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Old 07-21-2007, 03:30 AM
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I think he left, but Cas should be back tommorow to tell us all about it.
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Old 07-26-2007, 02:55 AM
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Welcome Back Casanova!

Read you had a great time

Hope you post a review.
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Old 07-26-2007, 04:38 PM
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thanks for the welcome islandcruz,
The only problem is now I have the cruise fever and the prescription is a new cruise
So I know I have to make a new booking pretty soon...

As for the ship:

Well I know many of you have a few questions about the carnival Destiny
Since I had been reading some reviews about the ship is better if I can give you the truth about this ship and a few pointers of it.
Here are a few important points:
• Is not true that carnival destiny has problems with air conditioning, ok the air conditioning on the second level of the palladium need some work because is not working at all but if you are worried about your cabin that’s not the case.
• You can enter the ship at 12:30 pm so instead of going at 2:30 pm is better to get there before that time in order to avoid long lines. I went about 11 am and enter the ship with no problems at 12:30 pm., they also give you some Rum samples as you pass the liquor store near the entrance.
• The food is great you can decide between Chinese food, the deli, buffet and pizza, almost any kind of food you want. The service is A+ and the food is more than ok I had no complains with it.
• Room service was a good even better than other lines like RCCL or that’s my case. Every time I called room service they do their work in the way it was suppose to be and let me clarify this, when you had a good room service they do their work and you wouldn’t even notice they are there, you know all mornings I went to breakfast and put my “ you can do my room now” sign and after eating I always came back to my cabin before going to the island and they have already do all the work… that’s a good and fast room service
• The ship needs a little reconditioning but they always try their best to keep the Destiny in shape and in every port they work on her in order to do so.
• If you are invited to the Past guest party DONT MISS IT!! Free drinks, good appetizers and they give you a more tickets for the raffle of the free cruise at the end of the trip.
• They make a video (FUN VIDEO) about your vacations and they usually give you a “preview” of it during the week at your cabin TV. They will tell you that they will be on selected tours and they will film it in order to make the video. THAT’S NOT TRUE!! Why??
o I bought the video, during the week they told us that the tour of “Dolphin and whale encounter” was the one they selected and that it will be on the video. Because I wanted to see the dolphin encounters and since I went to other tour because of the time limit I couldn’t get it during our visit to Dominica. But is not on the video, they just recycle a few videos from other past cruises and then they add a few video opportunities from your cruise and WALA here is your video, the video is not worth it believe me…

This is not a long review I will like to make a good review about the ship on cruise reviews but don’t know how any help will be great…
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Old 07-26-2007, 05:44 PM
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welcome home. I have been checking everyday, thought you might have fallen overboard or better yet made a stake on an island and not want to come home. Beings we are going on the Destiny I am very anxious to read all you have to say about her. I was surprized you haven't written a review yet. Well mabye you need to get your sea legs back. Was it sunny? Nice waters? oh I am so envious.
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Old 07-27-2007, 09:47 AM
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Casanova frankenstein: Thanks for the review. I have passed it on to my daughter who will be signing on in September. What can you tell us about the Shows and the Theater, She is a dancer and her boyfriend is the sound tech.

Also how did you get to San Juan? Or did you sail out of Barbados. Do you reccomend flying in a day early, Where would you stay.


Thanks, CruiseDad
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Old 07-27-2007, 10:57 AM
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BOARDING San Juan PR (15-july-2007)
My wife and I arrived to the port around 11:30 am, first there is no parking near the port so if you arrive early it will be easy to find one but if you come by taxi there should be no problem at all. As soon as you arrive to the port go straight to the terminal, you should not have any problem to enter without any lines 10 minutes at most. After you check in you should wait maybe until 12:30 pm. so they start calling you for boarding. Yes there is a duty free liquor store near the terminal, free samples also, where you can buy almost any rum you want. After that just put it in our carry on and go through security no questions ask. The cabins will not be ready until 2:00 pm. so go straight to the buffet as soon as you enter you will have many selections to choose from. NICE BUFFET!!!
Why do you want to get in early?
First day of the cruise so you should enjoy every minute of it, you can go down and visit old San Juan if you have the time and also at 3:00 pm the matrie will be at the first floor of the Galaxy restaurant if you need to change your table, like myself, is better to do it as soon as you can. I had no trouble changing mine since they were not already assigned to other passengers, so get early in order to make the necessary arrangement for your dinner table.
CARNIVAL DESTINY
We found the ship in good condition and they work on it everyday in order to do so, but as you should expect it is a 1996 ship so there are some problems. We had a balcony cabin on the Verandah Deck. It was a great clean cabin, no odors, and has more bathroom space than any other cabin I had ever been, specially the shower. Ok there are no problems with air conditioning on your cabin I was on the 8 floor and it was a nice cold temperature all the trip. I can not say the same for the palladium theater the second floor had no air conditioning at all. If you are going to the shows go to the first level, if you are in the second floor please get seats at down part of it so you are near the first floor you can get their air conditioning this way, this is a first one for me, on my last trip at the carnival destiny (2005), the air conditioning on the second floor was as cold as ice but for some reason it was not the case this time. The stores on board have good prices and they also will have a few raffles during the trip we never win anything but are a good opportunity if you are lucky and they are free of charge. The last day of the cruise the will have nice prices or specials so if you are interested in something expensive wait for that day. But remember there are some days that they will choose to make for example “diamonds day” so is up to you because that day will be a good day to buy also.
FOOD
The food in the Universe Dining room was excellent. Variety was always good something for everyone. The food on the Lido deck was a good option if you don’t want to get all dress up also. There are a few nice options almost all the days of your cruise like: burgers, sandwiches, fries, Chinese food and the pizza on the back deck. We did the buffet almost everyday and WOW anything you want is there no complains at all.
Breakfast on the Lido deck would be my only complaint. First they have only one omelet station per line and they make you wait even if you don’t order one. I never order an omelet but since the people in front of me order it I had to wait before getting what I want and a few persons even order more than one, so the line was always way too long. I believe carnival should have a special line out of the buffet only for the people that wants omelet because is not fair for me or my fellow passengers to wait for something that we don’t want. The “scrambled eggs” were not excellent but they were not bad, my wife did not like them but there are other options at the buffet like fruits, pancakes, bacon, etc. There is also the option of continental breakfast via room service. Just place your order the night before and it arrives at your requested time in the morning.
ENTERTAINMENT
The entertainment was Great We went to each one of them. Al Romero was great you will enjoy a great comedy with him. As for the shows the have made some changes, in one of the shows they even mix Spanish and English songs in order to satisfy all their audience. There is also the normal couch show and the dancing Vegas style you will not get bored with them. The magician is worth the try and there is another comedian I don’t remember his name but he was ok not great. There is also the casino they have an option so you can use your sail and sign card DON’T USE IT!!! Tourist trap is better to use money so you can control how much you spend. As for the night life well is a fun ship!!! you should have Latin nights, all night parties, conga lines etc.
Just a note:
If you are a past guest like myself remember to go to the past guest party FREE DRINKS!!! You will see a video of Carnival from their first ship to the new ones but I really enjoy it and at the end they have a raffle so maybe you are luck who knows.
Generally this is a great Cruise I really enjoy it, the price is excellent for five islands, the ship is a nice FUN ship for the price and well I will be returning to it next year if I am lucky…
As for the cruise itinerary I will later post one at the Caribbean port chat…
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