Carnival Destiny by M Affonso
May 20, 2007
Overall Impression: An above average itinerary with an average rating for a cruise.
Embarkation: Since the ship leaves at 10pm and we live in New York, taking the early morning same day departure was possible to San Juan, PR. We arrived at the dock at 2pm. (The taxi ride from the airport costs $20.00 round trip). Check in was a breese with no delays. We got on the ship, left out hand luggage in the room and left the ship to walk about the port area.
Ship and Decor: Average for this type of ship. Since Carnival heavily discounts (over $300.00 less per person inside cabin than Adventure if the Seas), cruise passengers tend to be the 'newbies' - read 'dont know how to act on a cruise. Not a very friendly bunch usually but that us understandable since they have never cruised before. Since the ship leaves from Puerto Rico, there is a preponderance of spanish speaking (and I mean NO ENGLISH people on board, which surprised me since Puerto Rico is supposed to be part of the US). The first two days tended to have spanish centered music as well). The decor o the ship was average for a ship of this class - ie mismatched tile,'smaltzy and glitsy at times'.
Shows and itinerary: Both were exellent indeed. The best island in my opinion was Dominica, followed by St Lucia, then Antigua, St Thomas and lastly Barbados (I would give the latter a miss). Shows were professionally done and acted.
Cuisine: Here, Carnival failed to impress me. In the past the meals and cuisine were excellent. This time all around the food was mediocre. Water stains on the cutlery as well as plates. Carnival appears to cutting corners here as well as in other areas (entertainment on the Lido deck was average). Breakfast served in the dining rooms appears to be better than that on deck.
Disembarkation: Very lengthy process indeed. We docked at around 7.30am. We were the last group off the ship at 11.30am!!!! The process was very orderly and well run from Carnival's end. US Border Security takes their time....and they should!!!
Summary: If you want a cruise that is affordable with an excellent itinerary, then choose this ship. There is only one day at sea. However, if you would like a more 'upscale' clientelle, then choose Royal Caribbean or the other lines.