We just booked on the Destiny in October 2006. The Carnival rep. explained that there will be a dry dock in Oct. They make minor repairs to the ship, replace carpet, bed linens curtains, painting.... Carnival has no intention of laying this ship to rest. She's only 9 years old!!! Carnival has ships (Holiday, Celebration) that are 20 years old and stil in very good condition. The average life of a cruise ship is 25-30 years. Have a good trip and give us your report!!!