10th Wedding anniversary cruise - making the best of a dirty: Carnival Destiny Cruise Review by Thoc123

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10th Wedding anniversary cruise - making the best of a dirty

Sail Date: September 2012
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
My husband and I just returned from a 5 night trip on the Destiny for our 10th Wedding anniversary. Unfortunately, the ship was nothing as we expected although we did meet some really great people and we made the best of the situation. We have never cruised with Carnival before so we went into this without any knowledge of what the cruiseline/ship would be like.

The embarkation process was very smooth and painless. We decided to use the "self assist" option when we debarked as well and it was very easy. We were off the ship by 8:30am.
The staff were all very nice and helpful, although we never once set eyes on our room steward, but he/she existed because our bed was turned down every evening with the usual "towel animal of the day". We stayed on the 6th floor in a balcony room and we were pleasantly surprised by the size of our cabin and the balcony, although the decor was horribly outdated. (Who has pink sinks and toilets anymore?) There was a large amount of More storage space in the cabin which was very nice. I do wish there was some sort of ice bucket and self service area on each floor. If you wanted ice for your sodas or water, you had to go to the 9th deck (Lido) for ice and during busy times, the ice machines were empty, plus you had to carry multiple cups because you aren't supplied an ice bucket.
Another huge disappointment, was that there wasn't any type of Bon Voyage party at all the first night, I am not sure if it was because there wasnt a "Plan B" in case of rain, but I have never been on a cruise that didn't have some sort of get together party the 1st night.
There were a few options for entertainment and quite a few bar areas around the ship, although there was only 1 true "nightclub" where you could dance. Most of the entertainment came from the passengers, which is why Carnival has the "party image" that they do. I'm not complaining because as I said, it was very entertaining.
The shops were another big surprise. There are only 2 on the whole ship! The liquor / tshirt store and the jewelry/perfume store.
The casino was about the same as any other ship although it was pretty small, but that's ok because I don't cruise for the casino, so we stayed out of there.
The gym/spa was disgusting. The gym had soaking wet carpet which was literally squishing under our feet. There was probably 2 inches of standing water in the carpet everywhere around the perimeter of the gym. I'm guessing the windows were leaking. Every morning they had large dryers out trying to dry the carpets, but the smell was horrible. The spa also had roof leaks. While I was waiting for my appointment, I actually had water dripping on my head in the spa seating area. The staff was not surprised and had buckets sitting around everywhere.
Our only dining options were a 24 hr pizzeria, a buffet style fried food section on the Lido deck, a buffet style dining room with a very small selection and the assigned seating dining room (which had a nice menu). The lines were extremely long everywhere you went and the food was always cold. You would be waiting in line in the morning for up to 30 minutes just to get some breakfast. Yes we could have gone to our assigned dining room but it was very inconvenient to get to. The design of the ship is very confusing. The dining rooms were on the 3rd & 4th floor, but the galley that serviced both of them are in the middle of those floors so you had to actually go up to the 5th or down to the 2nd, walk across the ship and then go up/down again. Very confusing.
We were told the ship had undergone renovations, which isn't true. It is currently undergoing renovations in some of the cabins, including half of our floor, so very early every morning, you could hear the workers banging around.
The a/c was not working correctly for most of the cruise, some parts of the ship were so hot you felt as if you were suffocating including the Palladium Lounge, which is where the stadium seating for the large entertainment groups occurs. There were a few elderly folks that got sick because of the heat inside of the ship. 1 person actually passed out while waiting for their cabin on the 1st day, because the rooms were not ready until about a half hr before the boat left and the only waiting area with working a/c was the dining rooms, which were packed and didn't have adequate seating.
We had no hot water in our shower during the entire cruise, even though there was hot water in the sink, go figure... The toilets didn't flush correctly and at 1 point while my husband was taking a shower, sewage started coming up from the drain!
We ordered room service 3 times and only on the last morning, did it get delivered.
No request was ever denied us and we were always treated with friendliness and respect. I just expected at least a clean, odor free, leak free, mold free environment for the price that was paid. Less

Published 09/28/12

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Port and Shore Excursions

Stingray Swim

We didn't book with the ship because we were told by friends who had just returned that there were many options on the dock to book excursions that were much cheaper than doing it through the boat. By far one of the coolest things I have ever done was Stingray city and it is LOADED with stingrays. And they rub right up on you and swim around you. It's definately a must. All of the boat operators were very helpful and friendly.

Bobsled Tour

It was pretty cool. Basically just like a small roller coaster going through the woods. No complaints but we would skip it the next time.

Dunn's River Falls

We didnt book this through the ship because we didnt think we would have time to do it with our other excursions. Once we were finished with the Mystic Mountain excursion, we paid $10 p/person and was taken by bus to Dunn's River Falss (which was literally around a corner and we could have walked, but it was very hot)The extrance fee was $20 p/p. the waterfalls were very pretty and they ran onto the beach which was unique for us. You have to watch out for the locals though. They attached themselves to you as soon asyou walked through the gates and they expected a tip for anything. I went to the ladies room and when I walked out, there was a lady sitting in a chair probably about 30 feet away and she said "my tip jar is over here" I asked her what I was supposed to tip her for and she said "I'm the bathroom attendant". I laughed and informed her that maybe she should attend to the bathroom then because someone had vomitted in it and there was no toilet paper in most of the stalls.Beware of the "free beads for your beautiful wife" they are NOT FREE! and when you exit the park, you have to walk through the "craft village" which is a bunch of huts with very aggressive people attempting to get your attention so you can buy their wares. The waterfalls are worth it though, just practice saying "no thank you" about 1000 times.


The tour guides were AWESOME and very funny. They were pranksters and if you didn't watch out, they would scare the crap out of you with some of the pranks. 1 of the best times we have had in a long time. I would HIGHLY recommend it.
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