that have an additional cost.

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Carnival Horizon Activities Teens Will Love – Additional Cost

Imax Theatre

Carnival Horizon is only 1 of 2 Carnival ships that offers Imax movies.  There is an additional cost however it is something your teen may enjoy. When we sailed on the Horizon in Dec. 2023, the cost was $16.99.

Carnival Horizon Imax theatre

Build A Bear Workshop

The Build A Bear Workshop on Carnival Horizon is a fun activity your teen could choose to treat themselves to.  They will end up with a cute cruise souvenir.

The Build A Bear cost varies depending on the stuffy and clothes they choose. 

Here is the Carnival Build A Bear my daughter made on our last cruise.

Carnival Build-a-Bear

Carnival Horizon Video Arcade

There is a 24 hour video arcade on Carnival Horizon that is sure to be a hit with your teenager.  While it is a lot of fun, the cost can add up quickly. 

If your teenager has charging privileges on their cruise card, be sure they are aware of what they are allowed to spend.  It’s easy to swipe your card and lose track of what you’ve spent.

Carnival Horizon arcade

Carnival Horizon ZSpa

Carnival Cruise Line offers teen spa services for 13-17 year olds called ZSpa.  This is a big reason teens will love Carnival Horizon. 

If you are looking to make your teen’s cruise extra special, consider treating them to a spa treatment.  Carnival Horizon teen spa services include facials, massages manicures, pedicures and more. 

Candy Store

Okay, it may be a stretch calling candy shopping an activity, but it is one of the reasons teens will love Carnival Horizon.  There is a candy store on board called Cherry on Top. 

Cherry on Top candy store on Carnival cruise line

Food – One of the Reasons Teens Will Love Carnival Horizon

Teens will love the free food options available on Carnival Horizon.  No matter what time of the day it is, your teen will find delicious food options. 

Carnival Horizon Restaurants – Included

In my opinion, Carnival has some of the best free cruise food.  There are some restaurants on Carnival Horizon that have a fee, however the selection of restaurants Carnival offers for free is impressive.

Here are some of the Carnival Horizon restaurants that teens will love.  These restaurants are all included in your cruise fare (no extra cost).

Guy’s Burger Joint

Guy’s Burgers on Carnival Horizon will likely be one of your teen’s favorite go to lunch spots.  My teens love it.

They serve up delicious burgers and fries, and are open for lunch.  There is no additional cost to eat here.

Guy's burger and fries

Blue Iguana Cantina

Another popular free restaurant on Carnival’s Horizon cruise ship is the Blue Iguana Cantina.  It is open for both breakfast and lunch and serves delicious tacos and burritos.

Pizzeria Del Capitano

Carnival Horizon pizzeria

Captain’s Pasta Bar

The pasta lovers in your family will want to check out the Captain’s Pasta Bar.  Choose your pasta, then choose your sauce and your extras.  This is upstairs from the Lido Marketplace buffet.

Free Ice Cream

Carnival Horizon has free soft serve ice cream available until late, they call it Swirls.  Help yourself to chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, or any combination of.

Free ice cream on vacation!? Gotta love that.

To summarize why teens will love cruising on Carnival’s Horizon cruise ship:

  • Fun activities both day and night
  • Amazing food – so many great free options. 
  • Visit different Caribbean islands
  • Opportunity to make new friends
  • Life long memories