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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
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. Everywhere. The highlights: 1. The comedians the first 9 days were outstanding. They did shows over and above the call of duty. Very funny, very giving, wonderful people. They did many extra shows, including a nearly 3 hr Beatle fest and a "Liar" game show. 2. The buffet food was OK, but the dining room food was spectacular. We chose "Our Time" dining and loved it. The appetizers were particularly varied and good. 3. The shows: varied, spectacular. I usually don't go to the Vegas style shows, but these were great, very engaging. 4. Shore call: Malaga, Barcelona, Livorno, Rome and finally, Venice. 5. 18 blissful days, with 9 days straight at sea to watch the flying fish, whales, dolphins and just relax. No stress, no fuss. 6. The crew was on their last trip, as the Destiny headed for dry dock. As they were all going home, there were all in especially good spirits. 7. Free-booze night. They had one night with free drinks in all of the bars. Who else does this??? In short, a last cruise to remember on the Destiny. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
We always look forward to a cruise as we seek out unique cruise itineraries with no real expectations other than to find a good & pleasant time enjoying the moment of any cruise. Again Carnival exceeded our expectations. This cruise ... Read More
We always look forward to a cruise as we seek out unique cruise itineraries with no real expectations other than to find a good & pleasant time enjoying the moment of any cruise. Again Carnival exceeded our expectations. This cruise had scheduled to leave at 11:59 at night from Miami. They finally posted boarding time from 1 PM to 11 PM. Embarkation: Very smooth as we arrived at 11:45 to wait in line to board. Was on board a little after 1 PM & in our room with our luggage arriving after we ate lunch. Went to pre-sail-a-way party on the lido deck pool area & met with our informal "Meet & Greet" CC group get together. Danced To the line dancing & met "Noonan", The cruise director in which we immediately took a liking to. With 9 days at sea it seemed a challenge to be able to keep everyone busy but our goals were to enjoy the CC group functions planned for us from the "cabin crawl", formal "Meet & Greet", Glow party, Mardis Gras party, daily games, & tea times to keep us busy besides the ships daily schedule of events. To our surprise was the number of bands they had on board to dance to. They had a duo "Dimas" that were really good & played & sang many songs we could dance to. Even in the Atrium where there was no dance floor so we made the best of it. They had a Filipino band, a Latin Band & the ship's band that played quite often. We got many dance opportunities even our own little "sock hop" during the afternoon one day at the casino bar entrance. Such Fun! We took sea day afternoon naps so we could dance the night away till 12 PM closing with the bands. We were assigned to late dining in the Back Universe dining room even though we wanted "anytime dining". To our good was the two wonderful couples we dined with each night. Thanks, to "Thor & Karen" & "Joe & Sue" for an enjoyable meal every night. Carnival needs to address there anytime dining procedures so not to upset all the people that now like to dine when they want. Our room stewards were great & always had our room ready even with our not so normal schedule. Port #1 Malaga Spain Since we visited before, we just took a shuttle bus to city center where we took a city bus trip around the city. Ended up walking to the bull ring & thru the parks & back to the ship. Port #3 Livorna Took shuttle bus to city center where we picked up bus to train station for a trip to Pisa. We walked to the Leaning Tower area & back to the train station for the ride back to Livorno. Plenty of time to see all we wanted to see. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
This was my seventh transatlantic sailing and I know what to expect. I saw this cruise on Carnival and the price was good so I booked it using my personal vacation planner at Carnival. I am a platinum sailor and very familiar with ... Read More
This was my seventh transatlantic sailing and I know what to expect. I saw this cruise on Carnival and the price was good so I booked it using my personal vacation planner at Carnival. I am a platinum sailor and very familiar with Carnival. Boarding was a breeze and there we no lines at all. Went directly to my outside stateroom which was nice and big, clean and updated. We had nine sea days in a row before the first stop. The library almost immediately ran out of books but I had brought some paperbacks. Entertainment means alot to me so I was looking forward to the nightly shows which turned out to be a little disappointing. Instead of getting entertainers to do the nightly shows, they used the comedians already on board to do some of the shows and had guests sing almost like Karaoke on stage. The two on board production show were good though. Once we got to out first port, they brought on some professional singers which was very welcomed by all the guest. The food on the lido deck was never hot. Warm at the most. When I told the supervisor about the problem he said he would look into it but I never got a hot meal. The quality of food was sometimes poor, like the thinnest bacon I have ever seen and the watery oatmeal that looked more like soup. The main dinning room food was good but really never hot like I would expect. The dinner menu was very interesting with the combinations of food they used to make some dishes....potato chips on baked escargot, green apples in the stuffing, and things that seemed like they were putting leftovers together to make a dish and giving it a fancy name. I never went hungry but I have never had food like this on any Carnival ship. There was not any thermostats in the room so when the days got cooler I had to get a blanket for the bed and turn the air all the way off. The room was still cold with no way to get heat. The room steward even wore a coat when servicing the rooms. Every Night they cluttered up the nice promenade deck with the endless lineup of backdrops to get your picture taken. This went on every night and made it hard to get around on the fifth deck. If you did not get your picture taken and the first seven days, why would you want to get it taken on the other twelve? Overall, I had an OK time but I will leave my transatlantic to Holland America and RCL and save Carnival for the week long cruises. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
We have enjoyed 26 cruises, 4 of them transatlantic, and all of them have met or exceeded our expectations. Just because the Destiny was headed for refurbishment, shouldn't have meant the passengers had to deal with the ... Read More
We have enjoyed 26 cruises, 4 of them transatlantic, and all of them have met or exceeded our expectations. Just because the Destiny was headed for refurbishment, shouldn't have meant the passengers had to deal with the de-construction zone inconveniences and noises throughout the night. Other passengers have described the poor food and entertainment and sealed-off elevators, etc. However, the fact that we had no way of controlling the A/C which was continually pumped into our staterooms was the final straw! Guest Relations seemed unconcerned and non-apologetic when lines of passengers, dressed in jackets and gloves (INDOORS), complained. We were told that none of Carnival's ships have heat! (What do they do in Alaska??) We had to sleep in our hooded sweatsuits with extra blankets. We both became sick with bronchitis. My husband is now, 4 weeks later, recovering from pneumonia! (Also, there were very few hand sanitizers to be found, unlike most ships, and some of those were out of fluid.) We will never cruise Carnival again. They have demonstrated a general lack of maintenance, and most importantly, purposeful neglect and concern for passenger health and safety. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
This was my 8th transatlantic cruise. Previously I had high marks for Carnival. PRO: 95% of staff were aces. CON: By day 4 I had asked if I could get an airlift from the ship to our first port. The activities director would be good ... Read More
