Our First Cruise- Carnival "Destiny"
Carnival Destiny (RETIRED) 28 Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: March 12, 2011
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 6 years ago
Review SummaryWe went on this trip with 6 of us as our Son got married on the ship in Jamaica. It appeared that they really didn't get much for the 1400.00 bucks they charged for the handling of it all on top of the 1600.00 for the cruise itself.
Basically all they got was a nice cake which was very good, 2 bottles of champagne, and the Jamiacan preacher who came on board and married them. He too was very nice.
But the original wedding planner did not communicate very much and it wasn't until the late night before the wedding that we found out any of the details, time, location, etc from the nice lady that took over as she was shocked no one had provided any of that to the wedding couple so she had to scramble to get it all put together which kind of stressed the wedding couple some.
The Asian female photgrapher was awesome and worked very hard to put together a nice photo package. We all had fun with her. The photo packages however were wayyy too expensive. Ridiculously so and it took us 3 hours to get one put together. She worked hard thought and at 11:30 pm on the night before debark, the kids had all their pics in the album.
Debarkation was unbelievably easy !
We were on the 6th deck and prbly in the first 10 people to leave the ship as we chose Self Assist debark where you take you own luggage off. We had two backpacks and a decent size pull behind suitcase. They called all decks that were self carrying to proceed and we literally walked to the elevator, down 3 floors and right off the ship.
We had already gotten on the Alamo bus and had gone to the airport and rented a car to drive to Ft. Myers, before the other 4 in our party had ever left the ship, as they chose the other method where you sit your luggage outside your room and they process it through. The trick with self assist is get up early and be ready as soon as that annoucement starts to walk out of your room within 3 seconds of the announcement starting. We sat watching tv ready to go with out door propped open so we could hear the announcement.
Since this was our first cruise, we had nothing to compare to except one couple in our party said their previous cruises were better, but we all had a great time and look forward to taking more in the future.
They did try to be accomodating for the wedding for what was provided and kept providing wedding cake for desert the rest of the trip.
Smoking in the casino is a defnite turn off.
Because of spring break timing, we paid too much for this trip but at the normal pricing thruout the year or deals, it would be well worth it.
We want to try Royal Caribbean but until then, we would probably cruise Carnival Again. Even the Carnival Destiny Ship.
We all talked about how this seemed like a slave ship as they pay their staff nothing and worked them to death. We all don't see how any of the staff can be so friendly with the long long long hard hours they work and for the little pay they get but yet they always have a smile on their faces.
Food and Dining
We all thought the grill, NewYork deli , and Sea View Restaurant served good food. Burgers were good, Gourmet Hot Dogs were great !, and the Corned beef in the deli was good. Breakfast buffets were plentiful. Good pancakes, runny grits sometimes. Omlets were very good. Coffee not that great.
Our dining room was the "Universal DiningRoom" in the rear of the ship and we were on the upper deck in the back. Lots of vibration at that table # 565 each time we dined.
The food in this dining room wasn't really eye popping though. Jerk chicken was good, soups were good, rib beef was great. Steaks not so good.
Service and Staff
Our Waitress Franciska from Indonesia was absolutely fabulous. She was soooo sweet and would talk with us. We all wished we could take her home. Very Very accomdating.
Cabin / Stateroom
Ports of Call
Pros: Balcony room size cabin #6247- Bed was comfy-Waitress at evening dinner- Cabin Steward-
Cons: Flat Iron Steaks made one of us sick- Smoking allowed in Casino- Alcohol prices- Young kids all over and the Spring Breakers.