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By Greg Mattson, ERV Editor
By Maureen Mattson
There’s lots of buzz about Carnival Cruise Lines Newest Ship, the Carnival Horizon. And it certainly is impressive: the biggest in their fleet, the Horizon features an IMAX theatre, skyride, suspended bicycle course, and the huge SportSquare, plus bowling, a ropes course, and numerous restaurants. But what we like best is the adult’s only Serenity Retreat area on the upper deck. This is a place where couples can get away for some romantic quiet time. Soak in one of the whirlpools or cuddle in a private cabana. There are great scenic views from here and a fresh salad bar is provided for light meals. Full bar service is always available as well.The Cloud 9 Spa is another treat for romantic cruisers looking to relax together. Based on the concept of Turkish baths, thermal treatments are a specialty. There’s a couples thermal suite with carefully designed climates of moist or dry air to invigorate or relax the senses. Or you might prefer side-by-side massages from the open air massage cabana. A full complement of services for men and women is offered, from teeth-whitening to acupuncture to body wraps and facials.
As for cabins there’s a variety, but the Cloud 9 staterooms and suites offer spa bathrobes and slippers, high end amenities, and priority spa reservations. Cruise Horizon does 6 and 8-night cruises from Miami to various spots in the Caribbean, as well as a 4-night New York to Bermuda cruise.
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