Carnival Destiny (RETIRED) Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Experience
2-3 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
10

5 out of 5

One of the best times of our lives

Sail Date: August 08, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Inside

Everything on the ship was clean, and secure. I felt at home immediately. Even though there were 3000 of us on board, I did not feel crowded.

Pros: The friendly staff, the excellent food, and the onboard entertainment. We loved the remoteness of the first two ports of call, and never wanted to leave.

Cons: There was nothing that we didn't like

Recommends Carnival Destiny (RETIRED)? Yes!

Cabin / Stateroom
We had an interior room, which was crowded for the three of us - but we knew it wouldn't be large because of the price. We were the farthest from the elevator, but it was fine. We loved the beds though - especially the comforters. We slept so well!
Ship Quality
Food and Dining
The food was excellent. We especially liked the dining room food, and the staff was so fun and personable. We relied on room service many times since we were up late, and didn't get up early enough for breakfast. The pizza station, icecream, and New York deli were also favorites of ours.
Service and Staff
The staff turned our vacation from an enjoyable cruise to family feeling environment that we never wanted to leave. We made so many friends with the staff, and learned so many things about them.
Entertainment
We especially loved the singing in the lounge, playing games in the library, and the movie in the Criterion loung.
Grand Turk Island
We loved the Grand Turk exprience, and felt that we made the best choice by far. We got to see and hear about the island and it's history, as well as famous people who owned islands nearby. We loved the "native" feeling of the island, and got to socialize with the locals. It was so fun to pet the donkeys, and see the cows and horses roaming the island. The water was amazing, and we had such a great time at the "resort" - which was a suprise since it was so small - but we loved the intimate feeling of being there with the locals.
Don't Miss: The resort we were dropped of at, as well as the swimming there.
Nassau, Bahamas
Nassau seemed a little dirty and less safe than the other two ports. We did the Paradise Island beach day, and really felt secure there, and had so much fun snorkling and playing on the inflatable water slides. I had my hair braided at the location right off the ship, and were so entertained with the rivelry of the hair braiders - they sounded like they were off a show of Jerry Springer. We laughed about it, and had so much fun listening to them - one of our favorite stories to tell everyone about.
Don't Miss: Paradise island, the hair braiders, and the excellent rum prices at a local liquor store.
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)
We got there late, but were happy we were since we missed the crowds boarding the ferry. My girls did the horseback ride - which was a experience of a lifetime since they were able to swim with the horses. I did the sting ray swim, which was quite an experience to me - being so close to the rays was a little scary at first, but so fun. I loved to snorkle there, and visit with the staff and the other vacationers.
Don't Miss: Swimming in the beautiful water, shopping at the jewelry shop, horseback riding, and the stingray experience


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