We thought we were lucky to find a cruise in February which took us back to our home in Europe. Big disappointment. The purpose of the cruise was to take the Carnival Destiny back to dry-dock to make an overhaul and have it reborn as Carnival Sunshine sometime in April 2013. Frankly, the overhaul was long time overdue, as the ship failed in many respect. Half of the elevators did not work, the carpets are dirty etc. and the whole ship gave a tired impression. For most of the crew this was the last voyage of their contract and they were more preoccupied with how, when to go home and if they return for another contract or not. Therefore the service on Lido restaurant was simply below norm. The coffee machine were not functioning half of the time, coffee mugs were missing several occasions etc. The food was boring and showed signs of cost cutting, which fortunately resulted in much less long lines as one used to see on Carnival. During the 9 days of ocean crossing many food items disappea...
The bathroom smelled of urine throughout the duration of the cruise. The shower was clogged and overflowed into the room.
The ship left to Italy to be renovated and we would have to choose another ship.
FIRST TIME CRUISERS :-)
Our balcony room was GORGEOUS! Room - 6285 - spacious, clean, nice quiet location, balcony was very enjoyable - perfect view! Our cabin was always clean and towels replenished, bed turned down - our cabin attendent was FANTASTIC!
The bartenders are VERY SLOW, and not overly friendly, which is suprising since this has to be a big revenue generator. We purchased a soda card for $36 because we thought it'd be a good investment, but getting one was so slow we more often than not opted for self service water; not sure we would purchase a soda card again based on the lack of availability. This is definately an opportunity area.
The buffet food on the Lido Deck was very generic, but the Universe Restaurant serves GREAT FOOD in a sit down, comfortable relaxed atmosphere with an AMAZING STAFF! I would suggest ANYTIME DINING so you are not bound to a specific time due to your daily activities - they say that there may be up to a 20 minute wait, but the peopl...
We only book balcony rooms. This one was room 7236, adequate room for (2), small balcony with two upright chairs and small table. Bathroom had mold in commode bowl and wreaked of Urine smell..Airconditioning was almost nonexistent and had one 110 outlet on opposite side of room. No kareoke on deck or out in open areas where smokers could enjoy this entertainment and not be offending the nonsmokers. I am a smoker, and don't like to enfringe upon nonsmokers, but I have rightrs to the kind of entertainment I pay for as well. Smokers on deck were even more restricted to half of an outside bar, with rude Lido deck manager..Nonsmoking bar area on same deck was empty!! Please do better job with designating open areas on deck to smoking and nonsmoking. I would recommend that certain balcony rooms, or an entire side, be designated for smokers which also alerts the nonsmoking patrons. Several rude individuals found it necessary to yell across balconies insisting that cigarettes be extinguished...
Did my cruise booking online 1st time and had a good experience. The checking in and Check out was very smooth. We paid extra for it.
The rooms were well laid out and cleaned everyday. BUT were old and bathrooms were moldy. They would not use room freshners. The steward ANTONIO was very good. He was always out there in the hall way.
They announced the 1st day that there were technical difficulties and therfore they were going to NASUA and not COZUMAL.
The shows were good and activities kept everyone busy. Liod deck wasthe busiest and the hot tubs were good and not crowded.
The vegitarians menu choices are very limited. They say that they are out of veggie burgers but when you tell the managers they turn up in 10mts. The oriental food chef also will not make vegetarian food evn though there are all ingredients right there in front of him.
In all we enjoyed our 1st cruise.
We have been on many cruises; many different lines. This ship was by far our least favorite. The food whether in the dinning room or on the deck buffets was FAIR at best. Our dinner waiter was constantly confused as to who ordered what and when asked any questions regarding prep of the food he could not answer. We always had to ask for coffee refills. The bar service at dinner was very slow. We would be half finished with the meal before being served our beverages. The overall decor of the ship is very dated and some of the carpets were dirty and stained. We had 3 people in our balcony stateroom and the bed for the 3rd person was a joke. It was 2 feet too short for a small 22 year old 5' 4" young lady. Her feet hung clear off the end. There were very few activities schedule during the day and evening hours. The only saving grace of the trip was our cabin steward who did a very nice job of keeping the cabin clean. When we first got on the ship I noticed the entire bowel of ...
Overall, I would rate this cruise as a 1/2 start out of 5. The customer service on the Carnival cruise was absolutely terrible. They were the most customer UNfriendly crew and ship I have ever experience. It got to be a joke on how bad everything was. The only good parts of the cruise was the cabin (a balcony, which is a must for a romantic cruise), our cabin steward, the food (when we finally got it, which took on average over an hour) and the shore excursions in Jamaica (Dunns Falls about the catamaran) and the Strign ray - reef outing in grand caymans.
The negatives were many. Here is a list of our major complaints:
- ran out of some food the first day of the cruise
- room service was terrible. In the four times we tried, three we could not even get through due to heavy usage, and the fourth time we finally got through, it never showed up.
- toilets didn't work periodically
- 99% of crew staff could not speak more than five words of English
- During the two ocean, no...
Our room was directly on topof the band. We had to sleep on the balcony since the noise was so loud and went on until way after midnight. Our complaints were ignored, being told the ship was full and there was nothing that could be done.
We are very disappointed in Cruise Line. We would have expected a warning about the room before booking.
We will NEVER cruise again.
The Sun Deck features the second floor to Camp Carnival with a wading pool, Club O2, Circle "C", a mini golf course, and an outdoor jogging track with stunning views.
The Spa Deck features staterooms in category 8E. Kids will have a blast on the Destiny's 214-foot spiral water slide and in Camp Carnival. Adults will enjoy the Spa and Salon with gymnasium, saunas, and steam rooms. Don't worry about the weather - the Empress has a Sliding Sky Dome.
