Carnival Destiny for Kids

Editor Rating:  3.5
73% of cruisers loved it

Why Choose Carnival Destiny?

  • 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 for Families

Editor Rating
Families
5.0

Carnival's Fun Ships are made for families, with activities that encompass all age groups. There are games and contests for everyone to enjoy together, and there is Camp Carnival, with separate programs for kids, 'tweens and teens. The short weekend cruises attract many families; the midweek cruises less so.

The Camp Carnival facilities for children ages 2 to 11 is on Deck 11. Programs are offered free of charge from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. The multiple-room facility has arts and crafts, computer stations, walls with several monitors for movies and cartoons, a separate section for toddlers and babies, and well-trained staff supervising the children. A highlight is Camp Carnival's dining option, which allows kids to dine with other members of their playgroup.

One area where Carnival is rather unique among family-oriented cruise lines is that it accepts toddlers as young as age 2 into the program -- even if they aren't toilet trained (and staffers will change diapers). Carnival also offers babysitting at an additional charge (plan to pay about $6 per hour). At certain times, babies ages 6 months to 2 years can spend time in Camp Carnival, either with their parents (for free) or on their own (for a fee). However, toddlers and babies that aren't toilet trained are not allowed in any pools onboard, not even the children's pool, and kids must be at least 48 inches to ride the waterslide -- leaving some disappointed five- and six-year-olds on the sidelines.

Circle C is geared toward 'tweens (ages 12 - 14) and this group has its own hangout on Deck 11 with computer terminals and board games. Free activities run from 9 a.m. to about 1 a.m., including scavenger hunts, dance parties, karaoke and mini-golf.

Teens ages 15 - 17 gather in Club O2 next door. The space is similar with computer stations, flat-screen TV's and a mocktail bar. Activities also run from morning until after midnight with photo hunts, T-shirt decorating, ice cream and make-your-own-pizza parties, and sports games. Teens also can opt to attend a supervised, teen-only tour in port.


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Stonefly
Member Since 2012
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Wonderful cruise, 18 days of bliss. If you are unhappy on shore then you will be unhappy cruising. A few points: 1. Being chilled does not make you sick. Diseases make you sick. 2. Hand sanitation was everywhere on board. ... Read more
dorawat
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Sailed February 2013
I had write this review and let everyone know that the last cruise of the Destiny was great. I did the research before we booked and knew that the ship was going to be refitted. In preparation of any remodeling, there will be things to do ... Read more
SaltyGuy
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Sailed February 2013
I did have some reservations about this cruise. First of all I assumed since the the ship was heading to Italy for conversion to Carnival Sunshine, there will be work done on the ship during the cruise. Second, I did not consider Carnival ... Read more
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