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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 know" by multiple ... 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: December 2012
We are seasoned cruisers and were not thrilled with our first Carnival cruise which was under a year ago. The wait for food was so long that we left really disappointed and shared our comments with Carnival via email. Surprise, surprise, ... Read More
We are seasoned cruisers and were not thrilled with our first Carnival cruise which was under a year ago. The wait for food was so long that we left really disappointed and shared our comments with Carnival via email. Surprise, surprise, we never received an apology, much less a response. Because the dates/location of departure/time frame worked, we booked our 2nd Carnival cruise-this on the Destiny this past December. Our expectations were low, and with that said, Carnival really disappointed us this time. In short, we never went to the second port (of 3) because of high swells. We wanted to go there to go jet skiing since none of the other ports offered it. On planned and that one un planned day at sea, we hadn't anticipated that all of the chaise lounges would be spoken for by 10AM and that our family would have to split up all over the various decks in order to get chairs. I actually saw a woman go to get a snack and while she was gone, another guest emptied the stuff off her chair and moved the chair so he could sit with his friends! BTW, he wasn't a teen-he was closer to retirement age. The lines at all the buffets were always long, long, long. 30 minutes to get a fried egg? In the dining room we were seated at a rectangular table on the periphery of the dining room. When we explained to the Maitre D that we wanted a round table in the heart of the space, he was not only unaccommodating, but rude and condescending to my 90 year old parents and my husband, children and I. As far as service in the DR, we had different busboys every day and frequently waited a long long time for our meals. Entertainment? One night it consisted of a guest based talent show. Sorry, but I'm not interested in hearing Betty Lou sing her church songs on vacation. They had the same vulgar comedian do his routine 3 different nights. It was the same routine all 3 nights. On the last night, the show was cancelled due to "technical difficulties" Sorry, but in my experience, Royal Caribbean delivers a much more consistent product and treats its guests like they matter. Carnival treated us like shXt. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
I have only one complaint about my recent cruise on the Carnival Destiny. The guy making the omelettes has to learn to make more than one at a time. I heard that men are bad at multitasking , but come on man! It was a beautiful 5 days, ... Read More
I have only one complaint about my recent cruise on the Carnival Destiny. The guy making the omelettes has to learn to make more than one at a time. I heard that men are bad at multitasking , but come on man! It was a beautiful 5 days, made enjoyable by the pleasant behavior of all the staff onboard, the good food, the clean and comfortable cabin and the wonderful shore excursions. This is my first cruise and I never knew what a pleasure it is to watch the water lapping by from your cabin window or watch an island looming out of nowhere, first a shadow then, real trees and sand. Ira man! Really since the cabinmeisters do such a lot of work, I think the tips should be given mostly to them rather than the dining room staff. The dining room food was a bit boring anyway, we didnt go there after the first couple of day, we just went to the open deck buffet for dinner also. I did my first karoake, I dont know about the audience, but I had a good time. And the little cabinmeister, Erwin would croon to us every day, 'Gooood Mooorrning!'. We really miss him. Thanks Carnival for a really memorable holiday. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
As stated in my subject line, I'm a first time cruiser, but prior to my cruise I did an extensive amount of research so that I made the best out of my trip. And thanks to Cruise Critic for a lot of good advice in my research. I was a ... Read More
As stated in my subject line, I'm a first time cruiser, but prior to my cruise I did an extensive amount of research so that I made the best out of my trip. And thanks to Cruise Critic for a lot of good advice in my research. I was a bit apprehenive about cruising on the Destiny as it had not received the best reviews. But my girlfriend's boss and family had already booked their cruise and they thought it would be a good idea for us all to cruise on the same boat. My biggest beef with the Carnival Destiny was the lines and the food. Basically we stood in line for just about anything we wanted to do. Though because we cruised over NYE it probably played a factor as the boat was completely full. The embarkation process was fairly quick as I had paid for the Faster to the Fun program. So if you're not a gold member or whatever, I'd suggest paying the $49 per room for the FTTF program. It allows you to bypass most of the lines and then you are