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50 Miami to Bahamas Carnival Destiny Cruise Reviews

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
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
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
Sail Date December 2012
My Fiancee and I had a great time on the cruise. I'll describe some of the highlights. Embarking process: this was fast and easy. We showed up about a hour before the cruise left the port so we had no lines to wait in. We were ... Read More
My Fiancee and I had a great time on the cruise. I'll describe some of the highlights. Embarking process: this was fast and easy. We showed up about a hour before the cruise left the port so we had no lines to wait in. We were allowed a bottle of wine each and that helped a bit because of the cost of drinks on board. I rate this part 10/10. Stateroom and room attendant: we decided to go with a stateroom in the lower deck and we were very happy with the cleanliness of the room. It was very clean and everything was nice. Our attendant was very nice and tentative. Remove the comforter from your bed because I saw them just reusing them on the day we left when they were cleaning other rooms. Gross! Our attendant cleaned our room twice a day and turned down our bed every night. That was pretty nice. Overall I give this a 8/10. Activities and entertainment: the evening entertainment was ver very limited and the quality was poor. The comedy club was probably the best part. We also enjoyed the casino. It was clean and well run. We thought that a day at sea was going to be fun but we were really bored. The only thing to do was either gamble, swim, eat or drink.. Ports: we landed on our first port, Grand Turk. What a pretty island. We were one of the first people on the island. The downfall is its ver small and the island pretty much relies on the cruise ships for income. We walked over to a nice little local bar called Jacks Shack and had some of the locally brewed ginger beer and a few other cocktails. We hung out there and talked to the American owner. After a while we headed over to Margaritaville. I was looking forward to Margaritaville as its suppose to be the biggest one in the world I had heard. I was looking forward to cold beer and some Buffett music. Instead it was all hip hop music and booty shaking contests. It's was very discouraging. Anyways we ate and hung out in the pool and still enjoyed our selves. I was upset that the boat departed so early but either way it was fun. The next day we were at sea all day and wished we were visiting another island. You can only drink, eat and swim so much. That night we went to the comedy club and it was pretty funny. If you are thin skinned and can't handle ethnic jokes don't go. The comedian makes fun of every race and stereotypes are meant to be funny so don't take them so seriously! On the third day we went to half moon cay. Very pretty island. It's owned entirely by the cruise line. We were discouraged to find out our excursion, scuba diving, got cancelled. So instead we reserved a spot that day at the string ray encounter. We went and the guide said the excursion was suppose to be 1 hour. Instead we only spent 20 minutes in the water. When I asked why I wasn't allowed and hour they said the hour included the time they picked us up till the time they dropped us off. Well it takes 10 minutes to get there and 10 to get back. Takes 15 minutes to get dressed and get briefed. The rest of the time you spend in a circle feeding the sting rays 1 squid. The excursion was awful. Don't take it! In terms of the island, they only fee you lunch and it's mediocre. The drinks are limited as its a partially stocked bar. But the beach here is by far better then grand Turk. The other downfall is that they have to boat every one onto the island as the cruise ship cannot dock. Overall, I wish we went to a real island. On the next and final day we went to Nassau. We immediately went to our excursion, the catamaran snorkeling cruise. This was a very fun excursion and I highly recommend it. 1 hour to get to the reef, 1 hour for snorkeling and 1 hour all you can drink rum punch on the way back. When we got back we shopped and had lunch. It was the most enjoyable island. Amenities: the ship was nice overall. I thought everything looked nice. It could use a little update. The pools suck and are small and not very nice. The club was not very nice but the dining rooms and the comedy club were nice. The buffet area looked like a run down Fur's. Casino was nice. Deembarkation: this process went super fast. They tell you to go up and wait in the lido deck but don't. You stand there with everyone and are sweating hot. Instead we stayed in our room until they called our deck. Trust me on this. It better to watch tv in the ac instead of siting up there for 2 hours. Overall I had a great time. Staff was friendly. Food was mediocre. I recommend this cruise but I wish I had more time at the ports and wish we didn't choose a day at sea. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
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 ... Read More
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 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. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
I was on Destiny back in 2008 and as she gets ready to be transformed into the new Sunshine - I was thinking that perhaps her condition had really gone south - I was pleased at the condition of the ship. The ship was very clean and looked ... Read More
I was on Destiny back in 2008 and as she gets ready to be transformed into the new Sunshine - I was thinking that perhaps her condition had really gone south - I was pleased at the condition of the ship. The ship was very clean and looked no worse than the last time I was on her. The crew was VERY good from the room steward to the waiters - everyone was really working hard to keep us happy. This was my first time cruising with a group and as I was the coordinator, I felt responsible to make sure that all went as planned. Embarkation was NOT a good experience. Got to the ship early and parked in the lot right in front of the ship. No crowds and breezed right through security and on up to check-in. I was sharing a cabin with a friend and as we got our Sail & Sign cards - we found out that she had been put on my credit card (we still don't know how that happened) - they claimed they couldn't fix it there and that once on board we would have to go to Guest Services. As I was in a hurry to get to Excursions (wanted to group our cabanas together for Half Moon Cay) I added this to our list of things "to do". Before leaving the check in desk I notice that our Sail & Sign says "early dining" - wrong. So I open up my binder and show my confirmed late dining on the reservation - which I had booked 14 months out. Grrrr - now I'm going to have to go to the Dining Room for a chat with the Matradee - at this point I'm wondering how many of our group's times are also messed up. My blood pressure was going up. We were in Zone 2 and made it up the escalator in no time only to come to a halt as only one of the photo machines was working. Once past that point we went onto the ship for the 1st ding of our Sail and Sign with security. Instead of a ding - I get a aaaannnt - now I have to wait for them to print a new card in guest relations and bring it out to the security checkpoint on the deck of the ship - oh and there were 10 people in front of me all with the same issue. By this time I am pretty angry as were the others. The time I gained by getting there early was quickly being eaten up by all the problems and delays. My friends S&S worked so she headed to Guest Relations to get off my credit card, once on I headed to Excursions where one of the other cabana renters from my group and gotten them grouped so I grabbed a beer and stood, starting the line into the dining room, I wasn't going to chance a long line and being told no. An hour later (and a nice tip) the dining issue was resolved for my group and we were given a prime table in the main area of late dining. By this time I was starving so we finally headed up to the Lido to grab some lunch only to find the buffet PACKED with lines like you wouldn't believe. Forget it. Went to my cabin around 1:20 and found it ready and all the Bon Voyage alcohol in the room so we started relaxing with a drink. The room steward got our balcony divider opened up with our friends next door and the fun began. I'd give the food a C+ - not great but not bad. It was usually not hot and one night we got cold coffee. Dessert was always good as was the lobster. I did not eat at the buffet at all. Room service coffee each morning, MDR breakfast, 1 time at the Grill, MDR for dinner or off the ship. Half Moon Cay was heaven - hate the tender thing but with a cabana we had zone 1 going over - coming back a bit of a hassle but so worth it. Rent the cabana so worth it. We never even went to the island buffet, just ate and drank our cabana snacks (fruit, veggies, dip, chips, salsa, etc.) There was bar service to the beach. The entertainment was good, we spent time in the Piano Lounge, went to the adult comedy show, the big shows, talent show and a Grease Sing along. Fun. I've never gotten off a ship as easily as this went. Zone 8 was called at 8:00 and by 8:30 I was pulling out of the parking lot. Great cruise on an older ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
I will not sail Carnival again Not once more, Sam I am. I do not like the rotten smell what it was I could not tell I do not like the food so average I do not like the lines measured in milage I do not like a bathroom leak ... Read More