This was my 8th transatlantic cruise. Previously I had high marks for Carnival. PRO: 95% of staff were aces. CON: By day 4 I had asked if I could get an airlift from the ship to our first port. The activities director would be good on a 3 day cruise. No direction, no organization, short sighted on planning and bottom rung entertainment. If you enjoy bingo, trivia, knitting, crafts and watching mold grow you would be on the right cruise ship. The highlights were going to a jewelry raffle or ART sale. No they did not have watching mold grow on the daily activities but the others were about the only activities on the daily list. It was as if i were in an assisted living facility, but with no where to escape for 10 long days. I could go on and on it was pathetic. As for the food, I had better at waffle house. They were working on the ship from day on for its new look. That means not all elevators operational, areas closed or restricted, oil based paint odors, loud drilling tools, some heavy dust areas. Our stateroom had the odor of cat urine, to which I was informed it was from an adhesive they used in the bathroom. I will be returning to the US in October, it will be with another cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
The cruise that me (and ALL the other passengers) booked was to Half Moon Cay, Nassau, and Grand Turk. At the last minute Carnival changed the itinerary to Key West (anyone can drive there) Freeport and Nassau. Their reasoning is that ... Read More
The cruise that me (and ALL the other passengers) booked was to Half Moon Cay, Nassau, and Grand Turk. At the last minute Carnival changed the itinerary to Key West (anyone can drive there) Freeport and Nassau. Their reasoning is that the "ship was broken and they were unable to parallel park" (this is not the passengers issue and they should do maintenance on the ships with all the money they make. EVERYONE was enraged at the last minute change (especially since the ports they went to were junk). All Carnival offered was a $50 onboard credit, which was pitiful. So basically they floated around Florida area saved all the expense of the fuel to go the extra distance to Grand Turk, they pocketed the money that everyone payed, they changed itinerary to ports that were closer and used the "ship broken excuse" Carnival also works the staff lik slaves. I spoke to several who said they were working 14 or 15 hours a day. Whats ridiculous is that you may have someone working in the kitchen or hospitality during the day and at night they are playing an instrument in a bar. It is disgusting how they treat the staff there. The only thing good about the entire cruise was the staff and their friedliness. Also in Nassau they had a problem with the thrusters so departure was delayed (Yet again).....the food sucks an is the equivalent of Lubys or some other cheap buffet (but you cant blame the staff, they dont have anything to work with.) BOTTOM LINE : Carnival is nothing but a rip off and garbage. I called cuatomer service and they all they said was "There will be NO further compensation" and then hung up. Spend your money on a REAL cruise line an skip all the trash that is Carnival cruises. Read Less
Sail Date 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
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 Cruise Line as a top tier cruise line since it makes it's money on four to seven day "party cruises" (some friends have call Carnival "a floating trailer park"). And finally, the low price, 18 days with an amidships balcony stateroom for under $1700 for my wife and I. With all of that said, it turned out to be an outstanding cruise and greatly exceeded my expectations and well worth the price. The transatlantic entertainment was very good. There were five comedians on board. Of the comedians, Tommy Drake also juggled and Peter Gross also did hypnotism, Comedians Mark Evans, Lance Montalto and Larry Omaha rounded out the quintet. The five comedians besides doing their routines in the evening held comedy clinics for "aspiring comedians", which my wife took advantage of. Comedian Mark Evans took my wife Linda under his wing and not only polished up her act but got her over her stage fright. Linda performed on the main stage on "Open Mike Night" in front of hundreds and did an outstanding job. The Carnival dancers and singers also performed well on the transatlantic portion but were not seen much of during the nine days in the Mediterranean. The acts brought on board when we docked in Spain and Italy were OK but below the bar set while crossing the Atlantic. There were many other activities on this cruise, Linda and I were never bored. Our balcony room was on Deck Eight just below the Lido Deck and close to the amidships elevator and stairway. The room was spacious enough with a loveseat, a very comfortable bed and plenty of closet space. Our steward, Ugi did an excellent job meeting our every request. It did get quite chilly on a few days in the Mediterranean but since I have been on Navy ships that sailed from mainly warm climates to a cold climates, I knew it might take some time to get the heating going. Ugi did get us extra blankets and by simply turning off the air conditioning in the room until the heat came on and the extra blanket, we were very comfortable. The food in the dinning room was well prepared and presented. The dinning room staff did a great job of taking our orders and serving our meals as ordered. As for the buffet, the food was generally not as hot as it should have been. The steam tables needed to to have been hotter. My wife and I on previous cruises usually ate more meals in the buffet than in the dinning room, this cruise was an exception. We did enjoy the deli on the Lido Deck and would sometimes grab a sandwich and a salad and take it down to our room for lunch. The pastrami and corned beef were both definitely New York grade. Would we take another Carnival (four to seven variety) cruise, probably not but if another cruise like this one was offered by Carnival, even at an increase in price, I would seriously consider it. We met a lot of really wonderful fellow passengers and hopefully made some lasting friends. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
So this review maybe a waste of time as Carnival Destiny no longer exist. But after reading the first couple of reviews from fellow passengers on my cruise I had to write. I'm not sure we were on the same cruise. First off I agree ... Read More
So this review maybe a waste of time as Carnival Destiny no longer exist. But after reading the first couple of reviews from fellow passengers on my cruise I had to write. I'm not sure we were on the same cruise. First off I agree the HAVAC system did not seem to be able to produce heat and yes the cold air blew pretty hard into our room until they came in and repaired it perfectly. And yes they were working on the ship as we sailed to Italy but I never saw or encountered anything more then a short wait for a elevator. As for dust everywhere? Never saw it! Lido deck food was cold? It was winter in the Atlantic with nearly gale force wind blowing on it! The food inside was fine on Lido and buffet style it was never ever gourmet and changed daily. As for the shows the usual shows were pretty good, the Comic juggling magician. Had me and most of the crowd laughing. Sure the trivia was overboard every hour on the hour. They did have photographers lined up everynight but the deck was never crowded and we got a couple of good shots to bring home. Listen this transatlantic was bargain basement with some people paying as little as $35 a day. I think we got what we paid for and had a great time. We did the anytime dining and that worked great. I can only hope that I have as good a time as we had on this cruise on our next cruise as the Mardi gra night was one of the best times we have ever had on any cruise ship and did any of you complainers mention the night they opened the bars for free? We did a behind the scenes tour that was great as the Captain spent about 20 minutes with us answering questions. I consider Carnival the "White trash" cruise line and that said in a loving way. It's about having a goodtime,drinking too much, dancing to much, eating too much and not sitting in the Diningroom stone faced wondering why they don't single you out of the 2200 other passengers to deliver your special meal. Read Less
Sail Date 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