also guaranteed to have your room done by time you board. We handed our luggage to the porter and we were on the boat in our room within 30 minutes. Which would have been shorter had they not held people up taking those family photos before you get onto the boat. Our room was one of the recently remodeled rooms and it was a bit nicer than we expected. It was also very clean. Within minutes of getting to our room our luggage arrived. So we started to unpack and put everything away. We did bring one of those over the door shoe holders and that helped out quite a bit as it kept things organized. We also brought additional electrical cords and a surge protector. This was also a great suggestion from CC reviewers. So after we got everything unpacked we stowed our empty luggage under the bed and then we sat out on our extended balcony. Which was very nice and it had room for four adults to hang out comfortably. My girlfriend likes to drink wine, so we bought a couple of big bottles to take on. Which we had no problem taking the bottles on board. I also like to only drink Diet Mtn Dew, so we packed about 20 bottles in our luggage with no problem. I felt parts of the boat were older and not as nice/new as our cabin. I was disappointed with the food as everyone always raves about the food on cruises. I quite frankly had better food when I was in the Army. On one of the dinners in the dining room I ordered Shrimp cocktail and I received 5 extrememly small shrimp. I know you can order as many dishes / appetisers as you want - but the shrimp were ridiculous considering we were on a cruise. They also seemed to keep pushing you to buy drinks during dinner. The rest of the food during dining room dinner was also disappointing. So we decided against eating in the dining room for the rest of the cruise and we'd just hit the buffet lines and also order room service. Which the buffet food was not as bad as there were more selections. The room service food was not great and the portions were small. So I'd just order a couple of sandwiches at a time. I saw some people complain about the various worker on the boat but we had a very nice experience with just about every service person on board. We had read that you need to make sure you take care of your room steward and we did just that by giving him a twenty the first time we saw him. And then we tipped him periodically for various requests. Someone on CC suggested bringing a cooler and I did just that. So every morning and every afternoon our steward would fill the cooler up with ice. The extended balcony was one of my favorite parts of the cruise. I brought some battery operated fake candles to make the room and balcony more romantic at night. I also brought a Blue Tooth speaker system onboard so me and my gal could listen to our own music as we sat out on the balcony drinking our drinks and smoking cigars/cigarettes. Our excursion to Jamaica was probably the best part of the trip. The Jewell at Duns River Falls has a $75 per person deal for cruisers. You get to eat and drink all you want at their resort. Which there were multiple bars and places to eat. We rented a cabana for $20 per hour and we had the time of our lives. Not only did we have our own butler to fulfill our every request, but they also gave us a fully stocked cooler with various juices, water, pop, champagne, and some beer. At least every five minutes someone came around to make sure we were alright. The private beach was awesome and they had security run off any pan handler. The Cayman Islands was not as fun as we had a run in with a bus driver. We reserved a cabana at the Royal Palms which was a day resort with a private beach, a nice bar, cabanas for rent, an adult only pool with cabana rental, and a restaraunt. Apparently the bus drivers get kick backs from someone at the public beach and even though their sign says "Royal Palms" as one of the destinations - they try and trick you to get off at the public beach further up the road. Which this is apparently a major problem as I have been working with Royal Palms to make a complaint to the port authority. In a nutshell the driver got into an argument with us and told my girlfriend to shut her mouth when we demanded he take us to the Royal Palms. Word of advice, if you want to go to the Royal Palms, walk to the street outside of where all of the buses are and there are tons of taxis. They will gladly take you to the Royal Palms or anywhere else you want to go on the Island. And most likely they will be cheaper than the buses. Last but not least, we did find the secret sun deck on the front of the boat on levels 6 & 7. So the last day at sea we hung out there sunning ourselves, eating/drinking, and relaxing. I read that some people were told they were not allowed on the deck. That was not the case with us and we were even waving at the captain as the pilot house was right above us. To get to the secret deck, walk all the way to the front of the boat on levels 6 or seven. And when you get to the very head of the boat there will be a door on either side of the boat. Walk out the door and there will be another wind door. Go out that door and you're on the deck. It's beautiful because you're in the very front of the boat. Sorry for the book, but I wanted to share my experience with others as I gained a lot of useful information from fellow cruisers on CC. P.s. Pay the $20 per person for the luggage to the airport option. You leave your bags outside your cabin as directed and you don't pick them up until you get off the plane back home. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
