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Ship Specifications
Year Built: 1996 Age Restrictions: All guests in room must be
Year Refurbished: 2008 21 years old. If not, at least one must be 25.
Previous Name: N/A Seating Assignments: Assigned
Guest Occupancy: 3,360 Assigned Dining Hours: 6:00 pm or 8:15 pm
Crew: 1,040 Internet Access: Yes
Tonnage: 101,353 tons Bars/Lounges: 18
Length: 892 feet Spa: Yes
Beam: 116 feet Fitness Center : Yes
Cruising Speed: 21 knots Swimming Pools: 3
Decks: 12 Hot Tubs: 7
Ship's Registry: Bahamas Bowling Alley: No
Casino: Yes Rock Climbing Wall: No
Show Room: Yes Ice Skating Rink: No
Disco/Night Club: Yes 24-Hour Room Service: Yes
Library: Yes Hair Dryer in Room: Yes

The Carnival Destiny is the only ship in Carnival's Destiny Class of ships. This ship is as long as three football fields and is filled with a ton of things to do. From duty-free shopping, Spa Carnival and gambling, to sun bathing, three pools and dining, the Carnival Destiny has something for everyone.

Destinations & Itineraries
The Carnival Destiny will be featuring cruises in the following regions (subject to change, based on the cruise line's discretion):

2012: Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean (both round trip from Miami, FL)
2013: To be renamed Carnival Sunshine

Carnival is well known for having staterooms that are larger than that of the industry average. There are many categories of staterooms onboard the Carnival Destiny, from basic interior staterooms to very large suites. All Carnival staterooms come with a private bathroom, hair dryer, TV and phone. There are connecting staterooms available on the Destiny, for families and friends that want such accommodations.

Interior Staterooms:
The most basic (and least expensive) staterooms onboard the Carnival Destiny, known as category 1A staterooms, have upper and lower beds (bunk beds). All other (non-1A) interior staterooms have twin beds that convert to a king-size. So be sure when booking a cruise on this ship that you're aware of the type of bedding you're getting in your stateroom. The average interior stateroom on this ship is 185 square feet.

Ocean View Staterooms: Ocean view staterooms onboard the Carnival Destiny feature either an obstructed view (meaning that there's something blocking your view from outside of the ship, such as a lifeboat or beam - found in category 6B staterooms), two portholes (found in category 5A staterooms), a picture window or floor-to-ceiling windows (in the category 6E, Family ocean view, staterooms). Ocean view staterooms feature twin beds that convert to a king-size bed. The average ocean view stateroom on this ship is 185 square feet.

Balcony Staterooms: A really nice way to enjoy a cruise is in a balcony stateroom. This gives you a private balcony right off of your room. Balcony staterooms feature twin beds that convert to a king-size bed. Balcony categories include 8A, 8B, 8C, 8D and 9A. Category BL balconies are known as "balcony guarantees," as Carnival is guaranteeing you a balcony stateroom but may not give you an exact room number until the day of the cruise. Typically you're assigned a stateroom earlier than that though. This is not recommended for someone that's particular about stateroom location, but it's usually the least expensive way to get into a balcony stateroom.

Suites: There are two types of suites onboard the Carnival Destiny. Category 11 suites are the basic suites (275 square feat, featuring a large private balcony and twin beds that convert to a king-size) while category 12 suites are 345 square foot Penthouse suites (which are larger than the basic suites).

Carnival's dining program is called "Total Choice Dining." They call it that because their goal is to give as many choices as possible to their passengers. Breakfast is served in the main dining rooms, on the Lido deck or even in your staterooms (via room service). Lunch can be eaten indoors or outdoors (at a buffet), or (of course) via room service. Dinner is served in the main dining rooms, or in the Supper Club (see below for details). Again, if you're feeling like a meal in your room that is possible as well.

There are two main dining rooms onboard the Carnival Destiny, Galaxy Dining Room and Universe Dining Room. Breakfast is typically served in the main dining rooms from 7:45 am to 9:00 am. Lunch is usually served there from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. Dinner is split up into two main seating times. The "main seating" starts at 6:00 pm, while the "late seating" starts at 8:15 pm. Please be aware that Carnival does not guarantee that they will give you the dining time that you've requested when booking (as it is on a request basis only). All dining rooms onboard Carnival are Smoke-Free.

