Carnival Destiny destination: Caribbean - Antigua

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Discover your own slice of white-sand paradise with Carnival® cruises to Antigua, where, legend has it, there’s a beach for every day of the year. When you cruise to Antigua in the heart of the Caribbean, you’ll see vestiges of this island’s British colonial past—high tea is an afternoon ritual and cricket is the local passion—but this independent nation’s sunny island vibe reigns supreme. Swim in the clear, warms seas off one of the island’s 365 beaches Shop for crafts and island fruit in the colorful Public Market in St. John’s when you cruise to Antigua Take a tour of historic English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard National Park. Marvel at the Antigua rainforest by taking a canopy tour. What to do in Antigua Catamaran sail & snorkel Cruise along the beautiful coastline of Antigua aboard a catamaran with stops for snorkeling and sunbathing on the beautiful white sand beaches. Kayak & snorkel eco adventure Discover the enchanting island of Antigua while enjoying a fun mix of kayaking, boating, reef snorkeling, and guided nature walks. Stingray sensation Enjoy the opportunity to swim with majestic stingrays at Antigua's famed Stingray Village. Best of Antigua Indulge in the magnificent colonial history of Antigua. See Antigua by sea Circumnavigate Antigua's coastline aboard a state-of-the-art luxury catamaran and be whisked away to a secluded island. Beach escape Enjoy the mile of soft, white sand bordered by coconut palms, sea grape trees, and inviting aquamarine water of the secluded Dickinson Beach. Canopy tour & challenge course "Fly" high above Antigua?s lush forest as you glide across zip lines and maneuver through a challenge course. ATV adventure Enjoy a true off-road experience riding your ATV from the northeast coast of Antigua to the center of the island. Deluxe lobster lunch & champagne cruise Indulge in a relaxing day of sailing aboard the luxurious Mystic catamaran, complete with champagne, lobster and the beach. Pirates of Antigua: The black swan Relive the swashbuckling days of long ago as you party with the Pirates of Antigua aboard the pirate ship, Black Swan. Antigua canopy tour This unforgettable and exciting adventure will have you "flying" high above Antigua's verdant forest. Crusoe island getaway & snorkel Enjoy a beach and snorkel getaway on this beautiful, tranquil "Robinson Crusoe" private island....

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Carnival Destiny destinations

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Caribbean highlights More than 5,000 islands and cays dot the Caribbean. That's a lot of paradise! So how do you choose where to go on your next cruise? This is your insider's guide to great beaches, shore adventures, isles and more. Transatlantic highlights Over the last thousand years, crossing the Atlantic Ocean has gone from a dream to a challenge to a reality, but none from the Vikings to Christopher Columbus ever managed to make the journey a great vacation like Carnival does today! Your cruise begins on one continent and ends on another, but not before you’ve experienced all the Carnival fun available onboard and ashore. Take it all in at your own pace, and even experience some great ports during your cruise....

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Carnival Destiny cuisine

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Carnival's food has improved greatly over the years and now compares favourably to that of more expensive cruise lines. You'll marvel at how well managed the everything is, especially considering that there are apt to be 3,400 passengers aboard. No one at sea serves better pizza, and available any time of day at that! Both the breakfast and luncheon buffets offer specialty food stations where you can make a custom order. The lunch buffet offers a marvelous salad bar. New Carnival menus include such upscale favourites as chateaubriand, lobster and rack of lamb. Dessert is usually a choice of cheesecakee, apple pie, and chocolate in the form of mousse or pudding. Rather bland at times. Ice cream is always available. Travelers with elegant tastes in cuisine are likely to be disappointed on the Carnival Destiny. The food is fair-to-good, but usually less than great. For example, some of the desserts (even in the dining room) were similar in quality to what you would find in the frozen food section at the supermarket. Those who don't want a sit-down dinner can eat hearty fare at the ship's buffets. At poolside, we enjoyed the grilled Reuben sandwiches and hamburgers. You'll never go hungry, and you're bound to find something tasty. Board Carnival Destiny with that kind of expectation and you'll be happy. Service is another matter. Expect greatness. Whether in the dining room, on the lido deck or back in your room, the waiters and stewards appear very well trained and cheerfully attend to your requests. One example: my wife enjoys a certain brand of tea. After stating her preference the first night, the waiter brought it every night thereafter without further reminder. Each night, dining room waiters stop their service long enough to perform a short song-and-dance show. They seem to enjoy this part of their work, as do the diners. Room stewards make animal shapes from the towels and place them on the bed each night with an assortment of mints and the next day's schedule. One complaint: The carpeting in our stateroom had been scheduled for replacement the week of our trip. The work was completed while we were ashore. Upon our return, a thick layer of dust covered much of the stateroom....

