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We were so excited to take our first cruise. We sailed out of Miami, on the ship called Destiny. It was fairly large ship nearly 900 ft long. We had a balcony room on the 9th floor. Our room was very nice, no complaints at all with the room. Our first port was Nassau. What a dump, why would a cruise port be a such a terrible location? Our second stop was Half Moon Cay. Very nice stop, We would have been happy to just stay there, but no we had to cruise to Grand Turk. Another place to WTF happened here, the port was nice, but the rest of the island was terrible. The beach was ok, but the view was obstructed by looking at the overgrown bath tub toy. We must have been in some bad weather as we could feel the boat list, sway, shuttle, raise and lower. Uncomfortable to say the least. The food was adiquate, not any better than your local Ponderosa or buffett. We ate every night in the dinning room, at the same table with the same people. Why????? Aren't you supposed to meet new people, what are the rules here???? The pool was a joke, way to small to be called a pool. We have sat in hot tubs larger than these. Oh by the way, in no means is a cruise all inclusive. I just don't like going to places where they nickle and dime you every single day. We had to prepay our tips, $120.00 and then have to pay a tip each time we get a drink??? And then the Matrede wants an additional tip, again WTF! Once I found that little envelope, I did place a small note saying we already tipped, be happy. We probably won't be cruising again at least not with Carnival. We really like the all inclusive adult only resorts. We did find many secluded areas for extra curricular activities as well as the use of our balcony. I was just surprised the boat was not smoother than it was. Al
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We were so excited to take our first cruise. We sailed out of Miami, on the ship called Destiny. It was fairly large ship nearly 900 ft long. We had a balcony room on the 9th floor. Our room was very nice, no complaints at all with the room. You selected an older ship..room size is great though.

Our first port was Nassau. What a dump, why would a cruise port be a such a terrible location? Our second stop was Half Moon Cay. Very nice stop, We would have been happy to just stay there, but no we had to cruise to Grand Turk. Another place to WTF happened here, the port was nice, but the rest of the island was terrible. The beach was ok, but the view was obstructed by looking at the overgrown bath tub toy. Did you reaearch any of your ports? Nassau and Granfd Turk, are enjoyed by many cruisers..is the bathtub toy you refer to, YOUR ship?

We must have been in some bad weather as we could feel the boat list, sway, shuttle, raise and lower. Uncomfortable to say the least. The food was adiquate, not any better than your local Ponderosa or buffett. We ate every night in the dinning room, at the same table with the same people. Why????? Aren't you supposed to meet new people, what are the rules here???? )Older ships lack the specialty restaurants, but you would have to pay for them...something it sounds like you would not be happy doing.
The pool was a joke, way to small to be called a pool. We have sat in hot tubs larger than these. Oh by the way, in no means is a cruise all inclusive. I just don't like going to places where they nickle and dime you every single day. We had to prepay our tips, $120.00 and then have to pay a tip each time we get a drink??? And then the Matrede wants an additional tip, again WTF! Once I found that little envelope, I did place a small note saying we already tipped, be happy. Yes, you have to tip the bartenders, as they are NOT included in the 120.00...no one has ever said a cruise is all inclusive,again, did you not research, or did your ta not explain things fully to you? The crew earns every penny. Pools on many ships are not huge.

We probably won't be cruising again at least not with Carnival. We really like the all inclusive adult only resorts. We did find many secluded areas for extra curricular activities as well as the use of our balcony. I was just surprised the boat was not smoother than it was.Your extra curricular activities were no doubt taped by the security cameras..secluded for you maybe but the eyes are watching...

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Perhaps if you had asked more questions about the food, tipping policies, ports and the ship itself, rather than where the secret sex spots were, you might have had a better time.

I have a hard time comprehending that you believed the cruise was "all inclusive".

Hopefully you will find a vacation that you enjoy.

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Boy, I thought this was just another person who didn't do their homework before cruising, but the sex thread was an eye opener.

I am sorry you had so many problems with your cruise. The good news is you learn so much with the first one, that the second will be alot better.
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OF the ports listed the only one we don't care for is Nassau. But when we were on the Destiny we enjoyed our selves.

