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What people said about this ship:

"Food was good in the dining room." in 59 reviews.

"Carnival cruises are absolutely the best!" in 42 reviews.

"The availability of chairs on the lido deck was okay except it was so crowded." in 31 reviews.



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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:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

2 out of 5
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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:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

3 out of 5
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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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Gunney
Purser

Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

3 out of 5
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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:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

4 out of 5
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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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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

4 out of 5
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Wayne

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

Had a great time. A good bang for your buck. Would do it again and highly recommend it. Staff and was exceptional. Ship was very clean and tidy. Our stateroom care was superb.

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vij
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

3 out of 5
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1st CRUISE good experience.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Destiny (RETIRED) | Sail Date: Jan 17, 2013

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.

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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

2 out of 5
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Not the best ship

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Destiny (RETIRED) | Sail Date: Jan 07, 2013

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 the toilet was black. It looked like mold. I asked the cabin steward about it and he told me "they are all like that and were not able to be cleaned". I would not recommend this ship.

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dscott
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

1 out of 5
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Destiny - Carnival Cruise review to Jamaica and Grand Cayman

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Destiny (RETIRED) | Sail Date: Dec 29, 2012

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, non-excursion days, they did not come close to have enough lawnchairs for everyone to spend time on deck. - the entertainment was awful - they nickled and dimed you to death. - Twice I was told to get out of my lawnchair (during sunset) because they had to stack them up, where they just sat stacked after that. - Rather than being told that the jacuzzi was closing and I would need to leave eventually, was just kicked out. - On the specialty restaurants, they were understaffed with one person working, where the wait in line would take over an hour. - They would close the buffets while people were still in line. Overall, terrible service and management.

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JMP
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

1 out of 5
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Our first and last cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Destiny (RETIRED) | Sail Date: Dec 06, 2012

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.

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lwolfson
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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!

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

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