Enjoyed the Carnival Destiny: Carnival Destiny Cruise Review by trigger305

Carnival Destiny 5
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Enjoyed the Carnival Destiny

Sail Date: October 2012
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Miami
Our first cruise ever was on the Destiny to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Nassau and we enjoyed it very much and are saving up for another cruise.

We stayed at the downtown Miami Hilton the night before and took a taxi to the cruise port about 10 am so I think we avoided the crowds and boarded quickly and easily. When we woke up that morning we could even see our cruise ship outside our hotel window.

Our steward, Vilma, was very friendly and helpful and provided excellent service. Our room, 7103, had plenty of closet and drawer space. We even got Miami tv stations in during the entire cruise.

The food in the buffet was good but not great except for the melons which were perfectly ripe and delicious. The food in the main dining room was very good but sometimes was a little cold so I would suggest getting there right on time as I suspect a lot of the food is cooked at the start of the service. The service in the dining room was very good.

We went to More many of the shows and enjoyed them. They are not full scale broadway shows but were entertaining.

I think the music onboard the ship was very good. Several rooms on floor five and the center on floor three had musicians playing regularly in the evening and they were all very good and I enjoyed listening to them.

We tried to see the comedian several times but found out that we really needed to get there early to get a seat so we ended up missing him as we never got there early.

We went to the spa the first morning and got a couples massage which was wonderful. We went to the spa raffle the first night and did not win anything but did get a flyer for a good special which we took advantage of.

We also did the chef's table one night and really enjoyed it. it was 7 courses of wonderful food with wonderful service and we enjoyed talking with the chef. It also included wine and a photo and we felt it was worth the 75 pp charge. Less

Published 10/15/12

Cabin review: 4J7103 Interior

Large bathroom with rails. Could stand up and see the ocean or shore though the window. Easy access to outside deck.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Not too much here but the beach looked nice. We took a taxi to downtown. The taxi drive stopped on the way and offered a 1.5 hour tour of the island for 20 per person if 6 people in the taxi agreed to take it. We wanted to but could not enough folks in the taxi wanted to. There was not much to see downtown so I don't think I would go again but while we were there we saw a segway tour go by and it looked really cool and i wish i had done it. I notice if you go down the beach a little way past Margaritaville you leave the cruise ship area and there are some non-cruise associated restaurants, including one with internet. Margaritaville looked neat and even had a swimming pool but we did not eat or drink there.
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We went after all the assigned tender numbers were called and got ashore easily and quickly. The beach was very beautiful and we got in the water and really enjoyed ourselves. The food onshore was OK, it was mostly hotdogs and hamburgers.

Dolphin Encounter

We did the dolphin encounter at blue lagoon and really enjoyed ourselves. We did it ourselves instead of using the cruise package to save about 35.00 per person. We took a taxi to the ferry port and bought our tickets from the blue lagoon ticket office. This was a little risky as we had not prepaid and when we got off the ship at 7 am there was no one else getting a taxi and they like to fill the taxis up before leaving. We turned down a 25 dollar ride for 2 of us and after awhile someone offered us a 15 dollar ride and we took that. Once at the ferry terminal we bought our tickets and rode the ferry to blue lagoon. It was a beautiful ride. When they did the intro to the dolphin encounter they offer folks the option to upgrade to the dolphin swim and a lot of people did that. We did the encounter and they put us in a pool with a dolphin and we go to pet the dolphin, "dance" with the dolphin, hug the dolphin and get a kiss from the dolphin.
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