One of the Lido deck's casual dining options is the Sun & Sea Restaurant, serving buffet-style meals. At this particular venue you can enjoy a wide variety of food, including various grilled food, salads, pasta, chicken and steak.

The Supper Club is Carnival's optional specialty restaurant, typically open from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. The cover charge for this dining venue is $30 per person (subject to change). Yes, it's not free...but it's worth trying at least once! It's a true upscale meal that's sure to add to your Carnival cruise experience. A typical meal at the Supper Club can take up to 2 hours to complete. Among the entrees on the menu are lobster tail, prime rib, porterhouse steak, filet mignon and lamb chops (subject to change). The Supper Club is available on a reservations-only basis.

Onboard Features
The Carnival Destiny offers a wide variety of things to do within it. Many of the most popular indoor activities can be found on the Promenade Deck (Deck 5). On this deck you can find the upper level of the three-level Palladium main show theater (also located on decks 3 and 4). This is where on each night of the cruise you can enjoy a wonderful show, which may include Broadway-style production shows, comedians, singers, musicians and acrobatic performances. Also on this deck is The Fun Shops of Carnival, which are various shops and stores selling a wide range of products (such as duty-free jewelry, perfume, liquor and watches). Millionaire's Club Casino, also located on the Promenade Deck, is a very popular and crowded area (particularly after the shows in the Palladium end). The video arcade, sushi bar, Apollo Bar, Point After Dance Club and Criterion Lounge are all also on this deck.

Aside from being where the middle level of the Palladium is located, the Atlantic Deck (Deck 4) is also where you can find the Onyx Room (featuring a dance floor and bar), photo gallery, golf pro simulator, internet cafe and library. The upper levels of both of the two-story main dining rooms (Universe and Galaxy) are also on this level.

The Lobby Deck (Deck 3) is the same level as the Palladium's stage. It's also where you can find the Information Desk and Shore Excursions desk. It's highly recommended that you pre-reserve your shore excursions as far out in advance as possible, to avoid them being sold out. The lower-levels of the Galaxy and Universe main dining rooms are both located on this deck as well.

The Lido Deck, Deck 9, is where you can find many of the more casual places to eat onboard the Carnival Destiny. Among them are the 24-hour pizzeria and The Grille. Also located on this deck is the Sun & Sea Restaurant, featuring the Grand Buffet. The appropriately named Lido Pool is also located on this deck, along with a couple of whirlpools and a bar. Towards the rear of the ship you can find the Sun & Sea Pool, also with a few whirlpools and a bar.

Deck 10, called the Spa Deck, is where you can find the Spa Carnival, the salon and the fitness center (towards the front of the ship). The minimum age to be allowed to enter Spa Carnival and the fitness center is 12 years old. Guests that are 12 to 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The Slide Pool is also located on this deck (the entrance to the slide is located on the Sky Deck - Deck 12). Guests under 13 years of age must have a parent's permission to use the water slide. Certain height requirements are in place as well.

Camp Carnival and Club O2, both being a part of where the kids and teens programs take place, are located on the Sun Deck (Deck 11). Also on this deck is the mini-golf course (towards the front of the ship) and jogging track (towards the rear of the ship).

Dress Code and Attire
The casual dining dress code onboard a Carnival cruise is as follows:
For men: sport slacks, khakis, jeans (no cut-offs), dress shorts (long), collared sport shirts. For women: Casual dresses, casual skirts or pants and blouses, summer dresses, Capri pants, dress shorts, jeans (no cut-offs). The following is not permitted in the dining room during the Cruise Casual dinner for ladies and gentlemen: gym shorts, basketball shorts, beach flip-flops, bathing suit attire, cut-off jeans, and sleeveless shirts for men.

For those that don't want to dress up, the Lido restaurants are open nightly (except for the last night of the cruise). The Lido restaurants have a casual dress code.

