Carnival Destiny Cruise Review by Rodjames: August cruise from Miami to Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman
August cruise from Miami to Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman
5 night cruise started great and were told of itinerary being altered because of Hurricane Issac (went to Cayman Islands first).
Embarkation - went fast and boarding was orderly. Good well designed terminal at Port of Miami.
Cabin - spacious bathroom and room in excellent condition. Good space for luggage etc. Cabin service was polite and efficient.
Meals - Lido (Sun and Sea) buffet restaurant was tired and worn and notwithstanding the upcoming ship refurbishment has been allowed to fall into a shabby state. Food was good and varied even if lines were often long.
Galaxy dining room was in better condition, food was fine and service was good. Thanks to Robert (from Nicaragua) who provided quiet and efficient service to us.
Have breakfast in the dining room as no lines and often faster service.
Entertainment - no issues as frequent activities and varied. Good theatre shows and comedians.
Ship condition - aft pool area in poor More condition especially the pool area. Rest of ship OK but neon and strip lighting was gaudy.
Other points - Aft pool : Some guests were allowed to go into pools fully clothed but the staff were quick to chase children out. Seemed afraid to enforce the hygiene issue that many passengers commented on.
Staff seemed subdued even if alawys polite
Grand Cayman - we sailed to Grand Cayman only to be told that high waves meant we could not tender. Baffled as to why we sailed there as surely the forecast must have indicated that there would be issues.
Summary - provided good value for money and enjoyed the cruise but physical condition of some areas allowed to slip into poor condition. Less
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Cabin review: 4B1334
Inside cabin on the Riviera deck at rear of ship (cabin 1334). Engine noise could be heard but not an issue and never woke us up except when pulling into port. Good layout and larger shower than on Royal Caribbean. No passing traffic as at rear of ship so no noise at nights. Allocated by Carnival as cheaper rate.
Port and Shore Excursions
Not allowed to tender as waves were too high. No compensation of any sort when this happens.
Ocho Rios now much better than before and we enjoyed it. Went to the public beach in the centre of Ocho Rios (7 minutes walk) which was very safe and quiet. US$2 entrance fee, US$5 for deck chairs and washrooms and showers provided. No harassment from locals and all were friendly and polite.
Had lunch at patty shop, bought coffee etc at General Supermarket in the shopping plaza as better prices in my opinion and bought reggae Cd's from a very polite Rastafarian at the small shop at the entrance to craft market.
All in all a fun day and nothing near as bad condition or level of harassment as some reviews suggested. Keep in mind that it is a poor country as are many in the Caribbean. You will be approached but a friendly thank you will be useful.