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Sail Date: February 2013
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 had ... 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 de-construction ... 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 the ... 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
1 Helpful Vote
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
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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