My wife and I just returned from our 7 fun-filled days aboard the Destiny. We booked this cruise because of the ports, 7 in seven days, and returned dedicated to never doing that many ports again. With the exception of Barbados all the other ports were new for us. This was our 9th cruise on Carnival and we were not disappointed. The Destiny is starting to show some wear, but the crew was one of the best we have encountered.
We had an inside cabin on the upper deck about midship. It was very convenient to elevators going forward or aft. The great part was we were only one deck up from the promenade which would take you anywhere on the ship, and also had the casino! On the Destiny Deck 5 and Deck 9 will get you from the front to the back and 0 deck had the gangway to get you on and off the ship. Our cabin was clean and the water pressure was great. The cabin steward was exceptional (thank you Jacob) and the towel animals were always there when we returned from the evening out. There were adequate supplies of shampoo and body wash as well as toothpaste and razors. The hair dryer worked well and you never ran out of hot water!!!
DINING: As always we never got up in time to eat breakfast in the main dining room but to Carnivals credit you could get breakfast until noon on the Lido deck. Buffet dining at the Sun & Sea on the Lido deck was typical cafeteria food and the Deli and grills served up great sandwiches and delicious golden brown french fries. Of course you can get pizza 24 hours a day along with icecream and I must say the pie was great!!!!!!!!!!
We had dinner each night in the Universal Dining room at a table for 8 that made every meal that much more enjoyable. We were at table 440 with waiters Petar and Ida. The absolute best waiters we have ever had anywhere. One of the ladies could not eat anything with gluten in it and the Carnival Dietician came to the table every night right before desert and went over the next nights menu with her and explained the foods that were totally gluten free. We learned from our waiters that they do that for anyone who has special dietary needs. The selections were varied and all of them prepared very well. There were always alternate selections (steak & shrimp) if you didn't like the choices.
Entertainment: We cruise frequently so we skip the Las Vegas style shows but go to all the comedy shows. Both Comedians were good and we actually thought they did better PG shows than they did R rated shows. Being in port everyday kept us from participating in any daytime shipboard activities. The Casino was large with plenty of selection and better than average service.
Ports: St Thomas, Dominica, Barbados, St Lucia, Antigua, St Kitts On the whole very similar islands but each had their own flavor. Barbados had the best Watch and Jewelry shopping. St Thomas had the best local market shopping and open air bars. Dominica had great tours available off the ship for half the price. Antigua had great beaches and water type tours. St Lucia had great tours off the ship as did St Kitts. A word of advice check this website and trip advisor to take tours not offered on the ship at tremendous savings from reputable tour operators.
Embarkation/Debarkation: Smooth as silk both ways. Did express luggage for the first time on debarkation and will do that from now on.
The only problem with this cruise is that you don't have a chance to relax and enjoy all the activities on board. The ship docked by 7 or 8 every morning creating the usual noise plus the noise from all the passengers going on early tours etc. My wife and I both missed the days at sea for relaxing and laying by the pool etc. Still we give Carnival and the Destiny a solid (9) for a great experience.