Carnival Destiny Activities
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- Editor's Note: In one of the most dramatic refurbishments in contemporary cruising, Carnival Destiny underwent a $155 million transformation culminating with a name change. After its release from a jaw-dropping 49-day dry-dock (from February to April 2013), Destiny became Carnival Sunshine.
Carnival Destiny Entertainment
The three-deck-high Palladium Lounge is the venue for Carnival Destiny's nightly Las Vegas-style floor shows and reviews. (Skimpy outfits may not be child-friendly.) This state-of-the-art theater boasts lasers lights, special effects and a sound system to rival any land-based show room. This lounge also has a video projection system, a revolving stage and a retractable orchestra pit. A word of warning -- be sure to get there early to get the best seats. Some of the seats have limited or obstructed views of the stage.
One of the most popular places on the ship is the Apollo Bar, the sing-along piano bar. Get there early if you want a seat. Later in the evening, it was standing room only -- in the hallway! Passengers in the mood for a high-octane dance club will find the entrance to the Point After Dance Club nearby. More than 500 video monitors cover practically every square inch of wall space, and the glass dance floor features various lighting effects. A winding staircase leads down from the disco to the Onyx Room Cigar Lounge, where sofas and comfy chairs abound but don't count on a quiet escape there since music from above is piped in.
The Down Beat Lounge jazz and cabaret room is accented with black and brass walls and a gray carpet covered with red treble clefs. The highlight of the room is the oversized trumpet, tuba and flugelhorn suspended from the ceiling; windows are separated by huge clarinets.
The All-Star Sports Bar offers satellite programming projected on large-screen TV's throughout the room. Aft of the Promenade Deck is the Criterion Lounge; this showroom seating 440 is the place to be for midnight shows. The Millionaire's Club casino is ample, with slot machines operational from 8 a.m., and tables from 10 a.m.
Carnival Destiny Public Rooms
Passengers board Carnival Destiny by way of a soaring seven-deck atrium called the Rotunda. Its centerpiece is a lobby bar (Flagship Bar) lit with the subtle hue of blue neon; this now popular Carnival trademark made its first appearance on Destiny. The guest services and shore excursion desk are located nearby.
Navigating the vessel is easy once you figure out you can get anywhere from the Promenade Deck (this set-up cleverly forces passengers to walk by the tempting casino).
A 24-hour Internet cafe is situated on Atlantic Deck. There are six terminals; the charge is 75 cents per minute. You can also buy time in packages: 100 minutes go for $55 (55 cents per minute) and 250 minutes is $100 (40 cents per minute). Destiny also offers bow-to-stern Wi-Fi.
Carnival Destiny Spa & Fitness
At Carnival Destiny's 15,000-square-foot, two-level SpaCarnival, work out on treadmills, Stairmasters, stationary bikes, rowing machines, free weights and progressive resistance machines while enjoying panoramic views. There are men's and women's saunas, steam rooms and locker rooms, and two coed whirlpools. There is also a separate aerobics room and juice bar. Trained instructors lead a variety of exercise classes; personal trainers are available at an additional charge. There is an outdoor jogging track (each lap equals an eighth of a mile) and mini-golf.
The spa and salon, operated by London's Steiner Leisure, offer every kind of massage, facial and treatment imaginable.
The main pool area is one of Carnival Destiny's most popular features highlighted by the winding, 214-foot-long water slide. The deck around the pool is laid out in levels, creating an amphitheater-like effect. There is also open deck space around the aft New World Pool, with a retractable glass ceiling.
The Seaside Theatre is, an outdoor big-screen movie setup located poolside. Similar to sister line Princess' Movies Under the Stars (M.U.T.S.) concept, passengers can enjoy concerts, news and sporting events during the day, and movies at night.
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