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 in order for the remodeling to go smoothly. I expected some renovations to take place while we were on board ship. I will try to address some of the issues previous posters had while aboard this ship. There were a few small areas on the deck that they had blocked off. No big deal, you just had to walk around. Lack of elevators - Yes this was a little annoying since I hurt my knee and couldn't do stairs. I waited patiently. I didn't have anywhere to be. Fritz, our wonderful waiter, was going to serve us dinner if we were a few minutes later. Ship being cold in some areas. Yes, it was cold in some areas of the ship mainly outside or near doors, since it was wintertime in the Atlantic. At night, I would turn the vent on in our room so that I could snuggle up in the nice warm comfy bed. Food. Well I for sure did not go hungry. I got tired of eating. The food on the Lido deck outside was not hot but it was outside in 50 degree temperatures with winds of 15-20mph some days. The selection was good. The Chinese was great. The desserts in the dining room were wonderful. There were a few days that I didn't like what was on the buffet or in the dining room but that was personal tastes, so those times, I would grab a salad, pizza, or burger. There were options. Entertainment. The 9-day at sea part was very good. After that section of the cruise the entertainment was fine. By that time though I've met more people and had fun dancing, comedy clubs, hot tub, and talking to my new friends. I only had two problems with security. That was because they weren't using common sense. But it was resolved and I did get an apology from both guards. The rest of the staff was wonderful. Did the room steward only stop in twice a day (10am and then about 6pm)? Yes, he did. He changed the towels and took care of garbage, vacuum, and the beds. I didn't have to do it. YEAH. My goal on this vacation was to relax. I did just that. There were days that I found a couch or lounge chair and I read my book. I had a wonderful time. I didn't have to cook, clean, or run errands. It was a vacation. Our 8 year old was with us. He had a great time at camp carnival. He was bored a few times because due to the small number of children they weren't divided up into age groups. He did have fun. I would have liked to have seen more options for entertainment, even in the afternoons or mornings. Noonan and Shorty did a good job with what they had. I've seen alot of negative reviews and I wondered if those people were on the same ship I was on. I also wonder if they were on vacation or not. This was a great deal. We had an inside cabin and the total with tips, insurance, and to excursions for 18 days was about $2,400. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
This cruise was the 10th cruise for my wife and I, and we were a little disappointed. Carnival is our favourite cruise line up to this point, but I'm not sure if I would do any cruise more than 7 days with them again. There was no ... Read More
This cruise was the 10th cruise for my wife and I, and we were a little disappointed. Carnival is our favourite cruise line up to this point, but I'm not sure if I would do any cruise more than 7 days with them again. There was no heating in our cabin and there was nothing that anyone could do about it. The only choices for climate control was a knob on the vent on the ceiling which regulated whether we got more or less cold air blowing in the cabin. The temperature throughout the ship also varied greatly depending on which area you were in. In some areas, you needed a sweater and then on the other end of the ship on the same deck you needed shorts. The entertainment was horrible on this trip. The food was generally good in the dining room except for the 2 incidents where I had hair in my food. We only went to the buffets a few times and they were uninspiring. The biggest disappointment was the Chef's Table. We have booked this extra on several cruises before and this time we were greatly disappointed. The assistant Maitre D' asked about dietary requirements the day before the dinner and I told her of my allergies and that I was diabetic and required a no sugar meal. Well, they avoided my food allergies (Jalepenoes) but did nothing about creating a no sugar meal for myself. I have been on this excursion on other Carnival ships where they have made everything, dessert included, no sugar as well as no gluten for another guest. When I brought this up afterwards to the assistant Maitre D' she said she was sorry and was going to do something "nice" for us. Apparantly that something nice was to ignore us. On the second last day of the cruise, I went to customer service and again complained about the Chef's table not meeting my dietary requirements, I was told they would again see what they could do, apparently that was nothing. Another disappointment was our cabin steward. When we booked the cruise, we were not informed that they would be letting some of the crew off early. Our Cabin steward was let off in Barcelona so for the last 6 days, our cabin did not get made up on a regular basis. If we wanted our cabin made up, we had to be out of it by noon for the morning and between 5 and 6 pm for the evening. We had booked at late dining for 8:15, so most evenings we were in our cabins either napping or getting ready for dinner at that time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
The ONLY reason that we booked this cruise was to go to Turks and Caicos. That was one place in the Caribbean that we had not been. We are from FL and could have cancelled and gotten our money back when we learned at the last minute that ... Read More
The ONLY reason that we booked this cruise was to go to Turks and Caicos. That was one place in the Caribbean that we had not been. We are from FL and could have cancelled and gotten our money back when we learned at the last minute that there was a change in two of the ports. We are a retired couple with lots of cruise and general travel experience, and had never been on Carnival but decided that it couldn't be "that bad" for just 5 days. The embarcation went smoothly and I will have to give Carnival credit for their staterooms. We had an ocean view room and it was probably the largest we've ever had. Also, the hallways on this ship were very tastefully decorated. The menu choices were varied and basically fine. However, I think the only things I was ever served hot were soups and a made-to-order omelet. Everything else was just lukewarm. We ate all our breakfasts in the dining room, and the service there was absolutely "disconnected'. If you needed a coffee refill, you had to ask. If you wanted jelly for your toast, you had to ask. You may or may not get your juice before the rest of the meal. The service in the dining room for dinner was better, but even then, they acted like they were harried. We enjoyed two very nice shows in the theater with the singers and dancers. The costumes were outstanding. The other three evenings were basically nothing. There were plenty of lounges around the pool area (this is often a complaint on cruise reviews) and getting on and off the ship wasn't a total fiasco as it sometimes can be.All in all, I don't think we will be cruising w/Carnival again. We did have to keep reminding ourselves that their cruises in general are less expensive than the other major lines, so you do get what you pay for. Also, because they do the shorter cruises and seem to charge less, it draws a different cruiser than some other lines. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
I booked the klove Christian cruise early as it always sells out. This is paid out over the year and when you go it's all paid for and you are so ready to go and spend some premium time with the Father,and theSon. Lay on the deck in ... Read More
I booked the klove Christian cruise early as it always sells out. This is paid out over the year and when you go it's all paid for and you are so ready to go and spend some premium time with the Father,and theSon. Lay on the deck in the sun and just reflect on where your life has been and where you and Jesus are going together. My hubby and I also were looking forward to some quality time with each other. We flew into Miami from Dallas had a beautiful hotel with a bayside view , a little on the expensive side but what the heck. Most of the cruisers stayed at one or the other choice of hotels. From the bus trip to the ship terminal everyone was so ready and smiling ear to ear. The departure was like forever in the terminal, it took 2 hours to board and we were in the very first zones to be called. Finally on board at noon, rooms not available until 3:30 ? Why is that carnival . We eat a buffet ( not impressed) with that. We were beginning to tire out so we go sit down and wait and wait and wait. We asked for a balcony room which should be a little larger that a normal state room right? We did not get a choice of where we were to be placed, and we were put on the lido deck (9) port side forward. Ok room, worn I knew that it was from you guys who had been there before . Tv was older than me . Cigarette burns in carpet and curtains. Bathroom so small your feet stuck out the door while on potty. Late leaving port by over an hour. Next thing I know hubby comes out on balcony and says potty won't flush, called the steward, he will call Plummer we were exhausted and after a late dinner we went to bed. Early risers. Oh gee carpet is wet and so is the carpet in the haul , sewer smell , potty still not wanting to flush . We sponge bathed and dressed rapidly and went for breakfast , and so did everyone else. Spent the morning on top deck because it stunk on deck 9Saw some concerts