I will not sail Carnival again Not once more, Sam I am. I do not like the rotten smell what it was I could not tell I do not like the food so average I do not like the lines measured in milage I do not like a bathroom leak I do not like pipes so weak I do not like such late notification I do not like the lack of coordination I will not sail Carnival again Not once more, Sam I am. This particular cruise probably would not have been the one I would have chosen, but it was given as a gift to my girlfriend and I. I went with a party of four and it was everyones first cruise, so none of us really knew what to expect. We had staterooms next to each other on the 8th floor. The rooms were nice, but not as nice as the picture were were shown prior to the cruise. The TV needs to be updated and the couch was older and a little worn out. The ship had a weird smell in certain areas. One area in particular was on the Lido deck between the Chinese food place and the buffet. It smelled like something was rotten or old. It smelled like that on the first day and I tried to avoid it that area as much as I could. Complaints: 1. We had bought the power snorkeling excursion in Grand Turk, which I was really looking forward to. It ended up getting cancelled due to weather as did some of the other excursions. Not really bad weather, just too choppy. I understand this happens. However we were supposed to get a note in the morning before we departed notifying us that it was cancelled, we didnt. We did not find out until we were waiting at the meeting area and nobody showed up. Had we known earlier we would have done a different excursion. By the time we found out everything was full and we were left with nothing to do. 2. On the 3rd night at 2:30am, the vent above the toilet began leaking water. It was Halloween and my girlfriend couldnt get anyone on the phone. It stopped after 10-15 minutes so we just went back to sleep and told the steward in the morning. This resulted in the plumbers working in our room all day from about 8:30 in the morning until after 5pm. The lady at the information desk gave us 4 drink vouchers for $5.75 which would only cover a beer, not even a mixed drinks. Neither of us are big drinkers and we ended up giving them away. We were told that this rarely happens and that the problem was fixed. 3. On the 4th night at 2:30am, the vent above the toilet starts leaking water again, only this time more water and it didnt stop after a few minutes. I called and a guy came to the room. He called the plumber and ended up offering us another room, an interior room on the 7th floor. This time the plumbers were working in our room from 2:30am until 4:30pm. We were told it would be ready by the time we gat back on the ship from Nassau, but it wasnt. Both myself and my girlfriend were very understanding of the whole thing, both days. We didnt scream or yell. We didnt want this to ruin our vacation. To make up for the 2 terrible nights carnival refunded us $42 each for a total of $84. I dont feel like this was adequate, and I think they would have offered more if we had raised more of a fuss about it. 4. The food was mediocre at best. It was like eating at a Golden Corral. The New York Deli was probably the best, but there was always a ridiculous line. In fact there were always long slow lines for all the food options. 5. The shows were terrible. Viola Paris......had to have been written by a nostalgic alcoholic that went through a period of heavy LSD use. The seaside theater was nice, but on two separate night about 30-40 minutes into the movie the dvd froze so they just restarted the movie from the beginning. What sense does that make? The best show was The Game of Love or Love Game or something Compliments: The staff was very friendly and helpful. They were the best thing about the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
This will be my husband and I third cruise but the first time for our 4 children. We're going with 7 other family members and I hope it's fun. We've sailed the bigger ships ( ie: Valor) and were just a little apprehensive ... Read More
This will be my husband and I third cruise but the first time for our 4 children. We're going with 7 other family members and I hope it's fun. We've sailed the bigger ships ( ie: Valor) and were just a little apprehensive about this one. I hope it's not clostrophobic in size I don't do well in big over whelming settings. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Our cruise started out rainy and windy and that ended up being the theme for most of the cruise. The wind made the seas pretty rough, so it was pretty miserable on board 3 out of the 5 days. Couldn't enjoy the open decks because of ... Read More
Our cruise started out rainy and windy and that ended up being the theme for most of the cruise. The wind made the seas pretty rough, so it was pretty miserable on board 3 out of the 5 days. Couldn't enjoy the open decks because of the wind and cool temps. But don't get me wrong,that didn't stop us from having a great cruise! Our room steward, Denis, took excellent care of our cabin. The buffet lines were tolerable, and the food was very good, something was always available for any palate. We had a table of 8 in the Universe dining room. Our waiter, Carlos, didn't have much of a personality, like we've had on other ships, but he got the job done. We could see that the waiters at other tables were interacting with their people a lot more, they seemed to be having more fun than we were!! The food was good, but not outstanding. Many choices, so everyone could find somethng they liked. Desserts were a little disappointing. Chocolate melting cake was on the menu every night, along with about 3 other choices. I guess none of the desserts really stood out for me. Overall, I thought the Destiny was still a beautiful ship. It was always clean, and I never noticed any bad smells. The pools were small and looked like they needed an overhaul. Hopefully, they will work on them when she finally gets her 2.0 upgrade. Our granddaughters are 7 and 9. They went to Camp Carnival the first evening for about an hour. And then a couple of hours on the first sea day. When we picked them up for lunch, they weren't interested in going back, then never did ask to go back the rest of the cruise. I don't think there was a lot of kids on the cruise, but I did see several groups doing a scavenger hunt a couple of time later in the cruise. They both totally enjoyed the shows in the theatre. They couldn't believe how fast they could change costumes and be back on the stage! Each evening, that is what they wanted to do. There was two comedians that were fair, IMO. We don't gamble, so don't have any comments on the casino. I thought Noonan, the CD, was pretty good, as was all the entertainment staff. All in all, it was a great week, I give it 5 stars! Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
This was supposed to be a family get away for my sister and her family. However, I think she needed a vacation when she got off the boat. I know I wanted to kiss the ground in Miami yesterday as well. To start off, we have used the ... Read More
This was supposed to be a family get away for my sister and her family. However, I think she needed a vacation when she got off the boat. I know I wanted to kiss the ground in Miami yesterday as well. To start off, we have used the Port of Miami before and it is definitely not my favorite to say the least. We waited in line to check-in by a machine. Then we had to wait in a line for a person to give us our sail and sign cards. Then we waited in another line to get a picture we didn't want anyways. Then we waited in a huge line on the deck of the boat to get our picture taken by ONE photographer to attach to our sail and sign card. Might I add my parents 65 & 73, had to stand as there is no provision for those who can't stand for long times. At this time we had waited an hour and half, so of course our rooms were ready. Then after checking the room out, we went to the Lido deck for a bite. Oh my goodness, there were lines everywhere. Needless to say, the lines for the buffets never changed. It didn't matter what time of day. The only bit of rest from the endless lines was the day we didn't get off the ship in Half Moon Cay. But my BIL told me there were huge lines on the island. The economy must be hitting carnival hard cause they cut back on entertainment. We always look forward to sea days but the decks were crowded with people tripping over others and lines and not much to do. We ran into the fun-force guy on the last night and we were very sad they didn't put their schedule in the caper because we never saw them perform. Maybe they are saving money on the material cause I am not getting the whole thong on the dancers thing. Or the rear view detracts from the fact they aren't keeping time with each other. As far as outdoor activities, the pools were cold but decent sized except for the depth. At least one pool should be deeper than 4-1/2'. The adult deck had kids in the pool, whirlpools, and chairs. I guess reading isn't something toddlers or parents do well. The one thing my parents like to do is sit in the jacuzzi. But it was too cold for anyone. It gradually got warmer and I heard one old-timer said carnival no longer heats them because of lawsuits from drunk people who pass out from the heat in the "hot tub". Cabin was decent and clean. The last day the toilet wouldn't flush. Apparently, the whole ship was affected. Gross! Dining staff was great, especially Dewa and Herman. They were better entertainers than the Destiny dancers. We saw the maitre'd more on this ship than any other. Kevin and the Destiny band were great. Jamal was a fantastic guitarist. Karaoke was the same people every night. Comedian were OK at best. Noonan was not the best but not the worst cruise director we have had. Nassau was the best this time cause we walked up to the tour desk in the welcome center, told him what we wanted and got a fantastic price. Best to negotiate. We got to customize what we wanted to visit. Overall, I would never do the Destiny again. I will also read the reviews very carefully on any ship this size. I felt like a herd of cattle instead of a guest. Be wary of the Destiny, unless you like lines. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
My husband and I was on this cruise for business and leisure. I am a health care provider that to re-certify I need to gain certain amounts of education in my chosen field. We receive educational credits by attending professional ... Read More
