Carnival Destiny May 1998 Western Caribbean Cruise
My parents and I went on the Carnival Destiny's Western Carribean cruise May 17th, 1998. It was my first cruise (I'm 27), and my parents' second Carnival cruise. (They were formerly on the Inspiration). It was our first family vacation in many years.
I felt like I was in a herd of sheep during the boarding process so much so, that for the first picture-taking I had to force myself to smile. Once I stepped inside the immense room (on the boat), things began to change. I had done research by internet about the ship's particulars (it is huge, but you won't get lost). We were upgraded to a balcony room (I slept outside on the balcony most nights) that, while a bit cramped for 3, still allowed enough room to all get dressed for dinner at the same time.
I took two excursions the Cozumel sail/snorkel/beach was OK, but because I was alone, no one bothered to talk to me. I enjoyed the views, and had a good time snorkling. The other was the Martha Brae river raft trip (in Jamaica), which I highly recommend. The tour guides even drove to the market and by Dunn's Falls when they weren't on the schedule (only for those who wanted to stay). The raft trip is beautiful, you won't get wet at all, and being that you are in the bus for 2+ hours, you really get a chance to see the Jamaica that isn't on the postcards as well.
I was actually disappointed that I had too little time on the ship!!! Between the food (Lido Deck is just as good as the sit down, servers included), art auctions (a passion of my family is collecting art), bands at the pool, and of course, the stage shows (with an arts background, I am very hard to please these were good to amazing!), I never did get to just hang out in the jazz club. If they offer it again, do NOT miss the history of Mexican dance show by the group from Cozumel. They actually perform on the ship before it leaves port.
Our cruise director was John Carnival's star, and rightfully so. He was always visible either on the ship or out doing some shopping, he always had a smile and a smart remark! I believe he's going to be on the Carnival Triumph, but he's hard to beat.
The serving staff was better than the food. I'm a vegetarian, and many nights I was eating the always-available pasta with tomato sauce. However, my father can be considered a gourmet, and enjoyed two main courses most evenings!
All in all, we had a pleasant family vacation. The incredible options of things to do on the ship meant that the three of us were oftentimes in three different places at the same time. My parents have booked a two-week cruise on the Paradise for next year I'll join them for the Eastern leg of the journey.
If anyone is thinking of booking a cruise, I would recommend it for all but people who can't move around easily (a smaller ship would do better) and very young children (the Camp Carnival kept kids from running around you never saw them except at night and they all seemed happy meeting friends from other places).
This was Kristen Davenport's first cruise. She can be reached for questions or comment at: email@example.com.
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