Carnival Destiny (RETIRED) Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4-6 cruises

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1 out of 5

RUN FAR, FAR AWAY FROM CARNIVAL!!!!

Sail Date: November 01, 2009

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/young children

Room Type: Inside

We went on our first Carnival cruise Thanksgiving week with our whole family (mother-in-law, two sister-in-laws, two young kids, hubby, and myself) to celebrate my MIL's 70th birthday (she'd never cruised before) and we will NEVER go on one again, maybe not even if it is absolutely free. For starters, we were booked to travel to Jamaica and the Cayman Islands and were told LESS than 24 hours prior to departure that our ports were changing due to a mechanical problem with the ship. We were all already in Miami when we received this call, and I wholeheartedly believe they waited to notify people so that you could not cancel if you wanted to. They took us to The Bahamas instead (their man-made island and Nassau), which were the last places we would have preferred to go as we have been there several times before and found them less than enchanting. It seems that the ship's propulsion system was malfunctioning, so they could not travel as fast as they needed to, which means they could not go as far as they needed to, during the time allotted. To add further insult, they only gave us a $50 on-board ship credit per person, and we definitely paid more than that for the ports we thought we were going to. Once on board, we saw rust spots, broken TV's, and just an old, un-maintained ship. This was proven further as on the 2nd day, their desalination system malfunctioned and all the water tasted like saltwater because in fact, it was unfiltered. No one brought this to our attention; instead we told them after the pools were full of salt along with our drinks and then and only then, did we get an apology from the maitre 'd and some free drinks from the bar, but not once did we hear from the ship's captain regarding this MAJOR problem. Other problems included the dining room staff botching our MIL's cake presentation at dinner, so they did not get it straight until our last night on board AND my sister-in-law and I both found bugs in our drinks that same evening and were told that perhaps they fell from the ceiling in the dining room. The best thing about this cruise was Camp Carnival as our 5 and 2 year old kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves there. Our room was kept clean too, despite how old it looked, and our steward was great. All in all, the worst cruise we have EVER taken.

Pros: Camp Carnival (kids club) & Our Room Steward

Cons: Everything else

Recommends Carnival Destiny (RETIRED)? No.

Food and Dining
Food was hit-or-miss in the dining room and a miss just about everywhere else, especially the buffets.
Cabin / Stateroom
Old, outdated decor, cramped, bed felt like a rock.
Service and Staff
Room steward was great, dining room waiters were good except for the cake mishap, maitre 'd tried. Everyone else acted like we didn't exist.
Entertainment
Shows and other activities were mostly cheesy. Movie selection could use some work.
Ship Quality
Old, not well-maintained, bugs in dining room, rust spots throughout, certain areas got very crowded easily.
Children's Programs
Our young kids had a blast, and the staff was very helpful and friendly.


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