This was the very first cruise for us. All of us had contemplated a cruise for years, but had a lot of reservations about doing so. We We were absolutely blown away by the quality of this experience! We had two friends that were on the cruise with us, and they feel the same way. We are avid travellers and are very picky... and this cruise far exceeded our every expectation!
The Destiny is a magnificent ship. The crew were stunning in their ability to give personal service. Our dining room waiters were Punya and Wardana, both were the best waiters I have ever had. It was a five-star dining experience every night.
Prior to going I read a lot of negative things about all of the cruise ships through personal reviews, and I have to tell you to severely discount them. These people that write them must be the negative nellies of the world that are impossible to please! We are avid travelers, and were amazed at how this experience far exceeded our expectations.
We booked an inside cabin, which was great. Very clean and roomy. In the future, however, we are inclined to go on newer ships like the Destiny and for a little more get a balcony cabin (the newer ships have more balcony cabins and are therefore less expensive to obtain than the older ones). Our room steward was Olga, and she was absolutely wonderful.
There were always open decks to go out on and gaze at the sun, the water... how beautiful! The ship was maintained very well, always clean and fresh smelling.
The food was excellent. Our waiters were Punya and Wardana, and they were the among the best waiters I have ever experienced. We had a five-star dining experience every night. We chose late seating, and will always do so in the future. If you do not have children, it is the way to go. You are not rushed at all and have ample time to go and have a shower and get ready for dinner with a cocktail before.
It took a week to see the whole ship. And we were amazed every day. She is a magnificent ship!
We are already booked on the Triumph in the Fall and soon to be booked on the Spirit in March of 2003. We can't wait!
Hats off to you, Carnival for a job well done!