CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Destiny Western Caribbean September 23, 2001

If you like "Las Vegas Cheap Chic" this ships for you. "Fun ship" (not)! Don't get me wrong, my husband & I had an awesome time, but that's because we're addicted cruisers and know how to play. We met great people the first day out & the gang of us (12) partied all week. however, the decor is a bit tacky for my taste. It reminded me of a grand hotel on land. The food on board was horrible & boring. Rice, rice & more rice. Ribs for lunch everyday!! We never quite finished our dinners (nothing spectacular on the menu) My son lives in Gloucester, Mass where lobster is abundant. The Destiny's lobster was passable. Forget the filet mignon & the chateaubriand. Tough, chewy & fatty. Weird combinations by the chef. As for the waiter at dinner I wanted to just scream at him. He was rude and not accomadating from day one. We are from NJ & our table companions were from PR (nice of Carnival to sit 2 couples together at a table for 4 when there is a language barrier.) Fortunately I speak a little spanish & she spoke a little English so we had lots of laughs all week. However the Spanish couple had a hard time ordering their meals because they couldn't read English I translated as well as I could.

Do you think the waiter would have offered a Spanis menu? I finallly asked to one 3 days later & we still didn't get one from him. I later found out the Spanish menu was on the flipside. What would it have taken if he told us this right away. We were invited to the Universal dining room one night & we found the waiters there mush more professional, fun & accomadating. As for the entertainment, why do the dancers have to have the butts cut out of their costumes for every show. On other cruise lines the entertainment is so much better & the performers are top notch with "whole" costumes. Embarkation & disembarkation was a l=o-n-g process. Come on Carnival, 1-1/2 hrs on line just to talk to immigration for 2 seconds! You need lessons fron Princess & Royal Caribbean. My husband thinks that value wise Carnival is good. I on the other hand feel where's the value if food is the type you can get at any local "all you can eat buffet". The crew really needs to take happy pills. We did come across some wonderful crew members but they were far & few in between. Other cruise lines let you know your on vacation from the minute you set foot on board, the vibes on the Destiny are "another week, another bunch". I would highly recommend trying RCI then judge for yourself. Worlds apart. Carnival in my opinion the K-Mart/Target of the cruise industry.

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