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Michele

Age: 33

Occupation:At Home Mom

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Destiny

Sailing Date: January 29th, 2006

Itinerary: Southern Caribbean

Well...I really enjoyed the Carnival Destiny...I am having a hard time trying to figure out what the heck the problem that these people are having...It was great!! My husband and I went to celebrate our 5th anniversary and had a blast. Fortunately, we had a gorgeous suite on the 7th floor...with a large balcony and enjoyed every minute of it...

We didn't do very much in San Juan...we were to anxious to board the ship and get a drink...We boarded very smoothly. There was no wait considering we had a suite...so that made us a member of the Skipper's Club!!! We made sure to make a stop in Duty Free and grab a few bottles of liquor, threw them in our carry-ons, and walked right onto the boat!! right past liquor check-in!!

St. Thomas was wonderful. No need for a sea excursion...just did a little shopping in town (as soon as you exit the boat)...then took a tour of the island with one of the thousand tour guides anxiously awaiting for $15 to $20. I learned that tourism is there ONLY source of income!!! Nothing else!! They really thrive off our American dollars...and it is expensive there!!! Our tour was sooooo woth it...She explained everything, answered every question...I think her name was Denise and she was great. We went to Meagans Bay, Coki Beach, Sapphire Beach, and stopped for shopping...She showed us were Michael Jordan's house was...it was awesome!!

Dominica is very tribal. The people are very nice. We got off the boat and just hung out in all of the local shops before deciding to hit the beach...We went back to our rooms, changed, and scouted out the best price for Mero Beach...We paid $15 for a round trip and the cab driver actually waits for you while you hang out on the beach. Well guess what???...the beach had BLACK SAND!!! It can get very hot...You can have drinks on the beach...I do not think we paid more than $2 per drink...rum punch, coconut punch, passion fruit punch...Their Dominican beer tastes pretty good too...

Barbados was awesome!!! We left the boat prepared for the beach and went righ tto the Boatyard...It is a lot of fun for a $12 entrance fee...the 12 bucks includes your entry, a beach chair, and a drink of your choice. It is worth it...There are water trampolines and water rock climbing. it is a lot of fun...My husband and I had quite a few drinks...but from what I can remember...it was a blast!!!

Aruba was a lot of fun also...we just caught a cab to Palm Beach (10 bucks) and hung out on the beach ALL DAY!!! There is a nice beach bar...you can have food and drinks...their menu included things like pizza, burgers, nachos...and it is all very inexpensive. You can rent a beach chair for like 8 dollars each or just lie on your carnival towel...which I saw dozens of people doing!! We went back to the boat, changed, then hit the town!!!...Wow...there are plenty bars and several restaurants...We really enjoyed Iguana Joe's, Mambo Jambo, and Carlos n' Charlies...Every seems to be stumbling back onto the boat by 9:30...

Overall...it was a great time!!! We met a lot of great people...there are several people that will spend the majority of their day at the Lido deck bar...and there are those who look forward to getting dressed up and socializing at the piano bar...I truly think there is something for EVERYONE!! The food is never-ending!! The Caesar salads in the 24 hr pizzeria are the best...I miss them!!! The room service definitely comes in handy at 3am!! We dined in the Universal Dining Room...and enjoyed it every time (we dined there 5 nights) If you do not like your seating arrangements they are extremely willing to satisfy you...the couple we were seated with at first were a bit uptight so we switched after our first night!!! We got a table for 2 and that made it extremely romantic...Enjoyed it and will do it again!!!

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