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Carnival Destiny staterooms

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Staterooms summary Best Cabins onboard the Carnival Destiny: staterooms on Deck 7 (the Empress Deck). Decks 7 and 9 also have very nice staterooms. Cabins to be wary of onboard the Carnival Destiny: staterooms on Deck 6 (the Upper Deck). Deck 1 - Riviera deck cabins Cabins on the Destiny's Deck 1 have cabins above them. This means that they are typically quieter compared to cabins beneath the disco or sunbathing areas (the noise of moving deck chairs late at night / early in the morning). On the Riviera Deck of the Carnival Destiny, cabins 1300-1341 (in the stern / rear of the ship) may notice a bit of propeller vibration. Cabins 1309 and 1306 are next to elevators and hence could be a bit noisier than other cabins on Deck 1 of the Destiny. Deck 2 - Main deck cabins Deck 2 of the Carnival Destiny is right beneath several major public areas on the ship, such as the main dining rooms and the main lounge. However, given the operating hours of the venues, these are times when most people are out of their cabins so this shouldn't present a concern. The exterior cabins in the aft of Deck 2 of the Destiny (2348, 2350, 2352, 2353, 2351, 2349) all have unique aft-facing views that are quite picturesque.  Outside cabins aft on the Destiny's Main Deck (2340, 2341, 2346, 2347) are more spacious than standard sized staterooms. Deck 6 - Upper deck cabins Some cabins on this deck with potential problems Along the entire Upper Deck, be aware that the main drag of the Carnival Destiny is right beneath your feet. Including some areas that stay fairly noisy into the wee hours. This includes the stage, bars and lounges, dance club, and casino. Arguably, any cabin numbers from the middle of the ship to the aft of the ship (cabins 6170-6371) might have significant noise coming from the late night action below. While we are not shunning this deck, some of the worst cabins are on the Upper Deck of the Carnival Destiny! If you are light sleeper, you may prefer a cabin elsewhere on the ship, or bring earplugs. You may also consider investing in a wave machine (a sound device available at a specialty retailer like Brookstone -- produces pleasant sounds that can wipe out the unpleasant sounds).  Forward on the Destiny's Deck 6, inside cabins 6106 and 6105 do have partially obstructed views, but also are more spacious than average interior rooms. Cabins 6314 and 6341 do abut elevators and are likely noisier.  Balcony category cabins in the rear of the Destiny's Upper Deck (6348, 6350, 6352, 6379, 6377, 6375) all have extended balconies and the highly sought after rear-facing views, where you typically don't have to worry about the balcony being too windy. Staterooms 6346 and 6373 have the largest balconies to be had on Deck 6 of the Destiny! Deck 7 - Empress deck cabins Well rated by cruisers! On the Carnival Destiny, the Empress Deck is without question the high-rent district of the ship. This is where all the suites and penthouse category cabins are located. There is also at least one deck of buffer both above and below this deck, so noise tends not to be an issue from common areas. Given that this is where the high-dollar cabins are, this is also where the best cabin stewards are usually assigned. So, if your budget only affords you an inside cabin, reserving one right across from a penthouse might be a very wise investment! Some of the best cabins on the Carnival Destiny are on the Empress Deck! Interior cabins 7106 and 7105 are more spacious than average on the Destiny's Deck 7. Rear cabins 7324, 7326, 7328, 7330, 7333, 7331, 7329, 7327 afford extended balcony space as well as great ocean views on the Destiny's Empress Deck. If you love your balcony, 7322 and 7325 aft on Deck 7 of the Destiny come with spacious extended balconies. Interior cabin 7294 is by an elevator and thus could be a bit noisy. Deck 8 - Verandah deck cabins The Carnival Destiny's Veranda Deck should be considered in two sections. One has cabins on the deck above it, and the other one has the pool, sunbathing, and dining area above it. The quieter areas are cabins 8101-8157 on the forward part of the Destiny's Verandah Deck, which has cabins on the deck above it.  If you're in one of the Verandah Deck cabins in the aft sections of the Carnival Destiny, you can occasionally hear the scraping of deck chairs being rearranged above you on Lido deck. This is not a problem during the daytime hours, but it can awaken light sleepers after midnight until 6 AM when the crew is cleaning the Lido deck public spaces. Once again, we suggest you may prefer to find a cabin elsewhere on the ship, or, bring earplugs or a wave machine.  Balcony category cabins 8322 and 8333 have extra room as well as extended balconies on the Destiny's Deck 8. Extended balconies and great views may be reserved at the rear of this deck with outside cabins 8328 through 8333 on the Verandah Deck of the Destiny. We do suggest that cabins 8304 and 8405 be avoided on the Destiny's Deck 8 should you not prefer to be right by an elevator. Deck 9 - Lido deck cabins Cabins on the Carnival Destiny's Lido Deck are close to the pool and casual eateries. They are also of interest because they have no public areas above or below them. While there are doors to suppress the sound from the pool area, cabins 9214 and 9217 are a bit close to the pool and you may prefer to move farther forward on Deck 9 of the Destiny. Forward on the Destiny's Lido Deck, interior cabins with obstructed views are 9104, 9102, 9101, and 9103. These cabins are much roomier than standard inside cabins. These cabins are also right under the gym area, and could be noisy during the day. Deck 10 - Spa deck cabins The key feature of these Spa Deck cabins is that they are steps away from Spa Carnival on the Destiny. While the Camp Carnival Youth Program is one deck above, the facilities are above the gym and shouldn't present any problems for those in cabins on the Spa deck. The Destiny's Spa Deck cabins are the likely candidates to be designated as "Spa Cabins. These cabins are strictly non-smoking and there is a $250 cleaning fee assessed if cabin staff notice the smell of smoking in your room. Cabins 1016 and 1017 are closest to the Spa Deck pool area on the Destiny. Finding a cabin farther forward may lessen noise issues.   ...

