Carnival Destiny (RETIRED) 28

3.3 out of 5

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Carnival Destiny (RETIRED) 28 is a large ship, carrying 3400 passengers and 1050 crew, and sails from .

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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

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

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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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2 out of 5

Cleaness bathroom

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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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3 out of 5

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

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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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4 out of 5

Great cruise

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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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4 out of 5

Wayne

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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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  • Size: L

  • Total Passengers: 3400

  • Total Crew: 1050

  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 3.24

  • Built: Oct 1996

  • Refurbished: 9 yrs ago

  • Number of Decks: 12

  • Total Cabins: 0

  • Cabin Categories: 0

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lwolfson
Contributor Level: Second Mate
Mar 12, 2013

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

Shelley01
Contributor Level: Purser
Feb 03, 2013

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
Contributor Level: Purser
Dec 14, 2012

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

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