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Carnival Destiny (RETIRED) 28 Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Experience: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

2 out of 5
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5 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: June 01, 2009
Ship: Carnival Destiny (RETIRED) 28
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 years ago

The ship layout was confusing and choppy. On multiple occasions had other passengers ask directions, ended up in the wrong area, etc. I'm not sure if it was a function of the economy, but much of the staff seemed over-worked and not pleasant and the food quality was generally poor. There was only 1 towel check-out girl for the entire ship (over 3000 passengers) resulting in long lines. It seemed like they forced every opportunity to get additional money out of the passengers - including pushing photos at dinner and debarkations.

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
There were a few good items at dinner, but in general the hot foods were warm and the cold foods were warm. the majority of the food was reminiscent of College dorm food. The selection for main buffet was repetitive. on multiple occasions the alternative dining spots were not open when the schedule indicated they should be.


3 out of 5
Favorite main performance was the passenger talent show. the main dance crew was like watching a beginner dance recital with a lot more 'bottom bearing'. One of the comedians was entertaining, the other was like a bad Andrew Dice Clay impersonator.

Service and Staff

1 out of 5
Dinner staff and stateroom staff were exceptional. the majority of the remaining staff were rude or did the minimum. The optional dining staff were not friendly. the gym staff were un-helpful. in one instance there was an apparent misprint from the ship schedule to the gym schedul and instead of honoring the classes, the gym staff sat on the couch and chatted.

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
Layout was confusing. no trashcans in hallways. Decor was a little 70s/80s loungeware.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
We had an upgraded balcony suite - the room was a good size, the balcony was nice. However it would have been nice if the rooms also had a non-smoking side. we couldn't leave our door open because of our neighbors smoke and every day we were cleaning off other peoples cigarette butts and matches off our balcony.
3 out of 5
It happened to be a holiday the day we were in port so many of the shops were closed. The Atlantis resort was nice, it was just difficult to get there through the parade and the water taxis were definitely on 'island time'.
3 out of 5
Another Cruise owned port, but the beach was very nice - lot's of space, clear water, white sand.
1 out of 5
Beach was rocky. only real interest was margaritaville - food and service were horrible. the other shops had little to offer and were basically 'cruise owned'.

Pros: Dinner staff was very nice; good stateroom service

Cons: majority of ship under-staffed, and rude staff. below average food

Recommends Carnival Destiny (RETIRED) 28? No.

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