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Carnival Destiny

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As Carnival Corporation’s flagship brand, Carnival Cruise Lines, founded in 1972, sets the pace as the world’s largest, most popular cruise line (based on carrying about 2.5 million passengers annually). Carnival offers affordable cruise vacations with Fun Ship appeal. Today’s Carnival, a far cry from modest beginnings, defines contemporary cruising with expanded options in dining, children’s programming, spa pampering and shipboard weddings. Carnival’s fleet, composed of six vessel classes, has grown to 20, with more Fun Ships forthcoming, including five on order.

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The $400-million Carnival Destiny, the world’s first 101,000-ton cruise ship, has amazed guests with convenience and variety afforded by its passenger-friendly design. Ship architect Joe Farcus notes that the Carnival Destiny represents an “evolution, not a revolution” of the line’s highly successful 70,000-ton “Fantasy-class” fleet, and that the 40 percent increase in tonnage actually makes the ship easier to use. Carnival Destiny, with 18 elevators carrying up to 2,642 passengers on a basis of two per cabin, carries an average of 3,000 on a typical cruise. To enhance guest movement through the ship, four scenic elevators were incorporated into the nine-deck atrium called the Rotunda. Carnival Destiny sails seven-day southern Caribbean itineraries departing on Sundays from San Juan, calling in St. Thomas/St. John, Martinique, Barbados and Aruba, with two Fun Days at sea. Shore options include golfing in St. Thomas, visiting the Mount Pelee volcano in Martinque, afternoon tea and shopping in Barbados, or sunbathing on Aruban beaches.

Fast Facts

Year entering service: 1996
Registry: The Bahamas
Tonnage (GRT): 101,000
Cruising Speed: 22.5 knots
Capacity: 2,642 (3,400 with upper/lower)
Decks: 12
Crew: 1,050
Officer Nationality: Italian
Cruise / Hotel Staff Nationality: International
Destinations: Caribbean

About Gratuities
Gratuities are automatically added to Sail & Sign accounts, or can be pre-arranged and paid prior. The total is $9.75 per guest, per day ($5.50 for dining team, 75 cents for bistro service, and $3.50 for cabin services.) Guests can adjust upward/downward at the information desk.

Disabled Access
Carnival Destiny has 25 wheelchair-accessible cabins.

Ship Features

Corridors are extra roomy, staircases wide, and design emphasis was put on easy access to public rooms. The triple-tiered Palladium show lounge, for example, has entrances on all three decks, and both forward and aft dining rooms are two decks tall with wide doorways on both levels. With size, comes choice. Lido Deck’s double-tier Sun & Sea restaurant provides several dining alternatives, from the pizza parlor first popularized on Carnival’s “Fantasy-class” ships to Italian and Chinese buffets, as well as the traditional mixed-menu buffet and salad bar. Carnival Destiny public areas include the Side Deck, comprised of open promenades, port and starboard, running the length of the ship on Lobby Level. The triple-deck Captain’s Hall atrium creates a unique venue for the traditional captain’s cocktail party, allowing guests to interact within assorted public rooms while participating in the reception.

Accommodations include eight penthouse suites, 40 suites, 432 ocean view cabins with balconies, 310 ocean view cabins, 16 ocean view cabins with glass walls, and 515 interior cabins.

Stateroom amenities
In-cabin amenities baskets, available on all Carnival ships, offer a wide variety of brand-name products for men and women. Additionally, plush terrycloth bathrobes are available for guest use in all ocean-view accommodations.

Kid & Teen Stuff
With family cruising on the upswing – a record 350,000 kids were booked to sail on “Fun Ships” in 2003 – Carnival continues expansion of its top-rated Camp Carnival children’s program. Enhancements include high-tech play areas with computer labs and indoor climbing mazes, plus updated turn-down service providing kids with fresh-baked cookies on first and last nights of voyages. Plenty of activity is scheduled for teens as well. Fun Ship Freddy, Carnival’s mascot attired in a cruise staff uniform, big white gloves and sneakers, with a Carnival ID badge hangs out with Camp Carnival youth program participants. A children’s dining program provides kids with supervised meals while parents enjoy a night to themselves. Dinners, including chicken quesadillas, fish sticks, and grilled salmon, plus a 35-item salad bar and desserts, are followed by regularly scheduled “Camp Carnival” evening activities.

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Life Aboard

Options include the Universe Dining room (aft), the Galaxy Dining Room (forward) and Lido Deck’s Sun & Sea restaurant.

Sports / Health / Fitness
Carnival Destiny has four swimming pools with two swim-up bars, seven whirlpools and a spiral water slide. Spa Carnival, the health club is staffed with fitness experts, and offers a full line-up of facials, scrubs, loofah treatments, massage and more for men and women.

The 1,500-seat Palladium main show lounge has a different glittering production every night. The Captain’s Hall Atrium creates a one-of-a-kind venue for the captain’s cocktail party, allowing guests to interact with several public rooms while being part of the reception. More fun can be had at the 330-seat Point After dance club, the Internet Café, game room, card room and library.

The 470-seat Millionaire’s Club casino has plenty of slots and gaming tables.

Carnival Destiny’s 18 bars and lounges are designed to suit the camaraderie of sports fans in the 55-seat All Star Bar, romance of a pre-dinner glass of wine in the Cafe on the Way, or soothing sounds of a quiet combo in the Rotunda’s Lobby Bar. Other favorites include the 20-seat Cheers wine bar, the 60-seat Down Beat, the 120-seat Flagship lobby bar, and the 190-seat Onyx Room bar. There’s also a juice bar.


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