We reviewed a ton of information on all of the cruise lines prior to our sailing and selected the Carnival's Destiny. It certainly helped to improve our experience on the Destiny. We traveled with a group of 18 people and had the time of our lives.
The ship is unbelievable. Thanks to the internet we were able to get a lot of information on the ships and the ports prior to our trip. There was a lot of info on the Destiny attesting to just how unbelievable this ship is. You won't be disappointed. We weren't.
Embarkation: This was the only part of the trip that was kind of a bummer. It was crowded and disorganized, but after we got through this part, it was smooth cruising.
Cabins: We were on the 10th floor and it was just on the south side of heaven. We had our own private deck with a picnic table, glass railing, and a view that was phenomenal. The accommodations were excellent and the service rendered by the staff was truly unsurpassed. It couldn't of been any better.
The Ship It took all of us the entire week to get the lay of the land of this ship because it is SO big. What a boat! We explored every inch of the ship (including down below where the staff stayed). It was immaculate. They actually have water slides on this vessel. One great feature was the workout facilities. You can ride the stationary bike while looking out at the Caribbean. What a sensation! They have trainers, tanning booths, salons, you name it. Better than Family Fitness and a much better location and friendlier staff.
Dining: There are more options than anyone can possibly experience. We ate at all of the restaurants. The food was great and there was plenty of it. The dining rooms are luxurious and very clean. We had the best waiter and a great table overlooking the water. Our tablemates were from our own group, so it was like a party every night!
Ports We went on our own in Cozumel. We went to Carlos O'briens and I am afraid that I had a little tooo much celebration that day. Some of the best snorkeling I have ever done though. The water was about thirty feet deep and crystal clear. Stay away from those thatched huts on the beach, though. I don't remember too much after I went inside one of them. The margaritas are STRONG!
In Grand Cayman we highly recommend Sting Ray City. It is a unbelievable sensation to be hand feeding huge (as big as four feet across) Sting Rays. CREEPY but exciting. We went out on a boat about four miles with another group and had a fantastic day!
The best tour and time we had was in Jamaica. We enjoyed Ocho Rios the best as we had Ionie McBeam for our tour guide "Queen McBeam" took the best care of us and we can not say enough good things about her. As we were hiking up Dunns River Falls we noticed that Ionie had hiked down the trail along the Falls to meet us and was video taping our group with our own video camera that we had left in her van. UNBELIEVABLE! She took us through the rest of the most favorite attractions including Fern Gulley and the Rain Forrest. We went to BiBiBips and had some great authentic jerked chicken I would highly recommend Ionie as a tour guide and have to many people. Ionie is well know and respected in Ocho Rios and she keeps all of the riff raff away and knows all of the best places to eat, shop, hit the beach, or just relax. Her website is www.ocho-rios.com and email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Her phone number is 876-975-5279. Drop her an email You will be very satisfied.
That pretty much ended our Ports of Call on a high note. I would highly recommend the Carnival Destiny, Stingray City in the Grand Caymans and STRONGLY recommend Ionie when you get to Ocho Rios for a tremendous tour.
Good luck and happy cruising!!