A First Cruise

Carnival Destiny (RETIRED) 28 Cruise Review to Caribbean

Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
5 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: April 06, 2009
Ship: Carnival Destiny (RETIRED) 28
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 9 years ago

Overall the experience was a good first trip. The staff was superb and things were easy to find. The ship was pretty dated and most bar areas were unused. There were so many bars that only a handful of people if any at all were in them at any time. In our opinion, if they would shut some down and push more people into one or two, the atmosphere would improve greatly. Good to know - most things get started after 8pm some even later. If you are NOT a night person, cruising probably isn't for you. You will miss out on most on board activities. Lessons learned - take less knock-around wear and more dressy or casual dressy. Oh and don't forget tropical looks; bright colors, prints, linen. etc. Our room was GREAT. It wasn't small like I expected, the room staff waited on us hand and foot, we had a balcony which was really nice. I peaked in to the other rooms too. I didn't think any of them were really that tiny the way people told us they were.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5


3 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
Missed it. Our kids are 12 and 18 - just between's' - being a newbie, we never saw where to register for the club - look for this info before leaving home.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
All activities were cancelled due to weather. The beach area was more rocky but there was a great bar, very big and very fun for the whole family. The DJ kept games and contests going all day.
5 out of 5
When visiting the private island - book excursions directly with the cuise line before leaving home - everything fills up. Rain or shine though so expect to go even if it's raining.

Pros: The embarkation and debarkation was so easy. The staff everywhere during the entire cruise made everything comfortable and easy for us.

Cons: Being our first cruise, we missed out on some things because you have to make decisions right when you board. We discovered some things throughout the week that were already full and/or overwith by the time we discovered them. We didn't get a pre-cruise packet - that might have helped.

Recommends Carnival Destiny (RETIRED) 28? No.

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