My husband and I was on this cruise for business and leisure. I am a health care provider that to re-certify I need to gain certain amounts of education in my chosen field. We receive educational credits by attending professional organizations meetings. These meetings are usually held in a hotel in a major city for several days. One of the organizations I belong to decided to have a "Learning at Sea" cruise. I thought this sounded fun, and a great way for my husband to accompany me and not be bored while I was attending the meeting. There were approximately 250 people in our group. I upgraded to a wrap around balcony, about an extra $1000. The cabin was comfortable and roomy, although a little dated, and had plenty of storage space. I didn't intend on spending much time in there. It's the balcony that I was looking forward to. Absolutely awesome! Great views, lots of space, loungers, chairs and tables. I couldn't wait to have breakfast watching the sunrise, lunch while reading a book on a lounger, romantic dinner for two, drinks at sunset etc etc Here comes the downer ... every day I received a note on the bed basically stating: please do not use your balcony from between x am and x pm. The shortest amount of time was 4 hours the most 8 hours. I went to guest services everyday, with basically the same complaint. I have paid extra money for the use of this balcony and now you are telling me I can't use it. Every day they apologized and said it wouldn't happen again, and of course it did. When I arrived home I wrote a letter to customer services and let them know how unhappy I was. I received an email back stating that they "we regret that you are upset" and stating that ships need to be cleaned and painted 365 days a year and it was for my own safety. I feel that if that is the case Carnival needs to have a note attached to the planning stages of your cruise to make you aware that "if you choose to rent this cabin you will only be able to use the balcony at certain hours of the day". Let's face if they did that would I have chose that cabin ....... NO! On a couple of the days my husband and I chose to ignore the letter, at no time did anyone come near our balcony with a paint brush or a mop! Dining. I have heard nothing but great things about cruise dining. Obviously not from anyone that had been on the Destiny. The buffet, the food looked great, but had absolutely no taste, very bland. Have you ever been to one of those $10 all you can eat buffets? I don't like those places, but the food is better than what was on offer on the cruise. We were early dining in the Universe dining room - although we were booked as "anytime" (was told they didn't see that on our booking). We were seated at a table with 2 other couples that we knew (through my organization), all had been on several cruises before, all were disappointed with the quality of the food. I was just really in a "this is really not what I had expected mode". Formal dining on this cruise was shorts and a t-shirt (as long as it had sleeves), again, not what I had expected. Entertainment. Get in line. We went to see two comedians in the comedy club. Sat down ordered a drink, comedian was on for 20 minutes, about to order another drink, when we were told to watch the second comedian we had to leave the club and line up to re-enter. I think not! To see any of the (very short) shows, we worked it out you had to be in line for a good hour plus. I think not ...... again. The piano bar was nice, but not everyday, all evening. Karaoke, all day, all evening, every night, everywhere! Why is it that many folks with really bad voices feel the need to get to a microphone and sing - no matter if it's Karaoke time or not? Casino. Small but still a casino - I shouldn't complain too much, I won $2200 on a 2c machine! But Karaoke singers there too! I didn't plan on going to any of the ports of call, I wanted to sit on my balcony, and use room service........ if I hadn't been asked NOT to use the balcony! I went to the spa for a massage, it was 10 minutes shorter than it should have been, I pointed this out to the masseuse. She said it was because she was required to tell me about all of the body lotions and potions that would help with anti aging, stress relief etc. Which of course was supposed to be the educational part of my massage. Let me add, everything she was trying to sell, nothing cost less than $80. I get a massage every couple of weeks at home, I've never had an "educational lecture" as part of my massage. 60 minutes should be 60 minutes. Overall: You could not pay me to get on board this ship again! Dirty, old, too many liars in guest services, poor entertainment, terrible food. This is the K-Mart blue light special of cruises and attracted a lot of "people cruising on the cheap". People that karaoke, all-you-can eat, and dressing in different color camouflage is living high-on-the-hog. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Just returned Saturday 11/5 from our 5 day Destiny cruise. It was myself,my wife and another couple. I will try to give some good feedback here as I have always gotten some good information from CC and appreciate every one's efforts. ... Read More
Just returned Saturday 11/5 from our 5 day Destiny cruise. It was myself,my wife and another couple. I will try to give some good feedback here as I have always gotten some good information from CC and appreciate every one's efforts. We flew into Fort Lauderdale on Sunday the day before the cruise. I had pre arranged transportation from SAS transportation, and let me say they were nothing short of great. We stayed at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa that I booked through Priceline. What an amazing place it was beautiful and everyone was very friendly. We used the trolley that stops right at the hotel $1.00 to get down to the Broadwalk for some lunch and just seeing the sights. Had lunch at Nicks right on the beach great food and service. Did some walking around and we were all getting tired so headed back to the hotel and relaxed. The weather was a little rough in Fll so SAS was a little behind picking us up from the hotel to get to the port, they did call me and let me know though which I truly appreciated. Arrived at the port around 12:15 or so dropped off bags outside, in through customs and check in was a breeze we were on the ship by probably 1:00-1:15 or so. Rooms weren't quite ready yet so we went up and had a bite to eat and a cocktail and checked out the ship a bit. Heard horror stories about the food lines but have to say through out we never really experienced anything that bad, yes there were sometimes we had a bit of a line but nothing that bad at all. Rooms were ready so we went down to check ours out we had an ocean view (2223) on main deck very roomy with a couch and plenty of closet space.One of the smartest things I did was call room service and ordered 2 bottles of Sky Vodka to make our own cocktails. $45.00 per litre bottle and let me tell you we saved a fortune on our bar bill by doing that. Just poured some in a water bottle and carried around with us to mix. Our luggage didn't arrive until around 5:30 or so much later than usual so unpacked quickly and headed to dinner for early seating. This is going to be the part of the negative comments, this was my 11th overall cruise and my wife's is close to 30 over the years she has been going since she was younger. I have to say the waiter and assistant that were assigned to us had to be the most inattentive that I have ever experienced. The asst we rarely ever saw as it seemed he was helping others or something I am not real sure. The main waiter just really seemed to not pay attention to anything, spent more time looking around at other tables and such then actually what we were saying to him. One of my biggest pet peeves is having either my water and or tea glass being empty and that happened on several occasions almost felt like I had to beg to get a drink, I think that is unacceptable. Overall just very unpersonable and I felt more like a burden than anything. The food overall was good, no major complaints would have been nice if it was a little hotter by the time we got it. Maybe they were overbooked on tables and just couldn't keep up but again not really my problem. I will end things there with that and move on. First full day was a day at sea, weather was pretty nice water was a little choppy though spent sometime out on deck soaking up some rays didn't notice the famous "chair hogging" that I have read about it was crowded but everyone seemed to playing along nicely together. After spending sometime out on deck we decided to go in and check out the shops and casino. They had a liquor sale the 1st day so I ordered 2 bottles of Captain Morgan Private Stock $34.99, here in St.Louis its around $26.00 per bottle. Hit the casino for a bit, went to see the casino host as I was supposed to have Bon Voyage gift basket in room and photo coupon neither of which we had yet. Also wife and I had some cash back rewards due I got $75.00 in cash and she got $50.00. Casino host (forgot her name unfortunately) was great super friendly and attentive. Came back and told me that gift basket would be in room by tomorrow at the latest, and it was and more. Large fruit basket, 2 large bottles of water and 3 plates of chocolate strawberries. Then a bottle of wine was sent to us at dinner also. First port stop was Grand Turk, I have to say we were amazed at this stop really wasn't expecting much from reviews that I had read but was I pleasantly surprised. This was the clearest water I have ever seen and the beach was absolutely beautiful, we did a little shopping in the few stores that are there and then made the walk down to Jacks Shack the little beach bar about 15 minute walk down the beach. The owners were great as was the food, grilled right there jerk chicken was outstanding. Wonderful personable crowd was there everyone was just laid back and having a great time I could have spent the whole day there. But back to the ship we went. Took