I have to agree with others that you did not do enough research prior to booking your cruise. If you want an inclusvie cruise then you definitely were on on the right line and the price paid for the cruise does reflect this as you will pay more up front for and all inclusive cruise.

Maybe you will do more research and try another cruise line.
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The sex spots where the best spots on the boat. lol We did find another open couple who enjoyed the same activities as we do. We have found some nice new friends from NC. I am not too sure why they close the pools early 11 pm and the hot tubs at Midnight???? Why so early. The cleaning of the pools takes less than 1 hr. This could be done at 5am It was funny being kicked out of the pool many nights, just to move over and jump into the hot tub. This is not anything like we witness in Jamaica. Money aside, we don't think cruising is for us. Thanks anyway Al
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What a shame that you found nothing good about cruising. I just came back from a cruise to Nassau and loved the port. We took a jeep tour around the island and had a wonderful time. The ship I sailed on was the Sensation and it is about the same age as Destiny. A cruise is what you make it and your post feels like you were determined not to like it. As for food I have done 10 cruises with Carnival and almost always found the food to be excellent. Before I go on any cruise I utilize their website to research the ports. I also use this site and others to get the info I need.

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As hard as it is for those of us who love cruising to understand, there are people who just don't like it. There seems to be a divide between people who love all inclusive resorts, and those who love cruises. We argue (good naturedly) about this all the time at work. I think the bottom line is that any vacation is what you make of it. I can honestly say that I've never been on a bad vacation, and we've done many different things, from tent camping at minimal service state parks to numerous cruises. We've never been to an all inclusive (Mrs. Brown says no), but I have no doubt I'd enjoy that too. We both love cruises and are eagerly anticipating our Hawaii cruise in April 2012... so far off though!

Most of the original poster's complaints are all standard fare to regular cruisers. I'm probably in the minority, but I like feeling the ship's motion- reminds me of my Navy days!

On our recent cruise on the Imagination, a portion of the forward dining room was set aside for "Your time dining" passengers or some such name, so I think Carnival is adressing this complaint. I personally enjoy having the regular table, table mates and waiters, but we've always had wonderful table companions so that makes it more than tolerable.

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Yep, it sounds like cruising just isn't for you. No problem. There are lots of A.I. resorts where you can have a wonderful time. It's a shame that you didn't do a bit more homework before your first cruise, so that you could have chosen a ship, and itinerary more suited to your liking, but I'm not sure it would have made much difference. Like the poster above noted, cruising just isn't for everyone.

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Like everyone has said cruising is not for everyone. I know my hubby would not enjoy himself on a cruise, in fact I know he would probably hate it. He would much rather go on a land vacation this is why I cruise with my girlfriends.
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Sex spots? Really?!? I think your post should have started off with the phrase, Dear Penthouse forum....... Hey if you like that thing and don't do it where a child could unexpectedly walk up on you or see it then more power to you. Just know that as somebody already mentioned you probably added to some ship's security officer's porno stash.

As to your concerns and complaints. As some have said, cruising isn't for everybody. Yes the ship is on water, and it will move, just as a jet liner hits turbulent weather, in a clear cloudless sky a ship can't cross an underlying swell that causes motion on a clear and beautiful day. Nassau is only a dump if you don't venture outside of the actual town. It's a perfect venue to take a snorkeling, or boating trip, or to get out and tour the island. It's a shame you didn't try one of these ideas. Cruise food isn't going to be Wolfgang Puck or Emirl Lagasse unless you book one of the premium or upscale lines. It is easily as good as most of what you find in Vegas however, and in some cases just as good as a meal that people pay $50 a plate for. If you ate in the dining room every single night, that's your choice. ALL cruise lines now offer some form of flexible dining and flexible venues. You can't really blame the ship for your own choices. Yes cruise ship pools are fairly small because of limited deck space (even on the super giant ships), but honestly they are no smaller then most of the modern motel pools I am seeing and they usually are deeper then most motel pools these days as well. In addition I KNOW that since you were on a Carnival ship it had a slide for entertainment and that is more then you can say of just about ALL modern pools NOT in a water park. I certainly hope your TA didn't tell you a cruise was all inclusive. If he did you should pick another TA, if you didn't use a TA then it's your own fault for not doing any research. Pools are closed early because of issues of liability. Cruise lines don't want some drunk idiot getting in the things and drowning at 2AM in the morning and then having family members sue the company for negligence. Most hotels and motels have the exact same policy. Jamaica is a beautiful island.....if you go to the right places, stay out of the wrong places and don't happen to be in an area where the vendors can harass the Hell out of you. I could write that same line about almost every single place you can vacation in the Caribbean and even though I haven't been to Grand Turk personally I would imagine the same thing is true there. Every stop is what you make of it.

