In looking at Carnivalís Destiny Southern Caribbean itinerary, it seems at every island people embark and dis-embark? This is the first ship that it seems at every port new cruisers get on for a 7 day cruise. If you get on in San Juan then 7 days later you get off in San Juan. If you get on the ship in Barbados, then 7 days later you get off in Barbados. It seems at every port some cruisers end their cruise while other start.
I have not seen this on other ships. There seems to be a lot more rooms available on this ship vs other non Carnival ships doing the same itinerary. Do folks who have taken this ship, find the people different on the ship (more non English speaking folks)? Do kids have a harder time making friends since cruisers keep changing (you donít have the same people for 7 days).
We sailed the Destiny shortly after it was moved to San Juan a couple of years ago.
We noticed very few people beginning or ending their cruise in the other ports.
Now that people have had a chance to get to know the plan, it might be different.
It's just Barbados and Aruba in addition to San Juan, not every stop. But the ship does leave those ports at 10:00 p.m. That means you can spend lots of time in port. It also means shorts are allowed in the dining room those nights. The majority of the people get on in San Juan and yes there are quite a few local people onboard as they don't have the extra cost of airfare. We saw them conducting the lifeboat drill for the people who got on in Aruba and there were only about 20 people.
I haven't noticed multiple embarkatiions on any other Carnival cruise.
We sailed the first year the Destiny was in San Juan. It seemed that most of the people got in in San Juan. There were a few at the other ports. But we really could not tell as we were off on our shore excursions and enjoyed the long ports of call. I think the amount of locals were no match to all of us that flew in. This is one ship I want to do a repeat on.
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We just sailed the Destiny 2/27. As sls said, it is just Barbados & Aruba in addition to San Juan, and there were only a few passengers embarking or disembarking at either of the two. Not enough to affect kids from making friends. We observed that some of the passengers embarking from Barbados & Aruba were in fact US citizens, taking a pre or post-cruise vacation in those ports.