and did some visiting with other Christians who were experiencing the same problems on this old lady ship . Hard to be able to reflect on the son when we were getting thrown around by rough seas, cruising to next port , cold morning and our tour was great in key west. That was something . Got back on ship still room problems. Complained and finally saw the steward now have towels on the floor which are turning brown, yuck. Will bring in blower tonight as we go to concert and dinner. Well by now hubby is not happy and telling me this is the poorest run outfit he has seen in many years. This is from a man who operates a business and has for 49 years. No more carnival cruises for him . Ok we manage to have another great concert and so so dinner. Next morning rough seas , wind blowing like crazy , hubby getting sick , coughing and fever , blamed it on the terminal , too many sick people in that place, I heard several people coughing on board. Cozumel next port , hubby to sick to get off ship spent the day on the balcony and watching tv and one concert , we were late getting there , not sure when we left as I woke at 2 and we were sailing Sunday morning , Super Bowl Sunday at sea. Floor in cabin still wet , guest services shoves letter under my door telling me they have been trying to reach me to see if our cabin issues had been resolved. Hello someone has been cleaning this room 3 days and they don't know the floor is wet , lots of activities for this day devotion alas and singing ,thank you Jesus I needed you and as always you were there calmed me and said it will be ok. My last cruise with carnival !, yes it is , the grand old lady should have never been allowed to get in that shape, she is beautiful and was at one time la luxury ship. Shame on carnival for letting her age not so graciously. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Yes, Destiny is due for it's makeover to become the Sunshine but I wanted to take the time to give some positive feedback. I have always had the image of these big ships as being very crowded and unmanageable. With a little work and ... Read More
Yes, Destiny is due for it's makeover to become the Sunshine but I wanted to take the time to give some positive feedback. I have always had the image of these big ships as being very crowded and unmanageable. With a little work and planning we were able to avoid the crowding and buffet feeding frenzies. I must compliment the dining room food and service. We dined each evening in the Universal dining room and enjoyed both the food and the service. Both my husband and myself were skeptical but pleasantly surprised. I avoided the buffet lines by ordering room service in the morning. The bagel with smoked salmon was delicious. The kids both enjoyed the kids' club and we enjoy them being there. The Lido Deck is a crowded drunk tank by afternoon but I spent this time hiding out reading in my cabin. The last evening of the cruise I watched both the comedian and the show (something)'Paris'. Both the comedian and the show were very entertaining. Overall a good experience. We will return. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
I was on Destiny on January 17, 2013, I was so disappointed with the service and problems that the ship had. 1. In my stateroom I had sewer that came up while I was taking a shower. Since the crew was off from housekeeping I had ... Read More
I was on Destiny on January 17, 2013, I was so disappointed with the service and problems that the ship had. 1. In my stateroom I had sewer that came up while I was taking a shower. Since the crew was off from housekeeping I had to clean it up. 2. Most of the day and night I had banging in my room. Like something was getting fixed. Not easy to take a nap or go to sleep. 3. My door did not lock, so housekeeping keep coming into my room very early and keep it up. I did not know it was broken until the last day of the cruise that the lock was not working. 4. I keep on smelling sewer throughout the night. After I would used the bathroom my feet would smell. 5. We had late dinning. I don't even know where to go with this. The service was so slow. The food was always cold or not cook the way it was suppose to be. I would get a cup of coffee and it was cold and never got another cup. 6. Never got to see any of the shows, because the dinner was so slow. I never even heard the cruise director about what going on. I love Bingo with my daughter, but did not even get to go to one. So, I never could show my girlfriend from California what to see. I was very disappointed. 7. Then in casino, I got from Ocean Players club $75.00 to play then, I found out everyone else got $125.00 I was very upset. My daughter got $125.00 back too. This is not right. I could not even get a drink the bar service was not good. 8. Then I found out people paid less for a better room. I was not very happy. 9. Only getting $50.00 back from not going to Cozumel. We could have gone out of different Port for a cheaper price. Not happy with Carnival at all now. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
My family (me, my wife and son) were planning this cruise for 2 years, that was our first one and we were looking forward to it. We booked the cruise to Key West and Cozumel. We wanted to see Key West very much, booked shore excursions and ... Read More
My family (me, my wife and son) were planning this cruise for 2 years, that was our first one and we were looking forward to it. We booked the cruise to Key West and Cozumel. We wanted to see Key West very much, booked shore excursions and were planning to spent there some time, exploring this wonderful place. However, the captain didn't stop there, he returned the ship from half-way back to the port of Miami, because somebody from his crew felt seek. Then the liner went directly to Mexico. We didn't see Key West, our dreams didn't fulfill, we were tired by the end of the whole day sailing and very-very upset. My 6-year old son felt bad and disappointed. The company didn't offer any compensation for that issue, just apologised for inconvenience and refused to make any refunds. Waist of money! From other deficiencies need to mention long lines for breakfast (about 35 minutes to get cheeseburger, hot dog or pizza), poor entertainment program and restaurant menu, half of elevators were broken, so it was not easy to reach upper floors. Shore excursions were organized so that you can choose only one in the morning and than be bored the rest of the day at the ship or at the port. Also very disorganized embarkation - we received our luggage only when the ship left the port, so couldn't change our warm clothes to shorts and t-shirts (we came from northern states). Debarkation in the port of Cozumel was awful!!! They kept all passengers on the first floor, so it was so many people, we could hardly breathe. And it lasted for almost an hour!!! In generally, we were very upset with our first cruise, and not sure if we'll spend another vacation onboard. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
On reaching the pier we heard for the first time our ports of destinations had been changed, a little late to make any other plans so off we went. Pleasant experience checking in and we reached the lobby in no time. We first checked on ... Read More
On reaching the pier we heard for the first time our ports of destinations had been changed, a little late to make any other plans so off we went. Pleasant experience checking in and we reached the lobby in no time. We first checked on shore excursions as ours had been canceled, worked this out with great help from the staff and were informed of the credit we would receive because of the change. Found ourselves standing in the middle of the lobby not sure what to do, as passing staff member saw us standing there and gave us some advise on what to do and where to go. From then on the fun began, found the Lido deck, some great food and a deck chair. When we finally decided to find our room it could not have been better. Nice and clean, fresh smelling and what would become a great view. This was our first cruise and we did have a learning curve, we had breakfast lunch and dinner in both the buffet and dinning rooms. We don't drink but soft drinks came quickly from the bars. The staff; once they introduced themselves; never for got our names or what we preferred. BETTER STAFF THEN ANY RESORT WE HAVE STAYED AT. Advise for first time cruisers, relax, enjoy yourself, experience what you can. Stay loose. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Carnival Cruises--brainwashing you with the word FUN until you're convinced you might be having it!! This was our first cruise, and we couldn't have been more excited to see the beautiful ports -- Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and ... Read More
