My co-worker Tia and I had a great time aboard the Destiny, this was Tia's first cruise and my second time on the Destiny. We flew in the day before and had a great time in Miami, we got up early had breakfast and headed to the port, check in was easy and we were on board with in 20min. The ship looked great, everything was in tip top shape, when I think about how old this ship is and the wear and tear she endures I must say she has held up well.
We did the norm for us which is head up to the lido deck for lunch, nothing special just the reg hot dog, french fries, hamburgers, no long lines as we were one of the first to board. I showed Tia around a bit, took lots of photos and went back down to deck 3 to watch everyone board and get our first DOD!!! IT WAS GOOD!!! Cabins were ready at 1:30 so off we went to my first balcony room ever, I love it, it will be hard to go back to an oceanview after this one, but I decided that when I travel with the girls I will do OV and when I'm with my FI I will do a Balcony. Tia and I were hardly ever in the cabin, we partied big time
Our first night dinner was the so good, we had YTD and went around 8pm they were a little rusty getting things going but we could have cared less we took the beeper and went to one of the lounges until it beep. The food was hot, fresh and really really good, I can't say that for the 2nd night, but that was due to the service and not the food, it came out cool and some things were just cold. We still enjoyed dinner and our wine, we just ask not to be seated in that section the remainder of the cruise, and after that the dinner was great the food was hot, fresh, and the service was amazing. Let me sum it up buy saying the food on this ship is really good, the best I've had on a Carnival cruise and it was this way when I sailed her in 2009. Oh I forgot to say that when we went back to our cabin the first night we had note saying sorry we had to wait so long for dinner and a speacial treat, I thought that was a nice touch.
Okay so on to Key West, we had a ball looking at all the sights and when I say sights I mean the Fantasy Fest sights
!!! I could not believe my eyes, those people put the P in party and that's all I'm going to say about that.
Now on to Cozumel, we did the Isla Pasion by twister , IT WAS THE BOMB!!!! We had a great time on a beautiful island (Shout out to Ida, girl you are crazy). The food was just okay, but who cares this place was B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L and the rum punch seem to be good because my home girl Tia had her fare share, I drank beer only and it was nice and cold. Oh no!!! it my lunch break I'll finish this when I return in an hour.
Whew!!! I'm back, after the great time in Cozumel we got back on the ship around 6:30pm I was still pumped up from the twister boat ride back so I went up on the lido deck to see what was going on, and they were winding down on the cupid sfuffle which I got in on and then headed back to the cabin with a DOD in hand. Tia was taking a nap
so I just hung out on the balcony for a bit before dinner, I ask TIa if she were joining me but she grunted and I took that as a no
!!! (can anyone say rum punch). Oh well off I go by myself, I had a great meal again and did I mention that everyone was so polite and nice, always speaking, I'm talking about the guest and staff. The staff went over and beyond to make our cruise a joy, our room stewart was one of the nices guys I've had the pleasure sailing with and talking to everytime I saw him.
Well it's HALLOWEEN and I got up to go out to take pictures of all the decorations and there were none, so I went to guest service to get a print out of my charges while there I askd where the decoration were, she stated oh no were boring "but I do have on pumkin earrings" so I said okay!!! Went back to the cabin a little dissapointed as I just knew they would have decorations and on the way there they were in a pile in several places, they were just starting to blow them up and my excitement returned.
That night everyone seemed to be in costume, I know everyone did not dress up, but a lot sure did, Tia was a pirate and I was a sexy nurse. I will be posting my pictures on facebook, CC and cruisemates photo gallery. I took a lot of pictures of the ship, fantasy fest and halloween night on the ship. There were a lot of private parties on board and we managed to get invited to the baby boomers party( so Doreen if you're out there a big thanks and hug to you). That night in the disco was so much fun Tia and I danced with two guys dressed as snow white and the other was sleeping beauty what a riot!!!. FUN!!! FUN!!! FUN!!! I stayed in the disco as long as I could, I'm not a big fan of rap music so after a while I went to the casino, Tia is 12 years younger than myself so she close the place down!!!
!!! I got to the cabin around 2am with the best pizza in hand that I've ever had on any carnival ship and relaxed out on the balcony for the last night or should I say morning
The morning came fast and leaving was so sad, I hate that part, but we must all endure it, debarking was a breeze we were off and at the airport by 10am. Our flight was a late one, 7:10pm, so we decided to catch the Airport Flyer to south beach, it runs every 20min for $2.35 each way, we got off at Lincoln road, we shopped, lunched and went out to the beach for some more pictures. It started to rain but that didn't stop us we bought ponchos and kept on walking rain an all. We then headed back to the airport around 5pm we checked in, went to the bar and had a couple of beers before boarding our smooth flight home. So, can you tell we had a great time on our trip? The Destiny is not through yet as some have said, she's had some problems, but all was fixed and well when we sailed her and I would not think twice about booking her for a third time, WE HAD AN AWESOME TIME!!!