Amazing Christmas Gift!!

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


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5 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: December 18, 2010
Ship: Carnival Destiny (RETIRED) 28
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 6 years ago
We sailed from Miami to the western carribean for a Christmas gift for our family of 5. It was awesome!! The kids (11, 13 & 18) had plenty to do and they didn't even go with the onboard youth activities. The employees were all wonderful. The food was great and the scenary was breathtaking! We asked the kids if this was worth not having many gifts under the tree and they said absolutely!! In fact, they want to do it again next year! That is a good sign!

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Dining room food was incredible!! Pizza was good and we couldn't get enough ice cream. Having availability 24/7 is cool and we ate more than our share!

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Lot's of stuff but we found that we don't like a lot of the "shows"...not the ship's issue, more of ours. We aren't very grandiose.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Availability was there but we really didn't engage in any of the acitivities.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Couldn't have asked for more!! Our experience was much, much more than we expected!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
More than enough room for 5 of us...the window was a must!
3 out of 5
We chose not to do an excursion and just play it on our own...we walked through shops and then found a little restaurant right on the ocean. You could actually walk down some stairs into the ocean and search for marine life. Very cool!! I think it was called "hammerheads".
3 out of 5
We did the Cool Runnings and Dunn's River Falls excursion. The Cool Running staff was impressive. Friendly, engaging and very energetic. Once we were at Dunn's River Falls we were innundated with the touristy side...unfortunately we were bamboozeled a little as one guy made it seem as if he was giving us a gift, wrote our names on the statuettes saying they were his gift to us and then wanted $70. Ughhh...Another jet ski operator was very forceful in trying to get us to jet ski...of course he was also interested in selling a little extra "fun" stuff on the side. The hike up the waterfall was a little too touristy with all the hooting and hollering but that just isn't our thing. However, once we got back on the Cool Runnings boat it was good again.

Pros: The customer service was INCREDIBLE!!!! Every single employee was genuinely gracious and helpful. Amazing!!

Cons: Didn't see any dolphins or whales...bummer!

Recommends Carnival Destiny (RETIRED) 28? Yes!

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