We are done. 4 day cruise, live posting on Twitter from our Vacation, live reviews on CruiseSource.us from the ship, and now all of our photos posted on Flickr.
You will not find this thorough of a review on a Cruise Vacation anywhere on the internet. All that is left for me to do is the Final Review of the Vacation.
So if you followed me on Twitter ( http://twitter.com/cruisesource ), or if you followed my two blog posts from the ship, or if you have checked out our photos from Flickr then you know that we had a great time on the Carnival Destiny.
From the pictures and live reviews you can tell that we had a ton of fun. This is post is the overall final review of the Carnival Destiny, 10.16.08. So, here we go:
1st of all, we missed our original flight out. I recommend flying in a day early for the cruise. We did not have that option. Luckily, we got to the cruise on standby.
The Carnival Destiny is the largest and youngest vessel doing 4 and 5 night sailings. If you are 21 – 60 looking to for a quick get-away to let loose and have fun, meet new people, enjoy excellent dinners, and hit 2 fun ports then this is the perfect cruise for you. The Carnival Destiny traveling with 1000s of fun seekers hit Cozumel and Key West. Two of the most fun ports of call that I have been to on a cruise vacation. Cabo on the west coast ranks right up there in the fun-o-meter.
I am a family man. we did not bring our kids, but I would have no problem bringing my kids on this same vacation. We watched 25 kids at camp carnival..they even trick-or-treated around the ship on the last night. People had fun on the ship, but no one got out of hand or were inappropriate…there are usually bad apples everywhere, but luckily we did not run into any on this cruise.
So here are my grades on the important aspects of the cruise:
1. Food: B+ Dinners (whichare the most important) were an A+ , Buffets and Late night Pizza a C-, the All you can eat Sushi everday gets a B+
2. Service: A I am a firm believer that good customers get great service most ofthe time. I try to be a great customer and enjoy getting to know the ones serving me. Embarkation, Disembarkation, Robert our Waiter, James the IT guy, Agus our cabin steward, and most of the dealers were all excellent. The only area I was not happy with the service was at the shore excursion desk. They were not very knowledgeable on the shore excursion when I was trying to decide between two of excursions.
3. The Ship Layout: C – Trust me when I say that there is not any other ship that does short cruises that I would rather be on than the Destiny. And there is not anything Carnival can do about the flow of the ship now, but too many times, I wanted to get somewhere on the ship and I would not be able to get there from where I was at. By the final day, I started to get the hang of it…but by then it was too late. I have been on much bigger ships that were easier to navigate….At the end of the day, it is the biggest and best ship doing short sailings. The flow of the ship between public areas is not very good.
4. Singles A – Out of all the cruises I have been on, this ship had the most singles and there were a lot of good looking people (both sexes) on this ship. If you and a couple single friends are looking for a good cruise to meet some people, I recommend the Carnival Destiny.
5. Entertainment B+ This is the first cruise where I did not go to any shows…but it is the first cruise where we did Kareoke and the Piano Bar. Both were very fun. We also went to the Adult Comedian, who was very funny.
OVERALL – I would go back on this cruise in a heartbeat. Check out the prices, it one of the top 3 values in cruising today. It is the best ship doing short itineraries. If FUN is not you, then the Carnival Destiny is not for you. Otherwise you need to jump on this FUN SHIP… The Carnival Destiny moving from the 7 night sailing to the 4 and 5 night sailings puts it into a class of its own and I fully recommend you trying her out. ~Happy Sailing ~Rich Tucker