I traveled on the Carnival Destiny with my husband and three kids aged 4, 9 and 12.
This is our third cruise, second with Carnival. I have to say, we won't be cruising again for a long time. We sailed out on New Years Eve...
Here's an overview.
The ship itself is old, however kept very clean. Our cabin steward did a great job at making sure we had everything needed in our cabin. The cabin itself was clean, however the bathroom smelled of sewage. That same sewage smell is all over the boat. Speaking of odors, the Galaxy restaurant reeks of dishwasher and its hard to escape the smell of second hand smoke throughout the ship.
The pool area is crowded and i think you have to get up before 6 if you want a chair. The pool area also smells of smoke and is messy because people eat and drink right in the pool area. Some people were even eating ice cream in the hot tub...
FOOD: Gross! The food was terrible....from room service in the morning..disgusting coffee...soggy toast (apparently the toaster was broken), to the terrible dinners with very little choice.
Of this 5 day cruise, we had 4 at sea...due to bad weather our excursion to Grand Cayman was cancelled....this boat cannot accommodate days at sea as far as lunch goes. The buffet line ups are endless...The best meal we had was the jerk chicken on the beach in Ocho Rios!
ENTERTAINMENT: Cruise Director was not that funny, but the comedians were. The night shows are ok. The entertainment staff tried their best by getting drunken congo lines going, bean bag throwing tournaments etc.
STAFF: Very friendly. For the most part, the staff was friendly and accommodating.
We tried to make the best of this cruise because we were together as a family and it was our annual vacation. But overall we were truly disappointed and are turned off of cruising after this experience. The lineups, the days at sea...torture...I have to say that we, as many passengers were so disappointed when our second port of call was cancelled....that couldn't be helped by Carnival, however, you realize that the ship has nothing to offer...no good shopping, no games, bad arcade, no room at the pool and not even an enjoyable lunch to break up the day.
if you hate days at sea, don't get on this boat!!! if you are sensitive to smell, don't get on this boat! If you appreciate good food, Don't get on this boat...if you hate line ups...don't get on this boat!!! if you don't want cancer from second hand smoke, don't get on this boat!!!!!