Is the Destiny an older ship? Is it a good one? My dad just got a retirement gift for 5 people for a cruise and he wants us to go on the Destiny flying out of San Juan to go to St. Thomas, Aruba, Barbados and Dominiqua??? I think thats where. Has anyone been on this particular cruise? Was it good??? Going at Easter 2006
It is not one of the newest ships in the fleet, but I've read a lot of good reviews on it. We're going on it in May 2006. I think it's a comparable age to the Inspiration, which we sailed LAST summer. Had no problems with it at all.
I've read that the Destiny is scheduled to go into dry dock in the fall of this year - for refurbishing - so I"m sure she'll be spruced up nicely before you or I sail.
As for the schedule of ports - they are supposed to be GREAT ports - with some beautiful beaches . If you do read a negative review here and there, do not let it discourage you. Everybody has their own opinion - and a few negative ones do not mean that the ship is a bad one. It's a ship, you'll be sailing on the ocean from one paradise to another - what can be bad about that??? Happy Sailing !!
1st Cruise - Carnival Inspiration - August 2004
2nd Cruise - Carnival Destiny - May 2006
My family just finished this cruise on May 1. It was a 7 day cruise. We had a great time. There were lots of kids on the cruise or so it seemed because we (5 adults in two cabins) were sandwiched between a couple of families who children were up at the crack of dawn and allowed to run from cabin to cabin and up and down the halls. If you are able ask not to be near cabins with children if you sleep late or stay up until they close the casinos. If you are taking children and teenagers there seemed to be many activities for them. This cruise did not have lots of structured activities on board. We loved all the ports we visited. We are not big shoppers and were mainly into the island history. After waiting an hour for a tour guide who was from one of the ship excursion outfits in the sweltering sun for a snorkeling trip in St. Thomas we decided to get a taxi driver to take us around in Dominica, Barbados and Aruba. That worked out in most of the places. On Dominica go to the Rainforest and where clothes that you donít mind getting wet. Better yet wear a swimsuit. There are some incredible waterfalls that you can actually walk over to and swim in the basin. You will get wet even if you donít go right up to the falls. Bring towels to dry off yourself. Barbados was very British. We hired a taxi driver to drive us around the island then asked him to drop us off while we went swimming at the Colony Club Hotel and Resort. You do not have to be a guest. This place was recommended by one of the staff members in the ship spa. It was very nice and the grounds were beautiful! Our driver arrived at the pre arranged time and he returned us to the ship. If you are into water play I recommend the De Palm Island in Aruba. It is an all inclusive island off of Aruba that has scuba diving, swimming and snorkeling and sailing I think. Your equipment is included along with food and drinks including alcohol. It is the best deal. No one will go hungry or thirsty. The underwater fish are incredible!! It is hard to believe such a variety of fish so close to shore. Debarkation on this ship is a nightmare. Try to eat breakfast either before you get your paperwork or right after you clear the shipí s admin. Just remember to be patient. The ship disembarks from level 1 on up.
I recommend going to the library or your local book store and getting Fodor's Caribbean 2005 and or Caribbean By Cruise Ship: The Complete Guide To Cruising. If you can only buy one get the The Complete Guide to Cruising. It is much light than Fodorís. Have Fun
Go, girl, go!!! I haven't been on the Destiny, but I went on the Paradise to St. Thomas, Dom. Rep., and Nassau. It was the most exciting ports I've been to so far. We've been on three cruises and have another one booked for July. I've heard the Destiny is a lot of fun. Have fun!!!
My favoriteship . 10 star if I could give it that many. The ports of call were wondefull. The staff on board were great and so helpful. I 'm planing on sailing this one again. The rum is really good on the ports of call. Megans bay is so very nice and we were able to use our own snorkles and taxi so not a big expense.The catermeran snorkel was great in Barbatos. Aruba will that is a great port of call. So much to see and do. have a great crusie.
Pride of America
I'm glad to hear the Destiny will be going to dry dock in the fall...I thought she was a bit dingy. Their beds, though, were the kind you wished you could bring home! The food was very good. The ports are wonderful. If you've been to St. Thomas then head over to St. John's and Trunk Bay. In Dominica we took the Rainforest Arial Tram ride....that was spectacular. (They warned about the heights but I didn't have any problem at all....you do get wet on this one.) In Barbados we went from one side of the island to the other seeing the sights inbetween. IMHO Aruba has the most beautiful water in the Caribbean. We did a highlights tour and then spent awhile shopping. We ate at Iguana Joes....great food! It's nice that the ship stays late in a couple of the ports. If you don't want to be off the ship at night in those ports they do have some activities taking place onboard ship.
My husband and I went on this ship over Easter break. We had a great time. More than enough room for both of us and most everyone on the ship that we met (both cruisers and staff) were very friendly. The food was good and I thought everything was clean. I had read that some people thought the ship was dirty, the rooms were bad and the staff was unfriendly but I think you make the most of your own vacation. If you want to have a good time, you will. We liked St. Thomas. We booked our own tour through a guy named Sunny which enabled us to do a little shopping (as we aren't big shoppers), a guided tour of the island and then a 2-3 hour stop at a beach of our choice. We chose Sapphire beach because you could use the resort's chairs and such. Dominica was the most beautiful island we thought. Reminded us of Hawaii, which was a real treat. Booked another tour, separate from Carnival, and met a bunch of people from the same area which I grew up in. Small world! We booked a tour through Carnival on Barbados and was disappointed. Too many people and the tour really did not deliver on their description. We rented a car in Aruba and explored on our own. That was fun and we got to spend a lot of time at Baby beach. The best snorkeling we have encountered since Hawaii. Huge and colorful fish! Not too busy either. If you have any other questions, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I travelled on the Destiny June 2004 and the entire experience was great. The entire cruise experience was one of a kind. The ports were great although it rained all day in Barbados....the islands we visited had the most pleasant people. I actually want to book my next cruise on the Destiny but my travel partners want to try another ship. Let me know if you have any specific questions.
We are leaving on the Destiny next Sunday and this is my personal favorite. I think it has the best ports of call with Aruba being my favorite. All the ports are really beautiful, Dominica didn't have alot to offer to us but I have heard rave reviews from other cruisers. If you need to know anything else I'll be glad to tell you when I get back.
The destiny was great! i went in sept. 03 and had a blast! i didint think they ship needed to be redone i thought that it was fine the way it was but that was a couple years ago.. I have booked another cruise for June 2006 and i should be back from drydock and its make-over by then... i cannot wait to see the changes.