It’s Destiny

I have cruised with Carnival 4 times now, and I have always loved the ships. I have cruise on the Victory twice, and the Valor twice. I am always looking for shorter cruises during holidays, and besides the Fantasy class (which doesn’t appeal to me) it seems the only ship that does shorter sailings is the Carnival Destiny. I have to be honest, I have never liked the Destiny. When she was built in 1996 she was the world’s largest cruise ship, and the most beautiful. She was the Oasis of the Seas of ’96. Everybody wanted to cruise on her. Now she may be one of the worst in the fleet, and has for sure kept me away from her. I have read many, many reviews on Cruise Critic about the Destiny and it just seems like she is falling apart and outdated. She has had numerous occasions where she couldn’t even start her propellers, and was forced to skip a port to make up for lost time. Her decor is definitely outdated, and her layout is awful. When it comes to me and cruise ships, one of the biggest factors for me is decor. That may sound petty, but I don’t know why, I feel like I just wouldn’t have a good time on an ugly ship. It seems like all of these years the people at Carnival have just ignored her, and almost shunned her from the fleet. They push her in a corner while they thrust the Magic into our faces. Her time to shine again  has finally come. In early 2013 the Carnival Destiny will be getting a complete overhaul, and reconstruction. I could not be happier when I read this article today, and I would like to share with you some of the plans for her renovation…

  • Removing the magrodome (sunroof) from the aft pool, making way for the relocated and revamped Camp Carnival, and new restaurants
  • Removing the forward waterside, and adding a new Carnival Waterworks area on the aft section of the ship
  • Closing off the “gap” in the middle of the forward dining room, and adding in a steakhouse, and Italian restaurant
  • Converting the forward dining room to your time dining
  • Revamping the entire Lido deck, with the addition of another aft pool
  • Renovations and updates to all staterooms aboard
  • Much more information to come
Now this is all Carnival has released so far, and the Destiny is just one of the Carnival ships to receive these upgrades and updates. Carnival is putting many more of its ships in dry dock in the next few years, but not much information is being released yet about other ships, including the Carnival Liberty. I cannot be happier for the Carnival Destiny (sounds a bit crazy,) and I really hope that this will boost the Carnival Destiny to new standards, and I cannot wait to cruise her sometime in the near future. Finally, the Carnival Destiny meets her destiny of becoming a great cruise ship again. Have a great day!



Mike Faust

Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.