I've been on 13 cruises, 12 of which were on Carnival. The "Destiny" was a good ship, but could use a little upgrade on service and appearance.
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
Quality of food was definitely good. I know many people complain of food temperature, quality, etc... but we very much enjoyed our fare onboard the "Destiny". Having the choice of "Your Time Dining" was also great, so you're not having to rush to dinner at the assigned time. Also thought our "Galaxy" dining room was very nice and clean.
3 out of 5
We enjoyed that the shows were different onboard the ship, as with the Fantasy class - They had the same 50s show and Vegas-style show pretty much every year. They seem to have changed that up on the "Destiny". We Really enjoyed the choice of comedians on board, and the variety of showtimes they offered. There were a few instances where there were events posted in the FunTimes, such as music on the deck or activities in the lounge, and they did not take place - or at least not at the time posted.
Service and Staff
3 out of 5
The service at the Port of Miami was excellent! We have never gotten onboard or debarked as quickly as we did on this trip. They also offer a lounge area for Platinum cruisers, which was very nice. On our first day on, we were disappointed with a lack of bar staff available. Most Carnival cruises have servers out and about to order your "Fun Ship" drink, we didn't see any available until the ship was about to depart 4hrs later. Additionally, the bartenders at the actual bars were rude and slow. However, we did eventually find one eager server named "Roger Ricardo" that waited on us in a timely manner. Did not see our Cabin Steward much during the trip, though this seems to be the norm now, versus long ago on Carnival when they would seek you out to introduce themselves and ask if we had any special request. However, the room was very well-kept.
3 out of 5
The ship was definitely grand in size! Enjoyed being able to get a balcony room, for basically the price of an outside cabin, as there are many on this ship. Some of the common areas could use a little attention and perhaps an upgrade, but if you've been on Carnival before - its similar in decor to the "Fantasy" class ships. The Lido deck tiered setup was nice in order to see deck games, and the "Seaside Theatre".
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
Enjoyed having a Balcony room after years of having indoor and outdoor cabin options. The layout seemed spacious enough for 3 of us. The bathroom could use an overhaul with some newer tiles, better lighting. Liked that we had a hairdryer provided since outlets are not usually plentiful in the cabins by design. Unfortunately we did not do our research before booking, and our cabin location was not ideal. We were in Cabin #6337 on the U Deck, directly above the piano bar, which many night held a sing-a-long that lasted until 2am. It wasn't terribly loud, but it was enough to delay falling to sleep.
We'd been to this port of call a number of times, so this time we'd just met some fellow cruisers at Senor Frogs. Its definitely not a venue to take the kids... more for having a good time and a few drinks
We enjoyed the tour of the Hemingway House, complete with eccentric guide and 40 cats. Also visited Schooner's for their Mango Mimosa. If you're into hot sauce, "Peppers of Key West" lets you sample all different types. Sloppy Joe's is also a must see. We intended to rent bikes, but determined walking was just as easy based on the fact that it was such a small area.
Don't Miss: Hemmingway House, Sloppy Joe's
Pros: Lido Deck set up, Comedy Shows, Price offered for Balcony Room
Cons: Poor Bar Service during beginning of trip, Some planned events never took place, Some areas of ship look a little dated
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