Although this will be our 5th cruise, this will be our first on Carnival. We are booked on the Carnival Destiny 2-27-05 out of San Juan. ( our first southern Caribbean cruise) We have previously cruised with RCCL, Princess and Costa. We chose Carnival this year mainly due to it's fabulous itinerary. ( Barbado, St. Thomas, Aruba etc.) Because of the number of negative reviews We have been reading, we sure would like to hear something positive. We are also looking for a nice hotel for the night before. We have reserved the Embassy Suites, but are looking at other options. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.