May 23, 2004
Our family sailed on Carnival Destiny from San Juan,P.R and we all had a wonderful week aboard this great Superliner.Two of us were first time cruisers. I had heard previously about Carnival ships being rowdy with young partygoers, but I can say the behavior of all the guests could not have been better.
Boarding: was a bit chaotic as it had been raining all morning in San Juan, but did not take too long (considering the crowd)after we had our documents checked and entered the Fun Pass line. We checked in, had our security and cruise memories photos taken, boarded the vessel and arrived in our cabins in about 45 minutes after arriving at the pier.
Cabins: were ready, clean and well organized.We unpacked and checked out the info. in our cabins concerning the Safety Drill.
The ship was really beautiful, a real floating resort, lots to do on days at sea. We had a great Cruise Director, Josh, from Phily, he's a blast,
St Thomas: We did Paradise Point, then took a scenic drive on the way to Megans Bay. This was a great 3 hour beach excursion. There is a local restaurant at the beach. Next stop was BlackBeards Castle, and a stop into Charlotte Amalie, and back to the ship.Very nice island.
Dominica:We had our stay cut short here due to a medical emergency after leaving St. Thomas.The Capt. elected to turn around to St. Croix and we're glad to learn from Josh, that the passenger was doing fine after surgery. Nevertheless,
Barbados: After a night of rocking and rolling because of strong winds and rough seas, we arrived in Bajan land. Great beaches in Barbados.Did the city tour, passed by UWI, went to Signal Gun Hill among other places and of course a beach at Divi Southwinds in ChristChurch. Last but certainly not least, a Sunset Dinner Cruise and really , really, I mean really enjoyed well seasoned Flying Fish, etc. Back to the ship, we leave at 10 PM
Day at Sea:Buffet breakfast, a salt water swim in the pool, water slide,jogging track to burn off those extra pounds I've added to my frane in 3 days, and yes, more food, ice cream etc.
Aruba: Talk about leaving the best for last, if I had any say,I would have stayed an extra day.We didtheNatural bridge, Rock Formation City, California Lighthouse tour capped of by a drive back to the ship via all the Resort hotels in Aruba. Ate on board the ship, went shopping in the city center which is across from the pier, then took a taxi ($10 each way per person)for a dip in the most inviting water and softest sand I've ever felt under my feet. When we arrived at Palm Beach, a local radio ststion was throwing a major lunchtime/early afternoon party, and it was Goooood.We met many Carnival guests there.Then there was the Sunset Cocktail Cruise, Wow!Green Iguanas.Set sail at 11 PM.
Day At sea:Similar to the first day at sea, but a few different things happening, an ice sculpture of a unicorn. This is where we pack up to leave next morning.
There are to formal Dinner Nights, Tuesday and Thursday.Excellent menus in the Dining Rooms. We had a late sitting and boy was the food great.
Thanks Carnival for an excellent first cruise. Looking forward to the Valor next May(2005).