Carnival Cruises--brainwashing you with the word FUN until you're convinced you might be having it!! This was our first cruise, and we couldn't have been more excited to see the beautiful ports -- Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Nassau. We booked over $200 worth of excursions on Grand Turk and Half Moon, and decided to leave the last day for ourselves. We flew to Miami and stopped for lunch before embarkation. There in the pub, we received an email (less than 2 hours before scheduled departure) that there was "a problem with the stern thruster" and because of this problem, we were no longer going to Grand Turk OR Half Moon Cay...to be replaced with KEY WEST and FREEPORT (north of Miami even!). This was a huge bummer and all they offered was $50 credit per person which went right back into their pockets. They refunded our excursions and we rebooked one for Freeport, hoping it wouldn't be too freezing to snorkel. They delayed our departure out of Miami from 4pm until after 7:30 pm, claiming they were "taking on fresh water", which we quickly learned from someone in the know that Carnival doesn't even do. The casino stayed closed for hours, the entire show schedule was running behind by over an hour...not the first night we'd hoped for. Key West SUCKS and all they try to do is sell you dumb TANZANITE jewelry. Key West was FREEEEEEEEZING but they did not care, stern thruster blah blah blah. Freeport was only good because we kept our excursion and did have a good time snorkeling. If not for that, we would have been bored all day walking in a tiny circle because there's nowhere to go on Freeport except Senor Frogs (which WAS fun for the last hour). Nassau was beautiful, we had no idea we had to basically buy a ticket to get anywhere but we figured it out and had a great day. The trip wasn't a bust, but it was NOT what we paid for...and the worst part is, we found out from many sources that the "stern thrusters" had been broken for almost 3 cruises in a row, but of course they chose to tell us when it was too late to cancel. Thanks, Carnival. Why would you pay to fix a ship you're going to GUT in 3 weeks????? Who cares if the paying customer loses out as long as you can squeeze a few more cruises out of a ship being held together with duct tape and glue?? Again, we are outgoing people who can make the best of any situation so we did of course enjoy ourselves, but I would not recommend this company to anyone. They are too unpredictable...for every good review there are probably 3 unsatisfactory ones right behind it. Good luck, Sunshine. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
This was our first cruise and we were so excited to be going to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Nassau. We met people on line and had our tours booked and was ready to go. Then the day before we get an e-mail stating that our itinerary had ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we were so excited to be going to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Nassau. We met people on line and had our tours booked and was ready to go. Then the day before we get an e-mail stating that our itinerary had been changed. Our new port included Key West Florida (they couldn't take us to another port outside of the USA?). We were sad but decided to go anyway as we wouldn't get our money back for our flight from Chicago. Well, first bad point, we didn't leave the port of Miami on time. I think we only left a port on time once! 2nd, the photographers were so pushy! After having our pictures taken when we go on the ship and then on formal night, we just weren't interested in having more pictures taken! Third, I was not impressed with Freeport or Nassau! Pushy people there also trying to sell you junk! If I wanted to buy junk I'd have gone to a fleamarket! My spouse has already said her will never cruise again. That makes me really sad because I'd like to try it again. So Carnival has ruined my chances of cruising! And the entertainment was done mostly by the cruisers, not the staff! Only 2 shows with the staff! I thought we'd have Broadway styled shows each night, not so!! I must disagree with some reviewers, the staff was friendly, caring and fun! They greeted us by name, served us with a smile and went out of their way to make us comfortable. The food was decent. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
That was my first cruise, and for a reason of timing I could choose another cruise line even if some friend warned me about Carnival. I have to say that I could notice that the ship was in need of an overall make over. No reason to ... Read More
That was my first cruise, and for a reason of timing I could choose another cruise line even if some friend warned me about Carnival. I have to say that I could notice that the ship was in need of an overall make over. No reason to detail them because every thing would be taken place. Beside the dinner, the food is OK, kind of lower casual restaurant quality. But the dinner room on the evening is much better. I always tried the specialty of the day and I never was disappointed. We even had frogs legs. And some excellent desert. For the buffet, as I said before, it is just a common buffet for common people not at all for some one who like good tasting food in a small quantity. The free coffee has only the color of the coffee, not the taste at all, but for some USD you could get some shot of espresso in the specialty coffee shop. Nevertheless I was really please from the dedication of the crew, they try to make your journey the most exclusive at they did. I have to mention in particular my Head Waitress Leilani Blas and his helper Randy for all the attention they gave to my needs and desires. The company should reward them for making the cruise a nice experience.The cabins were very clean and again the man in charge of my stateroom was very pleasant and knew me from the first moment by my name. I'm not sure I will cruise again with Carnival, not because of the ship and the crew, but I like a little more upscale environment. Thanks to all the crew. The Green Wizard Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
My GF (her first cruise) and I sailed on the Destiny on her third to last trip before the transformation to the Sunshine. This was my first boat when I started cruising, and I was looking forward to being on her again. I was also anxious ... Read More
My GF (her first cruise) and I sailed on the Destiny on her third to last trip before the transformation to the Sunshine. This was my first boat when I started cruising, and I was looking forward to being on her again. I was also anxious to see how Carnival performed as there were some issues on my last cruise (Valor 10/10). We made the drive across Alligator Alley to off port parking at a covered, secure garage handled by Premier Parking (the blue letter premier). The cost was half that of the port with a free shuttle. We had no problems whatsoever and I would recommend using these folks. We were at the terminal by 11:45 and on-board by 12:15. No problems whatsoever. Smooth easy process with minimal fuss. Smiles and courtesy from all around. We were able to get a table for two from the maitre'd and book the behind the scenes tour immediately upon entering the ship. From there, I gave my GF a bit of a tour of the Lido deck before we grabbed a light lunch. After that, a little more of a ship tour, a spa tour, and then on to the room. We had room 7201, which is an interior with an obstructed view in the very forward part of deck 7. It had not been renovated to the new Sunshine decor yet but was clean and neat. No problems here at all during any of the cruise. After the safety muster, we were on the observation area of deck 7 right outside our room waiting for departure when the Captain came on with the announcement that a stern thruster had failed, and due to the lack of tugs in Cozumel, we would be skipping Cozumel and going to Nassau instead. The cruise director came on and said any disappointment was understandable and if anyone wanted to get off the boat, Carnival would give a full refund. Those of us who stayed on were given a $50 credit and refunded the port fee. At first, they gave a half hour window, but then extended that to whatever time it took to accommodate those who wanted to get off. All in all, it delayed departure by about 70 minutes and probably had about 10% of the passengers getting off. I want to give Carnival credit here. They handled this professionally and, in my view, in the best manner possible given the circumstances. Carnival did their job well. The GF and I briefly discussed this and decided to stay on as rearranging time off and keeping the cruise in our budget would have meant a lengthy delay before being able to reschedule. As you'll see later, I have no love for Nassau but you make the best of it. The ship, with some room renovations already done, was