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Carnival Conquest destination: Caribbean - St. Thomas, Usvi

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Seafarers from around the globe have flocked to the sheltered harbors of St. Thomas since pirates sailed the seas. Today, St. Thomas cruises dock in one of the busiest and most developed ports in the West Indies—Charlotte Amalie, the island’s historic capital. Join the market bustle by day and swing to scratch bands at night with Carnival® cruises to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Shop till you drop on the historic harbor front in Charlotte Amalie. Play on the creamy white sands of Magens Bay Beach. Get up close to sea horses and tropical fish at Coral World. Charter a sailboat to explore secret coves and turquoise bays. Toast your cruise to St. Thomas at a beach bar in Frenchtown. ...

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Carnival Conquest destination: Caribbean - St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

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St. Croix, the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is a tropical dreamland complete with stunning beaches, clear aqua-blue ocean water, a small rain forest and rolling green hillsides. The Danes purchased St. Croix in the 1700s at which time the slave trade and sugar cane fields thrived. Today, the Danish influence is still apparent in the island's architecture and language. Most of the sugar mills lie in ruins. Yet you can still get a taste of the island's history in freshly squeezed sugar cane juice or Cruzan Rum. Explore "one of the finest marine gardens in the Caribbean Sea": Buck Island Reef National Monument. Most of this 176-acre island is surrounded by an elkhorn coral barrier reef which serves as home for a multitude of fish and other sea life. Snorkelers will enjoy navigating the underwater trail on the eastern side of the reef. Buck Island itself is a nesting area for sea turtles, brown pelicans and frigate birds. Hike the nature trail, soak in the sunshine on the beach, or dive in and snorkel or SCUBA to your heart's content. Take a tour of the Cruzan Rum factory and taste a significant spirit in St. Croix's history. Venture into the countryside to wonder at the ruins of sugar mills and plantations. Wander the Estate Whim Plantation museum, a restored Great House with 3-foot thick walls made of coral, stone and molasses - a sweet foundation. Take a hike through the island's rain forest. Though it's technically more of a "tropical forest" than a "rain forest," you won't be disappointed with its mango, lime, hog plum, mahogany, kapok and turpentine trees, as well as its abundant tropical birds. Traditional island dishes include curried chicken, conch fritters, fried plantains and Kallaloo, a stew made with meat, seafood, okra, spices and greens. For a refreshing local drink try maubi, a beverage made from maubi tree bark, yeast, herbs and ginger root. If you're looking for a nonalcoholic alternative, try ginger beer or soursop juice. Visit the shops in Christiansted and Frederiksted for china, crystal, batik, liquor, leather goods, perfume and jewelry. Peruse Folk Art Traders for local artwork, including pottery, masks and paintings. If you're looking for colonial West Indian furniture to spice up your home, visit Estate Mount Washington Antiques. The U.S. dollar (USD) is the official currency. Traveler's checks and credit cards are also widely accepted....

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Carnival Conquest destinations

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Caribbean highlights More than 5,000 islands and cays dot the Caribbean. That's a lot of paradise! So how do you choose where to go on your next cruise? This is your insider's guide to great beaches, shore adventures, isles and more....

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