a little nap then down to dinner, after dinner went to the show with the dancers etc it was so/so they all seem to be rather repetitive lately it seems. Left there for the piano bar, again that was so/so went over to the disco had a pretty good time there. Next stop Half Moon Cay, we were really excited about this stop as we had a cabana rented it was well worth the money spent. We had cabana #6 very nice set up with chips and salsa and fix ins, some fruit, bottled water and soda. Also included snorkel equipment. What a beautiful beach and crystal clear water we had an absolute blast there, maybe a few to many cocktails but still a great time. The only downside to this was there was mass confusion on tender tickets in the morning that had new crew running it and was chaos for a while but it all eventually worked out. On to the last stop Nassua, this was the only sub par port as far as I am concerned we did some shopping and had lunch at Sharkees right outside the port area. I thought overall the area was dirty and rather smelly, just really didn't enjoy this stop. Maybe had we ventured out further it would have been different. In closing we had a great trip, I am a firm believer in a vacation is what you make of it if you go into it expecting a bad time you will probable have one. This was my first time on the Destiny and after reading a lot of reviews I wasn't real clear on what to expect. But overall the ship was nice and clean maybe a little dated but still worth it. The set up was nice and with the way it is spread out never really felt crowded or cramped. My wife and both were lucky enough to win some money in the casino so whenever we did we would go down and pay some cash on our on board account so by the last night we paid it down to zero and came back with close to the amount of cash that we took. I hope this review was helpful to any that are sailing on the Destiny I am more than happy to answer any questions I may have overlooked as I really appreciated all the other reviews and advice I got from Cruise Critic Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
This makes the second cruise my family of 6 has taken aboard the Destiny. Shes a great ship and has lots to offer everyone. My husband and I with 3 of our children stayed in a inside cabin(8183) and my 4th child stayed with my father in ... Read More
This makes the second cruise my family of 6 has taken aboard the Destiny. Shes a great ship and has lots to offer everyone. My husband and I with 3 of our children stayed in a inside cabin(8183) and my 4th child stayed with my father in cabin 8177 which is a balcony cabin. Having 5 to a cabin is a bit cramped so I think next time we will split 3 to a cabin. The MDR was clean and the food was good. We chose YTD and liked the flexibility of dining between 5:30 to 9:30.The lido buffet food was ok but enjoyed the other food option as well. The 24hr ice-cream was a hit with the kids and my father. Room service was good and on time every morning. We enjoyed the CD Kevin Noonan which is very funny and has added a whole new level of entertainment to the Destiny Ship. The comedy shows and game shows were great and must enjoyed. Our port stops were Grand Turk,Half Moon Cay and Nassau.We love the Half Moon Cay private island. I think we enjoyed it the most of the of all the ports. Grand Turk was great too but we did not care for Nassau as you can not tour Atlantis without paying 69.00 per person and 129.99 per person to use the pools. The excursions if purchased from the ship are a lot higher so if you are going to tour Atlantis purchase through Atlantis because it will save you money. Already in the process of looking to cruise with CCL for our 2012 family vacation. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Let me start by saying that my husband and I were not the only people that wanted to go home on this cruise. The islands were nice, but just seeing that Carnival Destiny ship staring at us from the ocean made us both want to cry - we did ... Read More
Let me start by saying that my husband and I were not the only people that wanted to go home on this cruise. The islands were nice, but just seeing that Carnival Destiny ship staring at us from the ocean made us both want to cry - we did not want to get back on. The food was pretty much terrible (though dinner was ok). I felt so claustrophobic on the ship (ok maybe that is my fault, I don't know), got lost a lot (we spent an hour looking for some sushi bar that was on the ship map, but did not actually exist - it was like a one time mobile thing). The staff really didn't seem to want to be there. I was sick and tired most of the time (even with my sea bands on), because the ship was rocking so bad. We really didn't get to see any of the shows (like I said we got lost quite a bit looking though) - and there didn't seem to be anything really appealing, except a comedy show that was ok, but we had to sit on the floor for it because it was so crowded. The overall ship was somewhat like a crappy old hotel, with an equally crappy casino. The people on the boat (including some from our group of 18) said that this was a bad cruise compared to Royal Caribbean. I liked the 9th floor lido deck, which was the only place I didn't feel completely ill. I never vomited on the cruise so I don't really think I was sea sick or anything. We took an eco-tour in Half Moon Cay where we rode on a glass bottom boat and I didn't feel ill there at all. The drinks on the ship did not seem water-downed to me, that was a plus. The man who cleaned our cabin was nice and made lovely towel animals - so that was the other plus. I have talked to people who say that Carnival is the bottom line for cruises and that I shouldn't be turned off by the concept based on this cruise, but I am - the thought of getting on a ship again makes me sad. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
This cruise was a total riot from start to finish. We started at the Marriott Biscayne Bay where most of the cruisers stayed before we left port on Thursday so the party started early...the band performed an acoustic sail away concert (no ... Read More
This cruise was a total riot from start to finish. We started at the Marriott Biscayne Bay where most of the cruisers stayed before we left port on Thursday so the party started early...the band performed an acoustic sail away concert (no makeup)which was a perfect send off. Sixthman did a great job setting up activities throughout the 4 days from trivia parties, look alike and costume contests to photo sessions with the band (that was a little crazy though--very rushed). I would compare the cruise to a Star Trek convention for KISS fans...people from all over the world and walks of life. The people watching was almost worth the price of admission! The ship (Destiny) is getting old but was fine for this partying group. This was my first cruise on Carnival. I've taken many cruises though not recently so was somewhat surprised that the elaborate dining room and menu have been taken over by huge buffet lines---which was fine for this theme cruise--but the one night our group ate in the dining room, the food was basically from the buffet except for a few options. I found the food overall to be bland, fatty meat, unexciting and the desserts weren't worth the calories. If you are on any kind of special diet (gluten-free or vegan), forget it. They offered sugar-free desserts for diabetics which i guess is nice. We booked one shore excursion through Carnival to swim with the dolphins in Nassau. When we met that morning, we were given very little information from the people running the excursion as to what certain things on our wristbands meant, the walk to the boat shuttle was very long and difficult for flip flop wearers, and they walked you though ramshackle tent shops on the way. The people at the dolphin swim acted like our presence was an imposition but they kind of warmed up as the excursion proceeded. We had 2 stops---Half Moon Cay which was very nice and great beach and Nassau which i had been to about 15 years ago and it's still more rundown than i remember. I booked a 75 minute Top to Toe massage for the day at sea and it was nice. I also like to spa and on a 1-10 scale, this was probably a 4 but they did their best. The best part---the concerts and being in such close confines with the band. The worst part--Nassau!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
We sailed on the Destiny on 10/17. We had a great time. There were four of us. Two adults and 10 year old son and 14 year old daughter. First I would like to say we have found most of the reviews and the info on the boards to be right on. ... Read More