in good shape. A little tired here and there, but neat and clean. No one had any room to complain. After departing Miami (we stayed on the observation deck the whole time), we had our first meal in the main dining room at the late sitting. From the maitre'd to his assistant to our waiter to the bus staff, everyone -- and I do mean everyone -- did their job with a smile and professionalism. My GF was very impressed as was I. This level of service was there for the whole trip. The food in the main dining room was excellent, especially the Lobster. I could find nothing to complain about. The staff dancing and singing continues to be a nice touch. The buffet food was good as well, with everything being kept stocked at a good clip to prevent any waiting or delays. The chocolate buffet on Sunday was a chocoholics delight. We got an extra hour and a half in Key West due to the changes. Since we visit Key West somewhat regularly, we got off the boat and just visited some friends and places that we regularly do when we're in town. We got back on the boat a little early and watched folks come back to the boat. For the first time ever, I wasn't sweating in Key West. It was in the mid 60s with a solid 25 knot Northwest wind that gusted regularly. The temperature actually started dropping during the day, so yes, it was brisk. After sailing (with 6 F18s flying across the bow as they made their way back from training missions), we crashed for a bit before formal night and dinner. After dinner, it was the casino where both the GF and I had some good luck. Again, the staff was excellent, with the dealers professional, friendly, and engaging. A job well done during the entire cruise! With the weather, the seas were a bit unsettled but the boat handled it well with just a bit of rolling or pitching. My GF never felt seasick and I didn't hear anyone complaining about the ride. In the morning, we had moved to the warm side of the front. Temperatures were in the 80s and the seas were flat. Arrival into Nassau was beautiful with another Carnival ship, an NCL ship, an RCL ship, and the Queen Elizabeth from Cunard in port. The Queen Elizabeth is a gorgeous vessel and was a nice extra for us. I know there are folks who love Nassau but we do not share that opinion. Nassau has always been a bit of a hell hole to me, and nothing changed my mind on this visit. After walking Bay Street, we did a Sea and See excursion that was nice, although the land part was little weak. It was more or less one stop and then ride back to the dock to get on the boat for the sea part. Again, not bad, but not memorable either. The harbor tour was well done and the glass bottom boat provided some great views. Still, I have no desire to visit Nassau in the future. When we got off the boat, we fought our way through the street vendors trying to shove beads into every part of your body and went to Senor Frogg's for every bit of 2 minutes before realizing it was a out of control mess (and I love a good party). Fought our way back to the boat and settled in for the sunset from the observation area outside our cabin. The QE sailed right at sunset which was a very nice addition to the evening. Our day at sea was Sunday, and the GF got a mild (for her) migraine that morning. So instead of lounging on the deck, she nursed her head in the stateroom with me being the good BF and taking care of her. She insisted I go on the behind the scenes tour and go do things, so I ran back and forth between the tour, lido, shops and the room all day and evening. I need to mention that Carnival again showed a lot of class here. They refunded her excursion fare for the behind the scenes tour without question. The guide on the tour inquired about her well being before we started. The cabin steward checked with us regularly. The wait staff asked about her that evening and, upon telling our waiter what the situation was, I got inquiries from all involved asking about her condition, even to the point of asking if the ship's doctor was needed. There were other members of the crew who asked about her as well. Again, well done Carnival. The behind the scenes tour was outstanding and I highly recommend it to everyone. I cannot say enough about the friendliness of the crew we met on the tour from the Captain on down. Again, well done. Docking in Miami was uneventful, the process of getting off the boat was smooth and fast. We were picked up by our shuttle in under 10 minutes and in the car and on our home within 30 minutes of clearing customs. On my last cruise on the Valor, I had some issues and concerns with Carnival on how they handled a tropical storm, itinerary changes, communication, and cancelled excursions. While that cruise was not unpleasant, it was not a great experience. I had several communications with Carnival about that upon my return, that finally answered my concerns but left a somewhat bad taste in my mouth. This time could not have been more different. Every member of the boat's crew did their job professionally and with friendliness. I did not see one instance of rudeness from the staff -- despite some guests acting as if they were the kings and queens of being rude and crude. In short, Carnival did their job well. Just as I let them know my displeasure last time, I will be letting them know my pleasure this time. It was simply a job well done. The GF is hooked on cruising now, and we are trying to see if we can work a New Orleans trip to where we can sail on the boat after she becomes the Sunshine so we can compare the upgrades. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
This was the second of our back to back cruises as my wife and I celebrated our honeymoon aboard the Carnival Destiny. I wrote two separate reviews to chronicle our adventures. Sailing date was January 17th, 2013. Day One -- ... Read More
This was the second of our back to back cruises as my wife and I celebrated our honeymoon aboard the Carnival Destiny. I wrote two separate reviews to chronicle our adventures. Sailing date was January 17th, 2013. Day One -- Embarkation Day. As we were cruising back to back we had special processing and were off of the ship for perhaps fifteen minutes. When we returned to our stateroom we were very surprised to see that the Destiny's Hotel Director had dropped off a bottle of champagne with his compliments. Nothing like starting a cruise off in this manner! Following the muster drill and prior to departure the captain came on the public address system to advise guests of a mechanical problem with the aft thrusters. The Destiny would only be able to go to ports with tug boats. Consequently we would not be going to Cozumel but would be going to Nassau instead. While a bit of a disappointment, we had never seen Nassau and were excited about going there. Guests had the option of departing with a full refund or receiving a fifty dollar onboard credit. We weren't going anywhere and made use of the credit. Perhaps two hundred people disembarked -- their loss! For dinner we had been relocated from our first cruise table but the Maitre d', Ibrahim, relocated us to a table for four that we had as our table for two. We had asked Ibrahim to relocate us to our table from the frist cruise but we loved our new table and decided to stay there. (If you take the time to talk with the crew as opposed to talking down to them they will really take care of you!) Day Two -- Key West. A wonderful place to visit and I wish we could have stayed there longer. After the tug pushed us in we went ashore and toured the town. The ship had a good number of people who were wearing bright yellow T-shirts that mentioned the Danny Albani Show. We caught his performance in Key West and the show/venue added to the charm of the town. Don't forget to go to the Key West Lime Pie Factory for a slice of Key lime pie on a stick. It's beyond words! This was also formal dinner night with lobster on the menu. My wife and I both asked for two lobster tails and were amazed to get two full lobster dinners. Our waiter, Jose, then threw us a curve and told us he had a third dinner if we wanted it. No thank you Jose but the offer was very much appreciated. (If we had that third lobster we would had to have to been wheeled back to our cabin.) Perhaps those people who got off the ship before sailing created a surplus of lobster? No complaints here! Day Three -- Nassau. As Nassau was a port we hadn't planned on, we hadn't researched it at all. Nassau seemed to have one main street for shopping and some of the streets leading away from this street left a lot to be desired. (The onboard briefing warned us about the dangers of touring the town after dark.) My wife and I did the main drag and picked up a few items. We also saw a lady from another cruise ship who had rented a moped and driven it right into the back of a bus. Noonan, our cruise director, warned us about