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Mike M August 26th, 2012 01:20 PM

Your Thoughts on Carnival Destiny Trans-Atlantic
This summer we sailed the Breeze in the Mediterranean and loved it. We especially love Venice and have been planning on returning for a few days.

Last night I was looking at cruises. Which is normal for me and I found the 18 day transatlantic from Miami to Venice on February 4, 2013. It is one heck of a deal. You can do a balcony for about $1600/two people and an inside for about $1100.

Here are the drawbacks:
This is the "last" cruise of the Carnival Destiny. It is going to the shipyard to be converted into the Funship 2.0 Carnival Sunshine. I'm worried that there will be construction underway during the voyage, staff will be at the end of their contracts and service may be a bit lacking.

Airfare is a bit high: Open jaw from MSP-MIA-VCE-MSP is currently going for around $1650/pp. I'm not sure what the price of cruiseline air is or if it is even offered.

The ports are Malaga, Barcelona, Livorno (Florence), Civatavechhia (Rome), Venice. It's 18 days so there will "a lot" of sea days.

The question I have is: If you have the time and the money would you take this cruise? Even if it may not be "perfect".

Take care,

Cruznut2 August 26th, 2012 03:51 PM

Mike, I would take that cruise in a heartbeat for that price if I could. I came across that awhile ago and I thought I was hallucinating. I did post the cruise in the specials area. However that may not be current price. Italy has always been a dream of mine and to do it on a cruise would just be the icing on the cake for me.


cruised1014 August 26th, 2012 08:03 PM

Destiny Transatlantic Deal $499.00
Mike, I found that cruise on for $499.00 for inside cabin.
$849.00 for Balcony. The only part of the cruise is 9 days at sea before 9getting to Spain. Here is thel ink:
Discount Cruises, Last-Minute Cruises, Short Notice Cruises - Vacations To Go

Should be a great cruise if you decide to go. Ed

Fern August 26th, 2012 09:01 PM

I think it would be a great cruise! Then again, we love sea days. I don't think the service will suffer because of it being the last sailing, since the crew will be moving to other ship's.

The only problem we (and you) would have is the price of airfare :(. It's sad when the airfare is more than the cruise!

Let us know what you decide!

Aerogirl August 26th, 2012 09:12 PM

I say go for it, it just might be heck of a good time!

mlschef August 26th, 2012 10:06 PM

The price of the airfare is what has stopped us from similar cruises. Throw in your concerns about it being Destiny's last cruise before renovation and I'd probably pass on it. But that's just me. After all, how bad can that many days on a cruise ship really be? A bad day cruising always beats a good day working.

Is there anything on a cruise after the renovation? Maybe the return trip will be similar.

zydecocruiser August 28th, 2012 01:59 PM

We'd do it in a heartbeat but are already booked on Carnival Sunshine after the transformation.

As for airfare, if you have enough frequent flier miles, some airlines allow for 1 way flights without charging you the RT award ticket price.

For Sunshine we are going over on United (Lufthansa) and coming back on American (British Airways).

But do check the cruise line. For crossings, they are often a deal.

OTOH, watch out for luggage fees - they can be pricy.

jsrick November 5th, 2012 01:11 PM

im going!
I booked that cruise simply for a way to get to Europe. We are doing a vacation over there and realized it was cheaper to cruise over than to fly. We booked a state room for 499 but im debating on upgrading to a balcony for an additional 400 PP. Ive never crossed a sea on a cruise ship so hopefully its not toooooo rough of seas and to boring. Hope to see you there!

lhp November 6th, 2012 02:43 PM

I would only book the cruise knowing that there will be construction going on during that time and you are ok with that.....

Dainty January 12th, 2013 07:24 AM

Transatlantic Carnival Destiny - Feb 4
We have booked a balcony through Vacations to go for $2200 incl. taxes. We missed the first go but it reopened for 1 day.

With respect to contruction, we were on Princess earlier this year and our carpet was replaced during the cruise.

I am wondering if the weather will be warm as it is early for a crossing.

I am looking forward to doing not much for 10 days. As for the crew, their salary is peanuts - they live off their tips. This is a long voyage - they will want good tips and the service should be excellent.

I am more concerned about line ups if they filled the boat.

zydecocruiser January 12th, 2013 11:30 AM

They started renovating the cabins some time ago. Yes, there could be construction, so what?

It is a reposition cruise and a bargain. It would be unreasonable to expect perfection.

As for sea days, we love them. Very relaxing and no expectations for Carnival to keep us entertained. Nobody is going to fly on in the middle of the ocean.

Sometimes satellite TV service will be unavailable, but Internet should still work.

They will run out of bananas at some point. Can't replenish them at sea or keep them fresh forever.

All minor points.

Mike M January 12th, 2013 02:47 PM

It "was" a good deal but it is now sold out.

I didn't book it because of a conflict at the end of February but I wish all that did a great cruise and congratulations on the great deal.

Take care,

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