We sailed on the Destiny on 10/17. We had a great time. There were four of us. Two adults and 10 year old son and 14 year old daughter. First I would like to say we have found most of the reviews and the info on the boards to be right on. You also have to realize that some people will never be happy and some people will have unrealistic expectations. I'm not going to cover every detail. There are enough other reviews out there that cover just about everything you need to now. I'm just going to cover some highlights and differences we noticed. This was our 9th Carnival cruise and we have had a great time each time. There have been some minor complaints but that's it. We go expecting to have a great time and we do. We had two balcony cabins on deck 7 and didn't have any "interesting" smells. We didn't see rust on the ship ( and I really looked after reading review complaining about the rust) and everything was clean. The carpet in the hallways is really showing is age but they kept everything clean. There was a difference between cabins one of them had an old TV the other had a Flat screen and one of the cabins had lose cabinet doors and poorly patched holes in the wall by the balcony door. The binder with ship info and the room service menu is gone. Now you just get a piece of paper with some info on it and the room service menu is on the back. One of our cabins was in great shape with a flat panel TV and our cabin next door had an old TV and poorly patched holes in the wall by the balcony door. It also had very loose half hanging doors to some of the cabinets. We never saw the room steward but he did an excellent job cleaning our cabins. A couple of time he forgot ice and we had to call room service. This was a first for us. The new menu was fine and we tried some of the new items like Gator tail and a couple of others. For the first time we had a terrible head water and his assistant wasn't any better. The tables around us with different waiters had quicker and much better service. The food at the buffets was good and the food on the lido by the pools was the same as always. Hey Carnival it's time to add something different beside hamburgers, hotdogs and chicken strips. I think "Showtime" was cheesier than ever but I'm not a fan of having the waiters sing and dance. We had a magician come by our table one night and he was amazing. We noticed that tables were not cleaned as quickly as normal on the lido deck and there were fewer drink waiters on the lido deck. All of this seems to be a result of Carnival cutting back on crew. Nassau as the same as always except the straw market is not next to the docks because of storm damage. The new straw market looks very nice and like it should be open any day now. We usually find better prices in the stores compared to the straw market. What happened to locally made goods? We had a short stop and Senor Frog's and it was fun as always. We did the Black Beards beach and swim with the sting rays excursion outside of the ship. "Black Beards" island needs lots of repairs since the last storm and there were only 3 sting rays but we and a good time. Nassau seemed cleaner than normal and we didn't get hassled as much leaving the cruise area. We did have fun cheering on the runners from our balcony as they were bringing in the gangway. Half Moon Cay: this is usually our favorite beach stop. It was raining when we arrived so we decided to have a leisurely morning and wait for the rain to stop. The ship had to reset it's anchor 4 times. Once we decide to go ashore we got our number and after waiting 1 hour they announced it was too rough to get off of the ship and they would only be bring passengers back to the ship. The sky cleared and their we were 300 yards from the beach and could only look at the island. Oh well you can't control the weather and we made the most of the day on the ship. Grand Turk: Is it me or did liquor prices go up here? We rented a golf cart from Nathan and the four of us explored the island. We had a blast. The kids found Conch shells and big pieces of coral on a deserted beach. We had fun on the dirt roads dodging pot holes. We drove to the other side of the island and to the light house. Great views from the light house grounds. The light house is under renovation. There is a very small gift shop and a snack bar with cold beverages. They also have very clean restrooms. Just remember they drive on the left side of the road! All of the other drives were friendly and would wait until we could pull over to pass. The golf cart was well used and was hard to start after our second stop. But we had an excellent and would do it again. We stopped at Jack's shack on the way back to the ship. The kids went snorkeling and had a blast. We enjoyed the beach. Jack's has excellent drinks and the Jerk Chicken was excellent. We had sent an email asking for Conch and they had fresh cracked conch. Once you have fried conch you will never want conch fritters again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
I cruised with my daughter and her boyfriend on the Destiny last month. We had such a great time! I love this ship and our cabin location was perfect. I'll break down the review below. Embarkation - Very smooth, we had an early ... Read More
I cruised with my daughter and her boyfriend on the Destiny last month. We had such a great time! I love this ship and our cabin location was perfect. I'll break down the review below. Embarkation - Very smooth, we had an early ride and arrived at the port around 10:30. We were given our zone number and we hung out in the waiting area until we were called. We were called around 11:30 and were one of the first groups on board. We went to the buffet to grab lunch and went to explore the ship. Ship - They have a big screen on the Lido deck - there are movies played on it in the evening. I didn't see any of them, but I did watch the news when I went to get my cup of coffee each morning. There are 3 pools, but it seemed that whenever I want to the pool in the back of the ship it was closed for some reason. I did discover that they have strawberry ice cream in the machine in this area though:-) The ship is very clean, and well maintained. I did occasionally smell the "sewer odor" that I've read about on other reviews; it was in a couple of the common areas and didn't really bother me. Cabin - We had cabin 1001 on the Spa Deck. Loved the cabin and location. Couple of things to be aware of when booking on the Spa Deck on this ship. The balconies are not covered so you will get full sun. Unless you have one of the first two cabins forward, people on the deck above can see directly into your balcony. (There is an overhang of about 10 inches.) Above my cabin there was a wind barrier that prevented anyone from looking down into my balcony. The location was great - close to the lido deck and buffet area. We had ample room to store all our "stuff". The only noise issue I had was one night when there were kids running back and forth on the deck above. Other than that it was very quiet. Right outside our cabin was the door leading to the Spa. A couple of times I went there to use the shower - they're huge!!!! I didn't notice much difference in movement between the front of the ship where our cabin was to the back where we had dinner each evening. Food - All the meals we had in the main dining room were wonderful. The service is great. We had early seating (6:00). My daughter's boyfriend had chocolate melting cake every night - he was hooked! The chilled fruit soups were amazing. We had breakfast and lunch at the buffet. The grill had the best hamburgers! My only complaint on the buffet is the yellow stuff they try to pass off as scrambled eggs. Yuck.... Activities - There is so much to do but so little time (and energy!). We did see both shows and enjoyed them both. We also saw the magician - one of the highlights of our trip! We did spend a little time in the casino - I did come ahead $13 on the slot machines. Saw Karaoke a couple of times also. With 3 ports of call in a row we were pretty wiped out by 10 each evening. There's a lot that happens after that time so if you're a night owl there's plenty to do. Grand Turk - We got off early and hung out on the beach and the pool at Margaritaville. Never made it to Jack's Shack:-( There were plenty of beach chairs to go around and lots of places in the shade also. Half Moon Cay - My favorite port....it's a little piece of heaven on earth! Even with the vegetation damage this place is beautiful. The water is a gorgeous turquoise and the sand is like powder. We decided to splurge and reserved a cabana. It was worth every cent! It was so nice to have our own shower to rinse off the salt water. The cabana came with fresh fruit, vegetables, salsa, chips and dips as well as 8 sodas. There was also towels, snorkeling equipment and floating mats. We were pretty far down from the action so it was not as crowded. We never made it to the lunch area - we had enough snacks to last us and we were content to stay where we were. It was nice to have a cool place for my daughter to rest (health issues). Nassau - We took the local bus (#10 jitney - $1.25 per person) to the Sheraton and got a day pass there. We rented jet skis and had a blast! On our way back to the ship we were going to do our shopping but as soon as we stepped foot off the bus the sky opened up and it poured. We thought it would be one of those quick rains but no such luck. It didn't show any signs of stopping so we started back to the ship. By the time we got back we were drenched - as we boarded they handed out towels (thank you!). The thunderstorm lasted a couple of hours. Debarkation - We did self assist and took our own luggage off the ship. We took our time and got off the ship around 9:15 since our ride wasn't going to be there until 9:30. All in all we had a wonderful time and would not hesitate to cruise on the Destiny again! Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
My DH and I took this cruise as a birthday gift to ourselves. We have only ever cruised with Carnival and are happy with the quality of cruise experience we receive for the amount we pay. We would rather cruise every year or so on Carnival ... Read More
