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Old 01-02-2003, 07:40 AM
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My wife and I have been planning a cruise that includes Aruba. The Carnival Destiny pops up all the time during searches.

The reviews I have read are mostly negative quoting everything from rude service, odors, bad food, cabins worn and in disrepair, and much more.

Please, is is really that bad? Are there other cruise lines I should consider?

Any information would be appreciated as we want to travel in March.
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My wife and I have been planning a cruise that includes Aruba. The Carnival Destiny pops up all the time during searches.

The reviews I have read are mostly negative quoting everything from rude service, odors, bad food, cabins worn and in disrepair, and much more.

Please, is is really that bad? Are there other cruise lines I should consider?

Any information would be appreciated as we want to travel in March.
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Old 01-02-2003, 10:17 AM
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I'll let you know in a couple weeks. We will be cruising on the Destiny January 12-19. I have read both good and bad about this ship, but we are going with the attitude that the cruise will be what we make of it! And we plan to have fun and relax!

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Old 01-02-2003, 11:40 AM
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Thanks Jen! We will watch for an update with your experience on the Destiny.

Like you we just want to relax and enjoy the trip and not let the little things bother us, but some things cannot be ignored.

I hope you have a great time.
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Old 01-05-2003, 11:30 AM
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We sailed the Destiny Feb 15,2000 with my to kids 15&17. We were very disappointed in the ship. However, we did consider it this Feb but chose the Legend instead. We just could not get past the fact we did not like her back in 2000, I think it is partly because of the number of guests on board and the fact that the deck space is HORRIABLE!

We decided we would go to Barbadous and go for 8 days instead. We loved the Spirit last February and look forward to our 25th Anniversary Cruise on Valentines Day (the day he asked me to be his wife).

But it is your choice, depending on the ships you have been on you will either love her or hate her.

Enjoy

Only 40 days till we cruise the Legend !
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Old 01-10-2003, 10:27 AM
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We also are going on the Destiny in March. Would love to hear from anyone whoo has been on this ship recently as to any pro's and con's. We have read alot of reviews of this ship on differebt sites that vary from horrible to excellent. I guess its all in what you make of it! Ant responses would be greatly appreciated! We are in our early 40's and love a good time!
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Old 01-10-2003, 01:47 PM
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Have you considered Royal Caibbean's new ship 'Adventure of the Seas' as an alternative to the 'Destiny'? I recently cruised on this lovely ship from San juan to the Southern Caribbean and had a fantastic time. The ship is absolutely first class in every respect and the pricing is good too. Cruiseman
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I was searching for the same destinations recently. It did not take long for me to reject the Destiny and book the Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas. Check it out! I am booked for September 7, 2003. Good luck and enjoy whatever you select!
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Old 01-10-2003, 03:13 PM
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I just wanted to add from my previous post concerning the Carnival Destiny. I have only knowledge from reviews I have read. I sailed with Carnival on the Victory last year and consider it to be a first class cruise line based on everything we experienced. I would go with Carnival again except the competition for the Southern Caribbean is limited to to the Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas. Besides the reviews (which are excellent), I wanted to experience one of the newest and biggest ships out there. This was the basis of my decision, so I cannot belittle Carnival's Destiny from any personal experience that I have had. I think a lot of people set their expectations so high that they are disappointed no matter which cruise line or ship they go on. I would say, go with open eyes and make the most of any vacation you take. Life is too short to find fault at every turn. Have a good attitude and make the most of every situation. Happy cruisin' !!!
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Old 01-11-2003, 07:10 AM
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I sailed the Destiny over last New Years (2002). In reading the review, you will notice that I stated I wouldn't sail her again. However, with a 10% coupon staring me in the face and several hundred dollars in comps through the Ocean Players Club amassed, it made the Destiny seem more appealing (I will be in San Juan for business, can't turn down an opportunity for a So. Caribben cruise). I also will get to go to 2 new ports (Martinique and Barbados). As I said in my review, any day at sea beats a day at home.

Destiny New Year’s Cruise
December 29, 2001

General info – This is the 3rd Carnival cruise for my husband and myself, having sailed on the Destiny in June 2000 and the Triumph 2000. Our air was arranged through Carnival and we requested a deviation to go down a day early and stay a few days after the cruise. Carnival arranged great non-stop air for us both ways.