The Lido Deck features staterooms in categories 8E, 8D, and 4G, as well as the Sun & Sea Restaurant, which includes a 24-hour pizzeria, grille, the Grand Buffet, the Trattoria, Happy Valley, and the Pantry. Waiters are on hand to bring you anything you might need. Cool off and catch some rays at the Lido Pool and Sun & Sea Pool areas, and enjoy refreshing beverages at the Solar and Stellar bars.
The Verandah Deck features staterooms in categories 9C, 9B, 8N, 8D, 8C, 4G, and 4F.
The Empress Deck features staterooms in categories GS, OS, 9C, 8M, 8C, 8B, 4J, 4F, and 4E.
The Upper Deck features staterooms in categories 9C, 8M, 8B, 8A, 4J, 4E, 4D, NO and 1A.
Try your luck with slots machines, blackjack, craps and roulette in the Millionaire's Casino, browse the Destiny's many duty-free shops and catch a game at the AllStar Bar. You can walk down Destiny Way past The Destiny Bar, Cafe on the Way, The Point After Dance Club, a sushi bar, video arcade and Cheers Wine Bar. You will also find The Apollo Bar (piano bar complete with a microphone at each table), Criterion Lounge and Downbeat lounge on this exciting deck.
Take in a Las-Vegas review in the Palladium Lounge (balcony seating area), relax in the onyx room, and work on your golf game at the Golf Pro & Simulator or retreat to the library for some quiet reading. The Photo Studio & Gallery are also located on this deck.
Guests can take in a show at the Palladium Lounge (large, three-level theater featuring nightly entertainment), enjoy a drink at the Flagship Bar, listen to the piano at the rotunda, and savor fine cuisine in the Universe and Galaxy dinning rooms (both with two levels of seating). Information and Tours are also available on the Lobby Deck.
The Main Deck features staterooms in categories 6C, 6B, PT, 4C, 4B, and 1A.
The Riviera Deck features staterooms in categories 6B, 6A, PT, 4B, 4A, and 1A.
go to 3 aft for sit down and be served food prepared for you at NO additional cost. You must use the far aft elevator to reach this restaurant. Reserve a table and have the same staff daily. If you place an order the night before you can order something besides a menu item. On lobster night, order 2 or 3 if you are a lobster lover.
The shows were so good make sure you take them all in.
Sitting just off the gorgeous Yucatan coast, Cozumel revels in its mythic white-sand beaches and world-class coral reefs. Yet Cozumel is also the last stronghold of the Mayas, who settled the island in 300 A.D. Residents still speak Maya, and sometimes wear traditional Mayan clothing. Nearby stand the great pyramids and temples of their ancestors. Learn More »
Nassau/Paradise Island is the capital of the Bahamas. Explore Parliament Square, the government center that dates back to the early 1800s or check out the port's vibrant night life, including more casinos, theatres, and fabulous cuisine than you could possibly fit into a short stay. During the day, there's plenty of golfing, tennis, and swimming. Learn More »
George Town is the capital of the Cayman Islands, and is situated directly on Grand Cayman. Once a center of turtle fishing, the area is now a popular tourist destination. Snorkeling and diving are especially popular, and the opportunity to swim with and feed the giant, graceful stingrays should not be missed. Don't worry--it is said that no one has ever been stung. Learn More »
Charlotte Amalie, is the capital of the United States Virgin Islands and the most popular cruise port in the Caribbean. Named for a Danish Queen, the city features pastel houses that are heavily sprinkled against a background of emerald hills. Colorful sloops dock along the waterfront, and a few steps back, down alleyways lined with old Danish warehouse buildings, is a world-famous shopping center. Learn More »
An island under two flags, St. Martin/St. Maarten is French and Dutch. Philipsburg is on the Dutch side and famous for its duty-free emporia and casinos. A short drive will bring you to Marigot, a charming French Colonial outpost featuring shops filled with French fashions and imported Gallic goodies, as well as beautiful beaches. Learn More »
Key West has the best diving, snorkeling, fishing and boating in the continental U.S. Just a three-by-five mile Island, Key West offers a treat for the masses that flock here. Locals and tourists alike stroll down Duval Street each night to witness the Sunset Celebration, where they find hand-made souvenirs, munchies, cold drinks and a show so spectacular, only nature could have created it. Learn More »
The fortress of El Morro guards the harbor against long-gone Sir Francis Drake and his British privateers. The colorful streets of Old San Juan retain the Latin flavor of its seafaring past, when this was the heart of the Spanish Main. Sample the fiery rum made here, or indulge in an icy treat made from fresh tropical fruit and enjoy the Caribbean atmosphere. Learn More »
With its swaying palms, glistening white beaches, and sophisticated resorts, Ocho Rios is a favorite vacation spot. For a splendid view, visit Shaw Park Gardens, overflowing with fragrant flora and refreshing waterfalls, or enjoy a refreshing trek through Dunn's River Falls one of the most celebrated attractions of the Caribbean. Learn More »
Costa Maya is located on the Mayan Riviera, so named because was the home of the Mayans. Lush jungle vegetation is juxtaposed with beautiful beaches that have recently become the destination for scuba divers and snorkelers wishing to explore the untouched coral reef. or take a drive through the jungle and see an amazing combination of birds and mammals, like the wild deer and jaguars, spider monkeys, monkeys, and even alligators. Learn More »
Freeport/Lucaya is located on Grand Bahama Island and is the second largest city in the Bahamas. Freeport's many beaches offer you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to actually swim alongside dolphins! Freeport is truly a sports-lover's paradise; besides the scuba-diving, windsurfing, and fishing, Freeport boasts first-class golf courses! Learn More »