Look I can see by your snide references to over sized bath tub toys, and the difficulties of having to tip that you were determined to nitpick your cruise experience to death. Maybe you didn't go in to it with that attitude but you certainly left it that way. I think that's a real shame to be honest. You spent a fair amount of money on your vacation. Even if it didn't meet your expectations you really should have tried to make the most of it and your enjoy yourself rather then complaining about such trivial details.
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We were so excited to take our first cruise. We sailed out of Miami, on the ship called Destiny. It was fairly large ship nearly 900 ft long. We had a balcony room on the 9th floor. Our room was very nice, no complaints at all with the room. You selected an older ship..room size is great though.

Our first port was Nassau. What a dump, why would a cruise port be a such a terrible location? Our second stop was Half Moon Cay. Very nice stop, We would have been happy to just stay there, but no we had to cruise to Grand Turk. Another place to WTF happened here, the port was nice, but the rest of the island was terrible. The beach was ok, but the view was obstructed by looking at the overgrown bath tub toy. Did you reaearch any of your ports? Nassau and Granfd Turk, are enjoyed by many cruisers..is the bathtub toy you refer to, YOUR ship?

We must have been in some bad weather as we could feel the boat list, sway, shuttle, raise and lower. Uncomfortable to say the least. The food was adiquate, not any better than your local Ponderosa or buffett. We ate every night in the dinning room, at the same table with the same people. Why????? Aren't you supposed to meet new people, what are the rules here???? )Older ships lack the specialty restaurants, but you would have to pay for them...something it sounds like you would not be happy doing.
The pool was a joke, way to small to be called a pool. We have sat in hot tubs larger than these. Oh by the way, in no means is a cruise all inclusive. I just don't like going to places where they nickle and dime you every single day. We had to prepay our tips, $120.00 and then have to pay a tip each time we get a drink??? And then the Matrede wants an additional tip, again WTF! Once I found that little envelope, I did place a small note saying we already tipped, be happy. Yes, you have to tip the bartenders, as they are NOT included in the 120.00...no one has ever said a cruise is all inclusive,again, did you not research, or did your ta not explain things fully to you? The crew earns every penny. Pools on many ships are not huge.

We probably won't be cruising again at least not with Carnival. We really like the all inclusive adult only resorts. We did find many secluded areas for extra curricular activities as well as the use of our balcony. I was just surprised the boat was not smoother than it was.Your extra curricular activities were no doubt taped by the security cameras..secluded for you maybe but the eyes are watching...


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So sorry you didn't enjoy your cruise - we loved the Destiny and look forward to sailing her again someday.

I would have agreed with you about Nassau a few years ago. I didn't really like that port much the first couple times I visited. But, since we do love cruising and since so many of the ships stop there, I did a little extra research and have found a few "go to" places for when we sail there - our last cruise, on the Liberty, was diverted from Grand Turk (which we LOVE) to Nassau - many of the passengers were upset, but we just shifted our thinking and headed off to Cable Beach for the day - it really is beautiful there and one of our favorite spots to spend a day.

It's interesting that you love Jamaica but dislike the "sales pitches" on the ship. I guess if you never leave your all inclusive resort, you'd never experience the haranguing of the vendors there or the constant approaches of people trying to sell you "a little local ganja" (which only bothers me when the kids are present - otherwise, hey - they gotta make a living, too). Jamaica is a lovely island with wonderful people, don't get me wrong - I just find it kinda funny that you prefer that particular island over the "nickel and diming" of the cruise ships - it's the one that we feel the most pressure to buy from the local vendors -- and knowing the conditions many of them live in, we had a really hard time living in 'luxury' there on the last land based vacation we took to that island. (although I guess you could say something similar about the conditions in the countries many of the cruise ship employees live in, too)
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