Sail Date: November 01, 2008 Ship: Carnival Destiny (RETIRED) 28 Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 9 years ago
We put off cruising on this ship due to the reputation of being a "party ship". We found this wasn't the case, however, the quality of both the food and staff was what was most disappointing. Both my husband and I noticed a big "push" to purchase alcholic drinks... mostly on the outdoor decks. We like to have a cocktail, but even with a full drink, they'd ask if you wanted another one! Obviously this is a revenue maker for them. The dining room food was no better than the slop they served at the buffet, and the staff showed they were either tired or just didn't care. It was no different in the buffet. Our stateroom attendant was the ONLY positive to our cruise experience on the Carnival Destiny. We will NEVER cruise this line again... too many other great cruise lines that are far superior in every way.
Food and Dining
1 out of 5
No ambience, food was of the lowest quality, service was horrible and you could see that the wait staff was not well trained... it almost seemed like their first day on the job! To order a glass of wine or a soda at dinner was also a joke... it took over 20 minutes to get the drinks. No attention to detail with the table service. Had to ask to get more water or bread. Poor, poor quality of staff and food overall. The buffet was even worse with LONG lines even if you just wanted to get some fresh fruit and cereal... poor planning of the food setup.
1 out of 5
The "live" band on the Lido deck was horrid... every song they sang, they killed with putting a reggae spin on it! We like island music, but variety is the spice of life! We went to the first show and it was so bad, we never went back... The outdoor "movie screen" was actually a nice touch and they had a couple of movies for both the kids and teens and then a music concert... that was good!
Service and Staff
1 out of 5
Amazing, we actually watched one of the servers in the buffet area walk past and over a napkin on the floor for over half hour, not even bothering to pick it up! Not well trained and lacked friendliness toward passengers.. the only ones who were outgoing were the "activities" staff... guess they figured it was their job and the rest didn't care!
1 out of 5
Ship really needs to be refurbished NOW... very old and dated. They had separate dining rooms that were in two totally different areas and difficult to FIND because of the layout. Bad space planning.
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
For the age of the ship, the stateroom was very clean and our attendant was the bright spot on this ship! Paid attention to all the details and we always had clean towels and fresh items in our room... BRAVO!!! Very happy we booked a balcony room as it was tiny and cramped and we can't imagine what one of the regular rooms would have felt like.
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