the dangers of driving in Nassau and he was right! We ran out of steam somewhat early and headed back to the ship. We rigged a Canadian flag on our aft balcony and got a number of positive comments from other Canucks as they headed back to their ships. Day Four -- Sea Day. The last full day of our honeymoon at sea, we cruised aimlessly at six knots, making our way back to Miami. But the fun was nowhere near over as we shopped aboard, and took part in other activities. The best of the activities for me was the bingo as I was lucky enough to win. Thank you Carnival for discounting my cruise! We also took the time to say farewell to those in the crew with whom we established such great friendships. Day Five -- Disembarkation. While in Zone Two for debarkation we missed our call and left the ship perhaps fifteen or twenty minutes later. Everything went smoothly and we were aboard our bus to the airport quickly. When that bus would not start we got on a second bus and we at the airport in short order. Summary - As I mentioned in my other review, Carnival is pulling out the stops and is loading the staff of the Destiny with top notch people. They have succeeded in making the last cruises of the Destiny outstanding before the ship goes to dry dock and returns as the Carnival Sunshine. Apart from the scrambled eggs there was nothing negative to say about this cruise. Although we were rerouted because of the failed thruster, the safety of the ship and its passengers has to be the primary factor. So we didn't go to Cozumel but went to Nassau instead -- so what! For a honeymoon, Carnival delivered a wonderful pair of cruises and my wife and I will always cherish the memories. She even wants to book a cruise on the Sunshine when it returns to the United States. I don't think there can be a higher compliment than that. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Background: This was the first of a back to back cruise on the Carnival Destiny. Our honeymoon cruise was my third with Carnival and the first ever cruise for my wife. We sailed from Miami on the 12th of January, 2013. Day 1 - We got ... Read More
Background: This was the first of a back to back cruise on the Carnival Destiny. Our honeymoon cruise was my third with Carnival and the first ever cruise for my wife. We sailed from Miami on the 12th of January, 2013. Day 1 - We got to Miami International Airport and had a bit of trouble finding the Carnival check-in but after that things went very smoothly and we were in our cabin before we knew it. My wife was amazed at the size of the ship. They are a lot larger in real life than they are in any picture! After the muster drill we waited for our turn to set sail and off we went. (I think there were five ships competing to get out of port.) We had early assigned seating for dinner in the Universe Dining Room and were seated not long after getting to sea. Service was prompt and efficient throughout the cruise. Every meal in the dining room was wonderful. Day 2 -- A sea day as we headed to Ocho Rios. The ship fought headwinds as we cruised southeast around Cuba. From our aft balcony we had a very restive day, although those headwinds meant that the balconies on either side of the ship were somewhat unusable. The waterslide was also closed due to the winds. We went to the shopping seminar with "Gemstone" John. Carnival is selling coupon books for twenty-five dollars. We bought one and used it thoroughly. We probably saved a couple of hundred dollars through the cruise. I would highly recommend this purchase to anyone that is shopping ashore. Day 3 -- Ocho Rios, Jamaica. We were a couple of hours late arriving due to the winds the day before but the entertainment staff scheduled extra activities and kept most everyone happy. Noonan, the Cruise Director, ran a bingo in the Palladium Lounge that was uproarious. This was his first cruise since returning to the Destiny and in my opinion he is one of the best CD's that Carnival has. We had been warned about the vendors in Ocho Rios and had numerous offers of taxis, drugs, and beads but never felt threatened. We just repeated "No, thank you" and kept walking without issue. We did a walking tour of the shopping areas near to the ship and wore ourselves out. My wife has decided she loves cruising already! Day 4 -- Grand Cayman Island. A busy day for the Caymanians for sure as there were six ships that came to visit. I'm thankful Carnival has tenders arranged as some ships (Aida and Oceana I think) needed to utilize their lifeboats to get passengers to and from shore. After doing some shopping we met another couple from our ship and we purchased a bus tour of the island for fifteen dollars each. Our driver, "Emerson Supafly" was quite knowledgeable and entertaining as he showed us the highlights of the island. Day 5 -- Sea Day. There was always something to do onboard as we made our way back to Miami. We caught a show in the Palladium Lounge, checked out the casino, and shopped the sales at the Destiny's gift shops. My wife and I even took part in "The Game of Love" and won! Day 6 -- Disembarkation at Miami. As we were doing back to back cruises we were directed to meet at Guest Services for processing once the general debarkation had taken place. Along with another couple, my wife and I were walked off of the ship to U. S. Customs where the customs officer jokingly denied us entry to the United States and told us we had better go back to the ship. We received our new Sail and Sign cards on our way back to the ship and were set to continue our wonderful adventure. (But you'll have to read the separate review of that cruise!) Summary -- Carnival is pulling out the stops and is loading the staff of the Destiny with top notch people. They want to make the last cruises of the Destiny outstanding before the ship goes to dry dock and returns as the Carnival Sunshine. They succeeded! We made lots of new friends because we took the time to get to know them, and this paid real dividends. Take the time to get to know the crew and guests you are interacting with every day and your cruise experience will be greatly improved. I will say that I am disappointed that Cruise Critic's member review seems to be a sounding board for unhappy cruisers. Having read previous reviews of the ship I should point out that if you go aboard looking for deficiencies you might find them. But, if you travel on the Destiny for the purpose of having fun on the "Fun Ship" you will definitely not be disappointed. There is really nothing substantially negative that I can say about my experience on this cruise although I would caution people about trying the scrambled eggs! After my cruise on the Destiny I believe however is that any future cruise might feel like a letdown after having such a wonderful trip! Thank you Carnival! Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
We went on our first cruise eve aboard the Carnival Destiny. The experience was so bad we will never cruise again, at least not with Carnival. The staff was extremely rude and inattentive, we were told constantly "I don't ... Read More
We went on our first cruise eve aboard the Carnival Destiny. The experience was so bad we will never cruise again, at least not with Carnival. The staff was extremely rude and inattentive, we were told constantly "I don't know" by multiple staff members no matter what the question was. There was never any effort to actually assist you and get an answer to your question. We had eyes rolled at us, very loud obvious sighs and body language that was very noticeable irritated. We sat for 35 minutes at our assigned dinner table before we had any service what so ever. The condition of the ship was horrible. We stepped in holes in the floor as we walked down the hall. They were doing maintenance the entire time we were sailing so we heard the sounds of power tools, smelled paint, had to walk around barricades and orange fencing. The elevators were not working for most of the cruise. Room service as horrible every time we ordered the food would arrive cold. The family friendly entertainment was girls in thong bikini's dancing very seductively and provocative. Clothes were being torn off. The overall experience was so bad we will never take a cruise again. I felt like we were trapped with no way out to get away from the bad customer service. When I contacted Carnival about our experience I was told "we are sorry for your experience but there is nothing we can do about it now, you should have went to the guest services aboard ship where they might have been able to give you some assistance." I have contacted the better business bureau and done a formal complaint. I would not recommend this cruise line for families. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
