Top 10 Horizon tips

Fishing after it rains

Fishing after it has rained on the island will increase the chances of finding rare fish. These are great for donating to the museum or bringing in a lot of bells. Fishing after it rains and even while it rains can get players some really rare fish. What are some other secrets, tips and tricks for players to try out in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

The Havana Pool area is open to everyone after 7 p.m. each day.

The Havana Retreat really is something special, and if you sail this ship without spending a little time there, you’ll regret it. Yes, the wake-facing area — with a pool, two hot tubs, a bar and lots of comfy loungers — is only open to Havana guests during the daytime. And yes, they will keep you from entering during that time if you can’t prove you “belong.” But after 7 p.m. it’s open to everyone on board. And truth be told, the evening might be my favorite time to enjoy this adults-only area. Have a late dinner? This is a great place to grab a cocktail and take in the view before your meal. If the ship is sailing in the right direction, it’s also an amazing spot to get perfect sunset pics.

Grab a Drink Before the Nightclub

The nightclub on board the Carnival Horizon is in the Limelight Lounge, and the bar is… not what you’d expect to find in a nightclub. It’s basically a table they set up with a few liquors, mixers and beers. My suggestion? Stop at one of the other nearby bars (such as the Casino Bar or the Sports Bar) before going to the club. You’ll be glad you did.

See Celestial Strings

Generally speaking shows onboard cruise ships tend to be like Applebee’s restaurants: You’ll get what you came for, but it isn’t going to blow your socks off. That’s why I was genuinely surprised by the newest show offered by the Playlist Productions crew, Celestial Strings. This one is loud and bold and at times, a little weird. There’s no “story” that I could follow, but the use of music and multimedia effects was sort of stunning. It’s definitely not for everyone (I saw more than a few people — especially older folks — walking out), but it’s also unlike anything I’ve seen on a cruise ship before.

Bring a lanyard for your Sail & Sign card

If you’ve never taken a cruise before, it might surprise you how often you use your Sail & Sign card. This card is issued to you at boarding check-in. Not only is it your cabin key, it’s also how you make purchases on the ship (used like a credit card tied to your onboard account), and you show it when you exit and enter the ship. In other words, you’re always digging out your card. Many people choose to bring a cheap lanyard to keep their card handy.

Have Room Service Breakfast Delivered Early

The early bird doesn’t just get the worm… he also gets his room service delivery on time. Think of ordering breakfast from room service like going to the doctor’s office. (It sounds weird, but go with me here.) If you’re the first appointment of the day, the doctor will probably see you pretty close to on time. But if his office opens at 8 a.m. and your appointment is at 10 a.m., his schedule has probably run into a few hiccups. You’re going to wind up sitting in the waiting room an extra half hour, and then in the actual exam room a while, too. Same here. The folks who order their room service for bright and early are far more likely to get what they ordered when they want it than are people who want their eggs delivered at 8:30 a.m. By then, a whole lot of little things can have set things back, lessening the odds of your meal arriving on time. I tend to order mine for somewhere between 5:30 and 7 a.m., and it’s almost always on time… if not a few minutes early. Also, don’t forget to fill out your room service order form and leave it on your door the night before. Sure, you can call and order in the morning, but… well, you’ve just become one of those hiccups we were talking about earlier, so count on it taking longer than you’d probably like.

The age limit to gamble on a Carnival ship is 18

While you have to be 21 to drink on the ship, gambling is a different story. Carnival allows those 18 years and older to play in the casino. So while you might not be old enough to play in Las Vegas, you can still play the slots, roulette, or blackjack on the cruise ship.

Costco member? Try booking your next cruise through them for cash back

Truth is that every website has the same prices for cruises. However, if you buy through a third-party site (as opposed to Carnival.com), then you might get extra incentives like onboard credit. Costco has some of the best incentives. For cruises booked through CostcoTravel.com, the store will give you a Costco Cash Card potentially worth hundreds (amounts vary by cruise). That’s much more than what other booking sites will give you.

Formal night? Where what you want, except these items

What to wear on formal night can be stressful. The truth is, you can get by wearing most anything, as long as it’s not too casual. You don’t have to wear a tux or an evening gown (but many people do). The official rules from Carnival explicitly say not to wear jeans, sleeveless shirts, shorts, t-shirts, sportswear, baseball hats, flip-flips, or bathing suits. In other words, just about anything outside of what you’d wear to the beach is just fine. Our suggestion is to try and dress up some, but don’t stress. And if you don’t want to change out of shorts and sandals, it’s your cruise. You can skip the formal night dining altogether and just eat somewhere other than the main dining room.

Look for My Secret Spot

I’m not going to tell you exactly where to find the area pictured above, but I will say that it is tucked away on deck 14. I’ve been a pretty regular visitor to this particular spot, and only twice did I see anyone else there. It’s a little tricky to find, but once you do, you’ll thank me. It’s quiet, comfy and has beautiful, unrestricted views of the ocean.