My DH and I took this cruise as a birthday gift to ourselves. We have only ever cruised with Carnival and are happy with the quality of cruise experience we receive for the amount we pay. We would rather cruise every year or so on Carnival than have to wait and cruise less often on a more "upscale" cruise line. We are not hard to please but not pushovers either. I surprised my husband by upgrading us to a balcony room as a surprise birthday gift to him. This was our first balcony as we have always had ocean view in the past. It was wonderful!! We spent many hours out on the balcony and propped the door open a few nights while we slept. It was such a relaxing sound! I never once smelled the "sewer" smell others have written about and while the ship is older, it is well maintained. We had excellent service from our steward Richard and from waiters Nillson and Julius Cesar . We had anytime dining and loved it. New table mates every night. We met some fascinating people! The new menu was just introduced on the ship a few weeks prior. While there were a few of my favorites missing, there was plenty to choose from and everything was delicious. I don't understand how people can complain about the food being bad on these ships. Someone is waiting on me, cooking for me and cleaning up after me. I certainly don't expect 5star restaurant food when I'm paying $100 /night total for room and board. If I was paying what Disney charges for a cruise I would certainly expect it! PORTS OF CALL We spent the day in Grand Turk laying on a lounge chair under a palm tree and swimming in the pool at Margaritaville. Heaven on earth. If you want to save a few bucks on beer walk down the beach a short distance and they had beer for $2 you'll see the sign- its huge! The next day was Half Moon Cay W did the stingray adventure and rented a clamshell on the beach. Be sure to get off the ship early and rent a clamshell early as they go very fast! The stingray adventure was average but ok for the nominal price they charged. Stingray city in grand cayman is much more enjoyable. It is hot on half moon cay and if you can afford it definitely rent a cabana. We did that on a past visit when we brought our kids and it is well worth the money Nassau. We have been here several times and it is a port we could take or leave. I booked an Excursion to blue lagoon beach on my own and saved about $30 per person as compared to booking through the cruise line Blue Lagoon is a quiet island and you can always find a hammock away from everyone else and just relax. The water was beautiful and the food they served at the included lunch was typical grill fare and was included in the price ENTERTAINMENT We went to two comedy club shows and they were very good. Get in line early because these shows are very popular. We went to a few seaside movie showings outside and both got rained out before they ended. It is hurricane season! Overall this was a great cruise. So glad we got to experience a balcony room and we met some great people. We are fortunate we can afford to cruise about once a year and we try not to sweat the small stuff. Instead of being mad they took a few of my favorites off the menu it forced me to try a few new things and now I have some new favorites! (chocolate melting cake is still there every night)! Just remember how hard these people are working to make your vacation memorable and remember this is a VACATION! Enjoy yourself Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Back in January I booked this cruise with our son and dil and her parents....I started to do some research after they talked us into it and to be honest after reading so many reviews here I was a little uncertain we had made a good ... Read More
Back in January I booked this cruise with our son and dil and her parents....I started to do some research after they talked us into it and to be honest after reading so many reviews here I was a little uncertain we had made a good choice......however we have always loved to cruise and believe we alone will decide how we perceive the experience...it's a choice So saying that......for a few weeks prior to our cruise there were some storms....Irene, Katia, Lee that made our cruise destination somewhat uncertain....so we on our cruise critic call started to call it Destiny Unknown....a term that proved that our CC group were obviously NOT the type to be whiners....but had a more adventurous attitude to life......a great start. With Katia in the eastern carribean and Lee in the gulf.....we had no where to go earlier in the week, but as our cruise day dawned.....it was a beautiful day in Miami........in fact the weather the entire 5 days was exceptional..........very hot infact...and we went to all our originally selected ports... Embarkation.....painless..but we have VIP...and our kids did not but it still didn't take them too long we just had a beautiful place to sit down and relax.....however......the welcome Lemonade was not there on this day..an oversight maybe.. We decided to wait for the rest of the family before entering the ship to get the "picture"...so we got on later than normal for us.......and once entering we went straight to the shore excursion desk to pick our "cabana" on Half Moon Cay.....we had our sights on a particular one.....which as it turns out on of our cc friends picked first...good luck to them.....and while in line someone called out my name as she recognized me from the cc roll call my kids were surprised.....but that is how the entire cruise went.. So we went up to Lido deck for lunch....it was packed and the seats were filled to capacity.....for me it was crowded for our kids they thought it was less empty than normal for them......so it depends on your perception.....always...but the food choices while buffet they were good and there was something for everyone.....if not then you are picky...that's all I will say When we got to our room an inside on the 7th floor we were very impressed.... very large and our room steward "Joseph" was amazing......throughout the trip.. We always do late dining as it gives time from shore excursions etc to have a rest and get ready.....however I will add at this point if you want to see the shows at later times or even catch some of the more popular shows you will have to pick early dining...as we missed lots of the shows we usually like to catch....many did anytime dining...I always love the interaction with the same dining room staff so I didn't want to do that... The ship had some bad reviews regarding being dated....scrap that...I saw only one are of carpet that needed some attention.....and it was an area that had a lot of traffic........I will say that the bar area in the aft bar while positioned nicely for the cruisers....really didn't do well for the staff.the full afternoon sun burned down on them and they were still friendly and it was very hot this week....I think Carnival should buy some sort of shade cloth to make a canopy over it for them.....and I'm going to mention it to John Heald on his blog...... Otherwise the only other concern I had was the timing in the dining room.....there were great lengths between courses..which might ordinarily be good for digestion...but these were more lengthly than normal.......and the staff seemed stressed...normally you have time to form friendships with them, but not this cruise...they were still nice....just didn't have the time for the chitchat...stuff...they were definately.....at their capacity.....did the chef's table the last night and found out one reason...the galley is very long and narrow on this class of ship and so they can only allow one dining room in at a time...hence the wait......and now that I see the interaction isn't as usual I might try the anytime dining option next cruise.....just sayin..... Chefs table.....only reason I did it was because some of my CC friends were and I loved being with them....the food choices somewhat scared my picky pallette...........OK...you have to do this.....the food was amazing....I was totally blown away and the entire experience was great....we even had a magician come to the table and he was amazing......how did he do what he did?....I analyze everything but couldn't figure it out..it was good fun... We did not go to too many shows as our dining room times didn't really coincide with them......but what we did do were fun...the staff where always fun.....always friendly......the casino dealers were awesome...very interactive which makes for fun even when you lose.........I will add that the first night one of the pit bosses was very serious looking and I told him we needed to see him smile and proceeded to show him how to do it.....he laughed and continued throughout the cruise.....he ended up being very funny....I totally believe YOUR interaction with others will decide how it will continue... This was an awesome cruise and we made some great CC friends...I wish you all the same luck......but always remember YOU make your vacation.....don't sweat the small stuff..........this was a good cruise with awesome destinations....go.....do it you won't regret it... I would add that HMC did have a lot of vegetaion damage and it was sad to see but the water was amazing as usual... Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
We just completed our cruise on the Destiny which sailed 8/7 to 8/15 to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Nassau. We truly had a wonderful time and a great cruise experience. My husband is disabled with MS and walks with either a cane ... Read More
We just completed our cruise on the Destiny which sailed 8/7 to 8/15 to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Nassau. We truly had a wonderful time and a great cruise experience. My husband is disabled with MS and walks with either a cane or walker. We decided to bring his walker. On embarkation day, he was offered a wheelchair (we waited about 1/2 hour for one to show up). Once he was placed in the wheelchair, the attendant/crew member wheeled him right through security (with the rest of us following him), and we were brought to the checkin to get our sail and sign cards and then immediately brought right onto the ship and directly to our cabins..we had 2 insides..2287 and 2279 on the main deck/aft which we liked due to it's close proximity to the elevator/stairs which was just below the main dining room, and also convenient to buffet and aft area of the lido. Our cabins were very clean and the beds were soooo comfy. We found it to be ample space for two people in a cabin. Our steward was Patrick who kept up our room perfectly. The bathroom was slightly small but the shower was large. There was no sofa or arm chair in the cabin, but a stool under the vanity. There was no fridge or minibar, but they did have a large bottled water which you could buy if opened, which we did (the one bottle lasted me all week as I just needed a little water at night to take some meds). We found the food in the main dining room very very good (there were a couple of "misses" on some of the dishes, but we did order more than one entree and if one wasn't up to par, the other one was excellent). I really enjoyed the appetizers and the chilled soups..in particular, the strawberry bisque was excellent. Our waiters were Alfredo and Michelle who took very good care of us. We chose the late seating which worked out fine for us. We are used to eating later...and we also liked to take a rest/nap late