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Carnival Destiny

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on January 29, 2011

We had a balcony cabin on deck six, a good location midway between the dining establishments. Up three floors to deck nine and we were at the pool deck and buffet. A huge movie screen hangs over the pool and there always seems to be a din out here but maybe not quite as loud as the outdoor theater on Princess. You’ll find a grill or two with burgers, hot dogs, and fried chicken plus French fries, a pizzeria (not thin crust but a variety of toppings is tempting), and a soft ice cream dispenser.

The buffet opens at 7:00 am most days, 6:30 for an early port call. If you get here earlier, sometimes you can get coffee from the urns or pastries. No coffee makers in the cabins. People eat breakfast late here; you can still see guests wolfing down eggs around 11. Then all the food places shut down until lunch at 12:00. Often we would be hungry by 11:30 and have nowhere to go, not even the grills. Ditto for dinner. Everything shuts down and reopens at 6:00pm. And there is no 24 hour café open anywhere. Downstairs is a coffee bar, but you have to pay and it just has desserts. I missed the more liberal hours and food availability on the other cruise lines. 

There’s a NY Deli that serves corn beef sandwiches and lox and bagels at a side window, but it’s not open for breakfast. This was the only smoked salmon available on the cruise. And another side window, Happy Valley, serves Chinese food: a different selection of noodles, stir-fries, and spring rolls each day. The food overall was very good. We ate in the dining room each evening and enjoyed getting waited on. Portions were small but tasty, just as they should be.



Throughout the ship, the bars always seemed packed. The casino filled up quickly too. In contrast to Princess, where everyone with gray hair goes to bed by 10pm (including me), this place livens up in the later hours. It can be noisy. You can stroll around the atrium shops or duck in the library if you want some quiet, but it isn’t a big ship.

The beds were very comfortable, and the shower is larger than on most cruise lines although the curtain comes up short. The shower was forceful enough and you get bar soap as well as liquid soap plus other toiletries. Storage space is adequate although the hangars are weird. Aisles in the hallways seem to be larger than on Princess or RCCL. You also get a couch and small table in the room with adds extra space. No refrigerator. This was a short cruise but there didn’t seem to be a whole lot to do. Some activities that died down to nearly nothing on the day we were in Cozumel, and no show that night either. No classes, no wine tasting, no culinary demo. There’s a paucity of things to do. I don’t know if this applies to the short cruises or the entire cruise line but I found myself wishing for some special interest sessions that might offer something different. Princess even had a book club on our last cruise with them. If you’re young and looking for fun, this is the cruise line for you. If you want more amenities, more things to do and places to go, and a quieter more elegant crowd, choose a different ship.



3 Responses to “Carnival Destiny”

  1. My daughter and her boyfriend took a Carnival cruise last spring and it was perfect for them – but they’re young! I’m with you. This does sound like fun but I think I prefer something a little more sophistocated.

  2. Yes, it’s good for singles and party people. There wasn’t a whole lot going on otherwise.

  3. And we really missed the Promenade Cafe from RCCL or the International Cafe on Princess where you can get a snack or early morning coffee. We’re up at the crack of dawn and appreciate when continental breakfast is available for the early birds. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the service was very good on the Destiny. The ship seemed older and maybe not quite as well kept up as our Emerald Princess cruise, where we saw a guy on deck swabbing the joints with an anti-rust solution, there was no peeling paint, and all seemed fresh.

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