I was somewhat apprehensive (for lack of a better word) about going on this cruise after reading some of the other less than positive reviews of the Carnival Destiny on Cruise Critic, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Embarkation at ... Read More
I was somewhat apprehensive (for lack of a better word) about going on this cruise after reading some of the other less than positive reviews of the Carnival Destiny on Cruise Critic, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Embarkation at Miami was quick and easy. We arrived at the port just after 11AM and were on board by 1215. We were all given letters with information about the problems with the thrusters that the ship had had previously but they passed the testing that was done as soon as we were out of the channel and we were able to make all our scheduled ports. My cabin was a 4A on the Riviera Deck and it was by far the largest inside cabin I have ever had. The shower was huge and could easily have fit 2 or 3 persons in it! The room was clean and did not appear worn or dated to me. Our cabin steward and assistant had what I thought was an large number of cabins to make up every day so sometimes ours was not completed until mid afternoon, but in reality this did not matter since we were never in the cabin anyway. I found all the staff to be very friendly and the service while not outstanding was still very good. There could have been a few more bar staff at the pool bars in the afternoon but other than waiting a few minutes to get a drink, it was not really a problem. The dining room staff were excellent. A member of my party has several food allergies and cannot have any dairy products. Every dinner the hostess would come to her and show her the menu to the next night and assist with selections that could be made daily free. Our first day at sea was very windy which effected our arrival time in our first port of Ocho Rios. We were supposed to arrive at 9:30 but did not arrive until 11:30 so our departure time was pushed back an hour until 6p. Our next port of George Town, Grand Cayman, we arrived on time and were tendered to port. The staff really tried to keep the tender operation smooth and with minimal waiting and I thought this worked out very well. We waited in the Galaxy Dining room until out tender number was called and we were on shore by 1015. This was probably the most organized and well run tender operation I have seen on all my cruises. We had anytime dining and usually went to the dining room at 8pm. We were a group of 14 and the staff were always able to accommodate us with 2 tables close to each other. The food was good but like most of my other cruises, not over the top, died and went to heaven good. Very tasty and well seasoned, but nothing extraordinary. There are no specialty restaurants on the Destiny so at least there was no hard sell to try them. We did enjoy the sushi bar as a pre dinner snack! Like most Carnival (and other cruise lines), the lines for the buffet tended to be long if you went at the peak times but at other times they moved quickly. I really enjoyed the NY Deli and the Reuben Sandwich is probably the best I have ever had! The Happy China buffet was also very good. The entertainment was okay. Nothing really outstanding though one of the singers, Rudy Lowe did one man show that was very good. We went to the early shows at 7pm and never had a problem getting a seat in the theatre however getting out the other theatre proved harder than getting in due to rude guests trying to push in for the second show before we could get out. I booked both shore excursions through Carnival. We did the Cool Runnings Catamaran Sail and Dunn's River Falls climb in Ocho Rios. The staff on the catamaran were very attentive and we had a fun time. I did climb the falls all the way to the top with a "death grip" hand hold on the guide. He was very attentive to all of us and made sure we were all safe. In Grand Cayman we did the Allura catamaran sail to Stingray City. This was a fantastic excursion as there were only 14 on the sail and we had plenty of personal time with the stingrays. The crew of the catamaran made sure everyone of us had as much time holding and touching of the stingrays as we wanted. I highly recommend both of these excursions. All in all this was a wonderful fun time on the Fun Ship! Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
My husband and I booked this cruise for our Anniversary. We decided to try a new port and a new ship versus returning to the Fantasy this trip. Our youngest came along since she was on a school break. Embarkation went smoothly and everyone ... Read More
My husband and I booked this cruise for our Anniversary. We decided to try a new port and a new ship versus returning to the Fantasy this trip. Our youngest came along since she was on a school break. Embarkation went smoothly and everyone was very friendly. Headed to lido to wait for our cabin to be ready. After 1:45 the door to the cabins were opened mid ship. We made the walk to the aft to stow our luggage. Our room was not ready and the cabin steward seemed taken back that people were coming to the rooms already. We stowed our bags and checked over our room. Our steward made his way in to put a bottle of water on the counter. During the cruise we never had an ice bucket even when we asked. After we locked items in the safe we noticed we only had 2 life jackets. My husband called the number on the phone(35) and was connected with the head housekeeper. He asked for a life jacket since we only had 2. She argued with my husband that it was there and to check again. He again told her we only had two, not three and there are three of us in the cabin. She was not pleasant and told him the room was marked as done and that he was wrong. She finally agreed to check with the steward. The cabin itself is large. But once you get going it is loud and you feel a lot of vibration. We couldn't get the room temperature below 70 even with the vent fully open. Vent is super loud too. We also had tiny ants which we told the steward about, but he didn't know what they were. We had them under the tv, vanity and in the bathroom. Food in the room was not an issue. We ate in our cabin one time. Muster was a mess. People stacked in rows 4 deep for over 30 minutes. Many people showed up long after we were called to assemble holding everything up. The food in the dining room was good. It didn't come out in a consistent order at all. If you asked for something special they often acted like they didn't understand or just ignored you instead. Asking for something on the side shouldn't be an issue. Having your drink filled even. It wasn't on our previous cruise. Wait staff acted like they didn't understand what you were saying even when reading from the menu directly. We pointed to what we wanted many times. Staff cleaning and doing other jobs around the ship on the other hand would strike up conversations with you any time they crossed your path. In the elevators, hall ways etc... They made more effort then our assigned crew members. We ate as many meals in the dining room as we could because buffet lines were long! If the itinerary includes Jamaica I highly recommend staying on the ship and enjoying the quiet. Camp Carnival was excellent. Very nice women who chatted with us and made sure our daughter had a fantastic time! Guest services was rude. When you go to them to ask a question, being laughed at by the three standing there is not ok. Who do you go to with issues when guest services is rude? It wasn't a stupid question even. Being ridiculed was unprofessional. We asked about the front deck on 6 and 7. Guest services said it was not a public deck(incorrect) and that we were not permitted to go there. We went to front decks on the Fantasy to which they laughed at him and told him this isn't the Fantasy. RUDE! My husband later asked a floor supervisor with the cleaning staff who happily told him that he could go out on deck 6 or 7, that it was no big deal. It was a great place to take pictures of arrival and departure from ports. Something my shutterbug of a husband enjoys. We enjoyed our time watching movies under the stars. The dive-in blankets were great! In Grand Cayman we took the Turtles, Turtles and more Turtles excursion and love it! Highly recommend. We tried to make the most of the entire trip. These small incidents add up to a not so great experience and make me say that unless they change attitudes the remodel will make no difference. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Carnival Destiny Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 3.0 3.9
Entertainment 3.0 3.7
Public Rooms 3.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.7
Family 5.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 3.0 4.0
Enrichment 3.0 3.4
Service 3.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 4.1
Rates 3.0 4.2

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