afternoon or early evening. We ordered room service a couple of times which came promptly or early. We did find the lido buffet somewhat lacking in selection. The food was just "ok". Lunch on embarkation day left us with horrible long long lines due to the rainy weather that had everyone inside vs. being outside on deck). DH couldn't even navigate with his walker in the buffet as there was no room getting around chairs and tables, but a crew member came right up to him and took him to the front of the line. We ate there another night..no lines then. They really didn't have a great selection, but the food just "ok". They did have a decent salad bar and had a lot of nice dessert selections. We had once "at sea" day and enjoyed that very much. It got crowded out by the pools but you could find a spot somewhere. We grabbed a few chairs from the stack and made our own spot near the band under the large screen. The pools were crowded, but not unbearable. My son and I enjoyed the slide, but that line was sooo long so we only went down once. My daughter and I also went to the afternoon tea, which was very nice and quiet and peaceful which was held on the top level in the main dining room all the way aft..a very lovely view of the wake. They came around with a cart that had some cakes and mini pastries. There was a pianist playing nice music as well. It was not your fancy "high tea", but it was still very enjoyable and I do recommend it. We also enjoyed the "las Vegas style" show in the Paladium Theater. It was nice and had talented singers and dancers. The costumes were nice and similar to what showgirls would wear in Las Vegas reviews, but not raunchy at all..instead very tasteful. Another night we went to the talent show and thought it was fantastic...we had very talented passengers onboard. Our cruise director was Trevor Block who had a nice personality. There seemed to be a lot going on all around the ship and I did like the fact that the ship was "lively" at night. There were 800 kids on board of all ages and I found the ship to be very family friendly which I also liked. I found the ship to be very clean and in very good shape despite it's age. I do recommend if you are a group or family with kids and decide to split up, be sure to specify a "meeting time and place". On the first day at sea, the kids decided to sleep in a bit while DH and I walked around the ship. They spent hours trying to find us and I them. We were going in circles. I felt bad. From that point on, we made sure to have meeting time/place. One other thing..beware of some of the "jewelry and watch sales" onboard. They are not of the best quality. DH said the watch sales was a joke as he had seen those same watches in our local discount store..for a lot less. Just be careful what you are buying. We did like their two for $20 sale of tshirts,hats and large straw bags. We tried to watch a movie one night in Criterion Lounge, but people kept leaving the door opened (even though we tried to keep it shut) and the music from Kareoke next door made it difficult to hear the movie. I think they should have the movie elsewhere. On disembarkation, we called for a wheelchair, and a crewmember came in about 20 minutes. He took DH and the rest of us to the lounge as we waited for our number to be called and he waited with us. He took DH to customers where he had to switch wheelchairs since that one belonged to Carnival. I do want to say that if you are disabled and in a wheelchair/scooter or use a walker, you just need to learn to navigate the ship and find out where all elevators are, etc. and allow a little extra time to get here or there, etc. Overall, I would recommend the Destiny to anyone. We had a wonderful vacation and would sail again on her. We felt Carnival delivered an excellent cruise vacation for a very affordable price. Some of the onboard items were pricey..the photos being very overpriced even though I did buy a handful of them. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Overall, our cruise on The Destiny was quite enjoyable. I know nothing is free, but I always hear that cruising is cheap and that wasn't my experience. I booked 2 cabins, 1 interior, 1 w/balcony, cost $4000. Then, Southwest Airlines ... Read More
Overall, our cruise on The Destiny was quite enjoyable. I know nothing is free, but I always hear that cruising is cheap and that wasn't my experience. I booked 2 cabins, 1 interior, 1 w/balcony, cost $4000. Then, Southwest Airlines wouldn't take my Rapid Rewards coupons and plane fare for 4 to Miami, roundtrip, was $2300. So, I'm in for $6300 before we've stepped foot on the boat. Even that would be fine, but I went up to the first bar on board, ordered 2 Miller Lites and got a bill for $13.00. Later, I ordered a margarita and it was $8.75. Now, come on, you've already got our money, there's no reason to rob us at the bar, too. After 5 days, we got our final bill for onboard charges and it was $1000, for drinks, $200 in gratuities and $200 for photos. OK, so, I chose to take a family cruise on a family-oriented cruise line, but if that's the case, why am I paying so much for everything? But, on the positive side, the food was magnificent. Every night in the dining room was wonderful. The service was fantastic, the wait staff definitely aims to please. I don't know why you're supposed to tip the maitre'd, though. I don't think we ever saw him. I did extra-tip our head waiter, though. He did all the work, plus magic tricks at the table every night, dancing on the rails, remembered our names, our drinks, etc. His name was "K", stood for something hard to pronounce. The entertainment onboard was fantastic. Vegas-style shows, dancing singing, all first class. Great comedians, especially John Wesley Austin, hilarious. They did put on a "Return Passengers" party, in the theatre, with free drinks, so I guess I shouldn't gripe about drink prices. LOL. The cruise director, "Noonan" was great. Next to the captain, he runs the whole darn show. You see him emceeing contests, doing comedy routines, turn on your TV and he's telling you how to embark, disembark, what's going on every day. You see him all over the ship helping people, talking to everyone. He tells you to greet everyone you see with a big "Hello", and says to greet him with "Hello, Noonan!", ala "Hello Newman!" from "Seinfeld". The casino was wonderful, just like Las Vegas. very professional, no weird "cruise rules". Well, except "cashing out" on the machines. You might as well keep playing till you run out of money. There is no "cash out" button. I had to push the "service" button. A waiter came by, had to go get a pit boss, who showed me how to insert my cruise card, set up a pin number, and put my "winnings" on it. I said "So it's deducted off my bill?'. He said "No, you have to take it to the cashier, who will give you your money, So I go to the cashier, give her my card. She gives me a paper to sign, and finally gives me my $7.50. There are photographers everywhere, always ready to take your picture. The photos are top-quality, but cost $20 for an 8x10, so be ready. The photographers are very nice, professional. Went to play bingo once and found out it costs $20 to play. Guess that counts as "gambling expense". The cabin cleaning crew was fantastic. They always remembered my name, all greeted me with a smile. Every time I left my room,when i returned, my room was cleaned, the bed made. I know they dod this at least twice a day, always leaving chocolates and a towel shaped like an animal. Pretty cool. Carnival tells you that you can bring on 1 bottle of wine per adult, but is picky about it. OK, my brother did try and bring on 2 bottles of bourbon which were confiscated and held. But he did say that while he was down there being scolded, he saw that they had turned down a bottle of "MD 20/20 (C'mon, it IS wine, although 20 % alcohol, and a bottle of Sangria (guess you can't bring in a whole gallon). Then,on board, they try and sell you wine @ 3 bottles for $98. So, again, all in all, we had a great, expensive time. Carnival tries hard to make sure you have a fun cruise. I'd do it again, but next time I will try and get a better rate and sneak on a bottle of booze. Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
This was our 16th cruise, 13th with Carnival. We have 3 additional cruises currently booked. We fly from WA state for every cruise. Carnival does it right. Beds are awesome ! The quality of service, food, activities, drinks is an excellent ... Read More
This was our 16th cruise, 13th with Carnival. We have 3 additional cruises currently booked. We fly from WA state for every cruise. Carnival does it right. Beds are awesome ! The quality of service, food, activities, drinks is an excellent value. We want to cruise 2-3x a year. We don't want to pay a lot more and cruise less. A couple suggestions for Carnival in these economic times 1) add more varied port options 2) lower picture prices and/or have combo packs that are savings! Passengers would end up buying more if they didn't feel gauged and you would make more $$$ overall Destiny: great ship, nice comfortable rooms, staff for most part is very friendly. Our room steward disappointed us.... was worse we had in 13 cruises. Dining staff were exceptional. Liked the cruise director, he was not 'corny' like a lot are. Ports; We visited Half Moon, Nassau & Grand Turk. This is an excellent 5 day cruise. Half Moon is amazing, Nassau ok, go direct to Atlantis and buy your water pass. The slides, beach, grounds at Atlantis are worth $110, Grand Turk is fun. If you snorkel do it right by ship. Snorkel out to buoy line. You go from standing water to 100ft drop ! It's eerie but a need to experience. Margarita-ville is always fun. This one has HUGE pool, only 3-4ft deep. Swim up bar. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
BACKGROUND: My wife and I are in early 50s', we drove to Miami from Naplesfor a quick cheap getaway. EMBARKATION: Smooth, quick. Parking was across from pier. CABIN: WE had an outside cabin that was spacious and clean. ... Read More