The number of formal nights on a Carnival cruise depends on the length of the cruise. On a 7-Night cruise there will typically be two formal nights. The dress code for children is the same as that for adults.

Carnival calls their Formal Night dress code Casual Elegant and considers it as follows:
For men: Dress slacks and dress shirts. A sport coat is suggested. Suites and tuxedos (tuxedo rentals are available on the ship) are also more than welcomed. For women: Cocktail dresses, pantsuits, elegant skirts and blouses. Evening gowns are also a nice way to get dressed up. Not permitted in the dining room during casual elegant nights are shorts, t-shirts, beach flip-flops, bathing suits, jeans, sleeveless shirts for men, sportswear, and baseball hats.

Children Programs
Carnival has a wonderful supervised youth program onboard each of their ships. This program is split up into three main groups, based on age. Camp Carnival is for 2 through 11 year olds, Circle "C" is for 12 to 14 year olds, and Club O2 is for 15-17 year olds.

Camp Carnival is split further, into three groups. 2 to 5 year olds are in the Toddlers group, 6 to 8 year olds are in the Juniors group, and 9 to 11 year olds are in the Intermediates group. Kids in Camp Carnival get their own special kids' menus, featuring lots of favorites (such as pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken nuggets). Some of the activities that will be available to your kids include board games, reading & story time, finger painting, talent shows, dance parties, video games and lots of outdoor activities.

Circle "C" is a fun time for 12 to 14 year olds. Activities for these kids include various games, dance parties (each night of the cruise), scavenger hunts, pool parties, outdoor movies and more.

Club O2 features video games, teen-only shore excursions, dance parties, pool parties, sports, board games, card games, karaoke and a special Club O2 Lounge. The Club O2 Lounge is dedicated to the kids in the Club O2 program and is a real hot spot on the ship. This area features comfy seating, a state-of-the-art dance floor and multiple video screens.

Babysitting services are available from 10 pm to 3 am, at an additional charge. Babysitting is available for 6 month olds through 11 year olds. The babysitting is offered in Camp Carnival and is provided in a "slumber party" format. During this time kids get to enjoy movies and cartoons. Pillows, blankets and cribs will be available. The cost for this service is $6 per hour for the first child, and $4 per hour for each additional sibling in the same family. In-cabin babysitting services are not available on a Carnival cruise. There is an After Hours program available for 9 to 11 year olds, at the same cost of the babysitting service. This program runs from 10 pm to 12 am, and provides kids with a variety of activities to participate in. Among these activities are board games, karaoke, video games and theme nights. Children are not allowed to sign themselves out of these programs (parents must return to do so).

Tipping and Gratuities
Carnival automatically charges your onboard account $10 per person per day, to cover for the gratuities for your dining and stateroom staff. The $10 is based on the following guidelines that Carnival recommends:

$3.50 per day for staterooms services
$5.50 per day for dining room services
$1.00 per day for alternative services (distributed to kitchen and other hotel service staff)

For cruises to nowhere, gratuities of $10 per guest per day must be prepaid.

If you're not satisfied in some way with the service you receive while on your cruise, you can go to the main purser's desk and ask them to adjust the gratuities being charged, to any amount you see fit. A 15% charge is automatically added to all beverage purchases. Tipping of room service employees and your Maître d' is at your discretion.

Alcohol Policy
The official minimum drinking age on all Carnival cruise ships is 21 years of age. Proof of age is required.

Guests that are 21 and older are allowed to bring one bottle (750 ml) of wine or champagne per person on the cruise, at embarkation only (the first day of the cruise). A $10 corkage fee will be charged if you'd like them to open the bottle at dinner. A $14 corkage fee will be charged if you'd like them to open the bottle in the Supper Club. All other alcoholic beverages are restricted from being brought onboard at embarkation.

Alcoholic beverages that are purchased at a port of call and are brought onboard the ship will be confiscated at the gangway by the Carnival staff and will be returned to you at the end of your cruise.

Gambling Policy
The official minimum gambling age on all Carnival cruise ships is 18 years of age. Guests under 18 are not even allowed to be inside the casino. Proof of age is required.

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