Eastern Caribbean Cruise February 1, 1998
We sailed the Carnival Destiny Feb.1-8, 1998, on the eastern Carribean itinerary. As first time cruisers, we were unsure of what to expect, but Carnival and the Carnival Destiny really exceeded our expectations! We are 30 year old professionals, well-traveled, rather choosy, and very active. We never got bored!
The ship is gorgeous, spotless and very elegant - lots of brass and dark wood. Our cabin (we were on the Lido deck with a balcony) was much larger than expected - quite comfortable. The balcony was wonderful with two chairs and a table, and very private. The cabin steward, as well as the rest of the crew, were very hospitable.
The food was quite good (we were wondering, since we read some mixed reviews on that subject) - about what you would get at a mid- to upper-priced restaurant - and served amazingly quickly. However, I am a slow eater, and I appreciated that they held my next course until I was done - I can't seem to get that through to even some of the better restaurants!
The shows were first rate, especially the Vegas-style review. The evening entertainment is varied for any taste in any of the many different lounges along the promenade & "Destiny's Way." The shore excursions were great, too, and most are planned so that if you are so inclined you can take one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
In San Juan, we opted to go on our own. We took a cab to Old San Juan and walked around a bit, then cabbed to New San Juan to a restaurant recommended by one of our table-mates (the Chart House) for a romantic dinner. We then walked up to a casino and gambled - much better luck than on the ship!
At St. Croix we went snorkeling at Cane Bay - wouldn't recommend that one for beginners (not much instruction), but nice.
St. Thomas was our favorite. We shopped in the A.M., then took the Five-Star St. John Trunk Bay snorkel tour. It was unbelievable!
Our last two days at sea were relaxing. We had stayed to ourselves thusfar (the ship is so romantic!) so we finally met lots of people those last days and made some really good friends. I have only great things to say about our trip, and can't wait to cruise again. We're hooked!
Anthony and Mickey Dicola can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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