BACKGROUND: My wife and I are in early 50s', we drove to Miami from Naplesfor a quick cheap getaway. EMBARKATION: Smooth, quick. Parking was across from pier. CABIN: WE had an outside cabin that was spacious and clean. The steward, Niel from Jamaica was very friendly and pleasant. Did a great job. DINING: Expect a Dennys' type menu at sea. Very dissapointed in quality and variety. I think I've had better food at the Waffle House. SHIP: Showing her age. Felt like I was inside a big pinball machine. Was tacky and gaudy compared to other more elegant ships I've been on on more upscale lines. The crowd was young and rowdy. Lots of drinking, yelling, cursing amongst passengers who were mostly in 20s', early 30s. ENTERTAINMENT: Shows were corny and tacky. Walked out of a way over the top XXX comedian. Is this what Carnival wants to represent them? Did like the piano bar and rock band. Cruise director Brent Lowery was very stiff and boring. Seems like he wishes he were a professional entertainer. Other cruise staff were friendly and tried hard to please. EXCURSIONS: Expensive. You can do them a lot cheaper on your own without other rowdy passengers. DISEMBARKATION: Smooth. We carried off our own luggage. OVERALL: Good cruise if I were 20 years old and in college. Otherwise, will stick with more upscale lines. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
My husband and I sailed on the Destiny January 24 - 29 for a respite from family responsibilities and to get some sun. We booked late and were more interested in a get-away than a particular ship or itinerary. This was the first ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on the Destiny January 24 - 29 for a respite from family responsibilities and to get some sun. We booked late and were more interested in a get-away than a particular ship or itinerary. This was the first time we sailed on Carnival. We have cruised on NCL, HAL, RCI, and Celebrity. The last two cruises were on Celebrity. Overall, we were very impressed with the whole experience. We drove to the port and parked in off port parking for $10 day. The slowest part of the embarkation was the security check before heading up to the check in area on the 2nd floor. Once in the Carnival area, we were directed to the kiosks for check-in and then to the sail and sign card pickup area. We were in the Sun and Sea Restaurant by 1:00 p.m joining the hundreds of others looking for food. There are three sets of elevators on the ship. Once you figure out where your cabin is located and that Deck 5 has all the public rooms, it is easy to get around. This was the biggest ship we have been on and I was concerned about being overwhelmed. That was not the case. We were in 6-135, a starboard forward balcony cabin. It was set up with a queen bed. The room had an upper berth which we did not use. I was impressed with the size and layout of the cabin. There were two separate storage areas with shelves and one with drawers besides the two closets. Another closet had the life vests and safe. The counter top area over one set of shelves and drawers provided more space than I have seen in other cabins. We had a couch and small table in front of the couch too. The mattress is thicker than some cruise ships. There are two pillows per person as well as the duvet covered with a sheet. The towel animals were wonderful and we enjoyed them even it we were two retired people with white hair. I looked forward to them every night. The towels were of good quality and a nice size. The bathroom has a regular size sink (although it is pink). The toilet is at an angle from the sink. The shower is larger than many and you can bend over and pick up a bar of soap if necessary. The hand held shower is always a plus. Shampoo and body wash containers are mounted in the shower. Our cabin steward was cheerful, competent, and personable. I was on-board to relax and that I did. We had room service the first morning which was delivered on time. The coffee was hot and plentiful. We had good dinner companions and the waiter and assistant were very good. The food was good and of ample variety. Carnival favorites were always available. I finally tried the flat iron steak after others ate it over the 5 days. It was excellent. I always like the smooth cream soups. We ate breakfast in the dining room most mornings and enjoyed meeting new people with the open seating. If you want to really eat hardy, the buffet is the way to go. We did the breakfast buffet one morning. That requires a little more work getting in line and moving to different stations for some items or getting coffee and juice. You may have to hunt a little for a table during busy times. We opted for the New York Deli for lunch one day. My cooked to order Reuben was a good choice. Hamburgers, hot dogs and fries were available at the Grill at the starboard aft deck 9. Pizza is available on the port side. I stayed on board during the Half Moon Cay stop and enjoyed quiet and very good pizza. The Happy Valley stop for Chinese food is on the starboard side of the buffet restaurant. We watched the Nightclub Express show the second night. There were 13 dancers and two singers. They were good! My husband enjoyed the Paris revue one night. Unlike some cruise lines, there was not a show very night but there were audience participation events in the show lounge every night. We attended the early comic shows and I laughed. We did not stay up for the "adults only" program. We never made it to the outdoor movies. Elegant night is not as dressy as our experience on the Celebrity. I didn't see any Tuxes but several women were in long dresses or cocktail dresses. Some men were in dockers and golf shirts. The people that complain about not being allowed in the dining room because they were wearing shorts should know better. There were signs at the entrance to the dining room and in the daily FUN TIMES. We enjoyed the age range on the ship. It was nice to see so many younger people on board rather than a ship load of retired people. We did not hang out around the large screen part of the deck so we missed out on the hairy chest contest, etc. There are three triers of lounge sitting in that area. We liked the back of the ship where it was quiet. It was too cold for the first few days so we never say anyone use the water slide. The spa wasn't busy when I went. I treated myself to a foot and ankle massage the first night and a manicure during a port day. The Steiner group does the spa work. Some people drink on a cruise, I buy wi-fi for my iPad. I used two hours over the course of the five days with ad additional 10 minutes added as a promotion for signing up the first day and then another 10 minutes when I signed up again. Although there were signs about it being slow, I never had a problem. All the public areas have wi-fi. The needed TLC that people mentioned in other reviews was not apparent to me. Granted our hallway to our cabin may have needed some shampooing but that was the only area I noticed. The public bathrooms were spotless, staff were cleaning the metal around many of the outside areas during port days, and the linens were all very clean. The staff were uniformly pleasant and most would smile and greet me as I passed. Our deadbolt on our door did not work and when I pointed it out to the cabin steward, he notified maintenance immediately. It was fixed by that evening. The maintenance man had to take the door off the hinges to get it aligned properly. All in all, I was impressed with our first Carnival experience. We will go again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
My husband and I sailed on the Destiny from 1/24-1/29. This was our first Carnival Cruise and compared to Royal Caribbean, Carnival fell shot. Getting on the ship was easy and we were all checked in and on board by 12:30. We had an ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on the Destiny from 1/24-1/29. This was our first Carnival Cruise and compared to Royal Caribbean, Carnival fell shot. Getting on the ship was easy and we were all checked in and on board by 12:30. We had an interior room and the room was a lot larger than RC but needed some updating. We didn't spend a lot of time in our room so that was not a big deal. The ship was okay--once you got over the gaudy 80's Vegas decor. It did have a horrible smell in some locations and most of the ship needed some TLC. The pools were small and looked dirty and some of the other areas could do with some cleaning. The buffet for breakfast was good. Although there was one morning were there was no coffee and no OJ left. It was only 9 a.m. The lines were always huge! The lunch buffet was ok. Nothing great. Most of the time we ate on the island and used the buffet for a late afternoon snack. The dinning room was alright. The food was okay. There was not a lot of variety and there were several nights that nothing looked appealing. The desserts where good. The cakes in the cafe were amazing!!! The islands were fun and getting back on the ship was easy. The shows were fine. Nothing great. This ship seemed to lack a lot with the entertainment. Several times we saw people just sitting around look board. The cruise directors staff seemed bored with their jobs as well. We noticed a lot of children around so I'm guessing the kids programs were a snooze. We ran into a huge problem when it was time to disembark. We had an early flight and was on deck 3 by 6:30 a.m. We made it aware to the staff that we needed to one of the first ones off to make our plane. We were told where to stand. Well come to find out that was no where near where we should have been lining up and we were now toward the back of the line. I spoke to the girl who told us to stand there and got a shrug and she turned and walked away. We finally got to get off and thank god we made it to the airport on time. Overall the cruise was okay, but I would suggest a different line. The communication on the ship was horrible and the crew members seemed like they where prisoners. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
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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