Carnival Destiny--Grand Suite Ship: Old & worn. Hallway carpets show wear. Door and baseboard moldings are chipped, scuffed and broken. There was black mold in the bathroom. Balcony: Good width but too narrow. Had more space on ... Read More
Carnival Destiny--Grand Suite Ship: Old & worn. Hallway carpets show wear. Door and baseboard moldings are chipped, scuffed and broken. There was black mold in the bathroom. Balcony: Good width but too narrow. Had more space on a lesser cabin on a Princess ship. Room: Safe cannot hold a small laptop. Easy chair too small. Table not large enough for 4 people to play cards. Beds: Comfortable and broken in--slept great! Crew: Low morale. Only smiled when necessary. In the Dining room our head waiter went through the motions to get us fed and out the door. He did not listen well if you requested extra services that caused him extra work. On a few occasions he forgot to place orders because he either didn't hear what was said or was in too big a hurry. Food: Overall: Good but not great. This is my 3rd cruise with Carnival and the quality was the worst I've seen. Buffett: Breakfast and lunch were standard fare but nothing to get excited about. Omelet stations cooked one omelet at a time which caused long lines and waits. They should look at how hotels like Embassy Suites use cooks who handle at least three at once. Dinner: Food was good but nothing to rave about. The Chateau Breaund and Prime Rib both looked and tasted the same. Lobster tails were mushy. Deserts were good. Tables are oblong and are don't make it easy for all occupants to converse. Casino: There are signs designating smoking areas yet smokers were able to roam the floor with lit cigarettes. I wanted to play craps but could not because of the number of smokers at the table. It was this way each night. The table was not marked as a smoking area but it didn't matter. I'm sensitive to smoke so I asked one of the casino managers if there was anything like a smoke free evening or if he had any ideas. He said they could not stop the smokers and there were no other options. Entertainment: The comedians were not very funny--the bus driver in Ocho Rios had a better routine. Games shows were fun but they need to modify the games like trivia so the entire audience can break into teams and participate. Alcohol tastings all came at a fee. Many passengers wanted to play bingo but were turned off at the $20 fee per card. Free/fun bingo a few times would be nice. Cabin Steward: He took good care of the room but was very difficult to understand when he spoke. He did not pay attention to the mini-bar. Fees: Nothing is free. A 15% gratuity is included for all bar drinks and sodas. The fee even applies to mini bar items although it's called a restocking fee. Excursions: We had a great time in both Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman. We did not hear any negative complaints from any of the passengers. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
We did a 5 night Bahama cruise out of Miami. Ports - Nassau, Half moon cay (cancelled), Grand Turk Room - Had an awesome wrap around balcony which was very spacious. Room size was decent, but I was expecting bigger considering it was an ... Read More
We did a 5 night Bahama cruise out of Miami. Ports - Nassau, Half moon cay (cancelled), Grand Turk Room - Had an awesome wrap around balcony which was very spacious. Room size was decent, but I was expecting bigger considering it was an upgraded "mini-suite". Ship - Some parts look and feel very old due to age of the ship. But overall, it was grand and nice. Food - Average to below average quality. Long lines at buffet, and really long waits at the dining room, missed a lot of shows/activities due to that. Server was not very friendly. They did go out of the way to accommodate my son's alllergies at the kitchen. Desserts and cock-tails were awesome everywhere. Ports - Went to Atlantis which was great. Highly recommend the Aqua-venture pass. Half moon cay was cancelled due to rough waters which was a bummer. Grand Cayman was excellent as well, took a taxi and went to a beach away from the cruise ship which was a lot less crowded. Cruise activities - One of the big production shows (Las Vegas style) was cancelled, another bummer. Other music shows were OK-ish, nothing special. Great comedy shows. Pool area was happening, OK casino. Overall, not a whole lot of things to do to spend the day. The day when Half moon cay was cancelled got boring at the sea. Room service - Excellent service, room was cleaned up multiple times a day. Free to order food from the menu. Read Less
Carnival Destiny Ratings
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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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