Pre-cruise night – I arranged for the Condado Plaza through Expedia.com at a great rate. It is a wonderful hotel and would highly recommend it to anyone planning a stay in San Juan. There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance including a Bennigans, Chilis and a 24-hour Subway. Tony Roma’s (a restaurant in the hotel) had some of the best baby back ribs I’ve ever tasted. We stayed at the Wyndham Old San Juan after the cruise and would rather have been at the Condado Plaza. The Condado area is more convenient, the room was nicer, more choices of restaurants, much better pool area and the casino was a lot nicer.

Embarkation – We got to the pier at 1:15 pm and they started boarding around 1:30. By 2:15 we were in our cabin (Category 8D, Lido deck).

Cabin - Cabin features were the same as any other balcony cabin on Destiny class ships. However, our cabin needed some repair work. One of the closet doors would not stay shut and one of the doors to the medicine cabinet was out of alignment and didn’t shut properly. There were also small holes in the wall near the sofa. The air conditioning was excessive and the only way to get warm was to completely shut it off and open the door to the balcony. The carpeting, draperies and linens all appeared in good condition.

Crew – Our cabin steward, Junior, was wonderful. He greeted us as soon as we boarded and, when asked if he would make up our beds as a king, had it done within an hour. He was always available when we looked for him. The dining room staff seemed stretched to its capacity. One evening we were not even offered desserts and we had to ask for coffee/tea each evening. Additionally, we had requested second seating and were given first seating. Our request to change was never even acknowledged. On several occasions I went to the Shore Excursion office (when it was supposed to be open) and was unable to find someone to talk to. The Video Library attendant told me that Shore Excursion tickets were being sold at the Purser’s Desk. Service at the Sun and Sea Restaurant, Pizzeria and Grill was excellent. The casino staff was friendly and personable and even though we didn’t win, they made it less bothersome to lose.

Food – Although better than our last voyage on the Destiny, the food in the dining room was good, but not excellent. On several occasions our meat was not cooked as requested. My husband did state that the lobster tail was one of the biggest he’s seen on a cruise ship and flavorful. There also appeared to be no limit on them, as one of our dining companions had 3 of them. Every thing was presented beautifully and all of the salads and fruits appeared to be fresh and tasty. A note to new cruisers: although it is not mentioned on the menu, Sirloin Strip Steak and Baked Potato are available each evening (in case you can’t find something you want on the menu). The food in the buffet was better than expected. Hot food was always hot and cold food was chilled. Everything tasted like it had just been cooked, not been sitting around. We really enjoyed the Grill and had Pizza at least once a day.

Entertainment – The production shows are good; however, they are the same ones I saw on the Destiny a year and a half ago. It’s time for a change. The juggler was fantastic and the Adult Comedy Show was great. The show lounge fills up very early and if you want a good seat, plan on getting there 30-45 minutes before the show and sitting through Bingo.

Excursions – In St. Thomas we went on the Fiesta Party Boat and had a great time. Typical beach excursion with free flowing rum punch. In Antigua we went on the Miller Beach by the Sea Excursion. This could be skipped. The description stated a beautiful sandy beach with turquoise waters, a beach chair and a free drink. What we got was ˝ hour wait to get a beach chair (which you had to drag to where ever you wanted), 6 feet of rocks (just into the water), a 2 foot drop (which almost caused me to fall) and water that I couldn’t even see my feet through. In Guadeloupe we went on the King Papyrus Party boat. This was a fun time. The staff on the boat was very entertaining and got everyone involved. The beach they went to (Honeymoon Beach) was not the best, but it had a lot of little nooks and crannies where you could go off by yourself and lay in the sun or the shade. In Aruba we rented a Harley for the day and had a little run in with a local, however, we did get to enjoy the motorcycle for 3 hours and saw the Natural Bridge before our day came to an end.

Overall – It was a cruise and it’s hard not to have a good time on a cruise. However, I don’t think I will sail the Destiny again. This is the second time I have been disappointed by her. Subsequently, I don’t think I’ll book a New Year’s cruise again. Aside from the short party on New Year’s Eve, on the Lido deck, it was just like any other cruise and IMHO doesn’t warrant the extra fare. I will sail Carnival again, as a matter of fact I have the Sensation booked for April and am booking the Victory for September, but there’s just something about the Destiny…….
 
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