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Carnival Destiny (RETIRED)

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Size: L     Built: Oct 1996    

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What people said about this ship:

"ACCESSIBILITY TO DINING ROOM POOR." in 59 reviews.

"It was my first Carnival cruise, I usually cruise with RC." in 42 reviews.

"The shrimp was tiny and the cuts offered on Lido deck were very very small." in 31 reviews.



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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

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When the aim of a cruise is other than satisfying your customers

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Destiny (RETIRED) | Sail Date: Feb 04, 2013

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 disappeared, and were replaced by some low quality item or nothing. The majority of the breakfast pastry was inedible and looked very cheap. The shrimp was tiny and the cuts offered on Lido deck were very very small. The entertainment was like a piece of cheese, full with holes. During 18 days there were only 2 big costumes shows but the number of dancers was impressive for doing nothing (9 girls and 3 boys). The cruise director was the only person taking his job seriously, he made a huge effort to entertain, participated in practically every event and took responsibility in areas unusual from a cruise director. We recommend him (Noonan) and would happy to see him again. This cannot be said about some of his staff. The persons doing the different trivia were simply unintelligent, they have not understood most of the questions, had problem with pronouncing not everyday English words and had no idea about literature, geography, etc. One more complain: they had a large number of workers on board who started to dismantle the ship after the 2nd or 3rd day, sometimes causing huge noise in the Lido dining room. Without becoming a horror novel, I just simply were largely unsatisfied in spite of the really cheap fare. What I liked: the ports and the passengers who were very active. Finally, I recommend to everybody who plans on a Carnival cruise, to check out which ship they plan to board as quality is not even. I for myself are not going to cruise with Carnival in the foreseeable future. I'd rather pay more and have more.

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Traveled As:
Family w/young children

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

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Cleaness bathroom

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Destiny (RETIRED) | Sail Date: Feb 04, 2013

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.

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

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Great cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Destiny (RETIRED) | Sail Date: Jan 26, 2013

This was my fifth Carnival cruise and was a great cruise. I have been on a number of other cruise lines and I have enjoyed the Carnival cruises just as much as the others.

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Gunney
Purser

Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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We downgraded to a basic balcony this cruise and were quite disappointed.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Destiny (RETIRED) | Sail Date: Jan 26, 2013

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 on their behalf. Please consider other patrons like me, who pay for suites and balcony rooms, and are allowed to be treated with utter disrespect by Lido deck managers as well as other balcony patrons. Carnival may even consider a smoker friendly cruise; I think you could fill the boat without problem and ALL would be happy..

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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GREAT CRUISE BUT LACKING IN SOME AREAS...............

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Destiny (RETIRED) | Sail Date: Jan 26, 2013

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 people we spoke to never had to wait. Majority of the staff on the ship wasn't overly friendly - but we believe it was attributed to the fact that this was the Destiny's last cruise before it's renovation; it mustve been a stressful time for many of the crew. The shows were good - there were plenty on our 5 day cruise and very enjoyable! They weren't great at keeping on schedule, most of the shows or activities ran over the alotted time causing the next activity to start late. Getting on and off the ship is SEAMLESS - the process is easily understood and clearly explained. The staff was great in regards to providing port information and other processes throughout the ship. Purchasing the Carnival Fun Ship Transfer was well worth the money-the drivers were polite, handled all of our luggage and later that day it was delivered to our room. Finding a lounger on the Lido Deck was ridiculous. People leave their towels and/or personal belongings to hold chairs until they return, yet on the big screen tv it states that towels will be removed after 40 minutes if you do not return to your lounger. We never saw a towel removed after the 40 minutes was exceeded - if you aren't going to enforce a policy, you should not publicize it. Overall it was a wonderful experience - the Carnival Staff projects professionalism and majority of the crew tries to do their best to ensure a happy cruise!

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lwolfson
Second Mate

It is going to dry dock to emerge as the Carnival Sunshine

Breakfast and dinner in the Universe is AMAZING! The behind the scenes tour was fun! It definately gives you a better understanding of the full operation!

JMP
Purser

Do NOT reserve a room on the 6th floor!!!!!!

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